When I think back on all that we've accomplished together,
I am simply overwhelmed.
We, by hand without any heavy equipment, tore down
a house, loaded all the debris into 13 of the largest dumpsters
available, and then built a darling little house on top of the remaining foundation
that we lovingly refer to as
Our Retro Bungalow.
What an incredible journey!
We were issued our Weber County building permit on
Monday, August 27th, 2013.
We were issued our official occupancy permit on
Friday, August 7, 2015.
Did y'all hear Mr & Me hollerin', high-five'n and doin' a happy jig
when Inspector Mike signed it and handed it to us?
Cuz you sure should've.
This means that, as far as Weber County is concerned, we are
Really, that's just a legal technicality.
With our feet back down on the ground,
the truth is there's still lots to do,
but the BIG stuff is behind us.
And can I just say that we really appreciate the friendship we've forged with
Inspector Mike. Mike has been fantastic to work with. He and Dean are very much alike
and we all have a deep, mutual respect for each other.
I took the above photo of Mike and Dean shootin' the breeze after one of our inspections.
Neither one has any idea I took it,
but I'd kidded Mike a few times about getting a picture of him on our blog.
Here's a short list of some things we've been up to since I last posted.
Last post I mentioned that Ryan U was going to deliver our
gable vents by Friday and Dean would have them installed by Saturday night.
At least I think that's what I said, but I haven't looked back to see for sure.
Well, lo and behold, if Ryan didn't pull up in the driveway on Monday
evening with our custom-made gable vents in tow!
We were blown away and very, very pleasantly surprised.
He just said he knew we were anxious to get them up,
so he pulled some late nights (after his regular job) to
get them done.
Dean went right to work, then and there, getting as many as he could
installed on their respective gable boxes before sundown.
He put the rest up the next day and got them all trimmed out.
There are three end gables all together: North, Mid & South.
This is the south end gable.
There are two front, west facing gables.
You can see the mid end gable to the left in this photo.
Right after the vents were installed and trimmed, Dean dug two nice, deep
holes for our grandchildren to play and make their own adventures in...
Cope pretended to be a zombie crawling out of a pit.
Alice in the rabbit hole is more Ellie's style.
And they both enjoyed pretending to walk the plank over the
fathomless hole that goes all the way through the center of the earth to the other side.
the holes were for the piers for the rest of the front porch to be built on.
Which we did...
And, YES, that's 'Tate Olive' you see,
NOT SmartSide's paper sack primer color!
I finished the second coat on all the trim below the frieze band on Friday morning.
I spent several hours yesterday morning getting the first coat of color
on two sections (the front room & dining/kitchen areas) of siding.
I was SO EXCITED to get started on that.
I figure it'll take me a good three weeks, working most mornings until
about 12:30 when it gets too warm for the paint to cooperate,
to get two coats on everything.
We LOVE the color.
And we LOVE our sweet front porch.
That's about it for now.
Except for one little thing...
and I do mean little.
Our most recent power bill
-remember that it's the HOTTEST part of the year-
was a whopping
And check this out...
So, while so-n-so the swamp cooler cynic is payin' his 200+ dollar a month electricity bill
because he has 'central air', we are staying very comfortable and payin' a fraction that,
bein', ya know, all cool and efficient.
Yep, you betcha I'm enjoying rubbin' that in, thankyouverymuch.
And thanks, as always, for stoppin' by.
I don't usually check our stats in blogger,
but I did a couple of weeks ago and
there's a lot of folks checkin' in to see what's goin' on around here.
We do appreciate your support.
Good Night and God Bless.