Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Okay, now we're really back!

We put in a couple of good days of work last week, and then took off for a few days of camping before I start work again tomorrow.

Michael and I attempted to make some progress on the electrical work this weekend, and were not very successful. It's quite difficult to run the new wires through the walls when you can't see what's inside them blocking the path of the wire. I had my arm inside the wall almost up to my elbow! Michael had the harder job as usual though, he was up in the attic in the lowest part trying not to get a nail in the back.

Oh, and Michael found a newspaper from 1964 in the wall! It features a Barren County family as Kentucky's Safest Farm Family...and some pretty sweet shoes.

We've had a request for our review of the vintagetub.com clawfoot tub supplies. Hopefully we can start putting the bathroom back together soon, and then we can let everyone know how we like them - they look and feel really nice, very high quality. So we're happy with them so far, let's hope the installation goes smoothly & quickly.

Michael's little brother and sister will be visiting this weekend, so it probably won't be a big working weekend, but we'll have a few evenings this week and things should settle down soon (I hope!) It would be nice to be able to actually move in to our house!

And for those of you who know us and might want to see them, here are a few shots from our camping trip to Laurel River Lake. We had a really nice time, and were crazy enough to go canoeing with Charley & Rosie! We also stopped by Cumberland Falls on our way back, which was nice but rather muddy looking. And Michael rediscovered his love for fruit rollups :)

Friday, July 27, 2007

And We're Back!

Ouch! My hands are not used to working on the house anymore!

It was nice to finally get back to the house and to finally be finished with the bar.

Today we focussed on cleaning up the yard and trying to fill in the 270 foot ditch that was left over from Michael running the new water lines. We moved over 2 tonnes of dirt by hand today! It took two trips to Lowes, and the second time our poor car looked like it had been lowered it was sagging so much - the entire car was full of dirt!

I'm really itching to get started on putting the bathroom back together, but we STILL haven't finished the trim on the edge of the roof, and now it looks like the gutters may have to be replaced. I just want to have the outside completely done. But I'm also eager to work on the bathroom so we can move in at last.

No matter what we decide to work on tomorrow, at least we'll continue the progress, and now I'll have time to actually update the blog regularaly!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Just a quick check in

Here's a photo of my adorable niece who is coming to visit along with my sister next week. Unfortunately no pictures of the house because I have not been there a single time this week! I'm kind of sad about it, but it's good that I'm studying.

Michael on the other hand has been working on the house almost constantly. The plumbing is almost entirely done - for the whole house! Of course the finishing still needs to be done, but there are pipes running everywhere they need to be, and they have mostly filled in the big ditch that was in our yard - or so he says, I have no way of verifying this of course as I'm stranded at my parents without a car in the middle of nowhere all day. Maybe tonight I'll take a little break and go back there with Michael if he feels like doing some more work this evening. Michael also completed most of the electricity for the bathroom, and mostly installed our new fan/light fixture. I'm excited to see the progress, and can't wait until we are actually putting the bathroom back together!

Tomorrow I have scheduled time off to go to a demolition derby at one of the local county fairs - we have been promised much redneck entertainment.

11 more days until the bar exam, and then I can get back to working on the house. Of course I just about had a heart attack writing "11 more days", but in a small way I'm glad it's soon because that means it will soon be over.

Oh and here is a picture of our front porch that I don't think I posted before - I love the porch and the swing, not so much the carpet that Michael tore out in May and decided to leave there.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

The Bar Exam does NOT leave alot of time for house fun :(

I can't believe it's been two weeks since I posted last.

Unfortunately there hasn't been too much progress. Whereas we were originally just going to replace what was visible as far as plumbing in the bathroom, everytime we do one thing, something else comes up that needs to be replaced. The joys of an old house. So Michael has spent the last couple of weeks replacing almost all of the plumbing in the house, and running a new line to the water main - which is all the way at the front of our .78 acre yard. Here are a couple of photos of Michael's work - it looks like a mutant groundhog came through the yard - and Michael's plumbing progress in the bathroom!

We both took some time off (me from studying & Michael from the house) to celebrate our second anniversary. We went up to Louisville for the night and had an awesome dinner at a local restaurant called 610 Magnolia. It was supposed to be the best in Louisville - it was really fabulous, and the service was excellent.

Only 19 days left until the bar exam, and then hopefully Michael and I can really make some progress working together. It would be great if we could have the bathroom done by the end of the month and finally move in! Oh, and our tub fixtures came in and they look awesome - now if we could only decide on the sink faucets, who knew it could be so hard!