Since Wednesday night, I have not been back to the house. It started snowing sometime during the night Wednesday and so Thursday afternoon I went to buy paint (hopefully the last paint I need to buy). The power went out while I was buying paint. It has been that kind of weather. Heavy wet rain/snow/ice that sits on the power lines and causes big problems. Windy and cold. Really, really yucky. We have no source of proper heat in the house so I am not painting in 6C temperatures. We do use the fireplace as much as we can but the wood is now all wet. The little heaters help somewhat but when it is so cold outside, it takes more to warm up the inside. Next week is supposed to be better, with temperatures returning back to seasonal norms. So, I decided to go home after buying paint on Thursday and Friday I was in the city with AJ all day for a long doctor's appointment and shopping. No painting Friday either. Today I will return to the house and paint just as soon as the kids are finished lunch.
Tuesday was the final day the drywall crew was at the house, finishing up the last little bit of sanding. Once again, I cannot say how fantastic they are. Super nice people to work with and they bought treats for the kids at the end. We look forward to having them over for supper when the house is done. The kids have already invited them back! :)
Jay was a trooper and kept trying to work this week. The beginning of the week was beautiful (though slightly windy) so they finished up the siding on the back of the house,
almost finished the west side and almost finished everything on the front above the porch.
They also started working on the front under the porch roof. For the back of the house, there was talk about renting scaffolding but when I got there on Monday, they were busy working with Mr.W up on the ladders and Jay and his helper were on the ground cutting the siding and handing the pieces to Mr.W. He would stand on pieces of wood that spanned between 2 or 3 ladder jacks. He was harnessed in to the roof clamp so it was relatively safe. It did make things move a little slower, being up high like that on a piece of wood but they did so great.
Jay was glad to be on the ground and Mr.W did a fantastic job finishing up the siding and the soffits and faschia. They continued to work like that on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday Mr.W was gone and Jay needed to take some time for chicken farming stuff so he was not at the house much. He did do some prep for painting the main floor (blowing off the drywall dust from the walls, stuffing the electrical boxes with paper, stapling plastic over the windows) so that on Friday the main level of the house was primed.
Finally, a big decision was made this week. We are going to do geothermal heating in the house and the excavating work will start next week. That is a huge decision Jay has been agonizing over and I am so glad he made the choice. It is not a decision that can be made lightly and I know it has been a stressful one for him to make but I am so excited about the choice. It is expensive to put in but the benefits on our size of house should be worth it.
And to top it off, I ordered the hardwood flooring for the main floor. Brazilian Pecan it is! Woot, woot!!