Mother Nature Grounded Me.

Maybe I accidentally littered recently. Maybe I didn’t pick up enough of Frankie’s “deposits”. Maybe I’m in trouble for missing one of Siri’s solstice parties. Whatever the case may be, I’m in trouble for something, because this is approx. what it looked like outside today:

not Shepherdstown, but close enough
not Shepherdstown but close enough

The hot weather last week was too good to be true…

Oh well! I have been really lucky so far (weather-wise), and we need the water. So today I’ll just show you my new doorknobs instead of progress pics:

orange and green glass
orange and green glass
a painted bird
birdy

If you’d told me at this time last year that soon I’d have my own blog where I’d post pics of doorknobs… I’d never have believed you.

Cranes are fun.

This morning the crane came to put the trusses upstairs and the ridge beam above my great room. (The ridge beam is what all of the rafters will be attached to.) North Mountain and the crane operator were finished in 2 hours… They really are amazingly skilled and talented people.

The last truss is put into place!
The last truss is put into place!
The ridge beam is strapped to the crane.
The ridge beam is strapped to the crane.
Wayne guides the ridge beam into place.
From the ground, Wayne guides the ridge beam into place after having maneuvered it through all the trees.
Bob and Zach secure it into place.
Bob and Zack move it into place.

Everyday it looks more and more like a real house. Frankie and I’d better start packing!

I have an upstairs!

North Mountain, being the ultimate troopers that they are, were on site today in the snow and the freezing, god-awful temps AGAIN, putting up my little house.  I hope they know how much I appreciate them!

I have an upstairs with rooms and closets in it and a landing window in my stairwell.
I have an upstairs with rooms and closets in it and a landing window in my stairwell.
backside of the house
backside of the house
looking through the front door to the back door
looking through the front door to the back door
kitchen on the left; living room on the right; loft above
kitchen on the left; living room on the right; loft above

Bob of NM says I’m the boss now instead of Dad. I’m thinking of letting them take tomorrow off, since it’s gonna be 4 degrees in the morning… hmm… I’ll have to see how generous I feel in the morning…

THANKS SO MUCH, GUYS!!

Interior Framing has started!

This is so exciting! You can actually see the shapes and sizes of some of the rooms now. I know, I know. Every single stage of this project is the most exciting stage… but come on. This is really exciting!! You can see rooms!

my closet (far left) and the door to my sink/bathroom area (far right)
the master closet (far left) and the door to the master bathroom with a brace across it (far right)
looking into the powder room; the laundry room next to i ton the left.
This angle is looking into the powder room; The laundry room is next to it on the left.
My kitchen door is framed.
My kitchen door hole has arrived.
through the kitchen door
through the kitchen door

Hmmm… I just reread what I’ve written, and it’s really hard to make any sense of my descriptions and pictures. I guess it’ll just be confusing for everyone until the drywalling starts! Oh well!

Did I mention the coolest tiles on Earth?

For anyone to whom I haven’t shown these tiles… which is probably no one except maybe an eskimo named Kaput in Northern Alaska… Henrik VanRyzin from Hawaii (VanTiki) made¬† these for me:

VanTiki
Spooky Skull Tiles that were found deep in the catacombs of VanTiki Island... in "mossy temple sculpture" glaze.

I’m going to put them in my powder room, along with Rudy the Tiki Head, who I received from Bethany this year for Christmas. Can you feel the HGTV-style “themed room” coming on?…