The fireplace was probably installed last Friday, but I only saw it this afternoon when I arrived.
Then lit. It not only casts a lovely, warm glow, but it also actually heats the space a little. Not that we need it, with the warm floors, but sometimes it is good to have the option.
Not bad, eh?
Once the fumes from manufacturing oils burn off it will be perfect!
and it started pouring down HAIL.
Big, loud, dropping like marbles from angry thunderclouds. The parking lot at the apartment in town is white with hard pellets and deep in water.
For the record, I think we have had rain for at least part of every day since the first week of April. The news channels are reporting that we have had record rainfall this last couple months — and if we had had normal rainfall over the winter (it was extraordinarily dry) it would be a very very wet season. Meantime, we are still setting records for rainfall right now, even as we anticipate a very much longer dry season than normal.
I think today’s outdoor work will wait until tomorrow afternoon.
Meantime… Packing, shopping (online), and working on professional obligations (school-based evaluations for my performance, and contacting people who have been references for me in the past to see if they will “re-up.”).
Tomorrow I can get into the house. I will start working on tiling. If I am careful, I can get things set up for doing the floor of the shower on Tuesday. And the walls on Wednesday and Thursday. I will let the plumber know he can come and finish up on Friday… I will just have to bite the bullet and get it done.
Hope the hail hasn’t damaged the fruit trees at home!
..because the floors are being polished. “Spit-shined” even! Peering in through the windows this evening they are GORGEOUS! But it’s a no-step zone for now.
So here are a couple pictures of the backsplash behind the range. Yes! That is a pot filler above the range. It should be just tall enough for my tamale pot, and so much more convenient for filling soup and jam pots as well. It has filtered water, so will taste good… and and and
The second image is more blurry, but it is a better demonstration of how the center of the kitchen lines up.
I am under strict orders from Jeff, our amazing concrete artist, to not set foot in the house until Monday. At the EARLIEST.
This is the color of the front door. The hardware isn’t what it will be; we will continue to have the contractor’s brassy knob for a while yet. And the “divided light” sections aren’t finished yet — the paint is trickier to apply than I like, and I need a calmer environment to get it right. I’ll do that in the summer when I have days and weeks that stretch out gloriously in front of me.
Meantime, this is the color. It makes me happy… and the door is now weatherproof.
I didn’t get a picture of the work in progress, but I did get a picture of the workers. These are two of Grant’s friends, helping us get the yard ready for the growing season while I work in the house during the break.
Doing battle with the build-up of yard and construction debris. The old willow that was too close to the house is now cut up and moved to the slowly decomposing log pile in the back. The holly next to the house has been limbed up and the encroaching vine maples (and blackberries) removed. The ceanothus on the mound has had a large dead limb removed and the weeds underneath (and blackberries) removed. The veggie garden is starting to be weeded…
Inside, the walls in the bathroom are getting there, but as so often at the moment they look worse than when I started…
Here is a picture that shows the two colors of blue we are adding. They look stunning against the tile, but not so great with the red water-proofing membrane that now covers the cement board for the shower.