The new house is coming along, slowly but surely. Tracy decided to tear up all the tile in the kitchen – something we had intended to keep. I think once he tore out the countertops and cabinets, he found that he enjoyed destroying things. I started calling him the “Destroyer.” There was nothing left in the kitchen except the tile, so he moved right on to it. What he didn’t really consider was all the stuff underneath the tile that would have to come up. It has taken him and two other people (Paul and Brian) to get most of it up. Most of it, because as of today, it still isn’t all up. He’s been working on it for a week now.
David and Patty spent all day Saturday (last week) with us working on the house. By all day, I mean twelve+ hours. They helped with everything from scrubbing toilets to replacing doors to trimming trees to mowing the lawn. I don’t think Tracy and I could have gotten that much done in a month’s time. .
I have been working on the front yard as well as pressure washing the house. Patty started the pressure washing and made it look so fun, I decided I’d try my hand at it. It is fun and messy. It’s amazing how new a house looks when it’s clean. I also tackled some shrubbery yesterday with the help of Myra and Granny. Granny is a machine. She could outwork all of us. By the end of the day, we had removed 6 rose bushes and relocated three of them, gotten out the strange green ground covering plants and trimmed about 6 hedges, two of which look like topiaries now. Not to mention we loaded it all into the back of Patty’s truck, took it to the dump, and unloaded there. Landscaping is not a profession I ever wish to pursue. Serious hard work.
Hopefully, by tomorrow afternoon the floors will be done and we can work on re-laying some sort of floor covering, which I still have yet to pick out. Then the cabinets and countertops can be installed. Lastly, the painters will finish the rest of the house.
I had a meltdown on Thursday night because nothing was getting finished. I think I finally resolved that the problem was that I am entering the nesting phase, but I can’t really nest until we have a house that we can move in to. I just keep telling myself that it will all be worth it in the end.