The first hour or so was fine. But it’s been a while since I’ve been around people. As the crowds started to grow, I began to get more and more uncomfortable – particularly around the refrigerator and stove areas on the first floor.
In my head, I called it “the infection zone.”
I hauled up a hammer, and a small shovel, to get rid of the snow. I worked pretty slowly, afraid that my motions would end up tilting me or pulling me off the ladder. I’ve had a not great track history with keeping my balance on ladders, and so doing all this two stories up was… daunting.
A bit of a placeholder. I don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves, but we’re looking to revisit the kitchen more officially again.
With a lot of WD-40 and some elbow grease, we were able to loosen the two screws holding the damper in place. Thankfully (amazingly), didn’t end up stripping the screws.
Took a few photos, mostly as reference, for when we need to re-assemble these pieces together again.
Liz and I are both on vacation, and we’ve been doing this one day on one day off kind of thing. One day focusing on the house, another day relaxing and doing our own stuff.
We had a lot of drywall and plywood, which had been stored in the kitchen while we got our first floor installed. Moved all this out so I could actually get to the wall itself.
I ended up taking the day off of work today, to coordinate transporting the stove we purchased on Saturday back to our house. Given that we weren’t 100% sure we would be the new owners of the stove until after the sale started… a lot of things have happened over the last few days.
Given our big purchase over the weekend, we needed to clear some space in the kitchen for the new stove. That meant clearing out a few things, and also taking down the kitchen door to ensure there was enough width for the stove.
Going into this meeting was a bit stressful. It’s a big step, a lot of money, and a lot of heavy decisions. This is also a pretty big thing for Liz as well, who has been thinking and planning her “ideal” kitchen since whe was much younger (all the way back to her high school years). To say that she’s given this a great deal of thought is an understatement.
After the big snowstorm yesterday, I got the car out and decided to run a few errands. Walking out of Walgreen’s, I thought this combination of items was pretty funny.
When clearing out the dining room, I was looking to move our fridge to our actual kitchen kitchen. After emptying it out, I was able to maneuver it over myself… but the measurements I took weren’t quite right.
On Sunday, Bob and Julie came back over and spent the afternoon with us. Bob helped us get the cabinets set up, and the new sink moved and plumbed in to the new countertop.
Bob ran into engine trouble with his truck on Friday, and ended up having to get it towed back to his house. With a lot of lumber already strapped to the top of it (slated for delivery here), he ended up renting a large cargo van, and reloaded tons of things to bring over to our place.
One of the things we missed, when we first added insulation to the walls, was actually stopping up some of the gaps in the walls. So while the insulation helped, the room could definitely have been sealed up a bit better.