Liz and I left the city on Wednesday, and headed out to Valparaiso to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with Julie and Bob. Today, we mostly just bummed around the house before the festivities (and Katie/Tim’s family came over).
Liz and I got talking earlier in the week, and we came to a decision about the weekend. We’ve been working pretty nonstop on the house – and with Bob, it’s just been house house house all the time. Our only context has been working on the house, lately.
So we decided to call it an early Saturday, and asked to spend the night in Valparaiso. Our goal would be to just hang out a bit more socially, outside of the housework. And just do something that didn’t involve tools or demo of any kind.
When I saw this, I got really excited. It’s amazing to see the room in this state, as the walls have never been this insulated or this protected ever. I know we’ve still got more work to do, but this was really encouraging.
An old slide. I wonder if these things slipped down from upstairs, from behind the fireplace?
Funny thing, I’d only ever heard of the event referred to as “Rhinebeck,” which is the name of the town. But I guess it’s officially the Sheep and Wool festival (awesome domain name).
Today, while Liz and Bob were working on the master bedroom – I worked on cleaning and clearing up more space in the basement. We’ve got a lot of thing stacked up in the front office, and it’s getting near time to move all of that stuff down here (and out of the way).
Liz had ordered a lot of replacement parts, but I kept procrastinating the installation. Lately, we’ve been focusing a lot on the house but we decided today that we really needed to get this done.
Tonight was one of the few nights Bob wasn’t planing on being at the house, so we used it as an opportunity to do some messy work. After getting home from work, we suited up and tackled cleaning the chimney bricks in the master bedroom.
This is not exactly what you’d call a relaxing weekend. But we did get a great deal of work done. The days and weeks are going to be busy like this for a little while, as we race the oncoming cold.
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.
Aunt Kathy and Uncle Lanny were visiting Julie and Bob this weekend, and on Sunday they drove in to the city to hang out with us. We all met up at Lagunitas, a spot that we all enjoyed a few months back when we visited for Father’s Day.
Came home to find Liz and Bob standing near the stairs on the first floor, checking out some wallpaper samples.
Wait, I hear you asking… if you’re taking the photo, who’s driving the boat?
We left a little early this week, to spend a long weekend in Whitehall, MI, with Kirt and Anne at their new lakehouse. Liz and I both worked from home on Thursday, then hit the road around 4PM.