I know, I know. I haven’t blogged in weeks. Sorry to all my fans. It’s like this pregnancy has caused some kind of brain disfunction that allows me to balance only a few thoughts at one time (pregnancy brain?). Once I fell behind I haven’t been as motivated to keep up with frequent posting. We just got done with two auctions two weekends in a row, though, so I feel like there’s some new space available for updating you on our status.
Here’s a rundown of our recent activity:
Back when it used to get dark early, we took down the old dry-rotted curtains in the dining room and the ballroom. Now you can see the intricate woodwork on the frames in the ballroom and the things feel less drab (although a little bare). I’m happier with a blank canvas than one left by someone else or a temporary solution, so Sal’s taking the old curtains down made me very happy. Now I get to stare at the windows and imagine the new floor-to-ceiling curtains I’ll make (or have made) once we finalize paint decisions, remove wallpaper, etc.
We also had Mr. Moon’s crew at Dominion Window Company come and install the new storm windows and are pleased with the way they look. I need to take a picture and post all the details but if you want a mental visual right now just imagine an almost invisible storm window that is flush with the exterior frame. This has made a huge difference in the heat and cold loss we were dealing with while the old storms were gone and we “went bare” for months. Plus, there’s been a much desired decrease in the number of bugs (including wasps!) that get into the house.
We’ve made a few purchases as well. Hopefully I’ll post some pictures of our new sofas, rug, refrigerator, range, washer, and dryer soon. These additions help me function on a daily basis. It didn’t really feel like home until I was able to lounge on a comfy couch, wash clothes without lugging them somewhere (we are leaving the old washer and dryer at the Midlothian house for renters) and store more than a minifridge’s worth of groceries (which for some reason was stuffed with jumbo-sized condiment containers so I had plenty of ketchup but no room for eggs).
As for remodeling work, there’s a bit of frustration in getting things going. Seriously, we’ve had little luck with follow-through from contractors. A roofer will come out to look at the leak in the add-on (we’d like to address it before we have work scheduled for the bath, entry, and laundry room makeover) and then never call us again or mail us a quote. We’d love to use someone local but we don’t want to beg people to work for us. For now, we still live with an ice chest in the downstairs bathroom that we open when it rains. It doubles as a seat for me when Nora’s in the bathtub.
I have high hopes for having some things done before my July 12 due date but, realistically, none of it could happen. My urge to decorate is undeniable but must be somewhat refrained until other projects have been completed. I hope to tackle some smaller tasks (little decorative things I don’t need to rely on a contractor to begin, such as making some toy storage ottomans/kid seats out of galvanized buckets for under our coffee table and throw pillows for the sofas).
In the coming weeks we’ll move our furniture in and I know I’ll get some satisfaction out of figuring out where things should go. I will TRY to keep you posted.