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Home construction=cement pours and other stuff

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Front door and porch b/4 cement pour.

Jeff getting ready for pipe bending for forms

Frank working hard

This was where our old fireplace was located. We did these smaller cement pours ourselves.

The old fireplace area with the cement formed.

Frank digging holes for new footings

Jeff removing rotten floorboards

Front porch ready for cement truck

New added sq. footage, where new laundry room will be located.

Frank digging another footing. This one we will have to fill ourselves because of the locattion

Eventually the porch will have red brick on top of the cement.

Repair of floorboard in front of where the french doors will go. (old fireplace)

Jeff so proud of his work so far.

Different angle of the new sq. footage

Frank & Jeff using the new $200+ laser.

Inside out, outside in.

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SUBSMITH 9/22/2011 1:11PM

    Wow! It's looking awesome! You've all worked so hard. It's great how your hubby is teaching Frank so much. Don't suppose you'd like me to stop by Saturday morning and see how it's coming along? I reeeeally love the way it's gonna look with the french doors. And that front porch is great for a rocking chair. Just joking.... don't think I'll ever see you just sitting and watching the world go by! emoticon emoticon

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IZZYBEBOP 9/6/2011 11:06AM

    WOW! It's as if you are almost building an entire new house.

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    Wow! You all are doing awesome work! Looks great! Sorry that I haven't been posting. Somehow I got "unsubscribed" to your blogs! GRRR. Sorry about that. Love, Dawn emoticon

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BEEJAY49 8/23/2011 4:30PM

    Loooooking good! :) When you do it yourself, you take so much more pride in the finished product! :) Very nice!

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DDOORN 8/23/2011 8:50AM

    A WHOLE lotta work going down...AWESOME to be able to do it yourselves! You'll savor the finished product for many a year to come I'm sure!


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BD3269PM 8/23/2011 7:05AM

    Whew! All that work really paid off. Great new space. Enjoy emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/23/2011 2:27AM

    That's a lot of work. It is going to look so nice when it is done. More pics please hehe

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_LINDA 8/23/2011 1:23AM

    Wow!! What a lot of work! Its looking GREAT! Jeff is talented!! So glad this is progressing so well for you!!

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JAMER123 8/23/2011 1:10AM

    You have really done a lot of work so far. It looks as though it is coming together very well and it will be beautiful! But such hard work! I can see where you are getting a lot of fitness minutes and you will have "tons" of strength. Thank you for sharing and I will be awaiting pictures of the progress to come. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Just checking in.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Things have been going a bit slow on the house remodel because Jeff keeps getting called into work. Thats a good thing but we are now a couple of weeks behind in our progress. Had a 3rd inspection today and past, now we will start putting back up walls in one are of the house to build the new kitchen, laundry and bath. After all that is done we will demo the current kitchen area and hopefully be pretty much done by November.
As long as the weather holds and we don't get early rains we will be alright. We do have the Santa Ana winds to worry about come Sept., Oct. & Nov. I hope there are no big fires in our area because that would really suck. I remember in the fall of 1970 having to walk to school in pouring ash from fires that surrounded my hometown of Thousand Oaks, CA. They finally canceled classes after 2 days of going to school in the bad air. Too many students started to have breathing problems. Duh!
I have had good days and bad over the last 2 months. I keep having stomach problems and could be either stress from the house construction (although I don't feel stressed about it) but with Lupus, you never know. Or the current medication I have been on since 4/09 for my kidneys is giving me side effects. I looked it up on the net and I am betting that is my problem. I see my doctor on the 25th and will talked to him about this.
Talk to you all later. Hope everyone is getting in their exercise mins and drinking enough water too!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 8/11/2011 10:44PM

    Hopefully things will move along nicely for you. Bright blessings to you & yours. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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ONLY1LIZET 8/11/2011 4:26PM

    HI there! It's seems you and I are neck and neck in the rankings! Let's keep up the good work!!! You are motivating me to keep up my workouts, hopefully when you see my standing/rank right under yours, it motivates you as well! emoticon Keep it up!

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DDOORN 8/10/2011 11:14AM

    Lupus can be pretty tricky stuff...hang in there and feel well!


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_LINDA 8/10/2011 1:36AM

    Sorry you are not feeling good :( Delays in getting your house done would be stressful with the approach of bad weather like that a possibility. Hope you do get the medicine looked at. The 25th is a bit far away if you think you are having a reaction to it.
Still healing my foot after surgery so no exercise here :(, just a sore butt from having to sit so much, what a difference no exercise makes!!! Its still uncomfortable to walk on my foot. Always have lots of water, just don't feel right without it. Can't understand why people struggle so much to down it!! Most refreshing beverage there is when its hot and sunny!!
Hope you have a good week!
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JAMER123 8/10/2011 12:13AM

    It is so typical to have such delays and so frustrating. It sounds like you will have a beautiful home and that is what to look towards. Then you can look back and know it was all worth it. Glad you stopped in for a short visit. Stop in any time you have the time.

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The week

Friday, July 29, 2011

Well this week Jeff worked Mon-Thursday and Frank & him are doing some stuff to get ready for a concrect pour (hopefully on Monday). We are a bit behind but making money while we are spending money is a good thing. Also keeping up the bank hours for insurance is a big releaf for us. I have had his union insurance for a few months and it looks like we are good until at least Sept or Oct. at this point. Of course he will have more work b/4 than so it looks like we may be good for the rest of the year. You have to bank at leasst 135 hours a month to get the insurance. Our insurance company through his union changed at the beginning of the year to Aetna (which we don't really like too much, so far). We had Pricipal Life for 18 yrs and it was great. My friend Cora also has Aetna now and she hasn't been too happy with it either. I do think we have better coverage than what her hubby has from Boeing.
I made it to the gym on Monday and Thursday and used my stair stepper on Tuesday. I plan on using the SS again this evening too.
Getting a lot of nice walks with Phred the wonder dog too. He had his hair cut the other day and I think he is much more comfortable in the heat. He is such a
handsome dog, happy at home with us, just wish he got along better with other dogs and our human friends that come over. LOL Thats about it for now but know that I will be working on the house tomorrow.

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_LINDA 7/30/2011 11:59PM

    Bummer you can't choose what insurance you get:(( So glad things are progressing with your house! Way to go getting the fitness in! No photo of Phred's makeover?? Before and after??
Enjoy your weekend!

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TXGRANDMA 7/30/2011 3:25PM

    Glad that the work on the house is progressing! We have Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance from my work and I like it pretty well. We did have Aetna years ago, and I was not too impressed.
Glad that you are getting lots of exercise in and that Phred is doing well! Take Care...........
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LESSOFMOORE 7/29/2011 10:48PM

    Teri, it's good to hear that all is going well for you. Enjoy your weekend! emoticon

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JAMER123 7/29/2011 10:15PM

    Hi Teri. Good to see you around. I have not been keeping up with your activities and glad to see you are progressing. I am not familiar with Principle Life but a little with Aetna and if I were given the choice of several, that would be one I won't take (at least in MN.) Glad to hear you will at least be covered another yr. Take care and don't work too hard:)

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TWEETYKC00 7/29/2011 8:42PM

    sounds like you've been a little busy over there. just be glad you have insurance, not everyone does after all. do you have any pics of your pooch with the new hair cut? that would be fun to see.

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BKWERM 7/29/2011 6:58PM

    Glad to hear things are progressing. Sorry that your insurance isn't great anymore. Luckily my husband and I have good benefits through our jobs although my husband's plan is better than mine and usually pays for most of my RA drugs.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

We have had a slow week on progressing on the house. Jeff has gotten called into work a few times over the last couple of weeks. Which is a good thing. The weather has been pretty hot every after noon, so he takes a nap after lunch. Which really means my son and I also get a break. Thanks goodness we don't have the humidity that everyone else gets in the mid west and east coast. I hope the weather gets better for all my friends who live in these areas. Keep cool and drink plenty of water, OK
My good friend and neighbor Rosa is losing their home. Her daughter Frieda is like a grandchild to me. I am so sad, they have done everything but once again they are over 3 months behind on payments. The bank has already adjusted the home a couple of times, they are just too under water right now to keep making the payments. The home is lovely and was remodeled when they moved in just about 10 yrs. ago. They signed to put the home on a short sale. It could take months and we are all hoping the bank lets them stay for a while. Better to have a family in the house then for it to stand empty for months. Just have to wait and see how long they are allowed to stay. So many have lost so much. I hope something happens soon to turn this bad economy around.
Hugs to all.

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DDOORN 7/27/2011 9:12AM

    How wonderful it must be to craft a home entirely to your liking!

Your friend is fortunate to have you around during such tough times...


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    So sorry to read about your friends. I'll keep them in my prayers. Times are hard for so many. I hope that they find somewhere to live soon. Bright blessings to you my friend. emoticon emoticon

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LESSOFMOORE 7/24/2011 5:41PM

    Teri, it's sad to hear about your neighbor. Like you, I am looking for the economy to improve!

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_LINDA 7/24/2011 4:35PM

    So very sorry about your neighbor Rosa :(( The economy is tight for sure. Its ironic, all around my step dad's house, they are doing massive renovations on the properties around here. There is constant construction noise early in the morning until late at night. Then there is my sister, whose husband had three crop failures and had to give up farming his own property and work for others and my sister, in her 50's having to get a physically demanding janitor job for the public schools to help keep their farm afloat.. My brother also keeps two jobs going to support his family, a wife unable to work, and two adult children in between jobs and thinking secondary education. Some people are thriving, where as a lot are struggling, depending on how lucky you are in the job market, although a lot depends now on good secondary education..I hope Rosa has something good come her way..

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DEEDAYE 7/24/2011 4:02PM

    I will pray for Rosa and her family.

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TXGRANDMA 7/24/2011 1:33PM

    Teri, Glad you don't have the humidity problem. We don't either, cause things here are so dry, there is NO moisture!

So sorry to hear about Rosa and family losing their home. That is umimaginable and hope the bank allows them to stay in it. Prayers headed their way......

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RAINBOWCHOC 7/24/2011 3:31AM

    sorry to hear about your neighbour, it's always sad to lose someone but let's hope she can keep in touch

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Hi all.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Feeling so much better, even doing a little bit of walking without feeling light headed or like I am going to throw up.
We had our first inspection on the house and we past. Now we can pour our first concret and start putting the house back together. Of course once we are done with this half, and the new kitchen installed. Then it is the other half we will have to work on by removing the old kitchen. Weather has been warm but not overly hot here, which we are glad for. I know the week we took down all the walls it was 95+ everyday but dry. I hear from my friends in the mid-west and east that the weather has been just awful. I hope things cool off for you soon.

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LESSOFMOORE 7/24/2011 4:24PM

    So happy to hear that you're feeling better and that the house passed inspection! emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 7/21/2011 11:06PM

    Glad you are feeling better! Sounds like the house is coming right along! Your temps are cool compared to the rest of the country! Take care. emoticon

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TEDDYBEAR662 7/21/2011 9:32AM

    Glad you are feeling better!

Sounds like your house is coming along! Can't wait to see picture! Best of luck!!! WooHoo!

Hitting 100 or more today! We have an air warning out today! Meaning to stay in AC especially if you have respiratory problems, are elderly, or young children! The 3 H's are here, it definitely must be summer!

Again, best of luck with your health and house!!! Hugs

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_LINDA 7/21/2011 2:04AM

    Great news! Glad your weather cooled off. Ours did with a vengeance too! Went from 86 to 63 today!! Rainy with high winds which are still blowing hard at midnight!!
Have a Terrific Thursday!!

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TWEETYKC00 7/21/2011 12:03AM

    wow, that's great news for you with the house! are you doing before and after pictures?

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