Thursday, April 24, 2008

rolling right along!

I'm happy to say that things are rolling right along in Bradford county! lots of things to report since i last posted. Dave's job transfer went through, and as of last Saturday, he is the newest employee at the Lowe's in Sayre. now he will be up in monroeton 5 days, and home for 2- just the opposite of what we've been doing all winter.

we have spent 6-7 days working on the house this month, and i feel that we are really making alot of progress. i was able to go up 3 days, and got alot accomplished. one of my first projects was to clean upstairs. the boys and A helped with that. we washed down all the walls, as well as mopped all the floors. that really made a big difference! we are under no illusion that it will be the last time to clean- not even before we move in- but it felt good to get it done. now it smells really nice, and we know that all the dirt is ours, and not left over from some previous person! (btw, it should smell very nice- we used 3 40 oz. bottles of mr. clean!)

another special thing about that day was that for the first time, A came along with us. she had her cozy coupe car upstairs with us while we worked (plenty of room for that!) and between car rides she grabbed a rag and helped scrub the walls and floor. she also spent time down at the creek with dave throwing rocks. they had a great time doing that, and she still talks about it- "creek. Dada. stone. splash!" A loves to be outside, and she has also discovered worms. she has a little red enamel pot, and along with a spoon that she found, she goes around trying to convince different brothers to find worms for her. last week we weren't even there for 5 minutes, and G, D and i were turning over rocks for her to see if we could find some worms! after having A there with us for several days, and working around in the house on different projects, i have a pretty clear vision of what my life will be like once we move. i will spend half my time trying to keep the house (particularly the floors) clean, another half looking for whatever it is i need to use (since my family doesn't apparently believe in putting things away), and the other half looking for A. she seems to have a knack for disappearing. we put bells on her shoes, and that seems to be helping a little bit!

there is a big difference in the house now, even from just a few weeks ago. we have some more drywall hung in the living rooms. i would like to have all that hung before we move in, and i think that it will get done. it will be nice to have the main living area somewhat presentable when we move in. always good for the morale! there are also lights in most of the rooms, too- and not of the flood light variety, either- a real, honest-to-goodness light that you can turn on with a switch upon entering the room. never underestimate that luxury! and even better, they are really nice lights from Lowe's- not just bare bulbs hanging. we bought lights that will match- for the living rooms, kitchen, hallway and landing. they have a nice leaf scroll work on them. the front living room and our room will have fans, though. also purchased from Lowe's (need you ask?) the bathroom is moving forward again, with some of the bead board installed, and the sink is up and running. the toilet will be next, sometime next week. we will be getting a new septic tank early next week, to replace the one that rotted out and collapsed. my kitchen is functional= i have a sink, stove, dishwasher, and counters and shelves. we'll limp along like that until the fall, when the sill is fixed. the best part of the kitchen, in my opinion, is the floor. D ripped up all the old floor, and underneath is wide pine planks. i love old wood floors, and we spent considerable time and watter scrubbing the floor to clean and bleach it. it has really made a difference, and i love it! when the kitchen is done, we'll sand and finish the floors. it's very old and farmhousy looking. another step forward has been the laundry room- one of the last things we needed to do before moving in. dave has installed the light, and has the plumbing pretty well along in there.

we've even found time to begin on things outside. dave started tilling up his garden- over 100' long! it will be several years in the making,a s the soil is not too good, and filled with rocks, but he's looking forward to having another large garden. today when he went back, he took along bud, our red bone coonhound. bud weathered the ride well, and seems to be happy and settling in his new home. and on Tuesday, i went to pick up our chickens at the feed store. we have 36 peeps in our basement- destined for our freezer! A of course loves them, and wants to go down to see them often. she's going to be her dada's farmer girl!

life just continues to gallop along, and everyone is doing well, and fairly busy. we're coming down to the wire of when we will actually move, and i'm realizing that we'll need to start putting things in boxes again! we have a nice collection of them in the garage, just waiting for all our stuff...

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