Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Houses update

I can't imagine how this can be that interesting to anyone, but I'll do another update on how the house transition is going because some of you are curious.

Pick a color, any color.
At the current house, we continue to sort and purge things. There's not too much we can pack yet because we are either using it or might use it for staging. However, most of our books have been gone through and packed and some of the mementos and craft items.  We continue to give several bags, boxes, or van loads away every week including some furniture. However, the house is still full. You can accumulate a lot in 19 years even when you get rid of things regularly.

What I'm most interested in is the new yard and transferring some of the things from the current yard to there. However, several of the new beds are overrun with poison ivy so we are going to have to hire someone to pull it before we can work in them.  Poison ivy is hard to get rid so it may take a couple of years. However, we have found someone to mow the lawn at the new house and we are mowing the lawn at the current house after we got the lawn mower fixed. Not an easy task, but it's done. Also, we set up a couple of bird feeders at the new place hoping the birds will find them before the winter. There was not an obviously good place for them, but we can work on that when we move in.

We have finally gotten all of the wallpaper off the walls in Wally's old room. Now it's time for all of the prep work for painting. Yuck. But even more yuck, we have wallpaper to remove in Theo's old room. Still lots to do here before we put the house on the market.

Work is finally progressing at the new house. The bathroom is about half done and floor work started yesterday. I'm not sure a day's gone by in the last month or two that we haven't been in some kind of home improvement store picking out something. We pretty much remain confused with all of the choices. Today is paint color.

The furnace doesn't work in the new shop, so Ward has been researching other heating methods. Well, actually, the furnace does work, but the tech cut the wires on it so it wouldn't work because it's not safe.

Computer time is up for now, so there's a partial brain dump from the swirling that goes on in my head pretty much all of the time. It's all going to be good in the end, but still many miles to go before I can sleep.


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  1. Ugh. I don't envy you. It's funny, but paint colors are one of the hardest things for me to pick out--when we redid our kitchen, I knew exactly what to pick out for cabinetry, countertops, etc., but paint color?????? Maybe because the colors shift so much with the changing light.

    Good luck with your continuing projects at two different houses. I hope it's not TOO many miles to go before you can sleep. :)

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    1. Light really does make a difference. In our bedroom, we have an accent wall that is darker than the others. However, in some light, you can't tell the difference. I was planning to chose a generic shade of white for the bathroom, but the contractor said we really need to get some color in there. I'm not opposed to color. I like it, but it the choosing of it that's the problem.

      The light at the end of the tunnel for this whole process is still not much brighter than a match. However, at least now there is a light.

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  2. Working on two houses at the same time has to be difficult, but it sounds like you are making steady progress, so that has to be good. I wimped out on paint color - everything is white, except the hallway, which I painted lilac!

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    1. Everyday I tell myself that we are making steady progress, but I just want it to happen faster. But good things come to all who wait, or something like that.

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  3. I love picking out paint colors! But I would suggest you get samples when you narrow it down to a few colors you like and paint large (2x2) sections on the walls and look at it in natural light as well as under lights at night, since light changes the colors so dramatically. And how do I know all this? Experience of the not great kind.

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    1. The contractor is going to be doing the painting in the bathroom and needs the paint tomorrow otherwise we'd be painting sections like you suggested. I don't very well with the little samples, so I am carrying things around and holding them to walls or other large blocks of color to see how they look. So far, I've found a couple of things that don't look good and nothing that looks great.

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  4. I think it's interesting because I can read all about it and then think "Boy, I'm glad it's not me!". I don't have any sense of decorating so picking paint colors would be torture for me (this beige or that beige?!) and I probably wouldn't like what I would pick in the end anyway. So good luck to you.

    I do believe you when you say that despite taking truckloads of stuff to your new house, your old house is still full. I think the hardest part of a move for me would be determining how large of a moving truck we would need. Probably one truck just for my pantry, hahaha.

    I hope the furnace replacement for the shop isn't too expensive. It's too bad that you're headed into winter now so you really need to figure it out soon or your hubby won't be using the shop any time soon, eh?

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    1. I've been carrying around a vanity door, a tile, and a sample of our counter top tonight to where there are big areas of color such as walls and sheets. I just have too hard of a time with those little samples. I have some blue possibilities for Ward to look at.

      My husband was very disappointed that the furnace in the shop doesn't work. He's been researching what might be a good system to get. And none of them are cheap. However, I want him to have heat so he can unpack things this winter.

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  5. That sounds like so much work. I hope in the end, you can rest up and enjoy your new place.

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    1. It is a lot of work, but it will be good in the end.

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  6. Two houses at a time AND poison ivy! Jeesh! Keep up the hardwork, it'll all come together before ya know it :o)

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. I need it.

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