We decided to keep it home, in the camper, to spend the holiday morning instead of taking advantage of the empty house across the street, while the owners were in Reno.
We opened presents soon after waking up, though Rebecca came to us at 5:45 and asked if Santa had indeed paid a visit. Though it wasn't light outside yet, we opened the blinds facing the house and took a look for evidence of his arrival. Lo and Behold, there on the front patio was a collection of pretty, wrapped gifts!
It was still too early, so we let her climb into bed with us and wait another 90 minutes or so. After it began to get light outside, and after mom and dad had their ritual morning cuppa joe, dad went out and started retrieving the gifts.
The big hits this year were, starting with Rebecca, a brand new big kids bike; mom got a Garmin GPS for her car, and dad got a set of Orion binoculars for astro, as well as terrestrial, viewing.
We got a good dousing overnight. It seemed to be a good, steady rain over the course of many hours.
I walked through the house after it started to get light this morning, armed with a Mag Light and looking for leaks in the roof. What prompted me to do this was a pretty good sized leak that was evident right outside the dog food room. There is a big puddle on the tile floor, and some of the overhead lumber is wet.
Inside the dog food room, there was another, albeit smaller, leak, with a smaller puddle on the floor.
The third and final leak I found was in bedroom number two, close to the wall where the patio cover meets the house. Water was dripping down from the wall, hitting the bottom of what will be the window sill, and splashing onto the wood floor. It was pretty easy to spot.
Since it was a good rain, I looked all around the house for more signs of leakage. But these were the only ones found. Mentioning it to the crew, they said they've been aware of them and have been monitoring them.
Seems it would have been more prudent to just get the roof completely on and finished, no?
Earlier this week, we signed up with a cabinet guy. He's got a shop not too far from the house.
He'll be building the base and upper cabinets in the kitchen, the island with bookcases on each end, and upstairs, the vanity cabinet, the face frame and four doors of the linen closet, and finally the floor to ceiling bookshelf at the top of the stairs.
We got bids from three different cabinet guys, and it was amazing how close they all were in price. There were few variations, such as which sliders/rails that would be used, but all the other variables were the same, such as wood species, ply vs particle board, dovetail corners, etc.
Tentative date of installation is the third week of January. Good thing we got our appliances picked out, ordered and their delivery scheduled!
Yes, that's right.. after 3 years of trying and 2 failed attempts we are at 9 weeks.
We haven't told Penny yet. We are waiting for our appointment at 12 weeks. That's when we get our first Ultra Sound. That will be a good time for her to find out. We'll be out of the first trimester and it will be something tangible to see and hear.
All the chinese calendars say it's a boy.. but we wont know for sure until 20 weeks.
More to come... stay tuned.
oh..and mike.. it's ok to spread the word if you just can't stand it.
We finally got to the point today where we are doing the electrical walkthrough. What this means is that we walk around, plans in hand, through the entire house and decide where we want to put electrical outlets, cable TV and phone lines, light switches, can lights, etc.
This is a bit of a big deal since this is the one major opportunity we have to get it right with respect to lighting and plug locations.
It will be nice to have a lot more electrical sockets in the locations that make more sense, as well as all new, grounded outlets throughout the house.