Friday, April 30, 2010

What to do?

Having heating/plumbing men here all day has been interesting. Right now we even have two instpectors. I'm sitting downstairs listening, and hoping they finish today. It's already 2:00 and it doesn't look anywhere near finished. I baked a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies, and have enjoyed some quiet time looking through a magazine. Now what to do?

2010 ~ Year of the House

Kevin termed the phrase "2010~ Year of the House"; and how right he was. As you know, we finished installing our floors early in the year, and thought we were done for awhile. But then we woke one morning to a leaking dishwasher. We bought a new dishwasher the beginning of March. We bought a pretty nice one because we wanted it to last for many years. Ten short days later, it started to make a loud noise. We went back to the store, receipt in hand and were told we could only return it within 7 days if it was defective, 10 days they would have to put in a warranty call. So after finding a repairman who would come after 3:30 ( a hard task to find one of those I might add) we had the initial visit, and then he had to order a part.
Wednesday they finally got it fixed.

As you also know, the hail storm we had did some severe damage to our roof, so we ended up getting that replaced. The Amish men came Thursday to put that on. I was really impressed, they got here at 7:45 and immediately climbed onto the roof and had half the shingles (two layers) torn off by the time I left for work at 8:20. When I got home at 4:00, they were almost finished with the house, and were about ready to begin on the garage. It took 3 men less then 12 hours to finish it all. When Kevin got home, both he and I started cleaning up the front yard. We knew they wouldn't finish before dark if we didn't help out. Their driver went and picked up two Amish boys after school, and they helped clean up too. It was a hot and windy day,81 degrees, I made some sweet tea and I had a cold watermelon in the frig, so I cut that up, and we all enjoyed the cold sugar boost.

Mid March, our furnace started smoking. Thankfully we were home when that happened, so we quickly turned off power to it and called the repairman. I forget what was wrong, but we tried repairing it and then it still didn't work right so we bit the bullet and decided to get a new heat-pump/air/furnace. So today, Friday, I took the day off of work, and the furnace men are here and trying to get that installed. First, they were planning putting it near our back door, and I dug the hostas up, so they could put it there. When they unloaded the unit, I thought "no way do I want that huge thing by our back door". I called Kevin and got his opinion and we ended up having them put it at the far end of the back of the house. It's a little more work for the guys, but this is something we will have to live with for decades, hopefully. They have to move a shut off switch, and use more conduit, and it will cost about $250 more then the other plan, but that's okay, when we are talking as much money as a new unit costs that's nothing. :-(
Since we were changing the location of the unit, I needed to dig up the hostas on the other side of the house. Now I have tons of hostas sitting out under the deck waiting for a new home. Some in rubbermades and some just on the ground. While the workers have been working, and since I was already dirty from moving plants, I got the garage cleaned out a little, and got recyclables sorted and ready to take in, and got all my pots with dirt emptied and ready for new plants.

Kevin was right when he said this is the Year of the House. I just pray this is the extent of it. We do want to paint the house, but after the roof, and furnace, that will be nothing...

We'll keep you posted.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Gotta get a new roof

The hail storm gave us a new roof.
Well we don't have one yet, but we've finally settled on a contractor, and color, style, etc.
Hopefully, by next week we will have a van load of Amish men pulling up to our house to put a roof on for us.

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Laundry for two isn't nearly as bad as laundry for four, but it still isn't any fun.
Today is a drizzly overcast lazy day, so I decided to tackle the laundry.
I just got the last load into the dryer and am sitting here sorting socks.

Happiness is an empty laundry hamper

And happiness is a pile of mated socks with no leftovers.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Puddy Bath

Puddy was on the deck this morning and decided to jump, it had rained pretty heavily in the night and was very muddy. Puddy came home very wet and muddy...

trying to escape

"I will clean myself, see"

"Oh No, I hate baths"

"If I could just get one more paw over the edge"

"Really, I need help now!"

"I won't sit down! I won't I say!"

"Oh the humanity!"

the shake of shame

"I'm glad it was you and not me. HA HA HA!"

Doug lives next door to us.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Veishea 2010

Yesterday, Kevin and I headed to Ames to spend the day with the kids. Iowa State University was celebrating Veishea...
What is VEISHEA?

VEISHEA is an annual celebration held at Iowa State each spring, and one of its oldest traditions. It serves as a showcase and display of the Iowa State community with a wide variety of educational and entertainment events.

What does "VEISHEA" stand for?

VEISHEA was named in 1922 by Professor Frank D. Paine, Department of General Engineering. He combined the first letters of the colleges at that time, and the name has stuck ever since. The word VEISHEA (pronounced "VEE-sha") stands for:

  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Industrial Science
  • Home Economics
  • Agriculture

We had a great time walking miles around campus, Kris, Melinda, Allison, Emmy, and Travis all joined us. We enjoyed the parade, and all the booths. The campus was beautiful with flowering trees and bushes, and we couldn't have asked for better weather, 64 degrees and sunny!