Welcome to our travels and adventures

Welcome to our travels and adventures

Many Hands Make Progress Fun

1410128 Oct 19 Sod Laid On Second Compost PileToday, Sunday, Oct 19th, we are taking a day off! Yes, a day off. But, before we do, we created a couple of earth berms to help keep the rain water from the road away from the house and it needed some sod to keep it in place. Then we cleaned up so we could be somewhat presentable. We are having friends from Minnesota stop by for a few days to lend a hand or two. We met Dick & Karla at a Habitat for Humanity caravan build in Thibodaux, Louisiana, in 2005 and have been good friends ever since. They have a winter place in Florida and are on their way south and stopped by for a few days – we had a great time and with their help, moved our project forward.

Anne, our cousin in London was judging in Toronto and also stopped by for a tour of our project and stayed overnight. First though, Anne wanted a tour of Buffalo before arriving here! She was in the wrong lane on the QEW a1410131 Oct 20 Karla Barb Dick Working On Cupboardsnd missed the last turn off before crossing the Peace Bridge into the USA, she gave us a ‘panic’ call as she was crossing into Buffalo. After she arrived, the 5 of us had a terrific evening.

1410132 Oct 20 Karla Nailing On Back Of CabinetThe next day after saying goodbye to Anne and with 8 very capable hands, we start assembling the kitchen cabinet bases. After we paint, we have to have the kitchen counter company in to measure up so we can order the counter top. So Dick & I carted the bases in from 1410136 Oct 20 Karla Checking Instructionsthe garage/workshop/storage space and the 4 of us start the assembly. Once you get through one, the rest seem fairly easy to understand and complete – there has to 1410139 Oct 20 Big Cupboard Moved To Fridge Sidebe something wrong with this picture, there were no ‘spare’ parts left over when a cabinet was done! Anyway, by mid afternoon we are done and decided that we need to install the door and window trim before we paint – all the trim is going to be painted out with the walls to help make the place look bigger. So, off to the store to buy buy buy.


1410146 Oct 21 Dick Bringing In The Window FramesOn Tuesday, Dick & I measured, cut and fit the trim while Karla 1410151 Oct 21 Dick Terry Working In Garageand Barb nailed and filled nail holes. By the end of the day, we had all the trim up, nail holes filled and could be ready for paint after some sanding. It was a busy couple of days with our Minnesota buddies and we all had fun being together, building, yakking and enjoying the company. Thanks guys, we hope to see you again soon.  May you have safe travels on your journey south.


1410154 Oct 21 Karla Ready For Happy Hour

1410172 Oct 24 Barb Painting Study WindowOn Wednesday, Barb & I started the task of final inspections 1410182 Oct 25 Barb Sanding Mudroom Windowsand corrections before we break out the paint brushes and rollers. As we were getting ready to paint, Larry, my next older brother walked in the back door – what a surprise for us. After the ‘cooks’ tour, we sat about chatting and catching up. He left early afternoon for his drive back to Whitevale. Barb & I got a couple of ceilings painted before we ran out of light.


1410163 Oct 23 Terry Attaching Light To CeilingOn Thursday, Barb continued working on the tri1410168 Oct 24 Terry Installing Front Door Potlightsm and I got the lighting installed in the front room. At the end of the day, we drove into Ikea to return a damaged cabinet and exchange a wall cabinet for a bigger unit for over the fridge. Another long day but we see progress and it’s exciting to see the kitchen cabinets.



1410175 Oct 25 Terri Barb Painting In The BathroomFriday was more of the same, painting, lighting 1410173 Oct 24 Terry Painting Hall Ceilingand priming trim. Terri arrived later to help with the paining over the weekend. So on Saturday, it was the three of us, rollers whirring, brushes slapping and even I helped out a little!


1410184 Oct 25 Terri Finished In Bedroom

That’s it for our week, we hope all is good where you are….

1 comment:

  1. with the two of you and the personality you posses you will get this job done with your hands tied behind your backs ...wishing you all the best in the finishing time .. ttyl and great big hugs.