Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thursday this and that

Bits of this and that:

3 close by gun shots at 4am this morning. Who would be shooting in the dark at 4am? LOL. DH said it sounded like a "22" so they couldn't be shooting at anything too big.

Now a good friend's FIL just passed away. Another nice man I knew. He ran a auto repair shop and the only guy we trusted to take our cars to, when we needed repairs.

The excavating guy we use said if he ever builds a house he's going to steal our plans ;) He came yesterday afternoon to prep for our front porch concrete and also prepped the pad in front of the big tall shop door.

This morning the head framer says the excavating guy didn't do the front porch pad big enough, it was supposed to be 2 feet outside of the posts. Well....maybe if you would have been here working yesterday you could have seen that while he was doing it..........

It's 28 degrees outside this morning, but supposed to get to 65 degrees today. Wooo!

Our fence guy recommended an electrician to get a bid from. He came out yesterday. We both really liked him a lot. We are so hoping his pricing his more reasonable. Even his business card says "Our prices won't shock you!"  haha.  He also had some good suggestions.

DH has twice now said "I really like the guy who is building down on the last lot". I still have not met him yet! I've talked to his wife several times, but it's always during the day and he's at work. He was pulling in our street, home from work, when DH and the excavator were out there talking, so he stopped to say hi to them. They are finishing the inside of their home themselves. Ahh to be young again.

My foot just fell asleep for no reason

Yesterday, our black dog (aka the chipmunk hunter) was obsessed with our neighbors little pickup truck they have parked on the edge of their driveway. Figured it must have some critter hiding in the engine compartment. Gave him a call with a heads up. LOL  He said he's had to set traps before (usually a pack rat).

Our yellow lab mix dog needs a winter coat! He wants to be outside all morning with DH and the work crew, but he gets cold, so he's back at the door to come in. Then 5 minutes later he forgets how cold it was outside and wants back in.            

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Another friend lost

It seems like there has been so much death in relatives, friends and acquaintances this year. Yesterday we found out a friend we had, when our son raced, passed away after a long battle with cancer. DH knew him better than I did. When at the races I wasn't usually in the mix of talking race cars with the guys, haha. But, I remember him as a very nice guy and our sons were good friends and the same age (when most of the racers were older adults guys). They stopped racing about a year after we did. I'm not sure why, but assumed it was for the same reason we did....just too expensive. We've all kept in touch via Facebook, over the last 6 years or so. 

I was trying to figure out why the news of his death hit me so hard yesterday. And then DD kind of said the same thing. She said she just felt so sad over it. It's not like we were super close family friends. Just for a few years, basically. We didn't socialize outside of racing. DH sent his son a message saying how sorry he was to hear about his dad. His son actually sent back words of comfort. He said "my dad really liked you and 2010 was the best times we ever had and you and your family were a big part of it".

Then I realized why this man's death has affected me so much. We did a racing tour that summer of 2010. While hard, it was so much fun at the same time. I think that's probably what I also link this nice man to, the memory of that time together, as families and friends. A time when our son was still with us. He had just graduated high school and the future seemed so promising. Honestly, I would have thought this other kid would have been the one to turn out like our son has. He was such a goofball teenager. Didn't care much about school, etc. I've been pleased to watch him turn into a very hardworking, responsible young man and father, himself. He learned a very high paying trade and does well.

RIP friend. I'm glad to know he won't be suffering from that horrible disease any longer.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Wow factor

I took that picture of them setting the beam yesterday, but didn't really go outside the rest of the day. And I couldn't see what the construction guys were doing the rest of the day, as the front of the house was blocking what they were working on. Until late afternoon, DH said come out and look.......

I was a bit in awe, to say the least. I've seen it in drawings and plans and in my head, what it was going to look like, but to see it come to life was pretty amazing. (I was standing in our loft sitting area looking across/down into the great room). I can also tell this loft sitting area is going to be one of my favorite places to cozy up and read a book. We're putting a little fake electric fireplace up there, too. I can just imagine sitting there, looking out the big windows to snow covered trees :)

Today they are working on sheeting that roof area, which I'm sure will change it even more on how it looks/feels. I need to do some research on what kind of electric fireplace insert to get. They seem to be pretty reasonably priced and framer just wants to know if it needs to be vented or not. It's going to be built in a short half wall in the sitting room. It doesn't appear that these types I'm looking at do need venting. Does anyone have an electric fireplace? This one on Amazon has good reviews.

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Choice-Products-SKY1826-Fireplace/dp/B00UY3GRYG/ref=sr_1_10?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1539709459&sr=1-10&refinements=p_n_feature_thirteen_browse-bin%3A17160406011

It looks like I will get to see DD again next month. They are planning on coming over mid November weekend with their new camper trailer and spending the weekend.  I just hope by then there are no issues for them to get over the passes to get here and back home. Next week is my trip over to see her, mom, and my boss/office. DD has a Saturday appt. set up to try on wedding dresses at David's Bridal with me, my mom and her future MIL.

Just got news an old friend has lost his long battle with cancer. So sad. Seems like so many have lost their lives so young lately. Our boys were good friends.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Sunny productive Monday, along with some excitement

While it's very cold, at least the sun is out and no rain is expected for at least the next week and a half. The crane guy showed up this morning to set the big beam that runs across the peak of the roof, across the great room. Most of this beam will be visible in the ceiling. And now with that set, they can finish getting the rafters in and sheeting for the roof.



I started the morning off with 5 quick M-Turk surveys and have $6.75 today, so far. One paid $3 and was supposed to take 30 minutes. I timed it and took me 10 minutes.  It was interesting. A new survey showed up, but when I clicked on it I got the message that there were no more of these hits available. I get that quite often, but this time I clicked on the hit (a $2 one) a second time and then I was able to do it. I'll have to try that more often.


OMG - lots of excitement just happened. I heard dogs yipping like crazy. Look out the door and see the framer's tiny dog running off with something huge in it's mouth! It was a packrat. Apparently our black dog has been fixated on a pile of lumber all morning. DH went to see what he was trying to get and the rat ran out of the lumber. The dogs gave chase. Through the house, around the patio, back in the house and it came right through the laundry back into the garage where DH was still standing and went between two pieces of plywood setting up alongside a wall. DH held it between there, where it started to climb up, so he wacked it with a piece of wood, dead. The tiny dog grabbed it (this is when I looked out the window) and took off running as fast as she could. It was almost as big as her LOL! Her human dad got her to bring it to him and in the garbage can it went. We are so getting a cat or two when this house is done, LOL.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Cold, hot or warm

We kind of were slow to get going yesterday. Finally, around 1:30 we got outside and DH started putting in the "blocking" for the recessed lights in the garage. At least for this (compared to the shop) there were only 9 to install (instead of 30) and he only had to stand on a ladder to reach. Much easier, though for some reason he sure seemed to be having trouble even screwing a dang screw into the boards.  Finally got done around 7:30pm (we should have started earlier!). The late dinner was some New England clam chowder soup, crackers, and some jello parfait.

I don't know what he has been puttering around outside this morning doing. It's only 34 degrees out. I see our neighbors have a couple of fires going - burning brush, etc. I just finished cleaning "house". Which consisted of washing the dishes from yesterday, cleaning the bathroom and vacuuming the carpet we have in our sleeping area and a couple of runner rugs in the "kitchen", and dusting what I can. It sure seems to get dusty in here, which I'm sure is from all the construction.

The framers are supposeded to have the house roof done and sheeted by the end of this week. The garage/bonus room is sheeted and so far about 1/4 of the house is. They still have to install a big beam across the great room and then they can finish framing the roof and sheeting it all. With what they have sheeted so far on the roof, it's making the house look a lot more "normal" size, haha. It was looking huge to me up until then.

I finished that good book "The Snow Child". Of course, it's one of those that leaves you wondering what exactly happened, at the end. While it was a very good story, I like to have answers and closure, LOL. Then my next book reserved became available and I quickly read that one in about a day and a half....the latest in the Longmire books. Now I'm starting a science fiction novel called "Station Eleven".

We are trying to figure out our heater, here in the shop. The inside temp of the shop seems to stay during the day around 70 degrees. We have the heater set at 63, but it comes on all the time. By morning it's like a toast 73 degrees inside. I'm guessing it gets warmer during the night because the door isn't being opened a hundred times a day. But, what we don't get, is if we have it set at 63 and it's higher temp than that inside, why is it even coming on? The guy who installed it did mention something about it coming on to circulate air, too, so maybe that's what it's doing, but it sure seems like it's heat. The heater is on the wall on DH's side of the bed. The past few morning he sees our inside temp at 73 (he's too warm) and says "it's 73 degrees in here, did you turn the heater up or something". And each time I say "no....I haven't touched it....."Finally this morning I said, well, then turn it down a few degrees to 60!

We have two temperature sensors inside the shop. One is on the other side as part of the garage door openers. Right now they are saying 67. Then Dh has a "weather station", over next to the heater wall and it is saying 69.  The heater, set at 60, just kicked on for about a minute, blowing, heat. I don't get it. But, I will make sure it's turned down to 60 at night when I go to bed and see if that helps not get it so warm during the night.

Friday, October 12, 2018

TGIF sun

I got my sun yesterday, finally. and it's nice and sunny (but cold) today. Now they are predicting a bit of snow tomorrow morning, but I doubt it will happen. All next week it's supposed to be sunny and get up to mid 60's. Good for construction.

In order for us to watch a bit of tv here and there, I can log into my mom's Xfinity/Comcast account via our computers and devices. I opened the infinity steaming on DH's computer and set it up, logged in, with a short cut to make it easy for him, so he could watch his news shows when he wanted. Well, I had no idea he still uses his old comcast email we had previously (from 2 years ago at old house). He's always used aol email. But, I guess he still occasionally gets emails via there (notified on his phone) and got one last night he wanted to reply to, but on his computer it was now logged in with my mom's info. Of course he doesn't know his password for his comcast email. Of course it's 10pm and I was already asleep. Of course it's my fault he lost his password list/paper. I tried to reset it, but apparently he had his security question answer wrong. Finally he said just figure it out tomorrow - while he sat and complained about it for 10 minutes. I said I didn't realize he even used a comcast email account.

Sometime during the night (when the dog woke me up to go outside again -he's still having some diarrhea for some reason) I then had trouble falling back asleep. A thought occurred to me that shouldn't there be a way to see all the stored passwords in Firefox? You know, how when it asks you if you want to save the log in and passwords? So, I got up this morning and figured out (pretty easy) how to find all those various website passwords. I was pretty much able to re-create his paper list of passwords (cuz he can't just try to use the same password or two for everything) and got him logged back in.

I'm going to try to give our dog some boiled white chicken and rice for the next day or so and see if that helps him. Otherwise he seems fine. Has an appetite and normal energy. And I have some chicken breasts taking up some room in my tiny freezer, that I probably won't make anything with while here in the shop.

Well, the rest of the afternoon I am off work, so I am going to take a nap.  Sleep hasn't been very good the past 2 nights, so I am in need of a good nap right now.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

where's my sun I was promised?!

I'm in the middle of a really good book called "The Snow Child" by Eowyn Ivey. So far it's a very intriguing story of a childless couple in the wilds of Alaska who build a snowgirl and she appears to come to life.

Here's a recent pic of the house construction, from the other day, when the ground got tore up again. A lot is getting done, it just seems really slow, for some reason. Probably because on any given day, there are only 2 guys working on it. We had to go into the city yesterday and met with the contractor to go over his draw request and he said they should be ready to start roofing at the end of next week. His son (the head framer) got back yesterday (1/2 day for him) and when we got back and DH told him what his dad said, he just rolled his eyes. Ya, we didn't think he was that close either. Not sure how contractor would even know for sure, he hasn't been out here in weeks. Let alone the head framer has been gone most of the last 2 weeks.

The backhoe had to dig two holes for the front porch posts and also the ditch for a power line to come in to the front door. DH wants to hook up a switch where we can open the front gate from inside our front door.


Not a good night's sleep. Got woke up around 1am as our older dog needed to go outside. Then later we got woken up to hearing him pacing around. Turns out he had diarrhea in several areas on the rugs. Ugh. So, I was up at 4:30 trying to clean those messes up. Crawled back in bed at 5am and then we both overslept until 7:40. Not sure what is wrong with him. Hopefully nothing serious. I gave him about half his breakfast this morning (he went outside with DH for awhile) to see how he does with it. He's just been staying in the shop with me, snoozing. So far so good. I think I'll wait another hour or so and give him the other half of his breakfast.

I continue to plug away at extra earning via M-Turk. I try for $3 a day/approx $100 for a month. Some days I get less, some days I get more.  One of these days I hope to have more time to invest to figure out how to qualify for more of the hits. The only way, on most days (unless I happen to get lucky and find a good paying one), that I can get $3 is to just keep checking back off and on all day. Something new will be added and they usually get snagged up quick. I transferred $65 to my bank account last Friday and right now I have another $20 earned. I put the transferred money into my old checking account (along with the $200 bonus I got, recently) and will use it to put towards DD's wedding dress. We are going looking when I visit her in 2 weeks. Hopefully I can transfer another $50 into there from earnings. Right now I have $341 in the account and am hoping to have $400 by the time I visit her. If she doesn't find a dress then, I'll just keep saving.

It's supposed to be totally sunny today. I see no sun. Just overcast and it's almost noon. I'm ready to see some sun again.

I had to order DH some Casoron weed killer. This is his "go-to" stuff he likes to use and boy is it expensive. He wasn't quite sure how much he'd need. One 50 lb bag for sure, probably two. So I ordered 2 bags....at $203 each! But, I guess in the grand scheme of things spending that once a year is still cheaper than hiring a lawn service company to fertilize and weed (like our neighbors use). And good news, DH was able to get all he wanted covered with one bag this morning, so he is able to save the other bag for next time.

I was texting with my old neighbor friend the other night and she says she uses the Walmart pick up order service. Orders online (even fresh food) and then goes into the city and picks it up. She said it's working great and she hasn't been disappointed yet with the service. Once I have a real kitchen again, I am going to try this out. What a time saver not to have to spend 45 minutes or so walking around the store with a heavy cart trying to stock up. And then having to load it all into my car myself.