Thursday, May 25, 2017

Exterior plaster prep; upstairs tile mostly done. Issues, problems, expenses all day long. Shares needed.

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Yesterday I said today would be crazy-busy. I had no idea. This day has been a theatre of the absurd, and on a day with both a migraine and pain levels jacked to eleven, so I'm doing well to string two words together at this point.

Philip and Steve showed up at 8 AM, and from that point on, it's been just ridiculous. In addition to them, we had the gravel guys with the load of sand, and the guys from Randall's with the pallets of Portland cement and lime:

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The tile guys got here not long after, and they more or less finished off the upstairs bath. The sealant isn't here yet (see below; if I'd known, we would've brought it home with us on Tuesday, but whatever), but that's all that remains to be done, and it couldn't've been done today anyway, since the grout has to dry first. The sealant will give it that nice dark shiny look.

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Then my b-i-l showed up with the three nieces in tow to pick up some ramps to work on his daughter's car. The girls wanted to pet the chickens (meaning the baby chicks), and the youngest managed to get herself stuck in the bathroom. Yes, she's out now. She has a new nickname.

I spoke with Lowe's at 8:45 AM, and they said delivery was scheduled for between 8 AM and noon. Gee, nice of you to let us know about the 8 AM thing, because the gate's not usually open then, but whatever. They never showed. I found out, close to 6 PM, that something's still not in, redelivery is scheduled for Sunday, and they were supposed to have called Wings to let him know but no one did. That's not a "but whatever."

Philip and Steve will be back at 7:30 AM tomorrow, which means I have to get up and around even earlier to get stuff done before they get here, and they'll finish the final (west) wall of upstairs lath and start plastering. They had to do some extra stuff on the lower level today, because the crew skipped a step, apparently; that's handled. Starting tomorrow, the house will begin to look very, very different, with the base coat going on; they expect to get two sides done tomorrow, and the rest on Sunday, if the weather permits. It'll be gray, but the paper and lath will finally be covered; the color comes in a few weeks.

In the meantime, this happened, which points up the necessity of scrounging up the $12K to fix the problem with spring flooding the new septic pit:

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So we need shares. We laid out an unholy amount of money today, and there will be more on Sunday, and more still next week, and none of that touches the septic system fix. We're back to needing consistent daily shares to keep the work going; otherwise, we'll be calling a halt next week. Here are all the links:
  1. First, to donate, the PayPal link is here.
  2. Second, for sales (which we really need to make, and I'll be highlighting some of his high-end stuff on the site this week), the link to Wings's site (preferably with a testimonial, if you have some of his work), because sales are gonna keep this thing rolling. 
  3. And finally, the link to our wishlist (which badly needs updating), with an emphasis on the Lowe's gift cards, because those are what will help us pay for all the stuff that will make this place liveable, like a water heater and flooring and so forth. 
As I've also been saying, we need to make some sales, and sales of some of Wings's bigger-ticket items would go a very, very long way toward this phase (the most expensive of the entire process, unfortunately). And now, I have to figure out something for dinner using a brain that's no longer functioning, and then I have more work ahead of me tonight, so I'd best get on it. Many thanks and much love to everyone.

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