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Another head scratcher

Electrical boxes right next to studs, but mounted only to the drywall leaves one frustratedly asking, ” who does that?!? Joe is replacing all of the outlets with tamper resistant ones for baby safety. A big, though not very noticeable change. Other big things are happening though! Pictures soon, if I’m not dead from gardening.

They say

Everything takes twice as long and costs twice as much as you expect. Not true. It’s 3 times as much/long. 😉 Painting is just about done. Floors are almost all sanded. In another “who does that” moment, we discovered a flooring patch in the kitchen, near the sink made from drywall. Seriously. There were also osb, particle board, & plywood patches. The craftsmanship in this prior kitchen renovation wasn’t exactly Norm Abrams quality. Ugh. Oh well. We’ve resigned ourselves to moving after the baby arrives since I’m due in 5 days. Joe & my parents are working their butts off. Sone of my Aunts & my cousin Jeanette came to help, too. We are so blessed to have such great family & friends. 🙂

Rumor has it

that tomorrow will be the day primer, and dare I say it…. PAINT might start to appear somewhere other than in buckets in the coat closet or holding up a window a/c unit. I think Patricia’s room is going to be the lucky one that gets to look like a real room again. Two of my aunts called and announced they wanted to paint this week…. so why turn down free labor? 🙂 Aunt Marcy has already been a huge help, lending both Big Bertha and her own blood and sweat (but no tears!) to us on a few occasions. Aunt Annie has yet to see our little project of a house.

Patsy Lou had a grand time showing off her new house to her Aunt Allie last night. She’s in town for a conference, and the unexpected visit is a nice treat. Patsy ran laps like a crazy toddler, I chased (well, waddle-walk chased being I’m nearly 35 weeks pregnant), and Joe gave the official tour.

In already in progress news: my parents have been going gang busters on the trim, and it looks great! Paint remover followed by a pass with a belt sander seems to be the ideal method for preping the old trim for new paint. The top layer of paint on everything peels away in huge chunks. It’s fun to sit around and pull at it…. which means it’d be even more fun for a toddler to sit around and pull it off, and then probably eat it. So, it all must be re-done. Oh, wait, I forgot. Not all of the paint peels easily off the paint below. Sometimes, they just painted over painter’s tape. Not even kidding. Definitely another “Who  does that?” moment. We have lots of those in this house.

Anyway, hopefully photos to follow after tomorrows priming/painting fun.