House – Aug. 30

The Bricks looked better when I went out.IMG_20180829_125707028.jpgIMG_20180829_125724478.jpg

Better don’t you think?


Also they were tearing the curb up, drilling into it when I was out there yesterday afternoon. And the rolling bin was still sitting in our front yard.


Not totally sure what they are doing there with the curb…I thought maybe putting in drainage because they were doing it up and down the road.  But also was told it could be them getting ready for putting in the utilities, though there are others on that road living already.  Probably gas and such…. ??

Doors were locked so couldn’t go in. It was pretty muddy so I didn’t walk around and look in the windows.  They are all on the ground floor, so pretty easy to do that. We are going to be going out of town for nearly two weeks so it will be pretty interesting to see what all has happened when we get back.

Today On The Mississppi – Aug. 29

Nice Day!! Sun is up and you can see it! Cooler today, Mandy and I love that. No rain until perhaps later in the afternoon.


Sun is coming up and there is a good deal of river fog. Really cooled down last night into the 50s.  It is still only 58 outside.  And for the FIRST time since we have been here by the river…which is since May 19th….the camper has dropped below 70 degrees inside.  Our camper retains heat very well.  No air conditioning now and it is currently 66 degrees inside. Love that too.



Just a couple of shots of the misty fog on the river.

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Mandy: Mom, attention PLEASE!  I need to take you outside…could be a good shadow day. Stop typing!!!

Good Wednesday!


House – Aug. 29

Even though it was a gloomy, rainy day things were still going on at the house. I went in the afternoon around 1pm and the rain had stopped. Nice and muddy out there. But where they had readied the driveway was still pretty good to walk on.IMG_20180828_134814636_HDR.jpg

Brick on the front was finally installed. Though looking at it in the afternoon made me a little nervous.IMG_20180828_135916267.jpg

What a mess it was! So sloppy and gross looking.


Yet I was still thinking…well I hope they aren’t done with it.

We weren’t going to go back in the evening because they said they were going to start locking it.  But the brick was bugging me so much that I decided we had to go and see if it was fixed. Otherwise I’d be talking to someone about it.


Much better!!! Though it is still wet and will dry lighter, like the fireplace did.


It is a process I guess. I was thinking these guys knew what they were doing, still I was relieved to see it wasn’t being left a mess.


Above you see the kitchen, however, this is the guy who does the tile and the brick. Nice guys. This is one of the guys I talked to about them putting in the wrong shower tile.  I think he was thinking it was the ‘customer’s’ mistake when I was telling him.  But the next day found out it wasn’t, he was very good about redoing the tile that he had to removed and replace with the right stuff. He even said he liked it much better. 🙂


I think the shower is really nice.  I will get better photos when I can, but tile folks were in there so I didn’t want to bother them. When we go back in the evening it has been too dark to get proper photos. Mostly because of the lack of sunny days, but the length of daylight is lessening as the the days go by, bringing us into Fall.

It should be pretty soon that they get the floor in and then the lighting.  Counter tops should be coming soon as well.

Speaking of counter tops….:)


This is the main bathroom to be used by our ‘guests’ mostly. Cabinet in there.

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The counter SHOULD be the light marble located in the lower left-hand corner of the photo. (for the main bath)

For the master bath the counter should be the one shown above the sample for the main bath – it is a little darker marble.master bath.jpg

This is the cabinet in the master bath. That’s the guy working on the shower in there…still working.


Above is the cabinet in the laundry room. No counter top yet either. Of course the hardware isn’t on the cabinets, but the boxes of hardware is there.  So those will probably go on pretty soon as well.


Also regarding the kitchen, I believe you can see the support for the quartz counter top too.  On the photo of the interior colors – you can see the quartz counter top is the on the right bottom of the photo.  It actually has tiny flecks of green …here and there.. you can’t see them in the photo.  Chances are they will be hard to spot in the top when it is on the cabinets too.  So…..

Also, want to show this… I mentioned it yesterday but didn’t have a photo:


This is our patio in the back of the house.  The rain was heavy and washed out a lot of soil under it. I am hoping there is a way for them to push it back under. My thought is that sometime down the road it will crack because there is no longer any ‘ground support’ under part of it.  I haven’t said anything to the builder though because not all of ‘us’ agree that it could be an issue. Ahem….


But Mandy and I are concerned about the erosion.  Perhaps they will fix it up when it comes to them putting in the sod.  Which also will probably happen in the next 3 weeks or so.

House – Aug. 28

Was over at the house yesterday around noon. Just before the storms came through. It is pretty tough to get down that street right now.


They are prepping the driveway for asphalt. You can see how dark the sky is getting.


Still no porch poured.

I finally found a little place to park to walk up to the house and look inside to see what was going on.


I didn’t go in any further than just standing in the door. I saw the cabinets were being worked on in the kitchen.  Could be they are also being worked on in the bathroom…but the person had their tools strung out across the area and was on a ladder working on the cabinet. So I just left, didn’t want to get in their way or cause them problems.

We drove by when the rain let up some after dinner.  They did not pour any concrete or do the driveway.  We did notice that the soil is running out from underneath the patio in the back due to the fact that there has been a lot of rain the last couple of days, and there is no sod down yet to hold the soil in place.  So we will need them to fix that before laying the sod.  I should have taken a photo, but didn’t we were on the road behind our house, so I didn’t. When I get over there again (which probably won’t be today because it will be too muddy to walk to the back) I will take a photo of that.

No floor in yet either.  That will probably come after they are done with the mill work.




Today On the Mississippi – Aug. 28

Again….yucko. Rain and cooler today. Storms yesterday afternoon, it rained really hard for quite a while.  It stopped. Now this morning this is what we see again.


This rain is going to be here for a while.  It is so dark we had to have the light on to take a photo of our divine Miss M.


She is not a ‘rain’ hound.


Mandy: Go away, Mom, I’m sleeping in this morning!

Good Tuesday!

Today On The Mississippi – Aug. 27

Overcast today, VERY HUMID, hazy and hot. If Mandy really could talk she’d say “Yucko”.


It’s a bit like a sauna out there.


This past weekend we had our Kee with us again. Always fun when he is around! This time I took pictures when we were fishing.


Unfortunately, the time and day we picked….I guess they were flying ants, but they were having a huge hatch day…mating day – whatever.  It was actually kind of freaky…they didn’t hurt you or anything, but there were just fairly thick and made it pretty unpleasant.


We lasted about half an hour, no fish.  Then cleared out as they continued to get worse.


We retreated into the camper where we played a game then watch an AGT rerun and the movie ‘Back To The Future’.

You know, we generally don’t have a lot of bugs here…but seems when company comes to hang with us – we have bad bug days.  So no campfire that night either.

Last night I was trying to take a good photo of the moon as it has been just beautiful. But again I don’t have my ‘good’ camera…so did my best with my cell camera. Still looks kind of cool.


You can kind of see the reflection of the moon in the river.  It was much more dramatic than it looks in the photo.

This leads me to the pouting Miss M:

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Mandy: Sigh….it really is stinky outside..not even a good shadow day. I want to walk, but I don’t want to walk! What’s a girl to do??

Good Monday!


House – Aug. 24

Well, updates on the house will be limited now, as we are locked out.  The house has gotten far enough along that they now have lock boxes on the house and we have to  request entry and wait for someone to let us in.  I hate to bug folks all of the time to come let us in, so I probably won’t be able to go inside everyday to see what’s new.  I will probably still go over mid-day and if it is open with people working, I will go in.  But once the works are gone the house is locked up again and so our evening visits will probably be pretty few and far in between.

A lot has happened with the house, last time we were there.IMG_20180824_171321878.jpg

The kitchen is really starting to take shape.  Floor isn’t in yet, but is coming this week I am betting.IMG_20180824_171319791.jpg

They still have a lot to do of course besides the floor.  The moldings…wood work, has to be installed, another coat of paint will be applied once they have finished doing all the work that messes up the walls.  That’s the front door that is down the hall to the right of the photo.


The tile in our shower has been completed.  This is just part of the shower area.  It is large with a drying area…so no shower curtain is needed.  Cool…I hope – never had a large shower like this one before.  Then the part you are looking ‘through’ where the tape is, will actually be a large glass panel that doesn’t open.  I think it will be frosted glass? You would think we’d know for sure huh? 🙂


The doors are all hung. This is going into the guest bedroom…which was once going to be the office, but then was decided to have the office in the guest bedroom and the guest bedroom in the office. Mostly because we can then have a crib and/or Futon in the office too, as the room is a little bigger. So when children and grandchildren come they will be closer together and have their own spaces.  Also, because the office will then be in the very front of the house, having more windows and will just be a room that will be used more. Of course, any of this could again change once we actually move in.


We ordered our washer and dryer over the weekend.  They will be a slate color.  I got smaller ones because I had some really fancy new ones before we sold our old house and I struggled with using them they were so large…and I am kind of short.  So I would have to get on a stool to be able to reach the bottom of the washer, or hang over the top with my feet off the ground to grab the stuff on the bottom.  I decided we just didn’t need a washer that big anymore. So…. when shopping I went with a smaller washer in mind.  We shopped now because the sales are on, and we will be traveling over Labor Day…for a little while.  They were fine with delivering them the day after we close in October.

We are also shopping for window shades and I have to get over there this week to have them measure, before we leave our camping spot here for a little while.  So I will see what I can do about that…I will have to call folks to set something up by Thursday.  Then we have two weeks after that to get in on the window treatment sale after that. We should be back by then and I will get in and work with someone there.  Everything is on the main floor now, so unlike our other house that was two stories and in the woods, we will need shades as soon as we can get them up.

Also, last week, I got our insurance for the house set up. The lender was requesting information on that.  All of our information requested was sent into the lender.  We should be pretty ready to rock when the time comes!  AND we got a place reserved to store our camper as now we cannot store it at our house.  So that was kind of a relief!

Sorry I am talking so much here… but just bringing it all up to date.