House – Sept. 14

The house is deemed about 90% complete now. Still everyday seems to bring something new.

We had the window measured for window treatments. 14 windows some larger. More windows than we got treatments (shades) for in our old house which was twice as large. There, we were on a treed lot and actually didn’t get window treatments for all our windows.  But this house is all on the ground floor and doesn’t really have any trees that are big enough to block sun or the fish bowl effect.  So it is window treatments for all windows except the high ones (transoms). EXPENSIVE!!!  Bu!!t we had most of our other ones at the old house from the day we built it, to the day it was sold…so nearly 30 years.

We figure these will most likely l figure these will last us quite a long time as well.

Now photos:

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Thermostat and doorbell are in.

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Lights are going up, These pendants will be hanging over the island.  Which you can see also that the counter tops are in…quartz in the kitchen area.

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Front foyer light is hanging.

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The above is the ‘flex’ room that will be used for the cat’s litter boxes and storage.  You can see in the ceiling we have had an exhaust vent fan in, and you can also see the smoke detector and light.

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Master bathroom light, counter top is in. Can’t really see it…plastic still covering it.  A large mirror will go on the wall and to the right you see the closet and some of the shelving inside it.  There is another closet to the right on that, that has a door on it – that is the linen closet.

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This is the dining area in front of the sun room. Lights going up.  Not sure how much I like the location of the chandelier, or the chandelier itself.  We had a couple of light packages we could choose from that were included.  So we really didn’t get to pick out the lights. No doubt, down the road, some will be replaced.

The other white square to the left will be a ceiling fan that we have picked out, not yet purchased, but will have installed after closing on the house.  They just prepped the ceiling for the fans in the sun room, the living room and the master bed room.

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They have the outside lights on AND these guys are finishing up the installation of the sprinkler system. Most likely our sod will be in this week.

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Back door above…coming off the Sun room.

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The circuit breaker box is filling up…because:

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We have appliances now. The air conditioner was running when we were there, so they are testing out everything to make sure they work (not the appliances, but the furnace, air conditioner….air exchanger and so on).

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Getting ready to put the dishwasher in.

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It’s all coming along!

Labor Day Week 2018 (Part 1)

Over the Labor Day weekend and on into the weekend that follows it, our Motorhome is in travel mode, instead of the bank of the Mississippi River in MN. Our youngest daughter lives in Chicago and my Dad lives down in Florida.  So we make a yearly trek from Minnesota, stopping for a few days in Chicago and then going on to Florida…then back to MN in 12 days time.

During that time in Chicago we celebrate our youngest grandson’s birthday – this year he turned 3.  His mom is expecting his little brother toward the middle to end of October – so we will be going back there. Hopefully before she has the baby to take care of my 3 year old little grandguy while she is in the hospital giving birth to his brother.

Here are a few photos from our trip.

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My oldest daughter and family join us for the ‘Chicago’ portion of the trip. It is a nice little family get together for a few days, then they drive back to MN and we go on to FL. Here we are in youngest daughter’s front room. She is sitting on the floor, the older daughter is sitting on the couch – that is her husband next to her on the couch.  My oldest grandson is in the background. And you see the now three year old sitting next to his Mom on the floor.  Oh and that other guy. standing beside the couch – no idea who he is. 😉

We did several things, but it was pretty rainy while we were in Chicago. So many things  we did were inside or around their house.  One thing was visiting the Chicago History Museum.

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The trains in the museum are popular with the grandsons.

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Oldest Grandson found a guitar to play.

Hung out at some playgrounds where you really can’t tell who the kids are and who the grandparents are sometimes. 😉

Also, they have a roof deck, so we spent time up there….

There was swimming and water balloons:

Whoa…someone was pretty excited to get in the pool!!

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There we go, way to be, Mom!

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Now we are in business….let the water-balloons begin.

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On the way to another park,  you can see that my 3 year old grandson is just another Chicagoan talking on his play cell phone…walking and conducting business at the same time. His body guards surrounding him…uh must be a celebrity!

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The guys at the park…doing what guys do…again, how old?

When we ‘camp’ in Chicago to visit our kids, we actually are a little over an hour away from their house, because there is really just no where close in Chicago to camp.

But where we were camped it just rained non-stop…pouring constantly, thunder, lightening – we had it all.

This is where we went in and out of the campground

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This was the clubhouse where you signed in and did other things.

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Luckily for us we were camped on high ground and only had to walk lightly through a few inches of water outside our camper to get to our car.

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You can see the ‘undercarriage’ lights of the camper next to ours reflecting in the standing water.  It was quite the mess, so we didn’t spend any time there. Sometimes the kids come out to the camper and we do things around the campground – but not this time, it was too big of a mess. Even the playgrounds were flooded.  Everyone in tents went home so only bigger RVs were still there.

The day after Labor Day, the oldest daughter and family returned to MN, we moved on to Florida.

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This was a pretty interesting cloud we saw shortly after getting underway on the second leg of our trip.

Tomorrow I will cover Florida….it’s getting a bit on the long side here.

Happy Thursday!

House Sept. 13th

Haven’t done posts for nearly 2 weeks due to being out of town. So here are a few photos.

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This is in the kitchen, the floor is in. Most all of it is covered in protective paper right now because they were in there sanding the walls for another coat of paint.  But you can see some of it. The cabinets are covered with dust right now from the sanding of the walls.

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Porch and walk are poured.

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Driveway is in. And the garage door is on.

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The sod is done UP TO our house and they are starting to do our landscaping, soon the sod will be in.

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This guy is putting in the sprinkler system and doing other prep for landscaping.

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Those photos were taken on Tues. , then Wednesday I went back and was to be there to have the windows measured for shades.  The guy never came.  So will go again today hopefully he will be there this time.

Here are photos from yesterday – after a huge storm went though.

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The gas company paid our house a visit. He was over working on the gas meter from what I could tell.

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A total mud pit…yucko.  But I saw the garage door down….which puzzled me why it is such a different color…it is supposed to be close to matching the trim…but I think, looks pretty ugly.  None of the exterior has gone the way we thought.  Very disappointing. 😦  Except the roof… and the shakes (?) placed in the peak of the house. The front door is nice too.  The colors were all selected together in the design center, but perhaps the lights in the design room were making them look different? Wish we’d have taken the samples out into the day light.  The siding is supposed be a greenish gray, not a bluish gray. The trim was supposed to be a cream color, but next to the garage door….it looks white, and to me – making the garage door more of a ‘yellow’.  Anyway, not sure what we can do about it now.    It just doesn’t look like the garage door is in anyway connected with the colors on the house.

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And the air conditioner is in place as you can see on the side of the house.

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The counters will probably be in this week or next. So that will be interesting.  They were putting the hardware on the doors when I went to wait for the guy that was to measure the windows.

Less than a month until closing.

 

Today On The Mississippi – Sept. 12

Liquid sunshine and celestial bowling.

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I remember, when I was a little girl I would be afraid of the loud claps of thunder and lightening in thunderstorms.  My Mom used to tell me not to be afraid, it was just the angels bowling in heaven and when they make a strike….there would be lightening.

Okay – maybe a little bit odd, but my parents were bowlers.  And it did kind of calm me down – though I never really totally bought the idea. 😉

Today, they must be having a bang-up day in the celestial bowling alley! It has been thundering and lightening for quite a while, getting louder all the time. Not to mention the continual pouring rain.

I need to go out soon so I hope it simmers down some.

Happy Wednesday!

We Will Never Forget

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While driving today a bridge we went under was reminding us of  a day none of us shall ever forget. 9.11. Cranes holding American Flags. Banners on both side of the Bridge and people on the bridge (first responders) waving (I waving back). Brought tears to my eyes….remembering. The thing in the middle of the sky over the bridge was another flag that had been strung between the two cranes, however, pretty brisk winds here in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota this morning, so you cannot see it very well. God Bless America! We are so lucky to live in such a wonderful land.

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And let us also not forget:

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House – Aug. 30

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Better don’t you think?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!