The first week of August was spent on a working vacation. And work we did!!
Our trip started off on a somewhat ominous note. As we crossed the North Cascades Highway Friday afternoon, we could see lots of smoke from the Rainbow Bridge Fire burning north of Lake Chelan. Not a good thing, we thought.
Seeing the smoke and fire really put a bug under our butts to widen the perimeter around the house. Early the next morning, Karl starting working outside cutting down sage brush and other vegetation, and mowing the tall grasses with our wheeled string trimmer. Before using the chainsaw, he would water the area with the sprinkler to help reduce any chance of fire.
It was HOT being all suited up but Karl took care of that. He set up the small pool we bought earlier in the season and my, oh, my...did that cold water feel good! The water is 24" deep - perfect for sitting in and relaxing after a hot day of working.
In the morning, the insulation guys showed up to blow in the attic insulation. Only that didn't happen. The furnace needed to be wired in and the bathroom vent ducting installed. We would have to reschedule this one.
In the late afternoon, a thunderstorm blew in. It brought with it a pitbull-looking dog. He was really sweet but afraid of the storm. Karl checked with the neighbors and nobody knew where the dog lived. Now what? The dog wanted to stay in the bathroom in the middle of the house so we brought him a bowl of water and one of the dog pads to lay on. We let him stay inside the house while we kept our dogs in the camper. We also nicknamed him "Lightning".
We spent Tuesday evening painting the ceiling while the lightning show raged outside. It was nerve wracking for us newbies worried about fire; however the rain helped to lessen any chance of wildfires.
Wednesday morning dawned clear and cooler. Karl found where the dog lived and returned him to his grateful owner. Hooch had wandered over a mile from home.
Robert arrived around 8 a.m. with a trailer full of cabinets. It was so exciting to see them being installed. Our house was starting to look like a house inside. Before long, the base cabinets were in and uppers followed. Robert has a top-notch crew with wife, Amanda, and kids pitching in. Cody especially enjoyed being daddy's helper.
Ryan showed up just in time to help bring the counter top over and into the house. What a beast it was!
While Robert worked in the kitchen, Karl and I continued with painting the bathrooms and bedrooms. Will it EVER end?!
On Thursday, I took a trip to Wenatchee to look for bath vanities. Home Depot didn't have what I wanted in Omak so off I went to the Apple Capital. Karl and Ryan had their Honey-Do list. Namely, paint the ceilings.
After dinner, Ryan pitched in and helped me lay the vinyl floor tiles in the utility room. Dang if I can find the pictures! But trust me, it looks good. Ryan was a huge help!
Friday was supposed to be our last work day before heading home on Saturday morning. Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men...
The three of us unloaded the trailer our belongings were stored in. George needed to use the trailer and we were at a point to put stuff back into the house. Then I finished painting the bath ceilings so we could start on the flooring tiles.
Tom, the furnace guy showed up just at lunch and after I fed us all, he started in on wiring the furnace while Karl and I tackled the master bath floor.
We got into a nice rhythm and before long, the bath floor was just about done. We were shy one box of tiles so yet another trip to Home Depot was on the agenda after dinner. During our trip to HD, I saw a different vanity that I didn't see on my previous excursions. Rut roh...now I want to return mine and get this one instead. But will it fit???
Saturday morning, we loaded up the one vanity and off I headed to HD for an exchange. While I was doing this, Karl would work on the half bath flooring.
I returned from town and one tile was in. One! What the heck? Karl was having technical difficulties. But I left him to his work while I packed up so we could head home, hopefully before lunch.
Next on the project list - tiling the bathroom walls, installing laminate flooring, wrapping up electrical and building steps at the entrances.