Month: March 2009

Undeliverable-because-address-does-not-exist, dear Liza, dear Liza

Undeliverable-because-address-does-not-exist, dear Liza, dear Liza

UPS can’t find us, dear Lucy, dear Lucy UPS can’t find us, dear Lucy, they can’t! Then buy an address plaque, dear John, dear John, Then buy an address plaque, dear John,  a plaque! But the plaques are online, dear Lucy, dear Lucy But the […]

Fruits and Veggies!

Fruits and Veggies!

To be planted this spring! Tomatoes in a pot (thanks PA momma!) Cilantro in a pot Chives in a pot Basil in a pot Peppers in a pot Patriot blueberries Ka-Bluey blueberries Coville blueberries Bluecrop blueberries Brunswick dwarf blueberries Canby thornless raspberries Caroline raspberries Belle […]

We don’t need no steenking roof.

We don’t need no steenking roof.

Roofers
Roof.
No roof
No roof.
Thank you…

Thank you…

After five weeks, a summary list: Anne Marie, Jim, Bill and Rebecca: for two glorious painting parties that worked wonders Mom (Red Bull): for demolition, spackling, painting and coolers full of goodies Marilyn (The Governor): for babysitting contractors, cleaning like a hurricane, painting and picnic […]

Progress report

Progress report

Done so far:

  • Order Chase Home Improvement Rewards credit card
  • Cut holes in various walls to check for water damage/mold (none!)
  • Try to patch gutter leaks
  • Give up on patching gutter leaks
  • Get quotes for new gutters (and roof)
  • Take up old floor tile
  • Demolish old baseboard molding
  • Get quotes to update heat in living room/dining room kitchen
  • Try to remove old tile mastic
  • Give up on removing old tile mastic
  • Order new floors
  • Run video camera down sewer line to check for leaks
  • Have PSE&G track down the gas leak smell
  • Have PSE&G condemn the stove
  • Buy new stove
  • Hire movers
  • Update electrical outlets (fix wiring, replace yellowed outlets with white)
  • Get quotes to insulate house
  • Install new floors and update heat (well, write large checks to installers…)
  • Repaint living room/dining room/kitchen
  • Catch office plague
  • Move in (!!)
  • Tear out coat racks in hall closets, repaint, install wire shelving (pantries!)
  • Make first mortgage payment (youch)
  • Order new windows
  • Undercut and reinstall interior doors
  • Tear out clothes rack in master bedroom closet, repaint, install closet system
  • Get check in mail from Chase Home Improvement Rewards credit card
  • Buy food

To do:

  • Fix exposed wiring at electrical meter, bring breaker boxes up to code (contractor)
  • Install new roof (contractor)
  • Add light to addition
  • Install new gutters (contractor)
  • Select and install new baseboard moldings
  • Install new windows (contractor)
  • Dig up and plant garden
  • Add dirt to yard to try to push water away from the backyard swamp
  • Buy more mousetraps
  • Add attic and wall insulation (contractor)