Monday, August 10, 2009

Long overdue update ...

Anybody still out there? :)

I realize this is long overdue - sorry for the break without warning. We have had a pretty busy summer and alas, it is time for school again. We started back today.

So, what have we been up to? Working on the house, of course.

We have taken a break here and there - we went to the beach a couple weekends ago and had a restful, relaxing time enjoying the ocean.

Isn't the water beautiful! We ended up with great weather, although it didn't look too promising on our drive over to the beach. We drove through some pretty heavy rain showers, but John wisely persevered and we enjoyed a beautiful day.

On the house side:
We have subbed out the major systems in the house - plumbing, hvac and electricity. The plumbers have finished the rough-in, the electricians have started and the hvac guys are supposed to be coming tomorrow morning.

We had a setback with our plumbing ... it's a long story, but we ended up without water for 2 days, had to replace the well pump and are still wondering if the pressure tank was damaged. I have to admit that it was pretty difficult to take such of a big step backwards.

Here's the crew who swapped out the well pump - that was a job!

We do have water again, for which we are thankful.

On the positive note - we have STAIRS!!! So very exciting. We are getting them installed piece by piece - so, right now, saying "one step at a time" is very accurate.

Here are four of the five sets of stringers ready to go.

John lining up the first stringer.

This is actually the second set of stairs installed - with the old set next to it. John is standing in the kitchen below. These are not the final treads - they are just 2x12's that we will use during construction. After construction is finished, we will replace these with nicer wood.

Look who else is happy to have stairs! She loves to be with us and now can be wherever we are in the house.

This is also very exciting - I know, it's just a washer ... but ... it is IN the house now! We are running an extension cord to it for power, but the water is running in the house.

There has been a lot more here and there, but those are the major things for now.


  1. Oh, so good to see some pic's and updates! I love the picture at the beach...oh, it looks SO beautiful!

    The house is coming along! Like you said, even if it is one step at a time. :)

  2. I hear you on being busy this summer. We are not caught up yet. Love the pics -- I'll soon be blogging myself again!!

  3. I'm still here! I think we've all been quite busy. We started back to homeschooling last week, so we're a different kind of busy now!

    Looks like you've had a busy time!

  4. Thanks for the up date.

  5. Hi Shirley,
    It is wonderful to see how your progress is coming along. You are so much farther along then last year at this time! You have a home you can actually look at now. You got that washer moved over quickly! Now you have some freed up space to keep all those tools you guys are using to build the house with. What a blessing your family has had with so much caring help sent your way. Glad to see the water problem already fixed. Continued blessings on your journey.

  6. Judy -Lucy Guzzi-PAAugust 17, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Hi Shirley,
    Steps and a washer!! WOW!!! That's great. It's the little things in life that make us happy. I'm glad you're back on line again. I missed seeing how the house was coming along.Looks like you had some well deserved down time. We all need it sometimes.
    Well keep going!!! It's soon done. Just think of the big picture. A new home built by people who love ya'll. And are willing to lend a helping hand. God does do miracles.
    Just keep looking to Him.
    Love you guys.
    God bless,
    Judy - Lucy Guzzi-PA

  7. I understand how busy life can get, especially in the summer! This year I have also slowed way down in blogging...seems that is the case with so many others, too!

    Fun to see your home updates! So exciting to see the progress!

    We aren't starting back to school for another two weeks. But it's sneaking up on us! ;)


  8. Hi! I'm sorry to bother you, but I stumbled across your blog in my search for stairs. I was wondering if you could tell me where you ordered your stringers from. Any help you could give would be appreciated. Thank you.


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