Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Life plods on.

 The sliding glass door is installed, and that was probably the hardest thing we've done so far. The door came as a kit, and the directions were not always really clear. Even worse, we discovered that we had extra pieces and parts, which was kind of worrisome...but the door looks nice and operates perfectly and...well...(quietly shoves the extra pieces in a dark corner). All the doors are in now. We have three more windows to install, but we don't really want to do that until we have the house laid out for sure and for certain. 

We will install the insulation in the attic tomorrow, which will take most of the day. 

I finished the most beautiful book today. I started it yesterday and got engrossed, but as it began to wind towards the ending, I couldn't quite bring myself to finish it. I set it aside, and this evening, I picked it up again. I was sorry to see it end. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

I can't sleep tonight. Tim is sawing some major logs, and I am glad for that. The days march on. We keep busy. What else can you do, really, but push the specters back into the shadows?

Cara is coming home for a couple weeks. We will pick her up at the airport next week. Dylan and Brittani and the girls will be coming home for a weekend. That will be a wonderful distraction. 

Not much to say today. 




43 comments:

  1. We read "The Snow Child" in Book Club several years ago and it was indeed beautiful. Well-written, touching and mystical.

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    1. Unreal reality: it was really quite enchanting.

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    2. I think it's called magical realism?

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  2. Be safe! Wear a mask when messing with that insulation. Linda in Kansas

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  3. I remember reading that book and getting quite engrossed in it. I suspect it must have been a 99p Kindle Daily Deal as it's not the kind of book that usually attracts me. I have a whole box full of bits left over from flat-pack furniture kits and the like - occasionally I look in there and find something that will serve for another purpose.

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    1. We are used to little bits and bobs being left over, but this was actually two large pieces about 6 feet long. As we went through the instruction manual step by step, we kept figuring that they'd get around to that part, but they didn't. We've got the bits and bobs. We've also got those other two pieces.

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  4. I can't get over all that the two of you accomplish! That sounds like a wonderful book. I'll be waiting to borrow it from the library.

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    1. Let me know what you think of it. PS: I am awfully glad to see you back with us.

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  5. Interesting that you can decide exactly where windows will be as you go. Here you have to submit the plans and stick to them

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    1. Well...now that certainly would be a problem for us. We have just lost a laundry room (we are installing the washer and dryer in the bathroom, and using that space to expand the bedroom and kitchen. Our building inspector is just to insure that the house is structurally sound, that the wiring is done correctly, things like that.

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  6. How wonderful to have your family all together soon. Something good to look forward to.

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    1. It is, and I am really looking forward to it. Even Tim, who''s usually not big on emotional displays was very touched.

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  7. Take a photo of those logs please Debby. I'm back to firewood duties now we light the stove every evening.

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    1. I was confused about the logs. Here 'sawing logs' means snoring. We've got our firewood cut and ready to go. I will be the firewood hauler for this winter.

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  8. Maybe in time the use for the unused pieces will become clear.
    Some nice family time coming up then.

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    1. Good lord. I HOPE not, because I'm not disassembling that door to fit them in.

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  9. Life proceeding normally ain't half bad.

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  10. Keeping busy in troublesome times is a good idea. No use laying around worrying if you can help it.

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    1. That's always been our antidote for hard times.

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  11. Goodness, you all are quite the "housing contractors" aren't you. Just plop that sliding glass door in, and dust off your jeans! Glad you'll have family visiting time, a really important thing to do!

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    1. Plop it in? Oh my dear...that was a two day project. The framework was flat packed. We had to build it. That was a first. We installed the frame and let it dry over night and came back to finish it the next day. That took 4 hours, and was very frustrating. We needed an experienced lego direction master, but unfortunately, William was in school. We are very pleased with how it turned out though.

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  12. Good luck with getting the windows in the right spot! And do enjoy your family time.

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    1. I will. I am putting the guest rooms to rights and I really find myself getting emotional about it.

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  13. Your family will be so pleased to see your progress on the house! It is always nice to get family together!

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    1. Very surprised, since the house wasn't even there the last time that they were all home.

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  14. I suppose that life itself, not unlike sliding door kits, contains parts we just don't need and it's best to shove both of them out of our way.

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  15. You are facing a stressful situation and have the right attitude to press on.

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  16. I sometimes think that days with nothing to say can be very good days.

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    1. That can be very true. There are also those day where the less said, the better!

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  17. I laughed at that "shoves extra parts into a dark corner"! I am going to find that book. I wonder if it is based on the old Russian folktale?
    Lovely to have your family all home. Continuing to keep you and Tim in my prayers.

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  18. How strange about the extra parts. Maybe they're only needed under certain circumstances, which you fortunately don't have?!

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  19. Maybe go to you tube to see where the extra parts go but if I were you I would just be happy that it is in and slides ok. Great news to have the kids coming home. Just enjoy every minute, hug and I love you that come with kids being home.

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    1. Those pieces are tucked away and being soundly ignored! We will enjoy our family time.

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  20. When I am worried, I keep busy (and find it difficult to eat). The extra bits on your window are probably similar to the extra bits with a flat-pack bed I ordered. Another complete bed minus the side bars . . .

    Lovely to have family visiting though I dare say it will be tiring and perhaps emotional at the time.

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    1. I have not had my son and DIL visit for 6 years. It is a long trip for a small child. And now there are too. Usually, when Cara comes home, she just goes to Dylan's house because it is close to the airport and we all go to see her there, so that she doesn't waste visiting time traveling to us. So yes. This is emotional for me. I am getting the guest rooms ready for everyone, and it is hard not to feel all weepy. I love that everyone is gathering around Tim at this time. I have good kids.

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  21. Staying busy keeps me from worrying about things I have no control over:)
    I'm not a fan of extra parts. WTW (What the what) instead of WTF.

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