Sunday, December 6, 2009

Ups and Downs

We had a couple of good weeks there in a row, but this week was back to the more typical up and down cycle. It ended on a great note with us hosting the traditional 'Friends Thanksgiving' here on Saturday and Sunday.

The Heat is . . . On (do do do do do, do do do do do!)
Early in the week the thermostat was installed so we were blessed with heat in the entire house for the first time in a long time. Apparently the installers cranked it up and turned on the 'emergency heat' feature to make sure it was warm when we got home. Since I had also already closed some of the vents, this basically made it 85 in some parts of the house and 60 in others. Since then it has evened considerably. The air handler is also very quiet which was a bit of a concern. The programmable thermostat looks like it will be great, but it looks like it will take three hours to program correctly and we haven't yet put in the time.

That Sinking Feeling
As you may recall, our counters were installed the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and our stove and microhood have been here for months. We were really hoping that we would be able to get the plumber out here to install the faucets and the stove. Well, he did . . . sort of. The stove and dishwasher are sitting in their spots and the sink faucet was installed, but he didn't leave himself enough time to get into the crawl space to hook up the drain or the gas line, so none of it actually works yet. So close! This was especially unfortunate with the party this weekend. We put some flower arrangements in the nonworking sink to keep people from using it so at least it looked pretty.

Come Hell or No Water
Determined to host parties no matter the state of the addition, Colleen and I hosted our second 'in construction' shin-dig this weekend. The 'Friends Thanksgiving' is a lot like any other pot luck Thanksgiving get together only it's with friends instead of family. We put some cardboard and our brand new area rug down in the greatroom and used a projector to make a 104 inch screen on the wall.

Additional Accumulation
The addition saw its first snowfall this past weekend. I'll leave you with a few shots of the addition in its blanket of white.

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