Tuesday, May 7, 2013

House on The Hilltop - Part Twelve (and other things!)

 

We've had rain for three entire days (and nights) so yesterday evening when the sun came out I grabbed my camera to try to catch some pictures of the evening light.  I walked around the house and this was what greeted me!  These calves really love trying to prove who is the strongest!
 
 
And who is the fastest!

 
Can you see the little black calf on the left that has a white speck on his belly?  He and the white calf are best friends.  They chase each other, nap together, and just hang out together.  You didn't think calves had best friends did you? 
 
 
So, as for our house progress?  We started to feel like we were spinning our wheels, so we sat down and wrote down everything left to complete in each room.  There were lots of little (and big) things.  But, the great news is that it all fit on one big poster board which is posted up in the house and we get to check things off every day!  It seemed like it got us back on track and also gives a bit better visual of what we've got left to do.

 
We installed the flooring in the kitchen...
 
 
... and the dining room.  Its so hard to see it in a picture, but it is really lovely.  We are ready for the cabinets to be delivered.
 
 
And speaking of cabinets.  The cabinet shop is letting me come and take pictures of their process.  Its pretty fun to see how it all works.  Here I am with the owner of the shop and his assistant as we discuss a few details.
 
 
Andrea brought the girls up the other day and I was wearing my knee pads and Rosey went crazy trying to pull them off of me to put on her so she could match her Gramps!  She walked all over with my knee pads on! 

 
Installing vanity lights in the bathrooms...


...wall lights in the Barn Room (upstairs)

 
... all window trim up, sanded, caulked and painted.

Bathtub in master bath, shower in guest bath installed and plumbed, electrical outlets and switches complete in all but the kitchen (waiting on cabinets and back splash).  Ceiling lights in bedrooms, hall, and laundry room going in today and chandeleir in the dining room. 

One step (and check mark!) at a time.
 
 
And in the middle of building a house, mowing the rapidly growing grass, taking care of cows, new calves being born, and continual rain, I've been trying to get my garden fully planted.  Jillian helped me one day - her favorite thing to do while I'm in the garden is pretend the bars on the Ranger are her Monkey Bars!
 
I hope your week is off to a great start!  Thanks for reading and thanks to all of you for your encouraging comments on our house!  We're really been needing the positive feedback lately!! 
 
 


16 comments:

  1. I love to watch cows after a rain! So fun! Your home is so beautiful! Hugs

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  2. You're getting closer! It'll be wonderful, I'm sure...

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  3. oh my that second picture is a phenomenal capture!!!

    I check in here and there and see your house progress but don't comment all of the time but my goodness all of a sudden it's looking like a real house / home! How exciting!

    It is just amazing what you-two are doing yourselves...so much hard work and talent.

    SPEAKING of talent, that little birthday skirt for Jillian was just adorable as were the picture of her practically FLOATING around the yard in it : )

    Come on over and visit sometime..:)

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  4. Dori,
    You captured the playfulness of your calves perfectly. Their actions make their thoughts and attentions so clear. I love how animals can have such strong personalities. I love all of your light ficture choices,, they are perfect for the house. The flooring,,, ahhh so pretty. You can do it, You can do it. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. :-)
    Hugs and Cheers, Ashley

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    1. Intentions,, not attentions sorry.

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    2. LOVE YOUR SIGHT DORI..YOUR ENTHUSIASM, HUMOR, PICS AND FANTASTIC IDEAS..JUST YOU.. SO MUCH FUN...HERE!!!!

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    3. SO MUCH ENJOY CATCHING UP ON YOUR SIGHT DORI...IT INSPIRES ME, MAKES ME SOO JOYFUL...AND SO FILLED WITH FUN & LOVE.. love you...lisa

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  5. Dori, Dori, Dori!!!!! Everything is beautiful and gorgeous and perfect!!! I can't believe how awesome everything is that you are doing.

    Keep on keeping on, my friend.

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  6. The calves are so cute! How fun that they are friends. I'm so impressed by how much you've accomplished and how beautiful your home is becoming. I love the red lights and the wood ceiling.

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  7. I love the floors Dori...and it all looks clean and beginning to look like home. Your life is full to the brim isn't it? I can't wait to see your garden...it is hard to plant in the mud I'm sure! Enjoy the rest of your week. Take it one day at a time dear. :o)

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  8. You are making great progress. MY family still hates the word "caulk." Yeah, that slows you down. I love your check list. Slow and steady, you will get there.

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  9. Everything looks beautiful so far! Your home is going to be very nice. We built a house 7 years ago. It was a tremendous amount of work but oh so satisfying when it all came together. Hang in there and keep crossing those items off. Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  10. Hey! I've been lurking, watching your progress. Thought I'd better let you know how impressive your place is. What a dramatic change since we saw the shell last year. You have awesome taste. It was great to visit with Eldon in Page last winter. Watching for the grand finale!!

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  11. I love seeing progress on your home! My husband and I are in the process of building our own farmhouse. I found you through your daughter, Andrea's, blog. I look foward to seeing more on the house!

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  12. Wow, great progress on the house!! Looks like you have a ranger. I LOVE ours. That is one cute granddaughter. The house looks fabulous.

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  13. I just completed reading all House on the HIlltop posts - all 12. I am in love with your house! The view, the farmhouse look, the Barn Light Electric lights, the floors. It's so fun to have stumbled upon your blog and now I can follow the rest of the story!

    http://northislandcottage.blogspot.com/

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