Let there be light

Mr B was kind enough to brave IKEA with me this week. He’sactually been in their store before, so I was glad to have him there because I would have gotten lost in there and I probably wouldn’t have emerged until sometime next year with 8 McMansions worth of shit.

Because he was a pilot in a previous incarnation of himself, it was entertaining to watch him driving the IKEA buggy. Did y’al know that all 4 wheels on IKEA shopping carts rotate? Mr B kept giving the cart a great push with a bit of a twist on it and the cart would just go flying up the aisle spinning in circles. To be honest, I’m a bit surprised that we didn’tget kicked out.

We now have all of the light fixtures for the house. Rude Ass will be installing them sometime really soon. I’ve stashed a few of them until after Sunshine finishes the walls, because they’ll be in his way if I have them hung now.

It was exciting just putting the cartons inside; I’ll probably piss my pants when they’re actually hanging from the ceiling.

I wanted black or blue or even metal finishes on my lights but went with white to match the switches and outlets. It wasn’t the hill I wanted to die on (that hill still looms ahead in the form of kitchen counters).

The three pendants hanging over the kitchen peninsula each require three bulbs.

There is a spotlight to shine on whatever Sunshine decides to hang over the fireplace; it requires three bulbs.

My four track lights in the kitchen and living room each require four bulbs.

My bathroom has a 3 bulb track light going in.

I hope I have enough light in the house. (Yes, that was sarcasm.)

Final note: all of the bulbs throughout the house will be LED, so using that many bulbs isn’t as obscene as it sounds. I wouldn’t want the electric bill that went with that many incandescent bulbs (or, heaven forbid, halogen).

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Weekly progress report: it’s starting to look like something¬†

Rude Ass had almost finished the ceiling in the bathroom last time I looked in yesterday evening. 

Biff had gotten the locks installed on the front door.

We have our thankless water heater on-site.

Sunshine got one wall finished in the kitchen. I like the sort of biscuit color he ended up with.

Overall, it’s really starting to look like something, and I’m pleased as punch that it looks better than I had pictured in my mind’s eye. 

I’ve also managed to make a tiny dent in the Christmas gifts that I want to crochet. I’ll write about that another day, though. There are so many to do that they deserve their own post.

Last night, I got to clear out a major amount of space under the bed, because early next week Sunshine will be heading to Shreveport for the afternoon. I got his dad’s house sister’s jar goods all gathered together in cute little baskets I bought. I also put two Christmas ornaments in each basket. One was a clear plastic bubble that got Mardi Gras themed confetti stuffed in it. The other was a boot made from old/retired Texas license plates, made by the ladies at the local tag office and sold for a small donation to their preferred charity.

Now, I need to go get ready for work. I hope everyone has a beautiful day! 

Shit just got real

Yesterday morning, I was instructed to sit down with the trusty interwebz and find the appliances I wanted so that we could have them on-site to build custom cabinets around them. Once I found what I liked (that was reasonably affordable) and ordered it, I had to text my sponsor. Appliances are such a commitment! Shit just got real.

Home ownership was not all it’s cracked up to be, in my experience. When something breaks, you can’t call the super (or landlord, or whatever). Property taxes, insurance, maintenance…

Yet here I am, building a house. The things I do for Sunshine.

We had originally intended to try and find used appliances, but the logistics of finding functional and (somewhat) matching appliances cobbled together from hither thither and yon became a nightmare. We decided to take advantage of those black friday sales that were already happening well before thanksgiving. I thought long and hard about what my needs would be, because I didn’t want any regrets that led to replacing something in the future.

I dug around and found a 5-burner gas stove5 burner stove

with a fifth burner that looks like it was designed to cope with my canning pots and with space to spare for keeping lids warm or even starting dinner while I’m preserving food.

A dishwasherdishwasher

which was really more about Sunshine than me. I could do without one, but Sunshine hates having to help me dry/put away dishes after hand washing them. Like, seriously, the last time I asked him to help dry dishes he snarled at me like a wounded feral dog. Fucker, I had just cooked dinner, the least he could do was help clean that shit up.

side note: we will also be having a microwave in our kitchen, because Sunshine. I don’t know why he thinks we HAVE to have a fucking microwave. I told him I didn’t want one. He just couldn’t fathom anybody NOT having a microwave. I told him that if his sister could function without a microwave, then so could we. To which he responded “sissy doesn’t have a microwave? I had ever noticed” To which I responded: “ass” I told Sunshine that if he wanted a microwave in our kitchen, it had to live in a custom base unit cabinet because it was not going on my countertop. Remember, the kitchen is the battle I have chosen and the hill I choose to die on. The only item that will be allowed to be above countertop height is the percolator coffee pot. Because obviously.

and a rather large refrigerator (to be counter depth)…a whole 22.1 cubic feet! It’ll be like having my own walk-in cooler when compared to what I’ve been dealing with in this RV for so long.big fridge

I had originally chosen a different refrigerator that wasn’t so big. It was chosen solely based on the aesthetic appeal. Mr B rightly pointed out that I would be unhappy with it, and I would get that way pretty quick. My current fridge is small out of necessity, and both Sunshine and I are constantly bitching about the never-ending game of Tetris that happens whenever we open the fridge. Mr B also reminded me that I was regularly having to borrow space in everybody else’s refrigerator whenever the boss gave me 3 bushels of peaches because they weren’t up to his standards. So, I found the biggest counter depth fridge I could find that wasn’t exorbitantly expensive.

They should be delivered right before thanksgiving.

Somebody send chocolate fast. Adulting is scary, and I need to eat a candy bar and call it lunch to compensate.

Fab Find

Our neighbor is an antiques junkie. When I helped her with that estate sale for that property she inherited, I spied an old medicine cabinet that I thought was awesome. It didn’t sell, so she took it home. When we started building our house, I asked her how much it would take to buy it from her. She told me to come get it when we were ready and we could have it.

We’re going to install it into the bathroom over the vanity. Sunshine thinks it’s awesome, so great minds DO think alike.

Weekly progress report: baby steps

Rude Ass got started on installing the plumbing fixtures in our shower. It took some creative problem solving since we were using bits and pieces from two different boxes. The rain shower head is chose came in a box with the tub filler and the temperature control valve. Since we have no tub, we aren’t installing the tub filler. That created a problem, because the diverted that tells the water which place to come out of? Is on the tub filler. Rude Ass came up with a solution that we actually kind of like, because it’s a little bit weird, just like us.

Yep, he put a red outdoor faucet knob in our shower to control waterflowtothe rain shower. He also got a button that will control water flow to the handheld shower head. He got the washing machine connection done, and a valve for water to the toilet (in case we don’t go with an incinerating toilet).

Sunshine and Biff have been busy, too. The scratch coat has been applied to all the walls (except in the bathroom, where we’re still dealing with plumbing.

My kitchen back splash has been installed, and I think it looks amazing. 

It looks even better when there’s a fire going in the fireplace,  but I didn’t have my tablet down there to get pics of it. It’s an Italian, iridescent, murano glass mosaic that we snagged up when we got the opportunity to clean out a defunct tile warehouse some time ago. We also got some cobalt glazed tiles that will become the bathroom back splash, some textured (no slip) industrial kitchen tile that we’ll be using on the bathroom floor, and a small box of beautiful blue glass tiles that are iridescent  that we will be using in the shower niches. They’re only 2×2 or so, and there aren’t many, so sadly I couldn’t do a backsplash or anything with them.

Final note: While I’m sitting here at work posting this, Sunshine is at home working on applying the top coat finish to as many of the walls as he can get to before dark. I’m going to be scheduling up a few days worth of posts because our Internet is booked at home. If I’m slow to respond to comments, I apologize and ask for your forgiveness. I’ll surely have to do some catch-up reading with all the blogs I follow, once we have Internet at home again. I promise, I haven’t abandoned anybody. I’m just dealing with the shitty Internet issues that seem to come with the territory when one lives in butt fuck nowhere. 

grey

The skies have been grey for the last week or so, and today a cold grey rain is coming down. Sunshine decided it was a perfect day to work on our little house.

He’s inside, with a fire going in the fireplace, putting the first coat on the interior walls.

It’s going to be hard for me to let him go over this dark grey scratch coat with a lighter colored finish coat. I’m seriously loving the idea of charcoal grey walls.

Seriously loving it.