It’s time for your weekly Rattlesnake progress report. We have a video for you, and it’s presented by Joe, the new security guard at the place. At times Joe’s voice sounds like either me or Mandi, but we assure you, it’s him talking. Here it is, on the YouTube:
OK, Joe is the kitty formerly known as “Catjo,” because he bit Mandi on the hand when she startled him one day last week. We think he was hit or kicked a lot in his earlier life, because sudden motions aren’t his favorite. Loud noises aren’t, either, which may explain why Chris and Gary never saw him.
Turns out, he’s been under the house, guarding it from snakes and vermin, for a couple of weeks, at least. He’s small but muscular, and has interesting markings. And he is very friendly. I am pretty sure his previous “employers” fired him by throwing him out of a car just down the road from Rattlesnake. That’s the same way we got our dog, Harvey. He hid at the house after being dumped as a pup. We are not an animal shelter, but hey, we love Harvey, and we need Joe to guard the place (and don’t worry, now that we know he’s here, he gets cat food).
I Didn’t Watch the Video. Has Any Work Happened?
Why, yes, work has happened. If you watched the video, you saw that all the walls are taped and floated, there is more of a floor in the master bathroom, and all of the old windows are removed. We aren’t terribly thrilled to see that they just pushed them out and let them crash to the ground, resulting in many shards of glass where young ones will soon be running around, but I am guessing it will get cleaned up eventually. A big plus is that Chris installed the porch light under the carport. Vision is accomplished!
Chris and Gary have next week off, which will mean the windows are open to the world when it’s supposed to rain. But hey, it hardly rains in the summer here, right?
In the meantime, Mandi and I have been getting more supplies. We ordered the two large air conditioning units for each floor (they are like the hotel ones, and go in the wall). We also got two small ones for the two smaller bedrooms that may have closed doors much of the time. Those were not expensive at all. This solution represents a huge savings over an ducted system, and lets the family living in the house have a lot more closet space.
I forgot yesterday when I was drafting this post to mention that we talked to John the Kitchen Designer at Lowe’s while we were there, and he is working to simplify the kitchen contents without sacrificing the design, so we can get closer to the actual budget for this renovation. The good news is that it will still look great, just without some bells and whistles, like a fancy range hood and an in-drawer microwave. All will be well.
John the Kitchen Designer is coming over today to re-measure and check out how the place looks now that it has walls.
We also got fencing for the back-yard dog area, so that project can now move forward. Maybe that can happen while the other guys are off.
And last, we are pondering colors for the walls. Something light but not blindingly white.
More to come! We hope Lee has time to write about another project we’re active on. He’s been awfully quiet lately, hasn’t he?
What’s new in your neck of the woods? Where IS the neck on a woods?
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