Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Delete, Life keeps rolling. Stay frugal plus 209

Oh yeah, start writing here, get pulled away to do something else and lose the line of thought... 4 times now. Life especially when you are remodeling the house you are moving in to during harvest season just keeps rolling right on top on you.

Just a quick update... Carpenter just told Hubby that the painters should be done Thursday no later than Friday and he will start working on the floors as soon as they are done. He was walking through today trying to make sure EVERYTHING has been done and let Hubby know we will be off the floors for around a week. SO tomorrow I will be walking through myself. Which means Hubby and I start on the basement cleaning, sealing and loading it in.

I don't know why Charlotte has went from sitting in the front seat with us and sniffing the AC vent to laying on Wilbur and now Rascal who usually doesn't tolerate being laid on by anyone. Rascal had his head tucked into the back of the seat so he looks like a black blob.We go over to 209 to check what was done, what we need to focus on and it's just a way to stop and LOOK instead of tunnel vision of doing mostly on Sundays but have on Saturdays.

We have a morning glory growing on the back fence
We have a vine coming out of the compost, think watermelon

our grapes are almost ripe.

I have a year's supply of corn for us and am now working on corn for Daughter4.
I'm glad the zucchini being given to me comes in a bag and not the box like the corn is....
We are now having tomatoes coming in from 209 gardens. I got 5 pints of sauce out of this batch. These are the field paste tomatoes I had last year and harvested the seed and then planted myself this year. I was glad to see it worked.

The back storm door is on
ONCE AGAIN we have a broken door delivered...next one coming in is going to be delivered and installed by the Company.The one had the glass shattered

AND then we caught that the wrong door was put on one of the kitchen cabinets.

Then Hubby put the stove in...
for the propane test and the carpenter and him turned it on and sent me this pic.
and I am like HUMMMM hey guys that's set up for natural gas, you have to change the orifices to propane.... ...there was 8 of them LOL... but they got it done and it looked like this

the water softener is in and we got a thank you for choosing us letter . They delivery the salt, change filter and haul the trash away with them...good for our old age when looking at carrying 40 lbs salt bags.

Head contractor let us know the company that was going to supply the counter top for the kitchen was giving him the run around so he went to another supplier of the same counter tops and got the estimate based on the same thing of the first one and the amount was doubled...found out the first company has been low balling estimates and then charging the real price at installation. New company reported them to supplier and our head contractor reported them to Better Business bureau and other contractors. MEAN time, the new company wanted us to come up and look at what the counter really would look like because we were told and shown it would be mid gray with rusty copper spots or swirls and that's not what it is as it's acid wash and there are white and light gray in it and it's not going to go with our kitchen. They showed us some others that would be close to what we had ordered when Hubby was looking at his boot and noticed the one sample tile close to the floor and he fell in love with it... so we ordered it instead... I love the sparkle.

Carpenter wasn't happy with how the stair case stained and we batted a few ideas around and settled on this

Front room was primered... we actually loved the color and if we ever repaint it, it's going to be this color of gray.
BUT for now it's crimson ...for Alabama State...roll tide roll LOL...Hubby's favorite team.

Our head contractor liked our wheelchair bathroom paint so well , he used it in his own home and sent me this pic.

Hubby got the back fence finished. He reused the fencing that was there (saving over $7000) and had plenty so the only expense was some zip ties to hook the chain link to the metal posts. Amish neighbor uses zip ties for goats and it hold them so we figured it would hold the 3 dogs. Still have to finish the front fencing.
We will be sealing the basement next week and decided after we get that done to build something along this line (thanks to pinterest post) under the stairs that are a waste of space.
Hubby took the this pic of me driving the tractor for the first time to bring his stuff up from where he was working on the fence. Will teach me how to mow with it next time.
We went to a cook out at a friends house and they had a caddy for paper plates set out. I thought it would be nice for us for a regular dishes for just the two of us and went searching on line . Settled for this one as it can be taken apart and used differently for a buffet. I like things that do more than one thing.

Then we went furniture shopping. We set the budget at $8000 for bought furniture and materials of anything we have to build aka closets ( this house as ZERO closets), roll cart for bathroom,bookcase for dining room etc. I have 3 bedrooms that I can not build closets in due to how the vents for heat/AC was ran. I have an entertainment cabinet Daughter2 gave me that was left at the place she moved in due to broken door that I can fix and turn in to a wardrobe. I have a clothes rack. I even bought a few new hangers to do this
I even did my summer dressed the same way.

SO we went furniture shopping around and didn't find what we liked for the price we wanted to pay so went back to the local store that had a sale going on..... We got the couch and swivel recliner that my girlfriend and I saw and thought Hubby would like also... which he did.  The original price of the couch was this
We paid $949.95...yes...$1000 OFF. Matching swivel recliner was $749.95, we paid $499.95.

We priced 2 stools for the peninsula, $279.95 for each stool, found the same stools with a "bar like" table. Was $499.95 , bought for $269.95. less than the price of 1 stool that was exactly like what we priced.We came up with several ideas for the now "extra" table.

The guy waiting on us remembered me saying something about no closets when I was in with my girlfriend and he had 2 wardrobes, $249.95 each, bought for $209.95 each.

We need something in the wheel chair bathroom, laundry room and kitchen.Been looking at roll carts but they haven't been the style we want or were more than we will pay. They had one that will go in any of those area, $549.95 bought for $299.95.

Was walking around and found end tables the exact thing I was been hunting for  $279.95, bought for $149.95.

I bought a small china hutch that I was going to sand and redo as I don't care for the yellowish orange it is at a thrift shop for $30.. not thrilled with the lay out etc...but knew I was going to need something for the good dishes.Son 2 would love to have it redone for HIS house but didn't take it since I needed it and he only wanted it.

I saw 2 china hutches...one oak bigger than what I have and one cherry, bigger than the oak that was my dream come true...Hubby prefers oak but wanted the style of the cherry. Both are discontinued so we couldn't order it in oak. Hubby wasn't thrilled with me buying the cherry one until I showed him the original price...$2499.95...sale price was $999.95...Hubby offered $899.95 (thinking they wouldn't take the offer as it was the price of the smaller oak) and they accepted.... saving US  $1600. Son 2 can chose how he wants the thrift shop one redone.

We bought the best protection for the furniture and they gave us a $40 break on the delivery charge as we are outside their regular delivery area and charge $2/mile.

Total saved $3078.64. and we still have about $3700 in the furniture budget for mattress, box springs, book cases etc.

I am wrapping fragile items with cloth napkins, clothes and towels. Placemats are going between plates... Son2 saved up a pickup truck load of boxes from his Home Chef orders and work for me to come get since I need to take stuff to Daughter4 anyways.

We got home Sunday evening from 209, the boys(Wilbur and Rascal) decided to go in the house and snooze awhile while Hubby and I sat outside and watched Charlotte run around...
Here is Hubby who didn't know I have my phone on camera mode

and here is where Charlotte went to

She is watching the pigs. Landlord's oldest son has cattle and pigs in the barn. He built the pigs area so his kids couldn't climb in it , which means Charlotte can't either or she would be in there. She goes in the the older steers and the calves all the time. She found out she can stand or lay on the hay and watch the pigs.

Back to packing for me...
Blessed Be