Literally and figuratively. Let me explain:
Literally, our first well is going in!
This well is going on the south side of the barn.
We're looking for a suitable location for well #2.
|The guys said that they hit water at 70 ft.|
Figuratively, "well..." is about all I have to say for the current timeline. Despite what our builder said last week about trying to get us in by November 12, the project manager said we are still on the same timeline as before, which has the final inspection on December 7. "Well ______." Add your own word.
The trim carpenters are still busy every day. What was supposed to take 3 weeks is now stretching into... 5? I can't even remember! There are about 6-8 guys working at a time but I guess there is just a lot of trim. Here are some of the things they have been working on this week:
|Building the trusses in the family room. I did not know beforehand that they actually build them rather than shipping in large beams.|
|Finished and awaiting stain.|
|Plaquing around front door|
|Columns in what I call the "gallery." It is basically the hallway that separates the dining room and kitchen and leads to the back staircase, mud room and laundry room.|
|Detail on Jim's office ceiling|
|Wall columns in media room. |
|Master closet early in the week|
|My side of the closet. Michelle has informed her father that I will need to get more clothes to fill it up. Probably not.|
|Jim's side of the closet.|
|Joe's bedroom showing built-in cabinetry|
Speaking of the barn... baby steps there this week:
|This area on the west side is where the stalls will go. It is dug out so that they can reinforce the concrete along that edge and then layer the rock that goes under the stall mats for drainage purposes.|
|same area a day or two later with framing up|
|this is the area on the north side that we are adding concrete to.|
Other progress on the outside:
|Chimney caps installed|
|Getting ready for the pool deck|
|here's the paint|
|This marble is called "Dark Emperador Cafe Select." It is one option for the tops in Jim's office and possibly the powder bath and media room.|
Another imminent decision is which color we are going use for all of our stained areas: kitchen island, family room cabinetry, Jim's office, master bathroom, and floors. Here are the options:
|Trying to decide between the two center ones. I suggested mixing the two but Jim scolded me for making everything too complicated! Well???|
As if these decisions weren't enough! I have been putting "feelers" out with the few horse people I am acquainted with about our need to get another horse as we get settled in. Horses are herd animals and I don't want Tia to have to be without a companion at the new barn. Last week I got a message about a horse that is for sale by a trainer that uses all the methods that I have used in working with Tia (in fact, she used to work for the trainer I follow.) He is a 6 year old gelding named Tex:
I went out to Decatur, TX to see him the other day and he really is nice. He is 15hh, so he is shorter than Tia but he is very well built and he didn't seem that much shorter to ride. He has perfect manners and seems to have a sweet personality, though he didn't seem as outgoing as Tia. I'm just not sure about the timing. Riding him put me in a riding mood, so yesterday I actually had a few free minutes to get on my own horse:
|Having 2 horses on our property will be a different way of life--hopefully, this will be my view quite often, if not daily!|