Sunday, September 27, 2009

Organized Garage

It is Nathan's last day of vacation or break. He took some time today to organize out the garage for me and to utilize his new cabinet. I helped him clean down the cabinet and then install the one extra shelf. He took care of the rest.

As if that wasn't enough he also put on the outside, bottom trim on the back door.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Last Projects For September

Nathan was off for a week between semesters. We kept ourselves pretty busy with house projects.

1.) Change the thermostat - We bought a programmable thermostat that was on sale. The thermostat is meant to work with a gas wall heater which we have. Have I mentioned that everything here in CA runs off gas? That might be a rant for another post.

Before After

The before picture is the only picture I have that actually had the previous thermostat in it. Nathan spent 5 minutes on the phone with customer service for the new thermostat as our gas wall heater is an older version none of the wires were labeled for the new thermostat diagram. Nathan was impressed. I am sure he will want to tell that story.

2.) Rake back yard and trim the flowers & grapes at the fence

Before After

We know the back yard still doesn't look that great but we are getting there.

3.) Rock and gravel one section of the the right side of the front lawn. We don't think any grass is going to be able to grow here as this is all beach sand. When we put a deck up some of this area will be hidden anyway. The gravel, we hope, will also help prevent any termite damage.

Before After

4.) All that rock that we used for the right side of the lawn came out of the dirt from the left side of the lawn. We had to dig a couple of inches down to get to the rock. There was dirt on top of it so it wasn't visible at first. The reason why we found the rock was because of the termite tenting. When the house is tented gravel is used to hold the tarp down. We originally set out to remove and get rid of the gravel. While we were doing this we found the rock. Under the rock was a layer of plastic. Once we found the plastic we used that as a guide. Holding one edge of the plastic down, the edge closest to the cement patio, was wood. We believe the wood was part of a flower box/bed at some point.

Before After

It didn't take us just one week to dig out all the rock. It took us a couple of months but Nathan was determined to get the majority of it before he had to start school again.

5.) Gutters

After Day 1 Front:

It took us 4 hours to install the front gutters. We made mistakes and assembling. Gluing the parts together is not easy. We really could have used a third set of hands. And I was on the roof while Nathan was on the ladder. I think that was our biggest mistake, me on the roof. LOL!!

After Day 2 Back:

After our mistakes the first day, the second day wasn't so bad. However we faced a different problem. Don't try to put up gutters around noon after the sun has had half a day to bake the roof. We could only get one of the three sections, on the back, secured. I almost burnt my stomach and Nathan was overheating. We finished securing the last two sections in the evening before sunset.

After Day 3 Front and Back:

Front Back

Nathan and I learned that it would have just been easier to have let Ross Roofing do this for us. Putting up the gutters seemed like a relatively easy project compared to installing a door but we had more complications. Gluing the sections together was not easy, we could have really used that third pair of hands and it probably would have been done in half the time.

6.) Nathan dug a couple of inches of dirt away from the base boards, all the way around the house. We placed down some edging we bought on sale and in bulk and then filled with the gravel saved from the roof removal. This was done to match the front of the house and to hopefully eliminate any future termite problems.

About half way through:


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Back to Carmel

Nathan drove back down to Carmel today with two buddies from school. He went to pick up the cabinet that the wonderful lady from Tuesday sold to us for $10. This is a much needed addition to help organize the garage with all the stuff that we now store in it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

HR 1182 - House Hearing

Military Spouses Residency Relief Act has a big day tomorrow; House Hearing. If the bill passes the hearing tomorrow, Military Spouses are on the home stretch to being able to declare one state of residency :) Thank goodness as I would like to be able to put my name back on the title of my vehicle. I would also appreciate not having to stand in another DMV line. Okay so maybe just one more DMV line.

If you would like to watch the House Hearing tommorrow it will be at 1 PM EDT. For those of us on the Pacific Coast it will be 10:00 AM PDT.

Please go to the following link: and click on the Live Webcast button in the top left column.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Craigslist Savings??

Today we drove down to Carmel By The Sea. It was our first time in Carmel. A beautiful area. The homes are bigger compared to our home here in Seaside.

Nathan called a wonderful lady who posted an ad on Craigslist for miscellaneous home remodeling or building odds and ends. She was offering everything that she had for $50. After talking with her yesterday we agreed to meet her today to look at and pick up the stuff.

Nathan and I were pleasantly surprised at the amount of odds and ends that she had. Chipped boards, sheet rock, dry wall, grout, electrical outlets, electrical junction boxes, sheet rock & dry wall tape, cement, mortar, paint, etc. We were also surprised that in order to take the stuff we would have to walk it up three flights of stairs to put into the truck.

Nathan and I managed to get everything to fit into the truck. I think I shocked both Nathan and the wonderful lady. I really am not a wimp. I can carry and pick-up stuff. With all this house remodeling I have been toning up and able to do more than I have ever been able to do.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Please Call Your Congressman/woman

If you have time today please pick up the phone and call your Congressman/woman. When you call the office in DC ask to speak with the Military Legislative Aide (MLA). They will ask for your name and if you are calling with an organization. Tell them that you are calling for the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act Coalition. If you are able to speak with the MLA ask if they know about HR 1182. If they don't tell them it is the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act. They may look up the bill while they have you on the phone. Tell them you support the bill and Military Spouses and that you would like the Congressman/woman to co-sponsor. Congressman Carter is the sponsor for HR 1182.

If you would like more information about the bill before you call please contact me.

If you would like to check in on the Coalition please click on the widget link to the right.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Finishing of Odds & Ends

Three weeks ago we started this project and we were finally able to finish it this weekend. Nathan says it is difficult to reach the light in the attic. He is the only one that has been up there. You can't walk around up in the attic it is just a crawl space.

The old wires from the chandalier.

Old wires removed and ready for the new ceiling fan.

New wires for the new ceiling fan.

Ceiling fan motor attached and ready to be pinned up.

Nathan attaching the blades.

Before After

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Weekend Project

Since Rikki was so kind to take and post numerous pictures of me I thought I should pay her back, though I don't take nearly as many pictures.

I'm just glad Ahab was not around while I had my shirt off.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Labor Day Weekend Projects

It was a short 3 day weekend. It was a weekend full of projects. It took us two days to sand, stain and polyurethane the vanity and the medicine cabinet. Monday we spent the day doing what other fellow military wives call "demolition." We took a window out and cut part of the wall to put in a back door. This also included installing a storm and doggie door.

Finishing using his reciprocating saw to cut the siding.

Going to try to pull down on the siding so I can remove the screws on the bottom of the support beams.

Nathan taking a break checking the opening for the new door.

Placing caulk on the bottom of the door. This should go a little faster than the install of the new front door.

The new back door installed. View from the inside. It took us an hour to install this. Not too bad. Maybe we can start a business becoming professional door installers?! Time for another run to Home Depot. We decide to return the three 1x3's that we purchased yesterday. We need something bigger. We decide to go with a trim similar to what we placed on the front door.

The installed door from the outside. You can see where the window was installed.

Installed the storm door on the hinges. Half way done.

Starting the install for the doggie door.

Outside: (need to sand and paint)
Before After

Inside: (need to foam fill and put up trim)
Before After