Stefan had New Years Eve and New Years Day off of work so he had a long, 4 day weekend to work on stuff. Â In addition, we are at the finishing stage on a bunch of projects. Â It’s been great to start checking things off the list.
Saturday we finished up the plumbing for the laundry and Â layed down the final last bit of floor in the bathroom. Â We also designed the plumbing drain for the bathroom sinks as well as the gas piping for the laundry. Â We went out for a Home Depot run just as it was starting to snow.
This was the snow situation when we left the house:
About 45 minutes later when we walked out of Home Depot, The snow looked like this:
It took us another 40 minutes or so to get home in that weather and then we made a roast chicken. Â It’s on our new year’s resolution list to cook more and this was a fun date-night project in true Wolpert style. Â Home Depot and Dinner.
Next time, smaller chicken. Â It took FOR-EV-ER to cook. Â It also had to be rotated in the oven several times causing entirely too many flip the bird jokes.
Sunday morning we woke up to 6-8 inches of snow.
Stefan busted out the snowblower. Â I’ve never seen one in action. Â It’s super cool!
We also tried to take Vector out to play in the snow. Â He was terrified but he did love playing in the leaves under the deck. Â We had a hard time getting him out. Â He also escaped out the front door to the porch while we were shoveling but he left only a few tentative footprints in the snow before apparently getting scared and running back inside. Â Silly Kitty.
By the time the driveway sidewalk, porch, and deck were snowblowed, shoveled and salted we were pretty beat. Â We did manage Â to get 99% of the way done with the gas pipe and dry-fit the sink drains. Â We needed one more little piece until Stefan could pressure test the gas connections so we went to Home Depot yet again. Â We also went to Target and hit up the 70% off Christmas sales while we were there. Â Lots of extension cords, timers, flood lights, etc. Â We cleaned up! Â I’ve got Christmas cards for next year and some wrapping paper. Â I found this years pinecone ornament (my new collection) and I’m good to go. Â The box stores are generally pretty picked over in this area so I didn’t get any garland for the porch or any lights. Â I’m probably just going to have to pay full price. Â Even then, you really have to get to the Home Depot or Target early to get lights. Â For whatever reason they were picked over by Thanksgiving. Â I’m glad we were able to have a Christmas Decor research year or I would never have known!
Monday I had to work 🙁 Â Stefan went to a friend’s house for brunch and did a bunch of computer research work.
Monday night we went to a party with some friends and Tuesday we did some more work on the plumbing and gas. Â The bathroom is really starting to shape up!
As soon as we get the bathroom vent fan picked out, we can install the duct-work in the exterior wall and we will be ready for round one of insulation. Â A bit more plumbing and electric in the bathroom and we will be ready for drywall. Â We are getting close! AND as an added bonus, MLK day is in just a couple weeks giving another power 3-day weekend. Â Â Depending on how the contractor’s timing works out, we may be drywalled by early Feb and done with the master bath by the end of March. Â I can’t wait!
I hope you all had a wonderful new year. When we woke up on January 1 we were greeted with this beauty:
My lemon tree finally bloomed! Now I just need a second bloom so I can get to pollinating the blooms! Another couple months and we’ll have lemons!
Happy New Year!