Wednesday, October 27, 2010

More backyard treasures

Two feet under. The lower we go, the weirder it gets.

Lost but found...

1.The good new is that The Stove Lady told me that she found replacement parts for those that were lost in the mail...amazing...and that they'll be re-chromed shortly!

2.I may have also failed to mention that the custom made shutters that I ordered for the bathrooms (that took 4 weeks to make) were ALSO lost in the mail. Turns out FedEx delivered them a block away and left them. The super of the building dropped by...after looking at the packages in the hall for the last week and a half he was about to throw them out.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010


Here's the new cedar fence in the backyard...after many many hours of our clearing and bagging debris. I'm hoping it will grey, in time. And with a little honeysuckle growing on it..I think it'll look much better.

Mistakes were made.

Oh, just look at this beauty. The sink I've always wanted! Blinded by it's beauty I never thought that just wouldn't fit.No one told me it's not deep enough for the cabinets. Arg. Four inches of weird empty space at the back.
This really really stinks.
Say goodbye to them, they have to be replaced.
As you can tell with my stove and appliances....not so good together.
PS Please ignore the horribly ugly cabinets, they'll get painted white and then you'll like them.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Just a little something we dug up in the backyard. Besides endless pairs of half deteriorated socks and shoe soles. (yes, just the soles)

The Cornice

Mostly up. So much better than in the hallway, and totally changes the look of the place (pardon the plastic).

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bit by bit.

The cornice has come! Currently living (partly) in the hallway...and unfortunately ordered 3' too long. I am not looking forward to watching them trying to make a nice straight cut on this guy. The old backyard fence is down and post holes dug for the new one. I gained 3 extra feet at the back of the yard...and opposed to the cornice, these 3' I can actually use.
Annnnnd..most of the radiators are in. Not just IN, but working too, and very toasty.
The kitchen cabinets also came...and then went. Measurements, people! Measurements.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

An Open Letter to My Stove.

I am really so sorry.
We removed you from such a nice house in Massachusetts, and yes, they were going to give you up anyway, but who could have prepared you for this.
First the contractors dinged, dented, and chipped your enamel. A bit of white paint was dabbed on as camouflage.
Then they snapped your burner in half. We had it welded back together...and removed every other removable piece and hid them away.
The crazy Russian National Grid guy insulted you. Twice.
But who would have thought that the woman who came to clean the burners, make sure everything was working, and took all the tops, the griddle, and the broiler to have them re-chromed and stop them from corroding ...would lose them forever in the mail?
If I burn in hell one day, it might be in a O'Keefe and Merritt.

Time flies

Can it really be Day 67?
Well, not much has happened in the past few weeks. The floors have been sanded and sealed...two coats, but only in some places. The top floor looks the best where they started so it's apparent they started to run out of sealer about halfway down. But then, what did we really expect?

Today I took out all of the old mortise door locks, adjusted, and put them back in so that they actually work. I am the proud new owner of a chisel...where has this tool been all my life??

This week the kitchens will arrive and the cornice. A backyard fence on Tuesday. Maybe they'll put the radiators in?
And still no word on the (correct) siding.
So close...and still no end in sight.

You know who you are.

For those of you who have been trying to get me to wear a bike-helmet for the past however many years...this is for you. Are you happy? My head looks tremendous. I figure all the riding over of bridges warrants one.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Is there such a thing...

as too much white?
I don't think so.
Parlor stairs:

and basement:

Friday, October 1, 2010


They sanded it down a bit...but it still looks totally weird to me, and doesn't feel good under your hand. I just don't know what to do..the contractor seems to think it's great. Anybody???However the top is done and looks nice....