Saturday, May 31, 2014

Stacked high

Although I never intended to collect coffee table type books, I seem to have more than my share right now. There are a few about the Holy Land, which are probably my very favorites to sit and enjoy when there is time to spend with one of the books in my collection.

Naked windows

Not believing there was a way to place Christmas candles in the dormers at the back of our attic, I was rather shocked with the project manager, Tom Stanton, showed me this week. I was so surprised I didn't even remember to thank him, which is embarrassing. I did write him a note later that day, but still...................what a dope for neglecting to say a simple "thank you!"

Friday, May 30, 2014

Poster board to the rescue

Being able to visualize is a talent some people have and other don't. But even when a person can visualize how an item will look in another setting, they sometimes discover it doesn't work after all. Even designers have been known to make mistakes from time to time.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Joggling Boards

Many of the homes we visited in Charleston had a piece of outdoor furniture known as a Joggling Board. The tales we were told, the traditions surrounding these boards, and the unique aspects made for an interesting lesson in Charleston history.


The sun sets over the Battery and one of the most noticeable images becomes the faint flickers that seem to glow up and down every street. These tiny flames may be on fence posts, fronts of houses and shops, or even standing tall above a light post. They provide a dim light, unlike the bright porch lights most of us are accustomed to seeing at front doors; instead providing an ever so slight flame to dispel the darkness from becoming a blinding blackness in a moonless night.

Walk-thru # UNO

The builder and project manager have multiple houses in different stages of completion to keep up with. Our designer has multiple things going on, although she has our house plans as memorized as anyone. Then there are my husband and I who know the plans well and ultimately will live in this house so we need to make sure it is coming together and fits how we live.

Friday, May 23, 2014

The hanging of the front doors

After being anxious to see what it looked like when hung, I just kept staring at the transom in amazement when it turned out better than I expected.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Organizational help needed

"I don't have a tape measure with me". "Oh, I have one in the car", I reply.

"I'll have to check the floorplans when I get back to the office." "Let me get my set (out of the car)", I respond.

"I really think this is level. I don't see anything wrong with it."  "If you can wait one second, I have a level (in my car)", I offer.

On and on this type of conversation goes when I'm at the construction site.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sweet memories

If I felt like singing Joy To the World on March 24, I'm singing the Hallelujah Chorus now. A truck pulled up to unload our doors while I was at our house today.

Where do I want that?

My brain is being taxed while I try to project myself into the future and figure out where I want every outlet and switch in the house.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Phantom plumbers


The bathtubs were shipped Monday morning so I was expecting them to appear any day. Our "phantom plumbers" must have snuck the tubs in at some point between Monday morning and Tuesday evening.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Sizing chandliers

I will admit this post is for my future reference so I won't forget where I saw this information.

Mrs. Howard Personal Shopper's blog post about sizing a chandelier

If you haven't read Mrs. Howard's blog, there is tons of useful information about a myraid of subjects. Although her blog is no longer being used, it is still available to readers.

Dimmer switches

More exciting photos?

The "boring photos" from the previous post were part of a joke, even though they are actual photos. I just uploaded them to "entertain" a friend who wanted photos. She knows there is nothing worth photographing right now, so please forgive the insanity of the moment.

World's most boring photos

 A friend mentioned she would like to see photos of our house, and we laughed when I shared the photos on my phone. There isn't much to share right now since I spend a great deal of time looking at what my daughter and a neighbor jokingly call "sticks". 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Progress or chaos?

There is so much being done on the house right now that it's hard to keep up with everything. Shingles are finished (for the most part). HAVC people are adding duct work while electricians are starting to add electrical boxes in preparation for the wiring that is needed. Plumbing is being roughed in.