The construction project, while fraught with challenges and accidents, is mostly complete. We have a wall, French door with knob and lock, window, power, (which was quite a feat requiring a new breaker box, ceiling outlets, wall outlets and a new exterior porch light, exhaust fan motors...) HVAC connected to the main house with return air vent, exhaust fans and insulation overhead and in the wall. The green-board sheet rock is up on the inside wall and other than a bit of sanding, ready to paint. The exterior hardi plank siding is up and also ready to receive paint.
There were weather related issues to deal with throughout, since the entire country experienced record breaking cold temperatures. Fortunately, we had a propane heater, and borrowed Ornery's mom's double burner model, so the guys were able to pour the floor leveling material (required to install the door on a level surface) and dry the joint compound on the sheet rock so it could be sanded.
CW spent about 10 hours in the attic on that coldest day since 1912, and was so cold when he finally came down his feet were too numb to balance on the beams and he almost fell through our bathroom ceiling. The only actual casualty was the staple gun he had in his hand which he flung in his effort to grab hold of something to break his fall, and because of the deep insulation, he was unable to locate it. The project was rather hard on staple guns. I think they ended up breaking/buying 3 or 4 by the time it was all done!
The blown insulation was a three person job requiring two in the attic yelling instructions to the third person in the garage tending the machine. In the end I think they broke that as well as part of Ornery's shop vac. Other than those casualties, however, I haven't heard of any other disasters.
Ornery is delighted to be so far along on the project, although he has a whole lot more work to do before we are close to ready to start planting any seeds, but overall it was worth the wait for CW and Mimi to be able to come.
Mimi did a lot of the cooking while they were here. She is more of a foodie than I am, and frankly, I tend to just throw something together at the last minute and hope for the best. Not her! We ate high on the hog for a whole week, and that without gluten, sugar or (for me) any dairy or nightshade foods! Other than the cooking, however, I had her steadfastly occupied in my studio making her first Artist Trading Cards, some greeting cards, and on the last day, prints on my new Gelli-plate printing plate. Of course I was occupied in similar pursuits, and have a few photos to show for my week's worth of absence from the blogosphere...
The hearts are cut from scraps of old Russian sheet music I had in my scrap box, and I edged them with gold stickles.
So, that was my week! I will post photos of the before and after garden room once we get a little further along. I would like to get some of the mess cleaned up before I put photos out there for general consumption! :)