Wednesday, July 21, 2010

This Little House: Master Bedroom--Hidden Treasures

After patching until I ran out of patching plaster, buying more patching plaster and almost going through another quart, I gave up the patching and went looking for hardwood floors.
I found them. Perhaps not the most perfect floors in the state, but wonderful in my eyes. It is so sad that they covered this beauty with carpet. I do hope the rest of the main level is as nice.
I have left the remainder of the bedroom finishing to Honey. I'm off to work today and will not return until some time in September. I promise to try to take some great pictures and share a few when I return.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

This Little House: Master Bedroom

The Master Bedroom gets a make-over.

When we purchased the house, the walls in the bedroom looked like this:



Paneling on the bottom half of three walls. How hard could it be to remove?

The room was fully carpeted (as long as you don't count the closet).

The carpet was just going to get messy if we left it, so here it is, folded up in the middle of the room. The current plan is to use it in the basement to cover up floors with much less potential than the floors on the main level.
We ripped all of the paneling off the walls. Not an easy task. It was also very messy. Honey wouldn't let me leave a picture of the label out of the blog. If you click it, you should be able to read all about the potential health hazards of having this in your bedroom. Plywood is much sturdier than I would like to believe. The glue they used to keep the panels on the wall was no slouch either.
The resulting mess was spectacular.


I patched the plaster a little yesterday. I'm no expert, but it isn't a horrible job.
The top layer of plaster was pulled when we took down the paneling. Those rough spots are about 1/4 inch deep.
Therefore, it is no surprise that before I'd finished the room (only 1/2 of three walls) the quart of patching plaster was gone.

Time for lunch, maybe time to pick up some more patching plaster. If I keep moving, I might be able to share a picture of what is still hiding under that carpet padding.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Somerset, PA to Jessup, MD: July 5th

I'm a little behind the power curve on this. We stayed up too late, slept in too long and then scrambled to get something accomplished by morning.
The good news is that we've reached Maryland. The bad news is that there is so much to get done before we can really move in.
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Once we get an ISP, I'm sure I'll be spending a little more time on the computer. That means a little more time keeping this up-to-date.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Elkhart, IN to Somerset, PA

July 4th, 2010
Indiana, Ohio and PennsylvaniaMiles and miles of more driving. We decided to call an early close to the traveling today. We were checked into the hotel before 6p.m.A good night's sleep will serve us well on our last leg.
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Maryland, here we come. (You've been warned.)

Minneapolis to Elkhart, IN


July 3rd we drove and drove and drove. Okay, I sat there being annoyed at all the driving, the heat and the general boredom of a long trip, Honey did all the driving.

Any time we'd see something interesting, or just a sign, I'd try to take a picture of it. Honey is very accommodating with this. He tries to change lanes or safely slow down for me. Sometimes it works, sometimes my camera just isn't in the mood. video

We left Minnesota, drove through Wisconsin and Illinois and stopped in Indiana.

I keep forgetting to do the math to figure out how far we've traveled. I suppose if you have access to Google Maps you could figure it out from there.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Eastward Bound

I decided to try something different with the pictures from today.

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All of the pictures from my high-speed (that's in miles-per-hour, not shutter speed) photography have been jammed into a single slide-show.

Leaving Montana

Okay, so this will be extremely short on words but plenty long on pictures. (If you see something out of order, please forgive me. Blogger loads pictures funny and IE won't let me move them around like Mozilla does.)

July 1st, we packed ourselves into the car and started driving east. I managed to take a few snaps along the way.
That is the way we aren't going.
Blue Bear car wash, one of the last things you see on the way out of Havre.
The Milk River.
The Milk River.
Malta.
Lunch.
We heard a rumor that there was a UPS shipping store in Glasgow, about 150 miles from Havre. I'd over-estimated the room in the car and we needed to ship some stuff out.
I had to tell Honey that he couldn't really get the Subaru under that thing.
Look, the UPS store. Three boxes are on their way to Maryland. They should arrive about the same time we do.




Honey said I missed the signs for Duck Creek, Cow Creek and... some other creek. This was well before I started knitting, so I would take pictures of anything.

The really, really long load.



Bismark, ND is our first stop for the night. Assuming we can get a room on the Fourth of July weekend.


North Dakota!
Puppies!

If you ever wondered where it was.
I couldn't make up something like this if I tried.
For reference, taking pictures at this speed isn't easy.

I'm sure this picture is out of sequence. It isn't important. Taking a pictures are high speed is challenging and you take what you can get.
It said scenic overlook, so I took a picture. I think that is Mandan.
Evidently, when you begin to enter civilization, you are required to slow down.


Missouri river.

That there is what we like to call the wrong way.
Dinner! Okay, so I ate fried eggs, biscuits & gravy and bacon.
Finally, some room at the inn.
I'm not sure what the stopping point will be today. We shall see.