Punch List

A “punch” list is a bunch of things still left to do at the end of construction. So we’ve moved in and are living here, but there are several chores that have to be done before the house is officially completed. I’m not sure why it’s called that, but it may have something to do with the fact that by now the builders and homeowners want to “punch” each other in the face. (Just kidding Gary & GT!)

Here are a few little jobs that we’re still working on.

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Underskirt door. Jim will store some stuff under the house, but more importantly the plumber and/or HVAC guy may need to access this area for repairs.

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Porches still not stained yet. They’ll be “honey” colored.

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Chris is finishing up the slats on the back of the golf cart bay. They didn’t have enough boards before.

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Cute. Just needs to be painted now.

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Rock Hudson, St. Francis & the Hannah angel are enjoying hanging out together. (along with Buster & Boo Boo’s grave markers) Soon the fence will be built on top of this rock wall and they can have a cozy corner to enjoy.

Eventually we’ll make a lovely Hannah Memorial Garden here with a tinkling fountain, a small tree, some  flowers, and all of our pet grave markers (there are many). It will be a pleasant spot to view from the back porch and we hope it will be peaceful and beautiful.

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The mantle still not painted. Grrrrrrrrrrr. Marlin, where have all the painters gone? Shall I send out a search party?

Those iron cats in the fireplace have green glass eyes that will glow when we have a fire. I’m afraid they might scare Mulder.

Jim has a “punch” list too and it is as long as my arm. He put together our corner TV stand before he left for Brussels and Tony thought it was a playhouse just for him.

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Pretty fun Dad. Thanks!

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And Rowdy thought it was a display case just for her.

See the pretty kitty?

I’d love to show you some of the inside rooms but I’m going to wait til I can hang pictures. Jim is gone AGAIN! This time he’s not in some fur-in country but on the Appalachian Trail supposedly having FUN. (He married the wrong girl) Anyway, he gave me strict orders not to hang any pictures while he was gone. That’s usually my job, and I do OK, unless you count the 3-4 nail holes behind each one. Jim likes to use science and math to hang stuff and he wanted to do it this time. When he hangs a picture you can bet there’s only one nail hole behind it. I guess you could call Jim a “one hole-er”.

(insert joke here) 🙂

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No Tony, you don’t live there anymore. 😦

Mostly Kitties, Some House

It’s been a while since an update from the KittyBunnyChicken but I have been BIZZ-AY!

Jim left for a trip to Brussels last week and by the time he got home I had done a partial move into the house. The first step was to get the big stuff out of the Pink House and over to the Green House (king mattress, sofa bed, chest of drawers etc.) That night I got a wild idea to sleep over there so I herded four cats into our new abode and hunkered down. How did the first night go? Well…..

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I have never seen this happen EVER!

These cats are mortal enemies. Tony tortures poor Sammy all day and she slaps and hisses in response whenever they are in the same room. Tony thinks it’s super fun to pester her but she does not see the humor. Well, these two kids slept side by side for most of the night!!! It’s kind of unclear but notice Tony’s face buried in his stuffed elephant (Hannah the Bama fan gave it to him). 🙂 And Sammy is in a “help me” pose rolled over on her side reaching for safety. You have to understand my critters to know just how unbelievable and hilarious this photo is.

And Rowdy! Well, lets just say she’s tried to hide from this move whenever she could.

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Don’t see me!

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Not always successfully.

And Mr. Mulder?

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Weirdness personified.

Actually, he cried from the time I put him in the front door until about 1:00AM. It made for a really restful night I can tell you.

And I have a few cute updates regarding my former foster kid Tammy. She having so much trouble fitting in at her new home in North Carolina. The stress is almost too much!

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I’m so stwessed out!

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It’s almost too much to bear!

Needless to say, this little girl has hit the jackpot and is happier than a pig in mud. Thanks again cousin, for taking this little hellion off my hands.

OK, so ready to see some more Green House?

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Pathway and brick step from the carport to the back porch is done.

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Island wooden bar top is made but not attached yet. It’s made out of the reclaimed pine of the floor.

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Two red bar stools will go here.

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Setting up a few small sticks of furniture.

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We changed the name of this room from “The Office” to “The Blue Room” because, well….

The sofa makes into a double bed so it’s a guest room for you if you wanna have a sleepover.

Then Jim came home from his trip and THIS happened…

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Debbie, Jim & Jamie (our good strong friend) moved an entire storage unit into the house. It only took 147 hours! Well it felt like it.

It was so fun unpacking stuff I hadn’t seen in over a year.

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What, you don’t have a lighted chicken?

Pictures won’t be hung for a while, but for now it’s nice to see some of them on the recently completed (but not painted) mantle.

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So this is it for now. There is still much to do. Emptying and cleaning the Pink House is more of a challenge than I had expected. We lived HARD in that house! But I am so happy with our new home and looking forward to the fun part of fixing it up and having friends over soon. Thanks for travelling this journey with us. Stop by and visit the Green House anytime. I have many jobs for you.