Thursday, November 29, 2007
O.K. In my last post about my flooring saga, we were in the process of removing the old underlayment bit by bit because of the millions of staples. Well, we thought we'd be done with it by Thanksgiving. By done I mean completely done. Tile complete. But we're not even close because the underlayment is so hard to get up. It's really very time consuming. And a royal pain in the YooHoo, if you catch my drift. So I told Flyboy that we should put a hold on the tile and at least get the laminate done in the living room so that we can put up our Christmas tree. Then we can go back to working on the tile. So thats what we have been working on. Here is our progress over the last 5 days.
Here, we have removed the old carpet and now have a bare floor.
Another view of the living room with the new bare floor.
Here is our dining room piled high with our living room furniture. We had to put it somewhere. And yes, 5 days later, it is still there.
Using my mothers advice, I painted Kilz over the floor to hopefully cover the pet odor. Remember, the whole reason we are putting down laminate, is because we have German Shepherds. One of which likes to vomit on the carpet almost every other day. It will be much easier to clean off the laminate. When you have dogs, you have to make certain sacrifices. And we refuse to make our dogs stay outside all the time so out goes the carpet, in comes the laminate.
Here we go! Here is the first roll of foam underlayment.
And the first row of laminate. Flyboy is doing such a great job!
He's making pretty good progress here. Notice the red wall?
The red wall is now sage green. Isn't it pretty? I loved the red, but the green is a softer, more neutral color. And it really brings out the green in my Thomas Kinkade picture!
The room is almost complete. This is what's left to do. Isn't it pretty! I love progress!
Monday, November 19, 2007
The puppies turned 4 weeks old the other day. They are soooo cute! They are running all over the house now. And very very playful.
They are all so cute and snuggly and cuddly. They will be ready just in time for Christmas!
This is what it looked like this morning while I was getting ready for work. I grabbed my camera, ran outsite in my skivvies and snapped the picture. I made it just in time. By the time I went back inside and upstairs, it was mostly gone. It was breathtaking. What a way to start the day. I work in a grocery store as a cashier and this time of year is very hectic. We are soooo busy. Our store gets completely packed with shoppers. We are the lowest priced store in our area. No, we are not WalMart. We are always busy, but during the holidays, it is chaos. And let me tell you, customers that shop when it is this busy get very cranky! I had a man ask me yesterday..."what, were you closed yesterday or something? Why are you so busy?" And he was angry about it. I tried to explain to him that we are only a couple days away from Thanksgiving and he grumbled away. I don't understand why people can't just slow down and relax. There's nothing you can do about it. If you want to go grocery shopping three days before a holiday, be prepared for a large crowd. If you don't like it, STAY HOME!! Otherwise, just go with the flow. And be thankful that you have the means to put food on your table. And that you live in a country that has nice grocery stores to shop in. Trust me, I've been to Honduras and seen their grocery stores. Be thankful. Be very, very thankful!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
So we started tearing up our floor. What a nightmare. We have to remove the old vinyl, plus the underlayment. It isn't suitable for tile to sit on. So we have to remove that and put down tile backerboard. Sorry, I don't know the exact terminology so please bear with me. Then we can put the tile on the new backerboard.
Here's the problem. The old underlayment is stapled down. Which it should be. BUT, the flooring people went crazy with the staple gun and there are like a million staples in it. And they are loooong staples that go deep into the plywood floorboard . The underlayment is like a pressboard (if you know what that is) and is coming up in little pieces because of all the staples. It is very time consuming. And then trying to pull the staples out afterward.........CLOSE TO IMPOSSIBLE. Even Flyboy, who is strong like the Hulk, is having a hard time with it. This is going to take forever. If it weren't so expensive to have someone do it for us, we would do that. The installation price we got for the tile (just installation, not materials) was $11 per square foot. Who on earth can afford to pay that????? Granted, we didn't call every number in the book. I'm sure there are cheaper prices, but my goodness. We are trying to save some money here.
We've got most of the dining room done and are starting down the hall. We still need to get the laundry room, bathroom and kitchen. Then, we have both bathrooms upstairs to do. This is hard work and VERY time consuming, but the end result will be worth it. Our laminate is supposed to be on it way this week. The estimated delivery date was the 12th and that was yesterday, so it should be any day now. Not that we're ready for it, but at least we'll have it ready to go.
1. Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
7 Things about Me
1. I've been to Honduras 3 times
2. My toenails are ALWAYS painted
3. I LOVE sterling silver jewelry
4. I like to bake cookies and take them to work.
5. I've had 3 C-Sections
6. I love to read romance novels
7. I've seen a psychic 3 times and have another meeting scheduled with him
I'm going to use NaBloPoMo Randomiser and pick 7 blogs to tag
1. Canned Laughter
2. Dreams of a Country Girl
3. My Crazy Life
5. Mamma Loves
6. Capturing Today
7. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
Saturday, November 10, 2007
How I wish I were this puppy who is so completely comfortable and relaxed. She had such a hectic day, you know. Sleeping, eating, sleeping, biting facing, eating some more, sleeping, sleeping, and even more sleeping. Did I mention sleeping?
And how about biting faces!
Puppies are soooo cute and fun. Don't you wish you had 8 baby German Shepherds?
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Here is our new air conditioner.