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We have lovely new soffits! We also have new fascia, and a nifty thing called a drip lip. In the process, Rupert removed the wiring which ran from the old antenna (outside, along the wanna-be soffits) and was so motoring along so well tearing down old stuff and cutting off wires that he cut the phone line, too. So we (I because Rupert was still demolishing) called Bell from my cell phone (which would lose reception after I’d finally gotten through to an agent after being on hold for 10 minutes)… long story short, we survived the 24 hours without a phone or internet. By Sunday morning the work on the soffits was complete, and Rupert turned his attention to the inside, and a problem with the floor joists in the kitchen area.

We have arranged for someone to install a seamless eavestrough (yay!), have eliminated one of the on-ramps to the mouse-squirrel-bat super highway, found two dessicated squirrel bodies and have bandied about plans to change the windows and cover the house in vinyl.

After some discussion and a couple of rye and gingers, we decided that next weekend (yes, folks, two days from now) we will 1) put in door frames and doors to all the bedrooms — hey, we won’t have walls, but we will have a door! — and 2) finish the upstairs bathroom. You know what that meant: I had to go shopping.

After two solid days of running around Home Depot and Reno Depot, we have a toilet, a sink, tiles, a light fixture, and doorknobs for all the upstairs doors. Wowee! I’m so excited to be getting a finished bathroom upstairs, that I’m not sure I can believe it will really happen. Maybe it won’t. (But maybe it will! And then I won’t have to stumble down 14 then 4 then 9 stairs in the dark.)

Ah, that last picture? Me trying to take a photo of myself to update my linkedin profile. Seems pictures of me are of three kinds: Terrible expression, child somewhere too close to my face to crop out, or fat because I’m pregnant.

And the purple flowers? Something managed to bloom! (I thought they were yellow and brown flowers, more like black-eyed Susans. They’re aren’t, but they’re pretty, anyway.)

 

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First, he assembled the scaffolding. Rupert did this while I was away with Twinkle Toes buying groceries at the farmer’s market and getting pants for Young Jedi, and generally killing time so as not to be home to witness Rupert fall and get pinned under the scaffolding. I was pleasantly surprised when I returned home. Scaffolding was up, Rupert was alive and well.

The old eaves and wanna-be soffits etc have been removed. We can see the insulation — what is it, R5?

All kinds of ugly here:

Closer shot of the insulation. You can see part of a hole in it. There were many many holes in the insulation. That means many many little animals found their way in over the years. (Ask me how I know. Go on. Ask.)

Someone attempted, at some point, to replace the old stuff with pink batting. 

Only a small sampling of the bird nests and wasp nests that fell down. 

The Fat Max crow bar-wielding hero and lord-master of home renovations: Rupert. 

Here, he is doing his part to keep the Red Army alive. 

Ever seen one of these? EW. So gross, it is still outside. But too fascinating to chuck. I want the kids to see this. Apparently, our home was home to TWO different kinds of wasps. These guys, the mud builders, and the other papery nest wasps. 


These little boxer shorts remind me of sock monkeys.

They are made from three sweaters. One is a dark beige wool with red trim, the other a heavier cream-coloured wool, and the third, which covers the elasticized waist, is a lovely silk-cashmere blend in deep red.


These shorts would fit size 6-9 months, possibly smaller if baby is wearing a bulky cloth diaper.

Yesterday, we put most of the finishing touches on Young Jedi’s room.

There are still a few bits of trim to go on just as soon as we get our hot little hands on a coping saw. After that, there’s the door. and the door trim, but after 3 years in a room with no walls, what’s a missing door?

The room was finished enough that we could move Young Jedi (back) into his room! Yay!

(The kids refused to let me take normal pictures of the room. They kept jumping into the frame…)

(The room looks really small with us in it.)

(Young Jedi slept in his room last night and today I moved his desk in. I wanted to get his toys etc in and organized, but Twinkle Toes was having Napping Issues today. And just in case y’all are wondering, it’s not because I don’t want my kid to have to do some of the work of moving in and setting up. I want to do it alone due to the “disappearing” of items that has to happen while he’s not around. If you’re a parent, you know what I mean. Right? I’m not the only one, am I?)

 

Even though I spent the first two hours of my Twinkle Toes-free time stalling with chores like sweeping and vacuuming, I did make one item today — after cleaning off my sewing table, that is (not a task to be underestimated).

Tada!

Fall Rose Dress

The dress is a little blurry because it was windy, and I promise, those wrinkles will come out!

My Etsy Shop

A little bird told me…

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