Last night I had 2 glasses of wine with a friend. As I was leaving out her front door I forgot about the step down. I ALMOST busted my ass. When I got home, I realized I had left my cell phone in the car and with Jacki ready to have her baby any day, I wanted my phone in the house. I walked out to the truck and retrieved it and started walking up the sidewalk. I opened my phone to see if anyone had called and walked into the first step - thinking I was further away from it. I stubbed my toe and pitched forward scraping a trench out of my middle finger from the fingernail up to about a 1/4 inch up my finger.
Lucky me, it was on my bad arm. Hopefully I won't get the flesh eating bacteria but at least if I do, it's on the arm I'm not fond of anyway.
Both mishaps, I thought of my 2 wonderful sisters and was happy they weren't wished they had been here to see it.
Yesterday the well driller arrived and set up shop. The excavation is costing more than we thought due to some site issues so the well driller ensured Ival that he will not only hit artesian water but that it will also spit gold nuggets. That made me feel better. Hopefully by Monday or Tuesday we'll have water.
The photo below is the foundation with the footings for the porch. The porch is either 12 or 15 feet wide, I don't remember. It's going to add 2,800 sq ft to the house. That's larger than the interior of the house which is only 2,100 sq ft.
I promise I won't post day-by-day pictures of the progress. Well, maybe. However, on June 14th we took the first step on our new house. We now have footings...
Next week we should have a well, hopefully power, and they may start framing. As I stood and looked at the footings, I thought the house looked awfully small. It's 2,100 sq. ft. but at this point it looks small.
I think I've already mentioned how much I hate shopping for lighting. Yes, I'm sure I did. Especially bathroom lighting. It doesn't matter how many websites you look at or how many stores you go to, you get a bar with 3 or 4 lights attached that basically all look the same.
Until I found the Possini collection at Lamps Plus. Now you have to remember that most of the lighting in our house is going to be these
But, I'm not really into "country" decorating so they will be painted with white enamel. Still fitting for "barn" living but not cutesy country. So in order to add some "modern" I've found a few unique pieces that I think hope will add a bit of interest.
This is the fixture that will be going over our bathroom vanity...
Who doesn't love bubbles in the bathroom!
And this will be in the middle of 2 "barn" pendants hanging over our bar.
I know, you're probably thinking that these 2 styles just can't be good together. But, I'm a rebel. Ok, this is as dangerous as I get as a rebel but darn it, lighting can be pretty scary!
This is the second bedroom and bath (Adam's until he moves out) vanity light and ceiling fan.
Quite a mix of modern and country (ew, I can hardly say that word without thinking of pink rose fabric and "chippy" paint furniture - ewwwww!) but I'm hoping I can pull it off! Am I crazy?
My sister is moving back to Boise in a month and she is handy-dandy. When it comes to heavy work, she's no sissy. Her ex has some wonderful old bricks that he took to Portland with him when they moved and he's giving them to me for this project. So near the end of July, I'm taking the truck over to help her move and bringing the bricks and the flooring from the old Caldwell High School home with me.
Linda is going to help me build this wall and the flooring will be used as the front for our 14ft bar. We're buying the old bar stools and foot rest from the unfortunately-going-out-of-business drive-in restaurant here in Boise. I also have 3 wonderful wood bar stools that I was told came from the Homedale mercantile that will be permanent seats at the bar as well.
We just found out a few days ago, that one of Ival and Joe's good friend's dad passed away. They own one of Boise's icon drive-ins in town. The other half of their restaurant is owned by another company and they will be taking over the building after this week. That makes me incredibly sad.
I remember Mello's on Orchard, The Big Bun on Overland, and Red Steer. It seems like the wonderful old drive-ins are slowing being lost.
I can't tell you right now which drive-in it is, but when Ival was talking to the owner this week, he mentioned they would be selling everything inside. I knew I wanted at least part of that wonderful old place in our new home. Jay told Ival we could have first dibs on buying anything from inside. The last time I was in there they had an old milkshake machine sitting on the counter that had just broke down. I want it. They have some of their first menus on the walls and Ival said that was the only thing he wanted. I'm thinking I might buy some of the old barstools.
He told Ival that upstairs, there's years worth of stuff. So, tomorrow at 3, I'm meeting Jay to look things over and let him know what we want to buy. I hope I find some wonderful things to put in our new house. If I could afford it, I'd probably buy it all. I'll let you know what I find and of course, I'll take pictures! And as soon as they close, I'll tell you who it is. I just don't want to make the announcement for them.
Oh, and did I mention that we're closing on Jacob Springs on Friday. Finally!
I think this weekend, we'll spend setting up the wall tent. I know you all remember several years ago, before we found and bought Jacob Springs, that I posted about wanting to do something like this.
I have everything needed including the old luggage. So, we're going to get some pallets and at least work on the floor this weekend. I have a beautiful log bed that my brother made for me several years ago that will be perfect in here. Until we get the house built, Ival can stay here and after that, I hope we have friends that want to just get away that will come and use it.
I'm really excited about finally getting to work on this!