I found the USB cable. It hadn't strayed far. There isn't really far to stray when you're four people, a dog, and a cat living in 400 square feet or so.
I've provided handy headers for those who may become bored with endless construction talk. I can't imagine how, except for the part about how I would be completely bored if it wasn't my house. Like that. Anyway.
CONSTRUCTION PICTURES, AND MORE THAN ANYONE COULD POSSIBLY CARE ABOUT IN TERMS OF RENOVATION DETAILS!
No bitching and moaning about my 400 square feet, because look at the progress!
That pink stuff is the fancy-pants stuff that is supposed to keep the water totally and completely away from our basement. I'll believe it when I see it, but since we were digging the entire house up, it made sense to go all out. I suppose.
That thar's a foundation drain, to divert the water away from the foundation in the first place, creating a marvelously redundant, belt-and-suspendersish basement drying system. Plus there are french drains inside the existing basement that we installed when we first moved in. And it's not even like we have standing water, it's just damp. We hate damp. We fight mold. Seepage, begone! Obsessive?
But really, it's all a part of the rationale for the reno: we could move to another house for about as much money as this is costing, but that house would have a bunch of problems that we'd have to, or want to fix. We know the problems in this house--man do we know them--and the idea here is to fix them without creating too many new ones. It's a theory. We're going with it.
Anyway, somehow we managed to not get a picture of the guys with the giant (GIANT!) chainsaws that spit water cutting into our concrete-block house. I'm not sure how we missed photographing that, but it was the best, and freakiest part.
This will give you some idea of what they wrought, though. I mean, not really, but see those lines coming down from the former windows? Those are where the chainsaws cut into the concrete blocks. It's crazy. That's what color this house was 3 or 4 renovations ago, well before our time. The honey mustard ranch. The times they are a-changing here in Hamp. I will miss that big wall of concrete that kept the house cool in summer. Ah well, we're doing some serious insulating, our windows will finally be tight...hope for the best.
Here's a pile of what they pulled out from those cuts in the wall.
This experience has seriously produced some trash. Here is a view of the big-ass dumpster that we completely filled with crap.
Not including the concrete, by the way, which was hauled separately as hazardous material. Reduce, reuse, recyle...ahem. We are giving the few-year-old replacement windows (there was wind coming through the old ones; desperate measures, sunk costs, sigh) to a recycling gig. But jaysus. The dumpster was hauled away earlier today and returned, empty. I suppose when they take off half the roof *gulp* they'll need it.
My yard no longer grows
grass weeds moss like it used to. The excavators saw to that. Now it grows lumber, apparently.
But look, we're no longer in pure destruction demolition mode. Progress!
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Oh, right. Also, there is progress on Elizabeth. New yarn, new start, and some actual fabric. The yarn may make it difficult to pay the mortgage on that
pile of rubble house pictured up there, but oh but it is soft and oh but it is smooth and it's merino plus silk and they just had to throw some cashmere in there (but not enough to pill) and I'm just going to have to learn to live with it. The Webs discount didn't hurt either.
Here's what it looks like now.
I know: red blob. But it's moving along and I like it (I really like it!) so it might become a sweater at some point in the future. Good, good, good. I'll probably do some obsessing about short row construction at some point, but for now, all this picture taking and USB cable finding and blog posting is taking up my
sleeping knitting time. I now have some Claudia-colored DK Zephyr that needs a purpose in life. And I may have fallen down and bought some red DK Zephyr in a coop when someone made me do it offered a good price. I couldn't say. Anyway, I'll have my eye out for nice DK projects when this is done, because that yarn is going to be knitted, no way around it. The love is too deep and true to go unrequited.
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There's been a bit of family creativity here despite it all. We're working on decorating the Wall Where Once There Was A Living Room.
And here's Eleanor's reaction to our project of coloring with crayons and markers on the walls that will be demolished.
We should all remember to do that kind of a happy dance at least a few times a week, huh?