Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Inspector Inspected

Whew! We finally got to the point where we were ready for our electrical, plumbing and mechanical inspections so Cliff called the county office and set up the appointment. It was only at this point that he realized that our permit had less than a week before it was going to expire! We couldn't time these things better if we tried! The day came and the county inspector drove up and went inside with Cliff while I waited in the trailer. And I continued to wait...for about an hour. He was very thorough but the outcome was that (insert drumrole here) we passed! There were a couple of minor things, one being that a few of the junction boxes had too many wires coming into them for the depth and needed to be changed to deeper ones. We just happened to have the right ones there so they have already been changed.

So now we are ready for insulation and then drywall, tape and texture. Woohoo!! (You'll have to excuse my enthusiasm from here on out. I'm so excited to get to the finishes).

One of the last things that Cliff had to get done before the inspection was drill the last three holes in the exterior soffit and install the last of the outdoor lighting. Here's a couple of photos of him accomplishing this feat on the second to the last one. Unfortunately I didn't get photos of the last hole being drilled. It was the highest and most difficult. Cliff borrowed the neighbor's extension ladder in order to be high enough. I was watching and praying from the trailer because I'd just gotten out of the shower and couldn't get outside just then. We figure that God must have had several angels on duty for the job of keeping Cliff from falling and getting seriously injured.

This photo is one of the medicine cabinets (there are two) that will be in the bathroom on the main floor. I love it!! They were a great find and on sale! We were framing the openings for them when I took the photo.

Spring at the coast is so lovely. There are flowers everywhere. We took this photo at the end of the bluff. If you look at the water you'll see the waves crashing on a rock.

Iain Murray, the cat, not the author, has decided that he loves being in the house playing. He has a blast chasing flies and rolling on the rough concrete downstairs in the master bedroom. Pete, our other cat is content to stay in the trailer and sleep, but he is ten years old. Billy had fun as always. He runs hard and sleeps hard when we're at the coast. It's such fun to watch him at a full run across the bluff. He had a fine ending to this trip though at 2:30 am on the last night when he was outside (just to use the facilities) and caught sight of a skunk. Off he went, the skunk didn't appreciate being chased by a 105 lb. doberman and did what skunks do. Lucky for Billy his aim wasn't great. We think he got it in the mouth a little and also a little bit on his side, no doubt as he turned to take flight. Ah, country living.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


I recently went to the cabinet shop and designed the kitchen with the help of a very nice gal and a great computer program. It was amazing to watch it come together on the computer screen. I'm going to make a few changes but the images you see here are pretty much what the kitchen will look like. We're putting in white cabinets with a rope detail.

Here's what it looks like now...

Here's what it will look like...

Yay! I can hardly wait.

Here's a video of our adorable cat Iain Murray playing fetch.