Friday, May 01, 2015

Joyful Progress

I'm so stoked today.  I woke up to new windows in the den and an absolutely breathtaking view. 

It was traumatic to watch these guys lift out a 9 x 20 foot window.  I'm amazed it came out in one piece and, frankly, I think the contractor was also. 


Whew!  That's done!  Now there's a gaping hole in the wall.  The contractor had to do some reframing because this old house just ain't plumb!  I was watching him measure and remeasure and then do it all over again.  I said, "Measure twice, cut once, right?"  He laughed and said he measures a lot more than twice!  A sixteenth off here, and a thirty-second off there and it was done.  He really is a master at working on old homes.


It doesn't look that big sitting outside, does it?  Oh, there's a shutter or two missing off the back of the house.  Those are being remade.  I guess they struggled through one too many hurricanes and it was time to fix them.


At two hours later -- ta dah, new windows!  Lots and lots of wide open glass with a window that opens on each end. 


Oh, hello Cottage!  I remember you!  You're going to be my quilting studio.  I plan to get real intimate with you really soon!  Hang in there, honey.  It won't be much longer!



While the windows were going in, another crew was taking out this tree that broke.  Or the part of it that broke.  Pictures can be deceiving because this doesn't really look that bad.  It broke over 20 feet up, and there were 30 feet of limbs hanging down over the fence and into the yard.  The removal debris entirely filled a large trailer, and some of the trunks were two feet across.  The good news is that the fence wasn't broken.  The other good news is that the neighbor's dogs didn't eat me up when we went over there to remove the tree limbs on their side of the fence.  The bad news is that now I have an unobstructed view of their green greenhouse.  Get it?  Green greenhouse?   Did I ever say that blue was my favorite color? 

PT is going great.  Now that the exercises have been ramped up, I'm "glowing" after each session.  I really am sweating like a pig, but I've been told that it's much more Southern lady-like to glow.  Let's just say that my glow would light up the State of Texas for the day!  I had a really down moment last week about the therapy.  It's been five months since the injury, and the doctor told me he wants five more months of PT before a decision is made on what to do with that knee.  But my absolutely adorable therapist gave me a pep talk and I'm back on track.  Of course, the fact that he's so cute has absolutely nothing to do with my wanting to continue those sessions ... and I will never admit to anyone that I just said that!

Today the cleaning lady comes and hopefully we can rid this house of some of the sawdust that is lingering on every flat surface.  The contractor did a good job of cleaning up but it needs a woman's touch.  He'll be back today to do some caulking, and the painter will be here next week to paint the new window frame molding inside and out.  It will just get dirty again but I can't wait until they're done to clean up.  I'll just have to do it over when they're finished.  I always say I have to do everything twice.  I can't wait to get that room furnished, get the landscaping done, and be able to sit and enjoy the fabulous view all the way back to the bayou.

13 comments:

Sherry said...

WOW! Sounds like a lot has been going on down there. The new windows look lovely.

Glad that the tree did not damage anything. . . it can be scary thinking about what is under all those limbs.

MARY WENDLAND said...

What a beautiful home, cottage and view! I enjoy your blog so much and the journey you have been on. I hope it doesn't hurt your knee to sew. All of your hard work is really paying off.
Enjoy! mary.

Laura said...

I'm enjoying your joy. :-) It all looks wonderful.

Darlene said...

A wonderful view of everything that would make anyone smile like a cheshire cat. I'm glad the window is finally in. woohoo!!!

Enjoy! ILY

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Sounds like you are making a lot of progress! I like the new window and great view! Happy May Day!

mascanlon said...

Such a gorgeous view all opened up like this! Can't wait to see what's next on the agenda. and when do we get a peek at the quilting cottage with the new furniture?

AnnieO said...

Beautiful clear views! Glad progress on all fronts are happening. I thought you broke your ankle--didn't realize your knee was injured. Oh, well! Hope your cottage is soon filled with the sound of a sewing machine

Brandie said...

What a window! Your view must be fabulous! Well as long as you aren't looking at something ugly.
Keep up the PT, you know it's worth it. Even after you've been released it's still something to practice.

Mimi said...

It's absolutely beautiful Vicky. I just hope the bear don't decide they can walk right into your house what with that clear view.

Lindah said...

Oooops! I'm not sure where my comment went.... Or maybe there are 2 Lindah's. The comment I thought I sent was something like this: Beautiful new windows and view. Sounds like good progress is being made all around. Looking forward to more photos of your beautiful new home, inside and out.


BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Wonderful new windows and a great view!

Susan said...

WOW! What a beautiful view! If I had a view like that I'm afraid I wouldn't get much done. I'd be sitting there with my applique all day long!

Dondi Murdock said...

You have heard the Ten Nevers of Physical Therapy before, right? Such as, Never let on that you're in pain because it only eggs on the therapist. Never lose count or you have to start over. The list goes on and on. It is only funny when you aren't at physical therapy. What I can truly say is that after many, many sessions for more parts of my body at PT than I would have ever thought possible, that women glow and endure it all very patiently and mostly passively. Men huff and puff and make very loud groans. They sweat furiously. When you see that we are going through the very same therapies for the very same injuries, it is very funny to see the differences in behaviors! Women are the brave warriors of PT!!!

I hope your therapist continues to be humane and kind. Your windows look fabulous! It makes the house look like it has been remodeled!