Saturday, July 22, 2006

Taken last evening out in the pasture.
Picture by Linda

Thursday, July 20, 2006


We have lived in our home for 28 years and part of the walkout basement has been finished since that time but never updated.  So, Doug helped remove the sliding door and replace it with a regular exterior door and fixed the hole.  We laid slate tile along the south part of the room by the door and large windows to avoid worry about tracking in from outside or making a mess with the plants I keep down there in the winter.  The rest of the floor will have carpet for the grandkids to play.  (And me to exercise if I ever get back to it)

Remodeling has its frustrations, as Kim and Marc would probably attest.  They remodeled a huge house in Garden City.  We couldn’t believe they took it on at the time, but they not only did a beautiful job, they accomplished it in record time since Marc was transferred with his job.  I am not sure they would do it again although I have heard Kim say she learned valuable skills.  

There is so much to do before starting on the job at hand.  That is where I am today.  I had to stop because Dan needed to repair part of the window frame so I could prime and paint it, then replace the windows completed today. When all of that is accomplished, I will start on the walls as Doug did the final sanding this morning and primed.  

There you have it—I promise not to write about the basement again until I have a picture or two.  As a side note, I had several comments about Londeen’s Hardware Store in Chapman.  I will write about their other business tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

110 at Chapman

Our Colorado family left this morning to visit other family and both Dan and I had the day off work, so we decided to head to Chapman. I spent two and a half hours with Mom and Dan ran a couple errands. When I first arrived, Mom was wearing a sweater. It is hard to get the temperature right with seniors.

After visiting Mom, we decided to check out the little hardware store in downtown Chapman. Anyone heading west on I70 should jump off the Chapman exit and drive about four miles south to Londeens. It wasn’t air conditioned and it was warm in the store. No wonder, as we exited, the bank thermometer across the street was registering 110 degrees—a missed blog photo op.

We stopped by for a quick visit at my brother's farm. They were busy with baling hay but he came by to tell us he had lost a steer to the heat. There was shade and water, but it is hard on the animals with inadequate cooling systems. The profit margin is never large for farmers and loosing even one steer hurts. They had a recent rain and the row crops look good--so far.

The list of supplies for the basement project at Home Depot was completed and home by 7:30. I had big plans for working in the basement tonight, but after a quick sandwich and a couple of routine household tasks, I am heading to bed.

Tomorrow is my last day off this week and there will be paint applied—guaranteed!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Monday report

Work slowed down today while waiting on sealer to dry.  Enjoyed our Colorado grandkids.  Unfortunately, I have to work tomorrow.  Will post a picture of the floor when it is complete.  

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Sunday update on basement project

Things are progressing rapidly.  First, Kim cleaned my house yesterday!  I had to work and she made my day—nothing like coming home to a clean house.  Then today Doug laid the ceramic tile in the basement and put the first coat of mud on the sheet rock.  Kim helped me pick out the paint as they left town.  Tomorrow I will prep the walls for paint and seal the tile (actually its slate).