You all might remember back when Kramer, my husband and I, initially bought our house. It was a foreclosure house. It was in rough shape but the bones of the house were pretty good.
We took off the back 1/3 of the house. Then added a kitchen, bathroom, entryway, and laundry room to the main floor and added an oversized double garage. To the upstairs, we added a bathroom and sewing room.
We purchased the house in August 2013. We worked on it and remodeled it all of 2014. We moved in, even though it wasn’t finished in January 2015.
This is the house summer of 2022…
On the outside, it looks pretty good. On the inside, there is still work to do.
As I said, we moved in January 2015. We were sick of trying to maintain two places. We couldn’t afford to be at two different places. We were out of money that we were willing to put into the house at the time. It was just time to move…so we did.
It was totally liveable but it wasn’t all the way finished. My husband planned to put up the trim in the house himself. He planned to redo all the trim that was up. Gradually he worked on it but the only time he had time was over the winter months as he was a farmer.
The new part of the house on the main floor got finished as did a lot of other projects…but then in January 2019, my husband was diagnosed with lung cancer and died in June 2019.
It broke my heart and once things settled into my new life without him I was left trying to figure out how to get some of the things around the house done that we never finished. Slowly, I’ve been tackling projects. I got the main floor in the bathroom finished. It has a new vanity, cabinet, and shower. I got the back garage sided and reshingled.
Next on my list was to finish all the woodwork in the upstairs addition area. That includes the portion of the new hallway, the bathroom, and my sewing room. Have you seen my sewing room?? Here is a video tour of it. Just hit the arrow and you can watch the video.
This is the room that has no trim.
I had half asked my son, Buck, to help me figure it out a time or two but he told me to hire it out. He was “no trim carpenter”. I was fine with that and added it to my list of things to save money for.
I ended up talking to someone and had plans for him to come in March or April of 2023. Well…remember Buck just bought a house and gutted it. Well like father like son, Buck ran out of money with the trim left to do. He does have carpentry skills and was more or less forced to do his own trim work. Trim carpentry work is not his strong point but, he now knows he can do it…and after doing his own is not as reluctant to do it.
Well on Sunday of this week he called me and said, “Hey Mom, do you plans for the days after Thanksgiving?” I said no. He said, “I have the kids all weekend. How about I come up and let’s do your trim work upstairs?” This was completely out of the blue.
UM…YES but crap. If you watched the video of my sewing room, note that all of that has to be moved so he can get to the walls. AHHH!!! I am panicking. Excited, but panicking. That’s a lot of work…I have to pull everything out of the sewing room and put it all back together after the trim is up. I also have to watch the three kids and cook for everyone and help how I can running boards up and down the stairs. WHEW. I’m writing this on Sunday (trying to write some blog posts and schedule them ahead) and I’m tired just thinking about it.
Earlier in the week, I spent some time trying to pull projects that I am actively working on and getting all the pieces and parts together so that doesn’t all get lost in the shuffle. Fingers crossed I did a good enough job with all of that. AHH!!
In light of all of that, I can’t guarantee how blog post writing is going to go over the weekend and next week. I might need to take off a post or two as I try to get things done and then back together.
I am THRILLED it is going to get done. I’ll pay Buck to do it…but I’m sure it will be at the “family rate”, so that’s a great saving for me…mostly, I’ll be so happy to have my son finish what his Dad, my husband, started. It’s all bittersweet.
Fingers crossed I don’t go crazy through all of this…I’ll keep you posted and let you know how it all goes.