Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Prep for Thanksgiving

This last week has been busy with preparation for Thanksgiving, which will be at my house. Finishing the house has been the priority. Tiling the bathroom shower was my focus, while Toby's was more with stuccoing the new gables.  We would have had the tiling finished, but we miscounted the number of tiles we needed. We needed more of some and less of others.When Jesse came home for the weekend, she brought us more tile from the store in WF. We put those tiles down, but then we were short two pieces of chair-rail tile to finish it. Good grief!

Toby had planned on stuccoing on Saturday, but we got a huge rain. I can't complain about the rain, since it was SO needed. In the midst of the work last week, I got sick with some sort of tummy bug or bad food. Not fun, but helpful in my weight loss goals. I had tiled on Wednesday and was sick that night. The sick part did not last long, but it wore me out for Thursday. By Friday, I was better. Saturday was the rain. If our house is not quite ready by Thanksgiving, it will just have to do.
Here is a picture of the rain on Saturday. It continued to rain hard and steady all day. The water you see is the ruts of our road. My neighbor said her rain gauge overflowed - I'm thinking we got about 5 to 6 inches of rain.
Here is a photo taken Sunday morning. You can see the pond again from the house. Yay!  Notice the color difference in the two photos. Saturday's pic was overcast and wet making the grass very dark. Sunday the sun came out and the wind blew drying things up.

Yesterday I made a quick trip to WF to get the last two pieces of tile and take back the not-needed tile.  I also did major Thanksgiving shopping. I bought over $200.00 worth of groceries and didn't have a clue what I would fix for supper that night.  The United store in WF was crazy - packed with shoppers at 2 PM on a Monday. Many of the people seemed to not have a clue what they needed and were standing around taking up the narrow aisles - like they had never done Thanksgiving before. I had downloaded a grocery list app on my phone, which was very helpful. So many times I get to the store and have forgotten my list or lost it. I'm hoping the phone list will work well for me. It did yesterday. When I got home,it took me several trips carrying a bag in each hand (I'm a serious dead-lift contender) to get all the groceries in the house. When Toby got home, our priority was getting the second fridge back into the old part of the house so that I could fill it up with food.  Since I needed to make cornbread for the stuffing, I made white chili (using my NM green chilies) for supper. Pretty yummy!

Today is my cleaning day. No, I'm serious. It is a serious cleaning day. We have been living with piles of furniture and stuff from the old part of the house in our new part. One of Toby's priorities was to get the closet doors back on the big closet in the old part - now I can fill that closet up with stuff! Yay! One of the funny things about the closet doors is that they had to be cut down a bit to fit back into the door frame (two bi-fold doors). They had been painted orange - so when Toby trimmed them, the edges needed repainting.  My attitude was "just leave it - no one will notice - we will paint it some other time - just put the doors up." Toby's attitude was "trim the doors, find the matching paint in the barn, paint, and replace." So I found some orange paint, which I thought was the same orange. Turned out it was not the same orange. Still, I thought it would not be so bad since Toby only painted the edges. Turned out that Toby did a bit of touch up on the doors here and there. Now they look like they have been shot with a paintball gun. Well, maybe that is an exaggeration, but it is funny. No one will notice :)


Jo Castillo said...

When it rains it pours. Literally and figurative in your case. Seems like you are mostly ready now. I'm anxious to see your house.

We are at David's in Kentucky for Thanksgiving so I shouldn't have to do much in the way of cooking. Fun seeing our grown up grandkids and spouses. Pretty cold here, but we don't have to be out much. :)

Bag Blog said...

Have fun with your family and tell David and his crew hello. Be safe coming home and have a great Thanksgiving. See how bossy I am.

Okie from OK said...

You were smart to shop early! I went grocery shopping today and it was crazy. I did get some free aluminum foil though, as someone left a big roll in their cart after parking it in the pen.

Bag Blog said...

I know there is something I forgot to get on Monday and will have to return today. It is the way it goes.

CenTexTim said...

FWIW, I went to the grocery store today - Tuesday, the day before Thanksgiving, at around 11:00 a.m. (Don't ask why.) It was remarkably calm and uncrowded. To say I was shocked (and pleasantly surprised) would be an understatement.

Bag Blog said...

It was crazy on Monday. Go figure!