By popular demand, I present to you the “Before” photos of our new home!
The wife and I have many, MANY, great projects planned for this house and property. Most of which we plan to endure ourselves. We have been in the process of attempting to begin a joint blogging project in which we document and share our progress as we tackle the challenges of moving into our first home and maintaining a nearly 100 year old structure. This, coupled with the enormous amount of work involved in moving into a house and settling all our belongings has been a major cause for delay with updates. Hopefully, this new model of progress updates will encourage us to post much more frequently with greater content!
The front door.
Living Room on the Right, Stairs to the Left, Kitchen Straight up the middle.
The Living Room
The Wood Stove (and Regis before we removed his radar dish)
View from the Front Porch, accessible only through the Living Room
The Kitchen and the largest complication with the house, this is the ONLY counter space.
The high shelves are fairly useless, even I, at 6’2″ need a step stool to reach.
The Dinning end of the combined Kitchen / Dinning Room
The “Work bench,” obviously this is woefully insufficient for the projects we have planned, a planned expansion into the entire garage is in order.
The Second Floor
There will be many more photos to follow, and look out for an announcement of the new blog!
There has been a lot of exciting developments the past few weeks. Paramount of which is the purchase and move into our new home! Amongst the chaos of Realtors, lawyers and mortgage brokers I did manage to complete the cargo rack for my Tacoma in time to transport the first of our possessions to the new digs.
The process is lengthy and about as exciting as watching stain, or urethane, dry. In fact that is precisely what I did for almost 3 weeks. Each night after the 45 minute commute home I had enough time to apply exactly one-half of one coat of either stain or sealant to the disassembled cargo rack.
The following is largely a photographic documentation of the finishing process, and as a bonus, the first few truck loads of items we moved into the new place using the still-not-fully-cured cargo rack.
Stain and Seal
My introduction to the popular social networking site, (the one not depicted in a feature-length film), Twitter, coincided with the launch of this blog. I was aware that it was a powerful tool for those who are capable of wielding it properly, but I was convinced I wouldn’t have anything worth sharing in less that 140 characters. After a few months of sporadic use and few Tweets other than the notice of new blog postings, I am still learning the intricacies and capabilities of the network. The Wife however, has taken to it like a fish to water. This past weekend we enjoyed the culmination of what I refer to as our introductory period. The Wife arranged, through a group of local tweeters, to meet at a specific location and try to enjoy more traditional conversations, you know, face to face.
This #tweetup occurred at Rockventures indoor rock climbing facility as many of the group are quite active and it is the middle of winter in Upstate New York after all. I had not previously spoke, or tweeted, with any of the people we were about to meet but that didn’t seem to matter. We met, were belay trained, climbed, conversed, and learned the difference between the daisy chain and the grigri with a group of like-minded Rochesterians, who previously shared nothing in common except an interest in sending and receiving curiously small amounts of information.
As The Wife and I were belaying for one another, we failed to snag any photos of us actually climbing the walls, but enjoy some photos of other members of the #tweetup scaling the artificial cliffs.
Dave (foreground) belaying Josh (on wall)
So I send out a thank you to Camille, Andy, Josh, Dave, Kelly, Marissa, and Ashley for a great time and I look forward to the next #tweetup and growing our numbers.