Neither Snow nor Rain nor Gloom of Night…..

When it comes to working on the beach house we’ve pretty much assumed the same motto as the US Postal Service.  You know the one….”neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night will keep us from painting with all our might”.  Well it’s somewhat different but close enough.

Have you ever tried to paint a house in 29 degree temperatures?  That’s what Mopar Man, my niece Suzy and I did this weekend.  We finally had to stop because it started hailing so bad the wind was blowing the icy crystals  sideways into our faces. Oh the joys of building a house on the Washington coast during the winter months.  Actually it hasn’t really been that bad.  Every single time we go down to the beach to paint the exterior of the house, God provides us with a window of sunshine and dry weather.  It’s happened so often our neighbors have even commented on it.  Hey, what can I say…..our God is an amazing weather man.

We were surprised to see that the wall board guys were working on the weekend to make sure they got the job done on time. Actually, we weren't expecting this phase of the house to be done until this week.

Look at all that lovely wall board in my kitchen.

Suzy is laying out our sandwiches so we can dine in the living room.

Mopar Man is putting the finishing touches on the front door,

That Mopar Man is a real multi tasker. He's here, he's there...he's everywhere. If you look to the bottom right you will see our $1,100 swale. Now if you're like me you're probably asking yourself "so, what's a swale?" A swale my friends is a drainage ditch for the water run off from the house's gutters. This isn't just any old ditch...no siree. Pacific County required us to hire an engineer to design it and of course we had to purchase a permit and pay a professional to dig it. Do you have any "swale" ideas on how to landscape around a 24 ft. hole in the middle of our back yard?

Those streaks you see in this photo are a mixture of hail and snow. We took this as a sign (duhhh!) that it was time to hang up our paint brushes and head for home. It's a good thing we did because the next morning ODOT closed Hwy 30 through the coast range.

Well folks that brings you up to date on the progress of the beach house.  This week the walls will get textured and next week we’ll make a mad dash to the coast to paint the intire inside of the house so that it’s ready for cupboards, interior doors, floor coverings etc.  We now have a completion date of Feb. 22nd.  Looks like I’ll be celebrating my birthday in the new house.

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7 Responses to Neither Snow nor Rain nor Gloom of Night…..

  1. Fancy Nancy says:

    Love the green front door. I say plant things around that ‘hole’ in the back and treat it as a very expensive water feature … because it really is 🙂 I can see the birds bathing in it as we type, bird feeders, wind socks … oh am I getting the beach anointing?????

    • Robin says:

      I Love it Nancy beach Annointing. Joan I use to remodel years ago my own hose can understand. I agree with Nancy. that would be a great Idea. for the birds. I love your New home. getting that feeling need to make a beach vacation.

  2. Barbara Korhonen says:

    I must say I agree with Nancy on the black hole in the yard what a lovely water feature.
    Also the Green door. Do you remember the song Green Door what is the secret you are keeping?????? My Father was the one who would get up at 5am and turn the darn radio on to wake us up. That is one of the songs I remember.
    You guys have so much energy I wish some of it could be passed on to the rest of us.
    Love you,
    Barb

  3. Love the green door!! I can’t believe how fast this has all come together. We’re so excited for you guys. I’m so bummed you’ll be painting this coming weekend though. We’re not going to be able to help at all. 🙁

  4. Mama Baer says:

    It really is coming along – ditto on liking the green door!

  5. Robin says:

    Well when it is complete Joan you will be in Luxury and enjoying your New Home . you and Mike.Painting is the one that was not fun for me. I had Popcorn ceilings never do. and wallpaper found a secret to get rid of it.Enjoy the compesion. after its over thats the fun part.

  6. Donna says:

    Looking good…..looks like our birthdays are close (mine is Feb 21) so happy birthday to you! It won’t be long and you will be all moved in and relaxing and looking back on all the hard work and realize how much it was worth all the ups and downs.

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