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This week I found myself picturing all of the subcontractors as part of my big proverbial 60s style, swingin’ afghan just like my grandma used to make, not worrying so much if it wasn’t utterly perfect, just humming away and focused on putting together an item that would keep a loved one warm. Of course my grandma was color blind (I don’t know this for a fact but what sane person would otherwise knit those colors together?), but her goal was clear.

Richard and I spent all week coordinating. Telephone call to Whittington Plumbing, text to Josh at Eberling Design, quick pow-wow with Rob Lytle about the wood flooring timeline, and a stop to visit with Chris at Tile Market…all just so we could ensure the bathroom tile and wood flooring would continue as planned.  Oops! Must check the sinks are coming in on time for the plumber. Oops! Must remember to mark the walls where the electrician needs to put light outlets in the bathroom. Rip out a few stitches and start again.

Unlike coordinating a renovation, however, knitting is therapeutic, meditative, and supremely satisfying. And a decent quality skein of yarn only costs $5-15. Perhaps my color-blind grandma had clearer vision than I thought.

it seemed appropriate to decorate the front gate

All Hallows’ Eve is upon us but the house project is less hairy scary than a month ago and we’re ticking along again. Richard has taken charge of most of the decision-making and is doing a great job, easier after arranging his work schedule so he can attend the weekly Tuesday meetings. With architect Patricia’s help he has chosen low-e (energy efficient) glass for two of the huge south-facing panes (about 20’x12′ each), the sliding glass door systems, the TPO roofing material with a 20 year warranty, and the LG brand of split-system units (HVAC system).

Haskell has begun installing our infamous steel to hold the house together, the siding has been ordered, and Whittington Plumbing is ripping out old cast iron pipes to start getting all the plumbing in shape. Framing repairs are in the works in various spots around the house, which unfortunately included ripping up quite a bit of the parquet floors in the dining room that we had been hoping to keep. Sigh. There goes our ready-made disco. I’d already picked out the mirrored ball and strobe lights…watched some old Parkay commercials (since it’s pronounced the same). But fear not, Richard will find any excuse to wear his cerulean blue leisure suit.

Can you dig it?

You know how sometimes in moments of relationship strife you say truths that are better left unsaid? I couldn’t keep it in any longer. I kept staring at the camper in disbelief that Richard would subject his family to this miniscule living space. So I said it. And I felt awful.

But then – Whittington Plumbing ran water lines from the mains and an electrician got the camper hooked up to “shore power” (I’m learning camperese), we popped out the living/dining area and voila – from mini to maxi living. Sliding out that 30 square feet was like slipping on elastic-waisted pants, so roomy and comfortable!

Sexy slide-out room

But then – we tried turning on the air conditioner. Nada. Andy tested the fuses, checked the current, scratched his head. Sigh. Elastic-waisted polyester pants, roomy but hot and scratchy. Another problem to solve.

Richard admiring the kitchen

But then – two large owls flew overhead and perched on a limb just over our camper. We sat outside our polyester pants camper with the kids and watched the owls watch us while they peeped softly to each other. Truth is, it’s all just part of the big adventure.