Thursday, September 23, 2010

Under Construction: Day 2

Today I had to go out and do some errands. When I returned, the workmen had done a lot of work. Paneling was removed from two walls in our family room, and the fireplace was uncovered. It actually is interesting to see the "insides" of walls, something that is usually out of my purview.

Since I got home they have been making a lot of noise. Since I am only hanging out in non-construction zone rooms, I can't figure out what they are doing. But it is definitely loud and shakes the whole house.

One funny note is that I was right about something, which doesn't happen very often it seems (ha). I had thought that birds were nesting between my walls and the insulation in my office walls a couple of years ago, gainng access from the huge holes woodpeckers had drilled into the wood. And there was proof today. Two nests were unearthed when the paneling came off that had housed numerous baby birds and  their incessant chirping.

We found what looked to be a blue jay feather stuck in one of the nests. I wonder if any of the three blue jays which fly around the house and eat my suet are the parents of the babies, or the baby birds themselves, all grown up.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Under Construction: Day 1

After. . .

Before. . .

Our contractor Chris and his crew started at 9 a.m. today to remove a wall between our family room and my first floor office. First order of the day was to move the built-in shelves and file drawers in my first floor office to the new office upstairs. A big job to tackle the first day but it has to be moved and installed upstairs so that I can have computer access again. I pulled all of the plugs out of everything connected to the computer yesterday so it could be moved which also took out the main phone line to the house. So needless to say we need to get me back on the net ASAP. So dependant on technology!

Our computer tech guy is coming at 1 p.m. today to re-install the computer and all of its parts. It will be close whether he can get into the new office or not.

I have been like a woman without a country the last couple of days or is that a fish out of water? Whatever, I am not sure where I should go or not go in my house. Since I work here, it's doubly distressing. So today I tried to focus on catching up on laundry which knows no limitations even in a construction zone. I was able to complete one project up in my bedroom to reduce some of the items I will need floor space for in my new office. Since the wall unit is now taking up most of the floor space in the new office, I can't put things where they normally go. There will be a new normal, but not sure I am ready for that. Guess I will have to be!

Change is good people say, but those are usually the ones who aren't experiencing it. My car is blocked in too so if I wanted to go out, I couldn't. But for today that is OK. I don't want to do anything to slow the guys down. We need forward progress. Git R done!

I think Borders, Panera's or Mickey D's will be seeing a lot of me soon. Free Wi Fi is a wonderful thing.