The Talent

Although it may seem that way from the blog, this house isn’t buildin’ itself.  Here are the guys who are doing all the work. (I’m missing Kurt. I’ll add him when I get a good photo.)

Chris, the HVAC man, next to the gazillion dollar geothermal heat pump. (This should pay back nicely when oil hits $500 a barrel.)

Sam the carpenter, being harassed by Brian, another HVAC guy.

Jack, the carpenter.

Mike, the plumber, who was really hard to get a picture of.

Kevin, the builder


All the windows are in.

Here’s a view of the living room, from the kitchen.

I’m so glad we sold our old house, which is located right under this red dot. Stay safe everyone.

Theme Change!

Surprise! I changed the theme on the blog because I broke the other one. Let’s see how long I stick with this one. (Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be computer geeks.)

I went to the house twice today, but didn’t take any photos. They installed the big ol’ plate glass windows on the south side, so I’ll post a photo tomorrow for sure.

Since I don’t have a house photo, let’s just go for the Big O. Except this time it goes to an interesting article at

Nobody likes Ike

I’m back from the beautiful and slightly cold Pacific Northwest.  They say everything is bigger in Texas, but it’s not. It’s bigger in Washington. (The state, not the district of Columbia.) They’ve got humongous trees, snow capped mountains, 6 foot anthills and even giant slugs.

They made a lot of progress on the house while I was gone. There’s plumbing and wiring and they’ve started the siding. Today I spent 3 hours out there going over every plug, light and switch with Kevin and Jack. Here’s  a photo of the garage wall where you can see the color of the siding.

Now let’s hope Ike heads to the King Ranch. Anyway, Tina has been way better without him.

Home alone

The Men will be home alone from tomorrow until the 6th. They’ll be eating meat, watching movies, spending time with the extended family and playing golf. I’ll be meditating and being silent here. So, this will be my last post until September 6th or 7th. Do NOT get blown away by Gustav while I’m gone!

The framing is almost done. Check out the master bedroom windows. The big ones haven’t come in yet. Unfortunately,  Dos Equis does not come with the Marvin windows. We had to bring our own.

master bedroom

Here’s the living room. You can see the fireplace frame. That whole wall will be stone.

living room

And now, for more windows and doors:


And one more thing:

Have a good week!


Here’s a sample of the soapstone counter tops we’re getting, sitting on top of a sample floor tile.


And here’s the screened porch as of this morning:

screened porch