Well there is absolutely no denying it anymore: Fall is here. Fall is SO very here and leaving as quickly as it came. We are now living with consistent frost advisories and two days of what we have to admit was literal snow falling from the sky. If I had known fall was only going to last two weeks I would have taken more pictures! But, like normal in northern Minnesota, our weather is fickle and promising highs in the 60s in just a couple of days. When they did a poll of Minnesotans on when we would be ok with it snowing most folks said mid December and I am right there with them! We don’t always get much of a fall and that seems like always such a shame when winter up here lasts so long.
Joe and I took a couple of hours last weekend to go to a local farm who always puts on a pumpkin festival. It includes a magic show, a wagon ride and a really quite enormous and incredible corn maze and lots of hot apple cider. Not to mention all of the home made canned goods that you would want to take home. (Oh my gosh the dilly beans are SO good!) Bushels of apples and just plain good old happiness that Joe and I never miss! Last year we brought his son along and it became obvious who was actually having any fun (and who wasn’t) so, this year, Joe took me on a date to the pumpkin patch instead 🙂 It was so great! Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re too old for things like that!
So, after my tumble two weeks ago I am finally beginning to heal. It took longer then I would have liked :/ That darned bruise is going to be on my leg for months but my whole body really took its sweet time coming around. I would work in the basement and be so sore afterward I just couldn’t believe it. I was starting to think I was coming down with a flu or something with how sore and achy I was all the damn time. But, finally, I am starting to get up and feel more like myself in the morning though this view on the way by the mirror still impresses me lol!
I have been working on the basement most nights now when I’m not helping my dad on his house. (He is SO close! I helped him get his shower and kitchen sink installed the other day, next up is getting his bathroom sink done. He’s been living there so I can only imagine how anxious he is.) Joe and I were in bed talking the other night about the “hypothetical” idea of what we would do if we had all the money we wanted. I told him that you can’t buy what would make me happy right now and he guessed it. “You would probably just be glad if I patched the basement floor for you, huh?” Yup!! I was going to do it myself but was procrastinating because clearly my mason husband knows a little more about patching concrete then I do. If I had all the money I ever wanted though I could have HIRED the job out but that’s just bs too, after doing everything ourselves on this house we WILL be the ones to finish it. (At this point its almost a matter of principle.) I hauled seven 5 gallon buckets of sand down to the basement (oh my poor back) for Joe so he could make a good base while he was mixing concrete. It has been almost EXACTLY two years since we jack hammered out the floor so that I could run the plumbing, it felt SO good it see it filled in! 🙂
With my brad nailer and air compressor I’ve been hitting the walls in the basement hard. Eventually I’m going to post about all of it (when it’s closer to done) but for now this is where I’m at: The main “room” which is L shaped I have now almost completely covered all of the walls with either doors, closet doors, barn wood, plywood, pallet wood or sheet rock. What I have left to do: cover the walls of the laundry closet (now dubbed my “wood closet”) and cover the walls of the bathroom. First though, we need to get the tub/shower pushed all the way back in place and installed and now that the floor is patched we can actually do that! Joe is going to help me with that job this weekend 🙂 With that done I can finally clear out the garage of the kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets, bathroom sink, kitchen sink, refrigerator, a ton of doors and my grandma’s old electric stove and put it all in place down here. Honestly, our garage has been such a disorganized dumping ground/storage nightmare that I’m more excited about getting it cleared out then even getting the basement done. After that, I get to start in on dreaming/building my work shop and bringing all of my tools down here so that they finally finally finally have a real home and I can finally finally finally find them when I want them without losing my ever loving mind!
There are lots of small jobs with the basement too that need to be done. With the wood I used on the walls many of the switches and outlets now need “extenders” for their fronts to safely pull them forward to be even with the walls. That’s not a big job but it will be time consuming and tedious. I also plan on covering the outlets with safer covers that would be better in a wood workshop where saw dust and debris will be flying around. That will be one of the very few purchases I’ll have made to get this basement finished. You guys know it is my absolute goal to find a way to get this place finished with the LEAST amount of cost possible! Wish me luck, I’m finally getting somewhere!