Most people going on vacation pack nice clothes, books, and beach towels.
We left home in two separate cars loaded with a chop saw, air compressor and nail gun, and halogen construction lights borrowed from our friend Mikey, one of the handiest of handy guys, and, on the lighter side, five rhododendrons, two azaleas, three Matilija poppies, light fixtures, stain and varnish.
Oh, and two Ikea Utby stainless steel kitchen shelf units and – a ridiculous amount of stuff.
We’re finally taking a week’s vacation and our plan is to spend the entire week at the Schoolhouse, working. We want to finish – well, we want to finish everything, but we think what’s reasonable is to finish the decks, weather permitting, finish building the kitchen cabinets, and prep for the painters, who will come while we’re there to prime the new sheetrock and spray the entire interior flat white (the interior has to be painted to pass inspection, so this is a quick and inexpensive way to achieve that – we’ll add color ourselves later). We’ll also spend a day picking up two loads of cedar planks from Heritage Salvage in Petaluma so they can “cure” for a few weeks before being used as flooring and a day picking up discarded plants from our friends Chris and Todd, who are re-landscaping.
And we have a whole list of folks coming by to help us or talk about helping us with the next stage – Don the Lock Guy, Scott the Floor Guy, Manuel the Painter, and Jose the Habitat for Humanity Restore Guy, who will pick up the eight windows we decided not to use, the two windows the county made us take out, a few random light fixtures, and the dishwasher, refrigerator, and dryer that came with the Schoolhouse.
I can’t wait!