Saturday, March 4, 2017

House Renovation Weeks 35, 36, 37 & 38: Floors Finished and Moved In!!!!!

I can't believe I am finally getting to write this post, in my new house. It took us 38 weeks but we are moved in, only a few things left to be finished. We were so busy this past month that I had no time to sit down and write, so here is happened.

Week 35

They installed the floors and sanded them.

Week 36

The floors got stained and polyed.

My Mom and I went in during the weekend and stained the backs of the doors and the railings.

Week 37

While my Mom and I touched up the baseboards in the entire house and polyed the railing, there was a flurry of activity.

The cabinet pulls arrived.

Our small storage unit was emptied, which meant we had our washer/dryer back.

On Tuesday, the refrigerator, stove and sofas were delivered.

On Wednesday, the kitchen counters were installed.

The rest of the week was everyone preparing for the big move on Saturday. Lots of people, putting on door knobs, installing appliances, finishing off the kitchen island, cleaning windows, putting in screens, etc...

Saturday and Sunday was the big move, it took all of the two days and many people helping us to get all our stuff from the big storage unit and my parents house. I could not believe that we owned all that stuff.

Week 38

We started to settle in this week. There were still a few things to finish up this week, such as, a dryer vent, faucets being installed and other odds and ends.

There are still a few things that need to be done, but it really feels good to be in the house. I want to send a huge thank you to my parents who put up with us for 9 months and helped with all the diy projects that we took on (especially my Mom and all the painting). Thanks to all the other people who helped with those projects, so thank you; Butch, Uncle Steve, Zach, Chris, Nana Anne, Richard, Henrietta, Kerry, Brian and Fred. And of course we could not have done any of this without our awesome contractor Jack Picariello. We loved working with him and getting to know him and all of his guys; Rich, Tony, Steve, Rick, Eric and Mark. They all were so nice and did such excellent work. Thank you again to everyone.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

House Renovation Weeks 33 & 34: Painting is Finished!!!!!

The painting is finally finished!!!!!! SO EXCITED. Here is how we finished it up over the last two weeks. This includes painting all the kitchen cabinets.

Week 33


On Monday we painted the kitchen walls.

We also lined up all the kitchen cabinet doors and cleaned them all.


 On Wednesday my Mom and I painted the tinted primer on the backs of the doors. So many doors.

There I am doing touch ups in to the late night.

Also some plumbing fixtures and lighting was installed.

Thursday - no pics, we painted the primer on the front of the doors.


On Friday, my Mom, Dad and I painted the tinted primer on the cabinets.

Saturday - no pics, we painted the final coat on the back of the doors.


On Sunday, we painted the final coat on the cabinets and the front of the doors.

Week 34


Time to put the cabinets back together...

I feel very happy with the final product. It felt good to be done.


In the morning for about 3 hours my Mom and I went over everything in the house and did final touch ups. We cleared out the painting supplies to the basement and congratulated ourselves on a job well done.


The flooring was delivered.

Stay tuned and check out previous weeks here:

Weeks 31 & 32: So Many Rooms Painted
Weeks 29 & 30: Paint & Tile
Weeks 26, 27 & 28: Paint, Paint and more Paint

Monday, February 6, 2017

Walter and a Tremblay Wedding: Guest Post by Walter

Hello Everyone, 

It's me Walter, again.

I was fortunate enough to attend two out-of-state weddings with the Bock's this year. This is the story of the most recent one, this past September. (I finally get to post this, I've been nagging Caroline about posting this, but she has been a little busy recently.)

There I am all suited up and in my new and roomier travel accommodations ready for the flight down to Atlanta.

It was a long journey, the hotel room was much needed before the wedding activities started.

The next day started by hanging out with the girls at the bridesmaids luncheon.

More time at the hotel with my favorite girls before the rehearsal dinner.

Rehearsal at the church.

The big day is here. I'm so excited!!!!

I have a special connection with the groom, Eric. He is the one that introduced me to the Bock family. So happy for this couple, fun times on the trolley. The reception was a great time too.

Later I went out to the bar with the bride and groom. What a day. Thanks to Eric & Megan for inviting me to their wedding. 

Where will the Bock family take me next.

Signing off for now,