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Febuary 2002

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February 4-9
This week Scotty told us we don't need a C.O. to move in (especially as we have NO furniture!), so we planned to move out of our RV this coming weekend, and into the house. We have a buyer for the RV and need to have it serviced next week, so this is urgent.

We started on Monday laying the "reclaimed" (150 year old) heart pine floor and by Friday we still had plenty to do. The wood is old, full of interesting features, including knots, empty knots, nail holes, etc. It's tough to work with, even though we don't need to be too picky - it's meant to be "rustic" after all!

We also set the porch steps posts in place, and the stone mason finished them off with stone on the sides.

In contrast to recent weeks, the house was relatively quiet: Sergio and Manuel finished up the log stairs and set the garage truss support columns on the concrete supports. Unfortunately, the stone mason had set stone on these supports the day before, and "sledging" the posts into place caused some (a lot) of the stone to fall off! Oh well. Jack Anderson, ever present, continued staining logs, doors and windows.

On Wednesday Tracy, an interior designer from Roaring Fork Furniture in Glenwood Springs came to help us decide on furniture - she is wonderful!

Thursday the Accents on Tops guys arrived to install the countertops - Silestone. They look fantastic.

On Friday the tilers came to finish the kitchen - they just need to return on Monday to grout the kitchen tiles and they are done.

Also on Friday the plumber started finish work, but had to leave early because the tilers were in his way, and because we still did not have an electrician. That morning Mark Briels (because his guys were busy elsewhere) arranged specially for another electrician, Kim, to come over to help the plumber install the sewage pump (without it we would have no plumbing that weekend when we planned to move in). By the time Kim arrived, the plumber had left - we thought for lunch - and despite attempts to contact him, he did not reappear. Kim did all she could, but without the plumber, we still have no plumbing, so our move is delayed again.

arial viewWe still had to move all our "stuff" out of the RV and into the house, cleaning the RV as we went. By Sunday night there was very little left there, although plenty of cleaning still needed to be done, and the carpets will be cleaned on Tuesday. Only one more night in the RV?

On Sunday, while we were loading up the vehicles for the final time, Ben called from Aspen airport. He had flown from Eagle with a friend in a small Cessna and would shortly be flying over the campground and our house on their way back. Sure enough, a few minutes later they flew overhead!

February 10-17
This is the week! Roaring Fork Furniture delivered our bed on Monday, with bar stools for the kitchen, two rugs and two chairs (on loan - this store is great!).

Monday was our last night in the RV, and on Tuesday we spent our first night in the house, enjoying the hot tub for the first time - it was wonderful! We still could not use the plumbing, but it felt so good just to be "in" ...! It's special for me being able to "go to work" without driving for 20 minutes (in a freezing truck!), to have lunch provided (thanks Jen!), and at the end of the (long) day to have no homeward commute.

The tilers finished up on Monday and the plumbers finished most of their work on Monday and Tuesday, including replacing wrong taps that had been delivered in error.

Mark Briels' electricians could not come until Thursday because he and his men were committed elsewhere - scheduling is a constant headache for our builder and his subs. However Mark himself turned up on Wednesday to help get the sewage pump working - thank you Mark! As a result we could use all the plumbing from Thursday on. On Thursday Mark's guys (Dusty and Paul) came to finish their electrical work and on Friday the inspector passed us. Now they have finished, we can thoroughly recommend our electrical sub-contractor, Mark Briels Electrical: his men are excellent, and Mark himself has a professionalism and attention to detail that we have found rare during this project.

Also on Thursday, Tracy came again to help us with our furniture plans, using cardboard templates to represent sofa, chairs and the baby grand piano ("virtual furniture") and we ordered several pieces as a result.

Jack Anderson, painter, continued staining. He has about one week left.

We almost finished laying the pine floor this week - it already looks superb. We called in Chuck Smyth to give us a quote and next week his men will finish our floor - sand and seal - a job worth paying the professionals to do.

On Wednesday Kevin helped us hitch up and move the RV from the Aspen Basalt Campground (our "home" for 9 months), to a truck wash where we cleaned it (for the first time in 9 months!) and then to the RV service store for some maintenance and repairs before saying a final "farewell".

On Thursday we finished installing the kitchen appliances - this and the plumbing were my Valentine's "gift" to Jenny: so romantic!

This weekend I have concentrated on setting up the satellite dish (for Internet and TV), and doing some much-needed cleanup. Our bedroom is doubling as our office - and will for several months. Thank God Jenny is flexible and understanding!

We ARE IN - we don't have much, and there's lots more work to do, but we are IN - unofficially! Now we just have a few jobs left before we can request our Certificate of Occupancy and close on our mortgage - hopefully by the end of next week. We should also be saying "goodbye" to our RV (our home for 4 years) next Wednesday as we hand it over to its new owners who will be taking it back to Texas. So by the end of next week we will be officially owner/occupiers of the Daly Homestead! Thank you Lord!

February 18-24
This was a frenetic week, getting everything ready for our final inspection on Friday (which was subsequently moved back to Monday).

While Jack continued painting and the bank appraiser visited to check that we are good risks before we close on our mortgage (next Monday), we (the Daly boys) worked to finish all the small jobs necessary to pass our inspection, and to finish the floor ready for Chuck Smyth to finish it, also next week.

We were so careful and frugal while laying the floor that we had just enough left over to finish the landing. This involved several tricky "bull noses", which required sawing (from the same wood) and gluing (with Elmer's wood glue) thin strips onto pieces of flooring, then (when dry) routering the front edges to create a "bull nose" effect. These pieces finish the edges of the landing (like the steps down into the mudroom) and the vertical fascia around the stairwell. They look really good!

We've set Monday for the inspection and for closing our mortgage - we drive to Denver (to fly off to England) on Tuesday!

This was also the week we completed the sale and hand-over (with a lump in the throat) of our 5th wheel to it's lucky new owners - Larry & Judy Winnie. They drove here from Las Vegas (en route back to their home in Austin Texas). They proved to be super people, and we look forward to hearing about their wonderful travels, continuing the Daly tradition!

February 25-26
Talk about "last minute"! On Monday morning the stone mason returned to finish the hearth, just in time for us to successfully complete our inspection on Monday afternoon, receiving the call from both Scotty and Ben (separately) while in the Title Company office, (also successfully) closing on our mortgage. The boys followed Scotty and the inspector around (while we were absent), fixing a few small problems identified during the inspection, so that we could get our C.O. (Certificate of Occupancy), which we picked up on Tuesday on our way through Glenwood on our way to Denver.

So Monday night we celebrated with champagne in the hot tub, with Ben and Kevin. It was so cold, we found ice in our hair, so we waited to open the champagne in front of a roaring fire.

On Tuesday, while we packed for England and Ben & Kevin started work on the deck railings (replacing the temporary 2x4s and chicken wire with the real thing), the finishers were sanding the floor. When we walked out just after lunch everything was covered in a thick layer of dust - just as well we were leaving!

As I "compose" this update I am sitting in Jenny's sister (Barbara's) house in Staplehurst, Kent, enjoying the sunny afternoon view (through the window - it is still winter, after all!)

We hear, from Kevin, that the finished floors look great, but we'll have to wait until March 12th to see for ourselves! Now to enjoy Barbara and Ann's (Jenny's sisters - twins) 60th birthday celebration and the rest of our UK vacation.

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Come back soon to check on our continuing progress.

God bless and Happy New Year,
    
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