It Looks Ready to Move Into, Doesn’t It? You Can Lie.


Just a little visit to check on things. Everyone’s going to behave.

She’s a monkey. She’ll be good, though. Really.

But there are so many fun things to do with scaffolding. “Do we get to keep it after the house is finished?”

Why does all this scaffolding make me feel like we are in a Batman movie?

Look how they pretend to be useful and measure stuff. How about pushing their sister off the scaffolding now? Wouldn’t that be useful?

He is not hugging her, by the way.

Whew. Down safely. Crisis averted. But she appears to have found a giant icicle. Wonder what her brothers should do now???

The final moment of peace as she observes them from the window.

I’d bring you a picture of the Star Wars ice saber battles that followed, but I had to set down the camera and save our planet from ultimate destruction.

Here’s the real high point of our visit to the house. THE SEPTIC TANK IS SET. I can move in on March 8th now. We have working toilets. Or we’re close to it….

And if this post wasn’t exciting enough already, I give you–52’s shoulder! (He totally behaved the whole time.)


  1. lintys says:

    How exciting! It really does look almost done!

    52! So nice to finally meet you. I’m not always so great with names but I never forget a shoulder.

  2. Kim A. says:

    Working toilets are good. 😆

    If Princess isn’t already taking drama classes, I think she should consider it!

    -Kim :catmeow:

  3. tombstone annie/annbb says:

    How IS 52? Missed hearing about him.

  4. Cheryl says:

    First we had 52’s hand and now his shoulder…soon we’ll be able to cut and paste him into a whole person. How exciting!

    I can only imagine what it will be like to get up in the mornings with a fresh cup of steaming coffee, go out to your front porch and look out at the beauty of West Virgina. Awesome! :treehugger:

  5. Robin G. says:

    Wow. That is a manly shoulder. A shoulder of character.

  6. Cyndi Lewis says:

    You are so close to moving in. I’m very excited for you. You realize :mrgreen: I’m living through you.

  7. kacey says:

    March 8, huh? :mrgreen:

    wow I could so go for sitting on that porch and well, just sitting :thumbsup:

  8. Lisa J says:

    Congratulatons!! the excitement is building and you will not know how to even stand yourself in the next week or two. Life is grand!!! Again, congratulations

  9. kaye says:

    Well, it’s getting there. But how are you going to get up there and back down everyday by yourself?? I love the way kids always have so much creative fun. Makes me want to be a kid again.

  10. Becky says:

    Wow, it’s really coming along!!! :shimmy:

  11. Nicole Reising says:

    LOL – what is it with kids and ice, swords and such?! Mine love to play swords with them!


  12. Linda~ says:

    I hope you’ll be able to move in on the 8th. It’s lookin’ good. Did Princess decide on a paint color?

    I’m curious, though, about the first picture in this post. What is hanging on the wall in the hallway?

  13. Brandy says:

    Almost ready! YAY! Did Princess ever pick a paint color? My kids would SO love those icicles!

  14. Maria says:

    Awesome!! I see the drywall still needs some help…I’ll send out that offer again…you know, my husband uses scaffolding but he has high tech stilts…does you drywaller have high tech stilts??

    Meanwhile, per that shoulder. I can intuit alot about a man from his shoulders. And his asparagus.

  15. Suzanne McMinn says:

    Maria, yes, I did see them wearing some stilts one day when I was there. It looked scary to me, but I guess they get used to them!

    Linda, that is a gas heater.

  16. Toni Anderson says:

    You have a shoulder? How did I miss this news ??? :mrgreen:

  17. catslady says:

    Oh it’s definitely coming around. Let’s have a contest – what body part comes next roflmao!!!!

  18. Tori Lennox says:

    Love the pictures! And the view over 52’s shoulder is fabulous! I just love hills and mountains so much.

  19. Susan says:

    Woo hoo! It sure looks likes March 8th is a go. :woof:

  20. catslady says:

    I have a question – so I started to make the kaluha and found out that I only had enough vanilla (after telling husband I was sure I had enough – had 2 almond extracts) for half a recipe which I started – do you think I still simmer for an hour??? Well leave it to me to not doing things right lol.

  21. Suzanne McMinn says:

    I would still simmer for an hour! I think cutting the recipe in half should work just fine, but I’d still do the full simmer time.

  22. catslady says:

    Thank you – I’m halfway there lol.

  23. Ruby55 says:

    This blog reminds me very much of when we moved into a new home in the suburbs a little over 50 years ago. It was designed by my father, an architect.

    I can still remember looking over the home in progress too. The photos I have were in plain old black and white.

    Don’t move in too soon. When we moved in in October 1957, we had no water, couldn’t cook because our stove hadn’t been connected yet and had a big hole where the 2 steps down to the “sunken” living room was located. With my two-year-old sister and four-year-old brother around, we had a lot of fun trying to keep them safe, especially with an open stairway to the “children’s” floor to boot.

    Ah, yes, those were the days and I’m sure your kids, though they are a few years older than we were, will remember this time as fondly as I do. I felt so proud about moving into a brand-new house. I’m sure they will too.

    Enjoy it with all the joys and trials it may bring you. One problem I hope you never have is a miller’s moth blight. The second year we were in our dream home, we suddenly faced literally hundreds of inch-long black moths which came “out of the woodwork” every night. We couldn’t keep pace with disposing of them. One night one of them crawled into my mother’s ear and after my father tried vainly to get the wriggling, trapped creature out again, while my mother was going slowly batty, she finally took the pincers, got out the moth and thrust it into my father’s face. This episode gave me a lifelong fear of having the same thing happen to me. Sometimes I still like the comfort of having the sheets cover my ears. :wall:

    P.S. Thanks for the lovely note, Suzanne. It made me feel special.

  24. Photochick (Amanda) says:

    How exciting! I love it when those last few details fall into place… and a house really becomes a home!

    Can’t wait to see more!

    And oh, yes – did Princess decide which color(s) to go with?

  25. Suzanne McMinn says:

    Yes, she did! She decided to go with an earth tone, but something a little lighter than mudpie. We’re starting painting today (Saturday) so I’ll have pics tomorrow!

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