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Jay and I hadn’t been on a vacation since my sister got married.

Me and Jay

That was two years ago.

Doesn’t he look so handsome?! This picture is why I wanted him to wear a suit in the 90 degree heat!

Since this picture was taken my sister has moved to a house that has a pool. So when I told Jay that I wanted to visit her in July he reminded me of how hot it had been in June the last time. I reminded him that she had a pool… and so we headed down there on July 4th.

There was only one thing that I wanted to do when we were down there… visit the Biltmore (again). I LOVE that place! I can’t remember a single time that I’ve been told we were allowed to take pictures in the house. To be fair, you could only take pictures if you didn’t use the flash. I decided not to take pictures inside because my camera is temperamental and sometimes will flash even after I tell it not to. So I just took outside pictures, but I managed to get quite a few!

Apparently the day we decided to visit was a busy one and you had a ‘reservation time’ listed on your ticket. You weren’t allowed into the house until at least 5 minutes before your assigned time. We had about 20 minutes to kill before we had to meet for the ‘Roof Top’ tour that we had decided to take so I was able to finally see the rose garden. I was NOT disappointed!

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 It was laid out so nicely! The brick paths took you all the way around each section of rose bushes. I told Jay that I wanted to turn our backyard into a miniature Biltmore Rose garden. He was fine with it as long as it meant he only had to mow those little tiny swaths of grass.

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There were so many different varieties and colors! Some of them were so fragrant that you could smell them as you walked by. Others you had to stick your nose right into them (which I did). There were some really pretty ones, too.

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There were light pink ones…

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Bright pink ones…

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And even some mauvey-purple ones! This color really struck me because I’d never seen a rose this color before. I would have loved to walk around there for a while longer, but…

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Jay was there just to indulge me. What do you do when you’re surrounded by gorgeous roses in the Biltmore garden? You spot planes overhead!

I think my favorite picture from this visit is this one:

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You’ve got the beauty of the garden on full display with just a bit of the house sticking up in the background.

Our roof top tour was very interesting! The last time we went on the Upstairs-Downstairs tour where you get to see areas of the house that aren’t on the regular admission tour. To keep Jay’s interest I thought he might enjoy one where they talk about the actual structure of the house.

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This is the front of the house. Do you see the flag pole at the top, on the left side? That’s one of the places where we went. The first place, though, was to the right… Up above where you see the roof. There’s a little bit of a pathway to walk around.

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Once you got out there it was very narrow and the edge of the roof was right behind your neck. There was one spot that I thought would have been a problem to fit through if I’d been any bigger around.

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The view was pretty spectacular, though.

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This is the front courtyard of the house. We must have been about five stories up.

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We were over-looking the glass dome of the Winter Garden.

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The Biltmore is constantly being maintained. If you look at this picture you can see on the right peak that the copper is fairly new as it is blending into the slate roof, unlike the other copper that has the green patina on it due to weather. And supposedly it was good luck to rub this gargoyle’s butt.

Now, my dad is afraid of heights and so I know that he would NEVER go on this tour. We had an up-close look at the roof, though, and as soon as I saw it I thought of him. He thinks that his house has a steep roof on it. Well, take a look at this:

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That roof is definitely not collecting any snow!

These are slate shingles from Pennsylvania. There was another part of the house where we could see how they were actually attached to the house. Each shingle has a set of holes drilled in at the top where copper wire is fed through in order to tie them onto a piece of wood. Each row of shingles was placed on that wood in Pennsylvania and then shipped to the building site where they were installed.

We left that side of the roof and crossed over to where the flag stands that you saw in the earlier picture.

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That’s where we saw the alien spaceship.

Hmmm… or it is the support for the huge chandelier that hangs down with the grand staircase winding around it. I tried looking for some pictures online that I could post without worrying about copyrights, but I couldn’t find any quickly. Remember, this was the first time I’ve ever been told that I’m allowed to take pictures! I didn’t want to press my luck. If you do a quick image search online you’ll find tons of interior pictures. You should take a look. It’s very impressive!

This dome is gray because they had just recently painted it with what appeared to be an epoxy coating of some sort that will help to keep the water out. When you go inside and look you can see all of the damage that has been done by water leaking in from this area.

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Yet again, the view was quite spectacular from this perch. Here we are looking down towards the rose garden where we had explored earlier.

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And of course there is the infamous promenade that leads up to the house. At the very back of the picture, at the end of the strip of mowed grass, there is an area where quite a few weddings take place. You can find pictures online from these various wedding and engagement shoots. I can’t even begin to imagine how much that would cost!

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Speaking of cost, here is a feature that you can find all along the roof line of the house. It is the symbol that George Vanderbilt used for himself. What you can’t really see is that all of the raised design used to be covered with gold leafing. Can you imagine? When it was brand new it must have blinded anybody who looked at it from just the right angle. What is the saying about more money than brains…

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So, pretty much that’s how our tour of the Biltmore ended. It was very interesting and I enjoyed the gardens immensely. I suppose we’ll have to wait a few more years before we go back so that the tour will hopefully be changed up a bit. I believe that every so often they change the tours and what is shown based on what is being renovated or repaired.

Other than visiting the Biltmore we just lounged around my sister’s pool.

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I had purchased a book for Jay and he read the entire thing while we were there. It was a decent size book, too.

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It was a very relaxing get away that Jay and I both needed. I can’t wait to go back.

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Sewing – My Attempt at a Cloth Diaper

About a month ago I received an invitation in the mail for Jay’s cousin’s baby shower. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to attend the party, but I still wanted to get her something. She is registered at Babies ‘R’ Us and Amazon.com. This should be easy, right? Well, when I looked at her lists I saw a lot of bibs, burp rags, and CLOTH DIAPERS. What?! Seriously?

First off, I don’t know how many diapers she has changed, but I don’t think that it’s been many. I honestly don’t know her reasons for using cloth diapers (though I have my suspicions), but I would LOVE to see her face the first time she has to stick her hands into a bucket of wet, dirty diapers and get them ready to go into the washing machine. Believe me, I know what is required to  be done when you use cloth diapers. I’ve heard numerous stories from my mom about what it was like when my sisters and I were in diapers. She had to use cloth because my parents couldn’t afford the disposable kind. Plus, I’ve had to change a few diapers in my life and I would like to handle the contents of a diaper as few times as possible!

Now, when you think of cloth diapers, I bet that you think of these (at least, I do):

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Thank you, Amazon, for providing a lovely picture for me. These are the kind that my mom used on us. They required those giant diaper pins that had chicks and rabbits on the heads. Imagine my surprise when I saw that this is what constitutes a cloth diaper now:

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This is just one style. Apparently there are a bunch of these, but they aren’t cheap! The one diaper that the cousin had on her list was $15!! Not per pack, EACH! Knowing how many diapers a baby can go through my head started whirling with the cost of it. There’s no way my mom would be able to afford cloth diapers now! She had three girls in them all at the same time… That’s $45 just for each of us to have ONE. Do you know how many packs of disposable diapers this could buy? At least one and a half packs. That would get you through one day. Maybe.

So, after I resuscitated myself I decided there was no way I was going to buy stuff that I could easily make. Now, if you know me well enough you realize that this same thought gets me in a lot of trouble all of the time. After all, I don’t have nearly the hours in a day that are required for all of the projects I figure I can do myself instead of buying. If you don’t believe me I can show you my sewing room mess… it’s shudder-worthy.

I figured burp rags, bibs and baby mittens would be easy. Those are relatively simple projects. What I really wanted to do, though, was to try my hand at making a cloth diaper. Just like the one on the cousin’s list. My thought is that if she likes them well enough, and actually sticks with the cloth diapers, there might be an opportunity for me to make some money. On the other hand, if she hates all of the hand made gifts then I won’t have to worry about being invited to another shower of any sort.

So I went shopping for some flannel fabric and had to resuscitate myself yet again when I saw the price of flannel by the yard. Have I mentioned that I’m a bit cheap? Jo-Ann’s was supposedly having a sale, but I don’t think that 30% off of $9/yd is a great deal. So I went over to Hobby Lobby. Their flannel was also 30% off, but at $6/yd it was slightly more doable. I was only going to buy one yard so I was trying to decide between puppy dogs and clouds. I know that it’s going to be a boy, so I was trying to pick some cuter boy patterns. I went with the dogs, which was the right choice.

Flannel Fabric

Wait, there’s cloud fabric there, too! Yes, let me tell you how this came to be… So after I was horrified with the price of fabric I decided to head over to Salvation Army to see what I could find there. What did I happen upon but a KING SIZE flat bed sheet for $4! It was almost the EXACT SAME pattern as the clouds at Hobby Lobby. I figure it will work for some cute burp rags. You can see the dogs that I picked up. Then the other night I had to run back over to Jo-Ann’s and found the hockey guys and Star Wars on clearance. And my mom had the duckies and light blue piece on the right.

The dark blue fabric in the background, though, is the PUL fabric that is used for the outside of a diaper. Yes, I went and bought materials for that through a website called diapersewingsupplies.com. I had read about PUL a year ago or so, but it was used for a backpack. I’ve been intrigued and have wanted to get some, but I never really had a good reason. Until now. So, keep in mind that this is my first attempt at a cloth diaper.

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I think that it sucks and I’m not happy with it at all. You can tell that it’s home made. Also, it just doesn’t seem like it would fit well. I wish that Brandon was here so that I could at least try it on him. I made that comment earlier to Jay and he looked at me like I was insane. Jay thought I meant the choir director at church. LOL. Apparently I’d never mentioned my newborn baby doll that I had growing up who was anatomically correct. His name was Brandon and he’s currently packed away in my parents’ attic. Brandon is the same size as a newborn baby and so it would be nice to try it on him to see what it looks like. I’m tempted to run up there and grab him later this week. We’ll have to see…

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The directions seemed really complicated at first, but I took a few hours the other night to sit and pour over them. Once I had broken them down into tiny little pieces and re-read them a million times, it didn’t seem so hard. And really, it wasn’t. The biggest issue that I found was my stupid walking foot on my sewing machine. It’s supposed to help guide the top layer of cloth so that it doesn’t stretch as you sew. Except, the top layer STRETCHED!!! I’m wondering if I should try a teflon foot.

The other issue I had was trying to get everything cut out perfectly. I had large pieces of fabric and a limited work space and wrists that don’t rotate around 360 degrees. So my pieces weren’t perfectly cut out and thus I had to fudge it a little as I pieced them together. It doesn’t help that my sewing room is a sauna so it was exhausting just standing over the cutting table, trying not to sweet or pass out.

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The absorbent part of this diaper is the lining made of three layers of bamboo terry. The top layer, which sits against the baby’s rump, is a microfleece terry. It is so soft that Jay wants me to make a pair of underwear for him! The inner piece was where I really cursed my walking foot. *sigh* It probably would have helped if I hadn’t had a certain gray cat insisting to be fed at 3:30 when he knows that supper time isn’t until 5! I love Bob to pieces, but there are times when he needs a time out!

Actually, I think that I need a time out. A time out here…

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Birthday Garden Statues

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you might know that I’ve been trying my hand at painting the little concrete garden statues. I’m far from being an artist, but I can usually get these little creations to look good if you see them from a distance.

It all started with the calf that I got for my dad:

Then I saw a cat and knew that I had to paint it for my sister:

This was painted up like her cat, Joey

The problem was that every time I went to the garden center I was tempted by all of the adorable little concrete statues.

I decided that I needed a few little creatures in my garden, too.

First came the sleeping kitten

Then came the Bob Bird Bath

Last summer I purchased two more garden statues, which I haven’t had time to paint so you haven’t seen them yet.

Because I don’t have enough to do in what little spare time I have, I decided that I needed to paint something for the garden area by my sister’s pool.

My first thought was that I wanted to get her an angel statue to represent our older sister who LOVED to lounge in a pool. You had to be right there with her, but she would float with her inner tube all day. So, an angel was a necessity for the pool area. But then I saw another little guy who I just KNEW had to have a place, too.

His name was Peeping Tom…

He makes me laugh every time I see him. I can almost see his tail switching happily.

My sister loves orange tiger cats so I begin modeling Tom loosely on that color, but my model wouldn’t stay downstairs with me.

She wasn’t really impressed the one time I called her down to the basement to see if I could get the yellowish-orange undertone mixed correctly.

I was going to put stripes on him, but they weren’t turning out like I wanted. And again, my model refused to hang out with me. Since the stripes weren’t happening I decided that there wouldn’t be any stripes and I would just orange him up a bit.

This is when he was all done. I used some of the same techniques used for making realistic-looking rocks on a model train layout on the pile of rocks that Tom is sitting atop. I’m not sure exactly what it is that he’s supposed to be sitting on, so I just painted the top brown to cover up the orange that I had splattered on the bottom.

Don’t you think that’s going to look adorable? She’ll have to set it up almost near a bush with Tom looking towards the pool. So that as you’re sitting by the pool (or in it) this is what you see:

In cartoons when somebody is looking through binoculars you always see their eyeballs in the glass, so that had to be done on this one. I’m not good at painting eyes, but I think I did okay on this one.

Okay, so on to the angel.

There were all different styles, but I didn’t want a cherubim-styled nor did I want one that looked like a grown woman. When I think of Boogart (my older sister) I think of a child-like innocence and so that’s kind of the essence that I wanted to capture.

I also wanted a soft look to it. I think that I had grabbed a watered-down bottle of white acrylic off of Jay’s shelf, so when I mixed it with the other colors to tone them down a bit it ended up give the paint more of a washed-out look when I painted the statue. As I did it I realized that I liked the look. It reminds me of those pictures you see that were taken in black and white, then were colored in later.

My sister loves Victorian things, so I hope that it will have kind of an older victorian-esque look to it.

I think she turned out okay, don’t you?

I did a slight wash on the wings to make the feathers stand out a bit more. And I had problems trying to paint her eyes.

Because I’m not good at painting I can’t seem to paint eyes without making the items look creepy. I got tired of trying to make the angel look like she wasn’t frightened with mis-aligned eyes, so I closed them. I painted them a shade darker to highlight the lids, then I used a brown colored pencil to draw in eyelashes. You can’t really see them in this picture, but up close it looks good. At least, I think so.

I hope that she likes them.

Now that these are done I can go back to painting mine and working on my sewing room cubbies. My sewing room is a mess so it will be nice to have it organized!

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Sewing – A Jean Bag for Dave

This past winter I made a bag for my friend, Dave. I had organized his choir music, but the bag he was using was busting at the seams. After Dave stuffed his choir music in this one it, too, was busting at the seams. I knew that at some point I would need to make him another bag. While at work I was daydreaming of my sewing room while copying and pasting stuff into a spreadsheet. Then an idea hit…

Last summer I made myself a garden kneeler out of a man’s big pair of jeans. I only used one leg, though, so I still had 3/4 of a pair of jeans sitting in my material pile. As I continued to copy and paste into my spreadsheet an idea started to form. There were a few things that I had to work around, but I thought that it might just work. Finally, I sat down at the sewing machine and this is what I created:

It’s a bag! As you can see I cut the other leg off and then sewed them up.

I left everything open so that there are all kinds of pockets. Plus, I created one additional one…

Is that a pencil in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

I knew that Dave would want at least one pocket that zipped, and since the zipper was already in place all I had to do was create the pocket. Voila! Easy as cake!

These are a man’s size 46 x 18 (or at least, now they are) so it easily holds two big binders plus our two choir books. Bob wanted to get into the picture, too.

I wanted to use the suspenders as the straps for the bag, but I didn’t want them to stretch too much. I sewed some double-fold wide bias tape to the inside. They still stretch a little, but not like they did. Then I had Jay help me rivet the suspenders to the waist band of the jeans. Oh, and I also made a flannel lining for the bag. I’m not sure how practical it really will be, but I had fun making it and Dave seemed to get a kick out of it.

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Woodworking Projects – May 2017

Does anybody else think that this year is flying by at warp speed?? We’re already into the second half of June! When Jay started working on my birthday present in May I figured I would definitely have them installed by the middle of June.

Sewing Room Futon

This is how my sewing room looked right after we moved in four years ago. I’ve moved things around, but the futon had remained in that space. I finally decided that I would like to make better use of that area so after some unsuccessful attempts to give the futon away we finally just put it out to the curb during spring clean-up this year. I asked Jay to make a series of cubbies that will line that wall. I measured the area and drew up some bad pictures of what I wanted. Essentially almost the entire wall will be a series of cubbies so that I can store my yarn, crafting stuff, and extra material in a more organized fashion.

So Jay took my drawings and quickly brought them to life.

Storage Cubby Mock-Up

After attaching trim to the cubbies they were turned over to the finishing department.

And there they have remained…

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I have stained two sections and started to polyurethane them, but that’s about as far as I have managed to get. The section on the left has two layers of poly and the one on the right has one. Why is this project dragging? I could blame it on the longer hours that I’ve been working and leaving me zero time to do anything fun. Except, that’s not completely true. The biggest reason that they are not finished is because it takes so long to work on just one section that I get bored. *sigh* Yeah, not a good reason. I am hoping to kick my butt into gear to get these done and installed.

After all, I have projects beginning to pile up.

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If you look in the background of this picture you can see that I’ve got my concrete statues on my work table. Unfortunately I haven’t been motivated to paint them. I was going to paint the soldier as a member of the Union army, but then when I looked closer I realized he is a Confederate. I don’t mind that he’s a Reb, but now I have to get to know him before I can decide just how to paint him. I’ve also been having trouble trying to decipher what color the cat is supposed to be. The last two concrete cats were way easier to figure out. This one is being mum and not saying a word.

The focal point of the picture, though, is the gardening box that Jay made for me. I’ve been asking for one because I have been using a cardboard tray that isn’t really holding up very well. I need to get it finished. Jay was even sweet enough to add a little area on the box that will hold my wireless speaker and phone so that I can listen to my podcasts while gardening. I’ve tried using my earbuds, but the wires get in the way of my shovel-breaking activities.

Jay also makes things for himself.

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Now I know exactly where to find the cordless drills and bits when I need them!

I mean… JAY will know where to find his cordless drills and bits. Not that I would play with his tools when he isn’t around. *whistles brokenly*

I have one other thing to share. This isn’t woodworking related, but I am still very impressed with Jay’s ability to assemble it.

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This is a 3D printer that Jay assembled for the son of one of his coworkers. It was the boy’s present for his 14th (I think) birthday. Jay’s coworker had been asking him about 3D printers so he showed her the options and offered to assemble it. Not only that, but then he downloaded the necessary software onto the boy’s laptop and showed him how to use it. Jay has even made a house call in order to help them with a few things that they weren’t able to do. This boy is really excited about it and has been learning the free CAD software that Jay downloaded for him. The sad thing about the entire situation is that the kid’s father is very dismissive of this interest. The father is all about hunting and fishing, but the kid has zero interest in it. Instead of trying to learn about his son’s interest the father decided to instead tell the kid that he’s not good at it and shouldn’t even try. I work with this guy and would love to have a conversation with him regarding supporting his son’s interests.

Anyway, the really impressive thing about this whole project was watching Jay assemble it. You see he opened the box, took all of the parts out and laid them on his work bench. He then started picking the parts up and putting them together. WITHOUT ANY INSTRUCTIONS. Mind you, he doesn’t have this model of printer nor has he ever laid hands on one. And the little snot assembled the ENTIRE THING without once looking at the instructions!! That includes hooking up the electronics and knowing where to plug wires in for the stepper motors. My brain doesn’t work like that so it just amazes me to watch him do this kind of thing. This is how he assembles almost everything. He will actually look at the drawings and instructions when constructing his model plans, but that’s about it. Isn’t that disgusting?? It’s a good thing that he’s cute!

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Crochet – Prayer Shawl #2

After finishing the first prayer shawl I decided that I wanted to give another pattern a try.

Again, I made a masculine shawl with a variegated yarn. It doesn’t contain any of my favorite colors, but the pattern was very easy to follow. It was a row of single crochet followed by a row of double crochet and chain stitches. Bob was jealous that Chester helped to model the first shawl so he made sure to get in on this picture.

This one had a more open weave so it wasn’t as heavy and dense as the first one.

I hope whoever receives it likes it.

Apparently I had purchased a few extra skeins, so I think that I’m going to use them in the next afghan that I crochet for Project Linus. In the latest update they said they need more boyish afghans, and I think these colors will work with a few other ones that I have in my stash. If not, I can always run to Hobby Lobby. 😉

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House Updates – New Windows!

I’ve heard that some people are lamenting the fact that I haven’t been posting every day. Now that we have good weather I spend a lot of time gardening and doing other projects that you don’t want to see pictures of every time I do them.

But if you want to see more pictures of my gardens I will certainly accommodate you. Otherwise you’ll just have to be patient.

Every year Jay and I decide on one or two major house projects that we want to accomplish over the summer. Last year it was the porch and the shed. This year we decided on new windows for the living room and family room, plus we’ll be getting to the fire pit area later this month.

This is the window I wanted to replace. It is huge. If I remember correctly it was 68″ x 72″ so I knew that it was going to be a bit pricey.

I sit by this window when I cross stitch, but in the winter it always feels so cold. Even if I’m wearing a sweater I still end up chilled. This window was original to the house when it was built in 1950 and it had the storm window on the outside that you would have to remove in the spring and put back up in the fall. We never removed it, though, because I was always afraid that we wouldn’t be able to get it back on or something would happen to it.

In this picture you can see the white of the outside storm window.

Needless to say, this window wasn’t very energy efficient.

We ordered the window back in April and they finally came to install it this past Wednesday. I took the day off of work so that I could be there during the installation.

They do everything from the outside. These guys never removed a single piece of molding from the inside. In fact, I was surprised because they had this entire window removed in about 15 minutes. While they worked on this window I shut the cats in the sewing room so that they couldn’t wander out the window.

This is the new window! I’m still getting used to it. I wanted to be able to open the window for fresh air so I didn’t want another solid pane of glass. I didn’t really want double hung windows in there because I kind of wanted the same look that the old window had. I was afraid that with double hung windows the wide bars between them would look odd.

So we decided to go with a solid picture window on the top and sliders on the bottom. Actually, the sales guy wanted to put the sliders on top and I told him no, I wanted them on the bottom. That way the cats could sit in them and enjoy the fresh air, too. Besides, if you’ve ever had a cat you know that if there’s an open window they want to sit in it. I could just see them launching themselves at the top of the window in order to sit in the open windows if they were on top and I didn’t want to deal with that. It’s going to take a little bit to get used to that wider bar in the middle of the window (the divider between the picture window and sliders). When you sit in the rocking chair it’s okay because the bar is below eye level. Sitting on the couch, however, puts the bar smack dab in your eye sight. Perhaps that just means that we need a slightly taller couch…

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After

Due to that divider bar the window looks a bit squattier, but overall not too much of a drastic change.

Before

After

 

That wasn’t the only window that we replaced. We also decided to change out the window in the family room.

This is the old window. It doesn’t look that bad from this distance. When you get up close, though, you see the problem:

You probably can’t tell, but this is horse hair weather stripping. Yes, HORSE HAIR. Now, if you’ve lived in an old house or worked with older furniture you know that horse hair was used as a binder in plaster or it was used for stuffing furniture. Apparently they also used it for weather stripping because not only was it used in this window, but it is also used on my front door (which I think is going to be next year’s project).

The bad thing about this window is the family room was actually built on in the ’80s so I have no idea where the stupid guy got the window because it wasn’t new in the ’80s. Most of the time we don’t see the window because we keep the drapes closed in front of it.

It actually took these guys longer to get these three windows out than it did to get the big one in the living room out. I suppose there could be many reasons for this, but based on the knowledge I have of the guy who built the house my theory is that the guy just did a horrible job putting the window in and they had a hard time getting it out. Let me remind you that the guy who built the addition didn’t put any insulation in the ceiling below the roof and he didn’t use the correct hardware when laying the plywood down for the roof. Oh, and don’t get me started on the shed that he built…

…with the metal roofing laid on it SIDEWAYS so that the ridges caught the water and brought it INTO the shed instead of helping it run down OFF of the shed.

Back to the window…

We decided not to go with grids in these ones. Mainly because we didn’t care since we only see it from the outside and we didn’t want to pay the extra. Okay, I didn’t want to pay the extra. I’m a bit cheap on some things.

The nice thing is that we’ll be able to open these for some air flow. We didn’t open the other ones because they also had the old storm windows and we didn’t want to mess with them. Even though we have central air both Jay and I prefer to have the windows open to get fresh air in the house. In fact, when Jay got home on Wednesday he mentioned how nice the house smelled because the fresh air had been blowing through all day. It’s not good for my allergies, but then again neither are the cats and we know that I ignore that one, too.

Before

After

So, these are a bit boring now without the grid, but I don’t care. As long as I don’t have to see the peeling paint on the aluminum and the dirtiness on the inside.

There you have it. Our new windows that were a bit pricey, but I was completely happy with how they were installed. The fact that I don’t have to touch up anything on the inside because EVERYTHING was done on the outside was a big plus. Also, these windows have a lifetime guarantee for any defects or problems. If we start getting condensation in them all I have to do is call up the company and tell them to get their butts over here to fix it and they will cover all expenses for fixing it. You can’t do any better than that!

 

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