Thursday, June 9, 2011


I haven't posted about Bog Ridge in ages because - despite lots and lots of hard work - nothing has really gotten FINISHED lately.  Everything seems to be dependent on something else, like a puzzle. And then, on top of that, everything seems to be dependent on the weather.  So what we've got is a weather dependent puzzle and - as you can probably guess - the weather hasn't always cooperated. 

Really, though, lots of things are happening. Namely lots of sawing, sanding and varnishing.  Yes, we are still varnishing.

But everything we've been working on seems to get to a certain point and then we have to stop while we finish another piece of the puzzle. So I don't have a lot of pretty pictures to share right now. But I can give you a little bit of a progress report:

- Several windows and doorways now have completed woodwork.  (Who decided to put in all of these windows?)
- All of the rooms now have doors, and all except one (the upstairs bathroom) even have door knobs!
- The stairs, stair railings, and guard rail are all complete.  The only thing left to be finished is the landing where the stairs turn.
- The floors in two of the upstairs rooms - a bedroom and what we like to call the hallway -  have been painted.  (Yes, we painted the floors.  I'll have to tell you about that decision some day.)  These are the same two rooms that have the finished ceilings, so:
- We moved our beds upstairs last weekend.  Which means:
- Our bed is no longer in the living room and Jack is no longer sleeping under the stairs.  And THAT means:
- We now have a living room with a couch conveniently positioned for movie watching. (Alleluia!  I am not one for watching the TV from the bed.  It makes me feel depressed.)  But,
- We are now all sleeping in one room because the other bedroom is being used as the workshop.  Also,
- I have been making labor intensive landscaping decisions and then changing my mind, which has resulted in my moving lots of rocks and then moving them again.  Hey, why not?  Right?

Moving the beds upstairs and getting a living room has been a huge leap forward.  But just as big of a deal, if not even bigger, has been the "completion" of the screened in porch.

We decided to christen our homestead Bog Ridge for a reason, and this time of year the bugs make being outside unbearable.  Luckily, Scott was able to "finish" the porch just before the mosquitoes hatched. 

And now the porch is even furnished.  Sitting out there with a cup of coffee as the sun comes up  - or with a glass of wine as the sun goes down - is my idea of heaven. 

I'm sure you're wondering: why did she put the words "completed" and "finish" in quotations when she was writing about the porch?

 Because, of course, the porch is not actually 100% done.  As we like to say, "It's at about 80%!"


Melissa Placzek said...

looks great so far!You should be proud of your progress :) we love our screened in porch and spend most of the summer out there.

skrapyram said...

Thanks, Melissa! The screened porch was always a major player in our house design. Bonus: Scott just returned from his work trip and approved the porch furniture. (Of course, we can't actually afford it. But we NEED it!)

Melissa Placzek said...

I hear ya! We're looking at deck furniture/gazebo and the prices are pretty crazy. But we need something to sit on! :)