So this work was going on in early June, and the building was moving along nicely. Right after the roof trusses went in, the plywood on the roof went on – very quickly. The sooner they could get the house closed up the better. We lost so much time in the early spring because of rain! The house got wrapped and the plywood went on and it really started looking like a house.
The guys started weatherproofing the roof, adding this black paper which is supposed to stick.
It’s supposed to stick……but this kept happening…..
The guys had to go up there and fix it three separate times!! Finally they put up boards and nailed them in. The problem with that was now when we had a torrential rain (which we sometimes do) the water came in and there was water on the floor! I was very worried about that. I mean, once that paper is up, it’s not supposed to leak, right?
I asked Fernando, our main builder…he said it would be fine. I asked our GC Rodney, and he assured me it would not leak when the real roof went on. I made him promise – and he said if it did he’d fix it for us. (Didn’t convince me though). I can’t tell you how many times I asked John. I was driving him crazy I know, but sometimes there is just an issue that bothers you and it’s hard to let it go….it just didn’t make sense that if it was leaking now with the paper on, that the water wouldn’t get in later. I mean we have some rain down here….sideways, horizontal, upside down…you name it, we have it.
I took this picture from the “kitchen” window of the Crab Shack. We still had the window in then, and as you know, we are attaching the new
house addition to it. As an aside, when we spoke with an architect first about joining the two buildings, she had this “breezeway” let’s call it, as an open space, maybe a couple of chairs and a table, maybe a window seat, but really not too usable. But Lars, the house designer we ultimately went with, made excellent use of the space, adding a bathroom, a closet for the water heater, a window seat and my laundry room here in this space. Brilliant!
So, while the roof wrapping, house wrapping and window work was going on, the electricians were inside wiring the house. Lars did have an electrical plan…thank goodness. The draftspeople who drew up the plans for the original stand-alone house that was too expensive to build (read about that here) didn’t include an electrical plan because they said all the codes are different. How different could it be, he lives one county over. But I’m so glad Lars put them in because to figure out by yourselves where all your electrical outlets and lights go would be a nightmare!! We had to decide some anyway, and it wasn’t particularly easy. The electricians were a big help with it though. Here in the previous picture, Darren was waiting for the wires that were coming through from the outside.
Now it’s mid June – the windows are just getting started…….
Along with the work that’s going on (in June) it’s gardening season. John built me a beautiful garden last year – it was our first spring as Maryland residents. (If you’d like to read about my garden, you can read about that here.) I learned a bit, what doesn’t grow well here, what had so many bugs and worms that I don’t want to deal with them again, and what did great. I’m still learning, I’ll change a few things next year also.
The arugula, spinach and kale also did great, but once it gets hot (and it really gets hot here) they seem to die off.
I had beautiful zucchini plants last year, but only got two zucchini! When I read up on it, I found out I didn’t have enough bees to pollinate them. So this year I started my zucchini from seeds from Burpee that said it didn’t need bees to pollinate…and I was happy they were right!
This was a cucumber plant I bought at the store…by Bonnie. It was terrible! Last year I had so many beautiful cucumbers (a Burpee plant) that I was giving them away to strangers. (Sadly I’m not kidding.) But this year, this “burp-less” variety had tons of flowers, but only a handful of cucumbers. It’s off the list for next year, that’s for sure.
I decided to give a small amount of corn a try. It’s a small garden, I didn’t want to dedicate too much room to it, so again, I bought seeds from Burpee for a variety that’s for containers. We had it once (it was delicious) and then a racoon got in the garden and ate the rest! Something might have happened to that racoon because he’s not around here anymore.
They did great last year and they’re great again this year. Now I have to make poppers! I mean how many jalapenos can you eat?
Eggplant don’t really love it here. I get 2 of them per plant. The Asian eggplant did great last year, but I found we don’t eat them that often so I didn’t grow them this year. The white ones don’t want to grow at all. I had two on a plant, but they turned yellow and were hard as rocks. But we did have some yummy eggplant parm from the regular purple ones.
And so, till next week…..enjoy the sunset.