May 3, 2007

What a week this has been! The house is in total disarray and at times I feel like I am never going to get done….then Paul comes home and calms me down and shows me how much progress I’ve made. Last night I was close to meltdown and thankfully we went out for dinner. Afterwards I felt hopeful again.

This week the handyman came and boxed in a beam in the basement. I caulked, and sanded, and primed.

I sanded the butcher block countertops in the kitchen and gave them two coats of sealer.

I weed-whacked the animal pen since its entrance was blocked by the huge pile of bark so Paul couldn’t get the mower in there. Thankfully the bark pile is reduced now so he could mow after I knocked it all down.

We moved a lot of things around….a bench that I was ready to toss looks beautiful now tucked up under a cedar tree – a perfect place to survey the property. Our duck house got moved, too, also under a cedar tree, and is now the place we keep the duck feed and barley straw.

The carpet people came and installed the new carpet in the basement. It looks great, but they scuffed up the paint some so when I paint the beam I will touch up the paint they scuffed.

I started painting the bedroom. I’ve been dreading it since the ceilings are vaulted, there is a skylight and a window seat, and I had to prime one wall since it was painted a dark color. I did about half the room yesterday and should be able to finish the room this morning. Last night we slept on the hide-a-bed in the tv room.

I moved a ton of bark…still have a bit left, which I need to haul and spread on the beds closest to the house.

This afternoon I’ll start moving our office down to the basement. Our plan is to spend tomorrow (Paul is taking the day off) moving the rest of our furniture to the old office and tv room so the house is ready to have the hardwood floors refinished.

Tomorrow afternoon we take the dogs and birds to the kennel. I need to write up instructions for the birds and get together all their food. Paul is buying a cage for Tiko this afternoon which he’ll use at the kennel and that will be his travel cage when we drive to Mexico.

Sometime during all this we need to pack, too, since we head to Mazatlan on Saturday. It has been in the 50’s here for a couple of weeks, so we will be happy to see the sun and feel warm.

When we come back there are still some chores to do but we are hoping to list the house sometime during the week of the 15th. So we actually will meet our goal!

We’ll post sometime while we’re in Mazatlan to report on our househunting progress. For now, it’s time to head to the bedroom and my waiting paintbrush!

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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco after 11 years in Mazatlán, México.

    1. How did Paul’s giving 3 month notice go? Were they already expecting it?

      I know that meltdown feeling. Sometimes I wondered why I took a bath before I went to bed because as soon as I got up the next morning I was just going to go back to sweating and working. And it just seemed like the decision making was endless. But hang in there. You are about to be over the hump.

    1. Billie,

      Thanks for the words of encouragement – I am starting to see the finish line, which is wonderful.

      Giving his notice went fine for Paul. His boss had known that he would be retiring before the end of the year, so it wasn’t a big surprise. He manages internet & intranet content for a hospital system, and finding the right person could take a while – and he really should have some transition time with the new person. Hence the three months notice. Everyone he works with is jealous, and some of them say “what will you do?” Silly them!

    1. Sounds like you are doing really well with all your preparations. Have a good trip to Maz..
      Ah…the “what will you do” question LOL, you will keep getting that one for awhile. People can’t seem to understand that you can keep busy down here. LOL

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