We're no different than any other family when it comes to trying to be ready for the Christmas Eve celebration when family will be present. We never seem to be ready...no matter how many days in advance you start preparing for it. I made pickled turkey eggs several days ago...just to beat the rush, but we'll find a dozen other things we've overlooked which won't be ready, finished or even started.
We put a small fiber optic Christmas tree up in the living room, along with a bunch of colored lights around the perimeter of the living room ceiling and several small electrified decorations here and there. We cannot put up or regular eight foot tree, because we would have to watch Casey Mae like a hawk, so she didn't eat it. How does a dog poop an eight foot spruce tree anyway......not to mention all the glass ornaments? Remember....this is the dog that ate two curly florescent bulbs and a regular, incandescent bulb some time ago, before we had to have a piece of corn cob surgically removed from her intestines about three months ago.
We decorated the big tree on the porch of the hospice gift shop and decorated the large barn wreath with led lights this year.
Vick's parents will stay over Christmas Eve and be with us until New Years Eve along with other visiting family of mine....... Will we ever be ready for Christmas...?
Probably NEVER! We'll end up making the best of whatever we've been able to accomplish before the first person arrives and then we go into the host and hostess mode of the celebration at hand.
We've been working in the gift shop area again. We got the outside chimney pipe installed and finished. It looks great from the outside. Now we are concentrating on the inside wall behind the stove, where Vick and Linda will be installing tile and I'll be finishing the tiny bit of insulation still needing finished at both of the gable end ceiling areas and a few strips in the walls..... Simple, but a little time consuming, but at least it can all be done in the warmth of the propane heater.
It looks like we will be resorting to another mode of wall covering, because we cannot get a reply for the many calls to Middle field Lumber. I guess he has now entered the ranks of the many other unreliable business owners out there.
Well, we'll not be deterred at this point and we will find some other person or another method of covering and finishing the inside walls.
I worked inside this afternoon and finished the end wall after placing the cement board on the other end for the wood stove. Tomorrow morning, I'll fire off the stove and work out there until about noon, after which I will stop work until after Christmas day. I'll start placing the 2x4's on the gable ends inside which will be on sixteen centers and then I'll place the insulation there too. As soon as both ends are done, I can call for the insulation inspection and be on our way with the ceiling and wall boards. Vick and Linda will start the tile work after Christmas.
This is the last post until after Christmas day.....maybe Christmas evening or possible the 26th. Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!
This is our friend Linda.....She will be helping Vick with the wall tile behind the stove......
The outside chimney installation...
Lookin' good, I'd say.......
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