Monthly Archives: September 2005

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2005

“This Old House” book I just finished reading “This Old House,” the companion book to their first their first project in 1980. Everything we’re doing, they did the same thing 25 years ago–nothing has changed!  Except the cost, of course. And the scope: This Old House Bob Vila with Jane Davison Speedwell Forge B&B Dawn […]

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2005

Re-pointing The project is now moving so quickly, I can’t keep up. The septic guys are building the sand mounds, digging the trenches, and burying the tanks; the air conditioning guy is running ductwork and installing cooling lines; one carpenter is fixing the roof on the summer kitchen, while the other one is prepping the […]

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2005

Electric fireplaces Dawn met with Rich of Fireplace Supply Wholesalers today, and the crew gave her grief for installing electric fireplaces. She told them that if they want to contribute to the project, then they can have an opinion. We were initially skeptical as well, but when we went to Rich’s showroom and saw them […]

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2005

An apology I should apologize for this journal; it certainly isn’t what I started out to write. I imagined great tales of exploration and learning, with some entertaining or even harrowing passages thrown in. Instead, it’s a 12-month gripe session on what we’ve been through dealing with the local bureaucrats, which has nothing at all […]

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2005

Lighting Four months ago, it was furniture. Three months ago, exterior colors. Two months ago, bathroom fixtures. Last month, interior colors. Today, it’s lighting. The sheer number of choices involved in this project is just staggering, and we still have three kitchens to go. And of course no decision is ever final — at every […]

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2005

Our first fight Dawn and I had our first big fight over the restoration. We’ve gone for two years designing, researching, discussing, meeting, hiring, and spending most of our time and resources on this project, and we’ve had plenty of disagreements but never a serious argument, until today. And what was this major conflict about? […]

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2005

Speedwell Forge Triathlon The YMCA triathlon came through yesterday, and I didn’t even know about it until it was all over. Hopefully it wasn’t marred by controversy, like the year the police commissioner refused to provide traffic control because the YMCA had a reading program that included Harry Potter. (Nope, not making that up.) Next […]

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2005

Auger Adam Moyer came by “for a few hours” to drill the lines for the air conditioning. As I’ve mentioned, we’re putting the compressors into workshop, so we need a pipe from the workshop into the basement and the summer kitchen. We can’t dig a trench because its right under the 200-year-old sycamore trees, and […]

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 09, 2005

This Old House Apparently, This Old House is distributed geographically, because everyone in Lancaster has the new issue, but nobody in LA does. Even our building code inspector saw the article before me, and that’s how he found out we had started work without a permit! (I guess he doesn’t read this journal.) So he […]

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2005

PPL strikes again I don’t know if the local electric company is incompetent, negligent, or just abusive. As I’ve mentioned before, the farm has a “center pole” where the meter is located, which is perfect — it’s far enough away that it doesn’t detract from the mansion, and close enough to be easily trenched. When […]