Things really started popping at the house this week. We stopped by yesterday and the electrician is busy putting up fixtures, wiring various appliances, etc. We did notice that he put the bathroom light in upside down, so those will have to be changed.
I don’t think that will be a big deal. We also noticed that he only put three of the four under cabinet lights in, leaving a dark “hole” of lightlessness at the end of the counter. We puchased 4-2′ under cabinet lights. Had we known that we could only use 2 under the long stretch of cabinet, we would have purchased longer lights.
I wish the electrician would have said something about the lights being too short or not being able to install them all or something before they were in stalled because now we can’t return them and they were pretty expensive. We did speak to our contractor about this and I’m sure we will be able to work it out.
The biggest tip I could give anyone who is going thru this process is: Stay in CLOSE contact with your contractor.
Other than those few items, we are excited to see the progression of the house because it has been close to a year since we started this process.
The hood was installed, but it doesn’t look real pretty yet because the protective paper is still on it. We are also still wondering what we are going to do with the vent pipe above the cabinets. I am almost leaning towards leaving it be and allow it to be a bit “industrial”.
Oh! The floor guy called and said the wood floors came in early and he wants to install on Monday! Happy Dancing going on.
Now, for a little more touring around the town we will be moving to: Placerville.
I think I might have mentioned that I am a photographer by trade and I am constantly taking classes and workshops to improve my skills. I am taking a Travel Photography class at present (just in case I ever get the opportunity to travel somewhere exotic…or non-exotic, for that matter.) It was a great class and it is teaching me to see things a bit differently which is broadening my photography horizon. For my last assignment, I used Placerville as my tourist destination.
I was born and raised in this little town. My father’s family moved here when he was 4, so he basically grew up here, too. My grandfather was on the city council for quite a while and also served as Mayor for a couple of years. He also owned a car dealership in Placerville. Our roots go deep in this town, but I have not lived here for many, many years. In some ways it has changed a lot. In some ways, it has hardly changed.
I parked my car at the west end of Main Street and walked up one side and down the other. I stopped to go in and out of some antique stores looking for Mid Century Modern stuff (didn’t find any). I stopped frequently to take pictures for my class and just enjoy the experience of seeing Placerville thru tourist’s eyes. The above picture is the old Masonic Temple (my grandfather was also a Mason for many years.) When I was in High School, we had our Junior Prom on the top floor of this building. It is memorable because it has springs in the floor which gives it a bouncy feeling when there are a bunch of people dancing. I wonder if the springs are still there?
I think I’ve mentioned before that there is a dog walking group that meets up at the High School on weekends for a meet and greet time. Obie and I have joined them once and look forward to joining them more frequently after we move. (I took the below picture in November after meeting “Debbie”, her two poodles and the rest of the dogs that she was dog-sitting so their people could visit relatives over the Thanksgiving Holiday.)
Most of the dogs that are in the group are also “regulars” on the Main Street of Placerville. During my “tourist” walk, I was lucky enough to meet two of them, Parker and Rose and their owner, Pierre.
You will find these two adorable dogs as part of a calendar that Placerville puts together every year. Their owner tells me they are “February” this year. Maybe Obie T. Dogg can get himself a month next year.
Placerville has some wonderful stores and restaurants that I am anxious to try out once we move.
The Bookery has been around for many years. It is a used book store that has a great selection. I began taking my kids to visit when we moved here in the late 1990’s. We have spent many wonderful hours in this store.
Obie and I took a brief walk around the neighborhood yesterday and we saw these great little flowers that always remind me of spring. It’s a great little neighborhood. We even met some of our new neighbors and their dog.
That’s all for now. As much as I would like to drop by today, it is a half hour drive both ways and it is rainy today, so I will stay home until tomorrow.
One thing I love about Placerville is some of the shop owners put out water bowls for our 4 footed friends. It really is a great little town.
I know, right? They also put chairs outside their businesses (Barber Shop, restaurants) so you can wait outside in comfort (and probably smoke.)