Thursday, September 22, 2011

At Least the Trail Cam Still Works

As I mentioned, even though we are busy on Grant Street projects, we are still making regular trips to noTTafarm to unload items for storage and to feed the kitty cats.  Scott set the trail camera to snap photos of the feeding station he has set up on his BBQ. 

 Bibbers goes into defense mode at the sight of Tux making his way to the food bowl.

Silly raccoon; taken shortly after midnight. I wonder what he is thinking?

Stay Tuned for More!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Nothing To Report

Sorry, Faithful Readers...but nothing has been accomplished at noTTafarm recently - unless you count the additional items now stored in the basement.  The only thing I can report is that Scott heard Bibbers (the yellow and white corn crib cat) meow twice over the past two weeks.  This is quite exciting!

We may be on track again with projects at noTTafarm the weekend of October 1st.  The listing date of our current home has been pushed forward until Scott is sure the house is ready.

Until Then . . . Enjoy the Beautiful Autumn Weather!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

10-Day Hold

The time has come.

The bullet has been bitten.

We are finally putting our house in the city on the market!

Scott and I met with our realtor Saturday morning, and set a date for the Grant Street listing to go "live."  We've got 10 days to get the house in order, declutter, clean, and fix things.  We will have to sacrifice time at noTTafarm in order to attack the list of tasks at home (which won't officially be "home" for much longer (fingers crossed))!

But noTTafarm was not completely ignored this weekend!  I painted the landing and part of the stairwell; Scott discovered a large hole in the east pasture that he can't decipher; and we kept the corncrib kitties fed.  Here some other highlights:

Saturday afternoon, Carl helped us unload a bunch of old conduit to store in the barn.  You can ask Scott why it was important to hold on to this stuff for 18 years and then move it across town to store for a little while longer.

Scott and Carl hung a few more sheets of drywall in the upstairs bathroom.

The trailer came in handy on Sunday when we carted miscellaneous items to noTTafarm.

Scott's co-worker Steve came out Sunday afternoon to help clear away a few limbs of the half-fallen osage orange near the driveway.  He's happy to have a truckload of firewood!

Stay Tuned for Our Next Adventure!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Bath Project Moves Forward

Scott and I extended our Labor Day holiday by a few days to devote more time to noTTafarm's various projects.  The majority of effort was directed toward the upstairs bath remodel.  We've got all of the materials, tools, fixtures, tile, and paint we just have to connect the dots and make ourselves a bathroom!
The first task to tackle was installing the shower pan.  Of course, this required a new tool!  In order to mix mortar correctly, Scott "had to" buy this neat mixer attachment for the drill. 

Mixing the mortar.

 Troweling on the mortar.
 Once in position, Scott stood on the shower pan to set it into the mortar.

The next day, Scott tackled the floor.  He troweled on a layer of mortar then secured the cement board with a bajillion screws. 

Next came a layer of moisture-resistant drywall.  A layer of cement board will be added to the lower portion of the wall to serve as a bed for the wall tile. 
This plumbing shares a wall with the stairwell.  Scott added some leftover insulation as a sound buffer.  Note the door installation at right.  To save space, we are using one of the original 1920 5-panel doors as a pocket door. 

Stay Tuned for More! 

Mountain Lion Spotted at noTTafarm!

There's been a rash of mountain lion sightings in the Omaha area lately, and the news media is more than ready for actual photos.  We've been diligent at noTTafarm, not anxious to become an afternoon snack for an elusive panther.  Imagine our surprise when we stumbled up this creature on the south porch:

Oh wait. 
That's not a mountain's our Leo!

We were so excited for Leo to make his first visit to noTTafarm!  He made himself at home and seemed to get used to the house pretty quickly.  We were relieved that he seemed curious but cautious during a venture outside, too.   He and Bibbers met, too, but with a window separating the two of them.  Leo didn't seem to be too perturbed that there was another yellow kitty at home at noTTafarm.

  Rollin' around on the concrete.

 Takin' it easy.

Stay Tuned for More of Leo's Adventures!

Tub Time!

The newly-refurbished claw foot tub was delivered back to noTTafarm on Thursday, September 1st.  It is just the right shade of yellow (Sherwin Williams "Optimistic Yellow" SW6900) to bring cheer to the upstairs bath. 

Scott and I managed to drag the tub from the east porch into the freshly-painted parlor.  A cast iron tub is as heavy as you might imagine!  Luckily, we have brawny nephews just itching to hoist the tub up the stairs when we're ready. 

The tub's feet were painted bright silver which will pop against the white 1x1" hex floor tile.  We'll keep you posted as the bathroom remodel continues!

Bring Your Own Rubber Ducky!