Dahlia House

Dahlia House
Taken in August 2013

Sunday, April 25, 2004

We went down to the house this morning for a few hours, and took a few more boxes down. Brian moved around some lumber while I tried clearing out a space to set up the saws and equipment inside. We are waiting for a few estimates from some well drillers, as that is the next must do on the project. The more I look at all we have to do, I am sure that our optimistic goal of having a bed and breakfast open next year is just not going to be a reality! But we will continue to strive towards that goal. If we only could manage a few days off together to be down there and accomplish something major. All our time and energy now is in trying to get the Cathlamet house spruced up to sell. We really want to put it on the market in June.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Brian went down to the house today (I had to work). He got the motion sensor light installed. That will be nice when we arrive or leave in the dark. That is one more thing to cross off the list of things to do. He also took another load of "stuff" down and worked on some other odds and ends.

Monday, April 12, 2004

We finally went down and stayed the night! Felt so good to be there! Then the next morning we tore into the bathroom and took out all the cabinets and the sink. And also opened up the door between the bedroom and bathroom. Brian worked out in the shed too, getting it organized while I went through some drawers and tore off more paneling. Brian says my nickname is "Linda the Destroyer" I will admit it is very therapeutic! I should be in really good shape mentally and physically by the time we are done with this project!

Friday, April 09, 2004

Brian and I went down to the house this morning and took some pipe and other stuff down. We worked on a few little things but it was hard to do anything as it was such a beautiful spring day. Just wanted to sit and enjoy the view. There were two deer in the yard! And later we saw a seal out in the river. When we got home I could not remember if I had turned off the stove or not, so Colleen and I went back down. It was off, but I would not have slept thinking about it! Colleen took Maliah for a walk on the beach and I tore down a few more sheets of paneling in the kitchen and some ceiling tile and paneling off the stairwell.

Monday, April 05, 2004

Oh my aching back, neck and arms! We worked from about 1pm to 8:30 pm down at the house. We were mainly in the kitchen, tearing out most of the cabinets, some of the old paneling and trim and all of the ceiling tile. Brian also worked on the fireplace area and got some wiring done to install a motion activated light out on the garage. It feels so good to spend this much time down there, and to accomplish so much!
It was also another day of discovery. The old grating vent was still in the kitchen ceiling, and behind some of the paneling we found the heights and weights of the first four grandkids. Henry thru Heather. So we can see that the paneling went up sometime after Heather was 6 months old. The summer of 1974. I am anxious to tear into more and see what other discoveries we can find.

Sunday, April 04, 2004

Brian and I along with Heather, Adam and little Zach took a trip down to the house today. While Adam played with dead ladybugs and took some awesome pictures of them, Brian and I did a few things around the house. Tore down some old paneling in the kitchen, to reveal the old chimney in there. Also moved more things up into the office. Brian mowed part of the lawn and helped me measure the lower floors so I can do a blueprint of the house. Got quite a few things accomplished in a short time!

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Finally got back down to the house for a few hours this morning!!!! We have been up in Seattle as Heather and Adam had their new little boy Zachary Allen Crockett! We moved a whole lot of stuff down there. Got the bed set up and some plants and a couch in the living room. Put away some books in the office too! Each day a little bit more. We may finally be able to spend a few days down there next week. Our schedules have just not worked lately!