Dahlia House

Dahlia House
Taken in August 2013

Monday, July 12, 2004

Wow!  What a successful work party!  We accomplished so much more than I ever thought we would!  I put lists up in each room of what need to be done and the kids just dug in and ripped and tore and pulled!
The old poolroom has been stripped of all it’s old paneling and ugly 70’s flooring. The floors are awesome old fir!  Looks great!  (Thanks Heather and Adam!)
The front hallway and the stair have been stripped down to the bare walls and floor too.  Found a lot of damage near the front porch that will have to be repaired. And we found a door!  It used to go into the front parlor! How cool.  We are starting to see how the house once was, thanks to Adam, Colleen, Heather and Em!
In the kitchen we also found two old doorways.  One leads into the bathroom, the other into the bedroom.  Not sure why?  We also found some neat old turquoise paint on the lower part of the wall and a creamy yellow on the top.  The kitchen is talking to us now too! One of Brian’s cousins came up from California and helped us get the wiring figured out in the kitchen.  We now have lights again.  (Thanks Ben and Nettie)
One of the big jobs was getting the Gazebo moved into place.  Whew, we all sweated that one out.  But Brian directed and Jahn drove and it is now sitting on the lawn where we want it.  Next step is to lay the foundation and get it off the trailer.
We also got some bricks cleaned off and moved around to the front to put the base for the steps in. (Thanks Colleen) We also got a lot of building materials moved around and the yard cleaned up.  (Thanks Jahn and Em)
The granddaughters Madison and Maliah even helped a bit by packing stuff out to the garbage!  And helping to paint the steps to the beach. Thanks girls!
We had visitors on both days.  Cousins Fred and Marianne stopped by along with Marianne’s daughter Vera and her daughter A____(I knew I would forget her name! Sorry!)  Bob and Trixie Elliott stopped by to visit and bring a yummy grape salad to eat!
And of course my Mom with all of her yummy Irish bread kept us well nourished and she also tried to clean up after us!  (Thanks Mom!)
And………….we finally found water!  After two dry holes, they came up with what looks like good water down across the road.  Kind of far away, but at least we have some!  More work to go to get it up to the house. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ !
We had great fun visiting with family and friends.  Lot’s of good food and conversation.  It was a great weekend!

Friday, July 09, 2004

We got down to the house about 1:00 today and they were hard at it in a new location down the driveway, but after 100 feet...no water! Tomorrow they try down across the road.
Got a few things done today to get ready for the workparty.  It should be a great weekend.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

The well driller Art McMullen called and we met him down at the house today. It was exciting to see them get started....but as the day went on and no water was found.....it got very depressing!  They were down at 140 feet where the well witcher said to dig...NOTHING!  He is coming back tomorrow.

Saturday, July 03, 2004

Brian and I and Colleen and Maliah went down to the house today to take down a load of new furniture that we bought for the house plus a lot of other little things. Moved some stuff around getting ready for the work party coming up next weekend. Maliah flew her new kite. Still waiting for the well driller to call!!!