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The Finish Work Progresses

We visited the lumber store this past Monday and inspected their options for window casing material.  We decided on the 1x6x8 pine (?) and planned to return on Wednesday when their fresh shipment came in.

Someone we know from work gave us a HUGE map of the Gila National Forest. It's going to be a real asset during our future adventures.

Someone we know from work gave us a HUGE map of the Gila National Forest. It’s going to be a real asset during our future adventures.  In this excerpt we have proof that the Railroad Canyon trail can be hiked as a LOOP.  AWESOME.

Wednesday morning, after our coffee rush, Brian purchased the lumber and took it home.  We didn’t get much done that evening because I had a 6pm meeting and Brian wanted to go hiking.

Thursday evening, he cut everything to size, including the final piece of our non-bathroom trim.  We attached it together and voila, all of the house baseboard is now in place.  The only pieces that remain are a few small ones inside the bathroom.  Also, during this time, I organized the house, unpacked some boxes and vacuumed.

The final two baseboard trim pieces - against the piano wall and between the piano wall and the cabinet.

The final two baseboard trim pieces – against the piano wall and between the piano wall and the cabinet.

Window casing 'dry fit' in place. Beautiful wood!

Window casing ‘dry fit’ in place. Beautiful wood!

With all the boxes being moved around and the cleaning being done, both dogs got it in their heads that we were moving. They didn't want to come inside in case they got trapped there and we escaped. Trooper did his best to maintain eye contact with me whenever possible.

With all the boxes being moved around and the cleaning being done, both dogs got it in their heads that we were moving. They didn’t want to come inside in case they got trapped there and we escaped. Trooper did his best to maintain eye contact with me whenever possible.

We brought the cut pieces of window casings to work on Friday so we could paint between coffee rushes.

Brian priming the wood at the coffee drive-through.

Brian priming the wood at the coffee drive-through.

We picked up a second quart of our ‘heron’s plume’ paint from Sherwin Williams and started the second coat at 5:00pm, exactly 4 hours from the first coat (as recommended on the can).  We finished 45 minutes later, went home for dinner and then came back around 7:15 to put the wood inside.

There has been a lot of deer activity lately. A doe walked by the house at some point...a few minutes later, two fawns went prancing across our hill. (when are we going to take those stickers off?)

There has been a lot of deer activity lately. A doe walked by the house at some point…a few minutes later, two fawns went prancing across our hill. (when are we going to take those stickers off?)

Brian started taking care of painting the backs early on Saturday – around 8:30am.  We don’t have to paint the entire back because only abut 1.5″ will be exposed.  We are going to go with a brush’s width and call it good.

Can you spot the deer? Three of them cross the big highway when we arrived on Saturday morning. It was nerve wracking to watch.

Can you spot the deer? Three of them crossed the big highway when we arrived on Saturday morning. It was nerve wracking to watch.

Prior to painting the back of the casing pieces, Brian used a razor to remove any protruding paint beads.

Prior to painting the back of the casing pieces, Brian used a razor to remove any excessively protruding paint drip beads.

The backs are painted!

The backs are painted!

After work on Saturday, we took care of a number of errands, then visited work again after dark to put the boards inside and ended the evening with some delicious apple pie.

Thanks Andrea and Bill!

Thanks Andrea and Bill!  Sorry for the blurry picture – I was overwhelmed with joy at this magnificent treat and couldn’t keep my hands steady.

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