On April 15, 2008 we closed on a 1955 Mid-Century Modern home in Merriam, KS that was custom designed by the late Donald R. Hollis of Hollis + Miller Architects. We will be sharing our journey as we update the house to make it our own, while trying to stay as close to the original design as possible.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tree Clearing, Baseboard Progress, and Grace

Last weekend we finally decided to cut down the tree that was growing outside our master bedroom.  A branch had broken off during a storm, and had been hanging from the wires since we bought the house.  We managed to cut most of it off, but the base of the tree was too big for our little electrical chainsaw.  So we asked our neighbor Don if he could cut down the rest of the tree stump.  He came by on Tuesday, and cut it down for us.  We are very grateful for having such great neighbors in our neighborhood.  LD made Don and his wife a berry-peach cobbler in return.

It took us a couple of weekends, but all the baseboards in our lower level are now done.  It is so nice not staring at the bottom of the drywall anymore!  It was not as easy as we thought.  Walls in a 55 year old home are never square, and floors are not always level.  It's a perfectionist's and amateur's nightmare. 

Now it's time to start working on the baseboards on the top level.  We're going to stain the baseboards, and we have finally selected a stain (Cabot's gunstock).  But we need to decide on the type of wood.  We bought pine, red oak, and ash; the pine is definitely out of the running.  So that leaves the ash and the red oak.  Who would have thought that picking baseboards and installing them would be so difficult? 

It's been 8 years since we had a puppy in the house.  Today, our friends, Jeannette and Rollin, came by to introduce us to the new addition in their family, a beautiful 6-week old black lab puppy named Grace.  I was surprised at how energetic and confident she was at six weeks!  Morgan and Katy did not know what to make of her.  Grace was trying to be playful, but Katy and Morgan were not interested.  When Katy was a puppy, Baine and Morgan pretended she did not exist for three weeks.  They would literary ignore her, but once they decided to accept her into the pack, they became the best of friends and siblings.  Grace tried jumping and biting on Katy, and Katy would run away.  Katy was a holy terror as a puppy.  Her nickname for a long time was Sharky.  What goes around comes around!

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