As we try to deal with the loss of our mother, our aching hearts are feeling so helpless. The funeral and cremation were all planned. Mom had planned ahead and took care of things with policies taken out years ago. Never wanting to be a burden on any of us, she took care of things. There really isn't anything else we can do. The funeral will not be until Saturday at Windsor Baptist Church of Gainesville Florida. It will be live streamed on their YouTube channel. I tried to include a link on my last blog post, but You Tube didn't like the link. Sooo for my family members, or anyone else if they wish, just go to You Tube. In the search box, put in "Windsor Baptist Church Gainesville" and it will lead you to the service. If you miss it live at 11 am eastern, 10 central, they will leave up the link for a while to watch it afterwards.
Steve decided he needed to find me something to do to keep our hands busy. He came up with a multiple day project, that we could work on a bit at a time. It was time to tear off some yucky vinyl siding on the East side of the house and replace the rest of the windows.
Last fall we had picked up a wonderful bargain of 2 large thermopane window combinations for the East side of the house. He found them on a great deal on Facebook Marketplace, of course. They are the same brand we put in all around in the other 10 windows last fall. Originally these window combination units were over $600 each. They had been mistakenly ordered in the wrong size for a gentleman's cabin. Their conttractor used them temporarily in place for about 6 weeks, until the correct windows could arrive. Steve got them both for $225.00 total. Score!
We also ordered a single smaller picture window to go along with the others for the east end of the kitchen nook. They've been sitting in the garage all winter, just waiting for some nice weather.
If you look back in my past blogs, we had already replaced 10 of the windows in the house. These were the last 3 to get done. So we planned on replacing two in our kitchen nook, and the third will be a new installation into our master bedroom wall facing East. We will tackle that later on.
We gathered materials and had most things on hand to do the project.
Steve's older brother Mark, and his wife Ann generously brought us over a large load of more LP Smart Siding. We had used this same type of siding on the North side and the front of the West side of the She Shed. We wanted to continue using it all of the way around the house. It's rather expensive, so we were just buying one wall's worth at a time as we completed each phase.
He had over 70 pieces of 16' long LP Smart Siding left over from another project. Whew! What a generous gift, and we will be putting it to good use on the East Side of the home. It is a golden color, so I will be painting it to match in all white.
While I was doing that... Steve's first step was to pull off the ugly vinyl siding that someone many years ago had put on to cover the damaged original wood siding. We weren't quite sure what to expect as we pulled it off, But we knew it probably wouldn't be good. The rest of the house has really nice original wood siding. With just this one side having vinyl slapped over it, we knew it had to be hiding something.
It used to be this stuff was SO expensive at $20 for a 16' section. But right now plain average 2x4 construction lumber boards are $25.99 for a 16 footer! Hard to believe that this manufactured fibered Smart Siding is cheaper than a 2x4?
By early afternoon Steve had the opening completely prepped with extra spacers to size for the window that would be going in. I helped him carry this big window combination on the dolly cart. It was comical.
We came out of the garage door,
around the front of the garage,
around the side of the motorhome,
around my saw horses full of trim,
around our backyard fence,
to reach this portion of the house.
It was a bumpy ride, but we made it with out breaking any of the window glass!
It is parked here now against the cedar siding of the She Shed, until the neighbor and our son-in-law can come over this evening to help lift it up into place.
(added later after dinner)
Our neighbor Dean came over and quick as a wink, those guys had it up and in place!