Sunday, January 2, 2011

Guilt

Oh, my poor little neglected blog!  I am so sorry it has been so long since my last post.  I know, I know, it’s not your fault that I’ve been lost in a tornado of travelling for my job, taking a programmers certification exam, pregnancy-related exhaustion, holidays, and most of all, house construction. 

And yet, after all I let all the superfluous luxuries like recreation, cooking, dishes, laundry, and personal hygiene fall to the side, you were the next on the list to suffer.  Please forgive me and believe me when I say that it is a new year and a new beginning for us.  If you can find it in your heart to let this one go, then I say we just pick back up where we left off and never speak of this little incident ever again.  What do you think?

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Anyway, did I mention Mr. HH and I are building a house on the ranch?  Yep, because taking care of and paying for one house and a cattle herd and part of a ranch was just not demanding enough.  In fact, we got together last spring, and decided that not only did we want to challenge our marriage and our bank account by trying to get pregnant, but also at the same time, we would design, subcontract, and oversee the construction of a second residence.

If it sounds like a good idea to try to agree with your spouse on every tiny detail of an entire house – light switches here or there?  Golden oak or honey oak stain?  Routed or arched cabinet doors? – then you should probably ask my husband how it works when one of you is 6 months pregnant with the memory retention of a mosquito and the emotional control of a crazy person.  If anyone wants to send him a sympathy card, he probably deserves it.  Or maybe a gift certificate for therapy….

But seriously, the house is amazing.  To watch something actually come to life after seeing it only in your head – it’s indescribable.  When we stood on that hill overlooking the meadows and the river last summer there was nothing but sage brush and cow patties.  But we looked at each other and knew that it was home.  And soon it will be!  Granted our vision won’t be complete until the main house is built, but it will still be home for us and mini HH for several years. 

Just because I haven’t been blogging doesn’t mean I haven’t taken pictures, though.  Back when we started the project, we mounted my little weatherproof time-lapse camera to try to capture the outer construction.  It turned out better than I expected!

Here is the camera we used:  just a simple outdoor camera with a timer.  This one is actually designed to capture the growth of something over many weeks or months, like a flower in your garden.  Or in this case, a house.

August pics 006

I set it to 15 minutes, and we checked batteries and transferred the pictures every 2 weeks for the past 4 months.  I filtered the results down to just those periods where there was actual progress, and here is the final video:

And since the ending doesn’t really show the front of the house, here is a better view:

Actually, the exterior was pretty hands-off compared to the interior.  Now it’s more of an all-consuming constant barrage of decisions and purchasing.  Meaning we have made plenty of late-night trips to the home supply warehouses, and trucked many pickup-loads full of supplies from Texas to Oklahoma.

I have a set of pictures detailing the progress of the interior as well, but I want to wait until it’s complete before the ‘big reveal’.  For now, I’ll show just a couple views of the inside.

 

Sadly, I won’t get to see it again until next week.  Can’t wait to see the progress then!

3 comments:

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

Awesome video! What a cool idea.

And I understand your absences. I think you're one of the few people who has more going on than I do!

DAD said...

Oh so glad to see a new post. Maybe this will get me into to the mood to write one now and then to give you a break.

Mrs. HH said...

Jen: I don't know - I think you just juggle better than I do! Even when I wasn't writing, I was still reading your posts, though :)

Dad: Hopefully I don't need a break just yet!

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