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The best day ever

From the big window at the front of the office, Steven watched Jadin walk to school.

From the big window at the front of the office, Steven watched Jadin walk back to home.

She smiled and waved and made silly faces.

Exceeding cool.

Meanwhile, back at Sea Eagle, the painters removed switchplates and other wall obstructions, prepping several rooms and walls for remedial refreshing, to aid in sale of the house.

Sari — the agent — walked the house, instructing Steven to take down screens and store them in the garage, clean the exterior of the windows exposed by the removed screens, raise the solar curtain on the upper deck to allow more light into the house, scrub smudges off switchplates and walls near switchplates and corners.

Trey confirmed he will start maybe as early as late Tuesday to polish the stained concrete floors.

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Day 7

Even Jadin helped today. Reluctantly. But …

Steven scraped dirt, mud and debris off the driveway, now that the dirt pile is gone. There was a large collection of nails and screws to pick up and throw away — predictably.

Inside, Jacquela cut plastic liners for drawers.

Team Leon — with herself rousted from Jadinland — started to cull boxes in the garage — holiday ornaments, tax archives, equipment boxes that must be saved, old computers that will be retired and wiped and donated when we have that chance, other stuff. Jacquela and Jadin formed a box brigade, passing cartons to Steven on the ladder, and he hoisted them up to the attic over the new garage bay. Just what the storage loft was designed for.

Jacquela migrated back inside to continue cutting liners for drawers in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Jadin returned to talking online with her friends.

After lunch, Jacquela and Steven drove to Sea Eagle — taking out the garbage bag stuffed by the cleaning crew, emptying almost final items from the garage, taking still more donations to Goodwill.

Back at Emerald Hill, Steven pulled out his chop saw and cut ledger boards for the master closet — and painted them using leftover house paint. After dinner, with help from Jacquela, with his pneumatic nailer, Steven and Jacquela pinned the wood to the master closet walls, made the piperail level and plumb, and screwed the tall hanger rail into place along the back wall of the closet.

Which means … Steven can now assemble the two remaining Ikea storage towers and bring the hanging and drawer storage completely online.

We’re making progress.

It’s going to take a while to move in.

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Hail, garage!

Weather report says thunderstorms and possible hail. Jacquela and Steven scrambled to make room in the garage for both cars. This is the first time any Leon car has been parked in the garage. It’s amazing to get both cars in, with all the boxes and other stuff that still has to be put away.

Plans call for a weekend of unboxing the garage.

At Sea Eagle, Noemi and her team cleaned the house for sale.

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In reverse

An observation …

Days at Emerald Hill transact in reverse from days at Sea Eagle.

Before the move to Emerald Hill, Steven structured his day to yield the block of time needed to drive to Emerald Hill and back to Sea Eagle, to work with Ranserve and subcontractors on site at Emerald Hill, to walk the house, taking notes, asking questions. As the move approached, the blocks of time expanded to include the assembly of closets, the transport of boxes, trips to Lowe’s or Home Depot for some thing, or some other thing.

Now we are here, in the house. Days now circle around breaking down boxes, shifting boxes into the house from the garage to continue unpacking, tweaking the wireless router and other devices to get more work done for Technopolis and ShowStoppers, knocking on Jadin’s door to see if she’s ever going to work through the chores that Jacquela assigns.

Jacquela’s commute is now 15 minutes on a bad day; she is claiming back at least an hour.

This transformation realized today — Steven set aside time and scheduled several appointments to prep Sea Eagle for sale, traveling to Sea Eagle instead of from — to meet with candidate landscapers, a polisher of stained concrete floors, an electrician, the recycling of UPS batteries.

The Ring doorbell at Emerald Hill made it possible to answer the door from 20+ miles away at Sea Eagle and in the aisles at Lowe’s while searching for a 40-watt bulb to replace the dead light hanging over where the dining table was located. That’s a first. Steven could see Jadin answering the door to allow in the electrician and plumbers. Each time a landscaper walked past the front door, the motion detector sent video — it quickly became annoying yet remarkable and fun and powerful — a paean to technology.

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Working the pile, again

Ramon continues to whittle away at the pile of dirt carved out to form the foundation of the new garage bay. Here he is, above, about mid-day. By end of day, he’s down to a layer of dirt atop the asphalt driveway.

Victor is designing a berm at the front of the lot to hold water back from the street -- giving it more time to soak into the turf. Why? There's enough good black dirt to do this.
Victor is designing a berm at the front of the lot to hold water back from the street — giving it more time to soak into the turf. Why? There’s enough good black dirt to do this.
Most of the boxes inside the house are emptied and crushed flat. Steven takes them out to the gravel patio off the kitchen-side of the house, stacking them for recycling. But ... there are boxes that must be saved -- for the computer monitors, the speakers, the new pots and pans that Steven bought Jacquela as a housewarming gift nearly a year ago. For these special boxes, Steven cleared space in the garage, erected a ladder, and, with Jadin's help, carried the boxes into the storage loft atop the new garage bay. Here are the first denizens of Upper Boxland, stacked as far back as possible.
Most of the boxes inside the house are emptied and crushed flat. Steven takes them out to the gravel patio off the kitchen-side of the house, stacking them for recycling. But … there are boxes that must be saved — for the computer monitors, the speakers, the new pots and pans that Steven bought Jacquela as a housewarming gift nearly a year ago. For these special boxes, Steven cleared space in the garage, erected a ladder, and, with Jadin’s help, carried the boxes into the storage loft atop the new garage bay. Here are the first denizens of Upper Boxland, stacked as far back as possible.

Jacquela tested the washing machine for the first time this morning. Steven discovered water pooling in the pan under the tankless water heater upstairs. Ranserve dispatched Barry from Custom Plumbing, who adjusted the condensate hose fitting into the drain pipe. The water should not be backing up and filling the pan. We’ll see if this fix works.

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Working the pile

Day 4 at Emerald Hill, currently renamed “Boxland.” We’re working down the pile of to-do.

Above, with help from Chris at Time Warner, the downstairs and upstairs TVs are now operational. Upstairs, we needed component cables — and Chris tweaked the cable box. Downstairs, the Denon amplifier needed a complete system reboot to wipe Sea Eagle from memory. With that, Steven and Chris built new HDMI settings for video and audio via HDMI, with cable box connected in to amp and amp connected out to Panasonic TV. This process is not plug and play. Read the manual, even if it is written in English as a third language. Closed course, professional drivers only. Just in time to watch primary results …

Rene from El Sol Logistics delivered the hanging bags of clothes that somehow stayed with the moving vans — so Steven’s business slacks and shirts are now recovered. Then El Sol transmitted the bill for the rest of the move, after the deposit is deducted. Yich.

But … Rene did take away some of the flattened boxes for re-use by the next family that El Sol moves.

We switched on the air conditioning last night. First time. Ever. There’s record heat in Austin — 91 degrees. Stupifying.

Outside, Victor and Ramon are shoveling down off the driveway the really good black dirt   piled up when Gilsa and Ranserve dug out the foundation for the new garage bay. Here's Ramon late in the afternoon shade, spading deliberately in the record March heat -- 91 degrees.
Outside, Victor and Ramon are shoveling down off the driveway the really good black dirt piled up when Gilsa and Ranserve dug out the foundation for the new garage bay. Here’s Ramon late in the afternoon shade, spading deliberately in the record March heat — 91 degrees.
The dirt comes off the pile in the driveway where we hope to someday park, and is transported by wheelbarrow to the front of the house. Victor and Ramon are building beds around the oaks that will someday receive flowers or ornamental grasses or some other deer-resistant plants. Mulched heavily, the beds cut by nearly a third the front lawn that must be watered and mowed -- which might be worth a point on the Green Build application.
The dirt comes off the pile in the driveway where we hope to someday park, and is transported by wheelbarrow to the front of the house. Victor and Ramon are building beds around the oaks that will someday receive flowers or ornamental grasses or some other deer-resistant plants. Mulched heavily, the beds cut by nearly a third the front lawn that must be watered and mowed — which might be worth a point on the Green Build application.
More of the front of Emerald Hill, with the new bed, with dirt in transport. It's also that time of year that the oaks drop their leaves. Victor blew and raked the leaves into the beds, under the dirt, where the leaves will decompose into fertilizer.
More of the front of Emerald Hill, with the new bed, with dirt in transport. It’s also that time of year that the oaks drop their leaves. Victor blew and raked the leaves into the beds, under the dirt, where the leaves will decompose into fertilizer.
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Old nest, first dinner guests

It’s Sunday at Emerald Hill. The start of daylight savings. We could have used that hour to unpack …

Jacquela and Steven rolled down the hill to Lowe’s for parts Steven needs to hook up the dryer vent. We went back to Sea Eagle to sweep up, make piles of garbage to take to the curb, and to donate more items to Goodwill.

Later, much later, with Steven stringing network wire in the electrical closet, our first dinner guests arrived — Jadin’s friend Kara and her mom, Michelle. Jacquela used her brand new oven for the first time — chicken, mac and cheese. Happy.

Late that evening, Steven installed the dryer vent. After huge struggle.

Ranserve installed the Dryerbox 350. Designed to fit into the stud bay between two 2x4s. With an oblong exhaust stack.

Let’s talk about that oblong stack. Can’t get a flexible duct to fit over it. Or inside it. Steven attempted a 4-inch round elbow transition duct. He followed the instructions in the online video to slice two relief cuts into the stack. No joy. He flatted a second insert into an oblong — one inner at each end and got that to fit into the stack. With Jacquela’s help, they taped together the ducts, wormed the flexible duct over the lower inner end of the transition duct, clamped it.

This whole operation took four hours, three trips to Lowe’s for parts, sliced the skin on Steven’s right thumb. The company does not make an adapter for the oblong stack. Their failure.

Observation: Do not buy the Drybox 350. Even if you have to double the wall, go with the units that feature round ducting.

With that success, Jacquela helped Steven maneuver the dryer into positon, raise it onto the anti-vibration rubber pads, and walked away.

 

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By the gray light of first morning

6 am. Jacquela and Steven are awake.

The Wall Street Journal is waiting at the front walk!

Welcome to boxland, say the boxes. Unpack me.

What the island looks like in the kitchen at 6 am after the debauchery of moving day.
What the island looks like in the kitchen at 6 am after the debauchery of moving day.

Jacquela and Steven spent the day unpacking, breaking down empty boxes, unpacking, putting things away, knowing we will organize smarter, later. Jadin disappeared into Jadinland to commiserate online with friends.

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Addition

It’s the second half of moving day. Time to add ourselves to Emerald Hill.

Jadin’s friend Molly walked over with her dad, Tom. They brought cupcakes. Jadin gave them a tour.

El Sol Logistics rolled the three loaded vans out from Sea Eagle, stopped for dinner, arrived at Emerald Hill about 5 pm, walked the house to orient with Steven, and went to work.

A photo essay …

The movers pulled the handles off the LG refrigerator to make it "slim" enough to roll through the side door into the kitchen. The proverbial "tight squeeze."
The movers pulled the handles off the LG refrigerator to make it “slim” enough to roll through the side door into the kitchen. The proverbial “tight squeeze.”
The refrigerator in its new home. Jacquela and Steven discovered later that the water line was not turned on. Steven rolled the refrigerator out, turned the handle, Jacquela tested for water at the spigot, Steven rolled the fridge back into position and leveled it. The island serves as temporary office for notebook computer and power drill, two of the most important tools for moving. Look it up. Drill it correctly.
The refrigerator in its new home. Jacquela and Steven discovered later that the water line was not turned on. Steven rolled the refrigerator out, turned the handle, Jacquela tested for water at the spigot, Steven rolled the fridge back into position and leveled it. The island serves as temporary office for notebook computer and power drill, two of the most important tools for moving. Look it up. Drill it correctly.
Squeezing the washing machine through the front door and up to the stair landing.
Squeezing the washing machine through the front door and up to the stair landing.
Vying for favorite photo of the day -- all the labor needed to lift the washer up the stairs to the second floor laundry.
Vying for favorite photo of the day — all the labor needed to lift the washer up the stairs to the second floor laundry.
The second candidate for favorite photo of the day -- finagling one half of the red sofa up the stairs, over the pony wall, into the loft.
The second candidate for favorite photo of the day — finagling one half of the red sofa up the stairs, over the pony wall, into the loft. This was the first half of the sofa — the smaller section, the easier section.
The longer section of the red sofa goes up and over the pony wall -- all hands required. The guys left one small red smudge on the white wall of the stairwall -- which is a niggling observation, considering how many angles they had to apply geometry to.
The longer section of the red sofa goes up and over the pony wall — all hands required. The guys left one small red smudge on the white wall of the stairwall — which is a niggling observation, considering how many angles they had to apply geometry to.
And over the pony wall.
And over the pony wall.
The master bedroom is the first room to be nearly complete -- bed assembled, mattresses on, nighttables in.
The master bedroom is the first room to be nearly complete — bed assembled, mattresses on, nighttables in.
One of two TVs hoisted into location.
One of two TVs hoisted into location.

 

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