Monday, August 10, 2015

National Grid Gas Line

Another step forward toward our construction process, last week National Grid came and connected the gas line from the street to our house. During the planning process of the renovation we decided that we would change over from oil heat to gas, but first we needed a gas line.

We put in our application for the line in June and paid the $500 to National Grid. Last week they came and installed the line. Anyone who is thinking of doing this I recommend that you put in your application in the spring that way you have plenty of time before they stop digging in the mid fall, at least in Massachusetts.

I have to say that the workers that did the digging were excellent. They dug a hole in the street and another one near our house. Next they drilled under ground and connected the line. When they were finished you almost didn't know that they had done anything, it was so neat. Later that night, someone else came by and paved over the hole in the street, very efficient.

Other than having to wait from June to August the whole process was relatively easy.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Large T-Shirt into Kids Smock

It's been a long time since I posted any craft projects. My Mother-in-Law was up helping me with the kids and she wanted to share her quick and easy project of how to turn a large t-shirt into a kids smock. This project took no longer than 5 minutes and all you need is a large t-shirt (old or new) and a pair of scissors.

1. Start with a large Mens T-Shirt, old or new.

2. Cut a slit up the sleeve.

3. Try on to make sure the slit is long enough.

4. Tie the two pieces of the sleeve into a knot to shorten.

5. Cut a slit to open the bottom hem.

6. Rip the bottom hem off the shirt.

7. Use the bottom hem as a belt for the smock. 

TaDa! You have a cute and simple kids smock.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Goodbye Tree

This week we kicked of the house renovation with our first big project. Taking down the Magnolia tree in the front yard. As much as it was sad to see the tree go, it had to go to bring a gas line into the house. Without the tree there it will be much easier for the contractor to add the second floor as well. 

We hired a local tree expert to take down the tree, due to its size and proximity to the power lines. We knew it would be too dangerous to take down ourselves. We used Frank's Tree Work, owned and operated by Frank McIver, who does excellent work. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for someone to trim or remove a tree in the North Shore of Boston.

This was really something to get to see. Even the neighborhood kids came out and watched.

 What a difference. Looking forward to sharing each step along the way.