I did NOT intend to disappear for an entire month. When I last wrote, we were amidst a move from the Brooklyn Heights Apartment to the New Old Stone House. It was a gorgeous sunshine-filled early Spring day. About 3pm, the movers had everything packed up. I locked the apartment door behind me. I was having a moment – you know – the kind of moment when you are saying goodbye to that time in your life when you lived in a NYC apartment.
And then it happened. As I grabbed the car door handle I stepped in a pile of dog poo. In all my 18 years in New York City I have never done that. It was so disgusting! I could not stop gagging or scraping my shoe on the sidewalk. Sorry if that is too graphic, but it was a poignant way to close out my tenure as a NYC resident, don’t you think? In that moment it felt like as much as you may love New York City – New York City never truly loves you back.
We arrived at dusk on moving day to the New Old Stone House which – I might add – was a construction site. Even at this late date there is no kitchen or working laundry. We have been camping at the house and eating out every single meal. All too often we’ve been alleviating our home renovation stress with Margaritas. Boy, they are delicious (especially when they’re made with Herradura!) but after a month of eating out every night I am starting to feel like Porky Pig.
I have taken a few photos here and there, but during this stage the house is practically too barren for instagram! If you follow me on IG you may notice I have been binging on the comforts of home each weekend when we are in Connecticut. After spending the week surrounded with hammers pounding, drills buzzing and construction dust, the Country House truly makes me appreciate having a quiet, clean, organized home. Clearly, fresh flowers and home cooked food score high on my list of creature comforts.
Over the last month, we have been getting the yard into shape for fence installation. No fence surrounding the property means long walks with Tauren Poodle have taken the place of writing ABCDdesign in the morning. After months of delays, the snow melted and we got approval to move the driveway. Not only that, our barn-garage project is clipping along at the speed of light. After seeing how quickly and easily the garage is coming together, a ground-up build seems a heck of a lot easier than an old home renovation.
Just after the snow melted we had a landscaper come in to do a much needed clean-up. They arrived with 8 men and worked for 9 hours straight. They hauled away multiple truck loads and still barely made a dent in the leaves and debris. We found everything – and I mean EVERYTHING – nestled in the Pachysandra that surrounds the house.
Delays, delays, delays!
1) The Kitchen and The Super Pantry cabinets were on track to be delivered April 1st. I am sure you can imagine, it is incredibly frustrating to have expectations on timing that have not been met. There is a partial delivery coming Friday, but nothing can really be accomplished until ALL of it arrives.
2) The Super Pantry has been ready for it’s cabinets since the end of March, but we had a hiccup with the flooring in the kitchen. Before Christmas our builder offered to place the order for the soapstone tile that I wanted to use in the black and white kitchen floor. Long story short: on St. Patricks Day I learned his tile order was for the wrong stone. I ended up placing the order myself – months later than we intended. The soapstone I selected is quarried in Brazil and we are eagerly waiting for it to clear customs. Once the checkerboard floor gets installed in the kitchen, it will be full steam ahead on the kitchen cabinet installation. (That is if they ever actually all arrive!)
3) I just learned that the kitchen range is delayed too. It was enameled last week, but upon inspection they found a flaw on the control panel. They are rush firing a new one -in France- as I type. (Does anything actually get rushed in France? I guess we’ll see!) Once the re-fire happens it still has to find it’s way across the ocean to the Palisades.
At this pace, I won’t be surprised if Memorial Day happens and we are just getting faucets installed!