Our major home-improvement project has begun. "Breaking ground" doesn't even BEGIN to describe the mess. AND, my camera died, so no pictures. I have to figure out how to upload camera-phone pictures to the blog.
Today, a red monster truck, complete with large drilling attachment, rumbled into the back yard, scaring Skitter Kitten and sending the shelties into a barking mania. It was that loud. There are three more days of drilling.
I know, drilling in Minnesota, in December, we are out of our minds. The reason is great, however. We are putting in a geothermal heat pump, and in-floor heat in the bottom story of the the house.
It sounds great, and will be when it's all finished, in March. Until then, we will have a week of jack-hammering up the basement's concrete floor before we get out of Dodge for Christmas.
When we get back, the walls will be ripped out, the floor dug down to the dirt, and the furnace suspended from the ceiling. Then the rebuilding begins.
I've got to get the camera fixed before then. I'm sure the sight of my house in ruins will delight many.
The end result---- heating and cooling, hot water and warm floors, all for a few dollars a month. And, green energy. Even with the cost of oil low, it should pay for its self in 8 years. The entire floor will be tile--easy to clean with two dogs, two cats and two kids trying their best to keep it messy.
BEST OF ALL--- a new office for me. Not a space in the dining room, not a corner of the guest room, but my own room. *sigh*