“Yeah, we did a door. The electrician was here then, but the fence wasn’t”
Actually, that company also did our bathtub overfit, but it was a different crew. Still, I found it amazing that any workman would remember an individual house when he’s probably been to hundreds of them over the last year. Hopefully it’s a compliment – that the house was memorable, and not that its owner was a loony tunes no one could ever forget.
Every window in my house has now been replaced. We did 7 last year, and the final 7 this week. For the second set, we opted to go with Comfort Windows & Doors because we’ve used them a number of times before, at our old house and at our new house, and have always been happy with their work. Plus, their quote came in slightly lower than the last window company we used (who also did an excellent job, but hey, money is money).
It was 90 degrees F that day, but the two-man crew were troopers. They worked diligently, and then called for reinforcements early in the afternoon. Most of the windows were upstairs, requiring that the outside trim be fitted while perched on a ladder. The extra 4 men made the work go so much faster.
Puppy Cody was barricaded into half the living room, while I sat at my computer. Cody is barrier-trained, so we were comfortable with merely leaning baby gates against some dining room chairs to make a “wall”. For extra security, I kept Cody on a long leash for most of the day.
While I knew that extra men had arrived, I really wasn’t paying any attention to who was where. Hubby had been going in and out of the house all day, so when I heard footsteps in the living room, I just figured it was him.
Until Cody growled. And it was a nasty growl. Scared the heck out of me.
I looked up to find one of the new men inspecting the living room window – he had been sent in to do the caulking, but hadn’t been told which windows were new and which had been done last year by the other company. The poor guy was already a bit confused – and the dog didn’t help.
Bless Cody’s little canine heart. She would not go past that barrier, but neither did she want some stranger in her living room while mom was not paying attention. That growl got everyone’s attention!
Other than that, the install went smoothly, and by 4:00 pm, we had all new windows.
I had never heard of “rain” glass before. For the two bathrooms, we had chosen the standard pebbled opaque bottom panel for privacy. When the salesman showed me the other option – rain glass – I just knew it would be perfect for the downstairs bedroom (maybe soon to be the home office/study). The window in that room looks out onto the side porch, and anyone could look in if the glass were clear. Now there’s some privacy. The rain glass is not completely opaque so Cody can still look out and see if anyone is standing on the porch – she just can’t tell who it is. That’s ok, it’s really not her job to identify people – she only needs to let us know that someone is there.
And apparently we can depend on her to do that.
After which, she’s likely to run and hide somewhere, but I’m ok with that, too. I don’t require perfection.
Hope your weekend is peaceful and fun, or productive (whichever you prefer). If you have a pet, give him or her a hug from Cordelia’s Mom.
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