Well, the weather finally changed from cold to 'hold onto something' windy, so I've been working on our New Mexico house. Instead of having to buy new kitchen cabinets, I refinished the oak cabinets that were there. I sanded the doors, drawers, and cabinets down to bare wood, which took an acre of Sundays, then applied three coats of polyurethane. Turned out very nice. Last trip I put in new countertops, range, dishwasher, and fridge in black and stainless with a stainless sink.
The kitchen, bathroom lavatory, tub, shower, and laundry room all have new plumbing. I also had a new gas and water line put in from the alley to the house with an outside water cut off.
So I'm back home now and ordered another matching countertop which will be a snack bar in the kitchen. I bought four oak table legs today and when it comes in, I'll build a frame, attach the legs and take it next trip. There's still much work to do in the kitchen. I painted it last trip, but the cabinets need new bottoms and I have to build a place for a microwave in one of the large cabinets, and I have to get pulls for the doors and drawers.
My wife came over for three days at the end of my last stay and she's going over for four days for July 4th. After that, sometime in August she's going over to pick out carpet for the two bedrooms and den. We're going to keep the dining room, living room, and hall in the hardwood floors that are there.
The place is not furnished except for a couch, recliner, and tv in the den. I have a double size air matress for sleeping. We do have a table and four chairs in the dining room and it's well used for stacking crap onto. A big plus is the laundry room has a washer and dryer.
My wife - after seeing all my magnificent work, has decided she'd like to retire there. She always did like the patio and split level back yard with pecan trees for total shade.
The dogs love it there - an endless supply of squirrels, birds, and lizards to chase. It's Golden Retriever heaven.
Oh, another plus - They've never had a tornado.