Next up – Chattanooga, TN

and a sweet week with our niece, Christiana. Chris’s mom and dad had given her an “Uncle Gary Gift Card” for Christmas to facilitate the replacement of 5 very leaky windows in her Chattanooga house. We were delighted to be able to work in the visit on our way to our April project in Kentucky,
Love the redbud along the highway. Not so crazy about the construction cones or the bug splatter on the windshield, but I do love the redbud! #gettingclose
and I do believe she was delighted with the work that was accomplished. Even though there were a couple of glitches, it was still a great week!
We took up residence right outside her house and just ran our electric cord through her front window so we could keep our batteries charged and the fridge running. It really worked out well –

We could enjoy all the amenities of her home while still sleeping in our own bed. It’s a really good plan. 🙂
The windows about to be replaced are these two in the front and then the three down side on the first floor.

We started on the front ones – Out with the old

and trying to figure out how to get the window frame square for the new ones –
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It was very interesting (um, maybe frightening) to check out the construction behind the original windows (well, not original to the house, just original to the most previous renovation.)
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Yikes! And eventually, in with the new!

We ran into a couple of complications on those first two windows, but after a good dinner at a great local burger joint, we were ready to move to the side!
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These were a bit more tricky just due to the distance off the ground, but we all kept plugging away. Gary of course did most of the plugging (away).  Chris and I worked on painting the trim and stuffing insulation into the cracks (which helped explain why her house was always so cold!), while Gary squared up the openings and got them ready for the windows.
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Hi, Chris! We’re coming with the window! Actually placing the window in the opening was a three man job – Chris on the inside and both Gary and I on the outside lifting the window into place – which is why I don’t have any pictures of that. Could not figure that selfie out!
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We are very familiar with “old house” renovations, but it never ceases to amaze me just how crooked these old dwellings can be.
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We’ve got him framed now!
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Let me just interject here that it wasn’t all work and no play. Why even an early evening run to the local Lowes can allow for some beautiful views!
Crossing the Tennessee River at dusk, with promises for a beautiful  Saturday.
We checked out some great local eateries
Big day ahead on the window project- good thing we started it with the breakfast of champions!
and I even got to accompany Chris for a run up Lookout Mountain to Covenant College where she works.
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It's a beautiful day for a walkabout at Covenant College.
And what a beautiful morning that was!
But back at the house the work continued. We only were able to change out 4 of the windows due to one of them being damaged, but along with the windows Gary was able to get the mailbox properly installed in some concrete, fix some goofy electrical issues, put up some new house numbers and change out a couple of defective lights in Chris’s closet and laundry room. All in all, a very good week!
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By the end of the day Wednesday (we were all leaving Thursday morning), the house was put back together, and even though there was still some touch-up painting to do (it had to wait for the caulk to set up or I would have done it. Honest.) it seemed like a job well done.
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Chris has always been near and dear to our hearts. She was living in Philly while we were getting ready to sell the house and hit the road so she joined us for many of our garage sales.  And she also went home with a fair bit of our “stuff”, so when we get to visit her it’s always a wee bit like coming home! We love you, Chris – it was so fun to come and work and play and eat and laugh with you! Maybe we’ll see you on our way south in the fall and take care of that last window! See if you can hang on to that extension ladder, okay? 🙂

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