Sunday, September 28, 2008

A big hole

The excavator made good progress on Friday, but he didn't quite finish. He ran out of room to stack fill on the lot, and had to start trucking it out to another site. He did finish excavating the basement for the house, and he'll finish the garage excavation on Monday. Anyway, we now have a pretty big hole in our yard:

Zeke and I went to explore the hole on Saturday. He had a blast running around and sliding into the column footings:

The foundation guy might not be too happy that the column footing excavations have caved in a little bit, but it kept Zeke happy for a good half hour.

We did get a bit of bad news on Friday. It turns out that Sebastian, the standard poodle who has allowed us to live with him the last eight and a half years, contracted a rare condition that results in severe anemia. Basically, his immune system has decided that his own red blood cells are evil, so it's attacking them. He's in the hospital now, and it doesn't look good.

Partially to keep our minds off of Sebastian, Megan and I decided that we wanted to be sure that we were happy with our plumbing fixture selections, so we traveled up north of Sheboygan to the Kohler Design Center.

It's a great showroom, with displays set up to highlight Kohler's latest designs. A three story building, with about 20 or 30 bathrooms and kitchens, all containing the latest and greatest from Kohler. If you have the chance to go, I highly recommend it. This is our third trip.

We've spent a lot of time over the last couple of years going to builder models to decide what we did and didn't like. We almost always dragged Zeke with us. Last year, he would open and slam shut every cabinet door in every house. I figured he was kicking the tires for us. This year he graduated. Now he doesn't bother slamming cabinet doors. Instead, he does the toilets. I'm sure you can imagine a 2-year-old running around a building with 3 stories full of toilets... But this time, he encountered a little bit more than he could handle.

I refrained from allowing him to climb each stack.