5 on Friday.

It's been a great week!
We got some much needed & wished for rain, and since this is Eastern Oregon - a bit of wind to go along with it.  The guys worked really hard to get calves branded in between the drops, and we're looking forward to breeding some cows & helping the Raymond crew brand again on Saturday.
The Hunter brothers are making SERIOUS progress on the house and this week I realized I needed to get my butt in gear on picking some items...but more about that below.
1. The House.
The Hunter brothers having been hustling this week!  The drywall is all down, new studs have been placed, the floor that was an 1 1/2'' off at the south end of the room has been leveled, and the bathroom has been laid out.  They also ripped out the final existing wall between the old mudroom and the new addition, and laid down a new plywood base floor in the bedroom.  And I'm sure there is a lot more that has been done that I don't understand but it sure looks like things are coming together.
 We had one small hiccup with the closet placements that we caught early, and after robbing some space in the mudroom I think we came up with an option that will still let us have ample closet space, and more than 20'' of walkway between our bed and the closet doors.  :)
2. Tile and such.
We choose the flooring we're going to use this week!  After debating about using porcelain tile, or a new vinyl plank tile with ceramic beading, we ending up choosing the Engage snap plank tiles that look like wood.  The style we chose is textured like wood, is warm underfoot, has a lifetime residential warranty, is rated for commercial use, and is waterproof.

I had brought home a few samples in various colors to see what looked best next to our cabinets - since we're also putting the flooring in the kitchen and the cabinets are staying.  I had thought that Clint would like a lighter color than the one I liked, but when he came home and I asked him his opinion it turned out that we both liked the same one.
And that is awesome sauce.
So the planks are being ordered, and as soon as they're ready for them - they'll be installed!
Now I'm just trying to figure out paint colors.

 3. Last thing about the house.  Promise.

At least for this week.  ;)

I went to Tri-Cities yesterday to pick out the cultured marble for the shower - you can't imagine how excited I am for this - I think it's going to be SO easy to clean!!!. 

The Hunter Brothers recommended Columbia Cultured Marble for the shower, and basically you go up and pick a color and texture.  They have a beautiful product that looks like granite, but it's about 40% more than their marble product so we're going for the marble look.  They custom blend the colors you choose and mold it into a shower and pan that fits exactly into the space you want.  I chose the greenish color above called "Khaki" and then it will have the white (shown) and "Dark Mexican Sand" (the tan base shown behind it) blended in to make the "marble" effect.  I think it'll look good with our plank tiles (shown behind the marble tiles) in the bathroom and hopefully will be a classic look that will look nice for many years.

The best part of using this product? 

There aren't any seams!!!

Which means it is super easy to clean.  They actually just recommend a spray of daily shower cleaner every other day, and a rinse off the next morning.  Plus the shower door comes with a 10 year guarantee against water spotting - and if you've been to our house (which is right next to the feedlot) you know we have hard water that spots on everything, so I'm really looking forward to this feature!

4. Branding at Double M

Photo Credit: EJ Harris, EO

The guys have been branding calves all week at the ranch, and are just about done.  The East Oregonian (our local paper) was out yesterday and wrote a neat article about branding. 

You can find it here.

5. Simple Surprises.
I was shopping for groceries on Tuesday after work (because all we had in the house was a block of cheese, corn tortillas and a few cans of Coors Original in the fridge) and as I was in line to check out I thought;
"Well crap, I meant to pick up a bundle of daffodils.  But I don't want to get out of line."
So I checked out, drove home and walked in the house to see these:

Lindsay had stopped by earlier and droppped them off and they made my day.

Any simple surprises for you this week?
Brand of paint you love?

Are you done calving, or just getting started?

Happy Friday friends! 

Keep living the dream!


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