Well, it's looking like the roomate/housesitter/dogsitter problems are solved, thanks to saveau (yay!).
I do have to take a couple of days off in mid-august, because with Rick moving in, Barb moving out, a new boiler coming, and more remodeling work to happen, I need a couple of extra days to get my shit together. Right now I'm down for two, but I may make it three because there's a lot of work to do.
It wouldn't be nearly the issue if this job were in Minneapolis. Probably half of the things that have happened wouldn't be an issue.
Then again, it's not like I can change anything that has happened. I just have to make the best of what I can with the cards I've been dealt. And it's really not a bad hand overall. I'd just really like to be closer to my friends, my dog, and home.
Also considering that the vast majority of time that I spend when I go back on weekends is spent working on the house, I still get very little social time. Last weekend was the exception rather than the rule, and I'm afraid it will be for a while yet. I must plan at least one purely social weekend before winter sets in.
Of the four more *outdoor* major projects I had planned to finish this year, I think all but one of them will either be modified or held off until next year, just because I don't have the time:
1.) New (rear) deck railing & roof. This can be held off, as it's not really critical to the fixing of the leak. And the canopy can last for a while yet, though I'm curious about its snow-load ability.
2.) The front porch roof. This is a major job, probably two weeks worth with two people, plus cleanup. It may even be longer if the wood underneath is as rotten as I suspect.
3.) Rear stoop/deck. This will most likely turn into a temporary set of stairs, as it's gonna require digging and pouring concrete footings, and I still have to figure out whether I want to extend the upper deck to create a roof over it.
4.) Storage shed. This one is probably the one that can't be held off. It has to be built before the front porch work so that all of the stuff that's on the porch can be moved into it for safekeeping. I could put it off until I get back, but I'd really rather get it done now to avoid more problems in the future.
As for the *inside* work:
5.) Install a new boiler. This is a day-and-a-half, not including the prep and cleanup work, so I can do it on a weekend, but it has to be delivered first. And it's a heavy bastard. And it HAS to be installed before winter.
6.) Repair to interior walls & ceiling. As a part of the new breezeway roof/deck, we had to demolish a section of the wall in the kitchen to run wiring. The wiring is done, other than my desire to get rid of an ugly old access panel that is just... well, ugly. And the ceiling in the dining room needs a section replaced from water damage.
7.) Downstairs bathroom. This really dserves a full remodel. I doubt that I will be able to do the whole thing before I get back, but there are things that could be started.
8.) Upstairs bathroom. This really needs to be in concert with the downstairs. Primary thing is to get the bathtub upstairs replumbed and add a shower so that I will actually have a working shower during the bathroom remodel. I don't want to do a full remodel in the upstairs bathroom until I decide on whether the upstairs will have an addition.
9.) Core cleaning. This is most definitely something that can happen during the winter, at least part way. The basement, studio, and other rooms are most definitely in need of a huge throwing-away fest.
10.) Setting up workspaces in the basement. This needs to happen after the purging...
There is more... there is always more. Refinishing the floors, painting, all that jazz. I want to install french doors in the front and back on the second floor, and possibly a patio door in one of the downstairs bedrooms onto the back deck/stoop that isn't there yet. And building a garage. And a hot tub.