For those of you waiting as anxiously as I am on the completion of our new house (is there anyone?), we are making real progress! We are now at the point of the specialty teams doing their things — the plumbers installing sinks and toilets, the closet guy putting in shelves and hanger rods, Sears bringing our kitchen and laundry appliances, and the electrician putting up lighting fixtures. I must admit, this is pretty exciting. Now and then the builders put in a day of work installing more siding although the cold wind has prevented consistent progress on that. I don’t blame them for finding warmer activities on bad weather days. The contractor, himself, is taking on the job of installing our front stairs. We’ve never had hardwood floors or a finished staircase before so I am excited to see it come together. There is a decorative newel post at the bottom of the stairs that stands four feet high and will be painted white except for the cap. I promised to find a picture to show how I want it to look when it is done. Here is my model, from houzz.com.