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Houston, we have a date! Jan. 16th, 2017 @ 11:09 am
The cabinets will be installed Feb. 1 and 2. Let me repeat that: I should have a fully functional kitchen Feb.2!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't think I have enough exclamation points...:lol:

I need to take photos.....and get them posted. Right now, though, I want to happy dance all over the empty house.

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I see the light! Jan. 15th, 2017 @ 02:40 pm
Floors are DONE. Finished. Beautiful. The kids' bathroom is virtually done - the grout needs to finish curing (tomorrow evening!) and we need to hang the towel rack and rehang the door, but I can mark it off the list.

And the kitchen cabinets have been ordered and will be delivered Jan. 30. Let me repeat that: My Kitchen will be Delivered 1/30/17. !

I need to talk about that - because my experience wasn't what the internet said it would be. It was better. Remember, I paid $249 to get Ikea's partner Traemand to come out, measure, and plan my kitchen for me - and I think that's why the actual ordering process went so quickly.

The Internet told me to a) get there right as the doors opened (we...didn't. :sigh:) and be prepared for a 2 or 3 hour ordeal - because the salespeople had to place the order line item by line item. :shudder: So, I was prepared for a long, drawn-out ordeal.

I brought ALL the paperwork Traemand sent me (VERY important!), plus the receipt from when I set up the measurement/planning (also VERY important! Take ALL the paperwork Ikea has ever given you - it'll make life so much easier!)

We got there at 11 (because SG decided to pay off the piano first, instead of 2nd. :sigh:), and had a 30 minute or so wait. To say they were packed would be an understatement - and it looked like almost everyone wanted to PLAN their kitchen right then. (I don't know why they weren't set up on the planner and left...that's what happened the first time we went in, but I digress.) When my name was called, the guy asked me what I needed; I said, "I'm here to order my kitchen." He went pale. "Traemand sent me all the paperwork - and I have it - what else do you need from me? Do I need to sign in the planner?"

He took a deep breath, said "You went thru Traemand? This'll be easy, then! Let me see the papers...." He found the plan #, typed it in, told it to convert to a sales order, removed the appliances (because the guy at Traemand didn't.....he was hoping we'd order the Ikea appliances, too. HA! Not even....), double-checked the number of items, and hit "final". He then got his supervisor over (he's been with Ikea for 12 years, but just started in kitchens) to make sure it was done correctly; she "fixed" a few things, told him how to get me the "free" gift card (the refund from the planning fee), then watched him check me out.

We were done within 30 minutes of his calling my name.

I am expecting 124 packages, weighing 599.9 Kg. :gulp!: We have 48 hours to do an inventory after they drop the stuff off; after that it's on us to pay for anything missing. Damaged items will be replaced free of charge - they just want to make sure we actually received everything we ordered.

Now, because everyone asks: Total cost for the kitchen, upper cabinets, lower cabinets, countertop, bar countertop, sink and range hood, WITH tax and delivery: $5,392.49. Let me repeat: This is for the ENTIRE kitchen, less installation. (Delivery was $199; tax was $316.64 - meaning the actual cost of the kitchen was $4,876.85. Go compare that to Home Depot or Lowe's, just for fun. :lol:)

Install will be another $2,250.00. We *could* DIY; I've offered. However......both of us kinda don't feel like it. Yes, Himself could - and would happily! - assemble all the cabinets by himself.....but......y'know what? Life's too short. We've agreed it's worth $2300 to NOT do it ourselves. (Unlike the bathroom - it was NOT worth $1,500 to pay someone else to do it.)

Insurance had allocated about $4,000 for the lower cabinets and countertop ONLY.....so I think we did pretty well. The contractor we consulted quoted $5,000 for lower cabinets and countertop; that did include installation, but no uppers and no bar. I think we came out ahead, actually - and I LOVE how the kitchen looks in the planning tool.

I am in a faint freak-out phase right now; we have NO kitchen at all (the sink was torn out for the floors, and can NOT be reinstalled.) We DO have a microwave....but it'll be coming out a day or 2 before the install. I am SO ready for all this to be over!

In good news, I have another new hat, and I've started yet another one. We ran out to Tuesday Morning today; they have a bunch of Clover wooden needles (both circular AND straights) for $2.99 (yes, Mom - I left some! :lol: RC's is Right There if you wanna go shop!).....I filled in the blanks in my collection, and added a few more balls of yarn. Today is work-day; Cyn needs it by this weekend, so I need to get cracking!

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It's Flooring Day! Jan. 11th, 2017 @ 10:04 am
They didn't show up Monday - they hadn't finished the job they were on, but they showed up TODAY. They are currently working in the kids' bedrooms and bathroom; if they get those done and still have time they will do the dining room also. And maybe the foyer. :happy dance!:

The tub is DONE except for the grouting - which will be done tonight. I can see the light!!!!!

Saturday we are supposed to order the kitchen cabinets.....they said maybe 3 weeks before install. I....can wait 3 weeks. Maybe. :lol:

I will have some floors tonight!!!!! (And maybe a new hat, but we'll see how fast the knitting goes. :rofl:)

Oh - and I am NOT happy with the guy that put in my Studio (which I need to photograph for you, but can't until the kids get moved back into the house and all the household stuff gets moved back into the house where it belongs....because right now? It's a mess in there.). It's been what, 5 months? - and shingles are BLOWING OFF OF MY ROOF. :grrrrrr: And he wants another $85 to fix it. :GRRRRRRRRR:

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Good Morning! Jan. 8th, 2017 @ 09:20 am
It's COLD outside - it's up to 33* right now; it was 15 when I got up at 5. :brrrrr: Still, I've been a busy little bee this AM - the living room, breakfast nook, and bar are all now painted. :lol: SG couldn't believe how fast I am....I keep telling him, if you're not obsessive about drips and drops, you can bang out a room in under an hour. Latex paint wipes up easily with a wet paper towel; if it happens to dry you can use a butter knife, and if THAT doesn't work a little bit of steam will lift it right up off the floor. Right now, we have NO floors, so.....I don't worry about drips and drops. :lol:

We're going to be doing a little more in the family room - SG's wanted to do a "brick" wall in there forEVER. Only, he wanted to do it behind the entertainment center. Kind of a waste, if you ask me - you won't SEE it. So....last night I suggested that we do a "brick" half-wall around the entire family room, AND do the bar, too. It'll hide the dog stains (because we have 1 dog that can't walk beside a wall without rubbing on it. :sigh:), it'll fulfill his need for a brick wall, and it'll look nice. And it'll hide the fact that he quit texturing the bar because he........didn't like how it was coming out? Anyway......:lol:

I'm supposed to be able to tile the bathtub today; we'll see. The flooring guys are supposed to be here at 9:30-ish tomorrow AM - I CANNOT wait!

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It's SNOWING outside! Jan. 6th, 2017 @ 04:26 pm
At least, I *THINK* it's snow.......white, lacy, float-y things falling from a gray sky. Very cold. Melts into nothingness when it hits the windshield - that's snow, right? :lol:

Herself is back at FIL's. She's a bit shaky, but the doc said things look normal. This doc (her GP) said she'd order the nuclear thyroid test that the endo botched, so hopefully we'll see SOMETHING that'll confirm Hashimoto's so we can start actually TREATING things. Instead of, you know, being told to do yoga. :bangs head:

It was an interesting mail day - I received a manikin head. :snicker: I want it to take photos of my knit hats, and Herself wants it to design cosplay headpieces on. Very weird to see a face looking at you, but.....:lol: I also got my latest order from Smiley's......man, I LOVE them. Low prices and nice yarn.

Oh! The floors are currently sitting in the music room, acclimating. The wood stove is on the back porch (getting snowed on....:sigh:), so they can start the flooring installation Monday. :bounce: There's a little painting I need to do yet, but it'll get done before Monday AM. I'm hoping to start the tiling, but that depends on SG getting the Hardie board installed (maybe Himself and I can do that tomorrow? We'll see - SG wants to paint all the ceilings. Which...shouldn't take that long, only it does because he's a very slow painting. And not that much neater than I am, to be honest........:sigh:)

I need to get back to knitting the current pair of fingerless gloves. Then another hat! And maybe I'll be able to wind Himself's yarn and get his fingerless gloves done......:bounce:

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» So, let's get y'all up to date, shall we?
Sunday, most of the kids bathroom was textured, but not all. Football was on, so nothing else got accomplished by the male portion of the equation, but I painted what I could.

Monday - SG woke up "sick". You have to understand, when he gets sick, he's the sickest sick person to ever be sick. :sigh: He managed to play some TitanFall finish the texturing in the bathroom, but it was too late for me to be able to finish the painting.

Tuesday: SG still sick. Himself and I ran Herself to FIL's, then headed home so Himself could tear out the kitchen cabinets. got home to find that SG was able to pull the doors off, but was "too sick" for us to do any tear out. I did all the sponge-painting in the kids bathroom - the painting in there is now DONE.

Tuesday, Evening/Wednesday: I went to bed at 9 - late for *me*. At 11:30, the phone rang - Herself was in the midst of a panic attack. I talked her down, went to the bathroom, and she called back - it was back, only *worse*. At 12:40 I headed out to Ft. Worth; we got home at 3 AM. (I was able to get her into the Doctor's today at 1:30....I know it's her thyroid; she has all the symptoms of Hashimoto's, but her labs come back "normal". When I asked if maybe "normal" is *high* for her, we were told that maybe she could try yoga. :bangs head: Anyway. I couldn't get back to sleep, so went into a rather manic phase - the kitchen cabinets are now *gone* and the kitchen has been completely repainted. It's now a nice, baby French/Country blue instead of Olive green.

Today: Doc appt at 1:30. The flooring is due to be delivered this morning. Himself/I need to paint the Family room and do some touch ups, and to move out most of the stuff that we moved back in so we could live a little more comfortably.

IF the doctor's appointment goes well, tomorrow I'll take Herself back to Ft. Worth. Honestly - she doesn't need to be here while all the work is being done - it'd really mess her up. Change always does. IF SG can get the Hardie board up in the kids' bath, Himself and I can start the tile work. SG needs to focus on the kitchen, though - he STILL hasn't finished moving the bar wall. :bangs head: (He got very upset with me Tuesday AM when I told him that we didn't have the TIME to be sick. It's just a cold, for pete's sake - he's not dying, he's not incapacitated! In revenge, he passed his cold to the rest of us....and lo and behold, it hasn't stopped us. I was still able to run and pick up the paint yesterday, and to actually paint with it......he's upset about THAT, as well. :shrug: There's too much to do and a finite amount of time to do it in - I can't afford to take any time off just because I have a cold. :sigh:) (This is why I couldn't go to sleep yesterday, even though I was totally exhausted - too much HAS to be done before the floors go in.

Ah, well - such is life here, right now. I can tile even after the floors go in, if necessary - don't want to, but hey - the tub will catch most of the mess.

And! Once the floors are in (next week, they said!!!!), I can go order my cabinets (we're waiting on SG's severance package; had we gone with lower-quality floors and bottom cabinets only we could have already ordered everything. BUT...we didn't. And SG only got 1 week of vacation pay....and was freaking out over how we'd survive. :shakes head: So.....soon as his severance hits (next week - funny how it all worked out, huh? :wink:) we'll go to Ikea and get that ball rolling. :rubs hands:) Things are looking up!

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» Happy New Year!
If the year goes the way the first day goes....I am in for a very busy and productive year. So far, I have:

1. Done a full load of laundry
2. Fed all the critters
3. Finished knitting another hat
4. Run to Wally World
5. Put 4 coats of paint on the kids' bathroom walls (need to sponge a contrast color over them, but SG needs to finish texturing the new drywall first. He told me to paint, so....I did!)
6. Napped
7. Ordered a batch of Worsted Weight yarn from Smiley's Yarns

:whew!:

#7 was needed. Yes, I have yarn - SOCK yarn. I don't have a large selection of heavier-weight yarn - yarn one would use for hats/gloves/scarves/sweaters. So....I think I have that covered, now. I like having yarn in house so I can start on a project *now*, when the mood strikes. No, I won't have sweater-amounts, but...that's OK. I like small, fast projects. Smiley's has decent yarn for $1.99/ball.....2 balls are more than enough to knit a hat. I need to get a containment unit for this, but....that's OK. I have plans to knit a lot of it up quickly.

I also have plans for this year....not resolutions, but plans. I want to:

1. Keep my house tidy. We'll be purging like mad as we bring everything back in, which should make this easier to do.

2. Make more things. I NEED to be creative, and this year? I let that slide. I was trying to get in shape, so I tried to get 10K steps/day. Problem - I didn't allow myself time to MAKE things until after that goal was reached. I hit my step count every day until MIL died......and didn't meet my goal of 12 pairs of socks. :frustrated: I also didn't lose any weight - my waist got a couple of inches smaller, but.....honestly? I don't feel it was worth it. This year? I'll still try to MOVE, but knitting/spinning/weaving/sewing will take priority. I NEED to create - it's one of the reasons I'm having a hard time finding my happiness. I also need to make more cheese and soap this year - I enjoy that, too!

3. Ummm....honestly? I think #2 is the biggest thing I want to do this year.

So. I'm not going to do anything radical, or make any major changes. I just need to make time to MAKE things.......what sort of things are you trying to accomplish this year?

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» Last post of 2016.....
so let's make it a good one, right? :lol:

So. I had a lot of plans for 2016. The big one, for me, was to get my house in order and set up routines so I could keep it neat and tidy(ish). I actually succeeded in this, but not by my own skills. :lol: No, seriously - I have to count this as a win - my house is currently almost empty, which means, from a certain point of view, it's tidy. :rofl: NOT what I had in mind, but hey - it works, right?

Have some photos:

This is what's left of the kids' bathroom:

kids bathroom sink gone

kids bathroom tub gone

I'm kinda bummed that the murals got ruined, but also relieved. I've wanted to update the bathroom for a while, but Herself can't handle change. This, however - there was no way to save them, and I can't match the colors - I mixed them as I painted each fish. :sigh: So.....the drywall has mostly been replaced. The tub has 1 piece of hardiboard; SG stopped to fiddle with the over-the-mirror light. :sigh: Hey - at least the tub is in, right?

He stopped the kitchen to do the bathroom:

kitchen dishwasher side</a>

kitchen oven side

The top cabinets over the dishwasher are almost empty; the other side...they aren't. It won't take long to empty them....I'm just not really in the mood right now. I got a bit depressed yesterday as we packed up all my Fiestaware. :sigh:

I KNOW things will get better. I KNOW I'll end up with a practically new house....but it's still hard. And I'm looking at going into the New Year with a house all topsy-turvy....NOT what I wanted to do. Ah, well...this too shall pass.

it is, however, the main reason I've lost my happiness. I'm normally happy - being happy is, for neuro-normal people, a *choice* - but now? I'm finding it difficult. Once the floors are in and I can see progress, it'll be easier - but right now? It's hard. :sigh:

Anyway - hope y'all have a Happy New Year! May 2017 be MUCH better than 2016!

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» Keep on swimming, just keep on swimming....
My kitchen is...well. I DO have the upper cabinets - today, at least. We're supposed to go pick up boxes tomorrow so I can empty the uppers, then they're OUT. Fun times....

The kids' bathroom is.....well. Yesterday AM, it was GUTTED. (I have photos. It isn't pretty...). Monday the plumber came out and pulled the toilet and tub, and started prep work to move the sink pipes. Yesterday he came back, installed the new tub, and got the pipes moved and the sink dry-fitted. I'm actually glad we gutted the bathroom; seems that (very long story short!) the builders were on something when they bricked that wall of the house; they seem to have started at both ends and worked to the middle. Only, they half-arsed the mortar in the seam; it was GONE. We noticed a sliver of light when the tub surround was removed (because, you see, the builders did NOT put anything behind the surround; no hardi board, no green drywall, nothing but insulation. :sigh:) and went to investigate - otherwise, we probably wouldn't have noticed anything amiss (question time: Do you go around scrutinizing the walls of your house? Because I don't.)

Home Depot has a.....caulk-type product that replaces mortar/repairs cement. The seam is now fixed, and looks.....normal? No light, anyway. :shakes head:

The plumber is not familiar with Ikea....and the pipes perplexed him. He said HE would have set the plumbing up differently, but...whatever. :lol: I had to get Himself involved; if you've ever seen Ikea instructions, you know you need to be a Lego Master Builder to interpret them. Our Plumber...is not. :lol: This is good experience for Himself; he helped remove the toilet, helped dry-fit the sink, and helped with some of the pipe-stuff. Tomorrow, he'll help/observe me tile the bathroom (hopefully! SG has to install the hardi board and new drywall, then I have to get the walls painted. I do NOT want to paint after the tiling is done; I don't want to get blue paint on the lovely off-white tiles.)

So. The floors *should* be in, but I haven't heard from the Floor guy. They might not be in until next week, which is still OK - the wood stove will be moved 1/6. The cabinets will be ordered 1/15......I am slowly going bonkers, but at least I am SEEING progress now. It's a HUGE mess, but progress is being made. And money is being spent....:lol:

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» Wish 2016 would LEAVE already....
FIL went back to the ER Sunday evening. He's home now, and fine......:sigh: I'll be sending Herself back over next week sometime, probably.

I knit a hat yesterday.....it's cute. I need pics - but that's kinda hard with no furniture. :sigh: I'll be SO GLAD when this is all over and my house is back to normal - whatever "normal" is. :lol:

Thinking about next year's goals......I have some nebulous thoughts running around in my head. Soon as I nail 'em down, I'll write up a post.

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