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Status report: Feb. 19th, 2017 @ 07:51 am
1. Kitchen - 90%! Part of the bar (the shorter part, natch!) is done and installed. We won't discuss the particulars, because I am a little upset with how things went, but...it's DONE.

2. Wardrobes - Love them! They look like a matched set; not sure if they are, but they look it. They also look authentic - not that it matters. We want them to USE them, so......I saved down the photos from the ad; I'll post them soon. They *look* Art Deco - '30's-ish; now I need to find a dresser that will go with them. :lol:

Sad fact - most people don't want these lovely, large pieces any more. We've become a disposable, flat-pack society......yes, I'm part of the problem, but I do try to use "real" pieces when I can find ones that'll work in my space. The trick is finding what I want, in a style that appeals to me, at a price I can afford and am willing to pay. :sigh:

3. Family night! - we try to do something as a family each Friday evening. We missed Friday this week, so we did it last night; we played the tutorial match of Imperial Assault. It was us (SG, Herself and I) against Himself (by design; this game is basically D&D Star Wars style; the Imperial player is the DM). Herself was all negative-Nelly - until she suddenly realized that SG and I were out to win. Which we did. :lol: Himself was over-the-moon about that - usually HE wins, because he has studied the rules, read all the fan pages, and can plan an entire campaign in his head....and the rest of us? Just....play.

Last week Himself and I played a round of X-Wing Miniatures......in which I almost won. It was a 3 hour game....and the last 1.5 hours was his last TIE and my last A-Wing (with Psycho Tycho in the pilot seat - that is *MY* set up from now on!) in an epic dog fight. He only won because I finally got a bad dice roll. (The force had been with me up to that point. :rofl:)

I'm waiting on the wax to settle on my countertops so I can put the kitchen back together this AM (I'm down to waxing 1x/week. :huzzah!:) Hopefully the bar will get finished today......I need to start oiling it so I can get it on the same schedule as the countertops.

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Cold, cold cold! Feb. 16th, 2017 @ 08:31 am
41* right now. :brrrrr:

The pod people came out and pulled the 1 pod we are giving up, and moved 1 of the 2 we're keeping. Now we can actually get a dumpster in so we can start cleaning up the outside! (We have a HUGE trash pile outside right now. :sigh: Ah, well - it'll be gone soon!

Today we run to pick up 2 Art Deco wardrobes for our bedroom. SG HATES our closet......:shrug: These are a matched, his-and-her pair that look to be in good condition. They'll look good, and the closet can be repurposed as...I dunno, out-of-season clothes? Books? Something.

Oh! I think SG screwed up with my Jeep. It looks like he was trying to use a dummy key - one without the chip. :bangs head: WHY I do not know....he knows better. (I have a dummy key because I was locking myself out of the Jeep a LOT.) :sigh: Anyway. It needs to be looked at anyway because of the other day, so no harm, no foul. :lol:

Gotta get ready to go - laters!

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Sorry for the radio silence... Feb. 15th, 2017 @ 11:56 am
but it's been busy around here. Saturday was an emergency Ikea run (#4 in a week, if you're keeping count!) because we managed to totally bork Himself's bed, to the point that even HE wanted a new one. :sigh: He now has a nice, new Brusali bed to go with his "new" room. We have a new command center - sort of. We have the center console and 1 side desk; the other side desk was - again! - too long. We're going to put that one in SG's shop (in the office area upstairs) and pick up a nice filing cabinet for the Command Center. I have a laptop, so it's no biggie - I don't "need" a desk.

My kitchen is 90% done! I *think* I'm just about all unpacked - I'm just missing the milk jars. Today I've got the area where the micro hood was almost tiled; I just have to tile the bar area we tore out, then SG will put the bar top on and the trim, and we will be DONE with the kitchen!!!!! (have a few more: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

My goal of being completely unpacked? Yeah - not happening. :sigh: Still - the Music room is at 90%, the living room is at 85%......so we're close. There's about 50 boxes left (maybe a few more....but I don't think so. I honestly think it's less, but better to overestimate, right?)...so it's getting there.

I've actually been COOKING!! And I excavated the kitchen table, so we can actually EAT at the TABLE, y'all! :happy dance: And my Studio is empty of kids (but not cleaned up/set up. Later. House FIRST.)

Today the new stove is being delivered. And my Jeep is dead. :sigh: It looks like the fuel pump; Monday we ran out..somewhere. We stopped at Dairy Queen for Blizzards; when we got ready to leave the starter kept..starting. Turned it off, back on and it was fine. Today...the starter started, but the engine immediately died. AAA towed it to Firestone.....hopefully they'll get it up and running before Friday. Gotta go pick up my girl!

Ah, well - today I have a roast in the crock pot and the kitchen smells divine. The tile work looks good, if I do say so myself. And I can see the light! Soon my house will be almost normal - we still have to do the Master Suite, but that should only take 3 weeks or so. I can deal with that....right? Right.

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So. Feb. 9th, 2017 @ 10:16 am
Herself is at FIL's until next Friday. Met the nurse who is setting up his in-home PT; hope this goes well! Then Himself and I headed back to Ikea to give them more of our hard-earned money. :lol:

He needed 2 more tall Billy bookcases (1 wide, 1 narrow), 1 short and wide Billy, a night stand and a computer desk. I needed a pantry cabinet (ended up with a tall and wide Billy with half-glass doors. It's Beautiful!), and SG wanted me to pick up the vanities for our bathroom.

We ended up with all Himself's and my stuff, but not the bathroom - SG decided last minute it was "too expensive" (he had forgotten how much was on the tag on the display. :shakes head:)

Anyway. The desk, short Billy, nightstand and pantry have all been assembled. Himself is taking a break; he'll do the other 2 Billys tonight.

Me? I'm on dishwasher load #7, and box # 100 or so. :gulp:

I have discovered that my lovely, lovely sink will hold approx. 1.5 - 2 dishwasher loads, with room to spare. And Swedish chocolate is very tasty. And Ikea drawer organizers work a treat! :lol:

Have to run to Home Depot to pick up the tile to finish the bar area and backsplash.....I want the kitchen DONE. Then we'll move the old pantry cabinet out (it's heavy!) and paint behind it, then move my Billy pantry in. Can't wait!

The goal: to have ALL the boxes (except the ones that go on the command center; if we're going to replace it - and we are! - there's no point in loading it up only to unload it again.) empty by Sunday evening so Monday AM I can start loading boxes with stuff from our room. :sigh: and :huzzah: :fingers crossed:

Gotta skitter - laters!

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So. Yesterday happened.... Feb. 7th, 2017 @ 01:14 pm
the remediation crew came out early, and started moving boxes. I had them simply drop the boxes in the respective rooms...and now *I* get to go thru hundreds of boxes. And put stuff back. While weeding stuff out. *8* contractor bags of trash so far.......

But! Right now I have 2 lovely plumbers out here, installing my faucet and hooking up the lovely, lovely dishwasher. I WILL BE ABLE TO WASH DISHES TODAY!!!!!!!! Which means I can finally unpack my kitchen!!!!!

*ahem*

Herself goes back to FIL's tomorrow; he came home Friday evening. Her room is mostly unpacked; Himself has about half his stuff done. He needs a couple more Billy bookcases (we bought 3 Saturday - 2 big and 1 little, with a corner bracket set) to fit the rest of his Legos and Minis on; his room is looking really, really nice. We have to do another Ikea run anyway - both for the bathroom furniture AND to replace the lovely command center. :sigh: While moving it yesterday out of the crews' way, we broke both back legs. :sigh: 's OK, though; it's really too big for our space. We're going to go Ikea for it....and for a pantry for me. So...it's back to the Evil Empire! :huzzah!: (Ikea is decent quality stuff at really affordable prices. Some things we're springing for "real" furniture, but stuff like desks and vanities? Ikea all the way!)

Then I get to do it over again with our bedroom......next week (hopefully!) we'll move our stuff out and start ripping out the floors, repainting, and tiling the bathroom. :sigh: It'll be great once it's all done - we'll basically have a new house, without the bother of actually moving house.

And our new bedroom set will be delivered Friday AM. :happy dance:

Anyway - how's your week going? :lol:

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» Just a few photos....
because, even though the kitchen is NOT finished, I am in LOVE with it and can't wait to share!

This is the side with the dishwasher. This is where my Fiestaware will live (probably in the middle cabinet - I want to be able to see the pretty, pretty colors!).

2017 kitchen dishwasher side

This is the range side - look at that lovely range hood! The microwave will eventually be on the countertop, but not for at least a week.

2017 kitchen range side

And....my Sink. My Lovely, Lovely, Beautiful, HUGE sink. I asked SG to please beg, borrow, or steal a baby so I could wash it in my lovely, very large sink. :lol:

2017 kitchen sink

Seriously, the sink is sitting on a 36" wide cabinet. Let me say that again - the sink is sitting on a *3 foot wide* cabinet. The counters are 25" deep, and the sink goes all the way to the back. And it's approximately 7.5" deep. Double basin. BEAUTIFUL. :happy dance: :God is SO GOOD!:

:deep breath: We still have a bit of work to do. We need to put a bit of trim along the countertop back edge - we had a row of ceramic bull-nose there, before, but that doesn't look as nice with the butcher block. We have a LOT of leftover facing trim (laminate) that we are seriously considering using - we put a couple of pieces up, and it looks good (and the contractor was impressed with it). We need to put the bar on on (we have another piece of the butcher block that will be used for that) and we need to plumb the sink and dishwasher (we already have the faucet, but have to wait on the plumber. Who is supposed to be here today.) Oh - and we are going to tile the rest of the way up to the range hood.

The butcher block needs to be oiled daily for a week, then 1x/week for a month, then 1x/month as needed. It will need more upkeep than laminate would, but it's SO PRETTY! And - if I had hit it with a polycrylic finish, it would be done, but I opted to go with a food-safe option: mineral oil. Hence the regular upkeep. (I knew that before I ordered it - I decided the upkeep was worth the look and beauty of the wood.)

I am beyond pleased with our contractors, too. Traemand usually does NOT install odd-shaped countertops, because it's hard to fit angles that deviate from 90*. WE got lucky (Thank God!) - the lead installer just happened to be a Cabinet-maker in a previous life. (Again - Thank God!) He looked at it, said, "well...we aren't supposed to do this, but let me call my boss. *I* can do it." His boss said "IF they don't mind you possibly messing up (we didn't!), then Go For It." - and he did. And he did a BEAUTIFUL job - the corners at the sink are just gorgeous. (That sounds funny, to be so excited over wooden corners, but guys - it's as perfect as can be. And the kitchen is just SO LOVELY, I could squee!)

The bottoms are all drawers. The ones on the dishwasher/sink side all have a hidden, 3rd drawer that is deep enough for silverware. The uppers are standard cabinets - I tried to maximize the storage in here. I used to have a portable island in there....I am hoping that I have added enough usable storage that I won't need one. :fingers crossed: We are also going to replace the double range with a single that has storage on the bottom - that'll help, too. Plus...I will be weeding heavily when the boxes come back in. I.....want to declutter and simplify. (NOT my Fiestaware though! :lol:) While I've missed a lot of things, there's others that honestly? I can live without.

I'll get more photos when we actually get it finished, but I couldn't wait to show off this beautiful, beautiful kitchen. And to give a shout-out to Ikea and Traemand - I have a beautiful kitchen that was quite affordable!

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» Houston, we have cabinets!
And ALMOST a kitchen!!!!

Let's see......Monday came, and with it NO cabinets. Hmmmm. About 3 PM I called the delivery company, only to be told that Oh, No - we weren't on the schedule. They had no trucks coming this direction - maybe Wednesday?

I had a minor freak-out; I told the lady (nicely - honest!) that I was promised cabinets TODAY, Wednesday the installers were coming out, and if I did not have cabinets her company would owe me the $2300 I would be out. She huffed a bit, said she'd tell her manager and see what they could do......

And at 7:30 AM yesterday morning I got a call that the delivery truck was 30 minutes out, was it OK to deliver that early? ummmm.....YES.

The head installer called me yesterday afternoon to set up his time; this AM at *7* AM the junior installer called and said "I'm in your town! How do I get to your house?" :happy dance:

Right now, I have bottom cabinet shells. 2 of them have the drawers installed. I have 1 upper shell.....you guys have NO IDEA how happy I am right now.

God is good, y'all! I am getting my kitchen back!!!!!!!

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» Happy Sunday!
Went to the Stock Show on Friday - SG bought me some lovely, lovely work gloves. Thinsulate-lined deerskin gloves; very warm, very sturdy. LOVE them!

FIL is....well, he's been moved to a regular room. I talked to him last night; he was slightly confused and very, very wheezy. :sigh: I....don't like it. At all.

Piano! It's going well. The teacher has both of us in book 1 for "Recreational Music Makers". It fits - I don't want to perform anywhere, I just want to be able to play piano. And harp. :lol: Problem......this book is, so far, too basic for *me*. He assigned both of us Module 1 for this week. I am....well, I'm into Module 4 already. :lol: To be fair, he warned me I'd move pretty quickly at first. The problem? I have to hide it from SG, who doesn't read music, doesn't have much music background, and is struggling with Module 1. :sigh: NOT fun at all.....(Every practice I start with Module 1. IF I play it perfectly, I move on to 2, then 3 etc. I have to play it perfect before I move on, though - I want my left hand to get with the program. Module 5 is where we are introduced to the Grand Staff (both clefs!)...I'm waiting on that. For now. :lol:)

Still knitting. Finished the fingerless gloves and started (yet) another hat. This one has Sheepies on it! :lol:

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» Here we go again....
So, FIL was taken to the ER Sunday evening. I didn't panic - it was sorta same 'ol, same 'ol, y'know? Only....Tuesday evening he started having a very hard time breathing, so they moved him to ICU and thought very seriously about intubating him. Yesterday he spent sleeping; this AM he was awake and eating (but I haven't talked to him since Tuesday). The nurse told me he was doing a LOT better today, and they might move him tonight. :sigh:

Today is piano, so I can't run over there, but we're going to try to go over tomorrow.

In other news, the house is almost all painted. SG just needs to do the ceiling in the family room and dining room, and then the door trims. And put down new baseboards in the hall, entry, and dining room. (We're going to do a brick veneer on the bottom half of the walls in the family room, and cedar planks on the bar - so no baseboards there!)

Then next week my kitchen will be done!!!!!!!!!!! (Let me give you a few more - !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

More later - gotta skitter!

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» House reveal time - or at least, 2 rooms worth!
Because I need to send pics to my SIL, I decided to upload them here, too - that way y'all can see what's been sucking up all my time the past few months. I did them in CollegeIt!, so...they're not the best, but they save bandwidth and storage space.

First up, let's do Herself's bedroom. The top pic is how it was when we moved in, way back in 2003. She had chosen the pink.....:shudder:

2017 House C's Bedroom

We don't have all her stuff moved back in - the insurance is paying folks to do that, so we only moved in the essentials, but you get the idea. What you don't see here is her new aquarium; she has had a 20 gallon tank forEVER; yesterday we went and upgraded it to a 60 gallon tank. MUCH bigger - her fish will be much happier. She set it up last night and will be moving Mr. Bubbles sometime today. (And if possible we'll be buying him a tank mate soon.) The 60 gallon tank was on sale for the same price as the 36 gallon; both were almost full setups.....it just made more sense to go bigger, since it was the same price and I'd need to replace the filter pump and gravel anyway. The stand is very nice, and sturdy - and she has room to store all the extras now.

Anyway - moving on. This set is the kids' original bath. Sorry for the crap photos - I had a cheap digital camera and it went yellow sometimes. Also, the walls were sponge-painted blue to resemble water - you can see that in the photo where the sink has been ripped out.


2017 House Kids bath before

And - now! It looks like a totally different house, doesn't it? Himself says it feels like either an upscale hotel or a very rich relative's house. :lol:

2017 kids' bath after

Himself's room is painted, but not set up yet - he wants to wait until ALL his stuff can go in. :sigh: My kitchen is on it's way - I got the tracking info last night. :bounce: Yes, there will be more photos! I'm especially happy with the Music room....we picked up new curtains and a rug yesterday, and ordered a chair. And a new bedroom set for us.....SG wants to upgrade the house. I'm thinking I should let him....:rofl: We'll be paying off the mortgage next week......mortgage-burning party to follow. :snicker:

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