Monday, May 10, 2010






Ahren and Sean in Epcot. Aren't they cute!!??

Monday, February 09, 2009

Whew! Been a while....

Okay, so considering I've now retired from a good many activities, namely being president of our church, that means I should have all kinds of time on my hands, right? ha!

So a brief (yeah, right) update on everything lately. Election Day '08 was not only thrilling for the historical election (GObama!), but it was also the day that we got an offer on our house. Yippee! Fast forward to mid-December and you are at Moving Day!!! (Good bye NFH!!! Really, we won't miss you!!!) Woo Hoo!! A week after we moved (mind you, in our old house, we lived across the street from my mil), my mil had a bit of a problem with her furnance, and to warm the house she attempted to start a fire in the fireplace with the damper closed which caused us to have some concern about her ability to stay in her house independently. After talking with dh's sister and brother, the decision was made that she could no longer live independently in her home. We offered to have her move in with us. (This was only possible because of our move - our old house was more like a large cottage and wouldn't have been accomadating for her.) So 3 weeks after we moved in here, we had Jim, our contractor back to make the necessary modifications for her to move in. Right now we are 1 week from D-Day! We have also increased the amount of the home care that she gets, which brings in a whole 'nother round of issues - but that's for another post.

Now....to decide what rooms I want to paint this summer and to pick out colors.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Now we're talking!

Okay, so now we've ripped out the kitchen cabinets. I should have taken a picture of the cabinets before ripping them out, but I'll have to live with this one: after cabinets and before paint.













And now here is the after of that corner with the blue paint on the walls and the white trim.


Here is a wide shot of the kitchen and really the picture does not do it justice. Considering our kitchen used to be half the size that it is now, with dark falling-apart cabinets and hideous flooring. It has really come a long way. I'm actually rather amazed at how much I've been able to do in a short amount of time. Much of this I've done in the past 2 weeks. Whew!

The really good news is that I calculated out that I can put in all new cabinets (replacing those that I've ripped out and put in two new ones above the new counter) for just over $1000. Typically, we wouldn't be able to afford this, but everything that I've read says that money put into a kitchen remodel comes back to you in resale value. Considering the condition of the kitchen before and what I hope to be the after, we should definitely recoup the costs.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

A Serious Decluttering Project

This summer I was hoping to spend the month of July hanging out with friends at a reunion/retreat in New Jersey for a week, having 3 of my neices hanging out with us for a week, and hanging out with family at a cabin in the Berkshires for a week. Having done a bunch of relaxing and vegging, in August I'd be all ready to get to work at school getting my room and plans and such done and all set for September.

Well, you know what they say about the Best Laid Plans....it looks like I'm going to be decluttering like mad in preparation for selling our house and buying a new house. We've been in our house for about 14 years and dh is a bit of a pack rat, so this is not going to be easy. I'm hoping that I'll be able to rent a storage facility (I'd love to get a pod, but it seems like they are about twice the monthly rate as a self-storage), which will make moving out the excess furniture a lot easier. I've started purging through the dressers and closets and basement, but it is going to be a lot of work and I've only just begun.

Oh yeah, and I'm going to have to actually finish the kitchen (isn't that the irony of life - I get the fridge I want and real progress on the kitchen, and then we will be turning around a selling it!). The good news is that it seems like minor/moderate kitchen remodels get 100% return on the investment.

One thing is for certain - this will be an adventure! I'm still planning to do my July plans, but I will working like mad while at the house and not quite able to relax the way I like to during the summer.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

It's Here!


Yeah! The new fridge is here and installed and containing and chilling food as we speak, er, type.

The guys arrived at about 8:30 and after measuring the doorways, they said that the doorway into the kitchen would have to be taken down and they would come back tomorrow to deliver the fridge. Um, I don't think so! I asked them if they could make their next delivery and then come back. They said they would be back in about 15 minutes and if the moulding and jam were down, they would deliver it, if not, they would be back tomorrow.

So I got busy -- ripping out the moulding and the jam (the jam was tricky because I had to find a cutting tool (found an old jig saw) to cut it in half on the header and then the rest came out more easily. I got it down and all set for them. They arrived back a little while later (I really don't think that they were expecting me to be able to take it down).

Finally, in came the fridge. Whee! Let me tell you - it is huge! The freezer is amazingly big. I put all the stuff that was in our old fridge - I mean, stuffed into our old fridge and it was maybe 1/5 full. :)

I'm actually thinking that we might want to move the fridge to where the dishwasher is and then slide the stove and (future) cabinet down a bit and the dishwasher will go where the fridge currently is. Because is is so big, if we moved it down the line, it would make it flow with the rest of the kitchen a little better.

This means that this week, I will be working on ripping out the remaining upper cabinets moving out the stove and dishwasher, priming and painting the wall and finish the remaining new flooring under those appliances. Then it will be all ready for my bil (who comes to town next week) to help us with the plumbing changes that will be needed.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Okay, so here is the fridge part of the kitchen without the cabinets. I've also already taken out the base cabinet next to the fridge and painted the walls behind the fridge. I've also got almost all the new flooring put down. The only place I need to finish is under the stove and dishwasher.

I was very mad at myself that apparently they tried to deliver the fridge today!! (I was told it was coming tomorrow) and I wasn't home. They left a message on the machine, but didn't call my cell - although the number is on the answering machine message. ARGH! Oh well, it will give me more time to get the fridge cleaned out and cleaned off - as you can tell, there's lots of notes on the outside.

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back again


So, it sure has been a while. I'm not sure how disciplined I will be at keeping the blog updated, but I'm going to try to keep it up during the summer at least.

The current life projects include some fairly significant changes in our kitchen. Specifically, a new fridge which as required removing the cabinetry, which lead to painting the wall and installing a new floor.

This is one of the before pictures. Taking down the upper cabinets by the fridge.

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Barely time to breathe...

But it's a good thing - the start of school has been insanely crazy. Getting used to new classes and adjusting curriculums accordingly, adjusting to life with a suddenly aging parent-in-law across the street and getting ready for a big vacation!

The foremost in our minds right now is big Disney trip. This is a Big Deal in our house. We do not do regular 'vacations' other than visiting family and camping. But in less than a week we will on our way to WDW. It's been 8 years since we were there last time and 8 years before that when we went there on our honeymoon - so our track seems to be every 8 years.

We've got most of the arrangements all set - lordy we sure should - Pete's only been planning this for at least the last year and half! Literally. At least that is how long it has taken us to save for this trip, with money coming out of our bank account automatically into a CD especially for this trip. We've had all our reservations for every dinner for the 8 days we'll be there made since early this past summer plus the extra stuff we want to do. We've been re-reading the planning guides and touring books and have everything all mapped out.

My big focus now is to get the rest of the laundry done this weekend, get the final arrangements for Karly to go to the doggie spa for the week, pick up those last little things and get the rest of my school plans done for the month of October - that's the biggest challenge!

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