Thursday, October 30, 2008
We did it-we are gone pecans from Bell St. for the next (fingers crossed) 16 weeks…
We’ve had a rough couple of months with Lynn’s legs and then last week, Sophie gets sick (she's doing better now) and I had a toothache that requires a "re-treatment” of a root canal. In non-endodontist language that means, the first root canal was not done properly, so all this pain now is free! GO figure! You usually have to pay a lot of money to make your mouth hurt this much! It was so bad that Wednesday, I actually took a ½ day off work!
It was the day we had planned to move and Lynn was reluctant! She said it could all wait until the weekend! Well, being the bulldozer that I can be (Yep! You heard it right, “BULL-DOZER”), I told her, “No! We will move today. We will stay on schedule. We will do this!!!” It was kinda funny because I said it all with that after-dentist numb lip talk…so it was more like, “Wa wi do dis!!!”
What we’ve learned together is that you have to look at your challenges, your obstacles and just decide if you are going to let the difficulty define your life! Yes, it would be easier to wait until the weekend, or the end of next week, or after the holidays-but what do we want??? We want to complete this renovation…that means we have to start! Last night, Lynn was a bit happy to have a bulldozer for a partner! I can such a B****, but in a really “aw come on way”, that I can usually talk Lynn in to anything! We were stressed, we were confused and frustrated and scared…but by 8pm last night, we were snug as bugs in rugs in our new temporary home! The animals were settled, Sophie was in her new bed, and Lynn and I were glad we’d plowed through another major obstacle towards our goal!
Impatience is not a bad thing sometimes!
It’s so strange, but last night as I left the Bell St. house for the last time of the day, I was so sad. I will miss it so much, with all its’ flaws, holes in the floor, leaky doors, squeaky doors, that awful kitchen, and the unkempt backyard and the patches of incomplete concrete…our wonderful neighbors, the sounds, the noise!, the quiet, the smells, and the smiles.
We are on our way! It’s sooooo exciting!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
This weekend, we shared great weather and even better company at ISL Fest. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful extended family at Sophie's school. Haiden performed on Saturday and Julie brought her on Sunday to spend the day! Sophie climbed the rock-wall several times and ran a booth by herself on Sunday afternoon after a parent was in an accident...Overall, it was a nice weekend...and the Saint's won! It was a great break from all the work that has been done over the past few weeks.
Happy and Wilson discuss how many gray hairs we will have by January...
Here's to not being afraid of hair color!
Friday, October 24, 2008
The guy came by early today to say that we need a new door and we should not get it replaced until "like 6 months from now when the workers have gone." He said, "The contractors are going to break things up."
Let's hope the advice from the fridge guy is not necessary! Maybe it's just me, but I don't see Stacy and Rodney flinging plaster around or losing their grip on the sledge hammer...
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Our Contractor, Stacy!
Tala says, "Ogle umm da." That's baby-talk for "yipee!!!"
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
KeKe and KoKo Sophie and Lainey
Saturday, October 18, 2008
The chairs were reclaimed and totally restored by Lynn's dad, Wilson. They are breathtaking and quite spectacular. I have a thing for chairs and I love rockers...these were my favorites, I think b/c they are such a wonderful pair (and Wilson made them).
The desk is a gorgeous hunk of solid oak with 3.5" barley twist legs. Awesome. Lynn and I purchased it at auction when we had our shop. We bought it at one of our favorite auction houses and it was a super buy. We've used it to hold our TV, computer, pictures, and finally as a regular desk.
Travis and Tricia share our affinity for the old, used, and special funiture that we try not to collect.
Lynn and I are so funny. We really LOVE our stuff. We hold it close and care for it and just love it. Then, it seems, the pieces we love the most, we give away. We just say, "We've loved this 'thing" long enough...it's time for it to go!" And off it goes for someone else to love it!
No pics for my friend, Erin...Maybe Travis will post a pic or two?
All is packed but Sophie's room...and our clothes!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
They are glorious and beautiful! Worth going outside on this beautiful night to gaze upon!
How will we ever survive 4 months without our Bell St. neighbors?
Monday, October 13, 2008
I was at Children's Hospital. Lynn called me and I calmly asked her to check my email for the number to "Homeclick.com." She called and we are now waiting for a supervisor to contact us! We've kinda decided to just keep what was sent to us, even though they are not what we ordered!
We are so calm, I feel like somehow we've been given drugs, or possibly rec'd lobotomies and were unaware...Here's to accepting whatever comes our way, whether or not we asked for it!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Packing up all the stuff in the house. This has been relatively easy - tape up a box, insert stuff, tape box, add to the mountain in the living POD room.
Preparing for and holding garage sale. Preparation hurdle very time consuming and more physically challenging. The actual sale was such a nonevent. We almost put more stuff in Jean's car than what we sold! Bridge House has a lot to pick up on Monday.
Delivery of frig and dishwasher. In my next life I want to return as a delivery person. They only have to deliver our appliances to the curb - not inside the house. We've been working on a potion to magically levitate our appliances up the steps and into the house. Monday should be interesting here on Bell St.
Rocking Chairs and Desk. Travis and Tricia also share our love of antiques and family. They are to become the treasurers of 2 rockers that Dad to beautifully and lovingly restored for me many years ago. They have to juggle soccer, work, travel, and life to get here to pick up soon.
Treadmill. Need to keep our contractor in good shape and help declutter our soon to be living space - have to find time to move a treadmill.....
Moving old Fridge. - only way out if the front window/door in the living room. Need to soon move furniture in front of this exit. Timing is everything. Been feeling like my timing chain is definitely off!
Lucky Bags. 600 bags to be done and only 200 completed. Tick, tick, tick ...
Individually these all seem very simple tasks. Collectively they just seem to get higher and higher. And for all who know me, I couldn't even jump over a paper clip if I had to!
What I am constantly remembering is that together we can do anything. Laura, Sophie, family and our wonderful friends and neighbors have constantly been lifting me up and over each of these hurdles. Boy I can't wait for Stacy to take and keys and the controls!
New to blogging,
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I can't believe how much stuff we have!
We are having a garage sale this weekend and hopefully by Sunday, have less!
Speaking of having less...Sunday, on the way to get MORE BOXES, I got a speeding ticket on Airline Hwy. I hadn'e gotten a ticket (just lucky) in years! I made up for lost time! 60+ in a 40! Did I mention, Officer Knight was a STATE TROOPER!!!!???
All is OK! I didn't need that extra kitchen cabinet anyway!
Send us all your good wishes and energy...we need it!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
We feel strongly that Stacy and Rodney will do a bang up job in record time! Just to prove everyone wrong, we want to finish on time, if not early!
One person said to us, "Umph! You'll be lucky if it less than 6 months that you are out of your house!" Well, all we can say to that is, "You don't know us!" We have done everything to have this job go smoothly! All appliances are purchased, the cabinets and countertops are waiting to be ordered, and we are buying as many fixtures and other stuff, so when the boys are ready for it, it will be there.
In the meantime, we are packing up. Pretty much, everything is packed but the bedrooms. We are having our garage sale next weekend to have some breathing room around here. Jeanie is getting her space ready for us. We went there today and set up Sophie's bed. It is going to be so great!
Friday, October 3, 2008
I did and it was so much fun! Kimberly is very patient!
I chose cabinets and a countertop that we both love. No pictures for Erin! I want some things to be a surprise! The cabinets are sort of traditional and the counter top is quartz. Lynn and I chose the perfect pulls and I tentatively indulged myself in a glass-front corner cabinet! We'll see of the budget can handle that in 6 weeks...
Thanks if anyone is reading this. I feel like I am talking to myself!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
This is Sophie's closet. It will expand in the renovation!
This is the "study." That's code for the room that is supposed to be a third bedroom (only according to realtors and extremely tiny people), but is really only good for a chair and a desk. It will be the Master Bath.
This is a blurry picture of Lucy, our friends', Andree and Ben's, baby. She is sister to Lainey and Zachary. She is so cute! She can also help us, along with seasonal pictures, chronicle the blog. Lucy is now 7 weeks old...let's hope the renovation is over before her 1st birthday!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Today, the cement guy showed up and completed about 1/3 of the job! We are very excited that the cement might actually be finished by the time we begin demolition!
I also want to say, "Thanks" to everyone that has commented on the blog. I have no idea what we're getting into, but I do know, that no matter what, we know and love a lot of very good people!
We love you guys!