Monday's list... all but one thing complete!
- Buy paint and primer.
- Choose new sink faucet and get Doug's approval.
- Choose new kitchen lighting or ceiling fan and agree on what we want to buy. Chandelier
- Empty China Cabinet.
- Deliver cabinet to Denise.
- Empty Hall Closet.
- Prepare garage for furniture.
- Take kitchen furniture to garage.
- Clean and dejunk the kitchen drawers in prep for stain.
- Finish staining the kitchen drawers.
- Dejunk Cookbook cabinet.
- Remove the Wall Vinyl
- Hang rod in garage for clothes and coat from coat closet.
- New shelf in upper pantry.
- Cup hooks hung for china cups.
- Paint the kitchen with Primer (Started just to see what it was going to look like. WOW!)
- Remove the Swamp Cooler Vent
- Paint the kitchen/dining room and hall ceiling.
- Clean the levelors
- Buy the faucet
- Decide on the light or ceiling fan.
- ETA: removed hardware from window treatments
- ETA: Packed away scrapbooks and some of partyware from party closet
- OOPS! Left off the main task yesterday! REMOVE THE KITCHEN FLOOR COVERING!!! That had to be done before any painting could take place! It took all evening! CHECK!!!!
- Closet doors off
- Finish yesterday's list!
- Remove staples and carpet tack strips from subfloor in hall and kitchen
- Buy the new chandelier! Decision made!
- Put the hardware onto the cupboards, if UPS delivers!
- Study my Sunday School lesson
- Pack the Hummels from the entry way cabinet
And so... it's obvious that every thing takes longer than planned. Removing the carpet was nasty! It's always so surprising to me that we think we are so clean until we pull a big task off like this or move. You find all sorts of nastiness. EEWWW! There are still a ton of carpet tack strips to be removed. Another nasty job...painfully nasty, if you aren't careful. I'm just glad that we started a week early and didn't think we could do all of this on the weekend! So far, though, I'm happy to say, I've been very happy and calm through the mess. We are keeping on top of the mess, which helps! Ask me how I am when the rest of the furniture is being moved out on Friday! Doug and I even had a nice little chat and counted our blessings, last night, in our echoing. I am loving this project so far! And holy COW! The kitchen looks so different without that nasty carpet!!! "Awesommmmme!", she says in her best singing voice!
Other ramblings from the day:
- BIG HAPPY NEWS! Grace was recognized as Student of the Month at her school! She was quite surprised by the nes. The letter that is sent home to the parents acknowleges her willingness to learn, helpfulness to others, friendliness and good attitude. Since only four students are chosen per month in quite a large school, this is quite an honor. Quayd's teacher told me, at his High School Planning meeting, that Quayd was as excited as Grace was because he was so proud of his sister! We thought it was pretty special. She gets to go out for lunch with the principal. Wonder if we'll see them at Chili's? ;)
- I had to laugh at my husband. Only Doug! Yesterday morning, I told the kids that this floor would be gone tonight. It had seen it's last family meal, it's last snowballs from Go-Go and it's last vacuuming. Wrong. As we were ripping the flooring up, Doug grabs the vacuum. I asked what he was doing and he said, "It's so much nicer to haul out without stuff shedding all over you. So, it got one last vacuuming and then was rolled up and hauled out to his trailer. Only Doug. No complaints here. He likes the job done right!
- Honestly, I think that an extra $10,000 would make this project really really fun! Every time I walk into Lowes, I think, "Oooo, we need to do that!" That store is farrrrrrrrr more expensive than any decorating store I've ever been into! Let's put it this way... the iPad is now being postponed again because my priorities have changed this month!
- Speaking of priorities, I received an email from a blog friend yesterday, asking for thoughts on being "self-reliant". Times are hard! Money is tighter than ever for most everyone, due to the economy. I thought I'd ask here on the blog for any thoughts on being self-reliant. My first thought is: If ever there were a time, to be prepared for emergency, to be self-reliant, it is NOW! Please, if you have any thought, feel free to comment or email them to me today. I can read them during my paint breaks!
- My knees are surviving this, so far. Doug's been pretty adamant that I take things slow and take lots of breaks. I get the last injection in my left knee tomorrow and then begin the right knee next week. I think that they are helping. I'll be glad to be done with them!
Life is good and I've GOT to get busy!