Friday, September 28, 2018

Friday's Fave Five 9-28-18

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1. First big thing:  I wasn't going to be able to post anything today due to being at our annual regional Christian school convention in Myrtle Beach SC.  However, it was canceled a week ago due to floodwaters reaching that area.  Now, usually I do enjoy going to the convention, and I'm saddened that the reason it is canceled is due to the hardships of the flooding.  But this year, with all the home renovations and several other things going on, it was a wonderful break to be home for 2 1/2 days more than usual.  We can't really try to have school after all, because parents have made plans, looking forward to this break.  So we just got it off!

2. The wood floors are DONE in the entire house.  At left is a picture from a couple of weeks ago, and at right is from exactly a week ago today.  Carpeting in the den was completed on Wednesday.  It is so nice to have the floors done in the entire house. We are slowly getting furniture moved back in place.  It's a little difficult when Mike has shoulder issues and I have lower back/knee issues.  But piece by piece we are getting everything back to where it belongs.

3. Furniture was delivered today.  I don't want to post a picture yet - not till everything is right.  But here is a sneak peek, actually taken at the furniture store a couple of weeks ago.  The ottoman matches everything else in the den, so can be moved around from piece to piece.  The lady sitting there looks very comfortable.  :-)

4. This one makes me sad, but it is still sweet.  This is the recliner that we got 30 years ago this week, when I was in the last months of pregnancy with our first child.  It's on the loading dock of our local rescue mission's thrift store.  I remember we didn't have two nickels to rub together, but we scraped together enough to get it on a $300 / 3 month same as cash deal, and we thought we were royalty.  I survived two pregnancies and reared two children with this chair.  It's survived a lot of tears, a lot of roughhousing, a lot of reading, a lot of everything.  But it was time to let it go.  There is still some good living left in that chair, and I hope someone else appreciates it as much as we did.

5. Thankful for safety when a tornado touched down north of our town last night.  We were leaving Home Depot and saw the cloud and the funnel.  It could have been very bad, but fortunately little damage occurred.  

Friday, September 14, 2018

Friday's Fave Five, 9/14/18

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It's been awhile since I've done one of these.  The start of the school year can really keep me busy.  

1. We are doing renovations in our house - thus have been living with our bed in the den.  That and our two recliners are the only places in the house to sit right now.  Oh, and there is one stool at the kitchen counter, and two places at the kitchen table.  And that is it.  Bedrooms - completely empty.  "Big Room" - full of stuff.  Oh, and I guess I can count the bathrooms too.  Anyway, I am thankful for at least a few places to sit.

 2. Great progress being made on the wood flooring.  The installers should finish at the first of the week.  That makes for another weekend of sleeping in the den. . .but by next week maybe we will have a bed in the bedroom again.  :-)  The pic is of the entryway, partially done.  I've learned a lot about how wood flooring is installed.

3. This picture was in another post, but here are my newly painted kitchen cabinets. They were finished at the end of the week.  I am LOVING them.  This is the first time I have ever had a really nice kitchen.  It makes wanting to work neatly in it so much easier.

4. Thankful that our son and his wife have been willing to come over every weekend to move the furniture that needs to be moved at that time.  Mike's other shoulder is giving him trouble, so he can't move it right now.

5. It appears that Florence will just give us a lot of rain.  Of course, it's too soon to know the exact track, and those forecasts are notoriously fickle at the end, but right now cities just 30 miles away are slated to get much more.   We shall see.  Very thankful for a warm and dry house when major storms like this are coming. 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Kitchen Before and After

The top picture was taken in April 2017.  The tile and wall painting got done back then, before all our surgeries set the project back for close to a year.

This picture was taken yesterday, September 8, 2018, after the cabinets were painted.
Right now we are living in the den and the "big room," because the wood flooring installers come tomorrow.  Then the furniture will be moved out of the den; it will be painted, and then new carpet will be installed.

Exciting times - that we are ready to have over with.