Saturday, March 19, 2011

Just an Update

Things have slowed down on the kitchen remodel, mainly because of lack of funding, but some because of lack of time and motivation.  I definitely need another panel of beadbord, at least.  I also need to finish out the ceiling and the window.  I wanted to put that old-timey pressed tin on the ceiling.  But, that stuff is expensive!  And, you have to special order it.  I'm not a patient person.  I've got some regular ceiling tiles that I guess will have to work, for now.  At least it will look better than it does now.  I would post pics.  But, it's late and I'm too lazy.  I desperately need to get back my decorating mojo.

So, I haven't updated on my family, lately.  Chase got a job!!  He is working part-time at Marvin's Building Supply.  Can you say, DISCOUNT?!  Wooo Hooo!  Too bad it won't take effect until his 90 days are up.  Anyway, he is working as cashier, but he has had the opportunity to go along on a few deliveries.  He likes it.  He will really like it when he gets his first paycheck next week!

School has been out for Spring Break this week.  Unfortunately, that will end after tomorrow.  :(  Back to the real world.  I actually do a better job around my house when I DO work.  I think it all has to do with being in a routine.  I just get lazy when I've off for very long.  The mind is willing, but the body is weak!!  I have all these ideas and things that I would like to do, but then I lack the motivation.  I wish I didn't do that!!

Millie Jayne is 16 months old now.  She is still the sweetest little thing!  (Of course!)  She is climbing on everything now.  She loves books, and she will sit in the floor with one and act like she's reading.  It's all gibberish, but we get the picture! 

Jordan will be turning 17 next month.  He will also be attending prom.  He already has a date.  We have to go pick out a tux and a corsage.  Show choir season wrapped up recently, so he is enjoying being able to come straight home from school and not having to go back for practice.  He has mentioned trying to find a job, but there are not a lot of places that will hire anyone under 18. 

Justin and Chelsea are doing fine.  Justin is still working at a carpet mill.  He works 12 hour shifts at night.  Chelsea is attending Athens State where she is majoring in secondary education.  They are doing well.  I'm glad, being that they got off on a shaky start.

Kevin still acts like he hates his job.  He has a problem with some of the people that he works with.  I've tried to convince him that he has a good job, and there is nothing else out there that he would like any better. 

I've decided that Kevin and I need to get out and experience life more than we have been.  We've been complacent to just stay at home on the weekends and do nothing.  With the beautiful weather we've been having, I think we need to get out of our rut.  That's why we went to trade day today.  It was a colossal mistake, considering how bad traffic was.  But, it was nice to get out of our little town for a bit.  We are about ready to break out the motorcycle again.  Doesn't that sound like fun?

Sunday, March 6, 2011

My Kitchen Renovation

My groovy life has been humming right along. I've become quite the homebody.  I love piddlin' around the house.  Yesterday was a rainy Saturday, so my goal was to not get out, at all!  I accomplished that goal. :)  Unfortunately, today I will have to get out to go to the store for some snacks, dog food, and hair spray.  I'm sure I'll come up with some other things while I'm there. 

I spent most of the day yesterday trying to get some things back in order from our kitchen renovation. I was so sick of my outdated, cramped, red kitchen!  I recruited hubby, bless his heart, to help me.  He is not the most patient person, especially when it comes to remodeling projects.  But it looks so much better now!  We ripped out all the cabinets, put in unfinished base cabinets (I plan to paint them white), a speckled black counter top, beadboard on the walls, and a new faucet.  For now I am going to use open shelving on the walls.  I may add some upper cabinets later...when money and time allows.  This is how the kitchen looked before. (Excuse the mess!):

See that cabinet on the right? I had begun stripping the paint so that I could begin painting my cabinets white.  Those cabinets are history, now.  Actually, a neighbor came and got them from the side of the road, so someone has benefited from them.  See how cramped the kitchen was?  Look at it after the new cabinets were put in:

Ahhhh!  So much better!! Don't you think?  We are still not finished.  Actually, I have done a few more updates since this pic.  I plan to paint those cabinets white and put some drawer and cabinet pulls on them.  I am currently working on the open shelving, and I have taken that red cabinet on the right out & replaced it with this:

I got it out of my late grandmother's house.  It seems my granddaddy (whom I never knew) built it.  It has history.  It has character.  It means something.  I love special touches that add character to my home.  However, it needed a bit of an update.  This is what it looks like now:

I painted the inside only.  I've put a few things inside, but that is subject to change.  I am still arranging, and organizing, so we'll see how it ends up.

We still have a ways to go before the kitchen renovation is done, so I'll update along the way.  I'm so excited to have a new kitchen!  It is so fun to change things up.  It keeps things interesting.

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