For the last few days, my computer desk has been sitting in the hallway. And I haven't missed it a bit because I was far too busy. It's nice now to have it back, where it sits on a brand new floor.
Our home improvement project is going along very well. The living room (at left), kitchen, kids' rooms and playroom (lower right) all have new floors. Today I organized my living room bookshelf by color, per Pretty Lady's advice. Thanks, Pretty Lady!
I've not yet painted the playroom; that I'll probably put off until early next week after I get back from the mountains.
When my father offered to take me and the three younger kids up to his cabin for a few days, at firstI told myself I didn't have time. Then I decided that it might be good for us all.
It will be nice to get out of the house, and besides, Larry needs a break. He has been infinitely patient with home renovations that have come complete with frantic wife and grumbly, stir-crazy children. He'll enjoy the peace and quiet more than he admits, I think. Besides, given that he has lots of projects of his own that need attention, it will do him good not to have me around saying, "Oh, could you please do just one more thing...?" One of the secrets of a good marriage is knowing when to take - or give - your significant other a well-deserved break.
It'll be good for the kids, who've put up with sleeping on sleeping bags and being confined to one or two rooms for the last three weeks. Dad has quite a few things planned for their entertainment.
Stepping away will be good for me, too. I don't get many chances these days to spend time with my father, and by the time I come back I'll be ready to tackle renovations set for the master bedroom, which is going to be a real bear of a project.
Because our house isn't very large, we have to be creative with our space. So one wall of the master bedroom is slated to become my sewing center.L Larry and Dad recently found some Formica countertops - new and still in boxes - that had been tossed out. They'll be for the workspace and underneath will be cabinets to hold the sewing stuff currently boxed and sitting precariously stacked against the wall.
The framing needs to be completed around the bay window and Larry thinks he may put in a window seat. Then there will be the painting and whatever we decide to do with the floor.
Lots to think about...but not now. For now I'm going to just enjoy what we've done so far. We're quite happy and thought you might like the pictures.
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