Rolling Along

We spent most of the weekend deconstructing the kitchen. I say deconstructing, because this isn’t the fun and exciting Demo Day see on my favorite HGTV shows. Nope, this was slow and methodical (mostly because of the hubbinator) so we could find out what was behind the wall.


Despite the fact that the cabinets were crumbling, they were a pain to remove and actually came out in one piece.


The peninsula has hidden surprises underneath the cabinets. Like blocks of wood the cabinets were attached to.


We did need several trips to Lowes and HomeDepot. Yes, we picked up a new blade and surprise, we didn’t actually need a blade to cut it out of the packaging. Score!


We even picked up 2 new ladders. Our old one looks like it might had survived nuclear testing in the 1950s.


When all is said and done. We will have someone come out on Saturday to begin work on removing what he wants of the soffit, then comes the reworking of the electricity, HVAC vents, and drain relocation and hood vent relocation to accommodate the higher ceiling and new kitchen layout. The sink and dishwasher will be removed and replaced with a utility sink.

We bought 2 rolling carts to have counter space and to move stuff quickly out of the way while others work in the kitchen. I had originally purchased 2 of the small carts that hold the microwave, then I found the work bench above. And well, that works much better, plus we will use it for holiday buffets after the remodel is finished.

Now, I have to go back to work and am, quite frankly, looking for a break.

Until next time.

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The week in review

I took the week off to be here for the contractors during the bathroom remodel.

I did get some writing done.

The bathroom isn’t quite done and neither are any of the projects I had planned. But I’ve made my peace with it. After all, I did learn some new things.

The top being that I cannot be in one place for a long time. I apparently am a hoarder and this was made apparent to me when I cleaned out my kitchen cabinets, to empty them in anticipation of the kitchen remodel. Worse, I still haven’t gone through stuff to get rid of things. I will tho. Maybe.

Weeding takes a lot longer than I thought. Even it if is not weeds but grass growing where it shouldn’t be. Also, my method of weeding is here, there, and everywhere not methodical as one would expect from a scientist.

And lastly, while quilting my daughter’s Star Wars blanket I am watching Doctor Who and various horror movies as I stitch pieces of my flesh into her blanket (I only use one thimble). So I am not at all sure how well she will sleep under the quilt. Her cat seems to be sleeping quite well on top of it as I work.

It was nice to be off.

Until next time.

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Long Overdue

Before work even began on our son’s bedroom, we had to remove an old wall AC unit. It had been there since the house was built and had become obsolete when we upgraded all the units in the house.

We should have asked for it to be removed by the folks who installed a new unit.

But we didn’t because we like to do things ourselves. Apparently, six years was just the right amount of time to work up our nerve.

I had hoped it would only take a few hours to remove the unit and trim, take down the old panel and install a new one.

I was about an hour off.


Still, it didn’t turn out too bad. But obviously, it needs to be painted. I’m beginning to think of that as the story of this renovation. Looks okay; needs paint. And the cans need to be recycled and the site cleaned up. Sheesh. We’re getting there:D

Until next time.

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Failure to Plan

I took the week off work. Not to do anything exciting. Nah, I have a list of things to do that need to get done before other projects get done in the home renovation sphere.

Fun times.

But exhausting, so I thought this would be a great time to make some Halloween and Autumn jewelry.

Except, I failed to plan well.

My son moved some of his room into my craft room, and now I can’t get to my beads or wire or string or… Well, you get the idea.

So now I’m making a list of things to do for today. And I’ve written on the front, back, and am now turning it sideways to squeeze more in. I’m thinking I should chuck the paper and take a nap:D

Until next time when I will post pictures of the demo/reno so far.


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Free Apocalyptic Novel

Since it is my favorite time of the year, I decided to make Redaction: Extinction Level Even free. And has even price matched it.

Extinction Level Event

Six months after an Influenza Pandemic swept across the globe, the world is starting to emerge from quarantine. But Pestilence Free Day is short-lived. For an unseen enemy has just been unleashed.

Redaction-WEb.jpgRedaction-WEbFive people. Seven days.

A brilliant scientist with an apocalyptic forecast

A soldier that needs an enemy to fight

A college student venturing into a changed world

An insurance salesman who exploits every opportunity

A juvenile delinquent desperate to leave his past behind

Redaction: Humanity is about to be erased from the Book of Life


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When it Rains, It Grows

We were blessed with rain for 5 beautiful days. From a light mist kissing your face to a proper downpour and rivers in the gutters.

Then the sun came out and chased the clouds away.

Two days later, we got this:




This is nothing compared to the Serengeti that is currently devouring half the planting beds in the backyard. And the wildlife there will eat you alive, too. It’s ants. Ants! I hate them

And yet, I must sally forth and try to tame the wild growth. I just love fall.

Until next time.

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What are you reading? Early

It’s weird. It’s September 30th and I’ve finished reading the books I started at the beginning of the month.

I didn’t expect that to happen.

Seriously, one was really good and the other was not. It was so underwhelming I am not having to consider buying a series without reading the first book in the series. (I have bargain hunting issues)

Ah, well, so now I have two new books to read, and this time I am not making the mistake of making them both ebooks.

Without further ado, my books for October are:

How the States Got their Shapes (which, yes, I purchased because of the series)

And Four Last First Dates. Yes, I have switched from cozy mysteries back to romance.


I’m hoping I picked 2 winners for October.

Until next time.

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