Saturday, September 13, 2014

"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Yes, I do have some updated renovation shots for you today. Things have been moving rather slowly, but there have been no major obstructions. Last night we stayed in the condo for the first time since work has begun. Today, the kitchen cabinets are being installed! Psychologically, that seems like a major step, even though a lot of work has taken place prior to this. I think that it just makes things seem so visually real.

I am writing from the library again. We do have WiFi at the condo now, but there is no place for me to "set up shop" so to speak. Plus, the sound of saws and drills, while music to my ears, is not exactly conducive to focusing on what I'm doing.

I will try to provide a little information to what is happening! Below - new half wall between the kitchen and the dining/living area (where full wall was taken down).
 New sheet-rock in kitchen.

Bruce priming ceiling.

Sheet-rocker sanding.

From inside the kitchen.

Appliances and a chair shoved into a little hall.

The arrival of the kitchen cabinets.

Freshly tiled kitchen floor.

Boxes of cabinets in the kitchen.

Installation begins!

Our bed covered in plastic to protect it from all of the "stuff"!

They are here!

By the time I return, I expect that many of the upper cabinets will be hung. We know he won't finish today, but it's exciting! Even more exciting is that I hope to have a refrigerator plugged in and running by the end of the day. Cold water!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"Follow your passion. The rest will attend to itself. If I can do it, anybody can do it. It's possible. And it's your turn. So go for it. It's never too late to become what you always wanted to be in the first place." ~ J. Michael Straczynski

It had been my plan to bring you updated renovation pictures today, but, as is in the world of remodeling, I don't have much new to show you. There has definitely been progress, but I'd be showing you more tiling, some wall-priming, and some sheet-rocking - not great pictures!

We had been ambitious (quite) in thinking that we could move into our condo this past Saturday. When it came right down to it, it was just not going to be realistic. Because of its size, there are not a lot of places for the various tradespeople to leave their tools, and even setting up our bed would have impacted negatively on what space there is. So - we are still in the hotel, but fine. I hope to have more to "show and tell" on Saturday. In the meantime, I'm going to share a news story  with you that I have already put up on Face-Book, so for some of you, it will be old news!

Our nephew Brian has been a runner since his days in junior high. He ran straight through his college years, and it has been a significant part of his life. Upon graduation, Brian pursued other interests, but has recently made a dedicated return to serious running. Below you will find an article, and an interview following Brian's first marathon. By the way, you will also find that not only did he win, he beat the old time by over 25 minutes - that's 25 minutes, not seconds. We love him and are very proud!

First-Time Marathoner Sets Two-Bear Record

Two-Bear Marathon Runs Through Whitefish

Saturday, September 6, 2014

"I have nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion!" ~ Jack Kerouac

OK - so, I have been in Florida for a week, with Bruce here a week and a half before me. A whirlwind to be sure! My role so far has been unscrewing switch-plates, being a gofer, and moral support! Bruce has done more of the grunt work, but I'm awfully glad that we are both here. We have had a series of workers - electricians, tile people, sheet-rockers. At one point I announced that I felt like I was back teaching junior high! Everyone's work is dependent upon the work that someone else is doing. My role as a resource room teacher has been reprised!

I would have to say that so far, things have gone fairly smoothly. There have been some frustrations, but in the grand scheme of things, here and in the world, we recognize that we are very fortunate that these are the frustrations that we are facing. At one point we were watching the evening news and I commented on how grateful I was that our dilemma of day was to try to find the right outlet fixtures. We know, and are grateful.

Today is the first day since I have been here that we are not staying at a hotel. We are going to stay in the condo, and now have a working shower and toilet. I readily admit that I am not a camper, but I will be glad to sleep in our own bed in our own home, as "in disarray" as it may be!

I am going to share a number of pictures, in no particular order at the moment. I am working from the library, and on a bit of a schedule, but I promise to bring more orderly posts in the future!

Till next time!