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it’s been busy

(whoops – i did it wrong…lemme try again)

I haven’t been blogging much recently, but I *have* been doing a few other things… below you’ll find some new photos of the still unfinished project.  The final touches will probably be in place by, um, say, early March.  Seeing as it’s mid-February now, I don’t see why I can’t handle things for another 2 – 3 weeks.

[wow!  dashboard changes… thanks for your patience as i navigate the new system..]

Ok, so…here’s some stuff!

The old bathroom –

side view of OLD bathroom...ugly, huh?

the old sink vanity:

now this is sitting in my garage, awaiting its next mission: discard pile? or additional storage?

the old bathroom, front view:

old light & cabinet (tri-door)

Compared to… the NEW stuff!

Check out the NEW bathroom, side view: side view two

the NEW sink vanity: boardwalk vanity

the NEW bathroom faucet! old fashioned faucet

the NEW bathroom light! tiffany lamp :)

(isn’t she pretty? there’s stained glass throughout the house…thought this kinda went with the theme…)

Oh, and don’t get me started on the kitchen… that’s a whole ‘nother post! but just to whet your appetite –

Before: the last hand-washed dishes in the sink After: no sink!


the stove nook...very cluttered. blech.


stove nook...empty.

more images forthcoming …as my kitchen is rebuilt and my life gradually comes out of caios!  :)


This past summer, I went through an intense ordeal having some work done on my house… thought I was helping someone out by offering the job, yet lots of hiccups ensued and it was a very stressful situation for me… I then realized I would have paid three times the set amount to have it done quickly and seamlessly. Which brings me to my current conundrum. I’m remodeling the kitchen (new stove, counters, cabinets, and a dishwasher machine where there was never one before… there has been no dishwasher since I moved in, which will involve plumbing & electric). Unfortunately, my electrical box in the basement has no more room in it (fuze system) and I’m going to have to upgrade my electric pannel before moving forward with the project… which means scheduling with an electrician this week around my work schedule… So the project, at one point, was a very grand thing… and now, as I’ve calculated costs, it’s a much more simple and basic adventure. The trouble is: do I move forward with a store’s contractor who is quoting me a significant amount of labor costs… or do I miss the 20% off cabinets sale and try to find a handyman person who does this for a living & knows what he’s doing and have the job accomplished for fewer $? I anticipate the problem with waiting and finding someone new includes 1) who will I find 2) how will I find them 3) how long will it take them 4) how long can I afford to have my kitchen torn apart and upset my life? Perhaps I should learn from my past experience, that I’d rather pay a little more $ and have something done with little drama than to save on installation costs and have things blow up in my face. Perhaps I should just move forward – is it common for installation to be much more expensive than the cabinets themselves? That seems funny to me, especially since I’m not having the workmen haul the old cabinets or stove away – I’ll keep the cabinets for storage in the basement, and hope to give the stove to someone who needs it. Ah, well, this is what’s occupying my mind at the moment… I think it’s time to call the lady at the hardware store and tell her to go ahead and schedule the contractor-person. We’ll see if it all works out… who knows, buy March I could have a new kitchen! Or perhaps not.

a funny

When I rearranged my bedroom yesterday… the bed went snug into a corner instead of just hanging out in the middle of the room… so, now that it’s in a corner, there’s only one way in/out.  It’s the right side.

…now I will most definitely get up on the right side of the bed each and every morning!

feeling like a Princess

where did the day go? i did not sleep well last night… was up at 4 (went down around 1)… did some stuff… here’s how i succeeded in getting to now starting from then:

1) went to hardware store to exchange wood for right size (for my bed slats… it all works now, and i feel like a grown up in a four post bed… after 4 long years i finally have a real bed)

2) returned metal bed slats to the bedroom store… there was only one salesperson, i had to wait about 15 minutes while he worked with another customer. instead of being irritated, i giggled and laughed out loud at one point… the customers were charaters, and it was highly entertaining for me to observe him trying to conduct a 3-ring circus. …btw, my transaction took approximately 2 minutes…

3) returned chainsaw to another hardware store… exchanged, really… it was leaking oil. i blamed my brother (silently) for the oil spills… but came to realize the new chainsaw had a slow leak… i apologized to him (again, silently… if i were to speak this apology, it would lead rise to explaining the whole story…sometimes it’s ok to not explain)

4) went through the drive-thru pharmacy to pick up an inhaler… i’ve been wheezing a lot… asthma. it was kind of odd to pick up my drugs from a drive thru… “Patient’s name?…Ok, and do you want fries with that?”

5) washed dishes – to make myself happy and think there’s a dish-washing fairy…it’s always a surprise to find clean dishes… now i need to find the fairy who puts them up in the cupboard…”Oh fairrrrrrrrrrrry…!”

6) took a nap (to help heal, recoup, reenergize) on my newly assembled bed… i felt like a princess… in a fairytale… sleeping in a high, warm, post bed.

7) someone called yesterday to see my condo (hooray!!!!!!) we had an appointment for today at 5pm. Terrific. I went over earlier to turn on the air conditioning, check stuff out, make sure things were in order…did more errands, went home. I got dressed up in nice professional clothes, then i got there at 4:45 to turn on lights and get the brochure ready… then went down to meet the man at the entrance…

he never showed. …i called at 5:20, left a message that i’d stay until 5:30 unless i heard from him…very nice and breezy… no call. Rats. I was bummed… really would love to sell the place and move forward with other things. It’s 8:37pm now, and still no call. Rats-rats. Hope Sunday’s 1st advertised “open house” goes well. wish me luck.

8) changed into my pajamas… watched some television… checked a few email messages… and am ready to crawl into bed. yes, perhaps that’s the nicest, quickest ending to a rather unusual but somewhat productive & quazi-rejuvenating day.

i must admit, overall, i was able to clear my head a bit… tomorrow seems less daunting. i can make lists now (see above) so i can jot down all the things i didn’t get to today… or things i may have thought of today… much improved. things are much improved. i’d rate this as an 8 on a 10 pt scale of ‘effective use of sick-time.’

hope all of your wish lists come true…

the shorter version, continued

…so remember that grill i picked up that was rusted through? well… by the time i got home tonight, i decided i’d see if the garbage men would take it in the morning… who knows? it’s worth a try.

so i rolled it to the curb. if they didn’t take it, no big deal… i’d find a way to take it to the recycling center or someplace for parts.

…tonight, after dark, i heard lots of banging outside. then it stopped. then more rattling and banging. it sounded somewhat familiar. …more noise… i finally stopped what i was doing and peered out the window.

two guys in a big car were taking out the grill racks, and took the grill! they were working quickly… like little elves. they were talking quietly…moving fast… and then, zoom – they were gone. i laughed out loud.

one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. congratulations! hope they enjoy it…. hope they have fun with it, and can make it work – see, i like that it was recycled… the old grill was wanted… now it has a nice new home. hopefully they won’t rust any new parts :)

it’s a long story… here’s the short(er) version.

ok, so now that i finally have a house, i can fulfill my dream of getting a gas grill. i looked in the paper, on craigslist.com (basically online “classifides” ads), and found one in good working condition (or so i thought). …borrowed a car, picked up the grill (tied to the car within an inch of its life so it wouldnt’ fall out onto the road during transit), and brought it home… only to discover that, indeed, all of the important gas-y parts were rusted. all the way. (see, gaskets and tubes and nuts/bolts rattled loose while it bumped around in the car…so by the time i got home i had a completely un-usable grill) rats. …my brother in law said it wasn’t worth salvaging, i needed to get new inside-pieces…which cost as much as a new grill. double rats.

…so, i’ve been contemplating the gas grill. is it ecological? safe? why do i really want one? …honestly, it’s so i can cook and not have to clean a pot or pan. you know, if i did shish-ka-bobs, i wouldn’t have to clean a plate either. …and it’s heathy – i can grill veggies and meat w/o lots of unhealthy cooking ‘stuff’

…now that i’ve gone through the thought process… i decided to wait until the holiday weekend, and get one on sale. that would be today.

found one – about half the origional sticker price. yae! checked around at other stores… yes, this is the grill for me. found a store clerk, he got a dolly… he, his helper, and i rolled it the car and… tripple rats. won’t fit.

we tried all different configurations… in this way… that way… turned slightly, try this door… nada. (we three were silent while we thought about how to fit this seemly medium-sized box into my 4-door fuel efficient car)

Ah-ha! take it OUT of the box! Whooo-hoo, we felt brilliant. So here we are, in the middle of the parking lot, ripping apart the medium-sized box, thrilled with our mutual enlightenment… oh, here’s a piece, make sure you get that – do you have the manuel? put this up here, no, that way – right. some more boxes – give them here… got it?

… the guys even got the heavy grill top into my trunk – i’m very impressed. (i must admit, the story would have been funnier if after all that work it still didn’t fit… and i had to return the grill, 100% out of the box… but alas, it has a happy ending)

So, i’m driving along, and decide to pick up the gas tank too. (hey, maybe i’ll have enough energy when i get home to actually GRILL some chicken or fish or something for dinner) …after exiting the gas tank store… placing the gas tank carefully inside my car (so as not to roll around)… i realize how important it is for me to drive carefully… and make sure no one crashes into me… because i have this HIGHLY EXPLOSIVE material in my front seat. …did i mention it was flammable?

well, the drive home was a little different than how i got there – i’m new to the area, and when i saw a familiar road name, i just turned right. However, i failed to realize it was “old road”… so i’m meandering along twisty-curvy roads with a ‘SLOW – 20 miles per hour’ sign on every turn… at this point, i thought it would have been rather poetic if i got hit and we created a fireworks show (truly, i’m not a dark individual…this is just a sample of what runs around in my head).

…finally got to a location that was familiar… tried to find another store (i’m all about being efficient while doing errands)…and decided that since i haven’t gotten into an accident thus far, i shouldn’t bet against the odds… so i headed home.

the first thing i did was get the gas tank out of my car.

i’ll probably put it all together next weekend – you’re all invited. a cook-out. but you must promise to drive carefully.


this is what i do for a living…i found this cartoonist is rather funny, however i wonder if it’s only entertaining to people who work in the field??! …i welcome your thoughts… click on “next” to see some others…there are about 30 images… one favorite is #13…#15 is pretty good too…and #27…

now it’s time to get back to work! dont’ have the right kind of tool… need to get a screwdriver… i have about 8 of them, but they’re all the wrong size or shape. so now i have to put on more decent clothes so i can go to the dusty hardware store and buy another tool… at least it’s only noon my time :)

Greenbelt and thanks

What a lovely way to wake up in the morning… to find LOTS of welcome wishes from you. Thank you :) You all are very funny… especially the Brits vs. Aussies… do I detect a hint of competition??! …Ah, yes, the time difference will always be noted – I probably won’t post until I get home after work (except today)… which means it’ll be about 8 or 9 my time… add 7 or 8 hours…it’ll be a day behind most everyone… I suppose I’ll greet you online when you wake up in the morning :) (oh, what’s the time difference between the UK and Australia?)

What is Greenbelt? I’ve been reading a lot about it, and gather it’s kind of a religious gathering of people in a field for fellowship and prayer … am I close? …similar to a Christian Woodstock? Please set me straight.

Well, today is my day to really get settled in my new home… I just moved in a few weeks ago, and am in a sea of boxes. I have all of the essentials… some clothes, a few pots/pans/plates, and my music… but the rest of it is all packed away. It’s time to stop feeling like a guest in my own home – and really get settled. Perhaps I’ll put on some music (play it loudly) and feel the groove while making my house a home…

OH! Can you recommend some artists? Since most of you are from cultures other than my own, you might have some really neat musicians to recommend… I like Simon&Garfunkel, October Project, U2, Erasure, Eden Burning, Sinead O’Connor, etc. I’m excited to learn about new musicians… Oh, one question for the Brits – is James Blunt a huge success in the UK? He’s huge here – women “swoon” and can’t get enough of him… just curious :)

Ok, today I need to assemble a table (it arrived in a box with all of its parts…hopefully), do laundry (fold AND put away), and really unpack my kitchen – that’s a priority…I can do it! Yes I can!

Be well – thanks for reading – hope you all have a good day…