One for the Grandparents


Oh, hi.

This is my blanket.

Actually it’s my mom’s, and an old coworker made it for her. It’s kind of funky. And


Ohhhhhhhh. Look at that.

This requires closer examination.


You! You again.




Well, you seem like an ok kind of guy. I guess I’ll let you lie on my blanket.


Now, you, lady…

The Kitchen Saga

When we purchased our home, we knew the kitchen needed work. First up, was the huge hole in the ceiling… left there by a water pipe that burst during a very cold winter while the house was unoccupied.


That same waterfall also dampened all the peel and stick tile on the floor and splattered on cabinet doors, causing water damage to the wood.


We knew a remodel was in our future, somewhere.


So we started with the obvious and fixed the hole, adding six can lights in during the process.



It was really dusty on the newly refinished wood floors.


And thank goodness for friends to help.


Because, let’s be real, when it comes to this sort of thing, I’m pretty useless. I’m a short 5′ 2″ weakling.


Next, we removed an old double wall oven that no longer worked, rebuilt the cabinet and did something with the gas line. (Moved it? I don’t know. I was probably packing up the other house when this was going on.)


I told my husband the house had to be “liveable” before I would move in.


For me, liveable means having hot water and a functioning kitchen. Also, no clutter, but that probably wasn’t going to happen for a few months.

[Sidenote: my awesome husband also swapped out the rusty, broken water-heater and installed a tankless water heater. They aren't common here, but I love it! If you need a new water heater, go tankless!]

Eventually, we got here:


At some point we swapped all the hardware out,


painted and added a new light over the sink.


Then we quit for a while, and worked on other things. Lots and lots of things.


[Gratuitous cute kid picture.]

And then, around 8.5 months pregnant on the day before Thanksgiving:


Yep. Good timing.

So that’s just a teaser for the rest of what we did. It’s not quite finished, and I’ve been waiting and waiting to show the final reveal, but it’s just not done. Life and all that.

But get excited, because there’s marble tile and a tiny grouter in a tie-dyed shirt.

My Kitchen’s Naked


All the doors are removed.

New doors are on order.

Drawers are out.

Hardware off.

Holes putties and cracks caulked.

Surfaces are sanded. If all goes well, tomorrow will be dusting and deglossing, and possibly some primer.

It’s gonna be a long weekend.


I’m Crazy. But You Already Knew That.


On the first day of Thanksgiving break we did this:


A project which is *mostly* done, but not quite, which I’ll blog about when we finally finish and do it right.

With two weeks left in my maternity leave and with my father-in-law arriving from Holland in 10 days, we did this:


We keep it boring around here.