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A Range Hood, A Cow Head & Angel Wings

I'm having one of those days where I feel like I could write about five blog posts.  I just want to chat and tell you what I've been up to, what plans I have and some things that are are my mind.  The past few days, I've been in much more of a "doing mood" than a "taking-pictures-and-talking-about-it" mood.  And now I feel like chatting, but I don't have a ton of time to write those five blog  (read more …)

Kitchen Stuff

 I put some more time into the kitchen yesterday, but my "honorary moms" who worry about me doing to much, will be happy to know that I took a bit of a break today.  I did still get some things done, like editing photos and proofreading articles, but nothing major. Yesterday, we got most of the range hood completed.  I will say that it gives one a moment of pause when sunlight is pouring into  (read more …)

the eagle has landed

 Some kind of cliche code phrase just seems to be appropriate for what my husband and I accomplished today.   After a lot of sweat equity, geometry, learning what lingers in drain pipes and a dinner break to Olive Garden (in ill-fitting, paint-splattered  sweat pants), our butcher block counters, new sink and faucet are installed!!!  Forget weekend warriors... we're Thursday warriors. I  (read more …)

The day before Thursday

 Tomorrow is Thursday!!!  That means we're finally going to install our butcher block counters.  I am so excited. Today, I did a an insane amount of stuff to make a final push towards getting these projects done by the due date.  One of those things was removing the sink and counter that housed the sink, so I could finish the back splash.   We were successful in that, but I ran out of  (read more …)

the final coat & latest cow

 There is a reason why I love painting and never quite latched onto quilting.  Patience.  I am a finisher and I like to finish in a day.  If a project drags on too long, I get bored with it.  Well, my patience is really being tested on these counters.  It took a couple of days to get them routed, sanded and ready to be installed, but then I had to put the finish on.  The finish I chose, Waterlox,  (read more …)

Butcher Block Counters

Last night, as I crawled into bed, I declared, "I didn't post on my blog all weekend!"  There was something liberating about that.  I love my blog, but I recognize that I can sometimes be a slave to it and it's nice to step away for a day or two every now and then.  I hardly even looked at my computer at all.  Last week was a busy and intense work week and I was feeling a little burnt out, so I  (read more …)

The Wonders of Grout

 I actually had to dig this photo out of my computer's recycle bin. I was embarrassed at the gaps and, while I had faith in grout and caulk, I wasn't eager to share the full frontal shot of my first tile job.  So, instead I showed shots where my imperfections weren't so in-your-face. Well, here's what that same wall looks like after it has been grouted.  (I still need to caulk around the  (read more …)

Living in Upheaval

I only have a small idea of what it's like to live through a kitchen renovation, but I know enough to know that it's pretty disruptive to a household.  One of my dear friends had to gut her entire kitchen (down to the studs and floor joists!)  I remember her balancing across the joists with a platter of sliced watermelon to feed volunteers who came to help with the kitchen project.  That woman fed  (read more …)