Friday, July 1, 2011

My feet are touching the bottom . . .

I am back . . . I feel like I have been in the deep end of a pool and I have just been getting my head above water enough to gasp for air once in a while. It has been a very busy month. But, I think the hard part is behind us.

Bob . . . You know about our kitchen water and mold damage - well that is just a part of the story. Bob hadn't been feeling good at all - not since mid April when we returned from Arizona. He had tests done, several doc visits and numerous treatments for sinus infection - but nothing else could be found. Now it seems the symptoms have gone - maybe it is all of the work.

Kitchen . . . The kitchen demolition started about three weeks ago to remove all of the wet and mold. They removed everything and ran the fans and other machines 24 hours a day for 7 days. Then the electrician came to do the wiring changes and decided after 35 years the entire kithen should be rewired. The plumber came to do the plumbing changes for changing the location of the sink and the stove and to add gas to the kitchen. And while he was here, we thought, what the heck, just have him add gas to both fireplaces for inserts. Everything takes longer and leads to at least one more thing. The first picture is kind of how the kitchen looked just before the demolition except the refrigerator had already been moved around the corner to the dining room which is our makeshift kitchen for a couple months. The second picture show how it looks after everything is out - tile gone - cupboards gone - counter tops gone - wall board gone - some subfloor gone. Now we will start to put things back together. I am excited - I think.

Mom . . .
Then last week Mom decided it was time for her to really move to Bozeman so I went to get her from Missoula and brought her over here for a week. We found her a really nice condo that was being sold by three grown kids for their Dad who had just moved into assisted living. It is going to be really nice to have her close and I know we will get our mother/daughter mojo back which is a blessing for me. She will move toward the end of July after closing.

4th of July . . . This weekend, my son and granddaughter from Portland are coming to visit for the week. It is going to be a marvelous 4th of July and week. Lot of memories are just waiting to be made.

Question for you . . . No quilting going on. In fact, I have to go outside to get to my studio as it has been all sealed off with the demolition. The plastics are coming done tomorrow for the next week while everyone is here. We will clean things up and get by. The electric stove is now temporarily in the back area we call a "butler kitchen" where we had 220 already from a time when that area was a laundry room - it might stay there. It is a fairly new, smooth top, black Jennair. There is a sink there with countertop so it wouldn't just be sitting there, but would be built in. I am wondering if it is crazy to have two stoves. Most of the time when I cook for family or company gatherings I would love to have two ovens, but there is no room in the kitchen for a built in dual oven and I don't like the way the dual oven stoves have the big oven so low. I will have a new gas stove in the kitchen. Do you think it crazy to have two stoves?


Marge said...

Nothing is crazy if you want it. Follow your heart.

Libby said...

I think it is wonderful that you have 2 stoves. I have 2 microwaves and it seems they are both busy at every meal!