Monday, November 24, 2014

Your Favorite Things?

Now that our kitchen remodel is getting close to completion, it's time to put things back together and organize.   And that extends beyond the kitchen to the new pantry and of course the bedrooms because somehow it all gets connected in the mind, right?   First you formulate some ideas and then head online or over to Bed Bath and Beyond.   We don't have many choices in our area for organizing so Ikea or other big stores like that are out of the question.   We have Target, Lowes, Home Depot, Bed Bath and Beyond, or Kohls.   There are a few more choices in San Luis Obispo but not like the bigger metropolitan areas like the Bay Area.   *sigh*   Sometimes I miss living there, but not often.

Anyway, I digress.   Where to put things back into the new kitchen cabinets?   And what should go in the kitchen versus the pantry cabinets?   It's not as though we have or need tons of stuff, as when you are raising children or entertaining a great deal or doing a lot of baking of things that we don't need to eat.   Still, there are the basics.   Plates, bowls, large bowls, pots and pants, silverware and other utensils.   Glassware and mugs.   And on which side of the sink should the dish tray sit, and where on the counter should the coffeemaker reside?   These are important questions that need answers!

And as long as we're putting things in their place, what about organizing items such as trays and containers and shelf liners and a new dish tray and trivets and all that?   Well, browsing through a store such as BBandB could be delightful if not for a Sunday afternoon of shoppers and aisles that are way too narrow to accommodate two people and their carts moving in opposite directions.   And then there is  the annoying someone (me) who can't quite decide, going around and around the aisles considering all the options.   The other shoppers must be wondering what she's doing, although they look equally confused.

I came home with a new black dish tray and drain tray, a mat for the sink, two trivets, a shelf for under the sink, shelf liners, and a shelving unit for the closet.   Oh yes, and some dish towels.   I considered new pots and pans, new dishes (they are ALL made in China!), a coffeemaker, organizing trays for the lazy susans, new trays for the silverware and utensils, and so much more!   

So now I'm wondering, what favorite organizing things do you have?   Even a simple plastic tray is stupidly expensive and at this point, after the cost of the remodel, I could just say WTH and buy what I want.   But that's not how I roll.   I take a little time and consider before I spend.   

Oh dear, now I've written an entire post and not shown you any photos.   You must be tired of the kitchen remodel photos so how about something else?   Something pretty for a Monday morning?  This was our sunrise a few days ago.   The clouds were so soft but sadly didn't deliver any rain.   Still, we are hopeful.

Have a nice Monday!

Friday, November 21, 2014

So Excited

I made coffee in the kitchen instead of the bathroom.   How about that?   It's the little things, my friends.   I was able to jump ahead of the 10 others jobs at the fabricator because of discrepancies and details that had to be worked out.   That put our countertop in front of the line and yesterday it was installed.   When they were finished, the carpenter returned and attached the pulls to the cabinets.   

I have to say, I am loving my new kitchen.   Really loving it.   I have waited 12 years for this remodel.

And if I had done the remodel 12 years ago, I would be tired of it by now, right?    Ha!

Today the faucet will be installed.   The backsplash tile and flooring will be done after Thanksgiving so we can have a construction free zone next week while Erik is working from home.   

The plan was for the stove to be re-installed after the flooring is done, but yesterday the contractor said he would bring it in for me, then take it back out when needed.   I already purchased a Thanksgiving meal from Whole Foods but it needs reheating in the oven, so it will all work out.   

It's dreary and drizzly and chilly this morning.   Doesn't soup sound good?   I think so too.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Small Details

Well, maybe not so small, but details that call for me to make decisions.   The crown for the top of the cabinets arrived and Monday the carpenter was here all day installing said crown.   If you have ever assumed that ceilings are level, you would be wrong.   And so we ended up with a gap at the ceiling that I didn't and don't like.   Enter the painter on Tuesday whose job it is to make every detail look much prettier.   It didn't really happen.   Because the bid I had received through Lowe's was quite high for painting on this job, I hired my own painter who had done a fine job with the exterior.  The contractor isn't responsible for this painter's work, it's my job to get him back here and have it done again.   Details.

The fabricator for the countertops came yesterday to make the template.   Again, small details make the difference.   Fortunately we had worked this out last week when the designer stopped by.   

Time to put the light covers on the canned lights and install bulbs.   Who knew there were so many choices on light covers?   And bulbs?   And it's also time to install the dimmer switch and other switches.   Again, choices.   What style?   What color?   

It's time to purchase the backsplash tiles and the faucet.   Oh yes, and the pulls for the cabinets and drawers.   Details details details.   My brain gets tired by the end of the week.

Today?   I have a massage scheduled for 10:00!!!   And boy, do I need it.   I've been riding and/or working Beau and Buddy as much as possible, enjoying my time with them, but also carrying bags of feed as well as saddles, picking up horse feet, and it all takes its toll on this "not so young" body.   

I know how fortunate I am.   I am grateful each and every day for all the little details.

Here's where we are so far....

Enjoy your weekend!!

Friday, November 7, 2014

A Busy Day

Yesterday I woke up at 5:30, had my coffee, and waited for the donkey alarm at 6:00 because with the time change and earlier light, they call me earlier than they did in October.   I let the dogs out, spent more computer time, and considered my day.   I had one thing on my schedule that was firm, otherwise the day was mine to do as I please.   How nice that felt after 5 weeks of construction and other things.

After letting the chickens out, feeding them, feeding the dogs, I waited until 8:15 when my contractor showed up to look at moving the water heater.   It's not "to code" because it isn't properly drained to the outside.   I have wanted it moved out of the new pantry room before we put in the floors.   While we waited for the plumber, we also looked at a post in the corner of the kitchen that can't be removed because it's load bearing.   There was that, as well as a couple of design issues regarding trimming out the 12" cabinets on the front of the peninsula.   

The plumber arrived and we considered possible locations for the water heater.   I had one thought about this, which I shared, but the contractor didn't really like it that much.   The other idea they went through in detail didn't appeal to me at all.   I was frowning but wasn't sure what to do.   At last, the plumber came up with the same idea I had, and was able to discuss how to finish it which brought the contractor on board.   Great minds and all that.   So I'm waiting for that bid.

The designer showed up to go through the questions I had about the kitchen.   She walked in the door and immediately saw the solution.   Really, a good designer is so worth it.   By this time it's about 10:30 and I would normally be at the barn riding and/or working a horse or two.   I let the donkeys out for the day and drove to the barn.   I didn't have time to work both horses so Cheryl rode Beau and I worked Buddy in the round pen.   Then I headed to a tack store to pick up my saddle which was there on consignment.   Bed Bath and Beyond is in the same area so in I went to look at rugs and a comforter for the second bedroom which is also where I have my desk.

Oh my gosh, linens are my passion...well, one of them anyway.   Give me rows and rows of bedding, rugs, etc. etc. and I can get lost for a long time.   I've wanted some gray (I have NEVER) in the bedroom but took forever deciding because it wouldn't match the rugs and buying new rugs is very expensive.   Back and forth, back and forth, found no rug for the master bedroom, finally decided on a gray for the second bedroom.   Guess what?   It doesn't match the rugs, but I really like it anyway.   I also found a window covering for the new door off the master bedroom.

Next?   Left Paso and headed to Atascadero.   Went to the hay store where they are having a big consignment tack sale this Saturday, dropped off my saddle to see if I can get a buyer there.   Next stop was the pharmacy for a few things.   In the meantime I had called the painter because the new siding on the east side of the house has been finished and needs painting, as well as that darned post in the kitchen and the kitchen ceiling/walls.   Oh yes, and the living room wall where they removed the closet and framed it in.   

Lunch?   Well, I went to Hush Harbor in Atascadero and they had a pancetta salad on special which I bought with their very good grilled chicken on top.   Brought that home and ate half of it after the donkeys came in and I gave them a snack.

I went on with the rest of the day and put the chickens to bed, fed the dogs, waited for the painter who wasn't able to stop by until almost 6:00.   He gave me his pricing, which was good, and after he left I called Erik and then took a shower.   A glass of wine, put the dogs to bed, watched Grey's Anatomy, and turned out the light at 9:00.   

So much for my day of nothing planned.   I think that might be today.

Oh yes, and there was a very pretty sunset.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

189 Days

That's how long it had been since we had any measurable rain.   And then the skies opened, and we all rejoiced.

Well, except for Harry and Gunny.   They were a little shocked and weren't quite sure what to do at first.   In time, they gave up their state of denial and slowly walked into their shelter.   

As for me,  falling asleep to the sound of rain after a week of construction noise was heavenly.   

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Mad Bum

I didn't write a post about the Giants winning the World Series!   In the past, I've not been a fan of sitting around watching baseball.  I still don't watch the regular series, but Erik is a big sports fan and it's rather infectious to be around him, listening to what's going on during the seasons.   So I watched the Series and it was very very exciting.  

If you are a baseball fan, or if you don't care one little bit, this young man is very impressive and so humble about his accomplishments.   Three World Series wins by the age of 25 and his stats are the things that make history.   He's from the South from a town where everyone and everything is called Bumgarner.   He gave his wife a cow as a gift.   It's a great American baseball story and heartwarming in the context of all the professional athletics.

Wouldn't you love to have a pair of MadBum underwear?    

I'll be back later with a few photos.   Have a great Tuesday.

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