Warm Again!

So the power came back on and we have heat again, thank
heavens. I’m hoping these two power outages aren’t a sign of
a harsh winter because I already don’t like cold weather 😉

Thank you to everyone for your warm 😉 wishes while
we were huddling under layers of blankets!



O-M-G, it has happened again, no power, second time in 4 days. This time the high winds did it and, to add to the fun, the wind chill in the morning is supposed to be 10°.

Needless to say, we’re burrowing under the blankets and I’ll be posting again ASAP.

Almost Back

The power finally came back on today after 37 really cold, dark hours.
I need to get warm and catch up on what I’ve missed—
will get back to posting Tuesday morning!

A Great Way to Spend a Saturday

Don’t have a child? Borrow one! Become a
Big Brother or Big Sister! Take a grandparent
instead of a kid! (Well,why not? They’re
great at turning kids on to books.)

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day

It’s A Day To Be Thankful

Wishing you and your loved ones
a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!









Phase 3 Renovations Week 9.5—Will This Never End?

I think my poor little bathroom that doesn’t even have cool stuff like
a jetted tub or a vanity for two or heated floors is going to set a
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not record for the longest bathroom reno EVER.

Don’t get me wrong, things haven’t been at a complete standstill. The 
missing box of shower tile came in so all the tile and grout work is
done. The shower hardware was put in and then replaced because it
wasn’t quite what I wanted but I’m happy with it now.

Some of the other fixtures have been installed…

…including the most important piece. I can’t tell you how much I
don’t miss traipsing up and down stairs a gazillion times a day 😉

Then, the shower glass guys came and did their thing so now I
can actually take a shower without going downstairs. However,
because the renovation gods apparently think I haven’t been worthy,
I had another lesson in “be careful what you wish for”. Until
I used it the first time, it didn’t dawn on me that I have
to get in before I can turn it on so I get to stand there in cold
water while it heats up. Oh, well, it is what it is.

And now the wait for my glass countertop goes on and on and on.
This is what I get for picking something out of the norm—there’s
only one guy on the East Coast who cuts this and he’s in Massachusetts
or some such place up there. Last we heard, it was put on a truck for
shipment but we have no arrival date yet. In the meantime, I’ve gotten
used to brushing my teeth and washing my hands in the kitchen but
this really is getting old. My contractor is nearly beside himself—he
was told three weeks but it’s been almost seven and, of course, I’ve
only paid him a portion of the total contract. I’m not sure which one of
us is more frustrated but I suspect it’s him. Maybe next week…

In the meantime, I’ll have the real version of this Louisville
sculpture of a very large mint julep 😉

Phase 3 Renovations Week 4—Moving Right Along at a Snail’s Pace

So this job that was supposed to take about 3 weeks has now approached
Week 5 but it’s my fault for choosing materials that had to be shipped in
from across the country. The first thing to arrive was the window trim.

My camera doesn’t do this justice at all but it’s a bright sea green and
Tyler, the
installer, has the patience of Job. He’ll need even more when
it’s time to do the grout.

Next came the oversize subway tile and, again, my camera doesn’t show the
colors well. The background is kind of an off white and the swirls are gray and
a sort of bronzy brown. The fixtures will be bronze to pick up that color…and
now we have another delay because the shipment was short by one box.

You’ll remember Giselle’s adventure with the hunky firemen
during the kitchen renovation last December, right?
We’ve kept her and Holly closed up in my bedroom during the festivities
but, one day, she escaped and was quite sure no one would notice 😉

The tile is looking good but that last box won’t arrive till next week while
we’re on a trip to Kentucky to visit Laura so work will pick up again in
about 10 days. The vanity should be ready about that time, I hope.

If you’re thinking the window looks off center, you would be right. I’ve
always wondered why the builder did that way back in 1962
but it is what it is and I’m not OCD enough to care!

And, finally, having nothing to do with the bathroom, I had a few pieces
of furniture hauled away, including a large china cabinet. We found this
between the cabinet and the wall and it must have been there at least 15
years. This is my grandson, Drew, who’s about to turn 24 😉