The past couple of nights I've gone to bed with a container of Keebler Pecan Sandies, and I've awakened in the morning with the renovation on my mind. What needs to get done today? How can I move this project a little further along today? What do I need to shop for, have delivered, and what possible fires need to be put out? Are we making our goals? Are we staying on budget? This, my friend, is why I've been going to bed with my cookies. But at least I haven't eaten the whole container at once (not yet). Other thought-provoking activities in the news and the regular family issues that pop up each day have all combined in my head to mix up a fairly funky cocktail of anxieties. But my faith is keeping me balanced (well, except for the cookies).
This week is crucial at the job site. While my brother is finishing up with some new/old/added plumbing and electrical, we expect to contract a painter and (finally) the pretties will begin being added, one by one. Once painting is finished (not sure how long that will take), the floors will go in. I've chosen a soft gray for the walls, brushed nickel for all hardware and fixtures, and solid oak floors. Once the floors are in, the kitchen cabinets, which have been sitting in their boxes in the middle of the house, will be installed. I am in the process of transforming a piece that will serve as a kitchen island. There are bathroom vanities standing in line to receive their positions, and a beautiful soaking tub on its way! Exciting things, indeed! Once all these things are done (not much haha), we will finally make it to my favorite part...cleaning every nook and cranny till it shines...making sure every last detail has been completed...and, at last, illuminating the space with all the beautiful lighting that has been waiting to reveal its unprecedented glory! We have a projected finish date of January 1st, 2017...EEEEEEK!
As the work continues and the daily duties of renovating a house drum on, a lot is happening in the country. I have abstained, and still abstain, from talking politics on social media. This one subject has caused divides among friends and family and driven foes even further distances apart. Some believe that if they don't agree with a person politically that they can no longer be associated with that person. I see that as utter rubbish! Our differences may be cause for contemplation and irritation, and be the subject of heated debate at times, but we should never -- EVER -- let our differences tear us apart. It is in finding common ground that friendships and alliances are formed, and I believe it the duty of man to seek out those commonalities and, in that, we can find some level of peace and acceptance of others. Every person is the keeper of their own soul and should owe no one else anything but love. I think where we get into trouble is when we have the mentality of my way or the highway! In recent days I have seen some things in our country that I have not seen in my 60+ years. I know there have always been struggles, even atrocities in this world, but as you get older and begin to ponder the importance of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, some things fade slowly into the background as the issues that really matter come solidly to the front. For me, that is faith, family, friends, and the preservation of it all. Nothing else really matters. But as I've had to learn the hard way, sometimes the only pathway to achieving this lofty goal is to SHUT YOUR MOUTH! Take it from me, I have most definitely learned this lesson the hard way.
In the midst of all of this, the holidays are upon us! What? I am sure it was just last month that I was astounded "Holidays 2015" were upon us! But these days are flying by and here we are again counting the days. I personally have always loved Thanksgiving because there is little that goes along with this wonderful holiday except to count your blessings, be with family and friends, and eat good food -- what could be better than that?! Christmas on the other hand, even though it too should be about thankfulness, togetherness, and hope, we find ourselves fretting about what activities to cram into our already hectic schedules, which toys to buy the children who already have too many toys, and what gifts to give the adults that will have meaning or true usefulness. I am already thinking about how to make this Christmas season more relaxed and more about just hanging out with family. First of all, instead of erecting my 9-foot tree and squeezing it into a small corner of my apartment living room, I have found a tiny Charlie Brown sort of tree that will "stand in" this year. Plus, I simply cannot bear to haul 12 containers of Christmas decor up two flights of steps. My youngest daughter will probably have a hissy-fit about this, but I will calmly tell her to go to her sister's if she wants a big tree and, since her sister is living in the states right now and is planning to purchase a fresh evergreen, she can do that very thing. See? There is an answer to holiday chaos if we but only think it through!
May your days be full of peace, your holiday planning be full of joy, and your daily to-do list grow shorter by the minute. It's very possible that we will NOT make our January 1st deadline due to the looming holidays and that's okay, because holiday togetherness rules.
And with that said, I think I might have another cookie. Thank you very much.
No construction pics today unless you like toilet holes and electrical wiring...nothing much has changed picture-wise but you simply cannot put a price on the importance of the guts of the house!
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