Home is where the heart is.

Now that the kitchen construction is done, it was time for Jeffrey and I to work our magic and reclaim our home. We don’t have the same wall space we had before, but we still have enough to put up some of our favorite signs:

We know what Steve Walker piece we want for this wall over our quaint kitchen table, so for now our click will be the placeholder.

We were surprised to discover our appliances are magnetic (the last stainless steel appliances we had were not) so we got to put up our dry erase board (essential for our grocery reminders) and a few of our favorite magnets (we decided not to put up all 60+ magnets we had on our last fridge.)

It was nice to bring a pop of color in with some of our counter “jewelry” but, again, we went with a scaled down version of our last counter.

We are trying out a “unique” idea for our back door “valance” – we used a home made bear flag made for us by a friend. I think I like it. It adds some whimsy to the kitchen – and we’re nothing if not whimsical!

Poor Rita was stressed by all the kerfluffle – too much movement, too much noise, not enough lap time or cuddling, so she spent the bulk of the day on the back of the couch. 

After the last surface was dusted, and the last item was placed, we decided we’d earned our favorite kind of evening. A small fire…

…and, of course, cocktails. (Gin Martini for Jeffrey, and a Cosmo for Sassybear, since you were wondering.)

It was a busy and exhausting weekend, but we are elated to have our home back and in order!

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Someone’s in the kitchen with Sassy!

The kitchen renovation was finished Thursday when we got home from work, and I am one elated Sassybear to have it done and over with.  Here is a set of before and after pictures. I’ll let you guess which is which.

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This is life!

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Reno-vexed

We are now entering week 6 of a “3-4 week”kitchen renovation. For the bulk of that time, we have been without use of our kitchen and our appliances, our garage (where some supplies and new appliances are kept,) our back porch, almost the entire back yard, half our driveway (where the dumpster is) and a good part of our sanity. Our days have been longer, as we have to drop the dogs off each morning, before work, at my mother’s, and pick them up again on the way home. Since we have no fridge, we’ve lived out of a cooler, so we have to get ice every other day, and eating at home has been a challenge, never mind eating even remotely healthy. We have been given a 4th deadline of “by the end of this week.” (After being told 3 weeks, then 4 weeks, then 5 more days). The guy who’s doing the work is here 6 days a week, so we’ve only had one day a week with the house to ourselves for the last month and a half. We thought the money we shelled out for the kitchen was hefty, but turns out the price we’ve paid for this renovation was much higher than we expected. My home is my sanctuary, and having that disrupted has really put me through an emotional ringer.  We also have several issues with our contractor, but we’re just biting our tongues and trying to grin and bear it until we get our house back. 

Worth it? Absolutely not. 

Regret it? Absolutely.

Will I ever do it again? Hell no!

Here’s hoping this is the last deadline we’re given for this project. I really don’t think I can handle another week of this. 
Sigh…

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All you need is love

I’m no Pollyanna, and I’m not one for platitudes. I consider myself a realist, a humanist and pragmatic. I can be a bit cynical and pessimistic time to time, and I don’t believe, when pressed, all people will do the right thing. In fact, I assume many, if not most, people will screw you or throw you to the wolves if it will benefit them in any way. 

But I will say this: when things are difficult, dark, painful or otherwise seemingly beyond your capacity to handle…

…focusing on the people and/or animals that you love, and that love you back, Really does make things bearable. 

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Another (Spo) Hallowe’en Meme

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Our kitchen is 2 weeks into renovation and it is much harder living with it than I thought it would be. Rather than complain about something I entered into willingly (although woefully ignorantly,) I’ll swipe a meme from Spo’s Blog, which I think will be more enjoyable to read.

1 – What is your favorite movie to see at Halloween?

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and/or “Practical Magic.”

2- What was your favorite Hallowe’en costume as a child?

Never liked dressing up in costume, but super-hero costumes were always my favorite.

3- Given enough money what would be your fantasy Hallowe’en costume?
Alan Scott,  the original Green Lantern; by “enough money,” that includes not just being able to have the costume made professionally, but also being able to hire a physical trainer and nutritionist to get me in shape so I’d look good in it.

4 – What is your favorite Hallowe’en candy?

Peanut Butter Cups or Caramels

5 – What is your supernatural fear?  
I don’t believe in the supernatural, but I find the thought of demons the most unsavory.

6 – Your ‘creepy-crawlie’ fear?  
Spiders – then snakes.

7 – Your ‘that’s gross” fear?  
Any kind of mutilation

8 – Have you ever heard a ghost or heard something go bump in the night?
I have heard noises I could not find causes for. Have never believed them to be ghosts or anything supernatural.

9 -Are you a traditionalist or a creative carver of you Jack-o-Lantern?

If I carve one (which is rare), I’m a traditionalist. Can’t imagine wasting my time carving art into a pumpkin that’s going to rot and not last.

10 – Do you know/have a favorite ghost story?
Despite my lack of belief, I do enjoy most ghost stories if told well and in the right atmosphere. I enjoy getting “spooked,” just not late at night or when I’m alone. Lack of belief does not mean lack of vivid imagination.

11 – Do you know someone who is “Anti-Halloween”?
I’m often considered “anti-halloween.” I’m not. I neither love it nor hate it, or care about it much at all. I give out candy (if I’m home), I have gone to Halloween parties in costume, and I like some of the Halloween specials. I could take it or leave it. It all depends on my mood. And I looooove candy.

12- Do you decorate the house at Hallowe’en?
My husband is not a fan of decorating for Halloween.  I could go either way. When we bought our house and started handing out candy 5 years ago (to foster good relations with our neighborhood) we put a green light bulb in our front porch light. Then we got a little light up pumpkin we put in the window. This year, I will put out a light up green monster (given to me, as a gift, as a pseudo flying spaghetti monster) on our front porch. We also dress the dogs in outfits (now, tell me that’s not evil.)

13- What do you want on your Tombstone?    
No tombstone. I’ll be cremated.  But if someone were to put up a plaque in my honor for some reason, I’d like it to say “He lived as honestly as possible and loved dogs.”

Finally, to take a queue from Spo, I’ll post my favorite Hallowe’en song:

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Huddling at Home

We are home. Actually we’re at my moms, about 10 minutes away, because we got in early and they’re working on a kitchen today at the house, so we’re hanging out here with the dogs until after dinner.

After exuberant greetings of licks and tailwagging’s, the pups are finally settled down and trying to catch up on cuddling time with dad.

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Manniversary # 17

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October 2, 2016:

Today we celebrate being married for 17 years. 
Few things bring me as much pride and joy as my life and partnership with this guy. We have, literally, survived it all – debt, illness, prejudice, family drama, changes in ourselves and changes in our relationship. Everything that might have (should have?) broken or destroyed us, just made us stronger. Through it all, he has been my rock, my compass, and my cheerleader. First, he took my heart; next, he took my name; then, he took my hand in marriage; finally, he took me on a great adventure that still hasn’t ended!

Happy 17th Anniversary to my husband, Jeffrey. 

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Celebrations and Renovations

We’re back on the tip of the cape at our home away from home, Provincetown.  October 2nd (tomorrow) is our 17th wedding anniversary, and we decided a few months ago to celebrate it here in one of our favorite places, having dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Ross’s Grill, a fabulous 2nd floor restaurant with a waterfront view.   Of course, this was all planned  before we decided to go full steam ahead with a kitchen renovation a month ago.  We struggled with whether to cancel this trip or not, as finances are going to be tight for awhile, but we figured we’d do one last hurrah before we tighten the belts and stay home eating Ramen noodles for the next five years while we pay off the kitchen facelift.  (For those who have asked: yes, I am taking copious amounts of pictures before, during and after and will share them here when the project is complete.)

Here’s a sneak peak of what it looked like before the renovation started…

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…and what it looks like now

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Eeeeeeeek!

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I like multi-tasking!

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