Day 89-Restoration Abomination!

Cabinets soon to be removed
Cabinets soon to be removed 
Cabinets to be updated
Cabinets to be updated

Omg! Someone came in during the night and stole all our cabinet doors!!

Not really, just another phase in the restoration process, one I dread the most-remodeling the kitchen…right before the holidays! My hubby insists they it will be finished in time for Thanksgiving, I’m cautiously optimistic.

I come from a family with a dad that said things like “you need me to help you with your car? Oh, that will only take 5 minutes” Two hours later…. See, you can’t anticipate problems that crop up. There might be issues with electricity or plumbing, rot or unseen water damage. That’s why I’m hopeful, but not holding my breath.

Meanwhile, in the room we just remodeled (most of the way), I have an addition that not only fit the space perfectly, is so meaningful because it was a gift from some dear friends of mine.

Artwork given to me from my friends Laurie and BJ Casson
Artwork given to me from my friends Laurie and BJ Casson

My friends and former employers, Laurie and BJ recently made the decision to give away their art collection, which was large enough to fill a gallery. It was a decision they did not come to without prayer and deep reflection. Then again, they have always been more than generous, not only with me, with all of their family and friends…and they’ve always treated me like family. When they called me and told me they wanted me to have a few pieces of their art collection, I was honored and happy they thought of me. This particular piece was in his office, I was drawn to it because it is nautical, a style my husband and I like and one that works well with the theme of our new bedroom. Then I brought it home and Dave hung it above our bed and I saw that it fit absolutely perfect, matching our colors and theme to a T! If you click on the picture, it should make it bigger. Yes, I know, we don’t have our headboard yet, patience people. My hubby does things in his own time, we will get there!

Well, it’s time for me to go to work, I hope y’all have enjoyed my updates on our remodeling progression, such as they are. I’ll keep you posted with more before and afters, trust me, the kitchen will be dramatic! See ya later on the patio! 😎

 

 

Day 84-Free Days-Party Time!

The Birthday Boy-Chris
The Birthday Boy-Chris

Today was the birthday dinner/celebration of Chris and my Dad’s birthday, I thought I’d share a few pics.

My hubby Dave, preparing the meat
My hubby Dave, preparing the meat

Dave smoked a pork shoulder butt and then chopped some for sandwiches and sliced some for non-bread eaters like me 😊

My dad and Becky (Chris's girlfriend) serving themselves
My dad and Becky (Chris’s girlfriend) serving themselves

Everyone made a side to go with the meat and we all enjoyed a delicious dinner-slaw, jalapeño poppers, potato salad and tossed salad complimented the meat nicely.

Then it was time for gifts
Then it was time for gifts

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Funny cards, money and gift cards for Chris in addition to golf lessons his dad bought him to be taken as his schedule permits, plus an on field edition Cowboys cap from his brother Sean. Becky made him a cake and performed a cute little rap for him last night.

Dad got cards, some clothes from us and some wine from our friends Michelle and Kerry.

Funny boy's parting shot
Funny boy’s parting shot
Grandma (Momo) the puppy whisperer!
Grandma (Momo) the puppy whisperer!
My brother Kevin, and friends Michelle and Kerry
My brother Kevin, and friends Michelle and Kerry

A good time was hopefully had by all, we enjoy preparing and sharing food with friends and family.  Becky and I had fun surprising Chris with the banana pudding cake as well as making it together. I tasted a bite, it was moist and delicious!

Now it’s time to recuperate from birthdays and gear up for the holidays!!