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Monday, October 12, 2015

More Progress

More progress was made on the kitchen today. The crown molding was installed.  One cabinet was adjusted for Eric's percussion machine and nebulizer.  After more than a decade of use it will finally have a home of its own, not in the middle of the floor.  More electrical work was done too.  We now have power to where we are moving the tv. Hopefully the electrical will be finished tomorrow. Along with more finishing work. 

On the crafting front I did the finishing work on 2 rag rugs and made almost 2 dozen pair of earrings for the fundraiser on October 21st. I have another 18 layed out and ready for assembly.  I am not working on the earrings right now because I am sitting with a sick Eric.  So I guess that I will do some more knitting.  After all you can never do too much knitting. 

With Eric being sick and the granite being installed tomorrow it should be very interesting around here. My wish for all of you is to have a less interesting day. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

1975 and More

Today was spent doing laundry, I only had 7 loads today. All but the last 3 are finished and put away.   One of the loads was the last 2 rag rugs for the sale on the 21st of October at the Tucson JCC to benefit the Taglit program. All I have to do is trim the little bits and pieces.  I also finished one scarf and started another scarf.  

The big news of the day is that I started working on the next phase of the remodel, yes I know the kitchen is not finished yet.  I am so excited that my craft room is our very next project, that I started working on that project today.   While I was sewing the edging of the rag rugs it occurred to me that I had a whole lot of cake decorating patterns that were so politically incorrect that they had to go. Don't get me wrong, they were ok to make in the mid 1970's, but this is not the 1970's anymore.   So I gained a whole 5 inches of shelf space back.  Yes, they were recycled. It may not sound like much, but it is a start.  

Rumor has it that the rest of the cabinets and the granite are arriving tomorrow.  

Saturday, October 10, 2015


The remodeling has brought about a lot of changes real and imaniged. Real changes included Eric's nebulalizer over heating to the point it could not be used any more. The dead nebulizer is pictured below. So I pulled the spare nebulizer out today. Yes, we keep a spare nebulizer, doesn't everyone?   I have also been throwing away old preschool and elementary school arts and crafts projects. Yes all the old and dusty relics have made it to the bin.  I  would like to point out that I really can throw things out. I will spend more time going through the rest of the shellfs tomorrow so construction in that area can begin on Monday. 

I also spent the afternoon clearing multiple craft project off the large couch.  I will try to keep project on the couch to a minimum.  Shelfs had been ordered to help organize the craft room.  We now have room to put in shellfs since the treadmill has been moved out.  Yes, I have lost a hiding place.  

The imaniged changes include a stack of yarn boxes in the garage from my last yarn stash reorganization a few years ago. Since clutter is disappearing at a good rate, they are now visible.  Please do me a favor, if you are a fellow knitter and have gotten yarn out of one of those boxes or you remember me putting them there, please let John know that they did not move in to the garage this month.  Another imaniged  change was on my part. I thought that we could not move forward with the remodel until the tv was relocated to the other side of the room. This is actually going to result in the tv being moved.  John has ordered parts.  After that happens we will need volunteers to help John move the furniture around. 

So ther you have it, the real and imaniged changes for the week. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Tile Work

The tile work continued today.  Almost all the tile is set. The grout was also finished on all the tile that is in place.  The tile work will be finished on Tuesday when the rest of the tile arrives.  We were also able to save the cut pieces that we did not use from the land fill, it will be going to a friend so she can spruce up her kitchen back splash. 

I also finished knitting one scarf and the weaving done on a rag rug today. My poor loom took the worst of it when I cut the rug off. By accident I cut the tech solve which holds the cloth warping bar in place.  So until I get more tech solve I will have to wait to start my next weaving project.  So I started another scarf on size 11 knitting needles so it should be done fairly quickly. 

I also get to start using the washer and dryer tomorrow.  The tile and grout  should be dry enough.  This is a good thing because the laundry is at least knee high, with at least 8 loads of laundry lined up right now.  

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fixing Cabinets and Tile

We started off the morning with a 7 am meeting with the contractor. The cabinet makers are currently rushing to fix the boo boo's before 11 am. The tile is suppose to start being layed at 11 am.  I can't wait, they are using a method called floating the tile.  Also some of the tile came in too small to use so it will have to be reordered.  I wonder how fast the tile can get here from the Midwest?

A few of the cabinets had to go back to the shop to fix the boo boo's. The tile guys came on time.

It was really neat to watch the tile being set. One on the tile guys is doing a demo for us. Floating a tile is basically putting  adhesive on the back of the tile, like icing a cake without smoothing out the frosting.  Then they place the tile on the floor. If he tile does not lay, flat they pick it up and add some more adhesive on the floor and then lay the tile.   They lay the tile very fast.  

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Home Remodel, More Cabinets

Today the dishwasher was delivered. I would like to say that the Lowe's Home Improvement delivery man went the extra mile.  He moved the dishwasher so that I could get Eric's wheelchair out of the car and into the house. That is excellent customer service in my humble opinion. I am sorry that I forgot his name. 

More cabinets were installed today. So we have all the cabinets, but not all the doors.  One wall of cabinets came in 6 inches too short. A couple of holes were cut in the wrong place. We are not sure what we are going to do about it. I stopped the cabinet installers from installing one of the base boards.  They decided to add an extra cut that was not in the plans that would have put the base board over the carpet.  Which would have made it impossible to ever change the carpet.  John will work it out with the contractor tomorrow. 

I on the other hand got a lot of weaving done. With any luck I should have the rug off the loom tomorrow.  With the finishing work on Friday.  Then when I get the washer and dryer back, I can wash them and hang them out to dry.  I lose the washer and dryer for 2 days for the tile work. Then I can get a few scarfs done before he fundraiser. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

One Step Back

Well the new fridge and most of the appliances arrived today.  This is where we went backwards. The newly widened doorway was not quite wide enough. We could not open the fridge door all the way.  So the newly widened doorway was made even wider. More electrical was moved.  By 12:30 I had the house back.  

I had the quite house to myself for 2 1/2 glorious hours. So I worked on the last charity rag rug. The fundraiser is in a few weeks on October 21st at the Tucson JCC.. It will be for Eric's Day program for special needs young adults.  I have over 4 storage tubs of hand crafted items, many of them one of a kind. It has been a busy summer.