Thursday, July 29, 2010

Disappointed and Annoyed.....

as it looks like this renovation will be not finished until the end of September. I had hoped for this to be done before the school year started but we are waiting, waiting, waiting for stuff on the exterior of the house to be done before the interior environmental assessment can be done. We are also away for the next two weekends in a row, so that doesn't help.

I'm not expressing it very well, but right now I'm not really talking to my husband. THAT's how annoyed I am. I don't think he really understands how frustrating it really is to live in chaos 24/7, how depressing it is to be unable to be creative and how helpless I feel because there's NOTHING I can do about it. Sigh. On to losing my mind now.....

Try to have a good day.

Friday, July 23, 2010


a little creativity in the midst of all the chaos. But, I will say it's not been easy with no real table surface to work on. A cardboard box doesn't really cut it, you know?? At any rate, this month the challenge over at Paper Poppy was to use circles and 2 items from any PP Kit on your layout. But, since I have limited space and resources, I decided to make a card instead. Maybe it won't count for the contest, but that doesn't really matter. I was just glad to do SOMETHING crafty, and since I just received my new kit yesterday, here's my card :

I used the July kit for most of it, plus a rub on from the June kit and pearls from the May kit.

Also in this picture are two of the books that I've read this summer. They are both, however, the last books in a large series, so if you've never read any of them, you might have to start at the beginning. I will warn you ahead of time that the Naamah series is NOT tame. By any stretch of the imagination. But I still enjoyed the series very much.

Otherwise, the reno is moving along. In fact, as I'm typing this, my hubby, his Dad and his brother are all hanging drywall in the living room. We're that much closer to getting our 400 sq feet back. THANK GOODNESS. I'm going just a little bit mad here.

Have a good one!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Getting Ready.....

for another fun filled camping trip. My sister and I and our families meet every year at a Provincial Park that is about halfway between our homes and we camp. This year we're going here. It's always fun and this year my youngest brother, his wife and their little guy are coming too! The more the merrier I say.

The reno has once again stalled because I'm not an electrician. So, it's not going to be done in four weeks like I planned. But it better be done before school starts again because I. AM. NOT. GOING. TO. DO. THIS. ALL. SUMMER. LONG!!! Do you sense the frustration at all? It will all be better in the end is becoming my mantra. But I gotta say 5 people living in 400 square feet less than normal is starting to wear a little thin. I realized that I have not posted any kind of picture in awhile, so here's some of my faves from this reno we've got goin' on :

My DS giving a hand tossing out the ceiling.

The living room walls filling up the bin.

Cleaning up the mess. Normally, I look better than this.

My living room last week. This explains the lovely look above.

The reason for my angst, as this is how we're living right now.
Have a good one.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Back on track.....

again! We called in the re-inforcements and the reno has moved along. So, in the last 2 days my father in law and I have finished taking the boards off the walls, strapped the studs out for 2 more inches of depth & therefore 2 more inches of insulation, moved some plumbing out of the way, put in the header and removed the south interior wall, and started insulating. It's nice to have it starting up again. Plus, I used a compound mitre saw for the first time!! And, it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be! It's all coming together and I can't wait to see it FINALLY finished. The lack of living space is starting to wear thin, as it's been super hot this week and we've spent most of our time inside the house. I'll keep you updated on our progress.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

We've hit.....

a snag in the demo department. My Dad, who has been helping us out with this renovation, is sick. Nothing too serious, but enough to completely stop work, as I'm not physically strong enough to make any more progress on the walls. There are some BIG boards that need to come down and I know my limitations!! I also know nothing about working with plumbing, so we're at a standstill until he's better, or hubby calls in reinforcements.

Sigh. So much for my 4 week timeline.

Have a good day.

Friday, July 2, 2010

A quick update.....

on the mess in the living room. Thankfully, the worst of it is almost over in that the lath and plaster is almost all off the walls. The dropped ceiling is down and the walls are opened up. I can see in my head how it will look when it's done and I'm excited about it!

Today I'm celebrating the 11th anniversary of the day I gave birth to my oldest daughter. I have a surprise girly day planned for just the two of us. Can't wait to get started!

Have a great day!