Project 2011 – Week Fifty-Two

December 29, 2011 § 3 Comments

Well, this is it gang.  The last post of Project 2011 – yay, we made it.  A very big curtsy and hat tip to Cate @ MomentsofWhimsy for getting the ball rolling way back in January and initiating this sharing of goals and resolutions for 2011 .

It’s been quite a ride for me personally. I had a lot of trouble following through and sticking with my goals, being, I think, the most flighty of the group. Nonetheless, the experience was important for me to get a grasp of how realistic some of my goals were, how sometimes my ideals are a little farther away than my present ability to reach and that individual steps can in and of themselves be goals.

Moreover, I did get a sense of accomplishment and pride that even though I might not have achieved some of my individual goals, I did not abandon the commitment to keep at it and I posted fairly regularly throughout the year.  That’s something, right?  😀

As of this moment I’m not sure at all where my mindset is at for 2012. I have some ideas of where I’d like to head but am not so steadfast in my convictions that I’m actually ready to hit the road.  Let’s just say I’m still perusing my maps.

I do however intend to take the upcoming year more slowly and deliberately and, for now, that seems like the best way to approach it.

The best part of this project, of course, has been making new friends and getting to know my old friends a little better.  Sharing the highs and lows throughout the year has given me a much deeper appreciation for how important it is to have a cheering/support section.  Thank you to all who commented on my posts and congratulated and/or merely encouraged me.  I truly appreciated every word and gesture.

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Project 2011 – Week Forty Seven – Finishing Touches

November 30, 2011 § 2 Comments

Oh wow, week 47…for real?  What happened to the year?  As always a grateful hat tip to Cate @ Moments of Whimsy for hosting this sharing of goals and resolutions for 2011.  It’s been quite the ride.

I think it’s sort of appropriate then that the title of this post is “Finishing Touches” as this will likely be my last submission for Project 2011.  It’s time to get ready shed this skin and welcome a whole new one, and yes I think having just turned 40 has something to do with my enthusiasm for a brand spankin’ new year.

But before I go, I said I would do a post about the finishing touches to my kitchen, some turning out much better than others.

First, and foremost for me, was the running water!

If that isn’t a finishing touch, I don’t know what is.  The shiny new double sink is, absolutely awesome, especially without a dishwasher, but without running water…well, you get the idea.

Next it’s the curtains…*sigh*

For all intents and purposes, they’re fine.  They’re thick enough to keep the cold air out, their size is perfect and the colour scheme matches the paint and the counter top.  The thing is, they’re too…uh, um…I don’t know what the word is but I know I’m not crazy about them.

They’ll stay for the winter because they’re practical but I can guarantee you I’ll be looking around for something more suitable.  Good thing the panel only cost me a few dollars and I altered it myself.  😛

Next though is one my favourite finishing touches…

Cast iron “grape” hooks that I’m using to mount a couple of frying pans.  I used to have my entire collection of frying pans mounted but with my new pots and pans drawer it’s no longer necessary.  There’s a third one next to the stove where my potholders are hanging and the best part is that I paid only $2.50 ea for them.

So there you have it, my kitchen’s finishing touches brought to you by frugality, bargain hunting and doing it yourself.

Thanks for all you have been leaving comments in support of this big change. It’s helped a lot to keep me focused and on track.  😀

Now for something completely different…

Here’s Rosie sleeping on her “throne”.  I know, it’s my fault for putting the blanket there…but the seat hurts my butt.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Project 2011 – In With the New…

November 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Sort of anyway.  The new subfloor is in and believe me, that’s a huge relief unto itself.  Hubby never ceases to amaze me by what he’s willing to try.  Granted, there have been one or two cringe worthy experiments over the last 18 years but mostly he does a good job even if it’s something he’s never done before.

Unfortunately, due to no fault of his own, the floor we were hoping to have fully installed before he left on his overnight jaunt to pick up the cabinets and countertops, is in fact only half done.  Ah, the truth of any reno project…estimate how long you think it will take and tack on another week or two depending on the extent.

Hubby was up until about midnight last night screwing in almost one hundred screws to secure the 1/4″ plywood subfloor.  There was no way he was going to be able to install the vinyl sheets before leaving this morning.

So he left about an hour ago and I excitedly waved him off knowing that the next time I see him, he’ll be bearing the gift of my new kitchen.  I’m a very happy girl.

In the meantime, I’ll be puttering and tidying as well as finishing up priming under the window while I stare longingly at…

wishing I had the first clue, and frankly the gumption, to install it myself.  Hubby needn’t worry though, I’m not nearly that brave.

Really, at this point, there’s very little left for me to do except stand around and wait.  Oh, and take pictures…lots and lots of pictures.


Project 2011 – Week 45

November 10, 2011 § 2 Comments

I know I’ve been totally slack with the Project 2011 posts the last couple of weeks.  My apologies.  Thanks as always to Cate @ MomentsofWhimsy for hosting this year long project to share our progress on our 2011 goals/resolutions.

This week’s post is brought to you by our upcoming kitchen renovation.  In two weeks, Hubby will make the trip with Mike to pick up our new cabinets and countertop.  In the meantime the following list of things will need to be done so we can install them as soon they return.

1) Empty out the contents of the kitchen and find a place for everything
2) Remove existing counter tops and cabinets
3) Repair, prep and tape walls for painting
4) Paint
5) Clean, strip and prepare floor for new flooring
6) Install new floor – something we still haven’t even picked out yet
7) Pick out and purchase new sink and faucet
8) Install cabinets, countertop and sink
9) Install new curtain rod and hang handmade curtains
10) Sort through kitchen stuff, purge 30% min and put kitchen back together

A more organized person might be able to do all that in a week. I know me better than anyone else so I’m giving myself two.  In between, I’ll also be taking pictures for a before and after post and I’m really excited about that.

In a way I wish it was in the budget to just pay someone to do all of this for us, it would be so much easier. Still, I have to concede how much fun, as much as it tried my patience, redoing the bathrooms with Hubby was. We certainly learned a lot in the process…probably more about each other than actual construction.  😉

There’s also a lot to be said about making a house FEEL more like your home. It’s been 13 1/2 years since we bought this house and though it’s felt like home for awhile, each upgrade and every renovation has made feel even more ours.

Granted, the bank still “technically” owns it but that’s a topic for an altogether different post on the subject of how homeowners are getting ripped off and paying for the privilege.  But I digress…

Right now it’s happy thoughts about cooking french toast in my brand new kitchen, reveling in turning 40 and in general just being very grateful to be alive.








Project 2011 – Week Forty-Two

October 19, 2011 § 5 Comments

Oh boy, it’s really closing in now.  Only ten weeks left of 2011 and it’s only going to go faster from here.

I haven’t completed the work on the second fabric boot yet and like most of my projects, it’s now sitting in a corner gathering dust.  I haven’t been feeling very well the last couple of weeks and it’s been good excuse to take it easy, putter, watch movies and just slow down.

Work will begin soon enough on the kitchen reno, Hubby mentioned having it done in time for Christmas. It’s not a structural job merely a take out the old cabinets, slap on some paint and put new ones in kind of deal, so it’s definitely possible.  The question becomes of how “probable” it is that we’ll get it done in time?   😛

In any case, there’s that and then there’s matter of Christmas itself.  Most years we split the holiday up between different branches of the proverbial family tree.  It works out to many small parties spread out over a week, often two.  I find it  exhausting and I’m getting too old for it.

Really, it’s just a bunch of squirreling around because we all find it uncomfortable spending too much time in each others’ presence…especially as a large group.  I realize this is a pretty common phenomenon and I’m not bemoaning it.  I just think I’m outgrowing it.

We’re all adults now, aren’t we?  We should be setting an example of maturity, togetherness and the importance of family for our children/grandchildren.  The two oldest of whom are now already adults themselves.  It’s long past time we gave up ancient grievances and opted to suck it up and just get on with life, as a whole family.

Ahem… (*stepping down from the soapbox)

Anyway, this year for Christmas I’d like to try get as many of the family together in the same room at the same time as possible.

And get the kitchen done in time.  I’ve got 66 days to make it happen.  Pray for me.  😀

*Yes, MrCrow…your concerns have been duly noted and will be addressed at the next committee meeting.

Project 2011 – Week 40

October 9, 2011 § 15 Comments

I’ve so lost track of what’s going on here.  I was only going to post a weekly update about my new health/weight goals every Tuesday and then I proceeded to write two poems and then no update.  *sigh*

Anywho, I should be at around the 5lb mark for the weight loss, should being the operative word.  Gratefully, I haven’t gained any but I haven’t lost so much as an ounce…or if I did, I immediately put it back on.

This may require more drastic measures, like actually counting calories and stricter portion control.  Of course there’s always the “fuck it, I weigh what I weigh” attitude.  No, I’m not quite ready to throw in the towel. I’ll just try harder that’s all, at least for the next couple of weeks anyway.

It’s Thanksgiving here in the Great White North and we really couldn’t have asked for nicer weather for a long weekend.  Sunshine, temps in the mid 20’s and all the beautiful colours of Autumn…it’s truly glorious.

We’re going to make a Herculean effort to get as much done today as we can so that we can actually enjoy the day off tomorrow without worrying about chores.  We still have all kinds of never got to tasks that fell through the cracks of our incredibly busy summer.

In a couple of weeks it’ll be Hallowe’en, then my 40th bday and then of course, the highlight of the year, Christmas.  I know how quickly this year has already flown by so I’m truly going to savour the last 12 weeks of 2011.

Project 2011 – Week Thirty-Eight

September 22, 2011 § 2 Comments

I don’t know if anyone else is still hanging on out there but I’ll keep at ‘er anyway.  Requisite hat tip to Cate@ Moments of Whimsy for starting us out on this journey to share and encourage each other in our goals and resolutions for 2011.

Hard to believe there’s only 14 weeks left in the year.  With goals changing like the seasons and missing a handful of posts along the way, I can’t say I’ve been as consistent as I would have liked.

Nonetheless, on this latest goal anyway, I’m doing quite well.  Last week’s muslin prototype bootie made a great pattern for this week’s plaid prototype.

Not to shabby eh? A little more refined than the last one.  I’m definitely happier with this style but I still have some work to do before I can say I’ve perfected the design. One thing for sure though, they’re as comfy as all get out and I can easily forget I’m even wearing it.

Hubby’s already pointed at my foot and asked, “What’s with the one boot?”  Oops!

If anyone is still out there reading this blog, thanks and I hope you have a great weekend.  😀

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