Entries Tagged as 'remodel'

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The Way To My Heart Is Through A Bookshelf

She picked out just the shade of blue she likes best. It’s her favorite color – turquoise – after having left the pinks and purples behind her for now. She’s drawn signs – “Nora’s Nook “(with an apostrophe perfectly placed) and “Kids Only”. A¬†few weeks ago she was pleading with us to just leave her […]

Friday, January 2nd, 2015


She’s sleeping in the living room tonight and tomorrow she turns seven. He’s sleeping in the living room too, though truth be told neither of them are sleeping yet. And maybe they won’t be for a while since sleeping in the living room isn’t at all our routine. Ken and his dad spent the day […]

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Book Shelf Stories

Rooms filled with books feel the most like home to me. Many of my books are marked up, filled with sticky notes and marginal notes and underlined phrases. They tell the story of who I was and what I was thinking when I read it. Ken finished the new shelves for our front room yesterday. […]

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Remodel Update – A Year Later

When we first started this remodel process more than a year ago, I counted the weeks. Ken warned me. Don’t count the weeks, he said. But I counted anyway. And then, when the number of weeks got higher and higher and we still weren’t done, I didn’t want to count anymore. I think with a […]

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Remodel: Week 26 (Stove!)

Almost exactly six months after we ripped our kitchen apart, it is starting to function again. Tonight I cooked dinner on the stove and in the oven. The oven! We have an oven! And a stove! Did I mention that I cooked dinner on a stove? What was our first meal cooked on our new […]

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Remodel: Week 23

There are cabinets hanging on the walls of our kitchen. The stove is in place (though not hooked up yet), the vent hood hung. I dare say it is beginning to look like a kitchen in there. Today Ken got an idea. An idea for a hidden knife drawer, a way to use a 3 […]

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Remodel: Week 21 and 22

We’ve slowed down. Ken’s work load has picked up, sped up, so the remodel has slowed. We are living happily in our new and improved, yet still kitchen-less house, enjoying our space and our light and our yard. But there’s not much progress to report here. Two weeks ago, Ken spent all his time building […]

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Remodel: Week 20

To all my email subscribers who have recently stopped getting email updates, I’ve fixed the problem…I think. Please resubscribe using the new form right over there on the right. Thanks! And if you weren’t subscribing by email before… why not? You should sign up too!   Five months ago, we had a kitchen. A kitchen […]

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Remodel: Week 19

Today Ken realized that the sheet rock is cracking. And since then he’s had a one track mind. I text and he replies, “cracks.” It’s all his remodel focused brain can think of. His perfect sheet rock and the cracks that are beginning to show. Before the discovery of flaws, this week was all about […]

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Remodel: Week 18

Within hours of having moved into our new space, both kids had knocked their heads on the concrete floor. Miles fell while trying to get off of a ride-on toy; Nora hit her head when lowering herself to looks for something under a table. It was inevitable, really. And it was the thing I most […]

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