Monday, June 2, 2008

Political Humor of the Day from Little Man

So Dear Hubby got another letter from His Political Party of Choice inviting him to send them More Money. I mentioned (not in a snarky way) something to the effect of "oh I see you got more mail from the *****s--once a party or candidate has gotten money from you they won't stop." (and yes, I know that if I sent money to My Party of Choice they would do exactly the same thing!)

And the 4-year-old says, "If you give somebody money, they're gonna send you junk mail!"

Ah yes, from the mouths of babes.

(Don't forget to vote tomorrow, everyone here in My State, or wherever else it is voting day!)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Pull out Trash and Recycling Bins in a cabinet drawer next to the oven.

Susan in the corner cabinet being Lazy

Oven and Microwave
Area where we USED to have additional cabinets. Flooring will be redone and area will be repainted and we'll see what we'll put there.

Sink Area. Shop Light above sink will be taken down when the ceiling fan is installed.

Corner Cabinets by sink--note curved arrangement to maximize usable space

Refrigerator and Pantry Cabinet

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

EXTREME MAKEOVER, KITCHEN EDITION: Day Six- (Posted one day late) Installation Complete!

Yup. The Sears contractors have done their part. As of yesterday (Monday 5/19), all cabinets (with doors and handles and supercool touches like Lazy Susans--Why pick on poor Susan, anyway? why is SHE the lazy one?, pull-out drawers, and hanging trash/recycling bins); the countertops; the sinks; and the installation of the appliances (we have a DISHWASHER! HOORAY!), are done.

We began moving "stuff" back in but it will be a while before everything finds its place.

There is quite a bit of work yet to be done by other contractors:

Replace flooring
Install tile backsplash
Paint kitchen
Fix ceiling fan bracket and install ceiling fan
Duct work from oven/microwave up through the roof (Yes, thank you very much, Our Fair City)
Install wood railing on dividing wall between kitchen & family room

But for now, we have a usable kitchen again, and it looks wonderful, and that makes us tremendously happy. I am pleased with the quality of the workmanship and with the crew of workers that we had. They really did a good job and went the extra mile to get it done.

Pictures to follow when my camera batteries recharge and I remember to put the MEMORY CARD BACK IN THE CAMERA and I have a chance to upload them.

Friday, May 16, 2008

EXTREME MAKEOVER, KITCHEN EDITION: Day Five--Cabinets & Countertops

Cabinet doors are going in, countertops are being installed and oven is in place.

Dear Hubby finished the Practical exam and passed, but needs to re-take some of the Oral exam--he'll test again next Friday.

I enjoyed going to the health club for a workout this morning--free session with a personal trainer who gave me some good exercises. Now I just have to keep on going in there at least a few times a week. We'll see how it goes. I really do need to discipline myself to exercise in order to have more energy and be more physically fit and active.

Thursday, May 15, 2008


I like the cabinetry so far.
Dear Hubby took his practical exam tonight and almost but not quite finished the project he had to do for it. He'll go back at 11 tomorrow morning to finish it up.


Day Three (Wednesday) they mostly worked more on the electrical and took out some of the sheetrock on the walls. They also discovered that they didn't have all the proper required permits! They had to go quickly over to the City office and straighten it out.

Dear Hubby took the Oral part of his final FAA exam on Wednesday and passed. Now only the Practical portion is left!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

EXTREME MAKEOVER: KITCHEN EDITION, Day Two: Powerful stuff, so watch that plug, it's potent--Electricity, Electricity

(yeah, that's an old Schoolhouse Rock song)

Mostly electrical work on day 2. Wiring will be much better than it was before!