Completed projects:

roof, kitchen, master bedroom, main bathroom (sans shower tile), fireplace, hardwood flooring, windows, office, front entry, stairway

Ongoing projects:

shower surround, dapping/painting woodwork, ensuite vanity/lights/mirror, painting outdoor trim, finishing front entry tile work, interior door painting and hardware, decorating

Monday, January 5, 2009

Back to the grind

Oh my, Tuesday will be a day of work.

I've been spoiled. I took the entire Christmas school break off work to spend time with Cody and putter on the house. It's been fabulous.

And how could it not? Have you seen my house lately? (hardeeharhar) It's an amazing place to hang around in! So much room to move, a place for everything, easy to keep up and a pleasure to look at. Can't ask for more than that.

With all the snow days we've also had, wow. I'm sort of verging on the corner of cabin fever, but what a nice cabin to be stuck in.

So the timing will be good. Get back to making some income, pay attention to incoming bills again, just continue on with a routine of sorts.

And find time to tinker on the house too. Some of the tasks to continue, many I can continue with them on my own and don't require the team's help. It's so nice to be in that place of knowing I can handle things again! But I also made a vow to complete what was started. So I shall do that. It's tempting to keep stopping to admire and just live. But we aren't done quite yet.

So my big pie in the sky plan is, to accomplish at least one task a week. I'm so waiting on that stain for the woodwork, so that will be my first priority as soon as they call.

Other than that, there's plenty of other tasks that require my attention I can manage. I'll also try to work on them during the week as well if I complete my career work first. See? I've already given it much thought!

*stair and rail staining and varnishing - PRIORITY
caulk and paint mouldings
paint interior doors
replace all door hardware
remove old entry tile
lay new entry tile (I already own)
lay new shower tile (I already own)
put together and install new coat shelf at front door (I already own)
get a toilet for the ensuite
install of tap set for ensuite (I already own)
get lights for the kitchen
paint the laundry
paint the rest of the office
purge more junk from the basement
find more storage for the work junk in the basement
get a closet hanging system of some sort for the main bedroom
... and more I'm sure

And I have a shopping list of sorts. I'm on the lookout for (new, used or I make):

a twin bed base with drawers, headboard not important. It's used as a daybed in the playroom.
king headboard for the bedroom (make or buy??)
a vaccuum cleaner (nearly dead now)
a self propelled lawn mower (my current brand of lawnmower is called a Zach Toews)
(what have I started here?!?)
a couch I can sit on. One day I'll find one I can sit on.
a reclining chair that isn't ripped to shreds on the seat (or reclining sofa and chair or loveseat? dunno yet)

Lots. See? I got it covered.

Today, on the proposed first day of school, I was geared to work. But the schools were closed due to our snowfall last night! Wow! It was awesome. And playing that one extra day with Cody was equally so.

But life continues on. I've put away my mix master as cookie baking time is over. The tree is hidden until next December. And I brought up a few more home decor trinkets, washing off all the drywall dust so they can help make the house shine again.

Welcome 2009! And routine. And whatever else comes. We are well rested and ready to roll again!

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