For me, I think it’s a combination of the weather and the festive holiday mood across the world. It’s also a good time to genuinely and deeply reflect on the past year and all there is to be grateful.
So, I made this small list of festive and productive to-dos to keep myself in the presence of December.
For fun, and to get back into sharing in this space because the world needs some cheer, I’m going to try and document my progress with this list. Think I can do it? To be honest, I’m not sure myself but I’m willing to try.
Our family fostered a puppy, really I fostered a puppy, for two weeks.
After we lost Duke, it was hard for me to even pet another dog without getting emotional. I began distancing myself from dogs to avoid the roller coaster. And then time passed and like they say, “time heals all wounds.” Heals? I will say it helps because I’m definitely better, but I still heartbreakingly miss him.
Her name was Calypso, a spunky, 8-week-old, white terrier mix. I picked her up at the rescue, where there were a ton of dogs. It was loud and chaotic with people coming and going, picking up and dropping off dogs and supplies, with lots of barking.
Interestingly, within hours of bringing her home I could see how we were providing her the perfect surroundings to just be a puppy. Our home provided this 8 week old, uninhibited ball of love a place to be safe, to run and play, and take naps. Watching her sleep soundly in the quietness of suburbia warmed my heart. It was the best feeling and I knew I made the right choice.
We only had her for two weeks, but in those two weeks that little stinker found her way into our hearts. Dogs are amazing aren’t they? She went up for adoption last Saturday and was adopted by a family who adopted her sister a couple of weeks earlier. YAY! Success!
And thank goodness because any longer and this blog would be about our new dog!
A lot has happened in the past few weeks! We made a lot of decisions because we had to choose a countertop, tile for the floor, a sink, a faucet, and a style for the cabinets.
I cannot believe all the decisions involved! And things people who don’t do this every day would EVER think of in a million years.
Let’s take the sink for example; do you want a farmhouse sink or not, one bowl or two bowls, a top mount or undermount, a center drain or offset drain, stainless steel or a white sink, and if you choose a white sink, do you want quartz, cast iron, porcelain, etc. Wow!
That all being said, there is some fun to it but I think it would be a lot more fun if I had unlimited funds. Unfortunately, knowing this will be the only time we do this, it is a bit overwhelming.
Here is where we are in the process:
I’m thinking of doing a big reveal so I’m hesitant to share more pictures. And, it seems some of the people I’ve told I want to do a big reveal actually read this blog, but don’t ever tell me they read this blog. Besides, by this time next month we should be close to being done with the kitchen!
This is quite the process and I have learned a ton and made a lot of notes. I am hoping to share my experience and information so others have as much as they can to be prepared for this process.
It’s September! And considering it is now September 17th, I think it is safe to say I am late with this blog post.
The last few months have been such a ride with the state of the world and everything that goes along with it. That being said, I feel this may be part of the reason I avoid writing here.
There is so much coming out of the news cycle these days and in everything I have read and learned there is A LOT of corruption. Unfortunately, it is hard for me to keep quiet online when I see lying, cheating and blatant criminality. So I speak out and these days speaking out against corruption gets a whole slew of opposing opinions to come after you. However, I have learned that a lot of this opposition is the product of agencies working for the criminals. Isn’t that something? The criminals are paying agencies to employ teams of accounts to silence us so they can get away with their criminality. Let that sink in.
And isn’t that the point, to silence those who are speaking out? Because God forbid anyone say anything bad about a certain someone or a certain political party, even if it’s true!! It is really mind blowing 🤯 I won’t stop speaking up, but it does keep me from sharing more of what’s going on in my life.
That aside, we are moving forward with our kitchen remodel and it is really coming along. I couldn’t be more thrilled! I will say all these choices and decisions are much more daunting than I could have ever imagined.
Here is where we are in the process. We are now awaiting the arrival of windows. Yay!
On the other hand, the better hand, I am not complaining and grateful we have the ability to make this happen, especially with what is going on in our world today.
A couple of weeks ago our refrigerator decided to bite the dust. I must say a bit upsetting considering we bought it only 4 years ago. It happened just as we began plans for a new kitchen and knowing we would need a whole new appliance package. We got it looked at and were told it was the thermostat, but if we unplugged it for 24 hours the motherboard would reboot and give us a couple days. Since when do refrigerators have motherboards?
So we spent the last 3 weeks unplugging it, waiting 24 hours, plugging it back in, using it for 4 days only to unplug again and start the process all over. What a drag. However, we dont have to do that anymore because now our kitchen looks like this…
Which means we actually did it! We are renovating our kitchen! And can I just say, it’s only been 2 days and it is already quite the surreal experience.
On that note, I’m so glad I have this space to keep track of what’s going on in my life!