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  1. Construction is a pain. I love the result, but it is an everlasting pain in the butt. The new door went in September 17. Carpet went in September 30. Of course, in advance of that I had to shove EVERYTHING I own into the bathroom and kitchen. Camera by then was awol so I don’t have a photograph of the pile, but it sure was tall.
  2. New carpet is taller than old carpet.  Two of my doors are still leaning against the wall and one is dragging against my lovely new carpet.  Here’s hoping Dad can make a trip here with the saw.  (cross your fingers – there isn’t much that man can’t do as far as construction).
  3. T came by last week and brought her drill.  Hooks, mirrors, shelves and curtain rods are all hung and gorgeous.   What a relief.
  4. My parents are missing their neighbors at the lake.  L & J are dear people who had to return to their hometown in the States.  We all miss them – it was weird to see their place all wrapped up in plastic.  
    I enjoyed seeing my favourite place in the world through a new person’s eyes.  I enjoyed seeing my Dad show off his childhood home to new people and the pride that he has in the place.  Personally, I loved having someone next door who was reliable and normal.   It was nice to have someone to call to tell them that the phone is off the hook and if they don’t put it back on the hook in the next ten minutes I’m going to call the police  check on them.  It was nice that my parents had neighbours that they had so much in common with.  Friends are the family we choose – J&L became family (we’re going to miss them).   
  5. Brownies are going along swimmingly.  We have 13 girls and a fantastic group.  The energy they bring is pretty cool.  It is not often that you get a bunch that fits so well together (yes, I’m knocking on wood).  Enrollment on Tuesday. Then we’re off to a 100th Anniversary of Guiding campfire on Parliament Hill.  Such coolness.  Please don’t rain.

That’s it for now.  Will try to post more often, but we’ll see.

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I’ve lived in my dear little appartment for FIVE years now.  FIVE.  I can’t believe it.  I got a bit of money when I renegotiated my mortgage and have been spending the summer pretending that I’m moving – for me that’s the best way to make me throw stuff out.

My project list:

  1. New carpet.  The one I bought is a little bit darker than before but essentially the same – without the oil stains and crap from the previous owners.  The installers have agreed to deal with moving the big stuff around, but I’ve got to move and find places for the small stuff.
  2. Moving – but not – I bought boxes and have moved a lot of things into storage.  My plan is to only store things I’m keeping.  Three car loads to Value Villiage so far.
  3. Kitchen cupboard doors – I’ve got those nasty white melamine doors and drawers with the oak finger board on the edge.  I’m sure the person who designed them was proud of himself, but really… enough.  Mr. L is a handyman and is going to drill holes for new hardware.  I will paint out the Oak.  Cost: $80.  Not bad for avoiding a $3000 kitchen job.
  4. Since Mr. L is going to be there, I’ve asked if he’ll also address the sink tap that sprays everywhere, hang the hooks in the hall, and hang the shelves in the bedroom.  I may also think of other things too.
  5. PAINT before carpet.  And stuff out before paint.  I want to paint with the natural drop cloth of the old yucky carpet.  But I need some input on colour. 
  6. Find camera cable – I think I packed the camera cable.  Who knows which box.  Until found, no photos.
  7. New couch in (Mr. L is delivering it on Thursday) and old futon sold!  Excellent!

Who knew renovation was this much work?   But I like that I’m seeing progress.  And if you were wondering… here’s my house layout:

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