03.10.08 – Quote of the Day – remodeling
My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. ~Erma Bombeck
A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life: he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home…. I am thankful for the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby. ~Nancie J. Carmody
Ahh… so my last blog was about spending less time working and more time doing things I love. Well, I kind of have it right. I don’t exactly LOVE housework, but – as any homeowner will agree – there’s always work to be done.
It couldn’t have come at a better time for me to have made this less-work-o-holic-ness pact with myself because Pete got a new job and he can be human again!
As many of you know, my fiance was the traffic reporter for Channel 5 until just a couple weeks ago, when he left the station to be a morning news anchor in Dayton. At Channel 5, he had a split shift where he had to be at work for several hours every 12 hours. So, not only was it inconvenient, he could never get a decent night’s sleep. Well, now he still has a bizarre schedule where he has to be up at 2am, but then he’s home – and stays home – by noon. So, he can actually sleep and feel human again! Yay! 🙂
Well, with his newfound humanness comes energy. The energy (he hasn’t had since we bought the house) to fix up the house we bought together over the summer. And, of course, if he didn’t have the energy, I wasn’t going to do it by myself! haha! Over the weekend, Pete was so revved up to buy paint and come up with plans for finishing our basement and landscaping the yard. So, we came up with a priority list of everything we want to do to the house. It is as follows, so please comment below if you have any recommendations for these jobs:
1)paint the house
2)install new hot water heater
3)remove tree stump
4)tear out driveway
6)redo stone wall
7)install new driveway gate and new fence
8)finish basement (install sound-proof recording studio for Pete)
9)landscape front yard
10)install surround sound in living room
(PS number 10 isn’t on my *personal* priority list, but it is on you-know-who’s list…)
Since we moved in July, we’ve only managed to paint one room red. Mind you, it was red from tan, so it wasn’t easy. But it’s pretty pathetic that that’s all we’ve accomplished. So, we purchased a tan and “coffee bean” accent wall for our living room. I think I’m going to paint my office an antiqued yellow and my bathroom a mossy green. That’s TBA though. Attached are some before and after pictures. I’ll keep you updated on our progress!
DINING ROOM AFTER:
LIVING ROOM BEFORE: