Sure, we bought a perfectly good house here in MA. Built solidly in the year 2000. A bit snug for the bunch of us, but certainly doable. But are we satisfied with leaving things the way we found them? (And by 'we' I mean me, mostly. But you knew that...) Of course not. For instance, we don't have a breakfast nook in our kitchen. We did recently purchase an island from the Mill Store (yes, I'm going to paint it) that has an overhang for eating. What was my point? Oh yes, our one eating/dining table in the house is in the dining room so we thought it would be nice to widen the standard 30" doorway to 5-6 feet. To improve the flow and feeling of openness between the kitchen and the dining room. Our carpenter Patrick and his 2 man crew arrived this morning to start the job. And would you look at that, fancy sheet metal duct work in the wall, just where we wanted to take the wall out. Hmmm. There was some reworking and now instead of a 5-6 foot opening or a 30 inch opening, we are going to have a 4 foot opening, shifted slightly more to the inside wall than we planned. But hey, it does make a difference, it does open up the room. And Patrick promises that it will look all purdy when they are finished--and after I work my magic with a paint brush and roller.
In case you were wondering, that light fixture in the kitchen is going. We've got Uncle on that job. Which he'll get to right after he's done attaching studs for shelving into the basement foundation walls. Another task that didn't go exactly as planned. Go figure.
The Bowles blog isn't broken! Sure, I've been on a bit of a summer hiatus, but the blog is still here. In fact, I see a design revamp coming in the near future. And by near I mean the next month or two. Don't want to make too many promises I won't keep (see last post...).
I finally found some motivation for unpacking the kitchen and dining room boxes last week which took up most of my work time. When we first moved in I was overwhelmed by the amount of stuff that came out of our old kitchen and dining room and couldn't imagine how it would all fit in our new kitchen and dining room. So I picked through some boxes and left them half empty in the dining room and just ignored several other boxes, stacking them in the garage. I have now gone through everything, fit much more than I imagined in our current space and moved the remaining boxes to storage in the attic. So, if you come over and ask for a margarita, you'll have to give me a few extra minutes while I go to the attic to fetch you the proper glass.
In other house news, the painting has begun. The living room/family room is now a color matched shade of blue/green/grey and I must say, I love it. After much deliberation, I brought a ceramic tile sample from my trip to the Boston Design Center to Lowe's and had them match the color. On the tile the color is called Windemere. Very coastal and beachy and restful.
A couple of weeks ago we had a carpenter come over to take a look at some work we want to have done. He sent us an estimate and we said 'put us on the list'. Patrick (the carpenter) thought he'd be here two weeks from today. On Saturday he called and said he had a roadblock (from another contractor) on another job and that he could come Monday. As in this morning. Today. The day that Ebby starts volleyball camp (8:30), Will and Cuyler start 4-H camp (9am) and two different home theater companies come to give us estimates on installing our flat screen television over the fireplace (and the 5 speaker surround sound system as well). Yep, just another ho hum summer Monday.
So, I am sure I will be posting updates. Maybe even pictures. I have a funky new desk chair here at my folding table desk, so I should be producing great work. Soon, peeps, soon.
Check back often, you never know when another fascinating post might appear. Dah dah dum...
At least for today it was ; )
Happy Birthday Ebby!
OMG, can you believe Ebby is 11 years old?? Which officially makes her old enough (around here) to get her ears pierced and have her first professional manicure.
Details on the rest of the day coming tomorrow, let me just say that it was nonstop fun and excitement.
Thank goodness Bowles Birthday week only happens once a year!
Have you heard? Cuyler and Will turned EIGHT today!
I'm pretty sure they had a fun birthday. Highlights included homemade giant chocolate chip cookies for breakfast, toy shopping with Christmas gift cards at Target, an exciting few hours at the surf filled beach, Wii Fitness testing, yard games and chocolate cupcakes. I'm not even an 8 year old boy and I had fun today.
Happy Birthday Boys!
As you may have surmised, posting figures to be sporadic at best for the next few weeks as we try to get things unpacked and under control at the new Bowles abode.
We have been keeping busy and getting some things accomplished. Let's see, since moving in we've...
Yes, late this afternoon the last box (or perhaps it was one of those 20 gallon tubs) was taken out of the last POD and we are now officially empty. The two PODS we have in our driveway will be picked up tomorrow morning and our 2 month adventure with 'Portable On Demand Storage' will be over. All that will be left to do is go over my credit card bill with a fine tooth comb and make sure that they charged me what they said they were going to charge me. Between the delivery fees, transit fees, storage fees and insurance fees (times 4 containers), I ought to have it ciphered out by next week.
For right now all of our stuff is under cover, either in the garage or the house.
Next step: the unpacking.
Hmmm. That could take a while.
I'd better rest up.
Ok fine, so only 2 of the 4 PODS are empty.
And most of the stuff from those 2 PODS is in the garage.
But, we're in! We bought a house! And a yard (more like our own park)!!
Much thanks to our Day 1 helpers, despite apprx. 36 surgeries between them, they really pitched in and helped us out big time. More later, must retire to my very comfortable mattress now and rest up for PODS 3 & 4 tomorrow.