Thursday, July 19, 2007

Fun Stuff

So we've picked a contractor [Drumroll....]

It's Mr. Younger-but-Enthusiastic Contractor - ta da!

Gerry's been elected to tell Mr. Established Contractor we're not going with him. He has the whole pathos thing going, and we think he won't get yelled at or anything. We're really losing a good bet by not taping this whole thing for a reality show on HGTV!

Today we went to the cabinet showroom suggested by our contractor, ALL, Inc., to pick out - well - cabinets. They happened to be having a scratch & dent sale, and we completed our appliance buying needs by picking up a floor model wall oven and stackable dryer. Both were more than 50% off, and both are VERY necessary!

Our current kitchen is pretty appliance poor - part of why the price of the house was so good (the not very inspired kitchen.) We're not setting out to "flip" the house or anything, but that same nagging feeling that told me [Okay, YELLED at me!] that we should move to the Twin Cities is telling me to be intelligent and thorough in any upgrades we do.

I hear and I obey.

Now we have to sell our current (wonderful) non-stackable dryer on Craig's List, and we'll be golden! I think we may be able to sell it for just a little less than the new dryer - we'll see!

There's so much arranging, organizing, lining up of ducks still to do before we all leave town and the contractor comes in. I'm meeting with him tomorrow to set up a schedule that will work for all of us. Thank heaven I shine at this - and dig it - but it is wearying. It's gotta happen, though, and evidently I'm the woman to do it.

Earlier folks were asking, "When are we going to see the FUN stuff - the colors for the kitchen, etc..."

Well, you asked for it, here it is. The photo in the upper left is from a local house that was for sale. I liked the feeling so much that we're trying to match it with our own kitchen. It seems good for the period (1918) and do-able on a budget (without sacrificing style!)

Please don't tell me that I have no business enjoying this part of it, I can't help it...

We're trying to be frugal and intelligent in all of our choices. Doing something cheaply and badly won't be a help to anyone in the long run. As we said to our contractor - we'd like to be frugal - but not cheap - in our decision making.

With the scratch & dent appliances we've bought, the bargain slate tile for the bathroom, the sensible wood floor & locally made and reasonably priced cabinets, we think that we're getting a very good value for the home equity loan we have to take out tomorrow. Hoo-ah.

Tonight was another ball game - Max is so great - he's definitely not the best player on the team, but he has so much heart & enthusiasm. Being on the Dodgers (I prefer to think of them as Bklyn, even though their hats say "LA"), which turns out to be a remarkable team, has been the BEST thing for him this summer.

He gets a lot of good male attention, bonding with teammates, gets to run around and he's finally figured out how to hit the ball. Every time at bat tonight he connected, getting a double 3 times and making it home twice. Go Maxie!

Hannah showed me that she can do something I have NEVER been able to mistress - whistling through a blade of grass! And she's GOOD!

After the game Hannah, Max and I walked over to Grand Ol' Creamery and bought cones, then we walked home on this lovely and cool evening.

There's something about a couple of red-headed kids (one in a Dodgers baseball uniform), eating ice cream cones that makes the whole world smile. Well, it made the folks we passed on Grand smile.

Tomorrow night we're going to a Harry Potter event at Red Balloon (near our home on - you guessed it - Grand Ave) with our friends Catherine & Lucas. The kids are absolutely THRILLED to be going - and so am I! I've ordered the book from Amazon, but the waiting in line will be fun for the kids. We can pretend we're the Weasleys!


I finished the Wimple (excellent word, thank you!) and will be sending it out tomorrow.

Now I start on an Alpaca Ruana for a book about Fiber Festivals a friend is writing. It will be a mitered project, worked so that the natural Alpaca colors accentuate and compliment each other.

A simple project, but sort of a large one and the deadline is mid-September. Thankfully, I'll have a lot of mindless knitting time in August, and this is DEFINITELY a mindless project!

The front porch has become an excellent place to knit - I turned one of the bookshelves on it's side - it still holds the same amount of yarn, but now it's counter-top height so I have a working space out there.

I needed a place of my own to spread out - now I have it!


Vanessa said...

Oh, Annie!! Your kitchen looks like it will be gorgeous! I love the bronzed hardware and pendant lighting.
I'm looking forward to seeing the final product.

July 20, 2007 12:33 AM  
Kitt said...

Using the bookcase that way is very clever!

July 20, 2007 2:17 AM  
Nancy said...

I'm just happy to hear you're letting the other contractor know he didn't get the job! You wouldn't believe the number of people that don't even bother after the time we've spent with them. It's business! We understand...

July 20, 2007 6:19 AM  
n. said...

Wow! I never realized how like the Weasleys your family is! The redheaded kids, the warm friendly mother who knits like mad, wacky dad (who is sick in the Order of the Phoenix)...

How marvelous :) I love the Weasleys!


July 20, 2007 6:34 AM  
Auntly H said...

I'm so happy to hear you made a choice and are moving forward. Not that you seemed stalled, but it must feel good to be making progress. Of course, you should revel in the design of your kitchen. Wring every drop of joy out of it that you can. It's looking beautiful to me.

July 20, 2007 8:24 AM  
tara said...

Love, love, love that photo of Hannah!!!! Tara

July 20, 2007 9:29 AM  
ml said...

Annie, this project may well be yours and Gerry's salvation. A great distraction from your other mission in Rochester. Hey, think about asking the contractor if he'll give you a small break on something if you agree to let him show your finished kitchen to prospective clients. It's a gamble--dependent upon your relationship with him being a happy one at the end--but just a thought . . .
And I doubt there is anyone who reads your blog, anyone with a heart, that is, who requires you to account for whatever happiness you can find these days. In other words, spend the money on what you need to spend it on, babe. You deserve it and so much more for what your family has been handed.

July 20, 2007 10:34 AM  
Cher said...

Love and hugs to you, Gerry and the kids. I think about you all the time. My friend is recovering from knee surgeries on both knees and as soon as she is a little better, we are going to hijack you away for a little knitting and chocolate eating if you can fit it in. I love the sideways bookcase idea. Cheryl (a former student of yours from Creative Fibers. Remember the big rainstorm?)

July 20, 2007 12:06 PM  
shoeboots said...

Love the kitchen colors and style! It's definitely going to look great!

July 20, 2007 12:24 PM  
Kathleen C. said...

Your sideways bookcase is marvelous! Would you share with us how you did it? (I can see other dividers in there).
And of course you should "enjoy" the design process of the kitchen/bath renovation. You are clearly doing the best you can with the budget and being wise... no sackcloth and ashes required!
The Weasleys... hah! That's great! I'll bet you'll get that comment fairly often. And you'll be knitting I assume?

July 20, 2007 1:03 PM  
knitintensity said...

Are you kidding? You go on and have a ball designing your new kitchen. You all deserve a bit of fun! It will be beautiful and suit your needs well. I hope everything goes smoothly for you! Cynthia A new Harry Potter book will do us all good!

July 20, 2007 4:15 PM  
Brenda in San Mateo said...

I agree that the picture of Hannah is so Cute! Her freckles seem to end at the edge of her cheeks.

The golden color of your kitchen looks very warm and inviting. You deserve every bit of fun in planning it!

July 20, 2007 10:54 PM  
Penny said...

yay! {hugs}

July 24, 2007 8:52 AM  

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