When we moved into this house the kitchen was clean and very usable but I knew from that first day we would remodel the kitchen one day. Three years later that day came.
We decided to use the services of a big box home store because I had heard too many horror stories of contractors disappearing mid job. If that happened (and it did), at least I could contact the big box store and they could help us get our job completed (and they did.)
We researched what we wanted our new kitchen to look like (hello, Pinterest) and selected as many items as we could before we even went to the box store designer.
We joked that any construction job is going to cost twice as much as you think, take twice as long, and be twice as dirty. Well... ours was less than twice as much, it took four times as long and it was not as dirty as I expected.
Let me just say we all intellectually understand that our lives will be disrupted and uncomfortable for a while. I grossly underestimated the disruption and the comfort level. Oh, did I mention we have 4 dogs and 2 cats to keep calm during all the chaos?
Here’s some before pictures. As you can see, very serviceable but just not what either of us wanted. The fluorescent ceiling light, the popcorn ceiling (who puts popcorn ceiling in a kitchen for goodness sake?) and the striped wallpaper just had to go.
One thing about the start of our project it’s a lot of hurry up and wait. Once everything was ordered, we had to wait 6 weeks for our cabinets to be delivered. Nothing is begun until the cabinets arrive. I totally get this. Why have your kitchen torn up any longer than is necessary?
It’s an interesting process. The first week of demolition and redoing was all hands on deck. We had workers at our house everyday that week. By the by, if you expect to see your project manager everyday, forget about it. Other projects other clients — too many clients, too little time.
After that first week we never knew if someone was coming to the house to work, which raised havoc with our day. But things kept moving forward albeit much slower than the first week.
Then all hell broke loose. Our project manager was incommunicado. The company he worked for (hired by the box store to do the work) was incommunicado and I didn’t know what the f*ck was going on. Thankfully the customer service folks at the store kept working with me and, eventually my project manager resurfaced and made sure my job was finally completed.
Here are the after photos. We are over the moon with the new kitchen. At least once a day I walk into the kitchen and just take a moment to take it all in. And I’m grateful, so very grateful that we are so fortunate to be able to afford to remodel our kitchen. And that we and our animals survived the entire process.... and that my husband and I are still talking to each other.
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I love my iPhone, but I love my iPad even more. I’ve had an iPad since they came out. The current iOS update has a lot of great stuff. One of the new features is called Screen Time. Screen Time tools empower you to understand and make choices about how much time you (and other family members) spend using apps and websites.
All Screen Time features are actually available in the Settings app. Scroll down to the "Screen Time" section that's grouped with Notifications, Sounds, and Do Not Disturb. Tap on "Screen Time" to see your usage statistics.
I was just curious as too how much time I was wasting playing games on my iPad. So I set up Screen Time to track my game usage. Well, there’s no denying it now, I waste a lot of time playing games (just like my husband kept teasing/not teasing me about — I hate it when he’s right!)
Last week I logged 10 hours & 26 minutes playing games. Yikes! That’s over ten hours that I could have been doing something more productive, like working on my never ending To Do list. Or working on tasks to help accomplish my personal or artistic goals
So, on Sunday I deleted all my games from my iPad. Extreme? Maybe. I gotta’ tell you it was more rocky than I thought. Once I start playing games on my iPad it’s like going down the rabbit hole and loosing all track of time.
So instead of just picking up my iPad and playing games whenever I wanted I actually did other things. I read a book (one of my personal goals.) I know! I also spent more time in my craft room. That felt really good. I mean really really good. I actually worked on some items for my Etsy shop which I have neglected over the summer.
You know what I also discovered? I like playing these games and I think there is a happy medium. Now I have added a few games back onto my iPad. But I am not going to play them until I have settled down in the evening. And I have set time limits on each game. When the daily reminder flashes that I have reached my limit, I stop playing.
If you have concerns about how much time you spend playing games, scrolling social media, or just aimlessly wondering around the internet, it might be worth your while to check out Screen Time. Click here for a list of Screen Time features.
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My Au Natural Look
I’m not sure how it all started. Maybe it was that day I looked in the mirror and thought I look unkempt and older than my years (certainly older than the younger person inside this body. You know inside every more mature person there is a younger person wondering what the hell happened 😁.) Not that old is bad, it’s really a privilege to live another year, but....
I started thinking about dying my hair, again. I used to dye my hair every 6 weeks but once I stopped working outside of the home, I decided to stop dying my hair (all those chemicals can’t be good for you, was my thinking.) You know, gray hair is sneaky. It starts with a little gray at the temples and then, one day, you look in the mirror and wonder when those sneaky gray hairs took over?
I made another decision when I stopped “going to work.” I stopped wearing makeup (all those chemicals...blah blah blah.) Don’t get me wrong. Not bothering with makeup was great. Because it’s so much more than just putting on makeup. It’s washing your face morning and night. It’s moisturizing, moisturizing, moisturizing. It’s plucking and waxing.
So you see, I not only had one foot on the slippery slope of “au natural”, I slid all the way down the hill.
But, I have to add, if au natural is your style, go for it. Be confident. Know that you are awesome just the way you are. Don’t do all the beauty stuff for anyone but yourself.
And that’s the change for me. I was dying my hair, wearing makeup and “dressing up” because I felt I “had” to and that’s the wrong reason. Now I’m doing all this because I want to. And I know when I don’t want to anymore I’m going to stop -- without guilt!
Time to Spruce Up
Now I have a Pinterest board to help me update my wardrobe as well. This should be interesting. I subscribe to the Project 333 approach so I have a small wardrobe with less decisions to make about what to wear. I would describe my style as Boho Minimalist. But I know there are a few pieces I can incorporate into my closet that will give me a more updated look. My very stylish friend is assisting me in refining my “look” and helping me decide what pieces I should buy without breaking the bank.
Who knows. Maybe when the weather warms up I might even shave my legs. 🤔😁
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