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A rebirth for our Eichler! January 25, 2010

Filed under: life — kathy @ 4:50 pm


The sound and dust in here is incredible.  Who knew 3 men with big hammers and a wee jackhammer could make such noise, and a big mess, too. I’ve never gone through this before, but I must say, it’s exhilirating. I love seeing this place stripped down to it’s original bones. Wonderful. It’s like it’s being reborn or something..

Oh yes. We found some treasure.


CR was running around with the camera, snapping shots of this and that, when he said “Hey, you’ve gotta see this!” This amazing wallpaper was on the wall behind my kitchen desk and the shelves above it. Never would’ve guessed.  I’m definitely going to do something with it. Like frame a bit of it, or something like that. 

The horrible, slippery, fake marble tile that was behind the terrible ankle sprain I suffered last spring is no more. I am vindicated at last. The Hall bathroom that never seemed to be clean no matter how much bathroom cleaner I used…gone. Yippee and yahooey! 🙂

From this... this!

The awful marble and granite fireplaces that’d been glued to the original (and far more appropriate) red brick, demolished. Took these guys about 2 hours just to get that marble sucker down. The contractor commented to me that it had been installed well.  I feel bad that the fireplaces can’t be restored to the original red brick, however, I think the new stacked ledgestone will look hot. Mod without being cold and modern.

Anyway, all this helps to take my mind off the fact that the Bug left on a 5 day, 4 night school ski trip this morning. Sigh. I miss her already. At least she’ll miss all this chaos. Loud noise has always bothered her greatly. She still even closes her door when I vacuum. This would make her nuts.

Well, I don’t know if I’ll get much knitting done today. I do have to start working on my “homework” for the 2 classes I signed up to take at the upcoming Stitches West.  Can’t wait for that, either!

I’m so happy I don’t have to make dinner tonight!


When the walls come tumbling down January 20, 2010

Filed under: life — kathy @ 11:54 am

Okay, it’s really just the windows. But I must say that with the wild wind and rain, it seems like the walls are dow. IMHO, these guys are brave and stalwart to be handling glass and electric powertools in the wind and rain. 

I mean, there are whitecaps in the pool, for heaven’s sake.

Day one of the big demo has been pushed back to Monday. Boo hoo. I was really geared up to go on that. On the other hand, there’s still plenty to keep me busy in here. Time to go pack up the linen closet. Yikes. What would I do without big black garbage bags?

Where did all this junk come from?!

Well, when I’m done with that, I think I’ll knit. Yeah!

I’d like to leave you with a little joke told by the 7th grader in the carpool this morning (who also pointed out (with annoyance) that if we lived in Chicago and were having all this precep, we’d be having a snow day.): How do I know it’s raining cats and dogs outside? Well, I just stepped in a poodle. 🙂


Back with a vengence January 17, 2010

Filed under: life — kathy @ 11:45 am

So, after a long (l o n g)  month without Kermit (that’s what I named my laptop–don’t ask. He sputttered one last breath before his screen blacked out for good and  I had to send him back to Dell to be fixed for a ghastly amount of $$),  I am so happy to be able to post a quickie blog to just let you all know I haven’t died, moved, divorced, sold myself into slavery, or otherwise flown the coop. Although we all have moments when we’d like to do that, right? Anyway, I must say that those first 2 weeks without Kermie were unbelievably difficult. I felt like an addict without my fix.  I’m the first to admit that being online makes the time fly, and I really could spend all day sitting and writing my fantasy novel, which turns time into hyperspace for me.

And of course we have this old dinosaur of a computer sitting way back in the office, and yes, I did use it occasionally to check on what was happening with school (since that’s the main way those parents communicate), but primadonna me couldn’t stand being shut away in the back of the house, or typing on that old, stiff keyboard. I was amazed at how many typos I could make in just one sentence due to the ever-so-slight change in key spacing. I just didn’t want to type anything I didn’t absolutely have to.

Plus, without my hard drive and its pictures, I couldn’t add any visual yumminess to my rantings. and frankly, what is a blog without pictures? I mean, occasionally it’s okay. Like if you’re in the hospital, or someone steals your camera.

To that end, here’s a picture or 2 of my current  life:

okay, this doesn't really capture the chaos. I was trying to get a "before" shot of the LR

 Messy, huh?After months of planning, interviewing, ordering, and packing, the walls are set to come down around us in the next week. Luckily we have new  roof to hold it all together. That was the first phase.  That and 1/2 the electrical stuff. The electrician is now my new best pal. His new baby is the kiddo I made those adorable socks for a couple of posts back.

We still have some furniture to remove from the house (anyone want to buy a fabulous couch?), a couple of pots and pans to pack, but overall, things do not look too bad. But it is a mess in here. Luckily our PODS pod showed up yesterday and CR used his strong muscles to load the 40-something boxes of kitchen/LR crap inside.  Honestly, how does one accumulate 40+ boxes of stuff? In just 2 rooms? No mainly one room. 

I can easily recall those days of my youth when I travelled from apartment to apartment relatively unincumbered by stuff. 6 or 7 boxes of kitchen stuff. In fact, back then, the bulk of my stuff came from my closet and bathroom.  Is that a sad confession, or what?

I have to admit, I have used the time packing up here to really clear out the unnecessary stuff I’ve collected over time, thinking I’d use it eventually. The things I felt the worst about clearing out were things that were gifts or from relatives who’ve since passed away. And there were a few of those items which I couldn’t part with. But I do feel lighter and happier I won’t have to unpack those things I didn’t want when the time comes to move it all back in. The only thing that I have a ton of still that’s remained a constant are books. And between the Bug and I, we parted with around 17 or 18 bags of books. So sad. But so necessary.  Seventeen bags to the library and goodwill. And I still have tons lining the shelves that CR built for my birthday years ago. I feel like that old lady who gets burned with her books in the wonderful Ray Bradbury novel, Farenheit 451.

One book I’m so glad I kept is a wonderful, energizing and encouraging book by a woman named Karen Kingston. The book is called: Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui. This book is amazing at making me want to just haul everything out to the curb. Even if the Feng Shui part is not your thing. Last January, after reading this little book, I cleared 7 big black plastic bags out of my capacious linen closet, 3 of which were simply garbage–expired drug things and old old shampoo–as well as king size bed linen and towels and blankets I’d never liked. I felt like I’d lost like, 20 lbs. 

On the knitting front, I did indeed finish one of my presents in time for Christmas: The Sir Lancelot Shawl for papa. Of course he’d forgotten he’d asked me to mak one for him, but he still loved it anyway. And I loved knitting it.

folded and waiting for papa...

I’m nearing completion on my Broadripple socks. Then I’m going to pick up one of my UFOs to work on while the house is in chaos. It occurred to me earlier this morning that I’d better plan out my knitting for the next 6 weeks or so, since I may not be able to access my yarn (gasp!). 

Hopefully my next post will show some real progress on the house, and I will not be insane because of it. I’m just so excited to fix up this house I can’t stand it.

All I ask is that you don’t laugh too hard at me when next we meet and you see I’m covered in construction dust, and my shirt’s on inside out and backwards.

The Bug and CR in the snow on New Year's Eve

Anyway, here’s wishing you all a wonderful New Year filled with fun, happiness, and lots of new opportunities to enjoy life!


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