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Whisked Away by Wind and Work.

You know what renovation work we got done this week?

None.

We had just enough time to make a mess in the new kitchen before we headed for the hills of Tennessee in front of that nasty storm.

I did have plenty of time to think and plan how I want things to go in that room though. 

One thing I nailed down (not literally) was my layout for the cast iron pieces I want to hang on the wall.  

These items will also be heavily used so it’ll be nice to have them within reach.

My mom collected these at yard sales over time ($5 for a big Lodge skillet!!!) and I LOVE them! I bought the leafy spoon rests from one of my favorite stores on the Covington square, Revolution.

I’m going to sand and poly these boards (below) and put some hooks on them to hang my display. It’s going to go in that big blank space on the wall shown in the top picture of this post.

Rough cut at its roughest.

I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Also, while I was in Tennessee I remembered that I had bought the top of a hutch (or is that the hutch itself? I dunno.) at a yard sale for $10 a long time ago and I didn’t know where it was. Duke assured me it was in the studio, aka “bro cave”.

Not what I intended it for. 😅

I really want to use it in the kitchen but I have to wait for IV to be around so we can get the countertop situated to see if it will work.

Other than that I did some storm damage assessment around the house and everything was okay. 

IV’s makeshift tool shed took the worst hit but that wasn’t surprising:

What a mess…but no biggy.

I did love that these flowers had bloomed while I was gone:

I had to look them up, but it’s called a Spider Lily or sometimes Hurricane Lily. I thought the second name was more appropriate.  A nice little bright spot after a very dark week.

Praise the Lord.

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Home Rehab: Everything but the Kitchen Sink

We’ve now spent two peaceful nights in our new home.

Today we will (Lord willing) finish cleaning out Pinewood Drive, and we’ll close the book on that chapter of our lives.

Though I haven’t posted daily we have still been busy on the renovations of our house.

I’ve been unpacking and organizing…little bits at a time.

Of course a lot of these areas have been covered with boxes right after I took the picture 😅, but getting the pretty picture was motivation to get things put away.

The kids have been carrying their load as well:

That’s going to be our kitchen floor…we’ll see how it turns out.

And while IV was buying the lumber from Champion Sawmill, he found this (very heavy) treasure:

That sawmill is a cool place!

Besides those renovations there were things to be done before our first night:

Thankfully we did all have a place to sleep.

And we have to start school tomorrow so I dug out our books…

I’m not nailing into the walls until everything is settled so I’ve just been using the nails that are already there. 

I decided the clock looks better on this one for now:

Most importantly we have a place to eat:

A well-stocked kitchen

I’ve got everything but…

You guessed it…

The kitchen sink. (And I have a hundred pound cast iron one of those, but it will have to wait for its final resting place.)

Praise the Lord!

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Home Rehab Day 31: The Final Daily Update

Guess what these two pictures mean:

The second try with grout went MUCH better!
Our bedroom floor…shiny!

We’re officially ready to move in!

No, the big boys’ room is not finished. 

Yes, the kitchen is barely started. 

BUT, we all have a place to sleep. (The little boys’ have plenty of room to share til the upstairs room is finished… shouldn’t be long.)

We have two functioning bathrooms. 

And we have a makeshift kitchen that’ll keep up us fed and fueled. 

It’s been a long (yet fast) and tiresome month. 

We still have a long way to go and I’ll post some updates here as we go, but it won’t be everyday anymore.

We plan to start school next Monday so I have to get back in a schedule with kids and sort out all of their books…and clear a place for them to study.

I’m also ready to get back to my flowers and concentrate a bit more on my fitness business too!

Be on the lookout for updates coming soon on flowers and fitness…and always faith. 

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Hebrews 11:6

Praise the Lord!

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Home Rehab Day 30: Too Much for a Sunday Afternoon

Today, I needed some tiles cut to go around the toilet.

We tried the jigsaw with a diamond tile blade but it just wasn’t cutting it. (That’s punny.)

So, IV manipulated the wet saw to cut these perfect curves along the lines I’d traced on the tiles:

I hung my head in shame as I admitted what I’d done. 

He’s so merciful though. All he said was, “The only people these things don’t happen to are the people who don’t do anything.”

And then he cut two new tiles for me…the right way. ❤

I set the floor tile and then started grouting the shower.

I thought this would be the easy part, but I might have been crying my first bout of shower tears if Richard hadn’t been there to save me.

I was struggling on the first wall and he came in and slapped that stuff right on the second one. (He’s obviously done this before. 🤔)

I was beyond thankful.

Also, Richard and IV were taking down a board covering a window in the kitchen and when they flipped it over this is what they found:

Sorry…it’s sold. 🤗 We bought all the “acers”. Haha!

We were entertained.

After that it turned out to be a long day, but good stuff was done…

It looks like a crime scene, but we just want to keep them clean until they’re stained.
IV said that was a PAIN, but they finally got it in.

We’re on a countdown to returning to our new “normal” life now!

Gonna be living in that construction zone real soon!

Praise the Lord.

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Home Rehab Day 26: Tag Team Take 3

We made good progress today.

It’s probably because I was well fueled:

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Peach milkshake…yum.

I painted the itty-bitty bathroom:

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And I arranged all my tiles for the floor and marked the ones that need to be cut:

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Tiles make me nervous. 

A storm started blowing in, and those huge trees around our house made me nervous too! The kids had to be at church anyway, so I tagged IV in as we headed out.

As I drove away down County Road 229 I came to a truck stopped in the road because of a giant limb down.  I had to get out in the storm and help him drag it to the side! Thunder and lightning are not my friend but I felt pretty tough out there… like a real country woman. 😂

Anyway…

IV worked the late evening shift and made himself a staircase:

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He’s got skills.

Praise the Lord.