There was a time when you could find one or both of us at Home Depot at least once a day – we were immersed in the remodel, eating and breathing drywall dust, picking fiberglass out of unlikely places, and dreaming of cabinet design.

I like that we go there (or Lowe’s) far less often now.  After over 18 months of having the place in disarray, it was nice to focus on other projects (such as planning the wedding) and the tasks of composing our daily life.

That was 2 ½ years ago.

But the truth of the matter? We didn’t really “finish” the remodel.  Oh, they say that you never really finish a remodel, as there are always things you want to do next.  But, that’s not what I mean.  We really didn’t finish.  There were some key elements missing.

In the last few weeks, we’ve remedied some of those.  We still have a To Do list, but in the interest of celebrating, I’d like to share a Got Done list:

  • the handrail in the stairwell has been pieced together, stained, varnished, sanded, varnished, sanded, varnished, sanded (can you believe this wonderful man did this for all the doors and window frames he installed during the FIRST phase of the remodel?), and hung on the wall;
  • the new front door entry light has been chosen, ordered, and picked up.  Unfortunately, it is still in the back of my car.  Baby steps, folks.
  • we’ve posted and sold many items on Craigslist – there are still more: radial arm saw, folding bicycle, or pink lamp anyone?
  • now the garage is cleared out enough that we have room to lay out the laundry room door/frame on sawhorses, so that it can be stained and varnished etc. (see handrail above) and hung in the doorway to the kitchen – no more button-thrashing racket while we have dinner
  • installed a stereo with speakers AND headphones into the little room at the end of the hall and added a comfy leather chair and ottoman, so that we now have a reading room, and a place for Ed to retreat to when the estrogen level climbs (all of these items were stored elsewhere, so this has the dual benefit of clearing space and making space more usable)
  • watched the daffodils bloom and tulips emerge in the rockery garden between the house and the stream – to be fair, the work for this happened months ago, but this is a delight for us every day, and it is something I’ve wanted to do/see for years – YAY!

With the warmer weather, our attention is turning outside again. There are piles of rocks and weeds that I want to turn into perennial gardens – they are rather too close to the road to turn into vegetable gardens, as I don’t fancy exhaust-fumed lettuces, but they will be lovely flower gardens nonetheless.

That is, once the weeds are removed, the rocks transported to a path elsewhere, new soil and amendments are mixed in, plants and seeds are purchased and planted, kind words and growing spells are spoken over the damp soil, and the sun shines down, of course.

It’s time to go the hardware store again – I think I need new work gloves.


listening to: Dean Martin, Sway

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