So I thought I would share some pictures of the craziness around here.
I mentioned on Sunday that everything we're up to right now is directly related to the bathroom remodel we started back in 2009.
Eek! That looks totally nasty, doesn't it?
But the whole carpenter thing is really weird. He said he had a job to finish on Monday, but he expected to be here around noon. So hubby came home from work five hours early and then... the carpenter was waiting for someone he had to talk to, but he'd be on his way soon. And he'd definitely be here by 2 pm, no worries.
At 4 pm my husband called him and said, "Well, I can't sit around here anymore, so I'm going to start without you." (My husband has two speeds - full-speed ahead, or asleep on the couch. Once in a while there's an in-between stage of watching television).
Yeppers. See the edge of the counter in the picture on the right? The coffee pot was there. Then that big hole stretched all the way across the kitchen, and out the door way, which is out of view to the far left. So yeah, only 3 joists to traverse. But still.
The best part was when I got to the garage, added milk to my coffee, and discovered that my cup was full of hot milky water. Because I get a little screwy when I have to get up at 5 am during a time when my routine is disrupted by chaos, so when I set up the coffee pot Monday night, I filled the water well, I emptied the carafe, I put the filter in place, and I set the timer.
And somehow I neglected to put actual coffee in the filter.
Trust me when I say... it was a complicated morning.
But when I got home from work Tuesday afternoon, things were looking better.
Not sure exactly who this dude is in the picture - but it's not my husband.
(Oh, and FYI - we thought maybe the carpenter just takes Mondays off, but no, he was a no-call/no-show on Tuesday, as well. Apparently this is common with carpenters and contractors. O-kaaaaay - not sure how these people expect to make any money that way, but whatever).
|almost ready for tile|
|Look ma, tile!|
My husband, who owns a business, called the office and said, "HELP!" And the guys came through. Whew!
So Tuesday afternoon/evening, my husband started putting down the tile.
So... yay! Tons and tons of progress.
Today, Wednesday, my granddaughter and her mother came to visit, so I got to ditch the home improvement project and go to the beach. I am SO not complaining about that. Even though garage cooking has been a bit of a challenge. We had hoagies and cold-cuts twice. A rotisserie chicken one night. Chinese last night. Tonight we had rotisserie chicken soup that cooked all day in the crock-pot. Our gas grill has a burner, so that came in handy for cooking the soup noodles.
|Help! The beer fridge is full of food.|
|pretty new door|
We got home from the beach, and I discovered we have a new door. Whoa. I had no idea we were replacing the door. But I'm good with it. It's not framed in yet, and I took this picture in the dark, but it's a really nice door.
|No more beam-walking|
Which is awesome. It is tricky business to find an appropriate middle-of-the-road when your granddaughter's parents are breaking up. I know that emotionally, we're supposed to automatically support our son. And it doesn't help when my husband's ex-wife seems to enjoy ramping up the drama - any kind of drama - but I had a candid conversation with my step-son in which I told him quite clearly that while I love him to pieces, I also adore his daughter's mother and fully intend to maintain a relationship with her. And he basically gave his blessing.
And I won't say that they never complain about one another, or share rumors they've heard and what not, but we're pretty good at not getting sucked into gossip, although we do listen to a certain mount of venting. Besides - these kids are 20 years younger than us and live in different cities - it really hasn't been all that hard to not take sides. I mean, we are grown-ups.
My tiny peanut granddaughter Alexz is about to turn FOUR! Whoa! How trippy is that? Following that is our little Alexz now - whoa! Not such a peanut anymore, but cute? Hell yeah.
Happy Thursday, darlings. I hope you have a fantabulous weekend!