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:lol: Let's see - important thing first: Mom is in ICU right now. NOT a big deal - she went in for her 6-month check-up yesterday and the doc noticed her heart rate was accelerated. Long story short; A-fib. Her heart was beating 150+ beats per minute in the ER and the drugs weren't working, so they admitted her. ICU because you have to watch it closely. Nurses were encouraging - this is NOT a big deal (supposedly), just something to try and control.

So. There's that.

Tuesday SG and I made yet another Ikea run. That makes....5 in 2 weeks, I think? :sigh: The evil empire isn't quite done with me; we need another butcher block top (don't ask. Just...don't. I'm still too upset to discuss it rationally.). This trip we ended up with ALL the bathroom for us, more Billy bookcases (because *I* want to move the books out of our bedroom (because of space issues, but I do NOT want to give up any more books....I've purged a LOT. I replaced most of them with ebooks, but....I don't like ebooks as much as print books. :sigh: Being a bibliophile married to a non-reader is HARD, y'all!), and some under bed storage cabinets for Himself. He needs 1 more set....:sigh: I have a love/hate relationship with Ikea.....I LOVE high-quality, well-built wood furniture, but my budget doesn't. Ikea is better than Wal-Mart/Home Depot/Lowes.....but bottom line: Cheap. Which....is good for the budget. :sigh: (Disclaimer: the kitchens are actually the highest-quality stuff they make and sell. They are at least 1 step up from contractor-grade....and they are almost customizable.)

Anyway......the living room is almost done. Still need a chair and new sofa/loveseat/end table. Music room needs a bit more work; 1 of the new Billys is going in there to help ease the stress. Kitchen.....basically DONE. Bar top not.....need to run to Ikea to finish. :sigh: BUT! SG had a great idea for UNDER the bar - 2 short Billys for my cookbooks/vintage homemaking books/misc books. 1 fat and 1 skinny fit *perfectly* behind the sink - we bought doors so the books will be protected from the dogs. AND Himself's old, primary-colored bookshelf fits in the awkward space next to the bay window, and will hold my cookbook collection. SG is sanding it right now; it'll be painted white. (Penance. It's penance for my bar. :lol:)

In other news....I've actually started trying to schedule my housecleaning. Yup. I've become one of THOSE women....with a homemaking binder and all. :shudder: and :lol: I want to keep this space neat and tidy, and I have found that if I schedule something, it WILL happen. So......:sigh:

I think that brings y'all up to date....I gotta get ready for school.
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1. Kitchen - 90%! Part of the bar (the shorter part, natch!) is done and installed. We won't discuss the particulars, because I am a little upset with how things went, but...it's DONE.

2. Wardrobes - Love them! They look like a matched set; not sure if they are, but they look it. They also look authentic - not that it matters. We want them to USE them, so......I saved down the photos from the ad; I'll post them soon. They *look* Art Deco - '30's-ish; now I need to find a dresser that will go with them. :lol:

Sad fact - most people don't want these lovely, large pieces any more. We've become a disposable, flat-pack society......yes, I'm part of the problem, but I do try to use "real" pieces when I can find ones that'll work in my space. The trick is finding what I want, in a style that appeals to me, at a price I can afford and am willing to pay. :sigh:

3. Family night! - we try to do something as a family each Friday evening. We missed Friday this week, so we did it last night; we played the tutorial match of Imperial Assault. It was us (SG, Herself and I) against Himself (by design; this game is basically D&D Star Wars style; the Imperial player is the DM). Herself was all negative-Nelly - until she suddenly realized that SG and I were out to win. Which we did. :lol: Himself was over-the-moon about that - usually HE wins, because he has studied the rules, read all the fan pages, and can plan an entire campaign in his head....and the rest of us? Just....play.

Last week Himself and I played a round of X-Wing Miniatures......in which I almost won. It was a 3 hour game....and the last 1.5 hours was his last TIE and my last A-Wing (with Psycho Tycho in the pilot seat - that is *MY* set up from now on!) in an epic dog fight. He only won because I finally got a bad dice roll. (The force had been with me up to that point. :rofl:)

I'm waiting on the wax to settle on my countertops so I can put the kitchen back together this AM (I'm down to waxing 1x/week. :huzzah!:) Hopefully the bar will get finished today......I need to start oiling it so I can get it on the same schedule as the countertops.
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41* right now. :brrrrr:

The pod people came out and pulled the 1 pod we are giving up, and moved 1 of the 2 we're keeping. Now we can actually get a dumpster in so we can start cleaning up the outside! (We have a HUGE trash pile outside right now. :sigh: Ah, well - it'll be gone soon!

Today we run to pick up 2 Art Deco wardrobes for our bedroom. SG HATES our closet......:shrug: These are a matched, his-and-her pair that look to be in good condition. They'll look good, and the closet can be repurposed as...I dunno, out-of-season clothes? Books? Something.

Oh! I think SG screwed up with my Jeep. It looks like he was trying to use a dummy key - one without the chip. :bangs head: WHY I do not know....he knows better. (I have a dummy key because I was locking myself out of the Jeep a LOT.) :sigh: Anyway. It needs to be looked at anyway because of the other day, so no harm, no foul. :lol:

Gotta get ready to go - laters!
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but it's been busy around here. Saturday was an emergency Ikea run (#4 in a week, if you're keeping count!) because we managed to totally bork Himself's bed, to the point that even HE wanted a new one. :sigh: He now has a nice, new Brusali bed to go with his "new" room. We have a new command center - sort of. We have the center console and 1 side desk; the other side desk was - again! - too long. We're going to put that one in SG's shop (in the office area upstairs) and pick up a nice filing cabinet for the Command Center. I have a laptop, so it's no biggie - I don't "need" a desk.

My kitchen is 90% done! I *think* I'm just about all unpacked - I'm just missing the milk jars. Today I've got the area where the micro hood was almost tiled; I just have to tile the bar area we tore out, then SG will put the bar top on and the trim, and we will be DONE with the kitchen!!!!! (have a few more: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

My goal of being completely unpacked? Yeah - not happening. :sigh: Still - the Music room is at 90%, the living room is at 85%......so we're close. There's about 50 boxes left (maybe a few more....but I don't think so. I honestly think it's less, but better to overestimate, right?)...so it's getting there.

I've actually been COOKING!! And I excavated the kitchen table, so we can actually EAT at the TABLE, y'all! :happy dance: And my Studio is empty of kids (but not cleaned up/set up. Later. House FIRST.)

Today the new stove is being delivered. And my Jeep is dead. :sigh: It looks like the fuel pump; Monday we ran out..somewhere. We stopped at Dairy Queen for Blizzards; when we got ready to leave the starter kept..starting. Turned it off, back on and it was fine. Today...the starter started, but the engine immediately died. AAA towed it to Firestone.....hopefully they'll get it up and running before Friday. Gotta go pick up my girl!

Ah, well - today I have a roast in the crock pot and the kitchen smells divine. The tile work looks good, if I do say so myself. And I can see the light! Soon my house will be almost normal - we still have to do the Master Suite, but that should only take 3 weeks or so. I can deal with that....right? Right.

So.

Feb. 9th, 2017 10:16 am
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Herself is at FIL's until next Friday. Met the nurse who is setting up his in-home PT; hope this goes well! Then Himself and I headed back to Ikea to give them more of our hard-earned money. :lol:

He needed 2 more tall Billy bookcases (1 wide, 1 narrow), 1 short and wide Billy, a night stand and a computer desk. I needed a pantry cabinet (ended up with a tall and wide Billy with half-glass doors. It's Beautiful!), and SG wanted me to pick up the vanities for our bathroom.

We ended up with all Himself's and my stuff, but not the bathroom - SG decided last minute it was "too expensive" (he had forgotten how much was on the tag on the display. :shakes head:)

Anyway. The desk, short Billy, nightstand and pantry have all been assembled. Himself is taking a break; he'll do the other 2 Billys tonight.

Me? I'm on dishwasher load #7, and box # 100 or so. :gulp:

I have discovered that my lovely, lovely sink will hold approx. 1.5 - 2 dishwasher loads, with room to spare. And Swedish chocolate is very tasty. And Ikea drawer organizers work a treat! :lol:

Have to run to Home Depot to pick up the tile to finish the bar area and backsplash.....I want the kitchen DONE. Then we'll move the old pantry cabinet out (it's heavy!) and paint behind it, then move my Billy pantry in. Can't wait!

The goal: to have ALL the boxes (except the ones that go on the command center; if we're going to replace it - and we are! - there's no point in loading it up only to unload it again.) empty by Sunday evening so Monday AM I can start loading boxes with stuff from our room. :sigh: and :huzzah: :fingers crossed:

Gotta skitter - laters!
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the remediation crew came out early, and started moving boxes. I had them simply drop the boxes in the respective rooms...and now *I* get to go thru hundreds of boxes. And put stuff back. While weeding stuff out. *8* contractor bags of trash so far.......

But! Right now I have 2 lovely plumbers out here, installing my faucet and hooking up the lovely, lovely dishwasher. I WILL BE ABLE TO WASH DISHES TODAY!!!!!!!! Which means I can finally unpack my kitchen!!!!!

*ahem*

Herself goes back to FIL's tomorrow; he came home Friday evening. Her room is mostly unpacked; Himself has about half his stuff done. He needs a couple more Billy bookcases (we bought 3 Saturday - 2 big and 1 little, with a corner bracket set) to fit the rest of his Legos and Minis on; his room is looking really, really nice. We have to do another Ikea run anyway - both for the bathroom furniture AND to replace the lovely command center. :sigh: While moving it yesterday out of the crews' way, we broke both back legs. :sigh: 's OK, though; it's really too big for our space. We're going to go Ikea for it....and for a pantry for me. So...it's back to the Evil Empire! :huzzah!: (Ikea is decent quality stuff at really affordable prices. Some things we're springing for "real" furniture, but stuff like desks and vanities? Ikea all the way!)

Then I get to do it over again with our bedroom......next week (hopefully!) we'll move our stuff out and start ripping out the floors, repainting, and tiling the bathroom. :sigh: It'll be great once it's all done - we'll basically have a new house, without the bother of actually moving house.

And our new bedroom set will be delivered Friday AM. :happy dance:

Anyway - how's your week going? :lol:
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because, even though the kitchen is NOT finished, I am in LOVE with it and can't wait to share!

This is the side with the dishwasher. This is where my Fiestaware will live (probably in the middle cabinet - I want to be able to see the pretty, pretty colors!).

2017 kitchen dishwasher side

This is the range side - look at that lovely range hood! The microwave will eventually be on the countertop, but not for at least a week.

2017 kitchen range side

And....my Sink. My Lovely, Lovely, Beautiful, HUGE sink. I asked SG to please beg, borrow, or steal a baby so I could wash it in my lovely, very large sink. :lol:

2017 kitchen sink

Seriously, the sink is sitting on a 36" wide cabinet. Let me say that again - the sink is sitting on a *3 foot wide* cabinet. The counters are 25" deep, and the sink goes all the way to the back. And it's approximately 7.5" deep. Double basin. BEAUTIFUL. :happy dance: :God is SO GOOD!:

:deep breath: We still have a bit of work to do. We need to put a bit of trim along the countertop back edge - we had a row of ceramic bull-nose there, before, but that doesn't look as nice with the butcher block. We have a LOT of leftover facing trim (laminate) that we are seriously considering using - we put a couple of pieces up, and it looks good (and the contractor was impressed with it). We need to put the bar on on (we have another piece of the butcher block that will be used for that) and we need to plumb the sink and dishwasher (we already have the faucet, but have to wait on the plumber. Who is supposed to be here today.) Oh - and we are going to tile the rest of the way up to the range hood.

The butcher block needs to be oiled daily for a week, then 1x/week for a month, then 1x/month as needed. It will need more upkeep than laminate would, but it's SO PRETTY! And - if I had hit it with a polycrylic finish, it would be done, but I opted to go with a food-safe option: mineral oil. Hence the regular upkeep. (I knew that before I ordered it - I decided the upkeep was worth the look and beauty of the wood.)

I am beyond pleased with our contractors, too. Traemand usually does NOT install odd-shaped countertops, because it's hard to fit angles that deviate from 90*. WE got lucky (Thank God!) - the lead installer just happened to be a Cabinet-maker in a previous life. (Again - Thank God!) He looked at it, said, "well...we aren't supposed to do this, but let me call my boss. *I* can do it." His boss said "IF they don't mind you possibly messing up (we didn't!), then Go For It." - and he did. And he did a BEAUTIFUL job - the corners at the sink are just gorgeous. (That sounds funny, to be so excited over wooden corners, but guys - it's as perfect as can be. And the kitchen is just SO LOVELY, I could squee!)

The bottoms are all drawers. The ones on the dishwasher/sink side all have a hidden, 3rd drawer that is deep enough for silverware. The uppers are standard cabinets - I tried to maximize the storage in here. I used to have a portable island in there....I am hoping that I have added enough usable storage that I won't need one. :fingers crossed: We are also going to replace the double range with a single that has storage on the bottom - that'll help, too. Plus...I will be weeding heavily when the boxes come back in. I.....want to declutter and simplify. (NOT my Fiestaware though! :lol:) While I've missed a lot of things, there's others that honestly? I can live without.

I'll get more photos when we actually get it finished, but I couldn't wait to show off this beautiful, beautiful kitchen. And to give a shout-out to Ikea and Traemand - I have a beautiful kitchen that was quite affordable!
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And ALMOST a kitchen!!!!

Let's see......Monday came, and with it NO cabinets. Hmmmm. About 3 PM I called the delivery company, only to be told that Oh, No - we weren't on the schedule. They had no trucks coming this direction - maybe Wednesday?

I had a minor freak-out; I told the lady (nicely - honest!) that I was promised cabinets TODAY, Wednesday the installers were coming out, and if I did not have cabinets her company would owe me the $2300 I would be out. She huffed a bit, said she'd tell her manager and see what they could do......

And at 7:30 AM yesterday morning I got a call that the delivery truck was 30 minutes out, was it OK to deliver that early? ummmm.....YES.

The head installer called me yesterday afternoon to set up his time; this AM at *7* AM the junior installer called and said "I'm in your town! How do I get to your house?" :happy dance:

Right now, I have bottom cabinet shells. 2 of them have the drawers installed. I have 1 upper shell.....you guys have NO IDEA how happy I am right now.

God is good, y'all! I am getting my kitchen back!!!!!!!
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Went to the Stock Show on Friday - SG bought me some lovely, lovely work gloves. Thinsulate-lined deerskin gloves; very warm, very sturdy. LOVE them!

FIL is....well, he's been moved to a regular room. I talked to him last night; he was slightly confused and very, very wheezy. :sigh: I....don't like it. At all.

Piano! It's going well. The teacher has both of us in book 1 for "Recreational Music Makers". It fits - I don't want to perform anywhere, I just want to be able to play piano. And harp. :lol: Problem......this book is, so far, too basic for *me*. He assigned both of us Module 1 for this week. I am....well, I'm into Module 4 already. :lol: To be fair, he warned me I'd move pretty quickly at first. The problem? I have to hide it from SG, who doesn't read music, doesn't have much music background, and is struggling with Module 1. :sigh: NOT fun at all.....(Every practice I start with Module 1. IF I play it perfectly, I move on to 2, then 3 etc. I have to play it perfect before I move on, though - I want my left hand to get with the program. Module 5 is where we are introduced to the Grand Staff (both clefs!)...I'm waiting on that. For now. :lol:)

Still knitting. Finished the fingerless gloves and started (yet) another hat. This one has Sheepies on it! :lol:
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So, FIL was taken to the ER Sunday evening. I didn't panic - it was sorta same 'ol, same 'ol, y'know? Only....Tuesday evening he started having a very hard time breathing, so they moved him to ICU and thought very seriously about intubating him. Yesterday he spent sleeping; this AM he was awake and eating (but I haven't talked to him since Tuesday). The nurse told me he was doing a LOT better today, and they might move him tonight. :sigh:

Today is piano, so I can't run over there, but we're going to try to go over tomorrow.

In other news, the house is almost all painted. SG just needs to do the ceiling in the family room and dining room, and then the door trims. And put down new baseboards in the hall, entry, and dining room. (We're going to do a brick veneer on the bottom half of the walls in the family room, and cedar planks on the bar - so no baseboards there!)

Then next week my kitchen will be done!!!!!!!!!!! (Let me give you a few more - !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

More later - gotta skitter!
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Because I need to send pics to my SIL, I decided to upload them here, too - that way y'all can see what's been sucking up all my time the past few months. I did them in CollegeIt!, so...they're not the best, but they save bandwidth and storage space.

First up, let's do Herself's bedroom. The top pic is how it was when we moved in, way back in 2003. She had chosen the pink.....:shudder:

2017 House C's Bedroom

We don't have all her stuff moved back in - the insurance is paying folks to do that, so we only moved in the essentials, but you get the idea. What you don't see here is her new aquarium; she has had a 20 gallon tank forEVER; yesterday we went and upgraded it to a 60 gallon tank. MUCH bigger - her fish will be much happier. She set it up last night and will be moving Mr. Bubbles sometime today. (And if possible we'll be buying him a tank mate soon.) The 60 gallon tank was on sale for the same price as the 36 gallon; both were almost full setups.....it just made more sense to go bigger, since it was the same price and I'd need to replace the filter pump and gravel anyway. The stand is very nice, and sturdy - and she has room to store all the extras now.

Anyway - moving on. This set is the kids' original bath. Sorry for the crap photos - I had a cheap digital camera and it went yellow sometimes. Also, the walls were sponge-painted blue to resemble water - you can see that in the photo where the sink has been ripped out.


2017 House Kids bath before

And - now! It looks like a totally different house, doesn't it? Himself says it feels like either an upscale hotel or a very rich relative's house. :lol:

2017 kids' bath after

Himself's room is painted, but not set up yet - he wants to wait until ALL his stuff can go in. :sigh: My kitchen is on it's way - I got the tracking info last night. :bounce: Yes, there will be more photos! I'm especially happy with the Music room....we picked up new curtains and a rug yesterday, and ordered a chair. And a new bedroom set for us.....SG wants to upgrade the house. I'm thinking I should let him....:rofl: We'll be paying off the mortgage next week......mortgage-burning party to follow. :snicker:
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Because I have a LOT of photos, I made a college. Kinda sucks, but hey - it's photos! :lol:

2017 january Knit Projects

This is all the stuff I've knit and finished in January. The socks were started....in late September, but all the rest was started and finished in January. What can I say? Stress knitting at it's finest! Also, all the January stuff is knit in worsted weight yarn - which is thicker than my beloved sock weight, and knits up faster.

I am in the midst of another set of fingerless mitts......my kitchen can't be finished soon enough! I'd like to knit something...smaller. Like socks. Right now, though, I can't get to my ball winder, so I have to knit with yarn that comes in ready-to-knit packages. :shrug: I can always use another hat or two or three....:rofl: Especially "fashion" hats like the cloches - they're warm, and cute, and give me options. As do the 2 new geeky hats.....Star Wars and Dr. Who for the win!

Back to the knitting.......beats painting. Which I did yesterday - the kitchen has been redone AGAIN. I....liked the aqua-isa blue, but I didn't love it. It's now a nice Federal/French blue...and I LOVE it. It's a bit dark right now, but once the white cabinets go in it'll pop.

Have a great one!
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for History today we watched the Inauguration. What? EVERY Inauguration is historical. I heard a lot of Roosevelt and Kennedy in Trump's speech.

Also, I would like to point out that the "deplorables", the "racists" et al are NOT the ones committing violence and vandalism here - it's the "peaceful", "civilized" protestors - HILLARY SUPPORTERS that are doing it.

So - just WHO are the deplorables, huh? Seriously - there's NO call for violence and vandalism. Grow up. :shaking my head:
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Herself is HOME. I missed her - and she missed us. Obviously - she simply WILL NOT SHUT UP. :lol: (For an Aspie, that's HUGE. She has been babbling non-stop. :rofl:)

SG got a shock today. I had been on him to call the flooring company to find out if we could use a steam mop on the new floors. (No, we can't). He finally did; not only are steam mops right out, so are his beloved Swiffer Wet Wipes. :snicker: (That's been a bone of contention for YEARS. I hate those things; I was told that by not using them I was promoting a dirty house. Whatever....)I am laughing.......all I am supposed to use on these lovely, lovely floors are vinegar/water or ammonia/water, or the $$$ cleaning solution that they manufacture. Yeah....I'll stick with vinegar or ammonia and water, thank you very much!

Almost done with the current hat...then it's on to probably another one. Stress-knitting at it's finest, folks! :lol:

Oh! The piano was delivered yesterday...it's nice, it's lovely - and it's bigger than SG realized (I KNEW it was going to take up most of the game/music room - it's a baby grand, for heaven's sake! He, however, thought it would be the same size as the old spinet we had. Um.....no. Not even close. :sigh:) He's a little freaked about how much space he has "lost" in there.....:sigh: I have to find a piano tutor now....Himself is the only one of us who can play even a little, and he's self-taught. It's time for lessons, I think. (Prediction: SG will take lessons for a few months, maybe, then drop it. I will take them until I can play - maybe not perfectly, but until I can read both clefs at the same time and both hands can play independently. Himself doesn't want actual lessons, but wants me to show him what I learn.)

Off to do History now - laters!
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The cabinets will be installed Feb. 1 and 2. Let me repeat that: I should have a fully functional kitchen Feb.2!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't think I have enough exclamation points...:lol:

I need to take photos.....and get them posted. Right now, though, I want to happy dance all over the empty house.
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Floors are DONE. Finished. Beautiful. The kids' bathroom is virtually done - the grout needs to finish curing (tomorrow evening!) and we need to hang the towel rack and rehang the door, but I can mark it off the list.

And the kitchen cabinets have been ordered and will be delivered Jan. 30. Let me repeat that: My Kitchen will be Delivered 1/30/17. !

I need to talk about that - because my experience wasn't what the internet said it would be. It was better. Remember, I paid $249 to get Ikea's partner Traemand to come out, measure, and plan my kitchen for me - and I think that's why the actual ordering process went so quickly.

The Internet told me to a) get there right as the doors opened (we...didn't. :sigh:) and be prepared for a 2 or 3 hour ordeal - because the salespeople had to place the order line item by line item. :shudder: So, I was prepared for a long, drawn-out ordeal.

I brought ALL the paperwork Traemand sent me (VERY important!), plus the receipt from when I set up the measurement/planning (also VERY important! Take ALL the paperwork Ikea has ever given you - it'll make life so much easier!)

We got there at 11 (because SG decided to pay off the piano first, instead of 2nd. :sigh:), and had a 30 minute or so wait. To say they were packed would be an understatement - and it looked like almost everyone wanted to PLAN their kitchen right then. (I don't know why they weren't set up on the planner and left...that's what happened the first time we went in, but I digress.) When my name was called, the guy asked me what I needed; I said, "I'm here to order my kitchen." He went pale. "Traemand sent me all the paperwork - and I have it - what else do you need from me? Do I need to sign in the planner?"

He took a deep breath, said "You went thru Traemand? This'll be easy, then! Let me see the papers...." He found the plan #, typed it in, told it to convert to a sales order, removed the appliances (because the guy at Traemand didn't.....he was hoping we'd order the Ikea appliances, too. HA! Not even....), double-checked the number of items, and hit "final". He then got his supervisor over (he's been with Ikea for 12 years, but just started in kitchens) to make sure it was done correctly; she "fixed" a few things, told him how to get me the "free" gift card (the refund from the planning fee), then watched him check me out.

We were done within 30 minutes of his calling my name.

I am expecting 124 packages, weighing 599.9 Kg. :gulp!: We have 48 hours to do an inventory after they drop the stuff off; after that it's on us to pay for anything missing. Damaged items will be replaced free of charge - they just want to make sure we actually received everything we ordered.

Now, because everyone asks: Total cost for the kitchen, upper cabinets, lower cabinets, countertop, bar countertop, sink and range hood, WITH tax and delivery: $5,392.49. Let me repeat: This is for the ENTIRE kitchen, less installation. (Delivery was $199; tax was $316.64 - meaning the actual cost of the kitchen was $4,876.85. Go compare that to Home Depot or Lowe's, just for fun. :lol:)

Install will be another $2,250.00. We *could* DIY; I've offered. However......both of us kinda don't feel like it. Yes, Himself could - and would happily! - assemble all the cabinets by himself.....but......y'know what? Life's too short. We've agreed it's worth $2300 to NOT do it ourselves. (Unlike the bathroom - it was NOT worth $1,500 to pay someone else to do it.)

Insurance had allocated about $4,000 for the lower cabinets and countertop ONLY.....so I think we did pretty well. The contractor we consulted quoted $5,000 for lower cabinets and countertop; that did include installation, but no uppers and no bar. I think we came out ahead, actually - and I LOVE how the kitchen looks in the planning tool.

I am in a faint freak-out phase right now; we have NO kitchen at all (the sink was torn out for the floors, and can NOT be reinstalled.) We DO have a microwave....but it'll be coming out a day or 2 before the install. I am SO ready for all this to be over!

In good news, I have another new hat, and I've started yet another one. We ran out to Tuesday Morning today; they have a bunch of Clover wooden needles (both circular AND straights) for $2.99 (yes, Mom - I left some! :lol: RC's is Right There if you wanna go shop!).....I filled in the blanks in my collection, and added a few more balls of yarn. Today is work-day; Cyn needs it by this weekend, so I need to get cracking!
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They didn't show up Monday - they hadn't finished the job they were on, but they showed up TODAY. They are currently working in the kids' bedrooms and bathroom; if they get those done and still have time they will do the dining room also. And maybe the foyer. :happy dance!:

The tub is DONE except for the grouting - which will be done tonight. I can see the light!!!!!

Saturday we are supposed to order the kitchen cabinets.....they said maybe 3 weeks before install. I....can wait 3 weeks. Maybe. :lol:

I will have some floors tonight!!!!! (And maybe a new hat, but we'll see how fast the knitting goes. :rofl:)

Oh - and I am NOT happy with the guy that put in my Studio (which I need to photograph for you, but can't until the kids get moved back into the house and all the household stuff gets moved back into the house where it belongs....because right now? It's a mess in there.). It's been what, 5 months? - and shingles are BLOWING OFF OF MY ROOF. :grrrrrr: And he wants another $85 to fix it. :GRRRRRRRRR:
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It's COLD outside - it's up to 33* right now; it was 15 when I got up at 5. :brrrrr: Still, I've been a busy little bee this AM - the living room, breakfast nook, and bar are all now painted. :lol: SG couldn't believe how fast I am....I keep telling him, if you're not obsessive about drips and drops, you can bang out a room in under an hour. Latex paint wipes up easily with a wet paper towel; if it happens to dry you can use a butter knife, and if THAT doesn't work a little bit of steam will lift it right up off the floor. Right now, we have NO floors, so.....I don't worry about drips and drops. :lol:

We're going to be doing a little more in the family room - SG's wanted to do a "brick" wall in there forEVER. Only, he wanted to do it behind the entertainment center. Kind of a waste, if you ask me - you won't SEE it. So....last night I suggested that we do a "brick" half-wall around the entire family room, AND do the bar, too. It'll hide the dog stains (because we have 1 dog that can't walk beside a wall without rubbing on it. :sigh:), it'll fulfill his need for a brick wall, and it'll look nice. And it'll hide the fact that he quit texturing the bar because he........didn't like how it was coming out? Anyway......:lol:

I'm supposed to be able to tile the bathtub today; we'll see. The flooring guys are supposed to be here at 9:30-ish tomorrow AM - I CANNOT wait!
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At least, I *THINK* it's snow.......white, lacy, float-y things falling from a gray sky. Very cold. Melts into nothingness when it hits the windshield - that's snow, right? :lol:

Herself is back at FIL's. She's a bit shaky, but the doc said things look normal. This doc (her GP) said she'd order the nuclear thyroid test that the endo botched, so hopefully we'll see SOMETHING that'll confirm Hashimoto's so we can start actually TREATING things. Instead of, you know, being told to do yoga. :bangs head:

It was an interesting mail day - I received a manikin head. :snicker: I want it to take photos of my knit hats, and Herself wants it to design cosplay headpieces on. Very weird to see a face looking at you, but.....:lol: I also got my latest order from Smiley's......man, I LOVE them. Low prices and nice yarn.

Oh! The floors are currently sitting in the music room, acclimating. The wood stove is on the back porch (getting snowed on....:sigh:), so they can start the flooring installation Monday. :bounce: There's a little painting I need to do yet, but it'll get done before Monday AM. I'm hoping to start the tiling, but that depends on SG getting the Hardie board installed (maybe Himself and I can do that tomorrow? We'll see - SG wants to paint all the ceilings. Which...shouldn't take that long, only it does because he's a very slow painting. And not that much neater than I am, to be honest........:sigh:)

I need to get back to knitting the current pair of fingerless gloves. Then another hat! And maybe I'll be able to wind Himself's yarn and get his fingerless gloves done......:bounce:
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Sunday, most of the kids bathroom was textured, but not all. Football was on, so nothing else got accomplished by the male portion of the equation, but I painted what I could.

Monday - SG woke up "sick". You have to understand, when he gets sick, he's the sickest sick person to ever be sick. :sigh: He managed to play some TitanFall finish the texturing in the bathroom, but it was too late for me to be able to finish the painting.

Tuesday: SG still sick. Himself and I ran Herself to FIL's, then headed home so Himself could tear out the kitchen cabinets. got home to find that SG was able to pull the doors off, but was "too sick" for us to do any tear out. I did all the sponge-painting in the kids bathroom - the painting in there is now DONE.

Tuesday, Evening/Wednesday: I went to bed at 9 - late for *me*. At 11:30, the phone rang - Herself was in the midst of a panic attack. I talked her down, went to the bathroom, and she called back - it was back, only *worse*. At 12:40 I headed out to Ft. Worth; we got home at 3 AM. (I was able to get her into the Doctor's today at 1:30....I know it's her thyroid; she has all the symptoms of Hashimoto's, but her labs come back "normal". When I asked if maybe "normal" is *high* for her, we were told that maybe she could try yoga. :bangs head: Anyway. I couldn't get back to sleep, so went into a rather manic phase - the kitchen cabinets are now *gone* and the kitchen has been completely repainted. It's now a nice, baby French/Country blue instead of Olive green.

Today: Doc appt at 1:30. The flooring is due to be delivered this morning. Himself/I need to paint the Family room and do some touch ups, and to move out most of the stuff that we moved back in so we could live a little more comfortably.

IF the doctor's appointment goes well, tomorrow I'll take Herself back to Ft. Worth. Honestly - she doesn't need to be here while all the work is being done - it'd really mess her up. Change always does. IF SG can get the Hardie board up in the kids' bath, Himself and I can start the tile work. SG needs to focus on the kitchen, though - he STILL hasn't finished moving the bar wall. :bangs head: (He got very upset with me Tuesday AM when I told him that we didn't have the TIME to be sick. It's just a cold, for pete's sake - he's not dying, he's not incapacitated! In revenge, he passed his cold to the rest of us....and lo and behold, it hasn't stopped us. I was still able to run and pick up the paint yesterday, and to actually paint with it......he's upset about THAT, as well. :shrug: There's too much to do and a finite amount of time to do it in - I can't afford to take any time off just because I have a cold. :sigh:) (This is why I couldn't go to sleep yesterday, even though I was totally exhausted - too much HAS to be done before the floors go in.

Ah, well - such is life here, right now. I can tile even after the floors go in, if necessary - don't want to, but hey - the tub will catch most of the mess.

And! Once the floors are in (next week, they said!!!!), I can go order my cabinets (we're waiting on SG's severance package; had we gone with lower-quality floors and bottom cabinets only we could have already ordered everything. BUT...we didn't. And SG only got 1 week of vacation pay....and was freaking out over how we'd survive. :shakes head: So.....soon as his severance hits (next week - funny how it all worked out, huh? :wink:) we'll go to Ikea and get that ball rolling. :rubs hands:) Things are looking up!

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