Renovations laugh in the face of deadlines. For that matter, life laughs at deadlines, and it is usually laughing its ass off at me and my grandiose plans.
But here we are at the end of the first weekend in August – my husband is laid up with a thrown-out back, we had to spend a good chunk of Saturday hauling two loads of brush to the free brush drop-off site, and the bathroom floor still doesn’t have grout.
My husband is truly the dog to my cheetah. He keeps me calm and I miss his presence acutely when I’m there at the Cottage working on my own.
My brain started to circle around in panic, thinking of deadlines and how we really, REALLY need this project done and for it to be filled with guests…NOW.
I took a few minutes and reminded myself of how many things I can still do without having him there.
Sure, I can’t hang cabinets all by myself, but I can get the cabinets out of the basement, clean them up and paint them.
I can order the sink faucet and garbage disposal, realize we need to do yet another change order and add another outlet to behind the kitchen sink for the disposal, and that the small cabinet cannot go on the wall I had planned.
So while I might not be as efficient, I still managed to get quite a few things done.
The sink cabinet has been moved into the correct position. The fridge and stove will be placed to the left of it.
I’ve coated the sink cabinet and drawers with three coats of paint and all of the grossness was cleaned out of it. I’ll see if I can’t find a “before” picture.
I keep fighting the temptation to bring furniture and linens over. I’m tired of dust and drywall and dirt. I want color, and softness and shiny wood floors.
I want to be done. I want to finally share with everyone how beautiful and welcoming this place can look.
After five long years of dreaming, sweating, and pouring our money into it – I’m ready to have this job completed!