Wednesday, June 25, 2014

ok, here's an update...

...this reno is going to kill me.

It's taking so long because we only go to the condo after work on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, usually 6-9pm and then we try to go the whole day on Sunday, which is never before noon.

We are s.u.p.e.r. s.l.o.w.!!!  I haven't stopped painting and I'm still not done.  We have so much stuff in all the rooms, it's difficult to go around stuff in order to paint.

I have to wear my mask the entire time now because I am having throat / breathing issues.  I went to the doctor about it last week.  I was prescribed an antibiotic, a probiotic and a steroid.  All these meds made me feel like $h!t with heart palpitations, tightness of the chest, surprise diarrhea and just all around yuk.  I'm off of all those meds now and the original symptoms are still here.  I really hope my body will overcome this once we are all done.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Peyton is growing up...

I was able to squeeze some time in on Tuesday to go see my granddaughter.  With everyone's busy schedules, I hadn't seen her since my birthday in April and that feels way too long. 

She was just coming home from dance class. Her first recital is coming up next week Saturday. She looked so cute with her tiny bun on her head :)

I noticed with this visit that she is beginning to interact in a more grown-up manner, which is super cute.

Another noticeable thing was my DIL's belly!  She's expecting and due in November.  Hadn't seen her in that long as well, so this was the first time I saw that she was showing.  Growing family.

upper cabinets...hung!...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

dream, dream, dream...

Well, I think I was dreaming a little bit about how much work I could have our summer student intern do...I don't feel too comfortable yet to have him do too much, but last Friday I had spent the greater part of the day cutting down and burning the bamboo that died over the winter.  There was a ton.  It happened that Jerome and Felix showed up in the middle of it and I asked Felix to help cut the bamboo up into little pieces so that it could get burned easier in our little elevated fire pit.  We worked until it was dark.  He says he's used to doing work like that since he's from Bavaria and the forest.  Good to know :-)

We've taken Felix to a couple of MINI Cooper Club events.  One was a BBQ that one of the MCC members was having at his house.  His event was called "Drink all the beers!"  Felix really liked that and when it was time to leave was asking "why is it time to leave?"

The following weekend we had a MINI Cooper drive to the other side of the state.  It was a memorial drive for our fellow members that passed away last year.  Took us 2h 45m to get there and then we drove around for a couple of hours and then we had to drive back to our side of the state to attend our niece's birthday party.  Jerome mistakenly told Felix that we are usually the last to leave this party...and when people were still there at midnight and we were wanting to leave, again Felix started with the "why is it time to leave?  I thought you said you are the LAST to leave!"  It's like we have an instant adult kid! :-)

We've also taken him on a little tour of Detroit via Grosse Pointe and had dinner at the Green Dot Stables.

Still working slowly on the condo.  The girl that said she was interested in renting was quickly disinterested and we're not exactly sure as to why, but that allows us to NOT have a deadline and I think we're OK with that.

I don't have many photos to show the progress because the progress is on things that don't show well in pictures...that's my story!

We still have the water heater unattached and in the bathroom.  Hope to get that taken care of in the next week.  Jerome has cut all of the tiles for the laundry/utility room and it's all ready for adhesive.

We have picked up the kitchen cabinets from the Home Depot* and we will attempt to hang the uppers tonight.  That means that I have finished the two coats of paint in the kitchen - YEE HAW!  Maybe this place will start to shape up!

*long story in another post regarding this.