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Our Weekend

Today was one of the most hectic and stressful days I’ve had in a long time, and it was mainly due to the fact that I started a new clinic rotation that’s a lot more time consuming.  I left at 8:30 this morning and didn’t get home until 7 tonight, but I did manage to snap a few photos before I left this morning (while there was some natural light in the kitchen) of the progress that we made in the kitchen this weekend.

We really thought that we would be able to wake up early on Saturday and get a long list of things done, but things never turn out the way you think and in our case everything seemed to be more complicated than we thought.  To make a long story short, I thought that hooking up of the sink/garbage disposal/dishwasher would take 1 to 2 hrs, but I was wrong (in a big way) and it ended up taking more in the range of 8 hrs.  There were several problems that needed to be fixed along the way, not to mention many trips to Lowes.   Even though we weren’t able to get the backsplash done like we had planned, we DO have running water!!!  And that means that we DON’T have to wash dishes in the bath tub anymore.  :)

This was in the morning when we were really optimistic….  see the boxes of tile and the grout adhesive on the floor?

While we were hard at work in the kitchen, Striper (our cat) made himself comfortable on the couch.

Jimmee went to Lowes to buy the garbage disposal and to get the things we would need to connect the faucet while I tried to move all the dishes, pots, food, etc into the kitchen cabinets in anticipation of the running water.

It’s not as organized as I’d like it to be, but we’re going to be switching things around when we install the open shelving later so I didn’t worry too much about it.  It’s just really nice to finally be able to find things.

After arranging the cabinets, I went in to check on a couple of things on the internet and here is what I found.  Our cat takes his relaxation very seriously.

I tried to nudge him over, but he still only opened one eye and then continued to sleep.

Jimmee came home from the store and installed the plumbing over a number of hours and with a number of frustrating moments, but we we managed to get it all worked out (except one minor detail which I’ll mention in a moment).

Here is the running water!!

And the plumbing work that made it possible.

All I’m going to say about this is that the online video we watched made it look like the whole ordeal would take a total of 25 seconds.  The man in the video even had me thinking I could handle the “p trap” or maybe even the “s trap” all by myself, and only after watching Jimmee did I realize that he skipped the first 70 steps and just showed us the two little pipes clicking together at the very end.  very deceiving if you ask me.

Back to the minor detail that I mentioned earlier… Everything in the kitchen was a success, but when we went to turn on the dishwasher we realized that there was no way to turn it on.  We bought the kind that has the buttons on the top of the door–they’re hidden from sight when the dishwasher is closed– which seemed great.  The problem is that we installed the dishwasher really close to the countertop and you can ONLY push start when the dishwasher is closed.  We thought that there would be some kind of delayed start where it would sense when it closes — Basically we can’t get our fingers into the space to start the dishwasher so we’re currently using a flat head screwdriver to get it going.  It’s a minor detail, but we don’t really want to unscrew and uninstall the whole thing at the moment just so we can lower the legs and reach the start button with our fingers. We’ll just keep that screwdriver handy.

We love our functional but not so finished kitchen—

I’ve got a few more things to show you guys from this weekend, like the new light in the dining room and the table for the breakfast nook, but I’ll save it for later this week.

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Kitchen Progress 3

In the last two posts, we covered the floors, dry wall, appliances, and some of the cabinet building, and now we’ve finally reached the present state of the kitchen.

Here is the view from the dining room:

We still have a bunch of work to do, but at least the heavy lifting part of the renovation is done.  Now we need to do things like painting, adding the finals doors and drawers, adding hardware and lighting, and installing the open shelving.  I could go on and on…

Here are some photos from the past couple days:

Jimmee hanging the bar that the cabinets hang on.  That actually the only thing that holds them up- pretty amazing!  Ikea has all of these things figured out, and they make (almost) everything so easy!

Oh, and I almost forgot to show you guys the other side of the kitchen.  This is the pantry area by the fridge, eventually we’ll get rid of that wallpaper (I just hate taking that stuff down).

This is our new pantry!!  I love how it pulls out, and you can see everything inside without having to dig around in dark corners.  All the drawers pull out, but the top and bottom ones pull out automatically because they’re attached to the door.

It’s probably hard to get the overall feel for how this is coming together from these photos, but in the next week or two it should start to look a lot more like a real functioning kitchen.  I ordered all the lighting today, and I also bought the range hood after going back and forth between several options.

We found one on Overstock that was the right size and height and it seemed to have the look that we’re going for….

Tomorrow we should have all the cabinet doors on so stay tuned for a couple more cabinet photos, and maybe some kind of kitchen inspiration board so I can show you all the aspects of the kitchen on one page.  I need to poke around on the internet and figure out how to do those types of things…

Hope your week is off to a good start!  :)

 

 

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Happy 4th of July!

Hope you guys have a great holiday and enjoy the fireworks!  It’s cloudy here but no rain yet so I hope it holds off until tomorrow.  We did our neighborhood fun-run this morning and then watched the parade (which my camera died at the beginning of it).  The doggies had their patriotic ribbons on to watch the parade.

Wish I had some photos from the parade…  there were a bunch of floats with hail and flood themes that were pretty funny.  I’m looking forward to the fireworks with my renewed camera battery.  :)

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Rainy Painting

I was really hoping to get my Mom’s help while she is in town with the paint color for the exterior of the house, but it seems that the sudden downpour and non-stop rain in the forecast are putting a cramp in our plans.   The first day that she was here (over 10 days ago) we talked about starting the color testing process, but of course we are just getting to it on the day before she leaves and it’s pouring.   I’m not surprised- this is my usual luck.

Yesterday we went to Sherwin Williams and picked out tons of samples, and when I say tons I mean every beige/tan/off-white/cream/brown color available in the store.

Here are half of the samples, the other ones were left in the car and I’m not running out in the rain to get them.

We went home and picked out five that seemed like they would work with the stone.  There were three lighter colors that we liked for the siding and two darker colors for the trim.  Here are the little $5 pots that we got from Sherwin Williams- they are a great deal for testing out colors.

The weather outside is horrible, but we decided to work with it and do some sample patches anyway.

We ran out really quickly and got soaked while painting.  I don’t really know how productive all of this is since the rain washed some of it away, but it’s good enough to get the idea.

It’s hard to see in this photo, but I think I like the color of the bottom part of the window sill the best for trim.  All the lighter colors we got looked really similar when we got them home- it almost looked like we ordered three pots of the same color.  Maybe when and if they dry, they’ll look different.

What do you guys think?  Darker on the trim?  All the tans and beiges are starting to run together at this point….  The door and porch colors are in the car so I’ll post the ideas for those in a bit.   Our siding was ruined in the hail so the insurance is paying to have it removed and (hopefully) to have the siding fixed up and painted since our neighborhood doesn’t allow vinyl siding.  Our roof materials arrived a couple of days ago so that’s first on the list.

Hope you all have a great 4th!!!  I really  hope the rain stops so we can enjoy the fireworks and the neighborhood dog costume contest!  :)

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An Eventful Week

Well, things have been a little busy around here, and I feel like I’m getting a little bit behind on my blogging!  My mom and sister are in town, and we’ve been going non-stop with lots to do and see in Oklahoma City and then with a quick trip up to see family in Kansas City.  We had a great time, and now it’s time to get back to work.

Here are some pictures from our recent adventures…

My husband’s first rowing regatta (and his boat is the one in first place!)

Our delicious brunch at Cheever’s.   I love this place, and I discovered that they have a really great brunch menu on the weekends.

They make their french toast our of croissants, and I think I might have to try to duplicate their recipe at home.   They also had the best syrup with toasted pecans!

We drove up to Kansas City, with one doggie in tow.  She’s such a good travel companion…

We spent a lot of time just relaxing and catching up at my Grandma’s house.  Her yard was looking so beautiful with all the rain that they’ve had this year, and it was fun to get a tour of her garden.  She also gave me some of her vintage things that she doesn’t use anymore so I’ll post photos of those later.  It was fun to see all the things in the attic- lamps, frames, old family photos, tins, pots, rugs…

We also had a personal tour of KU while we were visiting my aunt and uncle.  The campus (in Lawrence) was so pretty and green, and the cold front that came through on Monday made it feel like Colorado instead of Kansas.

The first photo is from the school’s website, but you can see how pretty it is with all the matching buildings.  Looks like it’s nice in the fall- too bad we won’t be around.

They also had this crazy tree art on campus- it was like a the artist made a large nest around a tree.  It was neat to stand inside it and look out through the branches, and it was also a nice break from the sun.

Alright, it’s time I signed off for the night, but I promise to get some house photos up this week of all the things we’ve been working on.  I’ve gotten a couple of things done with my mom’s help, and we are about to start on some outdoor projects thanks to the hail.  I’ve got to choose a house color soon so we can take down the hail-beaten siding and refurbish the wood underneath.

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Landscaping the Front

Okay so this is my neighbor’s yard (the landscape architect) where Clemmie is happily trolling around.   I hope someday our yard will look as good as his!   We have been hard at work this week trying to shape up our front yard and plant everything from the plan.  Here it is again…

My mom is in town so she has been helping me finish up the front garden bed, along with other projects.  Yesterday we spent many hours planting, moving rocks, and just generally organizing the front bed.  Thank you, Mom!!  I think it’s looking pretty good, and now I just hope I can keep things alive in this brutal heat!

Here are a couple pictures from the start of the project., before my mom came into town.

The large concrete rock that I pulled out of the bed.  Where do these things come from?!?

Today we finished up the last of the planting, and it looks great!  One of my neighbors offered their leftover landscaping stones so we removed the ones that I had put in and replaced them with nice stones that are cut in a rectangle shape.

I think the landscaping is pretty much complete, except for a few perennials that are no longer available and the annuals that I will add after the roof is complete.  I think they’re a little too delicate to have wood and shingles thrown onto them.

Here are some photos of the finished look.  (and of Kitty and Clemmie, our two sidekicks)

Our new tree, a Shumard Oak.

Now we can sit back and enjoy all the beautiful colors and textures!   The crepe myrtle should bloom within the next couple of weeks so that will give it a nice pop of bright red.  Hope you all have a great weekend!  :)

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Whirlwind Trip Down South

Whew!  We got back late last night from a great trip to Houston and Austin!  I had a great time with my family in Houston, and then Jimmee joined me in Austin for our friend’s wedding.  The wedding was absolutely beautiful and so much fun, and we were able to fit in some delicious restaurants and some fun activities while we were there.  I’m going to do a quick recap of the highlights…  My camera battery died on our first night in town, and I didn’t have the charger so I’ll try to find some pictures of the places we went.  If you’re ever in Austin you should check them out!

Our first stop was Barton Springs, which is a manmade pool with spring water in it so it’s clear blue and best of all, has no chlorine.  The only problem for me is that it’s freezing cold, and I’m a pretty big wimp when it comes to jumping or even wading into 60 degree water.

We went to lunch at a delicious restaurant called Shady Grove, which has a large outside patio with huge trees shading the entire area.  They have great sandwiches and hamburgers – not that I tried them but I have personal testimony.  We relaxed, had a margarita, and lounged on the patio for awhile with some friends, which was very relaxing.

Saturday we did mainly wedding activities, and since my camera died I don’t have any photos of that day.   Wish I had some pictures of the flowers and the wedding site because it was overlooking Lake Travis, and we had a gorgeous view of the lake.  I found a picture of the area where Erin got married on the venue’s site (www.vintagevillas.com/photos)

On Sunday we went to brunch at The Blue Dahlia, which has a cute patio in the front and delicious open-faced sandwiches.  The atmosphere was great, and we ordered a hummus plate for an appetizer that really hit the spot.

These are some of their delicious homemade breads.  They had a nice selection of white, wheat, and olive breads, not to mention all the choices of pastries and other goodies up at the counter.  I wish I had a camera to capture all the desserts- my personal favorite part of the meal.

Our last stop on the way out of town was IKEA!!  I love this store and was so excited to pick up a couple of much-needed items for the living room.  We had Kitty and Striper with us in the car and lots of other things from Hallie’s apartment so Jimmee had to wait in the car while I did a quick sweep of the store.  I was out of there in record time considering the number of square feet I had to cover to find the curtains and rug (and other various things I threw into the cart along the way).  We had planned to look at their kitchen options while we were in town, but it really wasn’t possible with our animal travel partners and with the time crunch to get home.  Here is the rug I picked up for the living room.  Pretty simple, but I think it will look good with the red couches.

I also picked up some more of the white curtains that we used in the bedroom.  We have plans to hang these tonight on the 4 living room windows.  It will be nice to finally have some privacy in that room!

We got back just in time for a huge storm in Oklahoma City- thankfully we just had a little bit of rain on the drive since we were carrying lots of furniture in the bed of the truck.  Hopefully I’ll have pictures up within the next couple days of a furnished living and dining room.

Hope you all had a great memorial day weekend!

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