{Friday Foto Friends} Dogs, Flowers, & History

Linking up with Deb this week (since I missed last week due to be so distraught about my kitchen!). I managed to take a few pictures this week!
Garage Sale that took place in the garages!
Last Friday & Saturday, my brother organized a garage sale to see how much more stuff from my parents' house we could dispose of. His wife and SIL worked their butts off with pricing and then working those 2 days. My back was doing much better, so I was able to go down and help out as well.
Girl Dog is settling in
Just in case you missed it on Wed., MS' dog is our year-long house guest. She's as cute as can be, so get ready for a few pictures!
This broke my heart.
The above picture was taken after MS left. She looked at every car going by to see if it was MS.
She's making herself at home!
This is where she lays when I'm sitting at my desk. The other night she also got under our bed for a while.
I haven't killed anything yet!
Updated picture of my front porch planter. Everything is still living...for now!
Could she be any cuter?
This is what I saw when I turned to go back inside. I couldn't resist, even with the reflection of my bare feet in the window!
Lilies at Daddy's
The flowers down at my parents' house are blooming, proving that life does go on. Walking around the yard makes me smile as I see things that Daddy planted continue to live and bloom beautifully.
Volunteer sunflower
This sunflower popped up. It's right next to the porch where the birdfeeders are. I use sunflower seeds in the winter, so I guess 1 seed took.
This sign is in the county where I live. (You may have to double click to make it bigger so you can read it. I had no idea this happened so near to me. I drove by it on Monday as I was driving to a friend's house.
The blackberries are ripening in my back yard. We have an area that is kind of "brushy"; we have no intention of cleaning that part up; it provides a nice little privacy fence of sorts for us. It definitely hides the neighbors' houses from us.
There aren't a lot, but they are pretty!
Do you have blackberries in your yard? Do you pick them or leave them alone?


{State of the Kitchen} Part 5: Screeching Halt

Sticky notes all over my cabinet doors indicating which ones need to be replaced.
I thought by this time, my cabinets would be in, measuring for the countertops would have been done, and the finishing touches would be taking place. Instead, construction came to a screeching halt.
CH & I had a meeting with an assistant manager & the designer at Home Depot on Sunday. I had pictures & videos ready, as well as a list of things we wanted to discuss. The outcome was that the Rep from Thomasville would call us Monday morning. He, the contractor, and the designer would all meet at the house to look at the project and get things cleared up so we're all on the same page.
Monday morning, the Rep called. By Tuesday we had a meeting set up for Wed. afternoon. That afternoon, we all gathered in the kitchen and the Rep got to work. I don't think he was too happy that the doors weren't smooth, or that 3 of the drawers were "flimsy".
The flaw in the tall cabinet is moot because we are going to get a larger one, but he said he had never seen that before.
"Dots" on the bar between the doors.
The result from his visit: 20 new doors, 3 new drawers, 1 new drawer front.
Then we had to discuss things with the contractor. CH determined the timeline: the contractor's estimate came after the final plans, so he had to know that the back wall would be extended, which means that the flooring and the ceiling had to be fixed. We knew the pantry cabinets would have to be taken out and put back in due to them being off-center. They should also be flush with the doorframe, but they aren't because the boards that the previous shelves were on weren't taken out.
The old pantry with the boards still in it.
Result from contractor: Boards in pantry will be taken out, flooring in pantry will be taken out since we have a floating floor (the cabinets can't sit on it because it will case the flooring to buckle), strip in floor will be fixed, ceiling will be fixed.
So...we can restart the project since it's not necessary for them to be on for the cabinets to be installed. They won't be done in the time frame I wanted it, but it will be done correctly. I feel like we had a productive meeting and can get the ball rolling again. Let's just hope nothing else goes wrong so it will be finished before I have to go back to school.


Summery Wednesday Hodgepodge

Joyce comes up with a few questions almost every Wednesday for us to answer...kind of like a virtual meet & greet! 

1. The first day of summer rolls in later this week. What are ten things you'd put on your list of  quintessential summer activities? Will you try to manage all ten this summer?
10???? Are you kidding me??? I just want to get through this kitchen renovation before I go back to work on July 24th! I can't think about what I'd rather be doing; I just want this to be over so I can start enjoying my new beautiful kitchen.

2. Do you collect seashells when you're at the beach? What do you do with them once you get them home? What's your favorite place to comb for seashells? How many of these 'best beaches for hunting seashells' have you visited? Which one would you most like to visit?

Calvert Cliffs State Park (Maryland), Jeffrey's Bay (South Africa), Sanibel Island (Florida), Shipwreck Beach (Lanai Hawaii), Ocracoke Island (North Carolina), Galveston Island (Texas) and The Bahamas
I'm not much for collecting or searching for seashells, because of the clean up after to make sure they don't smell. I do enjoy looking at them while walking the seashore, but that's about it.  When we were at the Outer Banks last year, I did keep a look out for sea glass but had no luck.
I went to Ocracoke last summer, and I went a crappy band trip to The Bahamas my senior year. I don't think I've ever been to Galveston Island; if I have it was when I was really little & I obviously don't remember it. There are so many other places I'd rather go than the ones listed.

3. At a snail's pace, shell out money, come out of your shell, go back into your shell, drop a bombshell, happy as a clam, clam up...which 'shell' phrase could most recently be applied to some event or circumstance in your life? Explain.
Wow. This renovation seemed to be moving right along, but now it's at a snail's pace and I foresee that I'll have to shell out some money. CH is causing me to come out of my shell to get what I want when I'm happy as a clam to clam up and let him drop the bombshell. I just want to go back into my shell and come out when it's over.

4. What summer activity do you dislike? Why?
The Small Town's "FreedomFest". For starters, they're having it this Saturday, which is over a full week before the 4th of July. The fireworks have Laika hiding behind CH's chair, shaking like a leaf. 

5. What's something you see as quickly becoming obsolete? Does that bother you?
Trick or Treat. It's sad that this country has become such a place where the kids can't have the memories or fun that we had when we were growing up. Or, that Halloween is seen as "the devil". People need to lighten up.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
Look at this sweet girl:
We have a year-long house guest
Looks like she'll be staying with her grams for a year until MS gets through with Law School.  We're having an adjustment period, but she's settling in, and Laika and Pepper are learning to tolerate. It was pitiful when MS left on Sunday: Girl Dog kept running to the living room window, looking out and watching each car as it went by. Hopefully this year will go by quickly and they will be reunited.
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