11/22/2017

Giving Thanks With the Hodgepodge


I'm baaaack! At least for today to link up with the Wednesday Hodgepodge with Joyce!

1. Tradition...how tightly do you cling to tradition when it comes to holiday gatherings and celebrations? For instance do you always do the cooking, never eat at home, always go to grandma's, never miss the parade, always watch football, never change the menu, always eat at 2 PM, etc.? Have you ever celebrated Christmas or Thanksgiving away from hearth, home, and family? How did that feel?
I am a HUGE traditionalist. I'm a firm believer in keeping traditions alive for future generations. It's not about the time, but it is about the same food!
When I was a guard instructor for a high school band, we went to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC. It was really strange to be away from home and the normal traditions on Thanksgiving. Having hotel food for Thanksgiving in the Northeast was definitely different.

2. Help...is it easy for you to ask for help or are you a do-it-yourselfer? How is that a good/bad thing?
I only ask for help when I get to the point of being frustrated. In one way, it's a good thing, but the frustration part definitely is not!

3. Abundance...what is there an abundance of in your kitchen?
I'm actually stumped on this one. Since the kitchen remodel, things are being kept to a minimum.

4. Name...the smallest thing you're thankful for? the biggest?
Smallest: Spending time with family. That could also be the biggest thing, too.  

5. Key...What do you think is the key to living a more grateful life?
Taking the time to stop and notice the small things.

6. State your own random thought here.
Surprise! I haven't fallen off the face of the earth! School has been ridiculously crazy this year, and, between the kitchen (more on that at some point) & a trip to Ireland (DEFINITELY more on that at some point!) I just haven't had the time to pay attention to writing. Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!

9/07/2017

{State of the Kitchen} Part 16: I Can Touch the Light!


I can touch the light!
Can you believe it? I know I can't! I thought this day would never get here.
I had a friend who tiles for a living do our backsplash. That was the 1 thing in this whole project that went off without a glitch. Ben did such an amazing job:
I decided to go ahead and tile around the window.
We did a good job picking out the tile!

I wasn't sure how to pick out the grout; we actually went with a darker grout than the designer recommended.
We thought the countertop was put in without anything going wrong, but we were mistaken. The light caught the corner of the sink just right for me to notice this:
Milky spot in the countertop

It was hard to get a good picture of the spot.

This is a better view of the spot.
It's hard to see in the pictures, but there's a "milky" spot. When I first saw it I thought maybe something they used to put in the sink got on the countertop. I used my granite cleaner but it didn't come off. I sent the pictures to the designer at Home Depot. She said she sent them on to the countertop people, but as of Wed.  evening (when I'm writing this)I haven't heard anything. (Big surprise, huh?)  Ben (my tile friend) said he thought they could just buff it out.

Monday, I plugged up my coffee maker, but it didn't come on. I plugged it into the lower receptacle, and it worked. AND, when I turned on the garbage disposal, it didn't come on. CH got it to come on by flipping the switch quickly. I emailed the contractor & the electrician came by yesterday afternoon. The electrician said that the outlet where I put the coffeemaker was bad. He said that he had some bad ones mixed in, and we got a bad one. REALLY??? He also replaced the switch for the garbage disposal, so that's all good now.
So...what's left? I sent these pictures to the designer and asked her if this is what the corners were supposed to look like:

I thought they looked unfinished. She said that they should have carried the toekick all the way to the edge. That will have to be fixed. Also, apparently there are some touch-ups that have to be done. And then they should be done. 
We have some boxes of trim, doors, and tile that need to go back. One of my sisters asked if the contractor will take those back or if we will need to. I told her I didn't want the contractor to take them; I want to make sure we get credit for bringing them back. Oh, and one thing needs to go back that just breaks my heart:
I was told the cookbook holder wouldn't fit since I have undercabinet lights. We haven't double-checked, though. I'm thinking it's a possibility that they just didn't want to mess with it.
We decided to not push the strip in the ceiling. CH said that it is textured, it just needs to be painted. Since we're planning on having the walls painted, we'll have our handyman guy paint the ceiling as well.
We've resolved ourselves to the fact that we're probably going to have to fix the seam in our floor by ourselves.
Not quite "turn key"
I am absolutely in love with how my kitchen looks. I knew it would be beautiful, and it certainly is!
It turned to to be as beautiful as I thought it would.

I'm extremely happy with how it looks

8/31/2017

{State of the Kitchen} Part 15: The Light is Brighter

We're a couple of steps closer to being finished!
We have countertops! And crown molding!!! Monday, I was given a 2:00-4:00 window for the countertop installation, so I left work a little early to make sure I would be home when the countertop people arrived. When 4:00 came and went, I called the office at 4:10 to find out what was going on and was told that their first job of the day ran over. I told the woman that it would have been nice if someone had called me since I left work early and my last 2 groups of students missed Speech Therapy that day. Of course she said she apologized and that they would be at the house after 6:00. And they were. 7:30 is after 6:00, right? They finished up around 10:00...about an hour after my bedtime. I was honestly about to cry. If they didn't make it on Monday, it was going to throw the plumber (who came yesterday) off schedule.
After having the missing trim on the floor for a week, it was installed on Tuesday! CG2 installed the trim and the crown molding.
How the kitchen looked Tues. night.
He also made a frame for the microwave, moved the upper pullout down, and installed the remaining one. He drilled a hole in the shelf for the microwave cord as well. 
I was able to gain a little more storage with the additional pullout...perfect for my really small appliances!
The plumber was at my house waiting for me when I got home yesterday. He hooked up the sink, disposal, and dishwasher.
It's a real, honest to goodness sink & faucet!
Oh, but that wasn't without something going wrong. A clamp was missing from the disposal so he had to buy another one.  We looked around for it but couldn't find it.  I guess that's par for the course, because we're also missing the panel for the dishwasher:
Will they, or won't they find a panel?
I asked CG2 about it, and he said it had to be around somewhere, but it's nowhere to be found. I told him it was there when the project started, and said I wondered if something happened to it during demo. Just more sloppy management. 

My friend will get started on the backsplash on Saturday, and then we'll have someone come in and paint the walls and ceiling. And then we'll have our house back...finally!
Wed. night's photo: We bought a dimmer switch for the undercabinet lighting to achieve the "ambience" I' was expecting; we  CH hasn't put it in yet.
The sink is IN!


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