Ahhhh…. I needed that break. Thanks for hanging out and waiting ever so patiently for my return. I hate to say all the cliche’d things like I had to catch up on things around the house and I’ve been so busy, but they are true.
So, let’s see, what was going on for the last few weeks? My little dude turned 11, started football and then middle school all within the span of two weeks. Aside from just the change of going from elementary to middle school, his new school is across the county because he is in a pre-engineering program that is not offered at our home school. He knows no one at the new school, which is really hard for him. And it’s hard for me to see him struggle with those first awkward days of being at a new school. I have to say though, he is adjusting to all the changes like a champ.
My daughter started college this week also. I don’t even know how to describe how insanely proud we are of her. She decided not to stay in the dorms, so she is making a 40 minute commute three times a week. She is making new friends and participating in the school sponsored activities, so I don’t think she’s missing the living-on-campus life too much.
I’ve also been trying to clean up the garage. It’s overflowing with stuff we need to sell or get rid of, and it is too darn hot still to have a yard sale. I can’t wait for cooler weather to come – it will be nice to have some walking room in there.
Our old AC was slowly die-ing a sad, slow, expensive death, so we had to replace it. At thirteen years old, it was taking longer to cool the house, and was leaking cool air into the garage. And since we live in South Florida, our AC was keeping our electric bills high all year round.
That’s a project and a half, especially when you have tons of furniture in the way. At least it gave me the opportunity to go through some of the things on that side of the garage, and I found some things I forgot about having. It was like going shopping in my own house! The new AC is fabulously quiet, and will hopefully save us some money on our electric bill.
We’ve been trying to get some estimates for our bathroom remodel, but have had a heck of a time getting people to come out to give us quotes. And of the three we’ve had out, only one has gotten back to us with an estimate. In an economy that is in the toilet, aren’t people supposed to be more willing and able to work? Very few people return phone calls, follow up or show any kind of initiative. It’s kind of depressing. Especially when I want to start the project already!! It’s UGLY!!
We would try to do the work ourselves, but part of the project is to completely gut the shower – which we could do – and rebuild it – which we don’t know anything about.
I’ve seen one too many DIY disaster shows to make an attempt at something so important. Besides, it would probably take us months to get it done, and I don’t have the patience for that.
I did get to a few projects too. I painted the backsplash in my kitchen. Big improvement. Then I tried to get creative with it – which didn’t work out so well. Oh well. I painted a bedside table for my daughter’s room – very cute! I stained the coffee table on the porch – so quick and easy, I can’t wait to show you!! And I have been shopping for tile for our bathroom remodel. The number of tile choices are insane! I’ll have some posts soon on all those things to catch you all up.
For now, I’m off to figure out what to do with my dining room furniture. I think I’ll be asking for your help with that. I can’t make up my mind which direction to go with it.
What have you been up to for the past few weeks??
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