Will it bore you to know that I am still working on my kitchen? I used to be fast as lightening at these kinds of projects. But that was when I was not only younger, but my kids were younger and I could just put them in a room with a new Lego set and a box of sugar cereal and they barely noticed I wasn’t paying attention to them.
These days my kids require more effort than I can buy with toys and Fruit Loops. They need school lessons and to be driven here and there. They have their own agenda that often requires my assistance, which can slow down a kitchen makeover. And myself, I move more slowly. It’s weird isn’t it? I feel like I am moving at a normal pace. But I am proven wrong when I am in front of one of the kids in the hallway and it causes a traffic jam, complete with honking.
I hope the fable is true, “slow and steady wins the race.” If so, then I am going for grand champion.
I’d say we are 2/3 finished. The white cabinets are all painted and ready to be waxed. I like the look of wax over chalk paint. I have been doing that technique since before it was cool and will likely still be using doing it long after Pinterest is flooded with a new trend. It’s durable and looks professional. The axing does add more work, but it’s so worth it!
This weekend, in addition to painting, we hung a new cabinet and new microwave. It sounds great until you have to figure out how you are going to add trim to all of it to hide the flaws in your hanging skills and make it look like the rest of the old kitchen. The shininess of the new microwave is already putting my electric range to shame. But not to worry, it will be grimy in no time and fit in with the rest of my appliances just fine.
Yesterday was my oldest child’s 25th birthday, so of course I got very little done because I was wallowing in a deep depression. I can’t figure out how this happened. She was born, she hopped around the house with a pacifier between her teeth telling us all what to do, she was a grown up. 1-2-3. Where was the middle?!
We did our usual special birthday breakfast where they get to choose anything they want to eat. Then we opened gifts and just hung around talking. The weather here has been amazing, so the doors were open and I put peppermint in the diffuser to keep us all uplifted. It did help my general despair over how fast she grew and I got a bit of painting and cleaning done as well. So hooray for peppermint and 75°.
Later this week we have another birthday (I may go into a puddled mess over this one….someone send Kleenex!) and some light plans. We try to stay close to home and uncommitted toward the end of tax season to make it easy for James, who needs to completely focus on work. And in case you’re looking for help, he has a website.
Last week I read on Facebook about a friend who fell asleep while doing her taxes. That would be me. Truth be told, the fact that he does taxes and bookkeeping is the thing that I find most attractive about my man. I mean, six pack abs are nice, but what good are they when the IRS calls?
Have a great week!