Weekend Update


The packing, purging, selling continues!     A cousin told us about this book she read recently about purging.  I can’t remember the book title, but one phrase that I’m going to butcher, stood out.  “[If you hold something and it no longer brings you joy.. get rid of it.]”  So we have been getting rid of a LOT.. with JOY! 🙂


However, i FOUND something with great JOY!   A cassette from “Super Star Recording Studio” (aka a place to lose money & make bad memories on Clifton Hill) circa 1986 with my BFF Elizabeth.   This will NOT be purged.  Oh we sounded so GREAT! TERRIBLE!!img_2185.jpg

We’ve come to embrace the Facebook Buy & Sell Groups.  Bill was able to sell our old snowblower in JULY.    The best part was.. this guy was also heading to the scrap yard, and took TWO defunct lawnmowers we had in our back garage and some old brake discs.  I’m tempted to invite him back to see what else he wants to help us purge!   He had his sweet little girls with him, along with his dad.  Reminded me of when i was little, going on fun dump runs with my Dad on Saturdays.  img_2191

Somehow we often came home with more than we left with, much to my mother’s chagrin.    One really cool thing  is that we’re meeting some really awesome people we never would otherwise thru this project.  A young man came by earlier this week to pick up a cabinet he’d purchased on FB Buy & Sell, and we had a great chat as well.  I’m praying Bill & I can be a witness to others around us – that God can use this time in our lives as we tear down walls & rebuild .. to do that in not only our little house & lives, but in others as well.  and BONUS –  we’ve paid for ONE new window just by selling items we no longer need.

On a bittersweet note..  We’ve decided not to try to keep our hydrangeas, in spite of the stellar bloom year they are gracing us with.   They grow so incredibly well in our soil (our brother claims our soil is radioactive, LOL!).  We know we’ll be able to replace them in a matter of 2 years.. so we’re going to part with them.  In the meantime, I’m taking lots of photos to remember them.


My goal during this phase is to retain enough energy at the end of each day to return our main living spaces to as normal as possible so we have places to retreat to from the mess.  On days like yesterday when we spent most of the day packing/purging.. that’s difficult.

We are so blessed to have storage right across the street.  It’s so clean and tidy – it’s making this all so much easier as we slowly prepare for the next stage.  (DEMOLITION!)

Bill was a MACHINE all day long.. he dismantled the guest bed completely and got it moved across to storage as well as all the other totes & boxes we packed up during the morning.

Meanwhile, Life goes on!  A wedding shower to go to in the afternoon yesterday, and bible study in the evening. (not at our house, it was actually nice to close the door and leave for a while)  Transpiring into a very late night last night, into an early morning today as I was leading worship at church.

Soon we’ll start removing baseboard & start lifting the floors.  I have a love/hate relationship with the Quarter Oak.  it’s squeeky/creaky nature, and it’s warm orangey/red tones .. i fell in love with it over the years.. but am really ready to let it go.  However – I will NOT miss our horrible ceramic tiles that were installed by previous owner.  Lifting & trashing them will be VERY cathartic. They cracked and lost all their grout within a couple years of install on a very bad or possibly non existent subfloor.  We’ll soon find out!

We were able to take a much needed Sabbath rest after church today, while also prepping some meals so we are ready for the week ahead that is filled with work, family, ministry, and this project.  We are confident we’ll be able to continue to move ahead in bite sized pieces, and be ready in time for when the trades come in and take over.

Thanks be to the One who gives us Strength!


Published by billandamyskitchen

Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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