Things I won’t miss

At least a few times a day, one of us asks… “are we nuts?”   Our house needs a lot of work to sustain us, and we need to be good stewards of it.  There are so many things we’ve been putting off until .. until when?  Until we could come to a joint decision of what to do?  Until we had time/money?  Until we couldn’t turn a blind eye anymore?      Once we tackle one thing.. like the cracked tiles missing grout, and the cracked walls.. where do we stop?    So to help us remember we’re not so crazy… here’s a list of things we won’t miss..

Creaky sticky bifold doors that we often fight to close: **sound on

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Cracked walls

Broken tiles that were never sealed, installed without subfloor, causing all the grout to come out within first 2 yrs thanks to previous owner: aka “Houseflipper Extraordinaire”


rusty sinks, window handles and mouldy grout

old rotten window frames


poopy gross paint colours, by a really drunk  blind inept painter

creaky floors

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water damaged cabinets with really poor plumbing.   Again, thanks to Houseflipper ExtraOrdinaire – when we first used the kitchen sink over 12 yrs ago, the Ptrap just FELL… it wasn’t even attached.  sink was also never sealed in properly, and other ongoing issues.. Bill fixed each as it came along, but the dripping started again..


 bumpy and pitted lath and plaster walls img_2311

Weird ceiling configurations (likely for floor to ceiling drapes?


and unfinished items.. like floor transitions, door frames.. 

the packing, purging has been cathartic and exhausting.. but we’re doing it.. and I can’t believe how much we’ve accomplished in 3 short weeks.  The kitchen is almost completely packed, other than what we need to use the next couple of days, same with Bill’s office, and our bedroom.  We’ve purged through ALL our clothing, and packed up what we won’t use the next few months that we’ve decided to keep.  I toured my sister Wilma’s amazing basement apt (the J Lounge) yesterday, the first time as a prospective tenant.  I’ve been in the J lounge numerous times over the years, but never looked at it as a place I would live… I don’t think i’d ever stepped foot in the bedrooms, or opened the cupboard doors.  It’s amazing.  She’s thought of every detail.  I’ll blog about that likely next week.  We are incredibly blessed to have family close by with incredible living quarters available to people like us in transition.  Dick & Wilma have the most hospitable hearts and home.  There aren’t enough words for people like them.  But I will try.. next time.

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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