Tearing out the old

Not sure if it’s cathartic or not.. my bones hurt too much to appreciate that thought.

I pulled out a bucket full of nails today. A Costco Potato salad bucket size.

Old rusty nails that held lath and plaster walls up. Bill took down several more walls today, pulling out the old L&P, and I followed him with a crowbar and hammer pulling all the nails so new drywall could go up after new wiring and insulation.

Front closet was the last part of his day. Very poorly insulated, our 2 closets on outside walls were drafty and mouldy if we weren’t careful. Seeing those ripped out feels good.

Here’s Demo man at work.

I found a great gem and experienced old memories today doing this manual labour, and seeing old building materials.

The Gem: This passage from 1 Chronicles 29 has been our marriage life verse since we took Crown Financial study the first time.. Bill had it up in his office, just a taped piece of paper to the wall.. but rather than throw it out, he moved it to the window where I found it today while pulling nails.

What a great reminder as we do this.. it’s all Gods. Not ours. He is in control. Not us. Thank you Father for giving us might and strength! Thank you for being in control! Thank you for allowing us to be stewards of this home that is yours.. may we be found faithful!

The old memories: We took a brief lunch break on the old front step, (that’s being torn out this coming week) and I started to draw on the concrete with a scrap piece of lath… reminding me of my childhood chalk.. plaster from Dad’s job sites.

So here’s where we are today, a week into Demo..

View from garage entry

view from living room

view from toilet

Speaking of… here’s our new bath space.. toilet is moving to where shower/tub sat, vanity will go where toilet currently sits, and new 36 x 60 walk-in shower will stand in new space created where bedroom closet and vanity were previously.

Above, our demolished bedroom .

Habitat for Humanity Restore is coming on Monday to pick up our kitchen cabinets, interior doors, toilet, booblights and hopefully the tub.

Here’s a look at what we’re finding in the walls.

And here’s our next job we’ve been dreading…. which I may or may not have rubbed up against today with my bare arm…

A great and hard day’s work, even though we slept in and started late.. progress is being made in the short week and a day since we started.

What helps us get by, is this stunning welcome to our current home away from home.. I swear I get reenergized every time I walk through this archway.

Thank you Dick and Wilma… and thank you Father!

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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