The heart of the matter

Or.. the heart/guts of the house.. Bill and I have decided that his responsibility, or the things he cares about most are what’s on the inside, whereas I care more about what how it looks in the end.. the cosmetics. Don’t get me wrong, I still care about the guts, and he still cares about the looks… But together we have our priorities divided, so we’re covered.

Today was a big GUTS day. We had walk- throughs ahead of time with the plumber, electricians and our wonder team of framers: Josh and Austin.

I’m going to pause record what’s been going on behind the scenes in our personal lives. We’ve had 4 days of family parties and events, my last 2 uncles on Dads side from Kingston and Holland were in town, and we hosted them in the J lounge for the weekend. We’ve been sleeping terribly/very little.. at night I do my best worst thinking.

And way way too much of it.

Worrying and thinking 🤔 💭 planning each plug and outlet.. where I need 3 ways, dimmers, timers. I spent HOURS on paper and in my addled brain trying to figure it out. Then Jeff MacIntyre (best electrician around in my book right now!) did a walk through in about 30 minutes with me, and suggested all the things I forgot, affirmed the ones I had, and figured out everything I couldn’t. His main guy, Tim, accomplished more today efficiently on his own than our previous electricians could with a group of 2-3 guys in 2 days. Wow.

I got called to the job site this morning, and they were all there together. Plumbers, electricians and framers. The cacophony of compressors, nailguns, drills, hammers, radio and voices was almost too much for me to take, yet these guys were all working together in some beautiful orchestral dance with their tools, wires and cords.

I wish I had caught it on film, it was amazing, like a Raiders of the lost Ark maze they all got through working together. And they accomplished so much today!

Bill and I were so amazed when we arrived end of day. It’s cool to see all the guts inside the walls. I’ve seen it so many times before, in other houses, but it’s never been personal. This is OuR (God’s that we steward) house.

Have you ever seen a pocket door frame? Now you have.

I had to run home again at lunch to pull out all my tomato plants so the guys could start on our back patio door.. lotsa green ones going in paper bags for winter ripening. Half a cooler full!

During the next few days, the mechanical will be completed, inspections done, and insulation will start. We’re on schedule..if not even a wee bit ahead. I’m so very pleased. And thoroughly exhausted to the bone.

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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    1. Tell me this, how did you do it?!? I know you **only** added a bedroom suite, but so much much more space and sf than we are.. how did you do it? Yet we’ve gutted original… apples and oranges. I’m overwhelmed…

      Excuse my thumbs… Sent from a very small iPhone keyboard.



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