Moving forward or standing still

Here’s an optical illusion for you that pretty adequately sums up my feelings about last week.  this is a PHOTO.. not a video or a GIF.  There is nothing moving in this photo.. but your eyes show a rotation don’t they?  Pretty cool.  I guess my week was the opposite really, if i think about it.  It often felt like nothing was happening, but in fact, it was.


The insulation happened as promised, and we were pleased with the great job.  Then it was drywall’s turn.   The drywaller promised me 2 full days, and he’d be done.  2 guys came late on Thursday, and left very early.. maybe a little more than 1/2 a day.   Then Friday, again, 2 guys showed up late, the owner joined them later yet, and then I got a text at noon with a photo I’ll spare sharing with you.. saying that the crew was going home because one guy had a rash on his back.  Seriously?  One guy down, everyone has to go?   Friday at noon… hrmmm..

No-one was willing to work on the weekend, or stay late to finish the job.. but i was promised they’d be done at Noon on Monday when the taper was coming.  Sure enough, Monday 5 guys were there, and they banged off the rest of the job.  And it wasn’t a clean job.  First time i’ve been disappointed with one of our trades.  My taper will take care of it, I know, cause he’s the BEST there is around.   But because of my respect for him and his workmanship, I wanted to give him a better canvas to work on.  And this isn’t it.  For each of these things, there was an excuse/solution.. “baseboard will cover it”, “Pete can fix that, no problem”,  “it’s in the closet, you’ll never see it”.   ugh…

But overall, it looks pretty good, and it’s exciting to see our new living space come together.

Bill’s Office – I love the light this room has.  It will be a bright cheery room, that I long to make into a reading room.  I can see spending considerable time in here in the Winter, soaking up Vitamin D through the South facing door.   I think our yellow reading chair with footstool will go in here, at least in the Winter months.


Our Bedroom (panoramic photo rounding the walls)  Lots more plugs and bigger closet (not shown)  HOPE:  I need your help organizing my closet with racks/shelves/rods… HELP!  And i haven’t even started thinking of window coverings!


Great Room from SE corner of room backing on main bath (standing in space that used to be spare bedroom)  Photo description from L to R: pocket door into laundry room/Butler’s Pantry, Kitchen wall (orange pail sits close to where the Dishwasher will be)  stove wall backing on new 2 pc powder room, front door, bay window, and on far right, the new large window facing East road allowance.  One comment I get often from people who walk through, (and semi-regret myself) is how small our kitchen window is.  I really wanted to maximize cabinet space.. after having such a small kitchen for so many years, not just in this house, but in my previous apartments, i was CRAVING cabinet space.. so I sacrificed window to get it.  This window also faces directly onto our driveway, and into the neighbour’s house.. so i really didn’t feel i needed more view. 🙂  We are putting in a considerable amount of potlights, so this should really help the light.  We have considerable natural light coming in from the North with the bay window & front door, and East with the new large window.


Great Room from NE corner (pano again) photo description from left to right:  Bill standing at new 90″ x 52″ window facing East on to road allowance, hallway to bedrooms, bath, and laundry room.  Pocket door to laundry room (the 2 dark doorways) Kitchen wall, powder room, front hall closet & front door, bay window facing North.


so, we’re not standing still at all it seems.  Pete the amazing taper is there today, and we continue to move forward.

Last night a new issue arose though.. and that is heat..  We had the gas meter turned off when we moved out of the house, against better judgment, and accompanied by a long story.. and now to turn it back on could be a big rigamarole (love that word) so we temporarily wired in an electric construction heater last night with the help of one of our guys (thanks Gerry!)  so that might be the next saga… stay tuned!


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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