Focusing on the positive

Cause it’s so easy to see all that’s not. Not right, not according to plan, not on time.. things I don’t want to remember or commemorate here.. so here’s to the positive!

The exterior Tyvek (house wrap) and insulation is up! Poor guys were Tyveking on a really blustery day last week.

And trim has started! We ran into some interesting issues with all 3 pocket doors.. one had a screw through the roller track during installation

And two tracks were in crooked, making the doors not level, so our carpenter magician fixed one by altering the frame, and 2 others by cutting a hole in the drywall to access the frames and correct them. All 3 pocket doors were hung more than 1/2″ too high as well, leaving a considerable gap underneath, and he was able to remedy that as well. All a bit disappointing, but I’m so glad to have a really great craftsman carpenter to deal with these issues. He’s a fantastic problem solver and has made it all so in the end we’ll never know.

So Pete the taper is coming back to patch the 2 12″ square holes, and we’ll never know they were there. Whew! Except.. I did commemorate them, didn’t I… 😜

The trim is starting to come along nicely, we’re really happy with what Des is doing, and the attention to detail he takes.

This was a mock-up he did for me, which helped us decide against the shoe mold on top of the base. Cove was supposed to go on top, but the wrong material was shipped. Glad we’re catching these things together!

It’s beginning to take shape as our beautiful new home. A little longer than we’d hoped, but it’s being done right. Where we’re spending Christmas this year is still up in the air at this point. We know we won’t be home in less than a month which was our first plan, but we may go back just in time for Christmas with some things unfinished… and I’m learning to accept it, move on and focus on the positive. Or we may just take off somewhere hot and sunny and skip Christmas all together this year… or maybe I’m dreaming…

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. Way to stay positive! So much better all around:) And, never, ever, stop dreaming – especially when it comes to being somewhere where you get to listen to waves on a beach and look up at palm trees against ridiculously blue sky, and have the biggest decision of the hour be which lounger to plunk yourself in!!


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