Progress and brick walls

Dropping in at the house today after work felt good. Healing. Hopeful. The opposite of all that I have been feeling the last couple of weeks. All the stress I’ve been carrying about the house and work came out in a rash this past week.  Literally. You may remember I was mocking one of our drywall boarders for leaving work because of a rash a while back. That came back to bite me big time.

At first I thought it was an allergic reaction.. and it may have been, but I’m beginning to believe now that it was stress related. it’s healing up now after trying every remedy under the sun. The one that worked?

Cedar wood oil and Frankincense . Seriously. These babies are in my pocket all day right now. #shamelessdoTerraplug

Taped on Oven mitts were about to become a reality to save me from scratching.

Anyways.. the stress is lessening as I see things moving forward. I KNOW I shouldn’t stress, shouldn’t worry.. I’m definitely praying about it all, and trying to leave it all in the Lord’s hands.. but my humanness is rearing it’s ugly head (again, literally.. see above photo) daily.   It’s a constant battle… Romans 7:15 comes to mind…  I can just hear Paul.. ARRRGHHHH!! every time I stress/worry and fall into bad habits I wake up feeling like I’m hitting my head yet again against a brick wall.

So, we keep working on it. Recognizing that worry and stress are not only bad for my health and well being.. God doesn’t want me to.

That bit of confessional out of the way…. onwards on why you visited today.. to read about the progress on the house!

Today our painter completed the first coat of primer on all the walls and filled all the nail holes in the trim.  He had some great paint ideas i hadn’t thought of either that we’re incorporating.. you’ll get to see/hear about these when they happen.

It’s amazing how one coat of primer can make it look so much more finished. Our poor painter tore his MCL playing soccer ⚽️ on the weekend, so he’s hobbling quite badly. He’s actually glad to be at our house right now ’cause he doesn’t have to do stairs or ladders. He’ll have to get help with the baseboards is my guess though, no way he’s getting down on that knee.. OUCH! He certainly won’t be doing any tricks anytime soon!

Plumbers came as well today (they were supposed to all last week, and we kept getting bumped due to emergencies other places but.. they weren’t late yet, so not a problem.. yet it still added to the stress level..)  and ran all the water lines in the basement and started breaking up the floor for the sewer drain, back flow preventer and rough in for new bathroom going in the basement early next year.

There’s a lot to be said for Pex water lines.. you can definitely tell which is hot and cold.. and the flexibility is great.. plus Bill took all the old copper out of the house, brought it to a metal recycling place and made some good money.. that was definitely helpful!

Bill took the day off from Stelco and put up the angle iron for the stone.

Reason for this is that I’ve always really disliked how high our parging was/ where the brick started. (Approx 2′ off the ground). I’d like the new stone to start at the minimum height which is 6″.   It was a really nice bright sunny and almost warm day, so he picked a good one to stay home and work outside!

For those of you away from home right now… you know who you are….  here’s a taste of home today.

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. No doubt the rash is stress!! I get them too:( Not on my face so far … and you’re right, the primer makes it all look so different already. You really are pretty much building a brand new home – and it’s going to be amaaaaaaaaazing!! Hang in there!

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