I see a red door.. 🎶

Ok, I know the door wasn’t red, but did I get you singing? Sorry – if you’re not familiar with the Rolling Stones – that blogpost title was lost on you.

Dane told me he wanted to paint the trim around my door black 🎶 🎵 🚪 “I want it painted black.. I want it painted blaaaack“. (I’m gonna have that ear worm all day) And I was dubious. He kept saying.. it will be a “Grahnd Entrance!”

We stopped at the house today just as he was doing it. Check it out..


I gave him a big 👍🏽 and he gave me the slow nod and smile. Yah, he knew it. He just needed me to know it. Thankfully I trusted him.

Paint is done for now until touch ups later. My custom shoe mold is primed and ready for flooring.

And Bill is vaccuuming up while I sit here and cough up a lung blog.

Plumbers have been in this week destroying our basement breaking up the floor to run the new sewer lines. Also installing a Back flow preventer. If you know anything of Jordan Station, our high water table, and the sewer problems we’ve endured the last few years in our town, (several NEW homes had raw sewage coming up through their basement drains 2 yrs ago). you’d agree this is one of the wisest investment in our house renos. We had to quickly scramble the other night to come up with our final basement layout for bathroom and kitchenette so they could rough those in as well.

Goal is to have our very own mini J lounge.. a place of respite for visitors or those in between homes.. like us. Visiting pastors, missionaries.. those in need of a temporary home or space of their own. We won’t have 3 bedrooms and a pool table, but working with what we have.

It’s been a rough week here health wise. After the disfiguring facial trauma lovely rash finally cleared up, I came down with a nasty bug.. “multiple systems failure” is what I’m calling it. Sinus infection/viral asthma/bronchitis/flu. I think I’ve decided at this point I’m skipping Christmas.

After the 3rd night of fevers and hacking up a lung I finally put aside my Friesian stubbornness and went to the Dr and got some relief. One of the most amazing things I thought I’d NEVER do is a nasal rinse. The whole idea freaked me out. But she convinced me to try it. I’m a serious believer now. I may invest in Hydrasense® that stuff is golden! My allergies won’t know what hit them when Spring comes!

One last thing before I check out.. thanks to my loyal readers.. last week you broke a record in one day on my last blog post. Not a Guinness World Book kind, just a record for me.. in number of readers and number of countries. I have a feeling that was one of the days my sister was travelling through a couple Asian countries, but still.. looks good. I know she wasn’t in Singapore or South Korea so I don’t know how that happened.

Next week we’ll see a real transformation when the flooring gets installed and cabinetry starts. We’re nearing the finish line for the interior, soon it will be time to pack up and go home.

HOME… did I hear that? that will be the best Christmas present of all. Home.

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. Can’t believe you don’t use Hydrasense! Straight up sea water (read natural salt water) will be your best friend from now on. I have a mini one for travel too:)

    Absolutely LOVE the grand entrance. It’s beautiful!! Count down has officially begun – can’t wait to see your floors.


    1. I know?!? Where has it been all my life? Expensive though? I mean, maybe I do too much at once? but 3 applications and I’m mostly through my first Costco size bottle.. but so worth it with this sinus thing. Ps.. thanks for adding Mexico 🇲🇽 to my blog stats!


  2. Hydrasense is AMAZING!! Have you tried the eucalyptus one? Even more amazing!!

    Love how the house is coming along! Will look forward to visiting in the new year!!


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