Lights & drum roll……

We got OCCUPANCY approval today!


Bill worked for 2 nights after work til quite late this week, and the Lincoln guys a full day, to frame, insulate and vapor barrier the man cave, and to cover up existing walls that had rigid insulation.  This can’t be left exposed apparently because it is highly flammable.  So the Roxul went back up and the man cave got insulated.


Siding is complete, just need to do the railings, and then wrap the posts on the front porch.  Coach lights were installed today as well.   Both are not centred well on the siding, but it’s a Catch 22 as to who will fix it.  But it WILL be fixed!

(and seriously, what’s with the handprints everywhere!! ARghhh)

The electricians left the boxes centered with the front door – but when the siding guys came in they just cut the hole where the box is.. and don’t move it to be more esthetic.  I texted the siding guy today to ask him if he can come back to fix when he does our post wraps.  but in the meantime, we DO have light!

Aren’t they pretty?

We had our siding contractor do all the gables around the house with the cedar shake vinyl, even where we left the white brick up.  We will be painting this a grey to match the stone in the Spring.  Already this freshens up the back so much, compared to the old blue painted wood.


Tomorrow the Blind company is coming to install all the window coverings, and we move in on Friday!   It’s been quite the journey the last 4.5 months… we’re not done yet, but so much closer, and now know with certainty we will be home for Christmas.

Thanks for all your prayers and support along the way.. it’s been awesome having you along for the journey.



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. And what a journey!! All of us who have lived through Reno’s understand to some degree:). I’ve really enjoyed watching this incredible transformation. Your vision becoming reality! Congratulations Bill & Amy!


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