Sunday, April 26, 2009

Kitchen Remodel

When we moved into our log cabin, the natural cherry kitchen had a hunter green tile counter. It was not aging gracefully. The grout was discolored, and practically every edge had a couple of cracked tiles. I was walking around the corner one day and ripped a pair of jeans!

We decided that the time had come to replace the counters, and we decided that granite was the way to go.

We decided to do the demo ourselves, and save a little money. In the meantime, I was still in search of a plumber, but could only find one that would come out the day after the counter install. With a big event looming -- I did not see how I could be without water, much less a sink for a whole day. While at work, I got an IM from Papa John who advised that he had located a plumber. I called to find out what he was talking about and he told me that his buddy Steve and wife Lori were planning on being in town! YAY!

So the demo began. While the tile itself popped off pretty easily, what we did not anticipate was two layers of plywood, adhesive, and copious nails. I swear someone had a nail gun and used the plywood for a little therapy session.
Here is John saying "What were we thinking?"

Once the counters were in, it was time to get the plumbing connected.

Steve and I had to make a couple of trips to Lowe's for bits and pieces

The completed kitchen is absolutely georgeous!

Saturday, April 25, 2009


The title says it all. "PHEW". So much has happened in the last month. I have not been keeping you up to date. I have had a lot on my plate for the last 30 days, and will have to spend a couple of blog entries to get you all up to speed. High level for now;

My secondary site in Mecklenburg county has upgraded to the latest SW release. This has been a huge undertaking. I think the high level of involvement for me is what has keep me away from the electronic world for awhile. Between email, upgrade, a bit of on-site development, and followup issue resolution, I have not felt like sitting in front of a computer for awhile. Don't get me started on emails.....

We also finished our kitchen remodel. Bye-bye cracking green tiles, hello granite!

Huge development on the personal side. My youngest son(my baby!) got married last weekend. He's chosen a wonderful girl, and they are expecting their first child in October. Looking forward to "baby days" but I keep trying to keep myself in the here and now, live in the moment is my mantra.

On hand for the wedding was my step-daughter Kendra and her family. I hate the label "step", she's SO much more to me. I got to spend time with her out-standing hubby Jeff and two magical grands, Daniel and Paul. Also on hand were my folks, who totally got into the goat farming thing, and Steve & Lori, who might as well be family. Steve got my plumbing hooked up after my new granite counters were installed, and Lori rescued me from ironing every single mens shirt for the wedding!

This weekend we are adjusting to quiet.... how nice. And adjusting to a new goat. We purchased an American Alpine goat about four months ago, and have been waiting for her to kid so we could pick her up. I milked her this morning and got almost a GALLON! Can you say cheese? As I type this I am waiting for some chevre to ripen. She is such a sweet gentle soul, is Sweet Flowers Hollyhock.

I am going to end this for now, the front porch swing chairs are calling -- and I have a good book to read. I promise to check email -- tomorrow -- and start getting you all caught up with pictures and more!