How did you do on last year’s New Year’s resolutions? Do you anticipate there would be any leftover items to be carried over to next year?
We just did this one! Come on, folks.
So instead, I want to tell you about my new countertops! They are being installed right this minute, and they are even prettier than I remembered. I’ll put up a picture in a minute. I’ve waited 20 years for this remodel to take place. We took out the wall between the kitchen and dining room, replaced it with a little breakfast bar. We’re having a new sink with an ultra-modern new faucet installed; new lighting; new cabinets, new floor. It’s going to be SO pretty when it’s all done. Terry has done much of it himself, as his physical pain and need for rest has allowed. He’s amazing, really. I’m so excited I can hardly sit still.
The guys doing the install are Japanese. They speak some English, but not a lot. They seem to be very amused at my jumping up and down as each piece goes into place. They are very good at their work, obviously experienced and knowledgeable. They think Terry is pretty amazing, seeing what all he has accomplished.
Where you see the little bar where the men are standing used to be where the wall between the dining room and kitchen was. It’s amazing how taking that wall out has opened up the space.
I need to give credit where credit is due, to all the men I can remember who have helped Terry:
Our friend Norm, who really got the ball rolling on this project and shared his years of wisdom and experience.
Our son Mike, who helped take down the wall while he was here on a quick visit from Germany. Hmmmm. Take down the wall. Germany. Any symbolism there?
Our son Dan, who lives about half an hour away and has spent a lot of time helping in a variety of ways.
Our son-in-law Aaron and our grandson Luke who helped pull up flooring, and will be helping again on Thursday.
Our friend Joe, who was so generous with his time and expertise installing cabinets.
Our friend Tim who stopped in and got put to work for a few hours.
If I’ve left anyone out, please forgive me. The help has been wonderful, and has helped us to value friendships more than ever.
If you’ve waited a long time for a much needed remodel, you understand perfectly how I’m feeling right now.