Thursday, April 16, 2009
Close to Nowhere
I have decided that I watch way too much television — especially DIY and HGTV.
There are almost no quilting shows on TV so I watch the Food Network, which is not dangerous; and the home improvement shows, which are extremely hazardous!
Wasn’t too bad for a while. I painted cabinets and put a new counter and sink in my bathroom — one of those “new” vessel sinks with a waterfall faucet. It’s wonderful! And it wasn’t really hard.
So, on to the kitchen! I took down a cabinet, put shelves up instead and painted it all.
My niece Sister and I had picked out a lovely shade of lavender — it turned out really purple. But, paint is not that expensive, so...
Then Pop said I had to stop with the cabinets, so work could begin on the floors.
Our dishwasher had leaked a couple years ago and unobserved, it continued to dribble until the floor in the kitchen and adjoining hall had turned into spongeboard instead of floorboards. We were lucky not to have pitched through the floor to the ground below!
Have you seen those commercials? The ones about Brazilian cherry hardwood floors?
Well, I now have Abbeville pine! Really. There was a tornado a year or so ago that ripped its way through Abbeville, which is just south of Waterford. Pine trees were everywhere.
Pop’s friend Chris (not to be confused with son Kris) knew someone with a sawmill who turned the trees into planks.
Chris then used his woodworking stuff (he remodels homes, nicely, I might add) and turned the planks into smooth planks and those planks are now laid out beautifully on my floor. So, I have Abbeville pine.
I have to admit I was skeptical. I was envisioning an entirely different-looking floor. This one is beautiful.
Remodeling has been rough and is not getting better yet. No hot water all weekend because a dishwasher line was accidentally cut. No water in my kitchen at all. Didn’t matter, because I didn’t have a sink or counters anyway.
Monday night, I had a sink with running water and happily washed dishes for an hour or so. Still can’t walk on the floor though.
I am anxiously counting the days until Jane and I leave for Paducah and the quilt show — and the absence of sawdust!
Eight days from Tuesday!
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