Saturday, January 31, 2009

Moving Along Nicely






No, this is not my house! It is a floor I like. It is good to see people are wising up and not installing expensive wall to wall carpet, opting for floors that can be more easily cleaned. The old ways are sometimes better, with the little scatter rugs that can be washed and line dried. My son is collecting a box at a time from the hardware store, of this flooring, (he picked a cherry wood color, which is darker) and he hopes to replace the dirty carpet with this in the front door area. After the kitchen disaster, I realize it is a lot of pain before you see the gain. I used the dishwasher for the first time and also cluttered up the surface of the new kitchen top. I still have a lot of bags to unload and am very disorganized but the new faucet is so wonderful I can forget the mess around here. The homeowner's insurance does pay for a lot of this. Had we known, or even suspected, we would have applied when the leak first occurred.






Also, if anyone would feel inclined to answer an anonynmous commenter here http://homeliving.blogspot.com/2009/01/homemaking-without-worry.html I would appreciate it. I can stay in touch with the computer but havent time to post a thoughtful reply. She has missed the point of the article. It was NOT about how many children a woman should have, nor was it about whether or not a woman should work outside the home. The article was about reducing the amount of arguing and stress that comes about when people begin to talk about your belief about being home.




I merely suggested that it was not wise to complain about financial stress to people who were not in the same program, not on board with you, not on your side, etc. and to be wise about confiding in some people until you figure out where they stand. Not everyone is mature. Not everyone will have studied out the Bible and not everyone will understand history or have an understanding of the real reasons women need to be home. I did not intend to go off on a tangent about whether a woman should have a clean house or not. It was about talking too much and revealing too much information to people who would engage in debate.It applies to anything, not just to women at home. Also I included a link to an MSN article which appeared a day later after my own article, which the poster could read perhaps and then apply the principles I was trying to point out. The article was about limiting the focus on yourself and your problems and focusing more on uplifting things that would not bring you down. If you will notice, her comments are sidetracking from the original article and issue I was addressing, something that young feminists have a habit of doing.




Please also check out Lillibeths new article about the subject of "I Should Have Asked." http://www.thepleasanttimes.blogspot.com/


New kitchen photos coming some day, we hope. Right now we are cooking and washing dishes in our kitchen and it is really a mess so it will be awhile before we can show a completed kitchen. There is still soem woodwork to be put up to hide some areas, and some flooring to be replaced. Also, we kept the top cabinets and they need repainting.


Hope to come back here soon and post something meaningful!









7 comments:

The Southern Housewife said...

Oh honey, I cannot WAIT until I see your beautiful floor and kitchen. Good things do come to those who wait and I'm so glad the Lord has blessed you with being able to restore your home. Even though there was a leak, there is a light at the end of the tunnel!! :)

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

I was concerned at the cost, as it rose from the mere repair of a leak in a pipe, to the replacement of cabinets, to the replacement of the flooring, and on to electric improvements, etc. When it went over the $2,000 mark I could easily understand how kitchens can escalate to huge amounts of money. We bought locally, ,and things tend to be higher in price out west. We did not replace the upper cabinets so it will be interesting to see if we can make them look like they blend in with the lower ones. There is only so much I can do each day, so there are still some things sitting around in bags. We are finally sitting at the table again. One reason I got so behind in housekeeping was that there were so many laborers I had to work around. I decided they would be happier if I stayed out of the way, so I went to another room and cut and pasted papers, trying to keep my heart rate normal in the circumstances. I still have a couple more paper ideas to post and then will be sewing.

Spruce Creek Farm said...

I'm glad to hear that your kitchen is completed or near completion.
I do admire you for the fact that you never once complained during the hardship. You've seemed to remain upbeat and postitive throughout the whole ordeal.
Thank-you for being a good role model. Many young homemaker's can learn alot from you.
Brenda

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

Brenda,

I had my daughter as a great inspiration. She posed us as a fictional hick family on her blog and reported everything in a humorous light. She has a knack for looking at the details of life as a story.

Katrinka said...

Lydia, I am drawing greatly from your experiences and your attitude! We will soon be moving back into an old farmhouse of ours that needs quite a bit of basic and lots and lots of cosmetic attention. Also a new water heater and furnace and electrical work. But I am really looking forward to it as I'm returning to my old home as a full-time homemaker again! We are seriously contemplating removing ALL carpeting in our old home and going back to bare floors. I think it's healthier, and I also seem to be more motivated to not let stacks of junk pile up on a bare floor, as the dust bunnies show up more than on a carpeted floor. :-).

I understand how you feel about your daughter, mine is such an encouragement to me!

Katrinka said...

Lydia, I am drawing greatly from your experiences and your attitude! We will soon be moving back into an old farmhouse of ours that needs quite a bit of basic and lots and lots of cosmetic attention. Also a new water heater and furnace and electrical work. But I am really looking forward to it as I'm returning to my old home as a full-time homemaker again! We are seriously contemplating removing ALL carpeting in our old home and going back to bare floors. I think it's healthier, and I also seem to be more motivated to not let stacks of junk pile up on a bare floor, as the dust bunnies show up more than on a carpeted floor. :-).

I understand how you feel about your daughter, mine is such an encouragement to me!

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that you're keeping a good attitude about this whole project, Mrs. Sherman. I know that isn't easy to do. We are living in a house that is being finished while we live in it, & for a while there I didn't even bother to try & clean. Just too many things going on, people "to-ing & fro-ing", muck & dust everywhere....it was enough if I could keep up with the laundry & wash the dishes each day. Things are at a standstill now, but I have hopes that we will finish some more jobs soon.

Anyway, I can't say enough good about our wood floors. I absolutely love them. Easy to take care of, a nice warm look, everything seems to coordinate with them.

I'll be looking for further updates! :o)

sincerely,
Brenda

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