Archive for June, 2009

TWO more days of school

Thursday is the kids’ last day of school.  I think I will take those two days off and dive into my New Annotated Dracula!  I just reconnected with my best friend from high school and she sent me two Dracula books for my birthday (Thanks Wendy)!  I can’t believe all the people I’ve found on facebook!  Lots and lots of memories.

After those two days,  I’ve really got to finish up the 54 guinea pig show awards I’ve been working on.  I’ve been having glaze issues which has taken up a lot of time and the deadline is fast approaching!

I am SO happy with the tile I chose for the kitchen.  It hides dirt so well, which was my intention.  Heh heh… Oh- and the color in the grout is slowly coming back!  So I think a good vinegar scrub and then sealing the grout will do the trick.  Yay!

Here are some pictures from John and Katie’s first dance- the Middle School Semi-Prom.  John’s date is Katie’s best friend who I love like my own child.


Katie’s date is a GREAT kid who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing since he was a little guy in John’s little league team.  He’s funny, smart, and an amazingly talented drummer.


So far, so good!




We are now waiting for countertops- 3 weeks!  They will be this color of silestone.  The black sink and faucet will go in at the same time.

While we are waiting,  we will put the trim on that covers the bottom toekick, and the crown molding at the top of the cabinets.  Handles and knobs will need to be installed, and we still need to put in the cabinet above the fridge and the microwave above the stove.   I also still need to make allll the tiles for the backsplash O_o .  That will take a while!  Still not sure if I am going to do a pattern, or textures, or what.  I’m thinking a diagonal, though, to tie in with the floor, and definitely floating blue in color:



Bare planks over joists:


Plywood underlayment, followed by cement board:


Radiant heat floor mats laid- these are what gave me so much trouble:


Most of floor tile laid- very tricky getting them level over the heat mats:


I will come back and post a finished pic after I lay the edge pieces and grout!

ETA:  Here it is!  Unfortunately the grout is drying far too light- it’s supposed to look like the grout in the center of the picture, but it’s drying like the grout on the far left.  🙁

How the kitchen is evolving…

…or devolving!





The last one is a beaut, isn’t it?  Mike finally rented a little jackhammer (lower right) to get the tile off.  Underneath is some super retro swirly mosaic patterned linoleum.  I did not participate today as I threw my pathetically out-of-shape back out while shoveling mulch.

Goodbye, Louie, my baby.

We took Louie to be euthanized on Tuesday, May 26, at 11 a.m.

He was 15 1/2 years old.  1/3 my age.  He was our baby before the kids came along.  He was crabby, opinionated and funny, and loved me unconditionally.  His favorite place to sleep was under the covers, curled up behind my knees.  He hated the kids, cement trucks, and the vet.  He loved a good wrestling match, ice cream, and the beach (but not the water).

I’ll miss you Louie!