Friday Celebrations : Normalcy

Posted on August 7, 2015
The renovations in our house are winding down with still another week to go. I love the way everything is going. Renovations is both fun and frustrating at the same time, but, in the end, we will have upgraded our 100-year-old house to last us another generation or two.

Here are my celebrations:
  • We are all finally sleeping in our bedrooms again, though still taking showers in our basement.
  • Everyone's clothes is finally out of boxes and back into closets and drawers.
  • Got my living-room back, since all the mattresses have been sent upstairs.
  • House is starting to look like normal again.

This weekend, I hope to clear out my writing spot on my dining room table. I ran out of boxes towards the end of the prep stage, so a ton of our stuff wound up on my dining room table. Here it is as of two weeks ago. Hasn't changed much since.

My dining room table during renovations...

Let's take inventory:
  • A rolled up Donkey Kong poster
  • A Nerf gun (only one shown in photo, but there are more on the table)
  • Unused XBox accessory (that might be my husband's)
  • A turkey craft drawing for 2nd grade. (It's not a dinosaur)
  • A metal flower jewelry holder my daughter gave me as a gift a few years ago
  • A box of games, which includes a Parcheesi board
  • A hand vac
  • A green folder containing who knows what...
  • My Kindle
  • My husband's iPad
  • Pile of books and occasion cards
  • My laptop
  • Space to rest my arms   

Just looking at this makes me sweat. This weekend, I'm gonna make some magic happen!

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  1. Yeah, renovating a hundred year old house is a double major undertaking. I bet you'll be so happy when it's finished. But just think of all the history you've had and will make in that house.

    1. We're definitely here to stay, Marilyn. :-D

  2. Yay for the end of renovations being in sight - like the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. You definitely need your space back. How can you think clearly when everything's in a uproar? Good luck! :)

    1. There is no thinking clearly, Lexa! You know what they say, a cluttered desk is a cluttered mind...

  3. It'll be nice to get back to normal. Good luck finishing up.

  4. Here's wishing you somewhat normalcy soon. I'm sure it will be a huge relief to get it done.

    1. You'll hear sighing winds from all corners of the world when this thing is done. :-D

  5. I love 'normal' glimpses into the lives of authors I follow. Now I can look at my stack of dishes and feel like I'm one of the cool kids!

    1. Yeah, I guess messy is the new normal. Clean and tidy is highly overrated...

  6. Normalcy is a good thing to celebrate! We had our guest bathroom re-modeled, along with all the windows in the house changed to dual-pane to reduce our heating bill in winter, and the rooms at the front of the house repainted. Whew things were chaotic for awhile. Luckily, we didn't have to pack away our clothes.We still haven't unpacked all of the things we put in boxes.

    1. Living out of boxes made it feel kind of like a mini vacation. That, and sleeping on our mattresses in the living room. But it is definitely good to be back to a normal sleep routine, and with less dust.

  7. Congratulations on getting to the end of your home renos. What a relief!

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