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DAY 19

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Watered glass is clear glass, but it looks like it has little raindrops in it, they are little air bubbles,, I love it, have it in all three of my new exterior light fixtures; I am going to see if they can just apply it over the existing clear glass,, easier to clean but same effect,, that is how the etched glass is, in my front door.. clear glass on both sides to clean easier..
as far as being organized, Patsy and Dan had this cute little timeline she typed up for a two week finish time to do the job,, Kristy and I read it in front of them and turned to each other and burst out laughing!!
We TRIED to explain that this is MY house, that it is like that movie MONEY PIT, but no hubby,, just a poorly made home, that EVERYTHING has to be completely re-done from scratch..
they looked at me like, "She doesn't know how to do building,we will tell her". they proceeded to tell me how Dan built five homes, they flip houses every year, yadayadayada....
Well, it is now three weeks in, and another week to go easily,,every time Dan tried to do something, he ended up tearing out something else to do it to code...
Linda's Law,, nobody believes until they actually start a project here,,,
I now have two new members of my congregation:patsy and Dan..LOL! Joe was the same way,, he is a card-carrying member of believers of this Linda's Law!!
I have not heard a word about that darned timeline either, BUT I kept it,, for part of my renovation projects notebook,, for a goof,,

It also takes longer because they never start work until about 9 or 10, leave for long lunch, then quit work about 3 or 4...
When Joe, the guy that did all my other renovations, was here, he worked until dark after he got out of his regular job, then from 8-8 on weekends,, a half hour lunch, sometimes,,

The Knotty Alder mopboards look so nice,, beautiful grain,, match the hickory so well,,
I have to say, these upper cabinets are REEEALLY TALL! I do not regret them, I did not want dust collecting shelving above for health reasons, even though I would love to have my antique tin collection there, I need my STUFF upstairs, not schlepping up and down the ten stairs to get things when I am more old and decrepit than I already am!!

I cannot believe I have an actual floor that does not need cleanser, brillo pads, a deck brush and straight bleach, to clean!! Only mild soap and water!!
And soon, handles and knobs, a stove to cook on!! And, miracle of miracles, a faucet that actually has water coming out of it, WITH a built-in sprayer!! That Moen junk is history,, I love Delta, only quality,, not hype,,
For the past two years we have had the water line that was connected to the sprayer, lying in the sink and that is how we got our water!! If we wanted water to come out of the faucet, we had to put our finger over the top of the hose, and the water would come out of the faucet,,
if the hose fell down through the hole where the sprayer was SUPPOSED to be, the water sprayed all over under the sink, mold all over,,
we spent more time on our knees and backs repairing and cleaning from that, than we did deck brushing the floor!!
Plus, since the floor was so uneven, all the water that went on the floor drained right under my stove, or fridge or dishwasher,, lovely mold under there too..

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NORASPAT 10/17/2010 7:13AM

    Hickory mop boards oh hso PICKIE, good it matches so well and soon you will be cooking in your own kitchen. GTREAT!!!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/16/2010 11:49AM

    You are so fortunate to be able to ahve all these new things in your home.

Love ya, friend.

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HADYDADUBR 10/16/2010 11:37AM

    You will think you are in heaven when everything is done.
Enjoy you deserve it.

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SHARON10002 10/16/2010 8:04AM

    I loved the movie the Money Pit! Absolutely hilarious. . . although I will not say the same about your renovation. . .

The water glass sounds beautiful! Sounds as if it is coming together! How wonderful! How about some after pics?

Hope you have a relaxing weekend.

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DAY 18

Friday, October 15, 2010

Finally got our refrigerator out of the living room and into the kitchen, but it took three of us, a hand truck, lots of cardboard, and time,, horsed it into its' cubbyhole, got the water line hooked up, then took all the shelving out and hauled it to the basement to clean, Kristy cleaned the interior..
One job down and 1,000 to go.. no work doing all weekend, Dan now has kidney stones,, so they will not work at all until Monday,,
I called appliance place and ordered new filter for water line to icemaker and interior cold water dispenser,,

We also carried my dining table into the dining area,, on cardboard of course,,
that is no mean feat, my table is solid oak with two pedestals, seven feet long(nine feet with the two leaves in it).. it is very heavy,,

cleaned the patio door, screens, installed the cabinets above refrigerator,

we can now get into the half bath, kitchen, living room and hallway,, until now we had to go outside, come through kitchen, squeeze into hallway around fridge and two base cabinets,,

Dining area lighting fixture will be going in MOnday,, before appliance delivery,,

my back is killing me,, but lots to do,,
tomorrow is going to glass store to see if they can put watered glass in my china cabinet doors, attaching it to my plain glass now there..

for tonight we are trying to wind down,, lots of running around tomorrow,,

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NORASPAT 10/17/2010 7:10AM

    Pickie this all sounds so wonderful I am looking forward to pictures, it sounds like it will be something in better homes and gardens, you seem to have a flair for real wood. I do but can never afford it, or maybe I am too frugal Pat in Maine.

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OCTOBER2842 10/16/2010 6:27AM

    The end is in sight, you should be so happy and proud. All the hard work is paying off and you should be down another 10#'s. Hang in there, it won't be long

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SHARON10002 10/15/2010 10:58PM

    Good to see that you are now focused on other things, and that the kitchen is coming along so to speak. I'm sure it's not fast enough. . . it never is.
What is watered glass? You sure do know alot about remodeling, and you seem to have it down to a science.

I hope you are feeling better. . .


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HADYDADUBR 10/15/2010 9:46PM

    Busy, busy.

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COOLGRANDMA03 10/15/2010 8:26PM

    Wow!! Just think of all the calories you burned moving furniture and appliances.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/15/2010 8:11PM

    Boy oh boy! You shoulda been an army sargeant! You are organized enough to do so. I'm wayward. I start a task and it never gets finished.
Hope all si well with Moms!

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DAY 16

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Felt better at work today, came home to find my cabinets being placed in my kitchen,,upper cabinets and base ones are sliding around right now..
we did have to do a switcheroo: I felt there was a little too tight a fit between cabinet and where oven door will open, so we switched a base cabinet of drawers to go north of the dishwasher and put the narrower cabinet with a door and drawer across from the oven space..

I also ordered my three appliances to be delivered Monday afternoon..
Dan will install the dishwasher, has rewired the whole room, and the flooring goes down tomorrow..

No word from MOM WORLD, so I am assumoing they are busier than one-armed paper hangers with her today,,WELCOME TO MY WORLD!!!!!

I am praying for all of them her included, to get along, utilize their skills and strengths and everybody find some happiness,,

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HADYDADUBR 10/13/2010 9:10PM

    Woohoo your kitchen is coming together.
Enjoy your break from your mom and let the professionals look after her.
Take care of yourself.

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OCTOBER2842 10/13/2010 6:21PM

    Take time for yourself and leave the care to the professionals. When you visit you'll appreciate there skill and dedication.

I'm happy your kitchen is coming along good

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/13/2010 6:13PM

    Praying for you and Kristy and Moms, too.
Hang in there and get all better.

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JOYSGARDEN 10/13/2010 4:28PM

    Keep the faith, and stay strong Lin. Things will be better.... Hugs

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NORASPAT 10/13/2010 4:05PM

    Linda lets hope it can stay this way for a while and you will be able to concentrate on your home project.
We had the same problem with the drawers and doors and i made sure the door opens AWAY from the oven door when it was opened That way the oak door is not against the hot area.
I am so glad this is coming together for you. Enjoy the rest of the week.
I am 67 years old today OMG is it possible?. Pat in Maine.

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DAY 15

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Went home sick from work afte rtwo hours;;vomiting and diarrhea,, most likely stress, but still feel icky,,
flooring guy is laying underlay, painting is finished, friends are here installing cabinets,,
today mom goes to rehab facility,, in town,,
Director just called here and gave me his half hours spiel,, fell asleep while he was talking,,LOL!
They are a short term place, so we will see if she makes it even shorter by performing her one-act-play for them,,

Sending up my prayers fro that staff, they need it, God help them all..
back to work tomorrow,, have not seen my cabinets up yet, even though I stayed home, because even though I was home sick I got eleven phone calls between social workers and this last guy,,
cannot even be sick at home,, going to venture away from phone to see my ktichen,,
thank you all for your support,, it is what keeps me sane and going,,,

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COOLGRANDMA03 10/12/2010 7:23PM

    Turn off your phone and dream of Tahiti and sunshine. You need a mental break for sure.

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DIASTER 10/12/2010 7:11PM

  Dear girl, does your phone not have an off button? You so need a mental health day. You know one just for yourself, no phone calls, no Mom, a turn to yourself day, a shower or long bath, a good book or a chick flick tv station or just pull the covers up and forget the world day. You are so worth it, and then maybe things will not seem quite so awful
Maybe they can medicate your Mom? as a last resort effort to make her more cooperative? As you know a couple of refusals of rehab therapy and out she goes.
Anyway our love and support are sure with you during this trying time, and you know, just maybe she is serving as an example to some of us to be more thankful for our lives.

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NORASPAT 10/12/2010 3:58PM

    Linda ,I am sorry its this awful for you.
Did your sister ever show up, is she taking any responsibility in the situation. I hope the social workers are looking out for your best interests as well as Moms.

I take it Mom is over her injuries by now, she must be livid if she cannot drive any more but it sounds like that is definitely in the general publics best interest.
I hope those cabinets please you when you finally see them in Place. Glad you hve friends to help as well as Spark friends who are here for you. I hope the stress and GI problems are gone by now. Take care ,Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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DAY 14

Monday, October 11, 2010

So angry will not even blog about today,, suffice it to say when mom goes to the nursing home/rahab tomorrow, she is on her own..

I am staying home after work to actually see my new cabinets and paint job finishing,,
somebody swore one too many times, so they can listen to themselves,

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ASPENHUGGER 10/12/2010 11:51AM

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I had one of those mothers too -- and finally got up & walked out on her. She snarled "I don't care if you do get mad ..." and I said "I'm not mad, I'm just leaving." And it was true -- after all the years of all the meanness & abuse & manipulative games, I was just done. Not mad, done. After 2 years she had a social worker contact me to suggest a reconciliation. We did reconcile, in that I would talk to her again, & go visit her once in a while. But emotionally -- I was still done. When she died, all I felt was relief that I would never have to put up with her or even think much about her again.

So stick by your boundaries -- everyone needs to suffer the consequences of their own actions & decisions, and that's about the only way she's going to learn to moderate her behavior ... if she can, at her age.

Take good care of yourself! Enjoy those new cabinets! Go get a massage or a facial or something really soothing & relaxing. You are worth it! You are a great woman, mother & daughter.
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KALVINS_MAMA 10/12/2010 10:17AM

  I can relate to you. I turned away from my mom after caring for her. I was working for her along with others as she needs 24 hour care since she cannot walk. We had a lifter for her with a harness that helped us transport her to the commode and to her wheelchair so she can get to her here and there. My mom was in pain , was always tired, constipated, dehydrated, basically has no life. I came in and took over and straightened out her medications, got her off the pain meds, got her bowels to work and took her off her four bowel medications, all those stool softeners and such , had her start moving her bowels by cooking home cooked meals and making sure she never got dehydrated,. I bathed her and washed her hair. brushed her teeth and did her nails etc. I was the only one who did all that the others just basically would take her to the commode and put her in bed. I washed her clothes and cleaned her house. She was nothing more then complimentary and never griped in fact bragged on me. My brother who is a loser would start fights with me but not just with me her too. The last straw for me was when I was in bed one night at 10:30 and my mom called me saying my brother was drunk and he is giving her trouble. I arrive and he is very drunk. We tell him how wrong he is to be in a drunkard stupor when it is his shift to care for mom. He is acting nutty and throwing out threats as he is clenching his fist with a dead mans glare at me calling me a biatch and saying how he hates all females. Hubby had to hold him down so he wouldn't hit me so I call 911 they take him off on a 51-50. He had to spend the night in a mental ward. I then was forced to stay the night and do his shift and hubby and daughter stayed with me. I fell asleep about 3 a.m. finally I was too upset to sleep then at four my moms buzzer goes off she needs to go potty. I get up and go to her and the first thing she does is say poor Jeff he is this n that saying good things( he is 37 only has worked maybe 2 whole years all put together his whole life) she has to tell him numerous times do to things and when he finally does themafter an argument they are half assed done if they do get done. She also had an agency come out for a few shifts a week and she started talking saying I told the girls (the workers) that you and your sister just cannot get a long is why there is a schedule change. I told her how unfair of you , you know it is Jeff Mom! but see Jeff lives there so she must make her home look as good as possible. I felt she made here decision that night she took the troubled fight starting alcoholic over me once gain just like she did when I was a kid, she kept our abusive dad around that cheated on her and abused each and every one of us. I decided then that that I will give her keys back , jot down the number on the safe and give her the medication papers so when Jeff returned he can do it all. I haven't talked to her since. I am very unsure if I will. I know my Mom was appreciative for what I have done but nonetheless she didn't stand by me again no matter what, wiping her bottom and all I did for her. Mom not good! you got away with it when I was a child but I will be damned if you do again now that I am an adult. My mom was abusive too when I was little. I say she isn't now but hubby says yes she is or she would make the right decisions she is game paying. Hubby is right. Bottom line we must take care of ourselves for sometimes Mom's can hurt us no matter what we do to care for them.
I just shared my story to let you know you are not alone having to deal with difficult Mom. I hope things get better no matter what choice you make, just make the one that is taking care of you, for you deserve to be happy! emoticon

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HADYDADUBR 10/11/2010 9:00PM

    Enjoy your new kitchen.
Don't let you mom take that away from you.
You deserve to be happy.
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NORASPAT 10/11/2010 7:52PM

    Linda, I think she needs some professional intervention here, this behaviour is not necessary except to hurt people.
You go home and watch your cabinets being completed you have waited long time for this moment so you go and see whats happening. Don't let Moms behaviour spoil this for you. Its been a long time for you to get to this point I hope you can ENJOY it.
You are special-Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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COOLGRANDMA03 10/11/2010 7:31PM

    So her good behavior lasted only one day??? Not a surprise. Enjoy your new kitchen...

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OCTOBER2842 10/11/2010 7:22PM

    I will keep you in my prayers that you retain your sanity.

I hope your cupboards give you comfort.

Hang in there, you are worth it emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 10/11/2010 6:42PM

    Maybe she just needs a Time Out....
You just enjoy your new kitchen...

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/11/2010 6:42PM

    I gave you hugs on the wrong blog was meant for this one.

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