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Absent, but not idle

Monday, July 09, 2012

Although I have been absent from Sparkpeople for quite awhile now, I haven't thrown my healthy lifestyle out the window and I have been very busy! Sparkpeople is still my homepage when I get online, but my lifestyle has changed drastically since I took on the responsibility of caring for grandchildren over 3 months ago. I just found myself empathizing so much more with young mothers who claim they can't find the time to track, exercise, make themselves a priority etc; It really is much harder than I ever realized!

That being said, I am still quite pleased with maintaining my weight even though I HAVE NOT had any "dedicated" exercise. I rarely SIT DOWN and when I do it's not for long. There has been no gym time, and no walks (too pooped at the end of the day), and the beginning of the day is full of getting my 91 yr. old bedfast MIL awake, cleaned & fed.

Since I am homebound and can't be idle (not in my DNA), I decided it was a great time to redo my kitchen cabinets. It had been 12 years since I had painted them a deep burgandy. Prior to me painting them 12 years ago they were a deep country blue. Check this out: THE "BEFORE"

Prior to the country blue they were white. Needless to say, I knew going in that I was going to have to sand all this old paint off and begin over. I didn't know what I would find underneath all that paint - but I was pleasantly surprised! Can you see that beautiful woodgrain? Once I discovered that - I decided I wanted to clear coat or at least white wash I wouldn't lose the beautiful grain. Unfortunately, as I continued to sand - I discovered way to many imperfections in the old cabinets to do so. emoticon

My project began on Memorial weekend dedicated to my "spare time" LMBO! What's that?
Just watching the grandsons 4 days a week, I am working 40 hours a week. That doesn't count taking care of Granny or my house or the extra cabinet work! emoticon

Long story short - my DH helped me finish up. My goal was to be done by this past weekend because we are leaving town on Thursday for 5 days of respite. We finished Saturday. I was painting the last of the doors on the patio (it's covered) in the rain, while he put the hinges and knobs on and hung them. Here's a few more shots of the work in progress:

We are talking 24 doors & 3 drawers + all the framework. We primed two coats and painted one coat. Since I had no intention of changing the wallcoverings anytime soon - we chose the color based on that.

Here's the finished project: Our cabinets above our washer and dryer:

The sink side:

The stove side:

Our home is an old brick home with a very old kitchen. We didn't have the finances to hire anyone or do our dream renovation, so this old Galley kitchen became my DIY project: Here's a parting shot:

I haven't gotten an estimate of what it would have cost to hire someone to do it, but we spent around $400, not including our sander we used.

Now, it's off to my daughters on Thursday for some much needed downtime. We will be parked at her dining room table to scrapbook - no cooking, no cleaning while the hubbies chat, watch movies or whatever else strikes their fancy.
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    What a fantastic job! Do those sorts of projects come "naturally" to you? I'm not handily inclined so for me to do that sort of thing would mean first educating myself in what to do before I could do it! Very impressive! emoticon
    2137 days ago
    Bitty, I did the same thing for the same reason: I wanted a nicer kitchen but didn't have the funds, and refused to go into debt. Stripping, sanding and repainting was a HUGE job so I know exactly what you went through, and aren't the results amazing? We have our own "dream kitchens" even though they'd never make it to HGTV.

    And I'm with Sam: ever notice how the fattening of America coincides with the proliferation of gyms? I only have to go back one generation to see the hard work of just living life. Tracking "exercise" in a modern forum makes no sense when you are as physically active as you are.
    2141 days ago
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    WOW! You make me tired just listening to what you did! And such a nice job!! Hope you enjoy your break. emoticon
    2141 days ago
    Wow! Those turned out beautiful! Makes me want to go do mine now! I'd say that IS a HUGE workout right there- all of that scraping and painting!
    2141 days ago
    Lol!! emoticon emoticon ...It's NOT in my DNA either to be idle.
    I can totally identify as a young mother of 4....keeps me on my toes...all the time!
    emoticon on maintaining your weight loss. And emoticon to you BIG TIME for caring for your family day in and day out! Not easy for sure!

    keep smiling and loving...God sees your heart and LOVES you! ~ Laura
    2141 days ago
    In addition to doing a great job and now having a lovely (!!) kitchen, you also had one incredible workout!! Very impressive!
    And... you'll find that the work you did is in the exercise tracker.

    Know why our ancesters didn't create gyms? They were busy doing the very sort of work you did!
    Enjoy your lovely 'new' kitchen!! What a wonderful feeling of pride it must be!
    2141 days ago
    Wow! What a project to undertake with everything else you have on your plate! Beautiful job! Great exercise! And lots of $ saved! Way to go! Enjoy your trip; it's a well-deserved one! And be sure to rest while you're away!

    God Bless!
    2141 days ago
    You did a great job...looks great! All that sanding counts as exercise!!!!
    2141 days ago
    OH woo terrific love it
    I remember how much I enjoyed the out come of these project's.

    Enjoy you down time.

    2141 days ago
    emoticon You must feel a lot of satisfaction over doing that by yourself - what a great job you did. I am visiting my daughter's and babysitting for a week and it is a lot of work! I agree you never really sit still. I still try and get in a walk every day though just to have some me time. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2141 days ago
    Oh, wow! We just got estimates to have our kitchen redone and it is big $$$$. You should be very, very proud of what you have accomplished -- both in the kitchen, caring for grandkids, AND maintaining your weight. So glad you posted this update. Keep on keeping on!!
    2141 days ago
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