I'm here, I'm here, I've just been crashed out on the living room floor.
Literally, crashed on the living room floor for the first three days we moved into the house! But we're adjusting!
Five on Friday
1. I love to organize things. And these past two weeks, I've been in organizational heaven. Or overload, however you want to look at it. I've spent the past two weeks organizing my clothes closets, my dresser, my pantry, my laundry room, my bathroom, just about everywhere in the house. But that's what happens when you combine two households. I'm almost dome with the downstairs, then on to the upstairs.
2. I love to cook! And its been so wonderful to cook again! Don't get me wrong, we cooked on the boat, but it was always just quick easy things, mac and cheese, or soup, or eggs. My little two burner stove and the barely can fit a chicken oven on the boat, has served us well for 22 years! But let me tell you, I can totally can cook a gourmet meal in the house, with a 4 burner stove, and an oven that can fit a turkey!
3. I kill houseplants. We've never had plants on the boat. And when we lived in a house,, we had plants, but I always seemed to kill them. But the other day, we stopped at Grays Nursery in Quincy and I bought a fern. Yup, I bought a house plant! "But babe, you always kill houseplants!" I'll do better this time, I told him. I will love it, and hug it and call him George!
4. I love vacations! And who doesn't right! But the thought of doing whatever you want, whenever you want is so wonderful. Waking up at 7:30 each morning, and lazing in bed watching Netflix. It's the life of Riley! (who is Riley anyways!). I know I'll need to go back to work soon, but in the meantime, don't call until after 10:00 am!
5. I get easily bored. That's why knitting is so good for me. Something easy to carry, something to keep my hands busy. It's always been hard for me to sit still. I'm always jumping up and doing something. "Boy, moss doesn't grow under Eva's butt!" my friends would say. And it's true. But as long as I have my knitting with me, I"ll be ok!
This Week in Review
And speaking of always doing something, we tackled our first project on the house just after we moved in!
A couple of months ago, our neighbor, Bernie, gave us the most incredible cabinet. It's about 10 feet long, 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide. They've had it in their garage since 1964. It originally came from a restaurant in Canyon Dam, and Bernie said it was old when they got it!
So we carefully measured the wall in the laundry room, and it fits, almost perfectly. We just had to cut off an inch on each side of the cabinet top.
Our first task was to demo the old funky cabinet. Now we have to somehow bring the new giant cabinet from the garage, down the garden path, and to the back of the house.
While the cabinet was still in the garage, my Faithful Sherpa tilted the cabinet on one end, I slid the 4x4 roll around underneath, and then we strapped it down with rope lashing it to the 4x4 roll around. Then we used the shelves from the old cabinet, laying them out in front of the path, giving him a smoothish surface to roll the cabinet across.
He'd push the cabinet across all six boards, stopping on the last set, and then I'd run behind him and pick up four boards, run in front, and laying them down. Then we'd start the process all over again.
I sure got my workout that day!
Once we got the cabinet to the back door, he pushed down on the back of end of the cabinet, raising the front end over the steps and onto a towel I laid on the laundry room floor. I pulled out the 4x4 roll around out from under, and my Faithful Sherpa pushed the cabinet into the room.
We still have work to do (texture and paint the wall, fix the doors) but the new cabinet is in place!
I spent the next two days sorting through everything we ever stored in that jankie old cabinet. All the linens, the paper/party goods, the jugs of cleaners, the serving bowls, the brooms, everything! I realized, though,with this new cabinet being longer than the old, we no longer a place to hang up our coats!
"Babe, there's plenty of room here. I'll just add rack inside this cabinet, and we can hang up the coats here."
He's so handy! And cute too.!
Well, that's one task checked off our list. We still have lots of "honey do's" for the house, but as my Faithful Sherpa reminded me, "we have a lifetime to take care of those things!."