Ah, yes, naive Betty believed that home renovation would be fast and easy.
Now I totally understand those of you who commented with such empathy.
My nest has been turned upside-down.
What was going to be a simple little job has taken on a life of its own.
Here's a look at Evan's room. Welcome home for the summer, College Boy, now help Mummy pick out colors for the walls and carpet for the floors and try not to breathe in the white dust that's floating all around the house.
Here is my little room in the back of the house where I enjoyed the comfort of an old twin mattress as workmen destroyed the rest of the house. The two cats dominated the bed at night, leaving me just the edge.
Here's the hall bathroom before demolition. Evan was really trying for some normalcy here, using it until the end.
It's amazing what four men can do in less than twenty minutes.
There goes the hall bath.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the house, I was luxuriating in the comfort of this bath. I came in as they were tearing out the wall. In a high-pitched, nervous voice I reminded them I would be living in the house until Wednesday and I needed that wall. They left me the wall at the end of the shower so I could still bathe. I put up the shower curtain for a little privacy for the workmen who needed to use the toilet.
My people, this has been a nerve-wracking event. There have been times when I really thought I just couldn't handle all the decisions and all the responsibility. Needless to say, there have been many doubts, fears, and tears. There have been some major crying jags curled up in the corner of the garage. I just have to believe it will all be OK.
So, what's a girl to do when undertaking this major project? Hummmm. Well, a Certain Very Nice Man and I are leaving for a trip to London and Scotland today! We've had this trip planned for some time. (I really thought the house would be finished by the time we left. I told you I was naive!) My contractors have assured me they will continue to work on the house while I am gone.
It's amazing how things can change in a year. In many ways this home renovation has resembled the ways in which I have had to rebuild my life.
So, today I get to board a plane with a very special person and explore another part of the world! Am I lucky or what? I hope to check in from there. Thanks to all of you out there for all your support. I love my blogging buddies!