Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The 'Snowball Effect' and 'Your Parents are Here'

The 'nesting phase' (yesterday's post) can now, more appropriately, be referred to as a 'snowball' situation...Let's start early this spring...
If you recall, there were once large rectangular fluorescent light panels in the soffit in the kitchen...malfunctioning fluorescent lights, that is. Hubby removed the old light fixtures, inserted new sheet rock, rewired for new lights, installed new lights...
Next step, texturing the new sheet rock. That red hopper is filled with texture goop that shoots out of a nozzle to your new surface...a messy job, which explains the cave of newspaper protecting the cabinets. Assistant Emily directs the light so hubby can see what he is doing.
Despite the newspaper cave, there was sheet rock dust everywhere, and specks of texture goop nearly everywhere.
So, I was planning to clean thoroughly anyway, but this increased the urgency...
And, as long as we're at it...we should really scrape the old wall paper and paint that wall in the kitchen...as long as we're painting, we should take down that old tile and paint behind the stove too...but wait, there is even older wallpaper behind the tile...


The kitchen story...to be continued. We took a much needed break to entertain our parents. Hubby grilled the salmon...I was in charge of the parsley buttered steamed potatoes and green beans.

These are the guests of honor.

Elsie will be honored this weekend for her 80th birthday.

Ken, my mom's gentleman friend, will be honored this weekend for his 90th birthday.

Ruth will celebrate her 89th birthday in September.

7 comments:

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

We did that same mess when we redid the den after last years invasion of the termites. It is a messy job, but the walls look so nice!!

I hope I look that good if the Lord wills me to live to be their age. What a great group shot!

jodi said...

I like how one project causes the start of others - removal of the tile, wallpaper etc. :-)

Busy Bee Suz said...

I think we have all experienced that snowball effect in our homes...oh the fun!!
So nice to have your parents over...I am sure you know how very blessed you are to still have them in your lives. Love the pictures!

Tolentreasures said...

WE did a kitchen project similar to that several years ago, took down flourescent lights and sheetrocked the ceiling, until we were done we had a new microwave, refridgerator, wet saw, tile floor....it brings back funny memories...and some not so funny! Have fun, can't wait to see what you do next in it.
What a nice pic of your parents.
Cathy

Valley Primitives Gift Shoppe said...

Boy you have quite a project going there! One thing always leads to another!! It's going to be beautiful when it's all done :0)
Kim

Carol said...

Congrats to all the upcoming birthdays!!

What a messy project! It'll look beautiful when you are done though.

MYSTIC SILKS said...

Oh, Natalie, as I read your kitchen redoing project, I squirmed and clenched my teeth.

I was remembering back in 2000 when I was remodeling in preperation for my dtr and family moving back from Georgia.
And seemed no matter how much I covered stuff , that fine dust got onto and into everything. I was cleaning it for weeks afterwards.

You are so brave--:)

So, your Mom has a 90 year old boy friend--how wonderful!!