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Good morning friends, how was your weekend? Ours was busy. After traveling all of last week we arrived home late Friday and Saturday morning we were up early working on home projects. As you know we moved into a new house, not a new house, but a new to us house. As with every other person in the world our renovations are stalled by supply issues, contractor issues and more. So basically we made a decision that if we can speed up the process by doing something ourselves we are going to try to do it.
That said, currently we have a contractor that is here at the house taking down chair rails, repairing drywall, and doing all of the painting( he already removed the popcorn ceilings). All of the communal rooms are being painted “tone on tone” White Dove and this week when we returned home it was a pleasant surprise to see so much progress. Our contractor told me that he was very skeptical of the color choice and also did not think removing the chair rail would make much of a difference, but he now agrees that both choices were perfect for the house, and make it lighter brighter.
We have a separate designer for the kitchen and bathrooms which as I mentioned before are still in the design phase.
Saturday morning I demoed the laundry room. I have never removed tile but after watching a few YouTube videos and getting the correct tools from my local hardware store I spent 4 hours breaking out tile and chiseling and scraping off the old thin-set. The floor is now ready for the tile to be installed, if we can ever agree on the tile. Next up is the cabinets but I will not be doing that until the replacements are sitting in my garage.
Aside from that I made some pumpkin spiced granola and two loaves of pumpkin zucchini bread. I will share the recipe with you in a few days.
Saturday was the 20th anniversary of 9 11, it is hard to believe that it has been that long. I can remember exactly where I was on that day, what I was wearing and how I spent the next 2 weeks glued to my television for any updates. My husband had the tv on off and on all day and I found myself drawn to 120 Minutes That Changed the World. Have you ever watched it? It was mesmerizing and heartbreaking. It is a collection of videos from various people all over New York City on 9 11. There is no narrator, no host, no music just hundreds of videos and reactions from the people who were there as the events unfolded. We can never forget the loss of these people and the families they left behind.
I read a pile of Fall magazines and finished The Night Portrait.
And last but not least I actually bought a few Christmas gifts, I like to start early what can I say. I purchased this pewter candle snuffer , and this this candle, I could not pass up a candle called “the smell of Christmas.”