Cabinet Shopping

That’s what we did for the new house this week. We also had a tenant move out of one of our apartments, and that unit was due for new cabinets as well – the ones it had were original, from the 1970’s, and were cheapies back then. So we went to Cabinet Factories Outlet of Richmond (Indiana). This is where we bought the cabinets for our flip house, twice, and we paid about half for them that we would have from a big box store.

Side note about this shopping trip only readers would appreciate: we took a different route there than we usually do, and went through the small, historic town of Fairhaven, Ohio, which was featured in The Mycologist, a historical fiction book I read a few months ago, so that was cool to see!

An example of the cabinets for the new house

The apartment cabinets, we could have obtained from a big box store for about the same as we paid in Richmond, but the ones we bought were nicer. We also gave them info to work up a quote for our new house. I already talked to a supplier in TN that our builder uses, but if we can get them significantly cheaper in Richmond, it will be worthwhile to drive over there, pick them up, and take them to TN ourselves (they don’t deliver). My mom was familiar with the brand they quoted us, and said it’s a very good product.

Not much news on the unwanted business across the street from our house in TN. They have been working on the corrective measures the county and state are requiring of them to fix some of the environmental damage they’ve done, so that’s a good thing. Their zoning request is still on the preliminary agenda for March, but that happens automatically when one requests a postponement. They’re required to post notices of the zoning change request at the property fifteen days prior to the meeting, and those haven’t appeared, so that tells us they are indeed postponing again, as they’ve communicated to the media (our group is still keeping an eye on things, however). One article published last week quoted the CEO (not the landowner) saying that if this location doesn’t work out, they’ll buy land elsewhere for the business. That sounds really good to us  and our neighbors! Hopefully it will be in a location more suitable for their business, rather than trying to force a big commercial project into a residential community.

There has also not been much going on at the house itself–I think the builder finally was able to get the rest of the windows in, since they had a couple of dry days, but not being able to do that has delayed them a bit.

On another note, only one week until Daylight Savings Time, whooooo! I am always happy to have that extra hour of daylight in the evening, and it helps my energy levels, too. My fatigue hasn’t been as bad this winter as the past few, I think because I’m working remote. But I’m still glad for DST! I’d like to have it year-round, because I hate the time change, but better to have the change than to be stuck on standard time all year.

What I’ve Been Reading: Still haven’t finished anything – the fiction I’m reading right now is actually six novellas/short novels in one, that makes for a really long book. I’m enjoying it, but will discuss when I finish. One of my requested nonfiction books also came in from the library and I started that, too.


What I’ve Been Writing: Finished the corrections, and Time’s Guardian is off to my first reader (and copyeditor #1)! I also started my next WIP, which will most likely be the last in the Saturn Society series. My goals was just to start on it – anything, even if just a sentence. I got about 125 words in, so that’s a win!  I had a hard time the past couple of weeks finding time for the edits, so this week, I want to ease back into writing new words. My goal is to write at least 250 words/day, for five days.

What’s going on in your life? Done any shopping lately? Do you prefer Daylight Savings Time, Standard Time, or just hate the change? And how are you doing on whatever goals you might have, whether writing or otherwise? Please share in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. I dread the time change. Whether fall or spring, it takes me so long to adjust. It’s not really the sleeping, either, because I just plain don’t sleep anyway. I hate it getting dark so early in the fall and I hate it staying light so late in the spring. Pretty much, I am just never happy. Just leave the clocks how they are, one way or the other, and I’d be okay.

    Glad the house is moving along, although, slowly at times. Still forward progress. Looking forward to more pictures!

    Have a great week.

  2. I hate daylight savings time. Just keep it standard all year long. It’s not really needed anyway. Ugh!!!! I hate the time changes.

    I’m still revising my book (didn’t get it finished by 2/28 like I wanted), but I’m almost through. Then I’ll re-read it before giving it to my editor. You know, just in case I screwed something up!!

    Now, if it would only stop snowing. Double ugh!!!

  3. I’m not a fan of the time changes. I’ll take daylight or standard if they’d just keep it the same. My sleep schedule is delicately balanced. Changes mean that there will be a few weeks of tired & grouchy. I could live with it if it was just for me but everyone else is tired and grouchy too and that stresses me out.

    That’s super cool that you got to visit a town a book you read was set in! The only historical fiction I have read is the Count Saint-Germain books by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. I’d love to be able to poke around the places she describes. Most of them are too far in the past and too far away so I settle for looking for anything I can find online about the place and time period.

  4. Wow – good for you. Sounds like fun stuff. How cool about visiting the town you read about? Those kinds of things are pretty special.

    And, you’re choosing cabinets already? That’s neat. The house building is cruising right along now. I’m excited to see new photos.

    Keep up the good work. Getting the book off to the editor was probably a big sigh huh? I’m at that sort of stuck place on my current WIP. It’s hard to get back into it because I can’t get past that stuck place.

    Have a great week.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  5. I never got why “standard time” was such an issue for people (as for the changes, well, that’s just annoying no matter which way you headed). Thing is, if I want to get up an hour earlier, I just do. The whole idea of time is pretty silly in some ways. Necessary these days because of how we travel, but not a very human thing….

    Nice cabinets, Jennette. And the trip you took for them…. sounds like a fun little aside.

    We’ll keep crossing fingers that your non-house business in TN works out.

  6. Chris, I totally agree that we should just do away with the time change – preferably, leave it on DST. And thanks!

    LOL Stacy – I feel the same way… about standard time! So with you on worried that you’ll mess something up. That’s why my read-through and revisions took a month. Good luck with yours! (And yay, it stopped snowing!)

    Ginger, I’m with you, let’s just leave the time alone (preferably on DST)! Cool that you’ve visited the setting of books you enjoyed, even if the books took place long ago.

    Patricia, we like to pick this stuff way ahead, but yes, coming right along! Ugh, I hate that stuck spot! Good luck getting through it.

    Eden, I hate standard time because it isn’t a simple matter of just getting up earlier (which is really hard for me to do with my low cortisol). Everything else shifts, so I have to, too. And yes, it’s interesting if we look at it from a historical perspective, knowing that the whole concept of keeping time was mainly so people knew when the trains would arrive/depart. And thanks for all your good wishes!