Kitchen Progress

Kitchen Almost DoneI didn’t blog last week, because just as I was about to get started, my husband came in and said, “Let’s do this backsplash.” So we worked on that, and by the time we were done, I realized I didn’t really have anything to report here–I didn’t even finish a book to report on–so decided to just skip it. But hey, I learned something–how to use a tile cutter! I cut while he installed. It came out pretty well, IMO (the pics do not do it justice). Still needs to be sealed and caulked, but mostly done.

Kitchen Almost Done sinkThe new window frames also need to be caulked. Since the windows need to be clean for that, I cleaned them yesterday. Wow, what a job! With all the construction dust on top of years of grime, it probably took me two hours to scrub two not-very-big windows. With my fatigue, I had to take a lot of breaks (the two hours is not counting that). But they’re clean now, and look great! I also got the last of the dishes unpacked and put away.

After caulking, all that’s left to do is paint the trim, the basement and back doors, and touch-up. Then the dining room needs to be detail-cleaned, because everything in there is coated in dust… and the living room too, with slightly less dust. One of these days, I will have time and energy to write again.

babblingbrookWhat I’ve been reading: The Babbling Brook Naked Poker Club by Ann Warner. This is a cozy mystery, with a women’s fiction feel–not usually my thing. But Ann is a friend, and one of my earliest critique partners, and I’ve read several of her books that transcended being “not-my-thing.” This one was no exception. It’s the story of a group of ladies in a retirement home who get together to play poker, the “naked” part being figurative–the loser has to share a personal story. It follows two of the ladies, plus the activities director, as they try to figure out who’s been stealing valuables in the community, with a sweet romance developing between the latter and the cop the group befriends. It was mostly a lighthearted and fun read, though the stakes became pretty high near the end. So good I already bought book 2–definitely recommended!

ROW80Logo175ROW80 update: while there’s been progress here over the past two weeks, it’s mostly been confined to the kitchen (which I am happy to say, I’m already enjoying). I’m trying to get to the computer a little each night, but by the time I do, I’m too tired to do much (my fatigue is mental as well as physical). Now that the big parts of the job are done, I’m hoping that can change. After all, cleaning can be done fifteen minutes at a time. So my goal this week is relatively small: finish the scene I started, that I have about 500 words written.

We’re also in the final stretch of ROW80 Round Three. Since I blog on Sundays, this is the wrap-up for me. So how did I do on my quarterly goals? Well, I got the revising done, so that’s a big one accomplished. Now I just have to finish the book. I’d have liked to have done that, but there has just been too much going on. So that’s getting moved to Round 4, along with several other goals that didn’t get done this quarter. I guess I just had no sense on how time- and energy-consuming this work would be, even though my husband did most of the major work.

What about you–what’s been taking up your time lately? Read any good books recently? How are you doing on whatever goals you might have, whether writing-related or not? How do you manage a big task? 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’d say that you did what was most important. I find that getting used to household changes is at least as mentally taxing as the work. I’d have a hard time writing during a major renovation, too.

    I’m chugging along. This week held several things that don’t show up on my goals list: cleaning out and packing away our two tents, a homeschool co-op planning session I blocked out, and then which fizzled due to lack of participation; a couple of hours spent just sitting in the front yard chatting with my Accomplice while the kids were otherwise engaged (seems like it’s been way too long since we did that, and we missed having the Corki-dog at our feet, but it was lovely, anyway); watching most of a chick-flick/date movie with my Accomplice and our newly minted 15 year old son – it was interesting to be the only female, and to see their reactions to what was really a very predictable formula romcom.

    I did do a bit of writing, and a few other things – but, like you, I never seem to really take into account how much time and energy life consumes…

  2. Your kitchen looks awesome! Can’t wait to see it in person.

    Last week was a short week for me since I was returning from Dragon Con. Next I gotta get ready for RomCon. It seems never-ending, you know? Inbetween all that I’m getting some revisions done, so I’m not slacking there (too much–haha!).

  3. The kitchen is gorgeous, Jennette. You and your husband do awesome work together. I hope all of the renos are done soon so that you can get some much needed rest.

    Well, I’ve spent the last little while fighting with the phone/internet company to fix our phone and internet. Last week, they finally sent out their underground line testing guys…and discovered a splice in the line at the box. To make a long story short, they fixed it. Yay! We have no more static on the line and we can actually use our phone again. And b/c our internet runs though the phone lines, it now works too. 🙂 And Apple replaced my beloved (but problematic) MacBook Air. So it seems all of my problems have been resolved within the space of a week!

  4. I have a half marathon in three weeks, and the next two weeks demand a lot of training. But I also have to get a rental property fixed and cleaned up before a new tenant comes in. The transition has proven… interesting.

  5. I love the kitchen! And you learned a new skill – bonus! Never know when tile-cutting is going to come in handy.

    The book recommendation sounds good. I’ll look for it.

    Have a great week.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  6. Shan, you said it – taking care of what matters most! Sounds like you had some good quality time with family, and that’s always worthwhile.

    Stacy, thanks! And good job keeping going on the revisions between all that travel!

    Thanks, Sheila! It’s amazing how much technology can disrupt our lives–glad you got yours back in working order!

    TS–Good luck with the marathon, and the rental property! I know that can really take over our lives, even if just for a short time.

    Patricia, thanks! I hope you enjoy the book, and I forgot to mention, it’s free!

  7. Excellent Jennette!!! The kitchen looks GREAT! I know there’s a lot of work in the clean up. It’s the worst part of the job. But the grout won’t take long and before you know it, the project will be finished. Yay!!

    And hey, I understand when you have adrenal issues, there isn’t enough energy to go around. I’m kinda dealing with that myself right now. So the writing ends up taking a backseat with other issues that must come first.

    Anyway, awesome job on the new kitchen. Enjoy the fruitage of your labor girl. it’s beautiful. 🙂

  8. Life does have a way of disrupting our plans. I had a few days in which the house AC went down and was surprised at how the change in temperature made me feel like a drooling zombie. I couldn’t get much done during that time.

    Even on the best of days, though, the housework beckons and life is full of distractions. It’s good though, when the thing that sidetracks you is something for which you can find a sense of accomplishment. Looks good.

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