Saturday, February 16, 2008

home sweet home

Forgive me for being absent this week. I've been regaining my equilibrium, and between being tender with myself and trying to do a few fun and necessary things, the time has zipped by. It is now Saturday evening, and tomorrow--hard to believe--I don't have to work! What a luxurious feeling to actually have, and enjoy, a real weekend. Ahhhhhhh..................

The last few days have been filled with home-related things (and sometimes they were ours!). Many of you know that since we moved to this house we have wanted to add on to give us more functional space, storage, a garage, and room to live into the life we want to be living. Think entertaining here. We have tinkered with various designs and ideas, and have finally narrowed down the field to a general plan. Details still need to be worked out, but there are several things that we know for sure.
Our expanded home will include: a deck and patio with fireplace, including a hot tub; a "sun room" that will give us a place to relax and enjoy natural light, and in which we can entertain friends and have overflow space for parties; a utility and mud room, a place between the sun room and garage where Ken can shed dirty clothes after a day of work, put them in the wash, rinse the grit of the day in a shower, and enter the house transformed; a garage with added space for a workshop; a bonus room over the garage where I can create whatever my heart desires--scrapbooking and paper crafts, quilts and other sewing projects, painting (I long to be able to create watercolors), etc.

Today we went to the Nashville home show, where I found the front door of my dreams (transforming the front entry of the house is on the future "to do" list). It's too big for our present, compact entry area, but perhaps it will inspire some renovation down the road. That door is what is pictured here. We also found the hot tub we want, and have begun negotiations!

In the meantime I am spsending some of my time helping Ken in the office, and for at least the short term will be his office administrator, freeing his time from computer angst, and providing an opportunity to me to learn some of the details of the construction/remodeling business. I've already learned hot to calculated how many squares of shingles you will need to redo your roof! It feels good to be involved in home-related tasks, whether they are ours, or connected to someonen else's dreams. At the very least, dwelling in the land of dreams right now is a job, and an aid to healing.

Feels like home to me.


Jayne said...

What a gorgeous entryway that is! So glad that you are feeling a bit more balance and that you can focus on home for a while. Hidden gifts come to us in many different ways, don't they? Hugs to you both! Sound like great plans ahead.

Pam in Moncton said...

Sounds like some ambitious and fun plans for your house! Glad you have all those things to keep your mind on. That is a beautiful entry way.

Mimi said...

I just "dropped in" on your blog and realize that it seems you may have lost your position at St. Pauls.

I must tell you that I lost a well loved job at one ime many years ago. It is a shattering experience.

I am so grateful now for it, because I would never had become a nurse if I had not gone through the fire of failure and being fired.

I know you know it, but keep your eyes up high. God has a reason and plan for everything that happens to us.

Continue to be good to yourself.

Kay (scrapmed)

Janet M said...

That door looks great. Glad your helping Ken out as I'm sure he's glad to have some help in the office end of his job.
Take care of yourself and your sounding better.
Hugs and love,


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