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The Heart is Beating, the Soul is Full of Laughter

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Photo: The Husband shoveling snow after our unexpected 5 inches on Saturday. Poor guy. Doesn’t the barn look pretty in the snow? 

 

When the electricians didn’t show up to work last Thursday, I was really angry.  Then they promised that they’d be here on Saturday. 

So when they didn’t show up on Saturday, I was both angry and deflated. More darkness, more screaming babies while we try to bathe them in a barely lit bathroom. More take-out food and feeling increasingly gross as we eat unhealthy stuff… and I felt like I hired the wrong guy for my general contractor. He clearly he made a mistake when he hired this group of electricians. 

And he promised us, as he was gritting his teeth in his own frustration, that men would be at our door on Sunday to do work. 

and we didn’t believe him. 

So when the doorbell rang at 8:15 and we were still in our pajamas, we jumped in surprise. Two men, two good men were at our door… and they got to work. 

They put up light fixtures in my kitchen so that I could have light over the island. They put temporary fixtures in the dining room and the living room so that we’re not banished to the 2nd floor after the sun goes down (at 4:30). They put power in the outlets in the living room so we can plug in the television and cable. I’m sitting in my favorite chair in my living room right now, cable news on in the background. They put a (temporary) outlet in the playroom so that we can plug in a space heater…and they taped up the naked wires on the other side so that the boys can’t hurt themselves if they find them and touch them. They put over-head lights in the bathrooms so we can shower and bathe the boys in bathrooms that have real and actual light. And best of all? The best thing of all? They put up a plug for my stove, so I can cook meals in my kitchen. 

And you know what that meant? That’s right… I unpacked my kitchen last night. And made pancakes in my kitchen this morning and had coffee. Real and actual coffee. The best coffee I’ve had since I packed up my coffee maker! 

Tonight, I’m making a big pot of chili. And rice and beans. And maybe, if I’m feeling particularly froggy, corn cakes. And I went to Roche Brothers and bought every vegetable I could think of–I cannot wait to dive into a big steaming pile broccoli tonight with my chili… 

We’re living in this house today. Today the house feels like home. To put my plates in my beautiful built-in hutch… to serve my boys good food this morning (in our living room because our dining room is full of contractor crap)… 

Of course, there was a lot that the electricians needed to do…more than what they’d done. But, of course, they wanted to leave early so that they could get with the football game. So at 12, they stood up and shipped out. “We’ll be back on Thursday or Friday” they claimed. I mean, none of the switches in my house have plates on them. There are a few just naked electrical boxes that need to be covered or something. They put the wrong colored outlets in my 2nd floor bathroom…. My washer and dryer are on the same circuit as my fridge and microwave… my stove is on a “temporary” line for no apparent reason… and we still have the old electrical panel, so we can’t get our service upgrade from our electrical company… 

….see, I made that list and now I don’t feel so good…. 

I’m going to sit here and revel in the little victories. I’m so excited to sit here and blog today, and I’m going to be crazy excited to get back to writing fiction in a little bit. The short story that I’ve been trying to write for Lightspeed is kicking my ass…to the point where, when I’m done with this post, I’m going to start over from the very beginning. I’m really trying to start the year off right with one good submission… and as you’ll recall, I want to start editing my novel on February 1st… so we’re about to have some serious collisions of projects here… I also have yet to log into my EdX account and listen to any of those lectures I keep meaning to! My year’s tasklist….so far behind!! I am almost done with The Orchardist, though. It is just so devastating and mesmerizing… I’ll be done, I think, this week.

On this Monday, I’m a woman at home. I hope that you are enjoying your day today…if you are a reader who chose to serve your community on this MLK Holiday, then please know that I am in awe of you and I’m grateful to you. 

Some pictures: 

That crazy play kitchen that we got second-hand from one of Ursa Major's teachers is currently hiding the extra electrical cables.  The boys love this thing, and it's nice to have a real home for it now.
That crazy play kitchen that we got second-hand from one of Ursa Major’s teachers is currently hiding the extra electrical cables. The boys love this thing, and it’s nice to have a real home for it now.
Ursa Minor got a new playmat from Santa. It's nice to have it in the middle of the room.
Ursa Minor got a new playmat from Santa. It’s nice to have it in the middle of the room.
My only toybox is full. OVER full!!
My only toybox is full. OVER full!!
Ursa Major finally got to play with the train table that Santa brought him for Christmas.
Ursa Major finally got to play with the train table that Santa brought him for Christmas.
I can't wait to go to IKEA or Homegoods or something and go crazy shopping for storage solutions. We need cuter, more elegant options.
I can’t wait to go to IKEA or Homegoods or something and go crazy shopping for storage solutions. We need cuter, more elegant options.
A view of the playroom from the train table.
A view of the playroom from the train table.
This is a view of the length of the room. The couch wasn't really supposed to be here....it's where it landed when the movers brought it in. As you can see, it EATS the room. We'll come up with a solution to that soon.
This is a view of the length of the room. The couch wasn’t really supposed to be here….it’s where it landed when the movers brought it in. As you can see, it EATS the room. We’ll come up with a solution to that soon.
I'm coming up on a serious storage issue when it comes to toys. Unpacking the playroom today made me really think about what we're going to do about keeping this room from feeling junky.
I’m coming up on a serious storage issue when it comes to toys. Unpacking the playroom today made me really think about what we’re going to do about keeping this room from feeling junky.

 

 

And the Kitchen:

A few of the kitchen from the living room. Note that all of the countertops in the kitchen are butcher block. I wanted every inch of this kitchen to be functional.
A few of the kitchen from the living room. Note that all of the countertops in the kitchen are butcher block. I wanted every inch of this kitchen to be functional.
A view of the "front" of the island.
A view of the “front” of the island.
Tiffany-style pendant lights for the island are a lovely focal point... I know that there are some who find this sort of thing old-fashioned, but I think they are beautiful and bring a lot to the kitchen.
Tiffany-style pendant lights for the island are a lovely focal point… I know that there are some who find this sort of thing old-fashioned, but I think they are beautiful and bring a lot to the kitchen.
This is where my dishwasher will go. It'll be here on Wednesday, tying everything together... though we're also missing two overhead lights and a hood.
This is where my dishwasher will go. It’ll be here on Wednesday, tying everything together… though we’re also missing two overhead lights and a hood.
I'm getting more and more excited about my country sink. It is nice to have the drying rack be part of the sink itself.
I’m getting more and more excited about my country sink. It is nice to have the drying rack be part of the sink itself.
A view from the front door (the fridge would be directly to the right.)
A view from the front door (the fridge would be directly to the right.)
The camera on my phone is horrible. This is the back of the island, which is more cabinetry and storage space. Which was  REALLY needed.
The camera on my phone is horrible. This is the back of the island, which is more cabinetry and storage space. Which was REALLY needed.

 

Ursa Major turns 3 on Wednesday! See you then for thoughts about it! 

19 Replies to “The Heart is Beating, the Soul is Full of Laughter”

  1. Awesome. I love your kitchen!

    Can I just share a little ditty about playrooms? When we built ours, good storage was key. I have so much good storage there. Two walls are filled with big, colourful plastic boxes that slide onto pine shelves to hold toys. The other two walls are organised for a train layout, craft table and lego. If you want to see how impressively this works, check the picture I will post on twitter. I really, really don’t mean to do anything other than amuse. It just seems to me that the more boxes, shelves and storage options I offer? The more my kids manage to overflow. But? They love that room…

        1. Not something I do so often these days – just went up and photographed the room as it is right now and put results on twitter. Totally random 😉 I am sure that you will do much better.

          I love the potential of that barn, and the size of your yard. Hoping you have a fabulous week. xx

          1. I just saw the pictures! How adorable! is the dollhouse PART of the storage bin system or is it just on top of it? I like that kind of system…totally reasonable. I think that’s what we need. I’ve seen a few systems that I like (that are out the box expensive)… I’m wondering if I should wait for the spring when everyone is having a yardsale and see if I can get something second hand? I dunno if I can wait that long…

          2. The dolls house just sits on top. The plastic box beneath holds the furniture and figures that are not in use, These days the rooms are display space for completed lego models. Homes adapt as children grow…

  2. Hurray for electricians! Lol I feel so happy for you and your family. We’ve been through the no water for almost 2 weeks now so I’m kind of feeling that anger you had about your electricity. Grrr…And I’m laughing about that one photo from your camera because that’s how my pics looks from my phone!

    Good post.

      1. No, Cleveland, OH. When the weather got below zero our brilliant apt bldg owner decided to shut it off just when the temps were about to change for the better. It was off for about a week and was buying water like crazy. Then we had only cold last week so….We’re ok just frustrated!

        1. Oh my goodness, I’m so glad you aren’t in West Virginia. That story is so outrageous.

          YOUR story is outrageous, too! Why would they turn off the water completely instead of telling people to let a faucet drip or whatever you are supposed to do?? I am so sorry that you’ve had to scramble for water…and I’m sure washing dishes/flushing toilets/taking showers must have been a nightmare. Are they going to reimburse you or something for that? Lower rent for a month? I’ve just never heard of such a thing! That can’t possibly be normal practice…right?

          1. It was so stupid for them to turn off the water and no, they didn’t even let tenants know they were going to do it. I’ve always heard to keep the water dripping but apparently the owner had never heard about this. The office mgr said she did ask the owner about either letting tenants not pay rent for the month or at least cut it by half because many in our bldg are on fixed incomes, etc. We haven’t heard any replies to the rent yet. We’re just about ready to move out. They’ve lost at least 5 other tenants because of this.

          2. That is absolutely ridiculous. I’m utterly outraged on your behalf. What a horrible thing to you and to your neighbors. Does the city have a regulatory board for such a thing? If I were you, I’d be all up in a city office talking to somebody…but I’m crazy and easily angered. 🙂 I hope that they do something to make you whole. If you like where you live, I hope you don’t have to move…if you don’t, well, I hope you can find a place that treats you better. No family should have to go through that!

            I hope that you are safe and warm in this snow storm today!

          3. You know, I try not to be easily angered but this has tested me! I spoke to our city’s mayor action plan ctr. or whatever it’s called to tell them what happened and to see if there were resources for getting water to our tenants…nothing. I was told there were no resources. I called the Red Cross and someone was supposed to call me back…nothing. I ended up calling them back later in the evening but there was an answering service who really couldn’t help but would relay the msg. I also emailed our district council person who said she would look into it because apparently she’d been receiving calls from other tenants but I don’t know how far that went because I never heard back from her. I am glad to say that the water’s is on right now and we have hot water…today!

            We do like it somewhat so far since we’ve only been here since May 2013. We thought we could move here since the rent was cheap and save up for a better place w/in a year or so. We’ll see how it all works out. I hope my story hasn’t cast a bad shadow on me and my blog. 🙂 Thanks for listening!

          4. Looks to me like you’re doing everything that I would do! Keep pestering your city council person and maybe think about bothering a state representative. I just feel like Landlords shouldn’t be able to feel like they can treat their tenants that way. that’s awful! You certainly have a lot of patience and grace to endure that kind of treatment. Kudos to you!

            I checked out your blog… I love pretty shiny things. 🙂 I am not a huge jewelry fanatic (I wear the same pieces every day: A pandora bracelet, my wedding rings, and a pair of earrings. My favorite necklace broke and I haven’t repaired it…), but I do love to LOOK at pretty things. I’ll pop in from time to time to see what you are doing. Good luck with the business!

            I hope you’ll pop back in from time to time! Especially as we continue to go through this dreadful winter.

          5. Keeping fingers crossed!

            Wasn’t trying to sell anything; I just started blogging back in Aug so I’m still learning and reading all the information about blogging. I just started with WordPress earlier this month and keep forgetting about it. I am more active on Twitter, G+, FB and writing or researching how to write. lol I heard that if you’re an avid reading, which I am, that writing wouldn’t be too hard to do but it is for me so far.

            What are some of the topic you’ll be writing about? I will keep popping in to check in on you from time to time.

            Thanks!

  3. Wow- your house is lovely! So much potential. Glad to hear you have light, even if most of the electrical is temporary. That’s something. New England evenings are way too dark without it!

    1. Thank you, Lauren!! And yes, New England is no place for no power! and I’m watching the weather right now and they are talking about another foot of snow. I am soooo sick of winter!! 6-10 inches is what they are saying!!

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