Monday, August 11, 2014

Spiffying up the Place

My hubby and I have been living in our house for over 17 years now. Seventeen years!!! When we had this house built, our kids were still in high school (actually, our daughter wasn't even there yet). Man, I really feel old.

Four years ago we replaced the carpeting in the living room and the vinyl in the dining room with wood flooring. My hubby and our friend did all the work, and it was hard work, too.

Well, now we’re going to replace the carpeting in the family room with the same wood floor. My husband is getting smarter and has decided to pay someone to install it. Figured it wasn’t worth the wear and tear of his body.

We’re in the process of moving all the furniture out of the family room so we can start removing the carpet (since we decided we could do THAT much). We have a LOT of stuff in the family room: bookcases of DVDs, books lying around (basically part of my TBR pile), and general junk. Yeah, junk (we’ll see if that gets returned!). And most of this stuff is dusty (hmmm… maybe I should dust more often? Nah…).

I’ll be glad when it’s all done. By then I’ll be packing for my trip to Atlanta and Dragon*Con. At least, my husband HOPES it will all be finished BEFORE I leave.

But laying down a hardwood floor is not the only project in the books. All the trim outside hasn’t been painted since we moved in and the deck in the back needs cleaned and stained (which we DID do once, but man, what a mess we made). Because we’re basically lazy people (and maybe a little incompetent), we’re also hiring someone to do all that work. We found someone, too, but I have no idea when they’ll get to us. The rainy weather kind of put them behind schedule, but it’s been dry for the past week, so maybe they’re getting all caught up. I look forward to seeing the place get spiffyed up. And if I remember, I’ll take before and after pics.

Eventually, we’ll replace the upstairs carpeting, but I’m thinking the couch (in the family room) will be replaced first. My hubby kind of broke his end of it, although he seems fine with sitting there. I suggested we each get a huge chair instead of another couch and he likes the idea. And with the new flooring (and a new area rug), we’ll probably want something that looks better (newer).

Hey, in case any of you are interested, this Friday I’ll be a guest poster on Romance University. I’m writing about how to organize your writing using spreadsheets. Not sure if it’s useful for anyone (I’m anal when it comes to spreadsheets), but I was asked to post something. Pretty neat, huh? That I was ASKED. Anyway, I’ll post the link on Friday (when I get it).

By the way, I did end up going to the Englewood Festival on Saturday and Boy Scout Troop 268 was still there, still selling their grilled corn on the cob, and it was still a buck an ear! The hubby and I each had two ears and man, were they gooooooooood!

So… Got any plans for the week? I expect to finish revisions of Blind Temptation AND the line edits for Ghostly Liaison. Fun, fun, fun! (And I mean it, too! J).

Happy Monday!




B.E. Sanderson said...

Ugh, I don't blame you for finding someone else to do the flooring. My Hubs is talking about replacing the flooring in here and I don't even want to think about all the stuff we'll have to move, let alone trying to do the floors ourselves. (We already decided to hire someone.) I hope you come home to lovely new floors and not a house full of work.

Don't forget to remind us about your guest post. It sounds interesting.

My plans are all writing related, but I'm sure other stuff will crop up like it always does. ;o)

Stacy McKitrick said...

B.E. - Don't you wish you could just ignore the non-writing stuff as it crops up? I do! :) Have fun writing!!!

Maria Zannini said...

We've spent so much time (and money) spiffying up the house we plan to sell, we haven't had the time or energy to work on the house we live in.

But I think my hubby has come to the same conclusion as yours. If we can hire someone to do the yucky work, we do.

Jennette Marie Powell said...

I'm all for paying other to do work we aren't good at and don't enjoy. But do enjoy it when it's done! As for me, I hope to have more time to write this week than last...

JeffO said...

Home improvement is like pulling that thread from your sweater--it never ends! My wife and I refinished two floor, tiled a bathroom, and stripped wallpaper that seemed at one with the plaster. There's a certain amount of satisfaction in doing that (especially the tile; that came out pretty good), but next time, I think we're hiring. Have fun with your guest post!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - I have trouble with ONE house. Can't imagine keeping care of two. Hope you sell yours soon. :)

Jennette - Writing is always good. :)

Jeff - Yeah, I've done enough home improvement projects in my lifetime. It's time for someone else to do the work now. I thought about moving to a condo, but hiring out projects is probably cheaper than condo fees! :)