The bathroom is not quite to the finish line yet. Almost. The shower door is going to be reworked, a shelf redone or removed and the shower handles either fixed or replaced. We decided not to wait on the bathroom any longer and . . .
Moved into the house two days before Christmas. I would advise against the Christmas move. My husband cannot take much time off from work so it was then or maybe never. Our children worried Christmas may not come as they watched their friends’ houses light up with Christmas cheer, while ours house filled up with moving boxes. And it was a valid concern. A very valid concern.
Christmas came and went and now I realize I overcomplicated Christmas in the past. This year I did everything in two days or less. We baked cookies, decorated a gingerbread house, shopped and wrapped presents . . . in two days. Why was I spending weeks on this in prior years? Never mind those two days were nearly 20-hour days. It was only two days. Never mind we had time limits on everything. Sorry kids, you had 30 minutes to decorate the gingerbread house and only 30 minutes!!! It got done.
Now that we have moved into the house, we have learned:
1. The stopper bathtub in the kids’ bathroom does not work.
2. The pipes in the basement are leaking.
3. There is no overhead light in the hallway upstairs which scares the beejesus out of some members of our family come bedtime.
4. The coat closet near the door holds about 1/100th of my coat collection.
5. The powder room on the first floor is about as private as a freestanding toilet in the middle of Grand Central Station.
6. The freezer does not work and may never work. We miss ice.
This list will surely grow as right now my husband is in the basement ripping up the floor and stage due to leaky pipes. Yes, I wrote stage. We have a stage in our basement. A stage and a lab.
Because pictures are more fun. I will leave you with some pictures of the countertops I am considering for the new kitchen. I have granite fatigue, marble is too fussy, soapstone too chippy so that leaves me with not much else. Concrete and quartz are high on the list right now. The lighter concretes could be a good option.