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Yes, I’m still kickin’…

Jan 04, 11 15 29 AM

 

I’ve been “absent”.  Reason: I literally *just* moved back to my home on Whidbey Island that we have been remodeling since last June.  We have been painting the *entire* interior ourselves.  Still not done.  It is a long, tedious process when you’re not a professional house painter, lemme tell ya’… The remodel itself is still not quite finished; contractor tools and equipment everywhere.  Stuff still in boxes.  Everywhere. Some appliances not yet installed (still no refrigerator and even more importantly, still no heat pump!!!).  There are portable heaters… Everywhere.

Our home was built back in the early 70′s and is a modest 1,800 sq. ft.  No garage–previous owners had converted it to a family room.  It’s your typical 3 bdr 2 bath single-story house–and had the original countertops and old, musty cabinetry and coil burners cooktop…  We agonized a long time over what to do with this loooooong-overdue for an update house… that has wiring issues (two people can’t blow dry their hair at the same time, or you trip the circuit)…  and plumbing issues… ugh, yeah… The urge to sell it and buy new construction was very, very strong…

But, when your house is actually in a (quaint/charming) small town, within walking distance to said charming, waterfront downtown, on a dead-end cul-de-sac, and feels somewhat private, with a living room view of Penn Cove (over the top of the “estate” directly below you) and mature fruit trees (apples, pears, plums–yeah, it’s kind of a mini orchard!), you envision it being your forever home… where you retire, and enjoy the scenic beauty, go fishing, admire the deer that visit daily and have your grandkiddos runnin’ through the sprinkler in the back yard on a warm summer day…

So, we saved and saved and saved. And gathered up our dreams and our courage. And, last Spring we hired a contractor… and gutted the house…

 

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