Journey of Renewal

First, a couple of updates:

I found my camera’s data cable. It was in a tote with the books I brought along to read (and haven’t been). Also in there were my sandals (which I had desultorily looked for earlier) and a ceramic cup to replace one my daughter broke (the broken one came from a vendor at the 4th Avenue Street Fair, and naturally they wanted the replacement to come from there, too).

I also purchased my 30-day temporary permit for the trailer this morning. I will get it laminated to withstand the rain I’m sure to run into on the road, and then I’ll duct-tape it to the trailer so it’ll NEVER COME OFF!!!! bwah-ha-ha-ha-haaaaaaaaa!!!!!!! That’ll show it who’s boss!

Okay, I’m myself again. On to the main topic.

My daughter (Eve) and son-in-law (Rick) have been renovating / upgrading / remodeling / improving their home pretty much ever since they bought it. The current project is to redo the kitchen with new cabinets, counters, and flooring. I forget whether I volunteered or they asked me, but either way I became a willing participant in the effort today and for the next several days.

Today we pulled out the old cabinets, which meant we also pulled out the stove and the sink. So right now there’s no way to cook much (there *is* still a working microwave) or clean up afterward very well. So we ate out this afternoon.

We also pulled off the drywall that was behind said cabinets, and while the wall was open we added two GFCI outlets and a switched circuit for the new garbage disposal. Then we closed up the wall with new Sheetrock and put the first layer of joint compound on.

Still to come are the new cabinets (assemble and install), wall paint (to match what’s been painted already), new counters (custom-made by Eve and Rick), and new flooring. When it’s all done, it’ll be a brand-new kitchen and a great place to prepare meals. Cleanup will be a lot easier, too, with both a garbage disposal and a dishwasher.

I’m looking forward to the day when all of their major projects will be done (although I think that’s still a long way off!).

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