Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful


On reading this theme, I at first thought of my wonderful and loving family, my good health and the fact that I have been able to travel so much, but then I looked around my home here in Florida, and decided to rather focus on my kitchen renovations. I remembered that Tilly Budd commented that she’s always fascinated to see DIY projects, so Tilly , this is especially for you. I hope you don’t get as big a fright, as I do every morning when I walk out of the bedroom, to be greeted by this sight in my lounge area. πŸ˜€

My kitchen is a mix of old and new at the moment, so things are getting better. I’m just holding the electric screwdriver to impress you. πŸ™‚

Hubby is a serious power tool fiend. πŸ™‚

I was very thankful that he thought to move one entire old cupboard unit around the corner into the dining area, so that I didn’t have to store my pots, pans, dishes and cutlery on the floor.

I’m thankful that we have an enclosed verandah, which at the moment serves as a workshop, and extra storage space.

Despite hitting lots of snags, such as corners that weren’t at all square, floor that wasn’t quite level, and a space for the pantry that was half an inch too short, and required the removal of the dry wall, the work is progressing nicely, and I was very thankful when the first few cupboards were installed, and I could put all our groceries away again.

At the moment, hubby is just working out how he’s going to get the extremely heavy double wall oven up into the cabinet next to the fridge, all by himself, and I’m extremely thankful that it isn’t my problem to solve. πŸ˜•

Actually, as I was typing that, he called me to help him, and sure enough, his engineer’s mind had worked it all out. Using one of the old cabinets, and some cardboard packing, one piece at a time, we gradually raised it high enough to slide into place. I think the Egyptians built the pyramids sort of the same way. πŸ˜€

So, I’m very thankful that bit is over, and tomorrow, I should be able to use my oven for the first time.

There’s still so much more to do. as that entire sink unit is coming out, and moving to an outside wall, so I’ll keep you updated when it’s looking a bit more decent. I’ll be extremely thankful to be able to take the dust sheets off my piano, and also the rest of the furniture, and put my home to rights again.

Now, I think I’ll go and make my workman and nice cup of tea, for which I know, he’ll be very thankful. πŸ™‚

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86 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

  1. Looks like the kitchen renovation is turning into something awesome. I can see the excitement and happiness on your face on the second picture. Your hubby is also a one talented DIY guy. Keep us updated. Have a great weekend…

  2. Wow! You guys are really going through a BIG renovation !! It looks beautiful and I can tell that it’s going to be a very serene home where beautiful music flows..

    • Hahaha. Love it, Grannymar. There’ll be no hooleying allowed in my kitchen. Cooking is a serious business. A bit of bottom pinching is however quite permissible. πŸ˜†

  3. Wow, looks like a lot of work but certainly it’s in very good hands :-). All the best for the new kitchen! It’ll sure be great when it all comes together.

  4. All looking good Sylvia. It always feels like it’ll never be finished doesn’t it and then suddenly, it all comes together. A very nice job done by the looks of things!

  5. Starting to look really good and I’d definitely love a new kitchen, although could do without all that mess whilst getting there. Maybe I could just move out for a while, get someone else to do it and then come back to a lovely new place?

    • Thanks, Susan. I’m so used to living on a building site. He’s been doing this sort of stuff for decades. Every house we’ve ha, he’s totally changed. πŸ˜€

  6. A right mess you got there AD πŸ˜‰
    But a kind of organised chaos πŸ™‚ – Sure it will look spectacular once everything is cleared up and sorted.

  7. What a big renovation project. Kudos to your husband..and to you too for being a good helper. πŸ™‚ Your kitchen will look fantastic when all has been done.

  8. Wow, Sylvia, it looks like it’s really coming together. I’m sure you will be so happy when it’s all done. And then you’ll have a gorgeous kitchen where you can cook us all some fabulous meals. πŸ™‚

  9. Lovely twist to the challenge and good to see what you and hubby are up to with the remodel. It looks like it’ll be well worth the effort. πŸ™‚

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