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™‚

Thursday’s Windows – week 8

Every Thursday, Sandra Conner of the “By the Book” blog, invites us to share our favourite photos of windows.

This week, I’ve chosen the beautiful rose window in the west end of the ‘Santa Maria del Mar’ church in Barcelona. This imposing example of Catalan Gothic architecture, was built between 1323 and 1389. In 1428, the original rose window was destroyed in an earthquake, and it was replaced by this one in 1460.

Now for something completely different. πŸ˜‰

We are doing some alterations here, and hubby decided to start on the destruction a couple of days ago, so with hammer and other various tools, he set about wrecking this window. Thankfully I don’t know how to use such instruments, or he might have enlisted my help.

He made a pretty thorough job of removing that window.

Thankfully, he had a plan in mind, and in no time at all, had installed a pair of French patio doors.

Still lots more work to do, as he’s going to pull out all the kitchen cupboards next. Oh bliss!! πŸ˜†

To see more Thursday’s windows, you can visit Sandra’s post here.