Friday, April 29, 2011

Next, Please

I am back in my own house.  No more living half here, half there with my belongings (and my sanity) divided between two houses.   

Before I go any further, I just have to say:  Thank you, all of you.  The support and advice and empathy I've gotten in the comments to my past few posts has been nothing short of amazing.  I am one very lucky woman to have blogfriends like you.  Thanks, y'all.

The first few days, it was enough just to be back in the Kelly House, with its high ceilings and transom windows and boxy little floor plan.  I spent quite a bit of time, I must tell you, just sitting there.  (Honestly, I couldn't do much else because I'd separated my shoulder three weeks ago.  I was clambering up a riverbank with AJ and a couple of his friends and when the hill crumbled under me and I started to fall, AJ's friend Aaron grabbed me by the left elbow and hauled me up.)  But now I'm feeling better, both emotionally and physically, and I think it's time to consider what's next for the Kelly House.

There's the bathroom remodel, which Sharon has dubbed the Behemoth Project because it involves knocking down a wall, laying tile, putting up beadboard, installing new fixtures and a clawfoot tub, demolishing a shower, and moving the back door of the house, all to turn two awkward bathrooms into one nicer one.  That seems a bit much at the moment.

Then there's the front parlor.  The old wallpaper's been stripped, the plaster walls have been repaired, all the furniture's pushed out into the center of the room, and part of the trim's been repainted.  Since that's what I was working on last winter, it makes sense to start again there. 

So on Monday, my next day off, I'll be hanging wallpaper in the front parlor.  I can't wait!


  1. You are amazing. What hard choices to make and you know you've made the right ones even though they are hard.
    Like you I'd ask my blog friends what to do? I think to much with my emotions and need the help of those who can see from afar what to do. We are blessed with those who will help us find the right path. Several blogs are so encouraging to me. I don't know what I'd do right now without their inspiration and care. Hope your days get better and better.

  2. Sigh :-) Your own house. And do I miss having high ceilings.

  3. Im glad you are back home and already planning what to do next! Sorry you separated your shoulder..ouch! Hopefully it heals fairly fast.

  4. Looking forward to seeing your next project.

  5. Do you know Stucco House is organizing a bungalow (or, more exactly, any old house) blog tour?

    p.s. Hi from Facebook, thanks for liking my comment, whatever it was, it's fallen out of my head at this point :-)

  6. Some of the best therapy there is! Up with the wallpaper and onward with The Kelly House! ;-)

  7. What's happened in the house the past few weeks? It sounded like you were working like a whirlwind there.

  8. Karen Anne, When I thought I was selling it, I was busy packing up all my stuff and cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. Painting the second parlor and taking the paper off the front parlor were the only projects that I worked on.