Thursday, March 24, 2011

And so it begins.....

My husband and I have made a decision to renovate our century old home. Last fall we removed a 7 X 7 “shed” that was just off our kitchen. It was falling apart. Well… that reno got way out of hand. We replaced it with an 11 X 20 room, including an 8’ foundation.

I pledged that the reno for the rest of the house, would be kept more on tract with respect to cost and simplicity. I need a new kitchen. I am sure at this point, any one who has ever done any reno’s is laughing.

On tract and kitchen, do not belong in the same sentence.

Let me give the Reader’s Digest version of what is happening.

The contractor is coming next week to remove 2 walls. Basically he is gutting my main floor from front door to back door. We have plaster walls. Every wall and ceiling on the main floor is being replaced with dry wall. Currently the entrance to every room in the house has a big, heavy, wooden door. Three entrances are being turned into lovely 4 foot wide archways. When it is all done, the entrance from my front room to the new kitchen will be like entering into the grand hall.

Did I mention that I also want a bathroom, with shower, added to the main floor? Or that two windows are being relocated?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

What's your brain age

All week I have been looking forward to dinner with my Writers group. I have not been able to attend for at least 4 months and was finally free of obligation. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month, at the same restaurant, so that fellow members of the group always know where we are. Anyway… that was last night.

At the end of my work day, I drove home, made dinner and suddenly remembered my Writers group. I had talked about it at coffee break with my co-workers, even called my husband early in the day to let him know I wouldn’t be home for dinner. He was very pleasantly surprised when he got home and found dinner on the table.

I don’t get it. I do all these brain exercises. I bought a DS a couple years ago to do the “games” that are supposed to enhance your memory and bring your brain “age” down a decade or two. I do Sudoco out of the paper, I play scrabble with the computer, and number games. All of these are supposed to sharpen the brain. It appears they are filling up my brain and not leaving any room for my reality. I say “my reality” as I do acknowledge that sometimes my reality and other people’s, are worlds apart.

I’m sorry… what were talking about…….