Thursday, October 24, 2013

I Am So Fancy!

Now, in two weeks, I can present to you heart shaped ice cubes from my new fancy refrigerator on top of a new black granite countertop.

By that time, I should have the kitchen paint completed, the new oiled bronze pulls and knobs on the cabinets, and the new sink installed.  For that matter, by that time I should have the painting of the exterior of our house completed too.

The painters had scaffolding put up today.  That was nerve wracking.  The painters have sealed my windows from the outside today.  That was nerve wracking too.

I have about ten Mexican house painters working from about 7:30 AM until 6:30 PM.  The job is two weeks behind schedule and if they could work overnight, I think they would.  (This work needs to be done before the rains start.)  This schedule is nerve wracking too.

My inside the house contractor didn't show up today.  Guy is wonderful, but I don't always understand him on the telephone because of his Chinese accent.  I think he told me he would come tomorrow.  I hope he does because having my kitchen "gone" is nerve wracking too. 

I think I broke my little toe when I stubbed it on painting equipment a couple of days ago.  I don't need to tell you how I feel about this development.

Guy is currently painting the kitchen a lovely shade called "Pale Green Tea" made by a company called Mythic Paints.  They are a "green" company, or as Alex calls it "Obama Paint".  I just hope the greenie paint covers as well as the poison paint.

This "Pale Green Tea" is not green paint.  Well, it's actually more yellow than green, but so is "Weak Green Tea" but that wouldn't have the same ring to it, would it?  A girlfriend (interior designer) had recommended that I paint the kitchen "Chai Latte", and I loved the name, but alas, did not love the slightly orangey color.  Now she's upset because I didn't take her advice.  Oh well. 

I find that all the home improvements are giving me anxiety issues.  I hate chaos with a passion.  To calm down, I think I'll go pour some tequila over my heart shaped ice cubes.

Cheers!

44 comments:

  1. http://ladyfi.wordpress.comOctober 24, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Cute ice cubes - they would definitely look good in a tall glass of something... House improvements are always nerve-wracking!

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  2. I can hardly wait to see the finished new kitchen! It sounds gorgeous. Cannot believe you have broken a toe. Must we wrap you in bubble wrap? Yes, tequila is definitely called for. Cheers!

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  3. Jayne, I am wrapped in bubble wrap. I need a helmet for sure. I think (hope) the kitchen turns out great. I have confidence in the person doing the remodel stuff, so I think it'll be fine.

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  4. I love the heart shaped ice cubes. And I love tequila. It's a win win, Fiona!

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  5. Hope this isn't a time when Alex has gone MIA. :)

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  6. He wouldn't dare. I might run off with a young Mexican house painter if he does.

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  7. And in the middle of this you were going to put me up if I came to San Francisco. Boy you're a glutton for punishment, aren't you. Or were you going to have me do all that painting?

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  8. Dear Dufus! This all happened "after" your trip was over. You paint???

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  9. Ooh, I hope you post the "after" pictures! Can't wait to see the pretty new kitchen.

    Now, really, why hasn't Alex put you up at a 4 star hotel while this is going on? You're still on the mend from your last spill and now your poor toe!

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  10. Remodeling, what a trip! The good news is once you are completely done you'll pretty much forget about all the anxiety you've experienced. Until then, chug-a-lug, darlin'.

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  11. I went through a lot of adult beverages during the course of our bathroom remodel. Only problem was, since we were the ones doing the remodeling, too many adult beverages tended to slow me down. Maybe if I'd had the heart-shaped ice cubes...

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  12. I hate the actual work being done as I am a very OCD kind of person. Everything has it's place and by god it needs to be in it's place.


    I love the sound of Pale Green Tea. I do a lot of decorating in my line of work (real estate) and the soft greens are so soothing and calming. I look forward to seeing pics of the finished product.

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  13. Cheryl, I love getting to change things, but the actual work drives me insane. I too am OCD to the max! This Pale Green Tea looks like a really lovely yellow until light hits it and it turns a gorgeous pale pistachio color.

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  14. The bathroom was rough, Paula. But you guys can be very proud that you got it done. It was rough for me when the contractor did the bathroom too even though I didn't do the work. Watching him do it made me nervous. The kitchen is even worse.

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  15. Margo, you are one smar tsmart Cookie!

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  16. The kitchen should be pretty much finished this week. I will have to wait a bit (December?) until I get my island. Guy is also building our "love table" for in front of the window overlooking the garden. And that might take a bit of time too. The black granite countertop goes in tomorrow along with the new sink. And, Nicky Honey, I really can't let a bunch of contractors just run amok! I have to be here to tell them what I want!

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  17. Hahahaha! Weak green tea. You are hilarious. And I understand the anxiety about this kind of thing....way too much!

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  18. Well, Kato, "Weak Green Tea" is better than "Pale Yellow Cystitis" though, isn't it?

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  19. Out of everything, you got to see workman's crack!!! Ha ha ha!


    As far as the ice cubes, I actually thought you were kidding. But you really mean it? Your freezer makes heart ice cubes? That is SO SO COOL!

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  20. Katherine, I am just so fancy I can hardly stand myself some days!

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  21. I am so impressed. I would probably want to keep a drink in hand constantly, just for the cute factor. Enjoy that new kitchen. Sounds like a dream.

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  22. Yeah, Renee, this has been a trip. Having sinks and countertops pulled out and 25 or so workers inside and out at the same time just makes me shake. We have the outside dudes (all dashing young Mexican guys) working on scraping all the paint off my house before they paint it. These guys I can communicate with pretty easily. The inside guys are all Chinese and my main contractor is the only one who speaks English. Add to this my two big rowdy dogs who would love to have Mexican and/or Chinese for lunch and you may get the picture.

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  23. The refrig just makes regular or heart, but they have ice trays that make all the shapes, stars, hearts, triangles, etc.

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  24. Tequila over heart shaped ice cubes sounds like a good cure for anxiety, lol!

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  25. I'm thinking of doing that this morning, Suzicate!

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  26. Cute ice cubes. Hope the workmen are hot. Lol. Also recently had some remodelling done. The chaos is annoying and it feels like its taking forever but when it's all done you'll forget it all in a week and you can't wait to show your friends. Hang in there

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  27. I love the heart shaped ice cubes. They're perfect with tequila or any alcoholic beverage. Remember, tequila works when your painters don't. Chaos sucks, but this, too, shall pass. Considering what you're going through (injured toe and all) I think you're doing pretty well. I hope it's not broken.


    Not having a kitchen is a great excuse for going out to dinner. I'd try that on my husband but our kitchen is intact and is the first thing he sees when he gets home.

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  28. Heart shaped ice cubes is sort of like rose colored glasses, I think. Makes everything look better! I think I just bruised the hell out of my toe but it's getting better.

    The problem with going out to dinner is that Alex leaves the house about 5:30 AM and doesn't get back home until 8 PM or even 9 PM a lot of days. We are both too zonked to go out so I order pizza, Chinese, Mexican, Thai, or make peanut butter jelly sandwiches. I think the kitchen will be finished this week but I've heard that before too.

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  29. I think you are so right. This began a little over a month ago, and it feels like forever,but actually, the amount that has been accomplished is amazing! And it's looking good. Oh, my workers are all adorable and very skilled too!

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  30. It's silly for your friend to get upset over a color. YOU have to live with it, not her! I hope everything gets back on track soon!

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  31. Hey Linda! I've been keeping an eye on developments on FB, but didn't realise how cute the heart-shaped ice was 'til now. As for Green Tea and Chai Latte - dammit, now I want a hot beverage! *kettle on* Indigo x

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  32. My contractor has brought me 3 packages of tea from China and insists I drink it with him when he's here! No hardship, Indigo! It's delish!

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  33. It's just about done. I'm waiting for my new island which should be here the 2nd week of December, and the hood for my stove, (that my contractor will install along with some new cabinets), and a few other things, but the really intrusive part is over.

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  34. The Equestrian VagabondNovember 4, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Sagebrush green is nice. Especially after a rain. Although, maybe Mythic Paints doesn't do that color. I'm sure it will turn out lovely, and you deserve the tequila over those designer ice cubes!

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  35. Been so long on the renovations but perfection doesn't happen overnight. Would be nice and convenient if it did, huh....

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  36. I wish it was nice, convenient and free, Totsy. But, well, you know.

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  37. The paint is actually a gorgeous shade of the palest green ever. It looks yellow (very pale too) in certain lights.

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  38. I am totally enjoying your remodeling transformation and the photos you've been posting on Facebook!

    Also - I LOVE your fancy heart-shaped ice cubes!


    "I find that all the home improvements are giving me anxiety issues. I
    hate chaos with a passion. To calm down, I think I'll go pour some
    tequila over my heart shaped ice cubes."


    GOOD IDEA!!!

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  39. I am loving the changes, Meleah, but hating the process!

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  40. I want heart shaped ice. Invite me over for drinks, Linda! But if you do, it means food too ;-)


    Dean
    www.leftcoastguy.com

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  41. Dean Dear, you have an open invitation and of course I'll feed you!

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  42. I would find all those goings on very tedious, too. How are the dogs dealing with all the chaos... Since they can't pour tequila over heart-shaped ice cubes?

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  43. Linda, it was very difficult for me and the pups. They may have done better than I did, and not had one single hangover.

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