Saturday, September 15, 2012

Packing up

I am going to apply for some part-time work to use my Master's license.  It will be with Tow Boat US helping people who go aground, run out of gas or have no battery power.  I've already talked to the local franchise and will go in soon to fill out the paperwork and do some training.  It could be interesting and will give me more days on the water which will be needed when I renew my license in five years.  I'll see how it goes with going back to work for a few days a week.

The big project this weekend is disassembling the kitchen. We are packing up boxes from the kitchen cabinets.  And we are realizing just how much "stuff" we have.  So the idea is that we will have boxes of things that we will keep and boxes of things that we will sell.  All of the glassware and dishes and so forth are either antique or of high quality.  But we don't need all of this. And I am starting to think that it's time to go through the whole house and simply divest ourselves of things that we will not use or need anymore.
The kitchen as it is now.  Dining area and bar area aren't shown.

I know that the kitchen will look really good by the time the remodeling is done. The old kitchen is warm but dated. We are replacing the pine cabinets with a light maple and will be brightening up the space with the granite and painting the trim a beige.  It should make the room brighter.

Living with the mess for a while will be another adventure.  At least, that's what I hope.  So far, we haven't had any arguments about the project.  And both of us are looking forward to actually having the room gutted and beginning anew.   We are both at home this weekend packing the boxes.

I am going on the boat next week for a few days and will leave next Friday to go to my high school reunion.  I am looking forward to seeing people that I haven't seen in a long time.  Maybe this is the only one that I'll go to, but now seems like the time.   I guess this couldn't come at a worse time regarding remodeling, but the plan is to have almost all the stuff packed up by then.

Not much else is going on here.  The weather is humid again.  But I know that fall is coming soon.   Hope that your day has gone well.

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  1. oy remodeling can def upset life just a bit...hope that part goes well for you man....but i bet the purge feels good...hope the job works out for you....

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    1. I think that it will. It will be a mess for a while though.

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  2. Duude...your old kitchen is beautiful. But make it what you want- why not!?
    Tow Boat US is an awesome service. I wish I'd thought of it. Go for it! And if you don't enjoy it- quit.
    You have choices. That's the good thing.

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    1. Thanks, Mary. It is nice now but we are ready for a change after 23 years. Tow Boat is awesome. Glad that you like them.

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  3. Love the old kitchen! Can't wait to see the new one! I love your blog .

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    1. I'll post demolition photos and then the finished product. Should be interesting.

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  4. Syd,

    I think you are going to love that part time job. It suits you so well. The kitchen looks great but the ideas you describe sound even better. Good luck to you and your wife.

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    1. It is a true country kitchen. I knew that you would like it!

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  6. I like the idea of getting rid of things I don't use also. It's freeing to have space. Also I like to think I am passing it on for others to enjoy. I held on to stuff that I no longer needed and letting it go was freeing.

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    1. I think it will be freeing. No time like the present!

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  7. I think the Tow Boat project sounds wonderful. Also, remodeling is a pain in the butt, until you see the new look unveiled. All the best to you. May you always feel the spray of the sea in your hair and face!

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    1. Thanks, Lori. My hair gets really sticky after a few days of salt spray.

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  8. Clearing out STUFF and letting go is so freeing. Good luck in the remodel. I know, for me, it was tough to have my house in such a mess. Even though I wanted it done, the mess was physically upsetting for me. Be kind to each other during this adventure. You're going to love it when you're done. :)

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    1. I know that we will have our moments!

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  9. How exciting about the part time job...I'm definitely going to do something part time also, but you have shown me I can take my time and wait for the right opportunity. Choices--they are a good thing!

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    1. I'll see how it goes, Lou. I enjoy my unscheduled time for sure.

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  10. just remember that the fun part about kitchen remodeling is having the excuse to go out to eat. :)

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  11. Just want to share how much I enjoy reading your blog. Best of luck with the remodel.

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  12. I wondered how long it would take before you got "itchy" to go back to work ... sounds like a good plan and a perfect fit.
    Good luck with the kitchen ... I know you are tired of what you have but it was a pretty darn good looking one as it was.

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  13. I know a guy who is quite good with sales of things no longer wanted, if you're interested in having help... Consign to cash .com.

    He works with stuff that is antique/high quality, and his service broadens the reach of the sale. He uses a few sites for the sales, the one connected to his site has limited inventory right now, but he has sold everything from antique glassware to comic books and war memorabilia.

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    1. Thanks, Jess. Have you gone private on your blog? Just curious as I would still like to read it. Thanks!

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  14. What great service work Syd -- and I'm looking forward to seeing the redesigned kitchen!

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  15. My commenter was broken but I think I have it fixed now.

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