Happy New Year! After a much needed break, I am happy to be back and ready to make 2017 a great year! But first, a confession.
I over-committed. Does that ever happen to you? I couldn’t stop raising my hand, volunteering, saying “yes” to almost every single thing that came up between May and November. To say I ran dry, felt miserable, and wasn’t the bestest person to be around may be a slight understatement. I constantly felt like I wasn’t giving my best, but still felt like I was doing all I could with what I had to work with. While many commitments are running high yet (seriously thankful for the holiday break when everything went into hibernation!!) I know there is light at the end of the tunnel. Approximately May. I have learned my lesson. I will still be volunteering a lot, but how and how often and with what projects will most certainly change.
And speaking of change…we are about to enter into a major demolition project! I’m so excited (scared, thrilled, nervous, happy, lots of feels here folks)! We live in a tri-level house with a main living floor with kitchen, dining room and living room, bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, and a den/family room on the lower level. This summer we worked several weekends replacing all of the windows on the main level and lower level. We added a new patio door were a window once was. All of this was done on brick exterior. The top level has siding on it, and that’s a whole other project. There was brick repair that needed to happen, we blew threw a wall to make way for a patio door, and we closed up a window over the current sink so we can hang new cabinets there. We also filled in a useless service door in the garage. After all of that, about late October, we began building a patio. We used bricks from the Wisconsin Memorial Union Terrace (free, recycled), and now have a nice 10×10 patio that gets me closer to the garden.
After many meetings, conversations, and selection processes, we are about to start the inside work. There is a wall which runs between the kitchen and living room, and a wall between the dining room and kitchen. Both will be gone. The larger wall is load bearing, so we are having a beam put in. We are adding a fireplace, wood flooring, reorienting the kitchen layout and I’m getting a walk-in pantry.
While the work is being done on the main level, our current appliances will move to the basement so we can continue to cook and live relatively unaffected. I have begun the process of making meals in advance for quick pull out, defrost and cook. Life will go on no matter what is happening inside the house, so I figure the more I plan and do what I can now, the less stressed I will be later. Fingers crossed this is true.
Whether you make resolutions, goals, or just keep on keepin’ on, here’s to a fresh start in a new year!