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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday Salon...April 22

View of the new floor looking into the kitchen from the family room.
Remodeling update.  Entering week three of remodeling.  Week one- hardwood floors installed. Week two floors sanded and stained. We had to move out for three days. Friday we cleaned top to bottom. Yesterday we moved all the furniture back in and started rearranging our china and trinkets. Week three, this week, we will have new counter-tops installed. Today we have to move everything out of all the lower cabinets. It has been a topsy-turvy time for us but the new look is wonderful and there is light at the end of the tunnel
Our stairs used to be carpet that had been shredded by the pets and long use.  Don't these hardwood stairs look nice?

Weather today... Clear and warm. Last night we took the new iPad outside with the stargazing app and viewed Venus, Mars, the space-station, and other things in the sky.

I'm reading:  
  • Black and White by Paul Volponi---the Volponi event is happening tomorrow during 5th period, so I must finish this book today!
  • Breaking Night by Liz Murray---a memoir about a girl who went from homelessness to Harvard.  Her parents were drug addicts and she lived in absolute chaos most of her life.  This book is very well-written. It is for my book club that meets Wednesday.  I'm afraid I will have to start speed reading it soon in order to complete it by then.
I'm listening to: Rotters by Daniel Kraus. This book won the 2012 Odyssey Award for good audiobooks. About grave-robbing, it is in equal parts mesmerizing and mortifying.

Book finished this week:  
  • The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough. An old favorite;  
  • Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (audio)- a twist on the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Very creative.
Scripture lesson in church: Galatians 2:10 "All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along"

I'm praying for: All those who are dealing with some anxiety over job insecurity.

Around the house: Hardwood floors!

From the kitchen: We have been eating out all week. It is getting old.

Memorable event of the week: Youth Auction for church.

A favorite quote this week: "I want to be a golden commandment person."



  1. The hardwood floors look very nice. congrats, on all that hard work paying off! cheers. http://www.thecuecard.com/

  2. Looks great! I got new floor in my daughters bedroom this week too!! So jealous you are getting new countertops! I have so much work to do in the kitchen!!

    1. http://muselandings.blogspot.com/2012/04/little-improvement.html
      peek at my floor. (before it's totally eclipsed by both clean and dirty clothes :)

  3. The floors look wonderful!! I know it's just a small amount of time in the broad scheme of things, but being displaced and going to all that work in the short term is stressful!! See you Wednesday. :)

  4. Gorgeous floors! I completely understand about eating out...after a while the food just doesn't taste as good. And, it is nice to eat in sometimes. So on those days we do eat out, ordering take-out is what I usually prefer...a way to make me feel that I am eating a home cooked meal ;)

  5. Wow, Anne, what a beautiful house you have!! And gorgeous hardwood floors :) I really love the look of hardwood.

    I just requested a review copy of Rotters on audio, when I heard it had won the award (I'm a bit behind).

    Enjoy your week and your books!


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  6. I love the hardwood floors! We pub bamboo into our house and are really happy with it

  7. I thought your favorite quote was my moose a muffin comment on Friday.

    1. I said Moose-a-muffin to someone and they looked at me like I was cray. It does take some explaining.

  8. Those floors and the stairs are gorgeous! I love hardwoods!


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