Safe With Me – Amy Hatvany: This is actually the second book by this author that I have read recently. She writes very well and I find them very easy books to get into and stay interested in. No outlandish topics or story lines, but she definitely keeps you hooked. This one is about two mothers who come to be friends through rather extraordinary circumstances. It is a good example of how your actions can speak louder than words and the people that they can affect without you even knowing it! Definitely worth a read if you are off to the lake for the weekend!
Outside The Lines – Amy Hatvany: This was the first book by this author that i read actually, and it really got to me. It was a really good look into the minds of people with mental disease and how it affects them and the people around them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and what it had to offer. Probably my favorite of the two!
Every Fifteen Minutes – Lisa Scottoline: I am on the fence about this author. I have read a couple of her books that I have really liked and I’ve actually dropped a couple half way through because I just can't get into it. If I had read this book anywhere but the lake I might have also dropped it half way through, but it was after the half way mark that it started to really get good! The ending was not what I expected at all. It was about a psychologist who tries to help a young boy struggling through life. He gets sucked into a world that he never expected to be sucked into but he stands strong in his appeal to help the young boy when others seem to give up on him. In the end, the good guys win and the bad guys get caught... you just really get a surprise as to who the bad guys are!
I am Malala - Malala Yousafzai: This book... THIS BOOK. I read this book in two days. I don't normally love biographies, but this one tugged at my heart strings and it gave me a new perspective on a part of the world that, I have to admit, I've ignored. In case you are sometimes oblivious to the outside world like I am, here's a quick background. Malala was a student and frankly and activist in Pakistan, and she was eventually shot by the Taliban for speaking her mind and fighting for her education. Did I mention she was shot in the head? and she survived? It's really an incredible story and sometimes it's hard to believe that it's being written by a child. She is truly wise beyond her years and she might just give you a new outlook on life. I would love to get more into depth on the background of the story, but it tends to get me rather heated and angry about a very touchy subject, so I will leave it alone. But if you find yourself feeling down on your luck, pick up this book and it might just make you realize that you don't have it so rough! Highly recommend!!
What are you currently reading?! I'd love some suggestions!
Well folks, if you follow me on Instagram, you will notice that we finally took the plunge. Our outdated kitchen is gone. No more orange plexiglass inserts, no more linoleum countertop, no more dark oak staring me in the face. It’s all gone... all that’s left? Some plywood on the floor and some really bad green paint on the walls! Now for those of you who may just be joining me here on the old blogosphere, here is a before picture of our lovely 1970’s kitchen...
Not horrible, right? But, definitely not our style. I talked about how we came to decide on an entire kitchen renovation here... and now it’s really happening, almost a year later! But that’s life, right? Sometimes shit just takes a back seat to the more important things!
Now I must admit that I have not done much work so far, Steve and his fabulous dad have been doing all the hard work! I removed everything from the kitchen and it’s currently taken up residence in our living room (which drives me nuts), and then, the demolition started. They took out the old cabinets and countertop carefully so that we can possibly sell them. They are in really good shape and would work perfect for someone’s cottage! Or hell, even if someone wanted to put the work into painting them and putting new hardware on for their home! So if you know anyone looking for cabinetry, please send them our way!
After the boys removed all of the cabinetry, we ran into two relatively small problems. Ok, the one problem cost us a new floor, but the other is small and that is truly such a relief! When you open up any room, especially a kitchen, you just never know what you might find! We had a little bit of mold in one outside corner of the room... that’s the little problem. We will simply cut out that section of drywall (hope that there are no issues with the insulation behind it) and re- drywall that patch. The problem that cost us new flooring? At one point, the old home owners had a leak in their dishwasher, which went under the cabinets surrounding it. Our flooring was vinyl and was laid on top of particle board, which was on top of the subfloor. The particle board swelled from the water, thus creating a bump in the flooring (and another possible mold issue)! So we cut our losses and just ripped up the flooring as well. It’s not a huge space, so flooring won’t be the end of the world, but it was an expense that we were not expecting. And now that we are doing the kitchen floor? Well we have to do the entry and down the stairs into the basement, otherwise we would have three different types of flooring in that one area, and there are far too many types of flooring in our home as it is!
All in all, I am really happy with how everything is going so far. No major issues makes for a fantastic renovation in my books! We will be looking at flooring options soon, then we need to get some drywall patched up and mudded and taped and then it will be my turn to do some priming and painting... slowly but surely we will get there and I cannot wait! I can’t quite see the light at the end of the tunnel right now, but I know I will soon!