Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back


So, plans to start the kitchen renovation are in place (One of my inspiration kitchens from Southern Living is featured above). It very well could get underway in a week or two. Our contractor was over Thursday night, we settled on a more-budget friendly design and we were getting excited. Then he had to check in the basement one more time to make sure that we can knock through one of the walls. Wait...there's plumbing in the wall. So, now we have to see what the plumbing/HVAC folks say. Is it something that can be easily reworked or would it be too much trouble? We'll have to wait and see.

Then, we take Hubby's SUV to the mechanic yesterday because something is wrong. Something is right. The damn thing needs a new transmission and fuel pump. This on the heels of finally committing to a kitchen renovation that we've been wanting for more than six years.

Sigh. I just need to put this in perspective. I have a roof over my head and another vehicle to drive. People in Haiti have lost everything. I know, I am blessed.

I'm still a bit peeved, though. ;)
Image courtesy of Southern Living

20 comments:

Samma said...

I lvoe that kitchen! That is so frustrating though-I know you are dying to get it done!

QueenBeeSwain said...

better to get it all hammered out beforehand and be absolutely sure you've got all of your ducks in a row! you must be so excited!

kHm

Amy R. said...

I love the kitchen pic! You have great taste, I am sure your kitchen will be spectacular:) I will post some pics of my kitchen tonight, let me know if I can help you with anything. I did tons of research and have a million inspiration pics. I was pretty obsessed with designing my kitchen.

Have a great day!
Amy R.

CRICKET said...

I tore that kitchen out of my magazine, loved the vibrant colors!

James said...

Wonderful!

Town and Country said...

It will be worth it.
I just spent the past year building a second home, 90 miles away from home, and I lost a lot of sleep but now that its finished I'm so happy that I went through it, and you will be too.
:-)

EntertainingMom said...

Hang in there. Disappointment, no matter what kind, is always tough. What happened in Haiti is terrible, horrific, but your life must go on and you mustn't stop your life/hopes/dreams... it will all work out for you. Always does. Hang in there my friend! Sorry about the car. Timing is terrible. The kitchen is splendid though!

We painted our kitchen this year. Would have loved to have been able to rip out floor and counter tops, but that can wait.

As my mother always tells me -- good things do come to those who wait!

Molly Lou Gifts said...

You know what they say..."when it rains it pours."

At least you know about these issues before the demolition started or your husband was just driving along.

I adore that kitchen and am so excited for you. I can't wait to see the process unfold and your final product! We're thinking of you!

PS-it's only natural to be a bit peeved! :)

pve design said...

Aw, hate it when that happens, but just think -your kitchen reno. - will be well worth the wait.
Wishing you well with all your projects and your auto too.
pve

Tickled Pink Talk said...

yes, so much better to know about the plumbing in the walls now versus later! So sorry to hear about the transmission. :( Bummer. I'm sure your kitchen will come to fruition soon, and kudos to you for saving for 6 years to make it happen!

Elizabeth said...

bummer.....it'll be worth the wait if you have to put it on hold. my cabinets should be in any time now. i'm ready for the kitchen to start coming together

Queen "B" said...

Aloha,
your reno will happen, why? because you have your priorities in check and your willingness to count your blessings is key...that's awesome, you'll see it will happen...keep looking up
Aloha wishes from across the sea
Brandi

Jo said...

There is always something that pops up. Take a deep breath, it always works out in the end. When it's all finished you'll appreciate that much more.

Jo

bevysblog said...

Love your kitchen inspiration! Reminds me that we all need fresh flowers to perk up a room.

You totally have your priorities in order and realize how lucky - no, blessed you are. We all are so blessed. Every woman I have met in this wonderful world of blogland. However, I have not met one yet who doesn't think of others - just as you do!

It will get better... :)

Henley on the Horn said...

I'm so sorry. That is so frustrating!! We had some plans with our budget & then I needed very expensive dental work... and I wasn't in a bit of pain. I just went in for a cleaning and came out paying for private school for the dentist's children! Hang in there:). YOu're smart to try to put it in perspective, but it doesn't mean you can't be disappointed.

Southern Aspirations said...

Oh that IS frustrating. Perspective is good, but regular old life can still be very trying. You'll get there!! Can't wait to see all about it. :-)

A Refocused Life said...

Great inspiration. Getting a project 'started' is always the hardest part, but worth the frustration once it's all over. Can't wait to see the big reveal.

Toad said...

kitchen reno's are so much fun. Enjoy the chaos, it's actually a great experience.

From All Stitched Up said...

I've just started reaing your blog and it's one of my favorites. I just redid my bathroom and faced some of the same problems. Just keep going. Commit and make it work. It's so worth it in the end. P.S. It did cost more than I planned but I'm very happy I spent the extra money.

mise said...

Your inspiration kitchen is lovely - I like that it's so fresh and white but with a playful use of touches of colour. The blinds are fabulous. Good luck with your project!