House Renos

It's been a long time since I last posted, and all I can say is that between a full time job in the office, and a full time job of dealing with house renos, the last thing I've wanted to do in my spare time is sit at the computer blogging. We've gotten so much done but it's been rough and exhausting. The insane freezing temps don't help much either. The good thing about house renos in winter is that everyone is sort of stuck inside anyways, so it's the perfect time to tackle house projects without missing out on nice weather. I think that the scale of those projects can have their fill on you though, along with just how cold it is outside. When you feel like getting some fresh air and it's just not possible (because your skin will freeze in less than a minute), it really doesn't help.

But enough about that, because what we have to show for our time inside is beyond what I thought we'd get done so far.

Our living room, master bedroom and ensuite are officially dry walled and painted!!! We've also painted the kitchen walls, mud room and hallway - including all the ceilings. It's like a brand new house. No more disgusting hardboard and beige shiny ceilings! I took down the horrible floral wallpaper that covered one wall in the kitchen... and had to try not to gag from the horrid cigarette ashtray smell that accompanied it. All the light switches, all the plugs, the thermostat, even the door bell, have been changed and modernized. The only rooms left to do on the main floor are the two spare bedrooms. But, we're taking a break from dry walling for a while, and going to focus on the rest of the little odds and ends to finish the rooms we have painted, and simply enjoy what we've done.

Painting living room - with my assistant by my side.

Painting living room - with my assistant by my side.

Painting living room ceiling.

Painting living room ceiling.

Drywalling the master bedroom. I'll have 'before' and 'afters' later.

Drywalling the master bedroom. I'll have 'before' and 'afters' later.

With the crazy cold temps, we were having issues with our furnace as well. The thing is a relic... seriously from the early 60's. The manual sitting beside it was obviously done from a typewriter. If the furnace was blowing air, it was either tepid warm or simply cool fan air, at a very minimal rate. I'd have to hover my hand over it to see if was indeed throwing air out the vent. We had a furnace guy come to see if maybe an element had gone, but were told the thing was doing everything it could, and was simply on it's last leg. Thank goodness my father in law saw an amazing deal for furnaces in his local town... so we snapped it up and installed it ourselves... saving ourselves over $2000.00 from the furnace guy's estimate. Since it's an electric furnace, it's pretty straight forward... no gas lines to deal with like in the city. We also have an electrician friend who always offers guidance for anything we need to know about this stuff. Hubby custom made all the transition pieces to the air ducts... it took a full long day to get it done, but now we have amazing heat... something I'll never take for granted again! And perfect timing too, because this past month has been horrendously cold! Wonderful and magical hot air now blows forcefully throughout the house, and the furnace doesn't run all day. I'm actually looking forward to seeing our next electric bill... there should be a dramatic difference.

Also... drumroll... I ordered my first baby chicks!!! I am so excited! I'll be getting 10 Brown layers on April 24!! I ordered them from a hatchery that personally delivers the chicks to different locations in the province, which I liked, as I just felt weird at the thought of getting chicks through the mail. The chicks I'm getting are colour-sexed, so there won't be any risk of getting a rooster. I just don't want to deal with that for my first round of chickens.

Little Daisykins has been such a trooper through all the noise, mess and changes. I'm curious to see how she'll react to the chicks when they arrive... but won't really let her near them anyway.

I'm not gonna lie... I've been super tired of cleaning everything non-stop... especially after working all day and all week, but I am LOVING the changes we've made - or I should say, Hubby made. He's amazing, and makes our home beautiful and comfortable. Knowing that I can plan for my chicks now also makes everything that much more exciting!