Off the grid for a week and I've missed you all terribly, my blog buddies!
I'm exhausted, physically and emotionally, but wanted to send a quick note to let you know I'm home safe and sound (well, not so mentally sound, but you already know that)! I spent the week working hard on the parents home getting it ready for putting it up for sale. I learned some new skills...putting in the laminate floor in the foyer took two days and three of my siblings playing Twister for awhile...and lots of Catholic school girl cursing...let's just say 'snap together' is a little harder than the description implies...especially when you have to snap the short ends AND the long ends in at 45 degree angles...it can't be done...trust me. I had my Dad playing 'Mother May I' taking 2 steps forward or back to stand on the part I had done while I was cursing the laminate into submission. I wish I could have put in tile (it would have gone much faster), but the linoleum bricks under it we wanted to cover up, couldn't be removed.
I also put a vinyl floor into their bathroom and dressing room...another new skill...finished that one around 10pm the other night.
Well, I got all the flooring done, the quarter round trim nailed back down, and new threshold plates in, along with patching the cement in the garage and some other odd jobs. I taught myself how to use a pneumatic nailer (air gun), circular saw, and a jigsaw. No fingers are missing, but I've got lots of bruises to show for it. If I ever need a new profession, I've got mad skills in flooring now LOL! The good news is the house is in great shape now and hopefully will sell fast!
I drove back here with my parents on Friday evening and two of my sister's drove out today for DS2's Confirmation (think Bar Mitzvah, but for Catholics) and party this afternoon. My family returned to Ohio this evening. It's been a long and productive week! More soon! ((hugs all!))