I found out this week that I'm not good at UTTER CHAOS.
It shouldn't come as a surprise, knowing my propensity for organizing, putting things in alphabetical order and color coordinating my closet. I'm OK with a little disorder - unfinished laundry, a few dishes in the sink - but those things are short term.
House projects are not short term.
The painting and floor refinishing projects - one week each - are probably short term for everyone but me. I get flustered when I can't find my trash can and my camera bag and purse have been sealed behind a wall of plastic. Also, the piled up furniture and things that went IN the furniture?
It's a big mess that I can't wait to get back in order.
Combine all this with sick kids and massive school projects and sports and . . . I think I'm losing it. Also, I have a partial tear in my left Achilles, incurred after an amazing display of athleticism called GETTING OUT OF MY SUBURBAN.
To top it all off, I have blood clots in the same leg as the Achilles and they are so exquisitely painful they take my breath away. I'd rather be in labor than have these clots. I've probably had about a hundred of them in my life and lemme tell you - they ain't for sissies. Since I'm a sissy that makes it tough.
OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. I'm turning into one of those people who whine about their health. Next thing you know I'll be sharing about bodily functions and comparing notes about hot flashes.
(Note to self: potential blog post about hot flashes)
Back to business. The floors are finished and they look fantastic!
I took this picture the first day. See the floor color? It's very golden - almost the same color as the furniture. Keep that in mind.
The guys immediately started in, pulling up the carpet in the dining room and sanding the rest of the floor -
This is Charlie. If the picture weren't so dark you could see how darling he is. Such a nice boy. It is now my mission in life to find him a wife.
Halfway finished with the dining room! This part looked fun - like putting a giant puzzle together.
Sanding the floors and . . .
. . . all finished sanding! See the darker color crescent shapes in the corners (click on the picture to get a close up if you want)? You can really see the color difference between old finish and new wood.
New dining room floor! I can't wait to get a big ol' Oriental rug in there, under the dining room table.
Remember how the floor color used to be as gold as that buffet?
These are the guys responsible - Dallas Day and his son Charlie, of Day Flooring. They did a fantastic job!
Thanks guys, it was a joy to have you in our home.
Now, to find Charlie a wife. Oh yes. Matchmaking and redecorating go hand in hand, don't you know.