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Day 358 - November Gratitude, part 22

Monday, November 23, 2015

Today's blog was supposed to be about relaxation. I had hoped, unrealistically, that today would be a day to relax and enjoy a Sunday that was beautiful and warm (at least by November's standards). It was not to be.

Today was a day of finishing projects: baseboards, window and door trim, a new sliding glass door up in the guest bedroom, and some repair work to some of the floor tiles that were lost when the gigantic island countertop was brought in on Thursday. Our tile pros were great about coming back and fixing the problems (they anticipated them, since they were called in to help bring in the massive counter - they all said that it weighed about a ton). Since they had to drive all the way from Santa Rosa (about an hour and 45 minutes away), I couldn't help but be grateful for their professionalism and their support.

My big accomplishment today was to get the stereo and video components set up again. I even managed to keep the "spaghetti" of wires behind the cabinet to a minimum, and we have surround sound once again! Since we moved to Sacramento in 2009, we have not had a setup that would allow for rear speakers, at least not easily.

I did manage to take a break for an hour to ready the Sunday paper, before getting back to work with the laundry and the ironing, which I finally finished a little after 10pm.

Still, I am grateful for the ability to relax. Sleeping in an extra 90 minutes from my normal wake-up time is a pleasure on the weekends, And, to be honest, I'm not a person who relaxes very well anyway. Staying busy is a way to be productive, and I love being productive!

So today I'll be grateful for relaxation AND productivity! What a great combination!

Thank you all for the wonderful comments you've been posting on my blogs lately. I am always overwhelmed by your notes and messages saying that I gave you just what you needed at just the right time. Don't you know that's what you do for me???

So let's all KEEP SPARKING and supporting each other! I hope your three days leading up to Thanksgiving are every shade of AWESOME!
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  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Sorry it wasn't the Sunday you had envisioned, but you sound happy with the results. I hope the long Thanksgiving weekend will allow you some time for pure relaxation.

    I'm looking forward to the new pictures. emoticon
    1923 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I am very grateful for a refrigerator. I am blessed, I got it today,, have to wait another week or two for the ice maker, but we can eat real food now!!

    That is what I am grateful for today!! Thank you Steve..
    1923 days ago
    wires...wires...wires!!! DH changes things out on a regular basis, but somehow leaves the excess wiring until 'next time'. And 'next time' hasn't arrived yet. Of course, it's only been since the 90s, so I just need to be patient, right?

    meh...if that's the worst he does, I'd say I am very fortunate.


    1923 days ago
    I am so impressed with how well this job has gone, how you both have been seemingly able to maintain some sanity (it is THE most stressful thing you can do, home construction...falls in front of moving and divorce).

    I want to see the photos too, and cannot wait to see all the combinations you both picked out. This will be your haven for years, so making this just the way you want it, is so important and so exciting.

    I am great a relaxing, to a point. I love to read, so I can get buried in a book and forget the world. I have, however, become one of those people that can't read until certain tasks were done. I never had this PROBLEM before, but I made myself have jobs to be done before I could read, and I am glad I am a changed me!!

    I was trying to think of the last time I ironed something. I think it was a tablecloth for the dining room table. I do not like un-ironed clothes!

    You will have an entire month of gratitude, and I suspect one of those is for the year you have been with Spark and how it has changed your life.

    I'm forever grateful that I have you for a Sparkfriend, for your wisdom, humor and general awesomeness.

    Have a great week.

    Spark on.
    1923 days ago
  • 911BRAD
    Wonder how many Spark points you got moving the countertop into position?

    Make it a great week, happy holiday! Brad
    1923 days ago
    Hi Steve. Just dropping in to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. I am working this week too. Should get lots done since so many out.

    We are closed Thursday and Friday so should be a nice weekend. I have several projects around the house I need to get to but just in case I am feeling lazy, I have loaded up my Kindle with several books!

    1923 days ago
    Kind of difficult to relax in the middle of a remodel, bit it appears you got a few precious moments. Hope the rest of your week is relaxing and productive.
    1923 days ago
    Pictures coming on Thursday! I promise!
    1923 days ago
  • CGPS1795
    OK, I'm the 4th vote! Hi Steve! Even with contractors, there is a lot of personal work. Sounds like you've been doing a bang-up job!

    Who's doing the Thanksgiving cooking? Glad you got those extra 90 minutes in, I'm working with "moderation."

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Carl emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1923 days ago
    3rd vote for more pic's (after MEWHENRYSMAMA and MARINGAL) ..I (we) do get a vote don't we??!!!!!!

    Have a WONDERUL THANKSGIVING and BLESSINGS to you both in your "new" home.

    HUGS, Pat
    1923 days ago
    You Busy Bee! But I can see why! How awesome will this all be for Thanksgiving day? I love it! And I am with MARINGAL...I what more pictures!!! I can't wait!
    You have a short week and a four day weekend to enjoy...WOO HOO!
    Friendship, Love & Hugs to you, Steve, Stella and Sherman
    1924 days ago
    Take more pics of that gorgeous kitchen if yours!
    1924 days ago
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