|C getting cozy in the new library.|
Remember how we've been supposedly moving for like five months? Well, the time has almost come: this Saturday is moving day!! After ten years, we have sold our little yellow cottage -- the first house I've ever owned -- and we are moving on. The new house (new old house; it's 126 years old!), I hope, is "it." Our house. Forever. The one we will be wobbly old coots in some day.
And you know who hopes even more than me that this house is "it"? Jim. Jim's life has been a purgatory of caulking and painting and floor-refinishing for months now. My god. The previous owners did not leave him an easy task. Layers of paint and lino tiles and adhesives covering the hardwood floors ... not to mention glued-down and decaying carpet pad. Hours on his knees. Days with the sanders. So much sandpaper. And sawdust. And tedium. Nay, misery.
But oh so worth it! So beautiful, so beautiful, so beautiful! Here, my hero (with the hideous "before" hallway after the carpet was yanked up):
As usual, I only have befores and durings rather than befores and afters:
Master bedroom, BEFORE, three layers of paint on the floor:
DURING (so pretty!!! Can you believe it was painted brown?):
The landing, BEFORE (*covering my eyes*):
The horror of that! And below, a glimpse of possibility.
An angle of the living room, carpeted and wallpapered BEFORE:
And now -- DURING -- a texted photo with 2 coats of varnish (this is dry; it's that shiny!) as I haven't actually seen it myself yet. Maybe tomorrow? Oh my stars how I love it!
Does it make you want to sock-slide or WHAT?
Life has been weird and exhausting lately, with Jim at the new house working away, me at the old house packing, with Clementine's oh-so-helpful helpfulness. I tell you, we aren't loving all these evenings apart. It's the suck, and after next week we will be done with that malarkey, halleluja, and back to normal routine of being together all the time, just how we like it! Phew.
And then, in spare moments: NESTING. Oh how I love to nest. But it will take us a long time to get settled in, I can tell you that, because I must write my heart out for the rest of the summer and then, in the fall: BOOK TOUR! My first book tour! Yeeeee! So exciting!
Nesting will be an ongoing project. But oh, I have so many ideas. A few more today after a trip to IKEA than I did yesterday too. (How glad am I that IKEA is five minutes away? So glad.)
If I am absent for a few days, you know why. I'm all about the cardboard boxes right now. Joy joy!