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We are STILL doing remodel projects, 5 years after buying the house. They are all little piddly things now. And a lot of it is stuff we've just put off because we are so used to the way things are. But no more! We have made a resolution to get the house 100% done. And then we can start on the next big remodel project (a screened porch on the back of the house). But we will be paying for that to be done so it will be a few years after we save up some money.

So, to start the ball rolling, I did a little project yesterday that's been on my to do list for about 2 years ( emoticon ). After we remodeled the kitchen, the refrigerator door opened the "wrong" way. There's a counter on one side of the fridge but not the other. The door opened toward the side with no counter, so there was no where to easily put things down. I got home from work yesterday before hubby came home with Willa so I set about changing the door around. It was a bit more involved than I expected, but nothing I couldn't accomplish in about 30 minutes. So now the fridge opens right near the counter!

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Hubby came home and I waited about 30 minutes for him to notice. I finally just had to ask him to get me a drink. He paused slightly just before opening the fridge, but then just went about getting the juice. It wasn't until he opened it a second time to put the juice jug back in that he said "Ohh! You turned it around!" Some men are simply not very observant! emoticon

It was also an excuse to clean the ENTIRE fridge. I do clean it out once a week for leftovers, etc, but I actually removed every single thing in it (including the shelves, drawers, etc) and scrubbed it down. It'd been a few months since I did that. It's so sparkly and nice in there now. It's actually inspiring me to cook since I can now find things too! emoticon
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Wow, that's a cool project! You picture shows the fridge after you changed it, right? That way it makes a lot more sense. Glad you managed to do it!

And how funny that your husband needed two tries to have it sink in. emoticon

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Yep, the pic is after the change. It's crazy that we got so used to it opening the inconvenient way that we didn't change it for so long!
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Oh you did good!! emoticon


"Ohh! You turned it around!" Some men are simply not very observant!



Honey, most men are NOT observant at all! emoticon

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Nice goin, Texas!!!

I don't have a counter at all near my fridge, and it's a pain at times, but for my new [sign in to see URL]'s a french door with freezer on bottom, so it wouldn't have mattered! LOL.

It's so nice to see Willa's drawings on the fridge door!!! A home that displays the child's drawings in that manner is usually a happy place!!!

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The drawing on the side is Willa's and there are usually a few more but she always wants them back! emoticon

The one of the front is actually one of my prize possessions right now. It was made by my nephew (3) and niece (1) for my birthday a few weeks ago. My nephew was SO excited to give it to me. He ran right up to me (he is usually a bit aloof) and wouldn't let me open it later with the other presents. He told me all about the drawing and how they did it. It's really special to me and I'm going to frame it when I get a chance!

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What a sweet birthday present!!! You [sign in to see URL] who don't have kids, or don't really understand [sign in to see URL] if they have them, just don't appreciate just how special things like this are!
I'm glad that you're as big a softie as you are!!!!

For a LONG time, I had a 'kite' that one of my grandsons had done at school when they lived up here. It was an art project they did in Kindergarten, and he didn't want his Momma to have [sign in to see URL] wanted Nannie to have it! I taped it up on my den door, where it stayed for years. I finally took it down last summer and put it away. D was 5 when he gave it to [sign in to see URL]'ll be 14 in March!!!! It was kite shaped, with a 'tail' and it had a smiley face made from cut out pieces of construction paper on it. Nothing [sign in to see URL] simple, but it came from my grandson, and I loved it dearly! [sign in to see URL] know how you feel about that art piece on your fridge door!!!

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Hubby is putting the little tot down for sleep, so I have a few minutes to update what we did today.

Another small kitchen chore. This is another one that I have no idea how we lived with for so long. We had one crummy light over the stove - just a bare bulb! A few months ago, my FIL accidentally pulled it out of the ceiling and we never got around to fixing it. It wasn't in the right place to really point at the food you were cooking, it sometimes made it harder to see with the shadows it threw. So we just left the parts dangling from the ceiling. emoticon

Until today! Hubby took the old light fixture down...

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...Willa "helped"...

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...and finally, after plenty of cursing and trying to find a few lost tools (this was seriously way more complicated than it needed to be!), we got the new track lights up!

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It's AMAZING how nice and bright it is in our main prep area and the stove. After dinner tonight, I went to put the food on the stove away. When we took our plates to the table, I'd turned the new lights off, so the stove looked like it used to without the light on. I couldn't believe I'd ever cooked in such bleak darkness before!

On the other hand, I can now see just how dirty the floor is between the stove and the fridge! I used to be able to ignore the dirt but now that I can see it, I guess I have to clean it! emoticon
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Yay for the lights! I'm sure that cooking will be much more fun now - too bad about the extra cleaning!

So nice of Willa to help. Adorable! And soon, she'll be the big sister!

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Yeah for new lights! I love Willa's helping hand! emoticon



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