Got the shakes.

November 19, 2016


 What a week! I have started to write this paragraph about 5 times, describing how I have been thinking about wanting to move away, then being overcome with guilt and writing how much I wish I could fix it all for Kaikoura and its residents… There is no way to express how awful it is in Kaiks, and I am sorry they are going through it. 


 This week a lot of us have cried, been so bloody frightened and pretty sure all of us have felt help-less. Unfortunately, I am not a super-helpful blogger when it comes to being all brilliant and insightful as to how you can feel better about the world. But all I can say is enjoy the simple things. If you see the sun beaming in on your favorite chair, get a cuppa and sit in it. See crumbs on the floor, look away and don’t vacuum it. Put yourself first and keep your minds and bodies healthy and don’t let earthquakes or the pressure of having something done before Christmas compromise your well-being.


 I am lucky enough to have a little boy who is very good at reminding me to enjoy the little things! A two year old's philosophy to life; Music? Must dance! Freshly cut apple? Get excited ‘cause its so loud when it crunches in your mouth! Raining? Flip out man, that means there are puddles to jump in! I am very lucky to have him.


 Back to biz… We have a bit of a blank canvas happening at the lake house project. Fresh undercoat on the gib walls and its feeling oh so bright and big! Starting to feel a little bit sad that we are not moving in there.


 After we have finished painting, next off the rank is fitting the kitchen & laundry!  Eek! Then flooring. Kitchen bench tops will be last as we are having a waterfall end (where the bench top returns down the meet the floor). It’s a bit of a process to know what and who goes next when lining up the “fit off”. Always ask your friendly kitchen designer (That’s me!) If you have any questions to how the process works and time-frames. It is difficult to know what goes next if you have never built or renovated. Just ask.



Dad- head foreman and the youngest apprentice....(star pants... what else do you wear to work with your uniform and work boots? don't you?)


 The actual apprentice, Drew, working hard to finish the schist on the chimney before moving on to fit more inside... poor guy, He is going to hate the stuff after this project!


This is where the kitchen is going. I have put bulkheads in the same height as the wall thickness. Its nice to have the units meet a bulkhead when having a higher ceiling stud if the cabinets wont meet the ceiling... nobody likes to clean the top of units! I do have an awesome trick if you do have a gap though... Flick me an email if anyone wants to know!



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