Monday, January 19, 2009

Perfect timing



Vicki and I have come to Gatlinburg for a few days of rest and relaxation. On our way here it started to snow around Knoxville, and got heavier the closer we got to here. For whatever reason, Tennessee must be the perfect place for snow. It sticks to the trees and hills and rooftops but (at least for now) not on the streets. Brilliant!!

Just outside of town we found ourselves driving through a winter wonderland. We stopped and got checked into our hotel room and then went back out and drove to the Smoky Mountains National Park. I can't tell you how absolutely, stunningly beautiful it was there. It's funny how the same snow that can make a wreck of the streets of Cincinnati can take on a completely different aura given the right setting. Our waitress at dinner told us it hasn't snowed like this in the two years she's lived here.

We came down here hoping to get a break from the cold weather in Cincy. We didn't get rid of the cold, but we got something much better than we were hoping for. God's got such good timing, don't you think?

Monday, January 5, 2009

New year, new project?


Vicki and I have been toying around with the idea of remodeling our kitchen for a couple of years now. We have a tiny galley kitchen that's both ugly and inefficient. Because of the way our house is laid out, there's no way to make the kitchen any larger, but we know we can make better use of the space that's there.

The problem is, it's a pretty expensive proposition. And it's made more expensive by the fact that several walls in our kitchen have brick on them that Vicki hates. That means the brick needs to come off the walls which will destroy the plaster behind the brick in the process. So all the plaster needs to come off and be replaced with drywall. And while we're at it we want to replace the flooring and the cabinets and most of the appliances.

So, here's the funny part. We're thinking about doing most of the work ourselves. We went to Ikea today and found a layout that we like that would work in our kitchen- we think. We figure we can do most everything besides hanging and finishing the drywall ourselves. So now I'm just trying to figure out if this is a really good idea and a smart way to save money, or if we've gone completely insane.