Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bah, Humbug.

Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas. Really. But I was assigned to showhome tree-decorating duty at work this week, and I'm a little treed out. This is the fourth tree in two days. At least this one was pre-lit. The two yesterday were not. The box of decorations assigned to this tree were all silver and red. Since there are blue accents in this house, I bought some teal blue ornaments to throw into the mix. (There I go with the blue again!)

Monday, November 22, 2010

I know! Why don't I spend another weekend painting!?

Yeah, so after I repainted all my cabinets the countertops really looked like crap. I was hoping to replace them, but if I want money left to, you know, like, feed myself and stuff, it just isn't an option right now. So.... I took the plunge and painted them, too. I know that painting countertops seems like a risky undertaking, but according to numerous websites it's doable. I used the same melamine paint I used on the cabinets, and so far it seems to have worked. I'm showing you the bathroom, but I did the same in the kitchen. Not the most durable option in the world, but I don't cut on my counters or anything. And if I'm really being honest, I don't even really cook. They don't have to last forever, just until I can afford to replace them. And it really does look way better than the speckled gray laminate that was there before. The solid white does show everything, but it's actually a good motivator for me to keep them clean.

Monday, November 15, 2010

What I've been up to.

So, I've been spending a lot of my time working on the new place. I'll try to start posting on a more regular basis so I can keep you fine people up to speed. One of the first tasks was painting my cabinets. A rather tedious process, but I'm pretty happy with the result. The white melamine doors were awful - the edges were all yellowed and starting to peel. It really is amazing the difference some paint and new hardware can make. After ordering new appliances the budget was pretty tight, so this really freshened things up without costing a fortune. It's all looking a bit grayish right now, I know, but I'm not done yet! And don't worry, the back splash isn't staying! I'll post pics of the completed kitchen once it's, well, complete. Or at least a little closer to it.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Mom

Mom, my sister & I on my sister's wedding day.

This is an incredibly difficult post for me to write. On September 25, my mother passed away after a 13 year struggle with kidney disease. Suzanne Audrey Pallay was the most amazing, kind, courageous, and loving woman I have ever known. She was an extraordinary person and she was dearly loved by so many. She was just the best.

I am so thankful to have an incredible family and wonderful friends to lean on during this difficult time. One friend sent me this lovely message:

"Remember, in most ways we represent the best in our parents. You are a reflection of her - kindness, generosity, caring and grace are all found within you, gifts your mother gave you. Always be the woman your mother helped you become and you will continue to honor her life... P.S. also lots of style as well but I’m not sure if that’s your mother's doing or just something you got on your own."

If I do manage to display any of these characteristics to any degree, it is without a doubt because of my mother. She possessed all of these qualities in spades. Our personal styles may have differed in many ways, but I can certainly count her as one of my biggest influences - whether consciously or not. I love to use the color blue. In fact, I have had my hand slapped at work for using it too often. Blue was my mom's favorite color. We also shared an appreciation for antiques. I remember a family vacation several years ago when we took a detour through New England on our way to Mom's home province of Prince Edward Island. We made my poor father pull over at pretty much every antique store we passed. I have so many great memories of my mom, and I am so thankful for every moment we had together. I just wish there could have been many, many more. I will miss her every day.

My mom was able to see my new condo a couple of times. She was so supportive and encouraging about me buying it. She kept telling me, "I really think you're going to be happy there." As I work at making my house a home, I keep reminding myself of that. All she ever wanted was for her family to be happy, and I want to create a happy home not only for myself but to honor her.

I love you Mom.