Remember I told you the Captain decided to give me something to look forward to, rather than more chemo….(more on that later)….so he brought in several of our sub-contractors from our flip houses to update parts of our kitchen.
in order to keep costs down, I suggested using existing cabinets. Cost and re-habing made more sense to me rather than destroying cabinets and buying new.
PLUS, the old cabinets had the wonderful slide drawers the Captain put in right after we moved in almost 11 years ago.
Which makes searching for a particular pot or bowl so easy using a pull out drawer.
By thee way Home Depot has many sizes to choose from.
I particularly love my stand up mixer on the shelf slide the Captain made.
My kitchen had two islands…one which sorta circled the wagons so to speak. The outer island consisted of a high bar seating 4, as well as a wine cooler, microwave cabinet and a bank of drawer, plus two double bottom cabinets.
I have designed and re-modeled so many kitchens over the years, that I knew most cabinet pieces (frames) are screwed together…and yes they can be difficult to work with and separate, which is why most people do a complete demo.
To further cut costs, I was leaving the wall cabinets in place and working on the outer island to combine with the inner island making one large island.
The difficulty being the different sizes and making them come together under a new countertop. Not easy. A couple home made “dummy” fill in’s made it happen.
Naturally Murphy’s Law reared its ugly head. The outer island had a few places with no tile under them!! Enter the need for new flooring, but not the same flooring…no longer in stock. lol
And now that the new bar is counter height..The existing bar stools need to be cut down by about 5 inches or so. (cost saving again)
I love the size of the new island…A little over 9 feet long and 5 1/2 feet wide. When we have finished, I will show you the end result.
The Captain has pretty much supervised the crew with many trips back to our bedroom, (which has become my “office”,) LOL…..and he has had many questions for my inputs on the new island.
There have been times I was strong enough to go to the kitchen and observe a particular tricky “how do you want to proceed with this little modification?”
Anything is such an improvement, that the decisions seem minor….that and combined with my health condition…any little problem or modification with a kitchen is a piece of cake.
When cancer strikes you…you have a quick attitude change of what is important and what is not.
So now I sequa to my health.
Meanwhile an update on my condition.
I was hoping the chemo was finished with last Wednesday’s 3 day drip …but I was told we had to continue drips for a few months more.
This was due to the ICU stay concerning the blood clot in the right atrium of my heart several weeks ago….and the hospital stay delayed more chemo.
We go back to Tampa and the Moffitt Cancer Center on the 6th of January for all the tests to see if the cancer has shrunk, or the Good Lord willing, gone for good.
I so appreciate all your cards and letters and all the prayers.
I know God hasn’t given up on me and I will never give up either….no matter the circumstances.
I am reminded of the words from a Sports cancer victim, a college basketball coach who encouraged so many with his statement of “Don’t give up, Don’t ever give up”
God is almighty and there is nothing He can’t do, if it is His Will.
“Right now, I am listening to the sound of silence but that is because I am following His teachings.
‘Be Still and Know That I am God” Psalm 46:10
The ICU stay was a bit of a set-back, but I am getting stronger everyday.
I must be strong for the upcoming 5 days of straight radiation treatments, please pray that my body will be able to tolerate this treatment.
Then I have 4 weeks to get off blood thinners and prepare for the Whipple Surgery.
One day at a time sweet friends.
One step at a time.
Please add our Pastor’s wife to your prayer list.
She is dealing with cancer also….the ovarian or colon…more tests needed for her.
Her name is Cindi.
Hey guys, we don’t know God’s plan….Perhaps I am still here to help Cindi and any other person this awful disease has attacked.
But what I can be sure of is His Love within me to give right back to all you wonderful near and dear friends and it is such a comfort.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I love you.
God Bless You!