Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Must Go On!

We are soldiering on.  And while we still have holes in our roof, it is getting replaced (albeit at an insufferably slow pace - 5 weeks to completion my arse).

We peeled down wallpaper in the foyer and in many places upstairs so the walls would dry out.  That left us with ugly walls (duh).  So my oldest daughter decided to assist me with repainting the foyer.
 

And while we didn't do a good job on making the wall smooth (and I should never ever ever have let her buy semi-gloss paint), it now looks quite reasonable.  I decided on a dramatic color: Ryan likes it, Mark hated it but then decided it was a good look, and I think hubster is still on the fence.  But save the tarps to protect our waterstained carpets (which we will ultimately replace), this room actually looks reasonable.

My dining room also took a ferocious fire hose induced rainstorm.  Our chair seats were really damaged - but, hey, they were white 26 years ago, and 26 years of kids using them for every holiday did take a toll on them.  So I ordered fabric to reupholster them, and when Cass was here this weekend, she disassembled the chairs and I reupholstered them.  Her Daddy's job was to test the seats and make sure they were comfy.

Those of you with eagle eyes (or maybe just paying a little attention) will notice that my dining room table is in 3 pieces, dismantled by the firemen so they could tarp it.  That's OK; it will be a fun Thanksgiving morning project for our sons: reassemble the table, or we're all hunching around the kitchen counters to eat!  (And notice that the ceiling is not in any of these pictures, because it needs minor repair/repainting, but we are prioritizing the roof before finishing inside).

And, lastly, here's the menu for the week.  It's very fluid, meaning that if I don't get to things (because I still have to reassemble 3 rooms downstairs), I won't get to them.  Thanksgiving will go on.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone; be happy that your home is intact, your family is safe and well, and that you are loved.  And know that I appreciate each and every message of support from you, much more than you can imagine!

15 comments:

Faye Lewis said...

Yes, Thanksgiving will go on and you will all be loving and happy just as you always are. I am so thankful that you are all safe, and that repairs will soon be compete. I ALWAYS LOVE LOOKING AT YOUR CHRISTMAS AND THANKSGIVING shopping lists!

altadenahiker said...

Yes to the color -- lovely, elegant. Happy Thanksgiving, M.

Nichole Burke said...

I admire you for making the best of it all! :) And I LOVE that blue foyer! Happy Thanksgiving!

Sue said...

You have a lot to be thankful for this year. I'm sure this isn't the sort of redecorating project you would prefer, but at least you'll have a whole newly redone home when this is finished.

Two French Bulldogs said...

Holy turkey giblets! We are sending lots of hugs your way
Lily & Edward

Linda said...

I'm just now catching up...sorry about the fire but glad you are all okay. Personally.....I love the colour.

Eileensews said...

I like the blue!!! Glad you are doing your Thanksgiving. I always enjoy reading about the amount of food you prepare! And the group pictures are fun to see how your kids have grown up.
So glad you and your family are safe.

~~louise~~ said...

There was no doubt in my mind that Thanksgiving would go on at your home Marjie. We all have so much to be thankful for this year. In your case, you still have your home, albeit, needing extra TLC this year, but thankfully, all is well on the home front and everyone is healthy, happy and safe:) And, we are having extra nice weather this year. A plus on all accounts:)

I LOVE the color of the hall!!! I even like the semi-gloss not normally my favorite in paint "toppings" lol...

You reupolstered chairs?!?! You are one amazing lady and you have the family to prove it. Kudos to you all!!!

Sending Happy Thanksgiving wishes to you and yours Marjie. Get Stuffed!!!

P.S. Chocolate Mousse Pie, oh My:)

Amelia said...

Hi Marjie, Happy Thanksgiving to you and family.It's great to know that you and your family are safe. The blue paint is beautiful and your're very creative, you even repaired your own dining chairs. Amazing!

Have a great week, regards.
Amelia

Big Dude said...

You are a real trooper Marjie and great that some of the kids are around to help out.

My Life in the Charente said...

Hope that after all the drama you had a good thanksgiving. Sure you did, you manage to make the best of all things when it gets difficult. Don't over do it, once the roof is fixed take it all one day at a time. My thoughts are with you Diane

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Marjie. Wowza, you certainly have been busy. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I've been thinking of you all and keeping you in our thoughts. Good luck with all the renovations and hope they happen sooner rather than later. Take care mate. No worries, and love, Carol, Stella and Rory

grace said...

i'm glad these things weren't completely lost and that you have the wherewithal to repair them yourselves! happy belated thanksgiving!

Pam said...

I think the blue looks great! The dining room chairs look awesome too - I love the fabric you chose.

I hope your Thanksgiving feast was a success! I am sure everyone was so happy that they could spend it together in your home.

Dexter said...

The blue is beautiful! I'm sure Thanksgiving was the usual great event.
The damage to your home was extensive, but no harm done to the things that cannot be replaced. I'm glad things are underway to rebuild. Hopefully no more blue tarp rain storms (and the winter continues as mild as predicted).

Mango Momma