I’m sorry there was no Friday Five this week. I tried…but there was Just. So. Much. Noise.
Jackhammering in the basement for the waterproofing system.
Nail guns and saws for the floor repair and installation in the family room.
You think everything is ok and you are handling it well, and then…
The other night, I had a dream that started like one of my usual anxiety dreams – where I have to get somewhere and I can’t find what I need.
In this dream, I was trying to get the kids to school and I couldn’t find their clothes. I couldn’t find their books. I couldn’t find anything.
Plus, all of our furniture was piled up in the middle of every room.
You know, because our family room is currently piled up in our breakfast room.
Funny how that works.
Anyway, back to my dream: while all of this is going on and I can’t find anything in the house and everything is all piled up, I hear a jackhammer. I look outside and someone is stealing the bricks from the exterior of our home. Brick by brick.
Then I woke up.
I think I’m ready for all this repair work to be finished.
Fingers crossed: it should be finished by Wednesday. It was going to be Tuesday, until the floor guys left open the plastic sheeting that blocked off the family room, and a certain Elvis Parsley Dog walked on the wet poly.
Have you ever had crazy dreams during home reno, like that your house is being stolen brick by brick? If so, please share in the comments. I’d love to know that I’m not alone, control freak that I am.
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Try to relax! Before going to sleep, say to yourself, “Boy, aren’t I lucky to have professionals come in and do these projects for me! And, do them again when the dog walks on the wet floor! It’s worth the commotion, soon they will be gone, and I can get back to doing my own thing and two big jobs will be done!” Then maybe you’ll dream of strolling leisurely around the Round Top Flea Market!!! (I’d add “with Nate Berkus” if it were my dream!) When the noise gets too much, take Elvis and go for a walk and think of all the work getting done back at home. Better yet, put him in the car and hit your favorite thrift & consignment shops for some retail therapy! Hang in there.
Karen Cooper says
Thanks, Karen! You are so right. Every day, when I start to get frustrated, I think about how grateful I am that there are skilled, lovely people doing this work (twice), how grateful I am for my awesome contractor who organizes everything, and how grateful I am to have a home and resources to get these big things done. I like the idea of dreaming of Round Top – I would love to go there one day! The doggies and I have been playing outside a lot to get out and breathe, but I know they’ll be glad when things are back to normal, too. Thank you for the perspective and the smile!
Mickey Wood says
Karen, I could read your blog posts all day long. – the d, the current, & the new series. Your insights and humor are so real. I am tempted to use “authentic” but that sounds ‘birkenstokish’ – the word “human” also comes to mind Ina sort of ‘grand scale’ way -also modest in an earthy scheme of things, so I guess i’ll just stick with real. Thanks. I have to tear myself away now & get ready for work, but seeing Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza in my inbox always gives me a good start – like a call from a friend : )
Karen Cooper says
Thank you, Mickey! That is the highest praise! I really appreciate your kind words and that you enjoy my blog!! Thank you!