Let’s catch up…

Where does the time go?

Well, work eats up a boatload of time. Then, there is stuff like house cleaning, laundry, exercise, food preparation, sleep, daydreaming about winning the Lotto, house maintenance, car maintenance, yard maintenance, mental health maintenance, fall bulb planting, the new fall television lineup (including another great Amazing Race), birthdays, football, Halloween, gourd painting, Thanksgiving, holiday craft fairs, Christmas tree decorating, Christmas shopping, Christmas itself, way too much laying on the couch, some actual reading of books (it is surprising how engaging an actual book is), Season 3 of Homeland (yes – we are a year behind on our Homeland viewing), some 2015 vacation planning, house project thinking, house project debates, house project disappointments, house project refocus, house project progress, and finally the New Year. Obviously, I could go on and on and on. I won’t. I will end it here and just get to the catching up…


Remember the custom cabinet I was having made from reclaimed boxcar mahogany?


It was supposed to be finished and in our house sometime in July. It didn’t arrive. I called the store inquiring about my cabinet in August. I spoke with the design guy and he said that the way he designed the cabinet made it difficult to implement. It was designed to have a metal frame and panels between the metal frame supports which seems simple enough.

Kellee Miller

Well – apparently not. I was thinking about just asking to have it redesigned so the metal frame was eliminated and it just sat on a metal base (since I thought that was what I was getting anyway). He insisted that they were close to getting his design correctly implemented and he would call me back with an update. Two weeks went by – no call. So, I tried calling him. I left multiple messages. No word back. I tried to email. Still, no word back. I called twice more – still nothing. Eventually I spoke with another salesperson at the store. I layed out my situation and tried to explain that I was trying to follow up on my cabinet. The woman who answered the phone was downright rude. I simply asked if I could expect a call back that day with an update since I had been waiting a month and had no response back after multiple contacts. She abruptly told me that she would pass on the message. I asked if the owner was there and she said “I don’t think you heard me, I will pass on the message”. That did it for me. Bad customer service and treating me like I am an inconvenience is one thing that I won’t tolerate.  I got in my car and drove down to the store.  I listened to the long list of excuses why they couldn’t get the project done, how much money they had spent trying to get it done, and why they didn’t respond to my many calls and emails. By the way, the reason they couldn’t respond was that they were too busy. I politely asked for a refund being that it seemed my business was an inconvenience for them. The sad thing is that they could have kept my business if they had shown just a tiny inkling of common courtesy. Crazy. I have moved on.

Now, I have my mind set on reusing an existing piece of furniture in our house. I am just trying to figure out if there is any possible way I can do this myself or if I have to begin a new woodworker search. It is a beautiful, handcrafted large cabinet that is no longer needed as it was originally intended for (which was media equipment storage). The piece would need to be seriously reworked, but I think it would be cool if I can figure out how to get it done…


Next, we’ve got the outdoor dining table saga. It was supposed to be on my patio by the end of August at the latest. I got the base in October. It snowed before I could get the wood top installed. Then, I decided I need a weather cover before installing the wood top. So, here we are… I’ve got the base,


the wood is sealed and ready to go,


the cover is on order.  Oh so close…

Finally, we are actively, actually moving along with our main level reconfiguration/renovation. You might not recall – because it was way back in March – but the project came to a bit of a standstill due to indecision and inability to agree.  I tried to get it moving sometime in the spring by taking apart the old closet.


The parts sat around for a few months in our extra bedroom.


I finally dropped off the parts to Habitat Restore – because we had friends coming for a visit in August and they needed somewhere to sleep.  Doesn’t sound like much does it?  Well, don’t write this project off as yet another procrastination. The decisions have been made. We (Tad & I) are in agreement. The architect has been consulted. The preliminary sketches have been reviewed. Some new ideas have been incorporated. The final drawings are in process. Here is a sneak peek…

Main floor revision

More to come in the very near future.  Let’s get this project started!

You know I have to mention my To Do List whenever possible. Something got checked off the list! LEDs. Changing out to LEDs in our house was on my To Do List. It is done.


I realize that this is totally not exciting and likely not even worth mentioning, but I feel like I have to at least pretend I got something done over the last 4 months…