Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Birthday and ... time for a break

Yeah, it's my birthday. I'm really trying not to have them anymore but they keep sneaking up on me every year. In fact I completely forgot about it until my daughter called me around 9 am and wished me happy birthday. What? Oh! Yeah!

In other news... I've decided to take a break from blogging for awhile. I don't have many people stopping by anymore because I don't post that often. My life is just too hectic. The wedding is only a month away and I have been working non-stop trying to get the house ready.

I have two big projects going now. Project #1 is refinishing my kitchen cupboards. We talked about replacing the cupboards but that's a huge expense and I'm not sure how much longer we will be in this house. The cupboard doors are solid oak and after 18 years of buildup of oils from your hands, they look pretty gunky. Never knew we should have put knobs or handles on the doors. So Bob took them all off and I carted them off to The Furniture Spa where they dipped them in tanks of stripper. When I got them home I lined them up for a coat of varathane. Wow, what a difference. They look brand new. Just need to put on one more coat, then Bob gets to put on the new antique brass knobs and drawer pulls.

Project #2 is redecorating my living room. I finally broke down and hired a decorator. I have been trying for months to do something but I would go to furniture stores, lighting stores, etc. etc. and just wander around and come home with nutin'. I just can't do it. I have no artistic talent. So I hired a decorator and it's a great relief. She came up with a plan and I will do all the shopping. I have most of the major furniture ordered and it will be here soon. Then I get started on the small stuff (rugs, artwork, lighting, drapes). She has assured me that we will be able to get it all done before the wedding.

If I get a chance I'll post pictures. Oh, and I may get a review out for TBR day. Otherwise, I'm going to be AWOL for a while.

18 comments:

Rosario said...

Happy birthday, Renée!

Oh, yes, your coming month does sound truly hectic! Don't worry, we've got you on our feed readers, so we'll come back when you come back :-)

Marg said...

Happy birthday! See you when you come back!

Dev said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you enjoy your break. I've got you on my feed reader also, so I'll be back when you are :-)

Holly said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Hope you have a great birthday and mini blog vacation. And good luck with the renovations/redecorating.

li said...

Happy birthday and ditto on the feed reader thing. Good luck with your projects!

Christine said...

Happy Birthday, Renee!!! =)

... and enjoy your blogging vacation, but come back soon! You're on my feeds, too, so I'll pop back in when you post. :)

Alie said...

Happy birthday! I hope you have a great one and an enjoyable blogging vacation. :)

nath said...

Happy birthday Renee!

It's probably very hectic now, only a month away from the wedding. Just forget about us :D We'll be back when you are!

ReneeW said...

Everyone: Thanks so much for the birthday wishes and understanding my need for a break. I promise to get some pictures posted of my kitchen, and living room after the wedding. And of course some wedding pictures. I'll keep reading of course.

Kristie (J) said...

Happy belated birthday! I can relate to the need for a break every once in a while - but in a smart move by me, I have a partner now to fill in the blank times. And it sounds like you really have your plate full!
But on a selfish note - I hope you come back when things settle down in Renee's world. I don't have a blog reader or whatever they all so I still stop by often. And with you and me being around the same age and having so much the same taste - I will miss you while you're gone.
It's amazing how much we get to consider fellow blogger good friends - even though chances are we might never meet.
So I will miss you while you're gone friend. Be SURE to come back - you hear?

ReneeW said...

Kristie: Thanks so much. You and I really click when it comes to books. And lots of other things since we about the same age. And I feel I have a real friend in you. Some day I would really love to meet you in person. Maybe at the next RWA, who knows. Yeah, I could use a partner. You and Katiebabs are a good pair. I'll be back.

CindyS said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I obviously don't have a reader thingie so I'll be popping in ;) I was wondering how close the wedding was and it sounds like you have plenty to worry about!

I was considering hiring a decorator also but only because I can't figure out furniture placement in our extremely large living room. I'll be interested in your thoughts when you are done.

Good luck with the wedding!

I'll miss you.

CindyS

ReneeW said...

Cindy: I'll pop in from time to time if I can. "Furniture placement" is one of the main reasons I hired the decorator. We have a large living room too and I had no idea where to start. I love her plan so we'll see how it all works out when I actually get the furniture in there.

Keishon said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I'm late yet again and I am depressed by this news of you taking a break but hey, enjoy your break. It'll recharge your batteries and see you soon! Take care.

-Keishon

Rosie said...

Happy belated birthday wishes! Hope you had a little bit of fun or a the very least a glass of wine and a Calgon moment or two.

You know we will be here when you recover from the wedding and the pre-wedding decorating and planning. Whew! You have a lot going on.

I'll miss you, but look forward to seeing pics and catching up when you return.

ames said...

Happy belated birthday!! Hope the wedding goes off without a hitch and that you'll have pics to share. :P

Stacy~ said...

Belated happy birthday Renee. Hope everything goes well with the wedding - can't wait to see pictures. Don't leave blogland all together.

Stacy~ said...

Happy belated birthday! You share it with my brother. June & July are very popular months.

I hope you have a great weekend :)

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