I never intended to just disappear from the blog after our departure from Thailand and arrival in the U.S. but a variety of factors combined to prevent me from blogging for the past few weeks. In addition being incredibly busy with the usual visiting/catching up with family and friends, getting the kids and the dog settled in and completing numerous move-related tasks, I misplaced (not once but twice!) the notebook with my blogger.com user name and password information. I couldn't access blogger.com to publish a blog...even if I had the time and the inclination to write something - which I most definitely didn't. And, why not, you might ask? Well, in addition to being mom, wife, runner, blogger and organizer extraordinaire, I have taken on another hat...supervisor of home renovations!
After being away for 8 years, we returned to find our home was desperately in need of many repairs, maintenance and upgrades. While we had planned on doing some work (re-painting and re-carpeting), we didn't certainly intend to renovate to this extent. However, since the house was empty and the work needed to be done, it was a "now or never" decision. We were fortunate to find two contractors that not only came very highly recommended by family members but were able to accommodate our "start and finish as quickly as possible" schedule. They are removing wallpaper from several rooms, re-painting the interior of the entire house, installing hardwoods on the upper levels, tiles on the lower level and in the sun-room and completely renovating two bathrooms. It is not pretty.