When a woman is in labour, she has those moments when she wonders if the baby will ever come. In the last couple of weeks, I have felt like that woman, screaming out loud and wondering if this addition would ever be born. And then, there it was. Done. A new kitchen, a new bedroom and a larger, renovated bathroom. The house feels enormous. It isn't, but it feels that way. As the contractor and his assistant packed up on the final work day, I felt like weeping. I've come to appreciate these two young guys...younger than our son, like sons, in a way. We nearly drove them crazy with all our demands, but they remained gentlemanly and gracious through it all. These are hardworking guys...salt of the earth. I smile at their futures. They'll go far, these two.
And we're delighted. Sleeping in the new bedroom takes some getting used to. It's so new, so pristine. At first I had trouble falling asleep in a blindless room. It was eerily quiet. The other floor had many noises, household things that turned on and off in the night. But this room is shut off from that, insulation thick and dense.
The bathroom boasts a huge soaker tub. But one of my favourite features is a tube skylight above the tub. You can't see through it, but it does reflect the colour of the sky and lets in light, in an otherwise dark room.
And the kitchen, with it's "calabash" walls and "cotto flame" ceramic tile, is a dream. With a skylight and sliding glass doors, it's airy. We've been watching the squirrels and bunnies on the back lawn. It's like eating outside. And with new cabinets and a dishwasher, we're all set.
So the birthing part is over, we're adjusting to our new addition!