Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving: from my house to yours
(yes...even to those international readers. I realize you don't celebrate Thanksgiving but it's still good to take a day and just be thankful for the people in our lives and the things that make us happy)

I'm incredibly thankful for all my followers, those who take the time to read my blog.  A special, hearty, thank you goes to those kind soles who take the time to comment.   I think I speak for most of us when I say I'm thankful for my family and friends too but I want to touch on something else I'm thankful for.

This year I'm super thankful that I'm finally getting my bookshelves!!!!!   That's right, after moving into this house 3.5 years ago, I'm now going to be getting my bookshelves.    The husband and I decided on a price we could afford, and then I went in search of a carpenter. Good thing I remembered that a friend's Dad does stuff like that on the side. I've seen his work and it's really good.  Armed with a picture of a bookshelf I liked I headed to his house a couple of weeks ago.    This past weekend he came to my house to look at the room and get his own measurements. He showed me a couple of drawings he came up with.  We discussed it a bit further and then he gave me his price.  His price was $50 less than the budget I had to work with.  Woohoo!
Husband came up with another idea (regarding our crown molding and blah blah blah) and my friend's Dad is going to work on seeing if he can get that idea to work and what the new cost will be (it's more labor intensive).  Depending on cost, we might go that route even though it would be a bit more.  

The end result, though, is that after 3.5 hours and lots of patience I didn't realize I had, I am finally going to get the custom bookshelves in my library!  My poor books will be able to come out of their boxes and have a home!   I'm super excited!   The estimate at this point is that he might be finished building the end of January.  It just depends on the weather though.   The bookshelves will be over 8ft and he said he'll have to do some of the work outside, and of course we're in winter and December and January brings the possibility of snow.  I told him that was fine, I've waited this long, what's a couple more months.    What I'm not looking forward to is having to do all the staining myself.  yuck!  That is going to be super labor intensive but if we had him do it it would be an extra $500.   That also means that once I get the bookshelves installed, it will be another 1-2 months before I can actually use them since I'll have to stain them and finish them and let it dry really good before putting books on it.

However, the end is near.  I'm incredibly excited and happy and THANKFUL to finally be getting something I've desired for a long time, custom bookshelves in my own personal library.


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Kris. (I'm a bit jealous of the custom book shelves):)

bermudaonion said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I can't wait to see your bookshelves.

Kris said...

Diane - Thanks! I'm giddy just thinking about finally getting them!

Bermudaonion - Thanks! I can't wait to see how they turn out myself!