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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

This, That and the Other

The micro is in the way and I have twist
backwards to get to the other side.

What's been going on in Greeneville? A lot of chaos! The kitchen and the bath are tore up. No sink upstairs for the last two weeks. We have a utility tub in the basement, thank heavens. I'm getting my exercise running up and down the stairs!

Can you see the bowing? 
We got the new cabinets installed on May 30th and 31st. Then we had to wait on the countertops to be made to order. They are done and being installed on Tuesday along with the new sink. I'm very disappointed though. We purchased Diamond brand and spent a lot of money and there are several things wrong with them! Too many things for that kind of money.  A warped door on the pantry, 3/8th of an inch bowed out! The door next to the pantry is warped slightly too. A door too tight and scrapping the cabinet and marking it and it has a screw in crooked and the cabinet facing cracked, all the handles are loose with several broken off screws in them (that was the installers fault), one of the self closing hinges doesn't close and the one on the opposite door is slowly going bad too. The largest cabinet was suppose to have two roll-outs and a half shelf and only has one roll-out and no shelf, the pantry doors were put on backwards, they should have opened to the left. And the spice rack cabinet was put in the wrong place, right next to the microwave in a corner so that utilizing it is quite awkward. I am going to insist it be moved which will not make the installer a happy camper.
Missing in action!

The sales agent is coming out tomorrow to look over all the mistakes and I'm hoping we won't have to go to war. She has already ordered new hinges, new pantry door and the missing shelf and roll-out. She didn't sound to enthusiastic on the phone about the moving of the spice rack, but for that kind of money I just am not going to be put off. The new parts came and now I have lots of big boxes sitting all over again.

I do love the wood they are made of though, hickory, each door is unique. The new stove and refrigerator are being delivered on the 22nd. I'm crossing my fingers the fridge will fit where it is to go. I am afraid the installer put the cabinets to close to the end of the wall.

All we have to do then is paint and put in the new light fixtures and wa-la a new kitchen!

Trying to decide if I want to sand down my old table and chairs and paint them or just start looking for something new. I'd like to find something in an antique/used furniture shop with lots of personality over brand new.

The bath has been in 're-model' mode for going on two months! Just replacing the vanity and sink turned into replacing one wall and putting in new lighting and an electrical outlet. I'm happy to say the final painting was finished Sunday and we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel! Good thing because the kids are coming home the first of July and their bedrooms are filled with bathroom or kitchen stuff!

We found a company to build our garage last week too. They were tickled that we have a nice level spot for it to go on and won't need to much grading done. We had the building inspector out twice, once to view the property and tell us what we can and cannot do and then he came back when bossman had it all measured out and marked and gave us the go ahead. We had to go to Johnson City and sign the contract for the building and then go get the building permit. We're all set and in September we should be the proud new owners of a garage! Bossman will be happy then!

I purchased a refurbished iPad Air 2 this last week and it vibrates something fierce when the sound is on! Contacted Apple and they tested it remotely and said it seems to be operating properly but something might be loose so I have to take it to an Apple repair dealer. Thank goodness its only 30 miles away in Johnson City! Don't they make anything right anymore?

Bossman's cell phone wasn't working well and we were notified that they are updating their towers and it wasn't going to work at all very soon. We got him a new one and then the transfer of the phone number didn't go through right so we ended up just getting a new number for him instead of waiting several more days. He just has a trac-fone as he doesn't use it enough to warrant another big bill. Very frustrating trying to get a hold of someone to work it out! Press this number, press that number, hold for 5 minutes only to be disconnected and do it again, transfer me to someone else and then someone else.... Isn't technology grand?! But he has a new smartphone now and my old iPad, this old man is moving into the new century! He's hooked on Words with Friends! Not only does he have to learn the new phone and all its gadgets, I set him up with Facebook last week too! Hope his brain doesn't short circuit on me!

You can see there's been a lot going on here, but Saturday we went to a bluegrass music festival in Hot Springs NC with our neighbors and we had a lovely time. A relaxing end to a busy week. Looking forward now to the free summer concerts at Dogwood Park each Sunday here in Greeneville.

Peggy Ann


  1. It's the sort of stuff that's sent to try you! But it's going to be great when it's all finished, stick to your guns and get them to do what you wanted in the first place.
    It sounds like there are loads of things for you to do entertainment wise around Greeneville.

  2. Wow, and I thought we had issues with our kitchen renovation! We did have some problems with the installer not paying enough attention to details and had to have him redo several things, but nothing as bad as what you're dealing with. We are happy with the quality of our new cabinets and they way function. We still have other details to finish.....I hope you get all of the kinks worked out to your satisfaction and enjoyment.

    1. Thanks, Paula. Looks like they are going to bend over backwards to make it right, thankfully. We'll have to share finished photos when both our kitchens are done!

  3. You really have had a rough time with the kitchen! Jack and I are addicted to several of those home renovation shows on HGTV or DIY. There's always a big problem waiting when someone takes down a wall or digs up something!
    And I still say that technology is going to kill us all! It does NOT make our lives easier!

    1. No technology is quite stressful really, Joan! I'd be much healthier I'm sure if I didn't own an iPad! They said the new one is so thin and light that the vibration is normal nothing they can do about it. It is very light and thin and smaller with the same size screen as the old one and that's nice but I hate the vibration!

  4. Oh, gosh, stick to your guns absolutely and don't accept shoddy materials or work. It is too expensive and stressful. You have a right to have a really nice kitchen and you paid for it!

    Oh, technology. So many hassles in New York. Last summer, 2 1/2 months without internet service or a landline. Every call took an hour, put on hold, transferred out of and then across the country to customer service centers. It was impossible. I finally contacted the union the technicians belong to and within two days, all was fixed.

    But in my reading about landline vs. cell services, it's notorious that cell phones in rural areas are not reliable; towers go out of service, lines go down, circuity goes out, etc. In other words, landlines are much more reliable.

    Hope your kitchen hassles are all solved to your satisfaction.

    1. Kathy, I can't imagine 21/2 months without Internet! And I can just imagine the stress of trying to get that taken care of! Both our cells are getting good service now here at home so we don't have a landline. But occasionally we don't have coverage as we travel around in the mountains.

      They seem to be going to do whatever to make my kitchen right so I'm glad about that. Waiting on more doors etc. to come in now. All we'll have to do is paint now. The I'll post pics.


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