The Closet – my new favourite room in my house

Yesterday before getting ready for work I wanted to wear my funky brown slip ons and could I find them?  NO.  Of course not.  My house is a mess with all my stuff.  I decided I wanted at least my shoes to be put away.  I would find the patience for everything else, but the shoes had to go where they belonged – in my new closet which, aside from a few minor tweaks, is complete.  Here are some pics for you!

These are dressy shoes only, no boots, runners or flip flops

XOXO Nikilee

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Basement Reno’s update

Good morning all my fellow bloggers and friends who read my blog!  I have decided to update you because a lot has been done since my last update!  Being the wonderful boss that I am, I gave Sushi bf and D the long weekend off.  Aren’t I nice…LOL…ya right, I am no boss.  They tell me when they can work and then they work.  As long as my closet gets done ASAP I am in no real hurry for the rest of it.  LOL.  They came back last night and got the closet mostly done and ready for the built in’s.  I am SUPER duper excited!  This project is making me happier and happier.  Here are some recent pics in no particular order:

XOXO Nikilee

Checking for mold in old bathroom – all clear!!!

Opened up the bathroom to make a large extension

My new walk in closet – with floors and walls all done!

New Coat closet

Dawn doing all the work – where is Matt? See the “thumbs up” in a picture above

In the hall, the walls are up and plastered – new pot lights are lit!

My wall colour paint for closet

Last night was loud – really loud

Before leaving from work for the day my sis-in-law mentioned she was bringing my family over for dinner.  That includes my brother and their three children (aged 15, 13 and 12 years of age).  I was excited because I know my dad has been dying to see my brother for over two months and of course as soon as I got home and told him they were coming you would have thought I said John Wayne was coming for dinner and not his son.  Good grief! 

As soon as they walked in the door, the noise began.  Three teenagers (well almost for little K) who are all so totally different from each other argue and annoy each other a lot.  And then of course Sushi boyfriend and D came over to work on the basement so they were tearing down walls, which you know – get’s loud.  Then my home care came and she is quiet but I had to deal with that and I never feel good after she leaves so this is how I felt by about 6:30 last night

I wanted to curl up in my bed, block out all the noise and ignore everyone, but of course I haven’t seen my family all together in over 2 months as well so I stayed in the living while trying somewhat unsuccessfully to not scream at my nephew for being an obnoxious teenager and again – rolling my eyes at my attention craving youngest K.  You know I always find it funny that since young K is by far the most well-behaved out of the three and the most active and involved in things out of the three that she wouldn’t need any more attention – but she craves and demands it even more than I do, which is saying A LOT!  I mean I started my own blog to get attention for crying out loud – doesn’t hold a candle to her!  LOL…I may complain, but they (all of them) are the air that I breath, they are my reason for existing. 

So as the yelling and arguing was going on, I snuck downstairs to see what was going on, and walls were all of a sudden missing in my basement!  Sushi bf and D done a great job of ripping walls down – I love to see progress, it makes me think my closet (errr I mean basement apartment) may soon be a reality!  I am SO excited!  More pics to come tomorrow!

Finally after home care left, Sushi bf and D had finished for the night and the family had sufficiently ate and stayed their welcome, the house was quiet again.  Dad and I looked at each other, both sighed and enjoyed a minute of peace and quiet before I had to rush off to fill up his medication, and prepare myself for today.  While I do actually LOVE seeing my family, I also LOVE that it’s just me and dad at the house and it’s quiet 90% of the time.  I enjoy it.  So does he.  We have a good rhythm going on.

XOXO Nikilee

A Basement Apartment for me!

I am so fortunate to have great friends.  Two of those great friends are sushi boyfriend and his girlfriend D.  Why am I lucky to have these two people in my life?  Because not only did they come visit me when I had my surgery and brought flowers, but they helped clean out my gramma’s house AND they are building me a basement apartment in my dads house this summer so I can have my own space while still ensuring my dad is taken care of. 

I am so excited about this basement apartment.  I hadn’t planned on living at home forever, I mean when I moved back in with my dad after GBF and I broke up it was for a few months, to get my head on straight and save some money so I could move back out with a friend or alone – either way.  However after my dads heart attack, I knew I was where I needed to be and I knew I would stay.  After my nana’s passing I knew there would be some money coming and while I had NO idea how much that money would be at the time, I knew I wanted one thing from my dad – a place of my own. 

Currently I am using every spare closet in the house for my coats, clothes, shoes and purses.  I never know where anything is and I swear half the stuff I own gets no use because it’s in a box or back of a closet that I have yet to explore.  Our basement had severe water damage a few years ago and since then has been an unfinished basement used only for laundry and storage.  My brother and his family used to live down there – so I requested to my dad it be re-finished into a home for me.  All I needed was a bedroom, bathroom and closet – a walk in!  The kitchen could stay upstairs because if and when I cook, I do so for me and dad so I didn’t need my own.  It wasn’t a requirement.  A mini fridge for drinks would suffice.

Sushi bf and D came by last week to empty the full VAN load of garbage that was already in the bsmt including a couch, tent, mini fridge and freezer that were moldy and a huge box tv.  Tonight they come to do more!  I am so excited.  I have been assured by Sushi bf that it will be done by the end of July!

  Because I love before and after pics, I figured I would take some. 

Here is the current hallway looking into the old living room which will now be my bedroom

This is Matt, cleaning up the hallways – notice all the wood panelling!

This is the livingroom which will be my bedroom – love the fireplace! I can’t wait to warm up to it!

Notice the floors – ewwwww

This is more of the new bedroom – the floors are so gross right now and the walls are that popcorn material which I hate!

The next picture is the bathroom, currently a creamy yellow colour – yuck.  Only white crisp lines for me! 

And then there is my favourite room in the house!  My soon-to-be walk-in closet!  This used to be an office (or my nephews bedroom depending on what time period we are talking about). and it will be the perfect size to display my clothes, my SHOES, my jewelry and my bags.  I cannot wait for this room!

Can’t you just see rows of shoes and racks of clothes hanging here!!!

Well, give it two months and it should all be done!  Thank you daddy!  I have the best father a girl could ask for and the best friends anyone could have!  I will show the after pics once it’s all done.  The closet will be done first cause I am SO tired of living out of boxes!  Of course there will be a small spot for Newbie to keep some stuff too since he is over every weekend. 😉 XOXO Nikilee 

I love my sushi boyfriend

So yesterday my sushi boyfriend came over – not for sushi but to fix my mildew infested front hall closet.  There is nothing better than a guy who can tear down a wall, add new drywall, paste over it and then clean up after himself!  LOL…Sushi boyfriend is so helpful and I am so excited for him to re-do my whole basement into an apartment – mainly because I am desperate to get my own space!  He will do it up right so I can enjoy myself and be comfortable when I am home!!

The good thing is that he is going to come by my work Friday at lunch and we are going to do Sushi for lunch!  He knows me so well and since I get along with his gf, we are very comfortable hanging out together with or without her.  It’s great to have a friend of the opposite sex that I can just be friends with and get advice from and also advise as well.  LOL…yes we both have drama filled lives!  Mine more so this time around then him…but it’s okay my drama is worth it and he understands that!

So, my closet is almost done, I can hide all my coats and shoes again after this weekend and then a particular someone won’t have to hide their disdain for the amout of  “stuff” I have.  The maid will have a heart attack when she sees my living room covered in coats and shoes today!  YIKES!   Sorry Danuta!!

On a sadder note, I got word today that a former co-worker, passed away.  I only worked with him for a few months before I was advanced in my division and moved out to a different office, but I remember him as a kind-hearted soul who never had a horrible thing to say about anything.  He was wonderful and he had a stroke that took his life.  It’s sad to know that his family and friends will no longer have his contagious smile to admire.  Carroll Gajaraj will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.  God bless you!

XOXO Nikilee