Happy New Year

It's an odd finish to 2010 at Chez Malaise. As I type the substitute electrician is trying to get the ceiling lights to work in the bathroom, Prada is penned in another bathroom because she wouldn't stop barking, and Alex is napping with Brett, who is in bed sick.

The temperature hit the low 60s here yesterday, yet there is ice on the trees this morning from an overnight rain. Also this week a bird flew into the dining room bay window, hard enough to take a cone-shaped chunk out of the glass.

The contractor we met with about reconfiguring the entry/living/family rooms finally got back to us this week. His bid was exactly twice what I told him our budget was. I was hoping for a breakdown of costs per item but that didn't happen, which makes me think he's not terribly interested in the job.

You might think I'd be bummed out, but for some reason I'm not. The lights will eventually come on and Prada will go home to her daddy. Brett will go to the doctor for drugs and get well, and if we have to get more quotes or GC another project ourselves, well, we'll do that.

We've lived here just over a year and while there's so much left to do to make this place a home, truly quite a bit got done.

And through the occasional scary parts and numerous little wins, you were here reading my rants and cheering us on.

Wishing you all the best in 2011.



11 comments:

shannon said...

happy new year, David! may Brett get to feeling better. may Prada enjoy the rest of her stay at Chez Malaise, and stop with the barking. May Alex continue being the sweet pup he is. and may we look forward to seeing each other in the new year!!! i love you. you are truly one of my most favorite humans on this earth!!

Raina Cox said...

I hope 2011 showers you two (three) with health, wealth and love!

Lisa, Ellie and Hosta said...

Happy New Year!!! Hope Brett feels better soon, and you get lights on soon as well! Next year will be great - I'm sure!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Happy New Year! I have the names of a couple of contractors here somewhere - will email them shortly.

Karena said...

It is hard to believe it has already been a year in your new home!

Happy New Years to you and Brett!

Xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Kathy said...

I've just found you (while out blog strolling) via Raina.
You have an excellent blog! I'm looking forward to following you in 2011. Have a Happy, Healthy, new Year...K

Russ Manley said...

Happy new year to you guys.

Toad said...

Many happy days to you and Brett

ChrisToronto said...

Equanimity . . . sounds like you've got it David. And that's a good thing. Best wishes to you all in 2011!

home before dark said...

To a wonderful new year with much happiness and electricity.

hello gorgeous said...

Happy New Year, D!