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Scary, livable, and furry

A hugely overdue update:

The house is shaping up. But it is still broken up into areas that are now livable and areas that are still scary. My goal for the rest of the month is to get it to areas that are lovely and welcoming and areas that are livable.

One of the reasons it has been a challenge is because I moved out of a 2 bedroom condo and put the majority of my things in storage. Four years later I'm moving out of a 1 bedroom apartment into a small 3 bedroom house and all the stuff from storage is here so furniture scale is screwy, configuration is from scratch, etc. It isn't just a matter of the elbow grease to get it put away, it all needs to be figured out.

So, against my better judgment, I share progress photos:

The family room is livable. I'm not crazy about where the couch is but I can't quite figure out where it would be best. Sapphire and Argus are adjusting nicely.

The kitchen counter is a bad spot. It catches everything that I unpack and don't have a place for immediately. This is actually less scary than it can look (I can't believe I'm sharing this picture).

Dining is livable but the table and chairs are too small for the space. Although this one box has lingered until I figure out where the innards will go.

Part of the living room is livable (other than the mismatched styles and undersized accent chairs)...

But the other half is scary.

Thanks to some new bedroom furniture, I no longer sleep on the floor, and this area of the room is livable. I know I should have made my bed before I took the picture but I was just trying to get the shots. Note the fix-it book on the nightstand.

Across the room however we have another problem area as I find homes for the things.

The master bath is a horror. In addition to the yellow counter and yellow & orange linoleum I have yet to figure out where the toiletries are going to go. What is a necessity and what can go in the linen closet in the hall. These are critical decisions people! What if I need my de-frizzer?

And really, the scariest space of all.

The office may have consumed people already. I think I saw them go in and no one has ever come out. Under some of those boxes is a big futon. THAT is a pile! Unfortunately, I'm caught in one of those circles where I need to put away item A in one spot that I can't get to because item B is in front of it and I can't put item B away because its container is full of item C and item C needs to go where item A is, etc. endlessly. This will require a Herculean effort some weekend.

But probably the biggest news and the biggest change around here is this:

This little girl came to visit us and didn't leave. She was flea-ridden, under weight and under loved. Rumor has it she belongs to someone in the neighborhood but when the vet told me she hadn't had access to food regularly for at least 6 months and that the fleas had taken a real toll on her health, she became a member of our family.

Here she is just after her bath. She was not happy but I have been forgiven as she is currently curled up and sleeping in my armpit.

Oh, and I'm calling her Suki.


You've always loved a project, now you have about a million of 'em.

Suki is a cutie-pie. Though not as cute as Buster or Bob, of course.

Thanks for the photos. Suki is a great addition. I ache all over just thinking about how much you still have to do but you've made a lot of progress already. And it's going to be so nice someday soon.

Love the house!

Squee! Kittens! I love the kitty!