Posted: 25 Dec 2011 01:10 PM PST
In a little while, my house will be full with family and friends for Christmas dinner. Fortunately, I won't be the one cooking for fourteen – just providing the meeting place this year. That's because half of them want to see what I've been doing the last couple of months. Some of you here might be wondering, too.
I believe mentioning before that the view from the back yard is delightful. (In fact, somewhere around here is a picture or two featuring that view.) While the breakfast area, the master bedroom and another bedroom all have large windows through which one can enjoy that view, it has always bothered me that the one room I spend the most time in, the family room, doesn't.
At the end of September, two able-bodied and knowledgeable friends and I embarked on a project to rectify that situation. We removed a door, moved a window, put a new 8′ tall sliding door in where there was once a window, moved the gas fireplace from the center of the back wall to the corner, added a large window where once the fireplace and a well for an old-fashioned large TV set, and finished that area off as a window box seat.
As we finished only last week (and still have much "touching up" to do), we obviously weren't in a huge hurry. The project was most definitely entertaining, often educational, and rarely tedious or bothersome. It was a great way to take my mind off other things. Suffice to say we had lots of fun.
Here's what the room looked like before we started:
And here's what it looks like now:
We couldn't resist adding a twist:
What's that opening up from behind the window seat?
It's the television:
If not for the the very reasonable price set by the fine folks at Firghelli Automation for their lift ($590), this would not have been option as we'd read/heard that this kind of equipment usually retails for about $2,000. Anyway,everything turned out great as far as I'm concerned.
In other news, chemotherapy didn't work, which is not a great surprise as it usually doesn't in cases like mine. IMO,it was worth making the attempts, though. Throughout that process, I was indeed fortunate that the side-effects were by-and-large minor. In the meantime, the tumors reproduced at a terrific pace and are now recorded as "innumerable." A CT scan two weeks ago showed that four or five nearby lymph nodes have been affected as well.
Well, it's time to get cleaned up before the guests start arriving. Here's hoping all of you reading this have as much fun and good food as we'll be having here.
Once again, Merry Christmas!
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