We had our “Second Story Party” Friday night to celebrate finishing the upstairs. Our bedroom was papered right after New Year’s so we moved in up there, completing the major work upstairs.
The centerpiece of the party was of course our centerpiece on the table: the Home Renovation and Remodeling Relief Candle that was a Christmas present from my brother Jim and his wife Joyce.
Here is the text of the prayer on the candle:
Home Renovation and Remodeling Relief:
I place my feeble soul in your hands that you will come to my aid in my home renovation/remodeling project. Protect me from skyrocketing cost over runs, unreliable and incompetent workers and contractors who say “weeks” but mean “eternity”. Spare me the indignity of low flow toilet regulations and ensure that the paint on the walls actually somewhat resembles what I chose. And on my knees I beg thee that my home will not resemble a war zone forever. Amen.
Directions for use:
Sweep sawdust off available surface, place candle on blueprints and light. Repeat prayer once for every contractor fired. In extreme cases repeat prayer continuously and consult “do it yourself” books. Good Luck!
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We were VERY fortunate to have F & L Construction as our contractors. Everyone should be so lucky. So I made a logo for them, and had a dozen t-shirts printed with it safety green. They are much better than the old blue uniforms!
I also had a magnetic sign made for Pete’s truck. I think John and Taryl may them too. For this to all make sense you really do need to go to the F & L link above, especially the comments, to get several different takes on the history of F & L. Pete has always been a Hunter Thompson/Ralph Steadman fan so it wasn't too difficult to add a clip art hammer and a few other touches...
As to the remodler's prayer, I am daily grateful for how our home has turned out. There were so many opportunities for things to go south in a big way. Losing the house, my marriage and my sanity were all within the realm of possibility. But today I watch Lisa and the girls here and know that it was worth every bit of sweat and toil.