I keep saying the smallest projects always turn out to have the biggest issues. Let me just repeat that.
We had made so much progress on the master bath closet and were in the process of installing the hanging rods and shelving when my worst nightmare became reality.
Luis was preparing to cut a 2 x 3 when his hand slipped onto the trigger of the miter saw and the blade sliced deeply into his wrist.
It was bleeding profusely, so we quickly wrapped it and applied pressure to try and slow the bleeding while I drove him to the ER. I honestly did not know how bad it was or if his hand was still attached.
We were both afraid to look.
Considering he is an accomplished guitarist in all genres..and a world class classical guitarist, a hand injury could be devastating.
So we both held our breath hoping and praying for the best. They saw him pretty quickly at the hospital and after six stitches, the doctor seemed to think he would recover fully and quickly. Thankfully, the blade stopped just short of the tendon.
He is still in a lot of pain and is nervous, to say the least, about the outcome. We are both thanking God for the miracle that it was not worse. We are just praying that he will recover fully and be able to play like he did before.
Obviously, that means everything else is on hold. I have been trying to do what I can without him, but that pretty much stops short of any heavy lifting or use of power tools for cutting. I'm kind of shell-shocked also, since I'm a pianist.
I had already started restoring the 100-year-old doors from the old house, which had been stored by my grandfather more than 50 years ago, and was able to haul out four more by myself and get them cleaned and re-finished. My dad and brother helped me get a couple more when they were here.
They are solid wood and very heavy...but mostly just really awkward to move around.
Our plan was to replace all the doors in the house with these.
I had found some of the original rim lock door knob sets, but not enough for all of them. I still have a few places to look, then will try ebay if I can't find enough. At least this is something I can install by myself.
Three of the bedroom doors had numbers on them.
I'm just trying to get as much done by myself as I can while Luis recovers.
One easy update, or backdate in my case, I did, was change the glass shades on the light fixture in the bathroom. I really didn't like these opaque shades and thought something clear would go better with the vintage feel of this room.
And I am very happy with the result.
I think these shades give this modern fixture more of a vintage feel...
...and they really coordinate so nicely with this cute chandy I will be hanging in there.
In the meantime, I'm just taking things day by day.
We had just enough time to finish these projects and get the outside ready for a once-in-a-lifetime photo shoot with photographers Anne Gridley and Gary Graves, which was rescheduled to mid May. I'm honestly not sure if it will happen now. Even if we had the indoor projects done, we still have all the outdoor area and porches to clean and get ready.
After the winter we had, there is a lot of debris, limbs, branches, etc., to be cleaned, mulch and pine straw to put in all the beds, plus removing all the furniture from three porches, pressure washing and getting them all back together and camera ready.
It honestly seems impossible at this point.
But first and foremost, is my husband's recovery. He is so completely my soul mate and partner in everything from music and ministry to our DIY home projects, and I can't imagine letting him near a power saw any time soon.
Everything else can wait.
I'll be joining: