11/08/2002 Newsletter

One Cabinet Gone! Two Cabinets Gone!
One Cabinet Gone!Two Cabinets Gone!
All the Cabinets are Gone! Wiring and Insulation Done
All Cabinets Gone!
(laugh like the count on Sesame Street)
Wiring and Insulation finished

View more pictures of our kitchen remodel


Surprise!.. another late letter...

Well, we are well into our kitchen renovation now. Two weeks ago Grandpa and Grandma Baerwaldt came down. Grandpa and I spent two days rewiring the electrical system in the kitchen. I decided that it would be good to put in an addition breaker panel. That took most of the first day. Then we spent the rest of that day (Friday) and Saturday rewiring the west wall in the kitchen. There were several things that we had to do that I wasn't expecting. First of all, all of our outside walls are only 2 inches deep which makes it hard to put in the correct kind of wiring boxes. So Grandpa and I went to Home Depot and bought a bunch of 2x2 boards to tack on top of the existing furring strips. That made the wall the same depth as a wall framed with 2x4s. The good part about having to do this is that I can put R-13 insulation in the walls now. That will help alot I think. Anyway, I think both Grandpa and I were wiped out from that weekend!

The two weeks after that miekka and I spent fixing up our downstairs so that we can use if for a impromptu kitchen for the next month.

This week was spent frantically trying to tear out our cupboards so that Grandpa could come and help us finish rewiring the rest of the room. Grandpa showed up on Friday (the 8th) around noon. Grandpa and I started on the east wall. We were about an hour into the project when we decided that it would be a whole lot easier to work if all of the dry wall was torn down. I tacked up some plastic around the doors and started tearing down sheetrock while Grandpa worked on the wiring. We worked until about 8 o'clock at night before we decided to stop for the day and eat some dinner. Andrew (Miekkas younger brother) called and wanted to go to dinner with us. We picked him up and went to eat at Chuck-o-rama.

Saturday Grandpa stayed and helped us finish the wiring in the kitchen. He was there until after 1 o'clock in the afternoon, but we finally got everything done. After he left Miekka and I went on another Home Depot run and bought all the finishing touches for the wiring. We installed the insulation on the back wall and cleaned up the huge mess from the drywall. We didn't get to bed untill after midnight and we both slept like the dead and were almost late for church.

Upcoming on the kitchen is the drywall and the flooring. We are on a pretty tight schedule so we may have a few more late nights before we're through. Check out the pictures for the latest view of our work. Also new this week are some Halloween photos, check out my costume (no one else dressed up except for the nieces).

Also this week we went to the Salt Lake Temple for the first time to a live session. We had a miracle happen there too. I had lost or misplaced my temple reccommend and so when we got to the temple I couldn't find it. The worker at the front desk offered to call our stake president to see if he would okay me, but as it was stake temple night we figured he was there in a session already. The worker paged him and we sat down to wait. It was not 10 minutes later that our bishop came walking out of the temple unaware of our situation, but there none the less. He talked with the temple recorder and we were able to go in and do a session. Live sessions are very interesting and much more interactive. We were impressed by the beauty and workmanship of the Salt Lake temple and were blessed to be able to do the work that night.

That's about it for these last two weeks. We hope you are all doing well.

Miekka and James



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