I have a lot to be grateful for this week... not the least of which was watching some incredible golf on TV. This week started and will end with golf tournaments in Hawaii.
What a crazy business. An old farmer living on an island buying and selling coffee on the telephone... and he never drinks any of it. Does that make any sense? ...128,000 pounds of coffee in a week! I'm guessing that would be over a dozen grain trucks full of coffee beans. Can you imagine how many pounds of coffee Howard Schultz buys for Starbucks every year?
Trivia: Did you know that in the last 50 years the stock market has gone up 57% of the time on Friday the 13th?
This year it went down.
The guy who put the stupid access hatch there didn't know there was going to be a cabinet over it. We had a totally different layout in mind in the beginning... but Plan A didn't work. Neither did Plan B or Plan C. We are on Plan D now. Why is that Plan A never gets built? I guess we all have to start somewhere.
Another first for me is the aluminum L-trim that I put to keep the tile and grout in place when the hatch lid is moved. This will keep the grout from getting chipped away if it gets bumped in handling when opening or closing.
On Friday I ordered a granite countertop for the pantry cabinet... and just to be sure we get the same colour match, we are going to do a new laundry counter at the same time. We did a lot of shopping for various countertops with pricing all over the place between $380 to $2,000 for just the pantry top in either Corian or granite! No we didn't buy the $380 one... it was a remnant and not Tropical Brown... but it sure was tempting. It just wouldn't have matched the rest of our countertops.
On Wednesday when we were in Victoria I just happened to see this place called Stone Trends in Sidney. So I stopped and invited them to quote on our countertop. I had just been to Capital Glass to have them fix a leak that we thought was coming from around the windshield. Turned out the leak was because of a plugged drain hole in the sunroof. Did you know that sunroofs have drainage? Me either.
This next week I hope to see our pantry completed. We will pick up the cabinet doors on Monday... which we will have to stain and then lacquer. I have two drawers to build and install... and the floor tile to set and then grout. I have most of the tiles cut out to fit... just seven square feet not yet done and that is the part under the refrigerator and the hatch access door.
My quote of the week is very appropriate for me.
"Some mistakes are way too much fun to make only once."
It seems far too often I find myself doing things twice or three times to get it right.