Things have been crawling along this week as we all await the delivery of our Cambria quartz countertop. While we’re waiting, She Who Must Be Obeyed has nearly moved all her gear into the kitchen. Every available cabinet and drawer seems now to be occupied, a bit early I think, as the handles are yet to be installed! I can barely find anything now and, without handles on the drawers and doors, it’s difficult searching for whatever it is I need. We’re muddling through, however, even hand-washing all of the reusable dishes and flatware — something we’ve not done on a regular basis in years. More challenging, perhaps, is the fact that there is no running water and no sink on the main floor so dishwashing is done in a tub within the basement utility sink! I made pasta last night and had to carry a big pot of nearly-boiling, pasta-filled water to the basement for draining. Pasta and I made it through just fine. I have been keeping busy painting baseboard trim and shoe moulding that will be used to complete the flooring portion of our remodel. That, too, is challenging as it’s hard to find places to lay out the pieces that are up to about 15 feet in length for painting, then storage. I solved part of the problem by using boxes and bits of flooring to suspend the moulding above the paper-protected floor while painting. The wide trim pieces are now being stored atop two empty bookcases in the living room, awaiting installation. I don’t know what I’m going to do with the painted shoe moulding. We’re hoping the crew will return this Friday and install the moulding, finishing the floors. The countertop is expected in around the end of this week, beginning of next. This project, if completed in early December, will have taken fully six months from the time we ordered cabinets to completion. Seems longer than that.