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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here with the next update on our kitchen renovation. There have been a couple of changes since my last update.

While the crew was away for the weekend Charlie (with a little help from me) was able to get the ceiling and walls painted. You can also see in the picture above that the old flooring has been removed. We were hoping that we would have been able to keep our existing floor but unfortunately that didn’t work out. The laminate tiles that were there had been glued in place (even though it wasn’t necessary) so instead of just being able to pop them out they broke when it was tried.

This sent Charlie and I scrambling to find flooring that would work well at the transitions to the family room and dining room as well as coordinate with our granite counter top and cherry cabinets.

We were able to find a closeout porcelain tile that has a nice range of colors that mimics some of our granite colors.

Yesterday most of the tile was laid in the kitchen area. The old floor also went into the back hall, powder room and laundry room. We didn’t want to have too many different floors on the first floor so the tile is being laid through that area too.

The tiles are 1′ x 2′ and they didn’t put them all the way to the wall in most places since they are just being covered by cabinets. The same thing is true for the patchy paint job you see above. The wallboard does have a coat of clear sealer to help preserve it as well.

 We love the tile and are excited to have the cabinets coming tomorrow!

Stay tuned later this week as we celebrate a special day for our special girl and another kitchen update.

Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here to give you an update on our kitchen renovation. I will also give Walter some room at the end of the post to let you know how he thinks things are going.

As you can see, the wallboard is up and the crew has started putting mud on the walls.

One of the things we are most excited about with our renovation is that we will finally have a vent hood that is exhausted outside.

Vent Hood Exhaust Roughed In

Here is a view of the vent from the outside

Vent hood exhaust just above window

Once the vent is painted it won’t stand out so much.

The replacement cedar siding is up. Now we just have to wait for some warmer and drier weather so Charlie can stain it. We have an appointment next week to have the landscaper come to make plans for moving the steps to the new location of the door.

Now I’ll turn it over to Walter.

Hi everyone! It’s Walter here.

Those men sure do make a lot of noise sometimes

I can’t believe Millie can sleep through this

What was that?

Here is a little action video so you can here how noisy it was. You might want to turn up your speakers a little.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

As you can see I’m a little more concerned about the work going on in the kitchen than Millie is. To be honest this video was taken on the first day of work. Now that we are about 2 weeks into the project both of us are not as nervous or barky as we were the first day. We do bark at them when they come in first thing in the morning but we settle down much quicker. The crew are very nice and when they have taken their breaks and are hanging out on the patio we sometimes go out and get some pets and have even given a few kisses here and there.

Zzzzzzzzzz…

When the work is done at the end of the day we all crash on the big bed and take a little nap. All this snoopervising work is exhausting!

This weekend our dad gets to paint the walls and ceiling and early next week the cabinets will be installed so stay tuned.

Hi everyone, it’s Millie & Walter here!

It’s time for this month’s Chewy.com review. We are reviewing Natural Balance L.I.T. Limited Ingredient Treats Sweet Potato & Chicken Formula Dog Treats. There are other flavors available too.

Click on the picture to get a closer look

According to the Chewy website these “Limited Ingredient Treats are designed with a limited number of protein and carbohydrate sources. Scientifically formulated to provide high quality nutrition and optimize skin and coat.” They also “…are often recommended by vets for dogs with allergies and stomach problems.” Last but not least these tasty treats are made in the USA and we know how important that is to all of us.

Oh look! Chewy sent a nice brochure with this box.

The treats are a hard biscuit that is kind of difficult to break into smaller pieces. That’s good so your pawrents won’t cheat and give you a smaller piece.

We’re waiting mom!

Finally our mom put one for each of us on the floor and, as usual, made us wait before we could eat them. Here is our taste test video.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

As you can see in the end we both really loved these treats! Mom let us try another one.

These are very tasty! Yum!

You can let go now mom!

We have to give these treats 8 paws up (because that is all the paws we have) and we recommend them to all our friends.

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This month we are joining Oz the Terrier and Angel Sugar the Golden Retriever for their Chewy.com blog hop.

Disclaimer: As #ChewyInfluencers we received one bag of Natural Balance L.I.T. Limited Ingredient Treats Sweet Potato & Chicken Formula Dog Treats from Chewy.com to review. We did not receive any monetary compensation for this review and will receive no additional benefits for barking about the product or the company. The opinions in this review are the honest opinions of ours.

Hi everyone. It’s Cindy here. As many of you guessed on Monday we started a renovation project on our kitchen. The first day was noisy and messy but exactly as we expected it to be.

Day 1 complete with lots of debris

Unfortunately the dumpster didn’t make it on site until day 2 so most of the debris from the rip out was left in the kitchen to be hauled out the next day. We are donating our cabinets to our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore so they are being stored on our front porch until they can be picked up next week.

In addition to the debris making its way to the dumpster on Tuesday things started shaping up.

The ceiling extension is roughed in

Some of the electrical changes have begun

One of the biggest changes we are making in the new kitchen to allow us to expand the working area is to remove the door (seen in the middle in the picture above) and change the window (on the far left above) to a sliding door.

View of east wall from outside

The other change is that the window over the sink is moving and getting bigger. Today was out with the old window and door and in with the new ones.

View of east wall from inside at the end of day 3

You can see the new window (far right in above picture) and the new slider at the far end of the same wall. In the middle you can see the new studs where the old door came out.

East wall from the outside

After this project is complete we will get our landscaper in to move the step to where the new door is.

Some of the fun things that we have to put up with is having our refrigerator in the family room.

It is a little noisy when the fridge runs while watching TV but it sure is convenient to get a drink. Walter is sure the plastic on the door into the kitchen (see all that blue tape?) is evil because it wiggles and makes a funny noise. He refuses to walk past it and will go through the living room to get from the foyer to the family room.

We are doing well with our temp kitchen that we set up in the dining room.

The left side of the China cabinet (seen above) holds some cooking supplies.

The China cabinet that was in the kitchen was moved into the dining room and comes in handy to hold some food and cooking dishes. The appliances that are being reused are also waiting in the dining room for installation in the new kitchen.

The dining room table holds the coffee maker, microwave and toaster as well as giving us space to work

The light fixture has been raised so at least I don’t bump into it and Charlie has gotten better at avoiding a collision too.

This is an exciting adventure and we can’t wait for it to be done. Unfortunately it will take 4-5 weeks for the work to be completed. Before we started I made lots of dinners that I put in the freezer so we can easily microwave them and we don’t have to get take out every night.

The dogs are doing as well as can be expected. Millie is taking it all in stride and enjoys our daily visits with the work crew. Walter on the other hand was near a basket case on the first day and still doesn’t like some of the loud noises coming from the kitchen. Of course there is the above mentioned plastic on the door that freaks him out too. They both are doing better but certainly aren’t getting their usual amount of nap time during the day which causes them to crash after the crew leaves every day.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what is happening in our home so far. I will be posting updates periodically so stay tuned.

Hi everyone, it’s Millie & Walter here. We’re not really sure what is happening around here but our pawrents are up to something. The past couple of weeks they have been taking stuff out of the kitchen and putting them in boxes in the living room.

Then they moved the furniture around in the dining room and put more stuff in there.

We also overheard them saying something about there being lots of noise in the house and how we probably won’t like it very much.

Here is what our kitchen looks like now.

There used to be a table at the far end of the room and a china cabinet against the tall wall on the left.

The microwave is in the dining room now and all the other stuff that used to be on the counters is in there too. We hope our pawrents can find our treat jars in all that mess.

All this is why we are declaring our pawrents up to lots of mischief. We will keep you posted on what we find out. All this mischief is also why our blog visits and commenting has been a little off lately. We hope we can get our secretary to do a better job in the future.

Flowers For Dory

Today we are joining our Blogville friends to remember Dory the Flower Friday Queen.

We don’t have much in bloom right now but one of the things we do have blooming is our cherry trees.

Cherry tree blossoms

Dory was as perfect and sweet as the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae.

Honey bee on Cherry tree

We know her three brothers are missing her and trying to figure out life without her. Blogville misses Dory and her beautiful smile too. We are sending hugs to Dory’s pawrents and hope they are feeling the love from all of us today and every day.

I’m glad I could help with the packing papers from our delivery box.
Walter, you sure made a huge mess.