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When Life Gives You a Plan F


Many times in my life, things just don’t turn out the way I plan them.  This is how the renovation is turning out.

Plan A: We’ll sell our house and have enough money for the renovations we need!  Nope.  The economy is not on our side.

Plan B: I’ll get all my painting done this summer.  Ba ha ha ha ha!!

Plan C: Let’s do the floors first.  (See plan D.)

Plan D: Yikes, the sink and toilet are clogging and the toilet is also leaking. . . maybe we should renovate the bathroom first.  *Requests quotes from contractors, only one answers her email.*

Said contractor says they cannot do a quote until we test for asbestos.  We are 95% sure our insulation is asbestos.  Fun.

*Proceeds to get testing done.*  The testing guy says our plaster and popcorn ceiling also probably have asbestos.  $h!t is about to get really expensive.

Plan E: Everything has asbestos.  Wonder how many years you may have inadvertently knocked off of your life.  Console yourself with the fact that at least you’re not a smoker?  Surely that must be worse?

Plan F: Suffer until the economy improves. Slap paint on things as time allows so it at least looks nice in the meantime.

If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been lax about posting lately, this is why.  Our family has had so much upsetting news lately (both about the renovation and other more important things that I don’t really want to discuss on the internet) that I just can’t even.

Has your renovation ever felt hopeless?  Tell me your stories of hope in the comments.

Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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Hi, I'm Kristen and I help new gardeners learn to grow their own vegetables and beautify their yards. I also share recipes that use all that delicious garden produce. Grab a coffee (and your gardening gloves) and join me for gardening tips, simple recipes, and the occasional DIY, all from the lovely city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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