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Give me a break!

That term “give me a break” typically has a connotation of frustration or disbelief. Not this time, this time it’s meant literally. 

“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one conscientiously separates the past from the future.  ….. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”  – Maya Angelou

We actually had two breaks from our project.  One forced break to deal with our flooded basement and a voluntary break to visit our son in college.  It was a lovely time.   Now the break time is over and we are back to progress. 

We will not be forced into a break again, not for flooding anyway.  The sump pump has been installed, meaning no more concern about any sort of flooding in the future. What appeared to be a big burden at the time ended up being for the best. We were home so we could take quick action to mitigate any loss. We were able to see exactly what was necessary for the installation of our sump pump and we are now equipped and won’t be seeing any more water in our basement.

Yes, Paul dug all this up manually for the pump installation.

Just prior to the basement setback he finished the master closet.  Here is what the closet looked like when we purchased this house.

That area was basically not functional because of the roof slant.  Paul closed off that entrance by building in a linen closet.  He created an entrance from the master to transform that space into the master closet.

Lighting was added:

The bit of rustic was added with the industial iron pipe instead of the standard closet rod.   The back of the closet is lined with cedar:

Fun side note: this wood is repurposed from our old front porch.

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