Anyway, aside from that little setback, the kitchen is mostly done. I'm still waiting on four custom decorative tiles to place over the stove, and someone is coming on Wednesday to show me samples of window coverings. Those will be the final details.
Here are pictures...
View from living room:
View inside kitchen:
Once that was done, I spent the weekend going through all my boxes of stuff and sorting out things I didn't need to keep anymore. I got rid of several boxes of old clothes, some of which had been stored away since high school. I also unpacked lots of baking supplies and dish sets that should (hopefully) fit in the kitchen now. A couple of friends are coming over soon to help me organize everything.
Meanwhile, things are going on in the government that affect me as a federal employee. I am not being furloughed because my job falls under the exemption for "protection of life and property." However, I am currently in "working non-pay" status. I will be paid up through whatever I earned as of September 30, but payment for any hours I've worked after that will be deferred until appropriations are approved. I'm not too thrilled about this, since my savings are at a low point due to the big kitchen renovation I just completed, but I should be able to manage for about two months without a paycheck if necessary. I certainly hope the shutdown doesn't last that long.
To add insult to injury, my desktop computer died on Sunday evening. I still have two old laptops for accessing the internet, but they are extremely outdated and not powerful enough for, say, graphics-intensive online gaming.