Monday, March 23, 2015

A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal

Today is my mom's birthday. She lives in Texas and she's 91 years old. One of her very favorite things to do--when she was able--was home decoration and bargain shopping. And she could sew anything! I wish she was still capable of making curtains, shopping for just the right lamp or piece of furniture--arguing with contractors. I've really missed and needed her this past year.

In March 2014, hubby and I started renovating our home. Let me just say... I'd rather go through natural childbirth...AGAIN! Our renovation ended this month. Yep, one long, miserable, frustrating year later. I refer to it as the renovation from hell and can't help but wonder how my mother would have handled it. Obviously, I wasn't too good a taskmaster, and neither was my husband. So in honor of my mom, I plan to take you through our renovation experience, give you questions to ask and things to be aware of and consider, if and when you start your own home renovation. There's certainly no need for you to make the same mistakes I made. If there's a particular subject you want me to discuss, let me know. I may be able to share some info. I hope you'll join me every day during the month of April as I race through the alphabet and share my construction experience.

Mom, happy birthday, and I dedicate my 2015 A to Z Challenge to you.

Welcome to our renovated home.


Mary Aalgaard said...

What a sweet theme. I have much to learn in that area. I am not handy at all! And, I don't like confrontation or the negotiation process.
I read your book, Last Daughter. It is a fun and fast read. Lots of mystery in old houses...and lots of work if you need to renovate them!!!
Play off the Page

L. Diane Wolfe said...

We've done small renovations like new floors and doors, but they were all one day projects. I can't imagine tackling something that took a whole year.

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

That's the thing... It wasn't supposed to take a year. Three months at the most!

Chrys Fey said...

I've never renovated before so your theme will be interesting. :)

Charles Gramlich said...

I dread even the thought of that kind of home work.

Lynn said...

Well, your April challenge should be a very interesting one and that will benefit a lot of people. Like you, I'm done with renovations. It's nice when it's over, but it sure is rough going through it.

Christy Bower @christybower said...

Renovation is a great spiritual theme, too. I chose Christian Authors A to Z for my theme. Have fun and God bless!

Bob Sanchez said...

Hi! You and your husband are brave to take on a year-long renovation project. I am impressed.

Happy birthday to your Mom.

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

Mary, thanks so much for reading my book! I hope you'll leave a review.

Bob, I'm looking forward to reading your A to Z. Thanks for popping over here.

Christy, afraid my renovation experience isn't too spiritual.

Hi Lynn - loved your tea party pics!

Charles - I'm with you!

Angie Kay Dilmore said...

Hey Jess. I'll definitely follow your posts this month, as Bob and I will be slowly renovating our old place little by little over the course of years, no doubt. I'd love to talk about your kitchen remodel! I have never done this A to Z challenge. Guess I've never really been aware of it, at least not until it's too late to think about doing it! Maybe next year? Must you have a theme, or does that just make it easier and more interesting?