Bookshelf Installation: Day 2

Day’s Verse:
Remind the people to respect the government and be law-abiding, always ready to lend a helping hand. No insults, no fights. God’s people should be bighearted and courteous.
Titus 3:1-2

As promised, here’s what the bookshelves look like after the guy spent another full day here doing stuff.

Bookshelves Day 2 - Flash

Looks like he didn’t do that much all day, huh? Well, look again.

Bookshelves Day 2 - No flash

The lights have three settings (brightest setting shown) and are controlled by a touch-sensitive pad that will be hidden in one of the cabinets. These keep getting better and better. It’s like coming home to Christmas every day. And Deborah, notice – with the lights on, and the beginnings of the crown molding, the paint imperfections are becoming increasingly unnoticeable. I bet by the time it’s done, we’ll hardly have to do anything to the wall. I can tell which room I’m gonna be spending a lot of time in.

Bookshelf Installation: Day 1

Day’s Verse:
It wasn’t so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, dupes of sin, ordered every which way by our glands, going around with a chip on our shoulder, hated and hating back. But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Our Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God’s gift has restored our relationship with him and given us back our lives. And there’s more life to comeā€”an eternity of life! You can count on this.
Titus 3:3-8

Ian may look excellent in a kilt — hands down my favorite look for him, by far — but our library’s starting to look pretty awesome with bookshelves on.

To refresh your memory, here’s how the previous owners had set it up. This is what it looked like when we toured the house. (That’s a piano you can just see off in the bottom left-hand corner — it was a self-playing thing and they had it playing some smooth jazz or something equally inviting.)
House Hunting: Library

Ian and I painted one wall red, but left the big one blank. We had the bookshelf brainstorm and picked a design. Then just a couple weeks ago, Deborah and I added this:
Library Prep: Painting

Now, after a day of one of Kenis Loven‘s craftsmen working on it, we’ve got this:
Bookshelf Install: Day 1

I love the color we picked for stain; as our pastor at church would say, “Love it, love it, love it!” There’s a lot left to do, but I’m extremely excited with how it’s looking so far. Stay tuned. I’ll keep updating with pictures as it progresses.

Vacation: Day 3

Day’s Verse:
Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
2 Timothy 2:22

Remember how a month and a bit ago, I posted a picture of bookshelves we were getting? Kenis Loven said it would take about 6 weeks, and I’ll say that those were the fastest weeks I’ve ever heard of: our new shelves (artist’s rendering shown below) are scheduled to be installed starting on October 25, which is nearly upon us! It will take them 2 or 3 days to finish the job.

Bookshelves

So to be ready for this exciting occurrence, I cleaned out the library yesterday in the morning. Then I painted the wall above where the shelves will be installed. Deborah came and did a beautiful job cutting in way up in tippy top corners and high-up, hard-to-reach edges:

Library Prep: Painting

You may be asking yourself, “Where have all the boxes of books gone?” This is a very valid question, since the books were slowly taking over the entire room as we unearthed ones we wanted to read. Conservation of matter says the books must have gone somewhere, and you’re quite right. More space in the library means…

Library Prep: Books
…less space in the living room. This pile o’ books will remain there for another 10 days or so, which is nothing. I vacuumed under there before we put the boxes down and that’ll be the cleanest patch of floor in the entire house.

In the background you can kind of see a brown pillow on our couch. Jane stopped by and generously brought us two pillows as an early Christmas present. Thank you, Jane! They’re much comfier than the old ones.

Yesterday I also obtained a desk annex from Craigslist, and that freed up a nice little end table for us to use in the library. Our lamp no longer has to list on a falling-apart cardboard box. And last but by no means least, I’m working on a project on the computer that’s taking a lot of time but should be pretty awesome when I’m done.

I haven’t mentioned Ian’s job at all for a very long time. He has a nasty deadline today, and lately the stress level of the job has dramatically increased as a result. He’s doing a great job, and StrataGen is lucky to have a developer as diligent and awesome as Ian. I hope they recognize that and reward him appropriately. Fortunately, Ian has a mini-vacation coming up: He’s going to New Orleans for his cousin’s wedding. That should help release some of the pressure that’s built up over the last few months.

As for me, I have no idea what my future holds. It may have the Bicycle Alliance in it for another year or two, if the contract they offer me looks appealing; otherwise, things certainly look murky. I’m just hoping there’s a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy somewhere in that murk.

Indulgence is Many Books

Day’s Verse:
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ…
Philippians 3:7-8

Here is the latest and, barring unforeseen emergencies, final major (cost-wise) change to our home for the near future: Bookshelves made by Kenis Loven.
Bookshelves
This is essentially the final design of shelves that will be built some time mid-October. They’ll go into the library (below), along the right-hand wall, where we currently stack all our boxes of books.

Library
Of all our home improvements, this is the least necessary but most exciting. I’ve seen some of Kenis’ work before, and it’s quite beautiful, true craftsmanship. I have complete confidence in Kenis’ ability to create shelves that make our library feel cozy and complete. It’s been my great joy to welcome people into our home and have it feel truly homey, comfortable enough that guests help themselves to a glass of water without asking. Maybe this seems odd, but I think these shelves will give a sense of solid and calm. My goal is for the library to be a quiet oasis where friends and family can curl up with a good book undisturbed and just relax for a while.

Now I’m off to Value Village to look for pictures and lamps. Guess it’s clear where my priorities are!