Last night I had an almost completely sleepless night of worry about the when, how, and how much of the kitchen project.
I was worried about how busy our fall is and how we weren't going to have time to get things done.
I was worried about how the timing of everything was going to make our vacation stressful, make my fall scrapbooking retreats stressful, make everything stressful.
I was worried about the outflow of money for the kitchen and vacation coinciding, and causing more stress.
I was worried that being in a hurry was going to make the project cost more than it would otherwise.
So I decided to give us a break. We aren't going to do the bulk of the kitchen until early spring. We are going to enjoy our busy fall. We are going to enjoy the church dinners, weddings, family get-togethers, and even a little motorcycle trip. I will be able to focus the needed time on preparations for my fall scrapping frenzy. I will be able to prepare for our long-awaited anniversary trip and come home to a house that isn't all torn up. (Because there isn't much worse than returning from a vacation to a mess.)
I might even have the opportunity to make some money, allowing me to have more of what I want in my kitchen.
We are going to go ahead and take out the ceiling, move the door, and continue with the electrical work that Colin has been doing. Then, in late-winter or so, we'll order the cabinets and get ready for the big job.
I feel so much better.