I've been home several days now, but I've been too busy to post until now. We've been doing a bit of remodeling to our house; we had all of our counter tops (except the one in our utility room) replaced on Wednesday. My DH took all of the old counters off before I came home. He also had to remove all of the sinks, and since our house is 19 years old, most of the shut off valves to the sinks leaked. This meant he couldn't just shut off the sinks; he had to shut off the water to the whole house. He was able to set up a temporary work-around so that they only dripped very slowly with a bucket under each to catch the water. This allowed us to turn on the water, shower or fill water pitchers or do a load of laundry, then shut the water off again. The plumber came yesterday, so I now have new counters, new sinks, and new faucets throughout the house. They look so good! I've been wanting to do this for more years than I can remember, but several years ago we had a new housing development go in to the north of us, and for quite awhile we thought we might move. During that time, we didn't want to spend any money remodeling our house. Now that we've decided to stay, I finally convinced my DH that this would be a good thing.
So, this is our new kitchen island.
And new kitchen counter with sink and built-in drain board.
These are our bathrooms, with new faucets, towel bars, towel rings, and toilet paper holders. We still need to put the mirrors back up; turns out when they were ready to install the back splashes, the mirrors were about a half inch too low - or else the back splashes were too high.
I'm still working on getting the house clean and back together, but it's getting there.