Sunday, April 26, 2020

Change Is In the Air - Spring Fling #Giveaway

by Monica Albertson
from Peg Cochran's Cranberry Cove Series        

            It’s with great anticipation that Greg and I crest the hill into town.  Now we can see the horseshoe shaped harbor below, the boats bobbing in the water and the Cranberry Cove Yacht Club.  Beach Hollow Road is a strip of pastel colored shops and from this vantage point I imagine I can almost smell the scent of bacon frying drifting out the open door of the Cranberry Cove Diner.
            Book ‘Em—Greg’s bookshop where he sells new and used books—is down below.   That’s where we’re headed.
            The sound of hammering comes from inside the shop.  Greg and I look at each other in anticipation.
            “Shall we go in and see how things are going?”  Greg holds the door open and we step inside.
            Everything on the lower level is covered in tarps, which, in turn, are covered in plaster dust.  A hole in the ceiling gives a glimpse above where Greg’s apartment used to be.
            We are in the process of turning it into a second floor for the bookshop where we will have room for more books and a small café. 
            The spiral staircase is not yet in place so we have to go up the back stairs to what had been Greg’s apartment.
            Several workmen in overalls are swinging sledgehammers at the wall that used to separate the living room from the bedroom.  The kitchen has already been ripped out.
            “How’s it going?” Greg asks.
            “We’re getting there.”  The man with the gap between his front teeth smiles at Greg.
            I look around imagining the place outfitted with café tables and chairs—perhaps with the walls painted a sky blue and lots of plants to give it the feel of an outdoor café.
            I feel a shiver of excitement and anticipation.  I can’t wait to see the finished product.

 Have you ever done a major renovation project?


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  1. I've never done a major renovation but I have things in mind that I'd like to do. Thank you for the chance to win!

    jdzchaotickittie (at) yahoo (dot) com

  2. No major renovation projects for me. Too much effort and money. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

  3. I have done them int he past and hope to never do them again
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  4. No renovations right now.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  5. We once turned a carport into an addition onto the house making it a den. Since there wasn't much demolishing to do and only had to add on two walls, you would think it was easy. Let's just say, I'd not want to do that again any time soon. :)
    Thank you for the chance!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  6. When my family and I moved into our new home, we did a lot of the renovations ourselves. We took down walls, Tour up and out down new floors, remodel the kitchen, and bathrooms.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

  7. The biggest project we ever did was turning our small dining room and small kitchen into one large room. It turned out great. Thank you so much for the giveaway. Carol. ckmbeg at gmail dot com

  8. We've never done a major renovation. Not even a little one.
    Well, I do have to qualify that. WE didn't do the project, not even the planning or having the desire for it. We lived in base housing (US Air Force), and the base, the civil engineers, the housing people, whoever it was - came through and redid all the bathrooms in that housing area. We had no say.

    Hubby and I did have our retirement house built. We lived about 2 1/2 hours away so weren't here to see much of the daily work. But our daughter only lives 8 miles away -- 15 minutes -- so she came by every day and sent us pictures.

    donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

  9. Have done far too many renovations. Lived in one house (which had been built in 1927) for 33 years and when we finally moved, I said - has to be move in ready! Of course, we found the perfect house in the perfect location -- except it had been built in 1974 and never remodeled. So, the whole place was redone -- cwr (at) withdispatch (dot) com

  10. We haven’t done any renovations. Thanks for the chance.

  11. Major renovations are SO major! But the end result can be SO fabulous.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  12. No major renovations! Thanks for the chance to win!
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  13. I had a sunroom addition put on my house. It was a really frustrating process, but totally worth it.

  14. No I haven't.
    kvmatlock (at) gmail (dot) com

  15. No, but my kitchen sure needs one!! loriholleman22 at gmail dot com

  16. I’ve never done a major reno, but I watch all the HGTV shows.

  17. We remodeled our kitchen and expanded the space to basically double the size. Don't ask, but what was supposed to be a 8-10 week renovation took 6 months. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

  18. As an adult I have only experienced minor renovations. However, as a pre-teen I lived through months of renovations of our 1917 built home. We even celebrated Christmas in a living room with a bare floor and plaster and lathe walls, with the plaster removed!
    gnluciow (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. I have not done a major reno, but we are in the process right now of painting rooms in our house and trying to organize and declutter the house. I am hoping to do a major reno of my kitchen soon!! bentleyboy22(at)comcast(dot)net

  20. I bought my house in 2010. It was built in 1953. I had the kitchen and bathrooms completely gutted and redone. The rest of the house was also redone. Floors sanded and re- varnished, wallpaper scraped off and walls orange peeled in living room/dining room. Whole house repainted and all new light fixtures. almaj80(at)suddenlink(dot)net

  21. It's been a long time since I've done any renovations. I like it like that. lol. Love The Cranberry Cove series. Thanks for the chance to win. Vicki--- nvictoria77(at)yahoo(dot)com.

  22. We did a number of renovations on our old home. This one has the business on the first floor, so we've only done business related renovations. cheers (at) marjimmanor (dot) com

  23. I have never done any kind of renovation but I remember when my parents did. Ruthaw_1974(@)yahoo(dot)com

  24. No renovations here. We have worked quite a bit in our yard. Due to the weather we still are unable to do serious planting or such. I love Peg Cochran's series "Murder She Reported". I'm anxious to try her "Cranberry Cove" series. Thanks for the opportunity. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  25. In the process of new floors from the dining room to the washroom, new half wall att he end of the dining room. Floors look great!
    kckendler at gmail dot com

  26. This series looks wonderful! I've never owned my own place so I've never done renovations.
    sticklerba (at) gmail (dot) com