Sunday, May 19, 2013

Choices Coming! Watch Out!

by Leann

The day my book came out, May 7th, 21013, we broke ground on what will be our new home. This week, we have a nice big hole in the ground with important things like re-bar in place. (I don't know much about re-bar except that is very, very important.)

I also have another bestseller. The Cat, The Mill and The Murder made the now shortened NY Times Bestseller list (used be 35 titles and now it's 25). I showed up on what is called the "extended list"--the books that are selling well enough to be listed but do NOT appear in the print edition of the NY Times on the Saturday. It can only be found online next week. But for me, it's there. It's real. I am grateful. (And here's a pic I took of the list
off my computer.) What's better, though, is how many people love this book. It was written during a time when my husband had cancer surgery and my 3 senior kitties all died so it is a special book. Emotional? Oh yes.

Onward, though! Now, I not only have to focus on writing my next book, I have so many choices to make--and much to learn--concerning the new house. We went to the plumbing and lighting store yesterday and I left tired and bewildered. And weighed down by a dozen catalogues! And these don't
even have sinks or appliances or flooring or tile. Thank goodness we've picked brick, Hardie board and windows already. We do have to choose things like bathtubs and showers so the plumbing is configured in the right place. Lights and fans, too, for the electrician. And all by next week! Yikes. Then comes countertop surface and cabinet choices.

I will do my best to enjoy the process. This is the last time, our last house, our retirement dream home. Despite trying to educate myself by watching HGTV, I still have much to learn. Undermount, drop-in, slide-in, alcove ... all bathtub terms! I need to understand the differences. I thought I would be making all these decisions myself but no, I can't just go to Lowes and say "I'll have one of those and one of those." I need the guidance of those at the plumbing store and the lighting experts. But it's all good. Or that's what I keep telling myself.

Seems my summer is planned. What about you? Plans, small or large? What are you looking forward to?


Karen said...

Congratulations on both the house and new book! I had it preordered and it is next on my list to read. Looking forward to the next one also! I wish Amazon had a list where you could sign up to be notified when your favorite authors had a new release coming out.

Sue said...

I'm so excited for you. I had a blast when I picked out the stuff for my sweetie's kitchen. I did learn one thing when doing it. If you do a lot of pasta a tall kitchen faucet and deep kitchen sink is a wonderful idea. We did what is called a Country Kitchen sink. It's deeper than a normal sink and I love it. The taller faucet makes it easy to fill a stock pot without spilling. Just a hint. Now get back to writing. I'm already ready for the next Cats in Trouble Book. :)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Karen and Sue! I am planning on an apron front sink. Did you have trouble with a garbage disposal installation on the deeper sink, Sue?

Unknown said...

Take a look at a Touch Faucet. It saves water and time when cooking and wear and tear on the faucet itself. I also got the deep sink, drop- in double bowl.

Jeannie D. said...

Congratulations on making the list! I loved the book. Just finished it. I have a copper apron front sink in my Tuscan inspired kitchen. It is a deep double sink without a garbage disposal. You do have to have or make a larger hole in the sink if you do want one. I love mine! Have fun picking everything out. I actually enjoyed the process. My Husband did all of our work and we spent alot of time at Lowe's and Home Depot and even ordered some stuff on line. We used to joke and say it was our Friday night date goint to Lowe's!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Debra and Jeannie. I have found more light fixtures on Overstock that I like as compared to the very heavy, huge catalogues that came from the lighting store. And my friend who built 2 years ago said that lighting store is very expensive. So, I will go with what I like! Thanks for the info on the sink Jeannie!

Aurian said...

I hope you have lots of fun getting everything exactly as you have dreamed about all those years. I absolutely hate shopping, so what you describe is a nightmare to me.

Leann Sweeney said...

It's kind of a nightmare for me too, Aurian. I get fatigued very easily and then I cannot write. Airports and shopping in crowned places with lots of stimuli are the hardest on me. I am trying to look at reviews and then buy as much as I can online. What will be fun is the day my TV and internet are hooked up in my new house and I can sleep in my no-motion waterbed again.