I haven’t written a blog post about a “green” subject in a while. Michelle and I have been busy reusing, and repurposing cabinets that came from her parent’s kitchen. They recently gutted and redid their kitchen, and graciously offered the cabinets to us. We couldn’t make use of all of them, but we have found useful homes and purposes for everything we did take. Storage in our master bathroom is, shall we say, minimal. We have intentions to redo the whole bathroom, but we have to retire some debt first. (adoption is expensive!) So, Michelle had the great idea to reuse a kitchen cabinet in the bathroom and have it mounted above the toilet and then I would build some shelves both for inside the cabinet and between the cabinet and the nearby walls. (9 inches on either side of the cabinet) Now before you assume that we just screwed a kitchen cabinet to the wall, let me tell you that NO project that involves my wife is EVER that simple. First she decided to paint it. She did a fabulous job, and the design she came up with for the front evokes that spa like feeling. When we first attempted to hang it, we realized that it was simply too deep. It was 12 inches deep and that really made it feel like you were sitting in a cave when you had to do your business. So….what to do? I got out the table saw and cut the back of it off! It was a little more complicated than that, but it worked. I made a new back for the cabinet, and mounted some pieces specifically so it would be strong enough, and it looks great! We didn’t discard the back of the cabinet, because it is deep enough that I can easily make a spice rack or something else useful from it. I also hung two cabinets in the laundry room. They also required some trimming on the table saw, but they also turned out great. What makes me really pleased with the whole thing is we kept a bunch of stuff from ending up in the landfill AND we ended up with cabinets that were much nicer than we could afford to purchase for where we used them. Everybody wins! So thanks very much Marvin and Donna!
On a completely different subject, Michelle got a call from some potential adoptive parents who were asking about The Adoption Center of Choice, whom we used. This couple has had four failed adoptions….four. They were calling to ask if it was true that the Adoption Center of Choice actually did not make us pay for the failed adoption we experienced. It is true! While I wouldn’t wish for anyone to have to go through a failed adoption, going through it AND losing your money would make it even more painful. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think adoption is about money. But, had we lost all our money with the first adoption, we simply would not have had enough left to do it again. I was joking with Michelle the other day and said, “Well honey, I’ve always been a little different……our son was my mid-life crisis.” For what we spent I could have had a cool sports car, or hair plugs, and liposuction, or any number of more typical male mid life crisis things. I’m here to tell you guys, my way is the way to go. No car, girlfriend or medical procedure can give you as much joy as you experience when you come home and he sees you and starts to wave his arms and legs and squeal with delight as you come to say hi and pick him up. If I could bottle that feeling and sell it, I’d never have to work again.