Here is the "before" picture of our fireplace and shelves. They are both gone now, bricks and all. It looks nekkid in there now. They are not coming back to do anymore work until Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Then they will be back on Monday just for touch-up painting. That's their plan anyway.
I started this shawl last night using the Deborah Norville Serenity Sock yarn. This is a free pattern on the Lion Brand site called Country Cotton Shawl. I decided against the Harlequin Shawl as originally planned. I loved this yarn when I first saw it, but to fully appreciate how beautiful it is, you have to crochet something with it. It's really a gorgeous yarn. I love the hippie vibe of it. I do keep splitting it as I'm crocheting, but I think that's because I'm using such a small hook (Size E). I will definitely use this yarn again.
Speaking of yarn...being cooped up in my bedroom with my laptop since the construction is going on is dangerous. I did a wee bit of online shopping yesterday and ended up buying some new sock yarn and another shawl pattern to make with it. I ordered it priority mail, so I should get it tomorrow or Friday. I must be the most impatient person on the face of the earth.
I made a big batch of spaghetti sauce and put it in the crock pot this morning. Mmm...my favorite meal is spaghetti. I never tire of it. Yum-yum-yum.
I'm about to settle under the covers and watch Dallas. Talk to y'all again soon.