Great time for remodel projects |

Great time for remodel projects

There are four stages to kitchen remodeling – inspiration, agitation, exasperation and acceptance. The inspiration is easy. Open any home magazine to see what a kitchen is supposed to be. It’s like seeing a fashion model in Glamour and aspiring to achieve the look. Realizing you don’t possess the proper bone structure, and never will, leads to the second phase – agitation.

Unattainable visions of solid countertops and stainless steel appliances haunt you into the third remodeling stage – complete exasperation. After weeks of mortar and sheetrock dust, hammering, and living without a kitchen sink or stove, you become resigned to your paper plate-plastic fork existence and enter into the final stage – acceptance. I never imagined that I would be fantasizing about having my arms up to their elbows in a sink full of sudsy dishwashing liquid again, but when the tile man leaves today, I will accept whatever his artistry has afforded me and be grateful.

Spring is a great time for remodeling and new beginnings, and the Lake of the Pines Firebelles will begin the season with a series of events to inspire and enliven all residents. You have probably noticed the fresh landscaping around the gatehouse. According to Firebelles President Susan Santini, the group has raised the funds to finance the first plantings. Along with the LOP Garden Club and the Pinesmen, the Firebelles will ensure residents beautiful displays of flowers throughout the year.

The Firebelles’ community involvement does not stop at the front gate. They are planning the variety show “Firebelles’ Follies” for the second week of April. The theme this year is “A Step Back in Time,” and is headed by chairperson Charisse Simpson. After that, the Firebelles will stage a Home Tour on May 19. Both events are fantastic, so be sure to attend.

Santini wanted residents to know of the upcoming March 17 luncheon featuring live Celtic musical entertainment. The April luncheon meeting will be a fashion show. Susan would like to encourage women of all ages to join the Firebelles; especially younger women she feels would bring vision and creativity to the group. And if you think your shoes need to match your handbag to join, it is not true! The group is casual and friendly, and they provide an excellent environment for meeting new people. For more information regarding the Firebelles contact Susan at 268-7671.

The Southern Nevada County Chamber of Commerce is alive and well with their own list of spring events. Linda Kelly of Citizens Bank contacted me to let me know that this month’s luncheon will be held at the Lions Community Center on March 9 at noon, and the monthly mixer will be at Autoglass Express on March 16, 5:30 p.m. with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. For more information, contact Linda at 268-2858, ext. 3610.

On a final note, I would like to mention the passing of Marjorie Peterson, wife of longtime area resident Roy Peterson. Marjorie was a member of the Higgins Diggins Fire Auxiliary and Bear River Lioness Club. Roy is a charter member of the Lions Club of Higgins-Diggins and has been extremely generous in supporting the club and in setting up a scholarship fund for local high school students. The address for donations in her memory to the Higgins Lions Club was printed incorrectly in her January obituary. The proper address is as follows: HLCA Inc. Trust Fund, 22490 E. Hacienda Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95949.


Laura Lavelle is a resident of Lake of the Pines, and her column is for Lake of the Pines area residents to share thoughts and information. Contact her at or leave a phone message with the readership editor at 477-4238.

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