So, by now you probably know who the Coriander Dad is and if you don't, please allow me to introduce my "diddy." He's our saviour. He's our right hand man, a soldier of sorts, he doesn't quit until the jobs done. He worked so hard on getting 1604 Coriander Girl ready for the grand opening that I'm moved to tears as I write this. Thank you dad for working with us to make Coriander Girl so beautiful. Without you, I don't know how we would have done it! You volunteered even when I knew you were exhausted from working a full day on your other contracting jobs. You showed up dad, you pulled it out, you came through and you did it with gusto night after night just like you've always done and I am endlessly grateful for you.
Ladies and gentlemen a round of applause for Mr. Paul Westlake.
The night we showed dad the space, I said, 'can we take up the floors and pull off some drywall?' He's always been supportive but admits to being sceptical about the floor, later he revealed he was beyond proud of me for sticking to my guns.
I broke down in tears one or two nights behind my mask because the job was so gruelling, dad assured me we would look back on it and laugh. Tyler really took the lead on the floor project, he may not laugh about it as soon as dad and me.
Jump ahead to the 400 pound sink installation. I fell in love with this gorgeous beast from Addison Plumbing just up off Sorauren. Jim the owner is an absolute delight and really came through for me on this. He built the taps from old parts to create something that could accommodate our very tall buckets. I'd say it's one hell of a show stopper. Thanks to Uncle John and Tyler for assisting on this wild project. Dad's proud to say I helped him lift it into place and mount it on the wall. I think he's got super human strength!
Getting close to the wire, I make a judgement call. There is not enough time to finish the baseboards so we're just going to have to live with that. Cut to the morning of the grand opening and keep in mind we've been working steady for over 48 hours, dad sneaks out at 6am to go the shop and finish the job to surprise me! Seriously!! How amazing is that?!!
2:45pm, 15 minutes away from the grand reveal. Dad and I start removing the paper from the windows. Mom jumped in to help which was so amazing to have her come to Toronto with her dear friend cindy and Tyler's amazing mama Penny(appetizers extraordinaire!!) Thanks Penny for all that food!
Isn't mama cute?!
A window cleaning and a loving gesture from diddy, we had a good laugh on either side of the glass. A project comes to fruition and we're still smiling.
I'm head over heels in love with Coriander Girl's new home. It feels like we've been here forever.
The first arrangements made in the new space. I can't believe how much room we have to work, it's a dream!
Dad, you continue to inspire and amaze me.