Monday, June 23, 2014

Porch Update And A Big Announcement!


 I know, I know.  I went missing again.  But for good reason, and this is my big announcement!  On June 12th we welcomed our fifth grandchild into our family.
Isn't he just precious!  He has a big brother and two big sisters who are giving him their undivided attention!  So that's where I have been.
 
 Here's a little update on our porch.  It has a floor!
 
 


Progress has been slower than anticipated.  After the floor was finished we had three straight days of rain, HEAVY rain.  Sometimes Mother Nature just doesn't cooperate with our plans.  I hope to have a roof by the next update.  Oh yeah, that step is temporary.  It's just a wooden box.  We had to put something there so no one would forget there wasn't a step and fall.

Thanks for visiting.
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Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Mudroom Renovation Begins

If you recall I told you all that I would be working on our mudroom renovation while Henry is building our new porch.  I'm almost embarrassed to show these pictures.  There isn't usually stuff out in the middle of the floor, but I had already begun the big clean up when I remembered I needed to take pictures.  I will admit, though, that the room was a huge mess.  After all it's just a walk through from the garage to the kitchen, but it's a nice room and deserves to be prettied up.







Those white trash bags are winter coats we no longer wear so I bagged them up and donated them.  It seems every time we would get a new coat, the old one was left hanging in the closet.
 
 

This is the closet after I removed a lot of coats and old sneakers.  The sneakers went in the trash because some little rodents (mice), had made nests in a few of them.  YUK!


You can see sunflower seeds scattered on the floor that those little buggers were hoarding.  I store sunflower seeds for my bird feeders in a covered metal trash can, but they managed to still squeeze under that lid.  I read somewhere that a plastic tub is better to store seeds because of the tight fitting lids and the plastic is pretty tough to chew.  So, of course I bought a nice new tub to store the seeds, so we shall see if it keeps them out.


This is the trash can I was using.  See that blue bag laying on the floor?  That was a bag of thistle seed that they chewed holes in.


This bench is where we stored winter hats, gloves and scarves.  More seeds!  I washed everything.  This bench will no longer be used for storage.

Enough rodent pics.  Let's take a look at the decor.  When we bought this house 16 years ago, the walls had mallard duck wallpaper and border, which I stripped.  I decided I wanted it to look like the outdoors.  So I painted the walls sky blue with some swirls of white for clouds.  I stenciled a white picket fence, added some hummingbird and butterfly Wallies.  Remember those?  I even stenciled the steps to look like brick. Henry built our closet to look like a shed, then I added trellis and dollar store faux flowers too.  Let's not forget the plastic window box attached to a window with more dollar store faux flowers.


This is the entry into the kitchen.  The door to the right goes out onto our back deck.
 

That door goes to the garage.


The tall faux plant found a new home...............with someone else.  I put it by the road with a "free" sign on it.  Just behind it to the right you can see the flower box.  That is also now gone.  Yup!  That's where we store our cushions for our deck furniture during the winter.  Miraculously nothing chewed them. We have to find a new solution for that.
   

These are the walls.  Say good-bye because the next time you see them they will be so much prettier.

So, now you have two reasons to keep coming back.  The porch and mudroom progress!

Have a good day!
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Porch Demolition

It has been six months since my last post.  Shame on me, I'm such a bad blogger.  But, honestly, I've had a lot going on and blogging wasn't my top priority.

If you have read my previous posts you know that last summer I broke my toe and I had surgery on my shoulder last September and I literally could not do a darn thing.  Once I started Physical Therapy things improved drastically.  I am happy to report that I am back to 100%, complete with full range of motion.  Needless to say I am anxious to continue with all my home improvement projects.

Also, last December 28th we packed up the camper and headed to Florida for three months. It was so nice to get away from the snow and cold.  We had a great time and made a whole bunch of new friends.

 Now that I've caught you up on everything let's get on with the show.

I have been asking for two years now for a front porch.  As you can see our old front entrance is nothing but steps.  We don't use that entrance. We go through the garage, however guests use it and it is hideous.

See what I mean?  Blah looking!  
 
 The first order of business was to get that bush out of there. We have lived here for 16 years and I have always hated that bush.  We live in a rural area and have lots of deer.  The deer chew the heck out of it during the winter.

 Ta-da!  Bush is gone.  It took poor Henry most of the day to get it out of there.

 Time to remove the old steps.

Whew!  That was hard work...........for him, not me.  All I did was take pictures.  I don't know if you can see it in the picture, but notice how the blacktop is sloping toward the house?  I'm not a carpenter or anything, but even I know that shouldn't be like that. Sloping toward the house means when it rains water flows toward the house, which freezes in the winter, which is probably the reason the door always sticks during the winter.  We have literally had to use a rubber mallet to pound the door shut at times.  I know!  CRAZY!  Of course Henry fixed that problem.

 I know it doesn't look like much of anything right now, but all this lumber will be a porch soon............very soon.

So, that's where we are at right now.  While Henry is working on the new porch I have decided that our mudroom, which is between our garage and kitchen, needs a makeover, so I will be working on that.  I'll be doing a post about that tomorrow, so stay tuned.  I promise, I will be back!

I really appreciate those of you that have stuck with me.


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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Long Anticipated Guest Room Reveal

It's been so long since I've posted that I've almost forgotten how to do a blog post!  So, you're probably wondering where I've been and what I've been doing.  Maybe not, but I'm going to tell you anyway.  In a nutshell I have been recuperating from the surgery that I had in September to repair a tear in my rotator cuff tendon.  If you have never had this done or know someone that has, it is not an easy thing to recover from.  My first month was spent in a sling.  Once the sling came off I was given small exercises to do at home.  My arm was pretty much useless.  The third month I began Physical Therapy to regain strength and range of motion.  I am just about back to normal.  As I mentioned in a previous post, Henry retired the end of August.  December 28th we hitched up our camper and headed to Florida, which is where we will be until March 31st. But that's another post.

Today's post is about our guest room that finally was finished just before Christmas.  Henry had to finish what I had started.  So, grab a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, glass of wine, whatever your preference is.  This is going to be a long post.  Go ahead, I'll wait.

Are you ready?  Here we go.

This is what it looked like before.
The only ones that ever slept on that bed were the cats!

After the removal of the wallpaper border and molding, it was time to paint.  The bottom was painted Arctic White by Glidden from Wal-Mart and the top third was painted Charcoal Heather by Olympic One from Lowe's.
 You can read more about that here.
 The ceiling was painted and the unfinished window casings were spackled and painted.
Instead of buying a new ceiling fan we dismantled the old one and spray painted the housing black and the blades white.  The housing was gold. There's nothing wrong with gold, but it's not for me.  Unfortunately, I did not take a picture of the blades. They were a very bad looking faux wood grain.
End result!
Another thing I did not take a pic of was the doors, which were also a bad faux wood grain.  All  the other doors in our house have been redone.  We painted the doors and the moldings Arctic White in a gloss.

The doors were give one coat, then molding was nailed and glued on, then a second coat of paint was added. I wish I had a better picture. 
 

 Instead of buying new door knobs, I spray painted the ones we have in a satin nickel.    They were original brass.

That's as far as my participation went.  Henry had to finish the rest of it.

The next step was the board and batten.  I found a great tutorial here.

After

 The old carpeting had to be removed.  As you can see Henry had a helper.     
 
  The final thing was new carpeting. The room is not that big so we opted to buy a remnant.  I had trouble finding the right gray, but finally did at the most unexpected place.  Ollie's.  I'm not sure if everyone is familiar with Ollie's, but they have a little bit of everything.  They buy overstock from other stores.  I have purchased really nice King size sheet sets for $11.99!  I digress.  The remnant measured 12' x 15' plus it had bound edges.  The kicker..........we only paid $132!  It still had to be cut to fit, but it is really nice.  I almost forgot about the padding. That was a hand-me-down from my daughter.  There was really nice wood flooring in her living room underneath the carpeting when they bought their house.  She gave us the padding after they ripped out the carpeting. The padding was practically brand new.  The previous owners had installed it only about a year before they sold.
 Onto the final touches.  This is the fun part...........decorating.  I really try to re-use what I already have if I can, so I took this little yellow side table and painted it the same turquoise that I used on the armoire.  You can read about that here.

Before 
 

After.  
I got that darling little lamp at Dollar General.

I made a burlap wreath for above the bed.

 I found the Queen size bed on Craigslist.  The lady I bought it from had already redone the headboard and it was a perfect fit for the room.  We already had a mattress, but needed to buy a foundation, which we found at Big Lots for $100!  It was supposed to be $132, but rang up $100.  I think it was on sale.
I bought the bedding at Wal-Mart for $29.97!  Great bargain for a comforter, shams, bed skirt and a set of sheets! 

I already had the candlesticks, but found these battery operated candles on sale at Kohl's for half price just before Christmas.  They even came with a remote control!

The curtains are from IKEA.  I did have to cut some off the bottom and hem them. They were a little long. I already had the curtain rod.

As you can see, the room is quite small.  I stood in the doorway to take this pic. To my left is where the armoire is.  I still want to hang some family photos on the walls.

Who doesn't love a side by side.
 
Thank you for taking the time to stop by.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Twenty Wishes Progress Thus Far

It's been almost two months since I last posted.  If you read my posts then you know that I had surgery on September 12th to repair a tear of the tendon in my rotator cuff, thus the reason for my absence.  The first two weeks were the worst.  I was in a sling for five weeks.  I'm making progress in regaining strength and range of motion.  I still am not to lift anything with that arm per doctor's instructions.  I was given some at home exercises to do.  I still cannot raise my arm, but it's coming along.  I go back to see my doctor November 20th and am hoping that he will start my Physical Therapy after that.  He is a firm believer in the healing process first.  I'm getting antsy and really want to get going on some projects, but that's for another post.

Right now it's time for a 20 wishes progress report.

Truly Lovely


TWENTY WISHES LIST

1.  Finish the C25K program.  I'm on week 5, day 2.  DANG!  This is hard!  I should be finished by my calculations, but I'm not consistent with it.  I get bored easily when it comes to exercise.  Have to do something different every few days.  Okay, I'm not doing very well on this right now.  I'm sick of the treadmill.  I want to get outside, but the weather is not cooperating. I don't think I'm going to finish this. I'm really hoping to get back into this now that my broken toe has healed and I can once again start walking for exercise.  THIS IS NOT HAPPENING THIS YEAR.  I'M HOPING FOR NEXT YEAR.
2.  Paint our kitchen ceiling.  DONE!
3.  Plant my daffodil bulbs before snow gets here.  DONE!
4.  Plan a monthly date night with my husband.  Have been doing something even if it's just going out to lunch on a Saturday.
5.  Do at least 4 blog posts per week. Doing pretty good with this one, but I'm not going to cross it off just yet.  Seeing it on my list keeps me motivated. This has not been going well.  May was a rough month for us.  I'm changing this to 3 posts per week.  4 is just too much for me. Seriously?  I suck at this one!
6.  Pack my summer clothing away.  Yea, I know it's November. Done!
7.  Make over our now empty guest room. Still haven't touched this room. I have painted the ceiling and the walls. The casings have been installed and painted.  Doors are being repainted as I type this.  I WAS ABLE TO DO A FEW THINGS BEFORE MY SURGERY AND MY DEAR SWEET HUSBAND HAS TAKEN IT OVER.  I'LL BE WRITING A SEPARATE POST ABOUT THIS SOON. 
8.  Spend more time with friends. I'm keeping up with this one.
9.  Finish reading all the books on my NOOK before buying more. Haven't read ANYTHING!  I read one book, "Gone Missing" by Linda Castillo and I just started "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn I finished Gone Girl and also read "A Stolen Life" by Jaycee Dugard  Read a few more books:  Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris, Seriously, I'm Kidding by Ellen Degeneres, The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, The Last Child by John Hart.  If you get a chance read The Forgotten Garden and The Last Child.  I literally couldn't put these two books down.
10. Put new weather stripping on our kitchen door. I don't know why I keep brushing this off.  Something so simple.  Nope! Not yet.
11. Replace the kitchen back splash. DONE and DONE!
12. Tile kitchen counters.  Are you noticing a theme here? Getting close, going to pick out tile. DONE! 
13. Paint 3 pieces of furniture that have been waiting patiently for a year now or maybe longer. I painted one piece, unfortunately it wasn't one of the original 3 that I had in mind. YES, I painted one of the pieces......the armoire for the guest room.  Nothing new here to report.
14. Tear down small porch to entrance of house and build new bigger porch.  That will have to wait until    
      Spring.  Still waiting for spring. We will be doing this come September.  Summer is just too busy.  Still hoping for this one soon.  BECAUSE OF MY SURGERY WE HAVE DECIDED TO POSTPONE THIS UNTIL SPRING OF 2014.  THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN, I PROMISE!
15. Catch up on my scrapbooking.  I'm only 2 years behind. I'm getting together with a friend tomorrow for a scrapbooking day. I've been getting together with a friend every Wednesday to spend the day scrapbooking so I'm making progress. Haven't done any scrapbooking all summer.
16. Watch the first season of True Blood that I borrowed from my daughter like maybe 1-1/2 years ago.  Have not watched one single episode!
17. Make Memory boxes for my grown children. NOPE!
18. Keep the clutter off our kitchen island. YES!  I seem to be accomplishing this.
19. Go cross country skiing at least twice a week.  Of course, that depends of Mother Nature giving us      enough snow this winter.  Last year we had a very mild winter, not enough snow to do anything. Not once have those skis been on my feet.  We have plenty of snow............I have no excuse. This didn't get done, but I still have until December! BECAUSE OF MY SHOULDER, THIS WILL NOT BE HAPPENING EITHER.
20. Stop using my craft room as a dumping ground. I haven't dumped anything new in there lately. After I got all the Christmas stuff put away I definitely have more floor space.  Still have some stuff that I need to find a home for.  Still a work in progress.  I actually have cleaned it up even more and finally got some of my 
scrapbook paper better organized.

I sure hope everyone is doing better than me.  I can't wait to see how everyone else is progressing!  Wanna check it out?  Click here.
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Twenty Wishes Progress

It's time again for another Twenty Wishes Progress update.  Latest update is in purple.

Truly Lovely


TWENTY WISHES LIST

1.  Finish the C25K program.  I'm on week 5, day 2.  DANG!  This is hard!  I should be finished by my calculations, but I'm not consistent with it.  I get bored easily when it comes to exercise.  Have to do something different every few days.  Okay, I'm not doing very well on this right now.  I'm sick of the treadmill.  I want to get outside, but the weather is not cooperating. I don't think I'm going to finish this. I'm really hoping to get back into this now that my broken toe has healed and I can once again start walking for exercise.
2.  Paint our kitchen ceiling.  DONE!
3.  Plant my daffodil bulbs before snow gets here.  DONE!
4.  Plan a monthly date night with my husband.  Have been doing something even if it's just going out to lunch on a Saturday.
5.  Do at least 4 blog posts per week. Doing pretty good with this one, but I'm not going to cross it off just yet.  Seeing it on my list keeps me motivated. This has not been going well.  May was a rough month for us.  I'm changing this to 3 posts per week.  4 is just too much for me. Seriously?  I suck at this one!
6.  Pack my summer clothing away.  Yea, I know it's November. Done!
7.  Make over our now empty guest room. Still haven't touched this room. I have painted the ceiling and the walls. The casings have been installed and painted.  Doors are being repainted as I type this.
8.  Spend more time with friends. I'm keeping up with this one.
9.  Finish reading all the books on my NOOK before buying more. Haven't read ANYTHING!  I read one book, "Gone Missing" by Linda Castillo and I just started "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn I finished Gone Girl and also read "A Stolen Life" by Jaycee Dugard  Read a few more books:  Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris, Seriously, I'm Kidding by Ellen Degeneres, The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, The Last Child by John Hart.  If you get a chance read The Forgotten Garden and The Last Child.  I literally couldn't put these two books down.
10. Put new weather stripping on our kitchen door. I don't know why I keep brushing this off.  Something so simple.  Nope! Not yet.
11. Replace the kitchen back splash. DONE and DONE!
12. Tile kitchen counters.  Are you noticing a theme here? Getting close, going to pick out tile. DONE! 
13. Paint 3 pieces of furniture that have been waiting patiently for a year now or maybe longer. I painted one piece, unfortunately it wasn't one of the original 3 that I had in mind. YES, I painted one of the pieces......the armoire for the guest room.  Nothing new here to report.
14. Tear down small porch to entrance of house and build new bigger porch.  That will have to wait until    
      Spring.  Still waiting for spring. We will be doing this come September.  Summer is just too busy.  Still hoping for this one soon.
15. Catch up on my scrapbooking.  I'm only 2 years behind. I'm getting together with a friend tomorrow for a scrapbooking day. I've been getting together with a friend every Wednesday to spend the day scrapbooking so I'm making progress. Haven't done any scrapbooking all summer.
16. Watch the first season of True Blood that I borrowed from my daughter like maybe 1-1/2 years ago.Have not watched one single episode!
17. Make Memory boxes for my grown children. NOPE!
18. Keep the clutter off our kitchen island. YES!  I seem to be accomplishing this.
19. Go cross country skiing at least twice a week.  Of course, that depends of Mother Nature giving us      enough snow this winter.  Last year we had a very mild winter, not enough snow to do anything. Not once have those skis been on my feet.  We have plenty of snow............I have no excuse. This didn't get done, but I still have until December!
20. Stop using my craft room as a dumping ground. I haven't dumped anything new in there lately. After I got all the Christmas stuff put away I definitely have more floor space.  Still have some stuff that I need to find a home for.  Still a work in progress.  I actually have cleaned it up even more and finally got some of my 
scrapbook paper better organized.

Can't wait to see how everyone else is progressing!  Wanna check it out?  Click here.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

When Life Gives You Lemons........................

Welcome to my pity party!

Life just hasn't been going well for me this summer so I'm having myself a good ole pity party!  You're allowed to do that once in awhile.

As you know last month I broke my toe.  You can read about that here.  Thankfully it has finally healed and I can start exercising again next week.  This week is my first time back in my flip flops and I'm really excited about that!

Now, on to the not so good news, thus the reason for my pity party.

Last Fall we bought this beautiful 32 foot 5th wheel camper with 3 slide-outs.

There were some things we had to do this past Spring before we could take it out..................like buy a truck to haul it!  We did that in April.  Then we had to get it insured, registered......blah, blah, blah.  Our first trip with it was scheduled to begin August 16th for 9 glorious days at Nick's Lake Campground in Old Forge, NY.  We've been camping there many times with our previous 19 footer.

We had checked the weather and it was to be beautiful for that week, perfect, in fact.  We had the camper all loaded and ready to go.  And, then it happened!  

Henry pushed the button to raise the front of the camper so he could back the truck under it to hook up the hitch and it wouldn't raise!  Now, mind you, he had just moved it from one spot in our yard closer to the house for loading a few weeks prior with no problem.  He tore into it to find out the problem.  He's handy like that.  The conclusion was he couldn't fix it that day, maybe tomorrow, because he needed parts he didn't have.  So, I called the campground and  told them we would be a day late.  This was on Friday.  Early Saturday morning we drove 90 minutes to the closest Camping World for parts.  Can you believe it, on a Saturday when most people are working on things and need parts, no one was in the parts department.  The guy working said to call on Monday because he had no idea what would be needed and it would take at least a week to get the parts in.  Are you kidding me?  Back home we went.  Henry got online to an RV parts supplier, called them up and they shipped the parts we needed that day.  The bad news is they wouldn't be here until Thursday.  Needless to say we had to cancel our reservation.  Luckily we only lost $40 out of $207!  Even worse news is the parts cost us $500!  The camper is now fixed and we are hoping to go camping sometime in September.

We tried to make the best of it by working on the spare bedroom that had been neglected since I broke my toe.

Just when you thought my story was over.............. Last summer I fell when the steps going off our deck collapsed on me.  I had mentioned to Henry a few weeks earlier that I thought they felt a little wobbly.  He checked them out and said they were fine.  Apparently, they weren't!  When I fell, I injured the rotator cuff of my right shoulder.  I ended up going to Physical Therapy for about a month and all was well...........until late June, early July this year. I noticed my shoulder began aching again so off to the doctor I went.  He ordered an MRI which showed I have a tear in the tendon of the rotator cuff.  If anyone has had this kind of injury it can be very painful especially at night when you're trying to sleep.  The only way to repair it is surgery.  On September 12th I will be having surgery.  I will be in a sling for awhile along with more Physical Therapy.  My doctor said it is a 6 month recovery period.  Can anything more happen?  I sure hope not!

Since receiving this news I have been working like a mad woman to get that spare bedroom finished.  I'm not sharing any pictures yet, but it's getting there.

Now, I have some good news to share.  August 30th will be Henry's last day of work.  After 35 years of working in the IT field he is retiring and we couldn't be happier.  The main reason we bought the bigger camper is because we will be going to Florida for 3 months this upcoming winter.  We will be gone January, February and March.  Can you say EXCITED! 

  Right now I don't know how this will effect my blogging, not that I've been doing a lot of that lately anyways.  Because, as you know I've been too involved in my pity party!  With having surgery I won't be able to do any projects for a little bit so I'm thinking the blog will be pretty quiet for awhile.

I really do enjoy sharing my projects with you and especially love all the comments my wonderful followers leave.  I sure hope you will hang in there with me.

Thanks for visiting.
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