Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I would post more pictures, but those yesterday can't be outdone, so I will get to work finishing that kitchen, getting the last things moved and getting our horses ready to go. Tomorrow I will take some new pictures. For now, look some more at the kitchen pictures...I love paint!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Here is another green picture.
And the same area primed (from a different angle of course)
Clearly we are putting doors back on those bottom cabinets, but they need more paint and why put them back on until they are done.
In my dream world I would replace that dishwaser with a white one (immediately if not sooner), replace all the cabinets (especially base ones) and the counter surface.
I really feel the previous owners had huge dreams (and architect drawn plans to prove it) and let perfectionism become a crutch. When you can't accept 'good enough' you paralyze yourself. They lived for many years (12) with those green cabinets they hated too! The hubby was an amazing workman and he just waited until he could do it 'right'....so it NEVER got anything done. I will take 'good enough' and done over miserable any day.
Speaking of which, the hubby, who did all the work in the sunroom (see previous posts) complemented me on how I had it decorated. I had a little moment of sad, because I think they worked on it all those months/years and never just ENJOYED it. Again...perfectionism! I do, however, appreciate the perfectionism he put into that sunroom!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Unfortunately, my hubby is working all week and I am doing most of this on my own. It is tiring and thankless work. I keep reminding myself that in a week I will be LIVING in my new home. Of course, when I give myself that reminder, myself says 'oh my we have alot to do"! :-D Silly self!
Friday, October 24, 2008
So, I have a huge 'to do' list for both the old house and the new house. Some very IMPORTANT ones are pictured below.
Put hen house here! So I can stop carrying heavy hens across the yard and moving their little 'chicken tractor' around. I am hoping this job will find a 'helper'. I can see this being something I would spend days trying to do when someone with some 'skills' could knock it out in a few hours.
Next is to take the stone behind the barn and level this little garden. This could surely wait until Spring, but I would like to get a few of these things done before the ground freezes so SPring will be the lovely 'surprise' I like it to be. I want to move some of my Daylilies, a rose bush and plant some new bulbs.
Probably TRULY first is getting out the KILZ2 paint. The previous family had a cute little girl about Duncan's age, but I don't think Duncan will appreciate her Teal wall? Well, he probably doesn't care, but mommy does NOT like it. Also, D's room is the only one with carpet and I can't have carpet in his room. I will have to pull up the carpet and remove that nasty adhered stuff below and see what is there. If it is wood I will paint it, if it is something else I will panic a little more and then fix it as I find out.
About ten seconds after I arrive at the new house I fully intend to CLEAN these Cabinets, go outside to do other stuff (see above), come back in, Kilz2 them, go upstairs kilz d's wall and so on. I really think those green cabinets are dragging that kitchen down! Get some white in there and Ta da, a cute little cottage kitchen that begs me to make some muffins for my family.
Hey, did I mention that Kilz2? I also intend to get rid of this green division between the dining room and the kitchen. I am hoping this will open the space up some more and visibly increase my space.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
We don't technically get the place until Sunday. We talked to the sellers and got permission to offload the trailer load of stuff. So I have space in the barn and in the sunroom.
Here is the new table in the sunroom with just a few of our things. Here is the view from the front door...WELCOME to my new home!
Grand total: 167.50
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
So, until Saturday the word is PATIENCE! I want desperately to get overthere, put a few chairs in teh sunroom and watch the sunset at my new house. YES my NEW HOUSE! :D
Monday, October 20, 2008
It started well. I got D'bear on the bus, started some laundry and called my realtor. We drove out to take a last tour of the house before we close tomorrow. I still didn't have a number nailed down for my down payment and other costs. I was running around moving money when the mortgage guy called and said the mortgage insurance company had 'changed their rules' over the weekend. We would need $2400 more!
I managed to make a very hard phone call to my aunt and get the money. Our closing has been moved to later in the day tomorrow and I am praying that we are good to go. It scares me to no end that I will have no 'cushion' when we do this. I will be a little scared until we refill that emergency fund and return the money to my aunt.
So, here is the picture out the back door of the 'new place', God will it will be mine tomorrow.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Pictured here is the 'horse barn'. The entry door right there is where I will keep my feed and my saddles and goodies. I can just picture how happy my dogs will be to go to the barn with me in the mornings. Way better than two second potty break they get in the city. :-D
Here is a photo of my riding arena. If you are a non horse person this is a HUGE selling point. Sadly, they are taking their jumps with them and I will have to have some standards made, but I can do it!
Here is the yard where the septic finger system is...I will plan to fence this and put my son's playground stuff there! Yay Duncan!
So, Tuesday I may not get to blog until late, if at all, but boy will I have alot to talk about! :-D
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I think he will look good in here with the black iron joist straps. We shall see! Did I get a good deal or what?
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
It ended up not selling so she emailed me and offered to do a barter for dog grooming. I wonder if her mom's "Doodle" has as pretty legs as my NEW table?
Now I have to decide, dining room or sunroom? This is slightly bigger than our 'old' table, so I think dining room, but this is definately a SHOW OFF piece (especially when I paint it....what....WHITE...oh yeah).
Say hello to Star (trying to hog the blog?) again and say hello beautiful table, hello where we shall be serving Thankgiving supper this year.
Now just to annoy you....go up and look at the first pic and then note in the background (besides a toy) is my grandmothers drum table....have a look at those legs? Wonder why I fell for it?
Thank you Roxanne, I hope my Style for LuLu is as pretty as your nay MY table!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Star is my 'baby dog' she is just a little over one and she was dumped on me by a young girl who handed me the ten week old tiny pup and said "mom is going to take her to the pound". I took this little bundle because terriers are difficult and often get homes and end up BACK in the pound. My plan was to spend a few weeks 'training' her and place her. I started calling her "pup" while she learned manners. Within two days I realized she was that rare super smart dog as well as independent and superloyal. She was just like my old girl and in 14 years I hadn't met one that even came close. So I added her to our pack. We were already calling her Pup so we went with "Party like a Pupstar" as her name. She also answers to Starnessmarie.
Well, back to our story.....We stopped at Target to get a leash, since I hadn't intended to walk with her (bad mom). Then headed to Brown County State Park. These are older pics and the leaves were nearly peak on Monday. I hiked trail number two which is two miles and 'moderate' terrain. Star had a great time, I realized I need to walk more and that carrying this extra weight is really dragging me down.
The scenes were beautiful I saw about six other humans the whole time and lots of squirrels and they just KNEW Star was on a leash so they were barking at her...making her little terrier mind nearly explode.
Part of me felt guilty for walking when I should have been packing, but I always regret not enjoying Autumn more. It was well worth my time. I still think it is funny that even at 34 people seem surprised I just might up and go hiking alone. After turning 21 overseas I forget that there are those who just never would go alone. I was not alone I had Star and I admit I called Daryl and said "if they ask you for one of those 'she went missing' specials, I was last seen walking my dog down Trail 2 in Brown County".
Where have you ventured today?
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I think alot of us struggle with forgiveness. We somehow want people to DESERVE to be forgiven. We want to know people will NOT do it again and won't hurt us again. We want to hold grudges and be angry, because we are RIGHT!
Forgiveness is about US not them. Forgiving frees you from the anger and hate that dwell in holding a grudge. Those are not fruits of the Spirit, to be sure.
This week I had a hard time with Forgiveness. My usually wonderful, yet human, husband had been taking change from a jar of mine. He had missed the memo that this money had come from my grandmother. She was a woman of little money and yet she saved all the coins of all the grandkids birth years. So I shared 1974 with my cousin Bill and she would sort those coins from her change and put them away for us. She touched each coin with her tiny line-covered hands. She likely had times where the end of the month came before the end of the money and she could have taken a few bucks from any of us without our knowledge, but didn't and still she saved.
I was so angry at DH when he I found the jar, I had intended to use it as a symbol of her helping me to buy our home. He was sure he didn't know what it was when he took it and I believe that, but then I was SO mad that he hadn't listened to me tell him (8 years ago) and that stung even more. I left the house so angry I couldnt' breath. I took the lighter jar and sat in a parking lot and sobbed over that money. I spent most of the week angry about it and thinking how Grandma never had nearly what we had and yet DH used her money for things (pop etc..) she probably gave up for me to have this money.
I became convicted of my feelings a few days ago when I realized that the EMOTION my grandma put in there was important and she too had an imperfect husband (i never met him) and she was also a wonderful wife by all acounts. The biblical description of a good wife/woman was read at her funeral, even. I never heard her say a bad word about another human, even some who had scarred her deeply. My language slips more in a day than hers did in a lifetime. She would NOT want me angry at my husband. She would want me to forgive him for MY sake and HIS. Even more so, God would want me to forgive this too! I am still sad and have some moments, but I am working on forgiveness.
Is there someone you should forgive for YOUR sake today?
What if HE didn't forgive us when we misused his belongings?
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I can't believe that in two weeks I will be taking stuff over there to clean, paint and get ready to move. It is crazy!
Monday, October 6, 2008
It is a little island I will keep decorated while I pack.
My horrendous OMMISSION was from my "Birthday Blessings" post a few days ago. My good friend Shelly and I have lunch together on Monday's and last week she paid and got me the cutest card and a couple of gifts. I completely spaced putting her gifts on the blog, because in all honesty they were still in my vehicle. The card is a 21 boot salute and with me being a horse girl, how perfect is that? Also a WW cookbook and a points calculator. I know some of you are saying "What kind of pal would get you a diet book?" Well, she is my friend because we met at Weight Watchers meetings. She is actually my leader, my Zumba instructor and first and foremost a funny and great friend.
Yesterday my friend Duda and I went out to see my new house (from the outside), went Goodwilling and to dinner together as a belated b'day celebration. She is on of my horsey friends so she especially wanted to get me 'out' after euthanizing Ruby on Tuesday. We had a great time and she bought me a set of plates at Goodwill I have been eyeballing as my "new everyday" dishes. I already had the bowls, they die like crazy around here! Oddly I got her plates for her 'early b'day gift' a few days ago! LOL
I am blessed with great friends!
Today I went to turn my horses out and saw THIS on the pond and thought I would share the 'moment' with you all! It is a Great Blue Heron, waiting for supper!
This is my 'second attempt' at a tassel and it goes with Rachel's gift from this post.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
In ways we 'have less' because we gave up some things (Starbucks) and pared down some others, but we have alot more calm (peace) in our home and being able to pay all the bills on time or early and not 'freaking out' is worth missing my Chai Latte from Sbux.
Check him out and let me know how it goes!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
The first time I saw this picture of Dogwood trees and Nuthatches was a few weeks ago, I fell in love, but it was marked nine dollars and I just couldn't spend it while saving for down payment money. The birds are SO cute and dogwood trees were my mom's fave and I keep my eyes out for anything that FITS my style that happens to have them.
So Monday I wandered in and Ta Da still there and HALF off. I got it for $4.50. :-D That is a good deal! I also picked up the bird that matches for 99cents.
Then I found this mantle clock for TWO DOLLARS! I have removed the back, the glass and pulled off the weird black 'fuzzies' someone glued on. I am debating how to proceed, but I know I will paint it and I have a plan for the glass. The paint (black) on the back is peeling. I have traced the opening and am going to find a way to cover it and maybe even be able to change it seasonally! :-D
I will post some of my other finds later, but tonight I am tired from long hours of dog grooming, errand running and a carb-loaded birthday dinner at my dad's home. The gravy lesson was productive, let's just see if I can do it myself in a few weeks!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
My husband woke up early and made me a cake. It stayed uniced most of the day, as he was at work, but he came home, frosted it and used chocolate chips for words.
I also received several cards. My hubby's sister and her family sent those adorable little bear cards. My grandmother sent me one I forgot to photograph along with a check. I put the check in my savings account and I intend to use that money for my downpayment. Along with money my other grandma (deceased) kept for me for YEARS. I will feel as if they had a part in buying my home.
I got call after call and I think I may have used up all my cell phone minutes in one day? :D
I had to reschedule dinner with my dad and his wife until Thursday, b/c DH was working and I didn't want him to miss Pork Chops and Gravy. My dad makes the best gravy EVER and I asked that for my b'day he teach me to take mine up a notch. Mine is good, his is the stuff of legend...and I am not sucking up he has no internet access! LOL
When my day was over and I was exhausted my neighbor Karen came across the road with a gift from Randy and her. What a lovely pitcher, I can't wait to put it in my dining room in my new home.
Last, but actually first to get here was a gift from my pal D'Gaye. Along with the pumpkin and doily she sent me the following picture is all the wonderful things she sent me. I love you too, girl! She is also the one who got me drinking that wonderful Godiva Dark Chocolate hot cocoa....mmmmmmmmmm!
So her package included those really cool candleholders, silver colored coasters, a potato baking bag (for micro), an adorable sign, a cookbook and some really fun summer napkins for lunches on my back deck next year! I am still amazed at the pals I have made in my grooming world!
My good friend Daryl, who is as postally challenged as me....sent me a card, we are always sending late! LOL She knows me so well, so she is sending me money to go buy BULBS for my front yard. I intend to put in some Daffs, Crocus and maybe Tulips. I love this as a gift, b/c I will be able to enjoy it now and then again when they bloom in the Spring.
Last but not least...I tried my hand at making a tassle last night. I used a little bird I got at Goodwill and I don't think it is bad for my first attempt! I will never be a pro, but sure was fun! Thanks for being a part of my day!
EDITED: to add, D'Gaye says coasters are aluminum!