Friday, July 22, 2016

And it's feeling like home!

I still don't have much in the way of furniture but it's cozy for now!

I'm using a set of wicker patio furniture and my dad's old Eames rocker.  The TV is on a coffee table the former owners of this place left behind as not worthy of taking.  I'd agree, but it works for now.

No room for my old treadmill but my little exercise bike has found a spot.

My bedroom has furniture.  My old four poster bed from when I was a kid and this old vanity that I bought at a flea market to refinish.  The chair is also one I repainted and recovered.

I brought this shower curtain with me from the other house because I liked it so much.

At some point, I'd like to paint these cabinets but for now, they look just fine!

I'm open for visitors!  Stop on by!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Beds are obviously pretty important.  Since I was pretty much "camping" until the floors went in, the kids didn't have beds here.  Well, technically Austin's bed was here but I was using it because it was lighter and easier to move while installing the floors.  So as soon as the floors were done, we hooked up the horse trailer and went back to get our beds and set them up.

Madison's was first.  Free mattress, box springs and the cool metal bed frame courtesy of our neighbor, Jeff.

My bed became a bit of an issue.  The frame we thought would attached to my headboard didn't.  It was only a double and didn't have the right bottom ends on it.  Not that it mattered since the mattress I had ordered from Costco hadn't shown up yet.  But Madison insisted we set it up anyway pushing the futon to the side in front the of the bathroom.

It kind of made it awkward going to the bathroom - I literally rolled out of bed into the bathroom!

 And then the mattress came!  In this small box.  Small but 125 lbs heavy box.  Bed was set up but I was home alone...  While it outweighed me by a bit....

I won!  With some careful maneuvering, my bed in a box became a mattress on my bed!

All made up in white - I have always wanted white on my bed...and now I have it!

Last we made up Austin's bed and got him situated.

My little house is finally coming together!

Monday, July 18, 2016

New Floors!

When I bought this house it had builders grade beige carpet throughout almost the whole house.  It smelled horrible and looked worse.  It was one of the first things we did - tear it all out.  Along with that, we pulled out the linoleum from the bathrooms and kitchen which had badly yellowed.

After rooming about 7 billion staples and nails, I had nice bare floors - perfect for covering up with a nice dark laminate!  The guys that came to install it were very nice and worked fast.  I was so surprised to see how much they got done the first day that I couldn't imagine how it was going to take them 3 days.

The first day had 95% of the living room done.

Most of my bedroom and all of my closet was done.
The hallway & closet going to the kid's rooms was done and just a little way into Madison's room on the right.

The next day they finished up pretty early but still got so much done!

 All that was left was a small strip along each side of the kitchen going into the pantry!!

I love it!  I still have to install the shoe molding but it looks so awesome!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Cutting the Grass

One of the things I was concerned about with moving was needing to cut the grass.  I shouldn't have been.  About two weeks after I got the house Austin cut the grass for me and then the drought got worse and it didn't rain, and didn't rain, and didn't rain and the grass died.

Finally, I bought a hose and sprinkler.

That same afternoon, the sky got dark and it started to rain!

Minutes later, it looked like this again.  

I'm back to using my sprinkler.

Monday, July 11, 2016


I have done a crazy amount of painting in this house.  I started with closets - every single closet was painted top to bottom.  Then I painted my bedroom and bathroom.  The kids each painted their own rooms with some help on the trim and doorways.  Next was the dining room and living room.  Both were huge projects with some lovely brown walls to cover up along with some badly yellowed white walls.

The hallway was also that lovely shade of chocolate brown that made it look like a cave.  I replaced the light fixture with one replaced in a bedroom with a ceiling fan, and got it painted white.

The side of the living room going to the master bedroom.

What I really couldn't wait to do was the kitchen.  With it's red and green walls and wall paper board, it was hideous at best, even with good bones.  It's a huge kitchen with stainless steel appliances, nice range hood, built in microwave and oven, even enough room for my office and/or an eat in kitchen area.  But the read and green...

 Austin and my mom worked heard to get the boarder off.  It was glued on there but good!

The green on some walls was a particularly awful shade of green.  And with the red on the other walls and the bluish-gray tile....ugh!

 The transformation was slow but oh how good it made me feel to see it coming together!

Pulling out the fridge meant a quick cleaning job first but then some fresh white paint was waiting!

Little by little I climbed on ladders and counter tops covering up all those colors with WHITE!

Everything ended up in the middle of the kitchen for a couple of days but it was so worth it!

Since I was also painting all the fake wood trim around the doors and window, it was a tedious job.  All of that required 2-3 coats.  The red and green walls took two coats of the guaranteed one coat Behr paint (Hello Behr???).

But as I rounded that last corner....AH!!!!!!  How can white paint make anyone so freaking happy as it does me?

In the mean time, Dad decided he couldn't stand the front door another minute being all smoker's yellowed against my fresh white paint.  We pulled off this door stopper thing and  you could see what color that door USED to be originally.  Wow!

And my fantastic pops went to work (adding to his list of 500 other things he had already done!).

Mom was also hard at work scraping out the old caulk around the sinks in both bathrooms and the kitchen.

After cutting in the door..

And finally down to the last little bit!!  Oh my gosh it looks sooooooooo much better!!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Amazing Nature

This summer will go down in history as having the most storms that passed right by us and never dropped a drip of rain.  But the weird weather has created some amazing sunsets...

And sunrises.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Chancellor is back!

After nearly a month off to recover from his mishap of cutting open his stomach, Chancellor is back to work.  I dug out this bonnet from a box that had been in my office and while brown doesn't work well on a black horse (Mata Hari), it does look good on a palomino!