Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Never-Ending List

Now I know why nothing ever seems to get done around this house. I have a list a mile long and it keeps growing!
I decided to go through the house and see just how much there is that can be done and needs to be done soon.
(the only repairs this list includes are minor ones)

  1. Organize the bathroom

  2. Scrub the bathroom shelves

  3. Mop the bathroom floor

  4. get rid of the old sink

  5. find globes for the bathroom light fixture

  6. replace flush handle

  7. organize kitchen

  8. re-finish counter top

  9. take out old black splash

  10. scrub stove

  11. finish cleaning out back room

  12. take yard sale stuff to sister's

  13. clean blinds in the living room and kitchen

  14. get all junk out of my room that doesn't belong in there

  15. dust and vacuum my room

  16. find blocks for burn barrel

  17. get everything off the front porch

  18. find gutter guards

  19. clean out the back gutter

  20. get rid of tree limbs

  21. mow yard

  22. cut trees out of fence

  23. clean out the room upstairs

  24. trim Rufus' nails

  25. lower blinds in the living room

Check back tomorrow. I'm sure there will be at least 5 more things added to this list.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Hallie & Rufus

Two peas in a pod- Hallie & Rufus.

The new rule of thumb in our home should you stop in for a visit- you must meet Rufus before you get to Hallie. If not be prepared to be bitten. Very protective little guy. Kinda like Ruby and Jeremy.

Unlike Ruby, Rufus likes the camera.
(Something else he and Hallie have in common.)


Perhaps he likes it a little too much!

Hallie made Ruby get in for this one. I think she got bit out of this. Good thing for her she has a tough hide. :P 

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Last Sunday I had taken the dogs out and came back into the bathroom to clean up Ruby's little mess. I put two fingers (no pressure) on the corner of the sink as I pitched her droppings into the toliet and the sink fell off the wall!
(That's the old sink. One of those old-fashioned jobbies that hang on the wall.)

So what did I do? I bee lined it to Lowe's and found a sink top/vanity combo. It took some fan-angling but it's all together.

It's a little crowded. I would rather have the sink on the wall opposite the commode, but I'm just not ready to learn how to move the drain and water lines.

I had to learn to run a new drain too. The job isn't perfect by any means, but not too bad for someone who really didn't have a clue. :)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Luke the Gumball Tree

Meet Luke our gumball tree. He is massive!
(Is it weird that we named our tree?)

Here's a closer shot of Luke~

The wind is not a friend of Luke's.
This is the little half of the limb that blew out in this afternoon's storm.

And this is the big half.
Hallie wanted in the shot too.

Remember I said "halves"
Yes it was one big limb that stretched from one side of the alley to the other.
It also took out the old cable/phone line to the neighbor's house.
We found an old, dull ax and I chopped it in half.
So much for feeling it tomorrow, I'm feeling it now!

There was a couple of good things that came about from this~
1. The kids gleaned bunches of gumballs and are now ready for their next battle.
2. Jeremy and his buddy had a good laugh at the thought of me swinging an ax.

I am reconsidering the thought of heating with wood some day. That's a lot of work! But it would also be an awesome workout.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Old Door from Habitat ReStore

As if mowing the lawn and the alley wasn't enough this morning. I decided to see if I could hang the new door Jeremy and I picked up at the Habitat ReStore weekend before last.

This is what it looks like without the door. Ewwww!!
Would you really want your company to see this the moment they walked into your home?

"Cutting process" was interesting. A jig saw is not my favorite thing to use. And if you look really close you can see the door is a little wavy at the top. I had to cut 3/4" off. I'm really glad Cousin Bob forgot his sawhorses the other day. :D

I had to have help hanging the door of course. Jeremy is so lucky! He got the job of holding it in place while I got the hinges attached to the door frame. Now we just need an antiqey looking doorknob.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Living Room

The before pictures

The after pictures

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Moved In

We are FINALLY all moved in! Can you believe it?! Still not unpacked, but.....

Oooo that's a creepy pic, isn't it? I think I need to get some new pics of the house. I have some before pics and as I start getting rooms put together I'll post the befores and afters so ya'll can see how the old place is coming along.

You know what is really tempting? To take a stay-cation. I have been self-employed for the last three years and have yet to take any kind of vacation. My last "vacation" of sorts was when I worked at the nursing home and used my vacation time to recover from my gall bladder surgery. I think I'm a little past due. How bout you?