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Week End Update

Things are coming along folks. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter an oh how pretty it is.  We finished painting the deck this weekend. We needed to put two coats on and had to wait two weeks for it to stop raining, snowing, hailing, between coats.  The cabinet doors are finished. Can you shout hurray with me.  Half of them are up with handles on.  Wowsers does it look great.  I painted my front door.  Yes it really did need it. It is a fir door with a bad stain job. It was looking very ratty and we really needed to make sure the curb appeal sparkled.  We toyed with just getting a new door, but frankly we are just tired of spending money on this house.  Can you believe we make at least a weekly trip to a home improvement store?  I primed the door yesterday and painted it today. It is a dark reddish brown and goes well with the green house and white trim.

May 5th. That is the day we are shooting for.  We have more to do still but I think the hardest parts are done.  Please pray for stamina because frankly we are pooped out, burned out, and just plain tired of working.  It would be so nice to have a quiet boring nothing to do kind of weekend.

In other news, I opened an etsy shop. I  tried to get the linky/logo on my side bar but it isn’t working. I only have one thing listed so far. No, I am not really making a bunch of jewelry at this time, but I hope to add more things to it in the future.  It’s called beadattitude.

Susan

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The bed is making a transformation. I will post a picture when it is finished. I found king size shams on clearance on Lands End. I found a bed skirt on sale today and I bought a bolster pillow. The pillow was not on sale but it wasn’t hugely expensive either. I really need a head board but we don’t have time to make one yet. I have this idea (not original) to transform an old panel door into a headboard. We have a recycle place in town that has many many doors to choose from for a good price. I think I may need to get some extra large pillows to prop up the pillows I have to give the head of the bed a boost.

Random thought:

There are three show on tv that I don’t get. I know they have huge followings but I don’t understand why.

1-The Office

2-Survivor

3-Lost

edit: to be fair, yes I do have my shows that I love. I am an AI fan.  But my favorite is Men In Trees. I like Numbers too. Other than that I don’t watch much else.  However if I had cable I would be glued to HGTV and the cooking shows.

We are really hoping to warms up and dries up in the NW this weekend. We really need to get those doors painted. Another weekend of work is ahead of us. I am really hoping for a little vacation when this is all over. Luckily we don’t have to worry about the yard. Why, you ask? Because I hired a company to come this week and beautify it and boy does it look great and we are both giddy with excitement that we don’t have to do all that work, and for those of you who have been to my house you know how BIG our yard is.

I just finished reading aloud a history book to the girls and hubby when he is around during reading time. (sometimes I read in the afternoon, sometimes at the dinner table). It is called Madeleine Takes Charge and it is fabulous. The girls would beg me to read and not stop. It is about the French and Indian wars and about a young girl who takes charge while her parents are away. She becomes a heroine and in Quebec there stands a statue in her honor. Amazing story! I love historical fiction.

Have a great weekend!

Susan

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The stove saga

Last fall my parents came to visit us. My stove broke down during their visit. In fact it was during our first meal together.  My mom was appalled and told my step dad that he was buying me a new stove.  Surely a mom of three cannot live without a functioning stove, right? Who was I to argue? We went shopping and it wasn’t long before my stove was installed. What a blessing that was.  I loved my electric stove.

Enter-new/old house with a gas stove.  While I loved my stove, having a gas stove was very appealing.  However, I was not going to leave my new stove at the old house. Mom would not have appreciated it. So we made plans to replace the stove in the house we are selling.  I found a good one at a clearance warehouse.  We pulled the current gas stove out of the new house and sold it to a dear friend. We brought the new electric stove to the new house. Oooops, we need to have it wired for the electric stove.  Are you following this so far?

All that was done, then my mom calls.  She says, “You have gas at the new house right?” “Yes, mom.”  “Well, why don’t you sell your stove and buy a gas one.”  “Are you sure?”  “Yes.”  All righty then….New electric stove gets listed on Craig’s list on Saturday night. Today a couple came to look at it and bought it.  Wow—can I just say that is amazing to me, that it would go so fast.  This couple found exactly what they were looking for and at a discount from buying a new one.  We got a very good price for it. In fact they didn’t even offer less.

Now, I get to look for a new stove.  So dear friends, give me your input–

Shall I go for stainless steel or white (the only two colors that will go)?

Should I get all gas or duel fuel?

Some of the gas ones offer an all gas but with a convection feature in the oven.

If you have opinions on brand, color, cleaning ease, and gas vs duel fuel, I’d love to hear it.

In other news, remember my bedding dilemma? I just found and ordered King size shams on Lands End Overstocks for $7.99 each.  What a deal!  They are a light sage and I think they will go nicely. I may go get a white quilted bolster pillow that Target has. And I hope to find a couple smaller decorative pillows that go with.  (TJ Maxx here I come).  When I bought the quilt several years ago, they offered matching shams and I will forever regret not getting them at the time.  It was just me trying to be cheap.

Susan

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Well, just as most of the projects have gone since we started three months ago, this is taking longer than we thought. Last weekend it was sunny, bright and oh so warm. It was a day we live for here in the Northwest. Today was cold, bitterly cold, wet, with even just a few snow flurries. That makes for slow drying time. All the painting is being done in the garage, the obvious place, and with a limited amount of space hubby needed to figure out how to paint 22 doors and where to store them while they are drying. He is so brilliant. He built this amazing tower with arms sticking out and on each set of arms rests a door. Not only that, the whole thing does not tip over when all the doors are in place. Side two of the primer coat is being put on and hopefully it will be dry by tomorrow. Hopefully tomorrow we can get one side painted with it’s top coat. Hopefully it will warm up.

Susan

PS–No painting today. We woke up to snow on the ground. We had sunny skies, clouds, rain, hail.  What strange weather we are having. We were able to move quite a bit of stuff out of the house though. It is feeling so good in here. What am I possibly going to do with all the stuff in the other house. Did I tell you we are loosing about 300 sf?  Yikes!

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Bloggy bash!

Hey— wannna chance to win some cool gifts?

Head over to my bloggy friend Marsha every day next week to enter in her bloggy birthday bash.  She will have a different prize each day and all you have to do is leave a comment.  How easy is that. Oh, and don’t forget to wish her a happy birthday!

Susan

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King Size bed

I need help. As I look at my made up bed, I realize it is missing something. It just doesn’t quite have that department store look. We have two king size pillows with regular pillow cases on them. We have standard pillows with pillow cases also; these are the ones we sleep on. The king pillows get thrown on the floor. I don’t have euro pillows or shams. What can I do to make the bed look nicer, more polished? Any great ideas?

Susan

edit: if you scroll down you will see a photo of my bed.

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Where have I been?

Sorry folks for being so sporadic in writing. I was thinking ya’ll might be getting bored of house repair info. Shoot, I’m getting bored of writing about it.  We are still plugging away and making progress. I think the end is in sight. We hope to list the house by the end of the month. That gives us about a week and a half. Yikes!  Heres what we’ve been working on, just because I know you are dying to know…

*sanded and painted all the drawer fronts in our kitchen

*finished building the doors to the cabinets, hinges attached, hung, tweaked and hung again. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, there are exactly 22 doors.

*power washed deck twice, and one coat of a paint/stain on the deck.  Still waiting for the rain to stop so we can put on coat 2.

*A few things taken out of the house to brought to the new house.

*more toys decluttered from girls rooms and packed up.

*fireplace trim attached—yeah it is completely finished.  Let’s just say it’s been a long time waiting.

Still to do before we list…

*take cabinet doors off, and paint.

*apply laminate to left side of kitchen and add the tile backsplash.

*clean, clean and clean some more.

In other news—-

We were really blessed recently to have been GIVEN a piano.  I had it moved to the new house and it is beautiful in it’s upright 1920’s glory. It used to be a player piano but the mechanism was taken out. It is in wonderful condition, just needs a tuning and the girls are absolutely thrilled to have their own piano. Next year we begin lessons.  Princess is showing a strong aptitude towards music. She has a beautiful voice, but has not enjoyed choir this year, so next year she will get to learn the violin and piano.  Right now, she sings her choir songs and figures out how to play the song on the piano. She can play several songs, and had not been taught a thing yet. To me that is amazing. She is even starting to write the music down on music paper.

We bought a car. Yep, this week we saw a Nissan Xterra for sale just two houses down and decided to check it out.  Hubby has been driving a clunker truck to work, he commutes on the freeway. The seat is broken and he sits lopsided in it. Sometimes the key doesn’t work in the ignition and it takes several minutes to get the car started.  The door lock also has issues.  We test drove the car, drove it again, hubby crawled underneath, because he is that kind of guy (one of the things I love about him) and then made the decision to buy it. The bright yellow bumble bee is sitting in the driveway right now.  It’s a mans car and I am so happy for hubby to have it. It does scream “name me” though.

Yesterday I was working on teaching fractions to Princess.  She is adding fractions with unequal denominators, and it is a concept she must understand before moving on.  So I took two paper plates and cut them up into pie pieces and we talked about equivalent fractions and if I gave her 1/2 of the pie and her sister 2/4 of the pie, who has more which obviously neither do.  So Pixie who has a small sense of humor, doesn’t like jokes, doesn’t get jokes pipes up and says, “what I want to know is what kind of pie is it?”  Ha, what a hoot!

I guess that is about it for now. Aren’t you glad that I got you all caught up?

Susan

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