Saturday, February 28, 2015

Winter Arrived...





Wednesday we got a real wet snow... very beautiful...my view from the "Penthouse" where I work.  That's my car just left of the tree.


back view of the hospital from the monitor I have to watch.


Our house is in the yellow area, we were with out power for 46 hours.
Kenneth used the generator and fireplace to keep everything going.
He learned alot about what can run together and what has to be switched on or off to get the best usage.  It was like living on "Green Acres", for those who remember the show, she had everything labeled with a number so she would know what could be turned on or off.  
He did go through what I would call "electronic withdrawal", no TV or computer.  We did figure out the little older TV in the bedroom would work, so next time....... it won't be quite so bad.

But, actually it was the most prepared we have ever been, and the first time we got to use all the remodel work, switching from total electric to propane for heating and cooking, it was worth everything we've done. 


Shortly after they got the electricity turned back on I finally notified him that round two was on it's way!  Luckily we stayed just on the southern edge and didn't end up getting anymore.


our backyard...



feeding the birds (taken through the kitchen window screen)

We also started on the next remodel project...
redoing the Guest Bedroom (or the girls room, sorry Sam)

I decided to start by scraping off the popcorn ceiling, since we could hopefully control the dust/debris fallout by closing the door.

So we started by removing everything from the room...







the "crew" (Kenneth) worked on it during the snow, it came out really well.

Ideas:  Blue Sky Ceiling, coming down into white walls with clouds around the top (I don't know how yet, have to do some research)
A chalkboard wall with some kind of bunk beds.
Hopefully they will be big enough for adult guests too.
Did I mention the iridescent glitter?
stay tuned....

Monday, February 16, 2015

Entrance...

 What color should the front door be? White or light turquoise?

The entrance is finished...




Growing up in the country...
this reminds me of the girls from "Petticoat Junction"   now i'm aging myself...

all they needed was one of the dogs...




Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WE had a PARTY!!!

the month of January I was following four different de-clutter / cleaning blogs... see them here... well the month is over and I think we did pretty well so far.

I am still following the Declutter Calandar and Fly Lady, these are continued throughout the year.  Each one takes just a few minutes of your day or about an hour a week.  As Fly Lady says "Your Never Behind, Just Start Where You Are!"  and "You Can't Clean Clutter!"





   One of the things we were told to do in the middle of the "January Cure" was to plan a party for the end of the month to keep yourself motivated to finish.
   My first though t was, "I'm not planning a party."  A couple of days later I received a phone call that there would be a birthday party on January 31st., and (wait for it) it was going to be at our house!   I thought this was too funny, but we were ready!




it was a FROZEN  themed birthday party...
 her sisters also helped decorate the cupcakes...



yeah... she's a princess...



BLOW...



love the cupcake mustache...







a good time was had by all...



We love you...

Monday, January 26, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Decluttering Progress...

Okay... so far we have...



cleaned and reorganized the pantry...


and the kitchen cabinets and the laundry room...
donated a few unused dishes.
cleaned floors, and wiped down cabinets...







went through our dresser drawers and dusted...
donated a trash bag of clothes.




cleaned out some old bathroom items,
 and scrubbed the tub/shower and sinks...
(can't wait until we can redo these bathrooms)

cleared out some stuff from the craft room...
now I can get back to some projects.


wiped down the computer and desk area...


went through the canning pantry closet and reorganized...
(I think we have enough jars...)

cleared out some clutter from the china cabinet...



went through last years receipts and am ready to file taxes.




washed windows...

LET THE SUN SHINE IN!



finished another dishtowel...
I know there are still some pink lines there, but I'm calling it done.



decorated the January mantel...
(have always loved this saying)
cleared out and donated some of the books in the living room...


getting ready to recover this cushion...



have the paint and brushes ready to get back to remodeling the entry way...

How are you doing on your decluttering?