Day 258-Free Days-How Was Your Easter?

The reason for the season

How has everyone’s Easter been? I hope it has been an enjoyable day of faith, friends and family.

I started the day with church and it was a lovely service. We as a congregation put a flower in a plain wooden cross and when it was done, it was beautiful. I didn’t take a picture because I had a bad vantage point from where I was sitting, besides, I didn’t know how the pastor would feel about me snapping pics during the service. The hand bell choir did a lovely number and then the children performed a song with the chimes. I could’ve listened to that all day.

David cooked all day and we had a delicious ham, pork roast and vegetables, fresh green beans and his home made potato salad. My brother and sister-in-law brought angel cake, fresh fruit and cool whip for strawberry shortcake. Unfortunately, they also brought a lemon pound cake, which I could not pass up, I made my shortcake with it. (It was a small serving but still!) Back to being good tomorrow! No one is perfect, I follow a Paleo lifestyle 80 percent of the time, and it’s a holiday.

I promised some before and after pics of the front yard.

Before-notice: bushes, ground cover and glass front screen door

I want to say this pic was from a year and a half ago, when we first moved in.

After-Bushes gone! New screen door, able to open for cross breeze!

Two days of work later, bushes gone and ground cover dug out. Love my new screen door! Now, we could sit on the front porch and see the neighbors if we want!

A different view
The left side of the front of the house-all bushes out

 Some pretty new flowers to greet guests.

All in all, it has been a great and productive weekend. How was yours? Tell me all about it in the comments, and join me tomorrow for Motivational Monday! See you then.

 

 

Day 90-Ready or Not, Let's Renovate!

My guys left a couple of hours ago to go play golf….right after they ripped one side of our kitchen out and made an opening from the kitchen to the living room.

The madman contemplating his moves-first, drill a hole!
The madman contemplating his moves-first, drill a hole!
Later, the guys scoring the wall
Later, the guys scoring the wall
Removing a section
Removing a section
From the kitchen looking into the living room
From the kitchen looking into the living room
And looking into the kitchen from the living room
And looking into the kitchen from the living room

Other than that, I cheated horribly on my diet at brunch, worked on some Christmas gifts and now, I’m watching a horror movie and about to work on Taylor’s baby blanket. She’s due any day now, even though they say a week or two. She’s already past 9 months so……I know first babies come when they get good and ready, that’s why I say it’s any day now.

So, with that being said, I better get busy! See you with the next upsate

 

 

Day 89-Restoration Abomination!

Cabinets soon to be removed
Cabinets soon to be removed 
Cabinets to be updated
Cabinets to be updated

Omg! Someone came in during the night and stole all our cabinet doors!!

Not really, just another phase in the restoration process, one I dread the most-remodeling the kitchen…right before the holidays! My hubby insists they it will be finished in time for Thanksgiving, I’m cautiously optimistic.

I come from a family with a dad that said things like “you need me to help you with your car? Oh, that will only take 5 minutes” Two hours later…. See, you can’t anticipate problems that crop up. There might be issues with electricity or plumbing, rot or unseen water damage. That’s why I’m hopeful, but not holding my breath.

Meanwhile, in the room we just remodeled (most of the way), I have an addition that not only fit the space perfectly, is so meaningful because it was a gift from some dear friends of mine.

Artwork given to me from my friends Laurie and BJ Casson
Artwork given to me from my friends Laurie and BJ Casson

My friends and former employers, Laurie and BJ recently made the decision to give away their art collection, which was large enough to fill a gallery. It was a decision they did not come to without prayer and deep reflection. Then again, they have always been more than generous, not only with me, with all of their family and friends…and they’ve always treated me like family. When they called me and told me they wanted me to have a few pieces of their art collection, I was honored and happy they thought of me. This particular piece was in his office, I was drawn to it because it is nautical, a style my husband and I like and one that works well with the theme of our new bedroom. Then I brought it home and Dave hung it above our bed and I saw that it fit absolutely perfect, matching our colors and theme to a T! If you click on the picture, it should make it bigger. Yes, I know, we don’t have our headboard yet, patience people. My hubby does things in his own time, we will get there!

Well, it’s time for me to go to work, I hope y’all have enjoyed my updates on our remodeling progression, such as they are. I’ll keep you posted with more before and afters, trust me, the kitchen will be dramatic! See ya later on the patio! 😎

 

 

Day 76-Free Days-Happy News!

I am very exited to share something with you guys today! It’s a baby step in my creative  writing efforts, yet a step in the “write” direction (hehe)! I have been writing on the platform Medium for a few weeks and they have a publication called The Weekly Knob.  Every Monday, they give you a new prompt and you then craft a story featuring that prompt. Last week’s prompt was “broom” and my story-That Witchy Season was published today!! Yea! I love this platform because you also get “recommends” instead of “likes”, and creative feedback, support and love from the Medium writing community. I know the story could have been better, I probably could have changed the title as well, however, I feel validated that my story was accepted and then published and I just wanted to share this news. I also could spend hours reading all the other wonderful stories featured by an extremely talented pool of writers, if I didn’t have so much else to do. Maybe I can read more of them tonight, and I encourage all of you to check them out as well.  Just go to medium.com/theweeklyknob/ ThatWitchySeason on Medium,  if you’d like to read my story. There’s even a Medium app, which makes it all so much easier to navigate.

In other news, we layed more of the flooring today and now have the hallway and laundry room finished!

Hallway to the master bedroom
Hallway to the master bedroom
At the halfway point in the laundry room
At the halfway point in the laundry room

Tomorrow, we’ll install the doors and trim and then we will be one step closer to (horror of all horrors) the kitchen. Shudder! I am not exited about my kitchen being destroyed so close to the holidays!!! It has to be done though, if we expect to have floors by Thanksgiving. I’m so proud of my husband and his handiwork! (I get credit for the layout) I’m his helper, cleanup girl and designer, and we make a great team!

I have also started to make a little progress on the baby blanket I’m crocheting for Taylor’s soon-to-be-born little one. Did I tell y’all the theme for the nursery is Nightmare Before Christmas? I thought it sounded odd until I went on Pinterest and literally found hundreds of pins with the decor and all sorts of other great ideas with the theme. The colors are black, white, lavender and lime green. Although I picked a very basic pattern, I’m proud of how it’s coming along so far. I’ll post a pic when I get to the halfway point.

So that’s it, plus I have three upcoming birthdays to think about and prepare for and of course the holidays are creeping ever closer. Just a few of the things on my mind (and plate) but nothing I can’t handle. I realize this time of year is busy and stressful for everyone, the way I handle it is one bite at a time, somehow it all comes together. Just try to relax and breathe! 😉

 

 

 

 

 

Day 69-Free Days-Home and Garden

After a leisurely morning where we actually got to sleep in for a change, the hubby and I got up and prepared for a long day working around the house and yard.

After a mandatory trip to our home away from home, Home Depot, we got back and he proceeded to ready the hallway for paint and flooring. He also plans to replace the stairs to the attic, since our present one was quite rickety. He got the floor scraped and the walls prepped for paint, then painted. Although the color I picked for the hall didn’t change the look much, at least it’s fresh and clean now.

The hall after fresh paint
The hall after fresh paint

While he was busy with all that, I decided to tackle some much needed yard work. First I weeded out the bed with the little bush plants that line the outer wall of the garage. I had really let that go but after the rain we had yesterday, they came out pretty easily.

Then in was time to give the roses a much needed hair cut. What a job that was, and of course I’m bearing a few scratches and thorn pricks, plus I have no idea what I’m doing, I just went with my gut. The roses appeared to be suffering some kind of sickness, having brown sickly looking leaves clustered among the good ones. Snip snip, and the diseased bits are all gone. Hopefully they come back just as beautiful next year as they were this one. I think it is a big improvement.

Freshly trimmed rose bushes.
Freshly trimmed rose bushes.

I’m still not sure exactly what the plants in the front are, they were pretty when they bloomed out. I just cleared the dead parts away and they can finish out the season where they are. Now for a hot bath or shower and a rest for my already sore back. I hope you all had a productive happy day!