Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Phase 2 = Complete, Plus Rainbows


My house is done! New paint and carpet upstairs. I love it! I’ve got everything back where it belongs (excepting a few things I still need to sort through). The last step happened on Monday when I put all my books on their new shelves in my new library. It took all evening! I love my home and I’m blessed to have it.
This past year I’ve had some “down in the dumps” moments and lots of times where I didn’t want to try very much at anything. The past few months with my home changes I’ve noticed many of my little prayers have been answered. Some were silly little prayers that probably don’t matter much in the grand scheme of things but they mattered to me and my Heavenly Father answered them.
Then the shooting in Las Vegas happened and life just seems depressing again. I’m not trying to pass over any of the horrible stuff there, but this morning was so beautiful. I wish I was a photographer and could have caught it. It was cloudy and raining in spots, but the sun was also coming up over the mountains and it was hitting the clouds with all kinds of color and then there were rainbows. In fact, one of the rainbows was one of the brightest and most brilliant I’ve ever seen. My words could never do it justice or really describe what I saw. I just couldn’t help but think that in the midst of all the crap, there is also a lot of good and this just kind of seemed like a sign that God is still in charge.  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Phase 2

The time has come to move all of the crap out of my upstairs. Yep, I'm getting new carpet! But what  pain. My brother is helping with the big furniture in a couple days. Last night I cleaned off all my bookshelves. You don't really know how many books you have until you move them all down a flight of stairs. I didn't want to box them up because then I'd have to find or buy boxes for just a couple weeks so I stacked them against my dining room wall.




As I was moving everything last night and looking at the stacks, some of those books have belonged to me since I was a kid and I'm quite attached to them. With all the devastation from hurricanes and fires closer to home, I feel so blessed to have my home and the things in it. I know I shouldn't get attached to them as much as I do, but it would hurt to loose my stuff. I know I truly can't imagine how it must feel to see your home burnt to the ground.


Anyway, I'm toying with the idea of cataloging my books just so I know what I've got. It may be a pain to keep up with. I'll have to decide. Maybe one of these days coming up in the winter. And I will probably purge some of them before I walk them back up the stairs. :)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Farewell, Summer


Can August be over really quickly, please? I’m SO ready for September thru December. My favorite time of the year can’t come soon enough this year.  

I know it’s 90 degrees still, but I’m making soup. I had some oral surgery done a couple weeks ago and even though I can chew my food now, I still have the stitches in and have found that softer foods are still easier to deal with since I have to keep them away from the grafted area.  I’ve been eating a lot of potatoes and scrambled eggs and now I’m going to go soup and pasta dishes. Luckily a lot of fresh fruit is soft enough and peaches are coming in season. LOL – if it weren’t for the ice cream and brownies, I could have even lost some weight.
Anyway, it’s been a good summer but I am ready for fall.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Family Vacation

My mom rented a house on the beach again this year so the family went up for family vacation last week. I was a little worried at first because it wasn't going to be the same with dad gone and we had my brother's in-laws with us. And it wasn't the same, but it wasn't bad. I think we had fun.

On the way up we had a quick stop at Shoshone Falls - near Twin Falls, ID. I had never been there before. This is where my sister discovered that her 3 year old had taken his shoes out of his bag and he only had the pair of socks he was wearing.


We stayed in Lincoln City this time on a beach on the north end of the city. I loved the beach we were at, but I don't really like Lincoln City. I think there are better cities on the coast. The house we rented was fine. It fit all of us. I think they could have done a few quick repairs (like actually attaching the curtain rod to the wall) and it would be a nice place to stay.


I thought the weather was fantastic. We didn't get a lot of sun, but I love the mist and fog. Most days it burned off in the afternoon.

My favorite part was exploring the tide pools a short walk down the beach. It was a beautiful area with some caves and rocks and all kinds of marine life. I think the kids really had fun too.

 



Anyway, I got home late Saturday night (or technically early Sunday morning) and got to sleep in my own bed again. It was nice to get away and nice to be back home.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Phase I = Complete

Phase I (aka the downstairs) home renovations are complete. My new floor is in and the whole downstairs (and upstairs hallway) has been painted. My furniture is back in and today I spent a bunch of money on an area rug and and a few other things.

I love, love, love, love, love it!!!!!!

I'm just so happy with the way it turned out. I've also rearranged the furniture and I do like it, but I think it will take some getting used to. I think my couch and love seat were in the same place for about 9 years so I have to get over it.

There are only a few things on the walls and I think it might stay that way for a while. I've decided I didn't want a lot of my old wall stuff but I'm not quite sure what I do want. I'm not in rush. I'm going enjoy some beautiful scratch and nail hole free walls until I find stuff I want.

And I've decided to suck it up and do the upstairs this year. I'm thinking October so I'm taking a break but towards the end of August I think I will start making more decisions about carpet and paint. It will be a pain but totally worth it.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Home Improvement

So earlier this year I decided 2017 was definitely the year to begin some home improvements. I decided to start downstairs and do one level at a time. The first thing to change was the carpet. I don't know who decided putting carpet in a dining room was a good idea, but I've hated it since I moved in.


Before:




The carpet was nasty and had a stain spot I couldn't get out and it only ever looked good right after it was vacuumed. I've been wanting to get rid of it for awhile now.


After:






I'm very happy how it turned out. It's not quite that warm of a color depending on the light in the room so I'm rethinking the paint color I was going to go with.  Next up will be painting, then I can move my furniture back in. Of course, now I'm rethinking some of the wall d├ęcor and trying to decide what kind of area rug to get, but those are fun decisions.  The kitchen is fine as is for now so I'm leaving it alone.


Now that the floor is in, I keep looking at the upstairs and thinking how awful that carpet looks. I have lots of ideas but can't make up my mind about a few things so I think I may still wait until next year to start the upstairs but it will probably be early next year. The inconvenience of basically moving out for a couple weeks is starting to sound doable. Especially if I'm as happy with the results as I am right now.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day

People may think I'm a Scrooge (can I be a Scrooge in the summer?) but there are 2 things I really dislike about July 4th: fireworks and that cheesy "proud to be an American" song. Not so much the big fireworks shows put on by the cities, but the ones you can buy that people set off for hours at night. Just when I think they are done another big boom goes off. I know, I'm no fun... but I have to work in the morning. :)

And as my bishop said on Sunday, a better phrase might be I'm humbly grateful to be an American. And I am. I'm grateful for those who serve in all the branches of the military, now and in the past. I'm grateful for the good people who are the foundation of this nation. There is so much bad news and bad things people do but this nation is more than the bad news and the person who happens to live in the White House. It's the families and good people like my neighbors who are truly just trying to live a good life and stand for the right, even if it's in small ways.

My mom and I saw 1776 at the Centerpointe Legacy Theater last week. I've always liked it, even if it is a bit cheesy. I'm grateful for the people that founded this nation, imperfect as they were.

Anyway, I'm humbly grateful to live in this country and have the blessings and privileges that I have. To celebrate I slept in (I was tired after those darn fireworks last night). Later, my mom, and sister,  and I are going to see Wonder Woman at the movie theater. I kind of feel that's a pretty patriotic thing to do...ha ha. Then I'm staying indoors the rest of the evening. It's supposed to be 100 degrees today and I don't want to be outside at all. I'll try not to swear too bad at the people lighting off fireworks tonight.