Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Then and Now

I was listening to a podcast the other day about packing for traveling and these guys were giving their expert tips. I had to laugh out loud when the very first tip was to pack what you need and don't pack anything "just in case".  I used to be such a "just in case" packer. Seriously, it was bad. As proof, I found 2 pictures:

Picture #1 is from my very first foreign trip with my sister. We went to Hong Kong and Singapore for probably 11 or 12 days and we both took 2 suitcases. To this day, we can't remember what we packed in them and why we each needed 2. Rookie mistake for sure.

Picture #2 is from our trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. Everything was in my 33L day pack or the sling and that trip also lasted about 12 days. And yes, the Pringles are a necessity when traveling. Ha ha

I don’t always take the backpack; this year’s Scotland trip was done with a carryon size, but I am now down to 1 carryon or backpack and 1 small backpack or purse.  Some of it is because of a lot of work travel a few years ago and you learn real fast to pack light when you are stuck with luggage for hours at a time. The rest of it comes from more world travel where I’ve learned from experience that dragging a suitcase (even a small one) across cobblestone or uneven bricks is just not fun at all. I’m seriously considering the backpacks that are made specifically for travel and don’t have straps and are not top loading for wherever my next trip is. Anyway, it’s a funny memory and I’ve come a long way.


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.


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.


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.