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Friday, July 25, 2014

Have you tried these?

I've seen a lot of ads for the new Lancaster chews and I've been curious about them.  I love caramels, these looked really good to me.  I hadn't been anywhere lately that had them, on Wednesday I needed to run a few errands and was excited when I came across them on an endcap.  First I was going to get just the plain caramel, then I noticed a caramel/vanilla swirl--and then vanilla AND RASPBERRY--decision made!  These are so good, I am addicted.  They remind me of a chewy version of the LifeSavers cream candies they used to make, anyone else remember those?
Not much going on around here at the moment, I was sick earlier this week.  Nothing serious that some antibiotics wouldn't take care of but it definitely slowed me down.  Mostly I've been getting things sorted in the new bathroom and working on getting my energy back so I can do some serious cleaning around here.  Now that all of our busy stuff is done and over with I can get back to some serious Ebay stuff, I really need to because the box collection is taking over my spare bedroom!  I have some larger items that I needed boxes for and then I got side tracked with everything that has been going on and they just kept "reproducing".

The garden project has been interesting to say the least.  The weather has not been cooperative at all.  We've had so much rain that my lettuce has been a horrible disappointment.  The same day I bought the Lancaster chews I did find some lettuce seeds so I may replant.  My peppers are doing okay, hopefully next week we will have our first dinner of those.  The onions are doing terrible thanks to an over-zealous tomato plant that has taken over and is shading them.  Hopefully all of the little tomatoes and buds on there will produce something, we will be eating tomatoes in everything in a few weeks if it does.  I planted cherry, roma and beefsteak tomatoes this year, we've had samplings off the cherry and roma plants, the beefsteak is the one that has turned in to the monster plant.  Some of them are getting some size to them, so I'm thinking we might get to try them soon.  Mmmmm!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Photo of the Week-July 21, 2014

This photo was taken at Quin Abbey in Ireland, July 2009.  We just kind of "found" it on our way to something else and decided to stop, so glad we did.  This was one of those days where we just drove around an area of Western Ireland and when we found something interesting, we checked it out. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The big reveal, ta-da!!!

It's done!!!!!!  Everything was finished up by the contractors yesterday about 3:30.  I took my first shower in my new bathroom at 6:15!  It was wonderful AND relaxing.  I just wish it would have worked as far as helping me sleep, I've had a terrible time sleeping through the night the last two nights, not sure what is up with that.  I'd better sleep tonight or I'm going to be one of those people no one wants to be around tomorrow.

Anyhow-thought I would share a couple more pictures of how bad things were before we started:
I put this one in so you could get a better view of the light fixture on the wall above the mirror and the mirror itself-the only two things we kept for the new bathroom.  I love that giant mirror for putting on makeup and doing my hair, and the light fixture is kind of retro and has 6 (yes 6) bulbs in it, so it's like being in a Hollywood dressing room when they are all working.  Oh, and the ceiling was kept, but they textured it so it isn't pink anymore ;)

 Not only were these pink tiles ugly, but they periodically liked to join us in the shower!!!  The toilet paper holder was falling off too because the piece of wood it was attached to had let go from the wall since it was only glued.  Argh!!!


Here you can see the lovely mess made from not having a ceiling fan!!  Throw in some incorrectly installed tiles, and you have a really big mess.  Especially in a 1950's/60's bathroom that was never intended to have a shower in it in the first place.  The contractor said they see a lot of this, and because of the moisture damage, it's best to tear it all out and start over so that there is no chance of mold or other things rearing their ugly head.  Plus the kind of shower stall we put in actually anchors to the wall studs and you put the dry wall up around it. 


This is where we were at as of Saturday--toilet in so we could use it (very nice to have for those late night potty runs!), shower in but not functional, walls in but not painted.  Still needed the flooring too.
And here we are!!!!!
The green is a little brighter than our inspiration photo, but it was a compromise.  I had chosen everything, so I let my husband have some of a say in the paint color.  He loves green, and since it was close to what I had in mind I figured what the heck.  I know it can always be painted somewhere down the road if we get tired of it.  At first I was like "whoa!" once they got it on the walls, but now I really like it, especially now that we have some of the other things in there.  I need to figure out what I would like to put above the toilet besides just that towel bar, I'm trying to think about some of my photos I've done and what would work well there.
 
This is the shower stall--it is just slightly deeper than a standard size bathtub and just as wide.  We still have one grab bar/towel bar to go across the wall, if you look close you can see a pencil line that is a marking for them when they go to put it in.  Unfortunately it was out of stock (figures) but it supposed to be in in the next week or so.  They are going to be renovating the bathroom in the house right next door to us in the next several weeks, so it all worked out.
I just had to share with you  picture of the shower head.  All I could think of was Kramer from "Seinfeld" when I saw it.  It is very nice and the pressure is adjustable.  I also was excited to find out that they made grab bars that matched all of our fittings, it was worth the couple of extra bucks so that it looked finished instead of institutional.  I'm not thrilled about getting older and installing these things, but now was the time to do it, and I figured I might as well make it look good too.
 
Today I spent most of my day putting all the stuff back in the closet.  I had thrown out a lot when we emptied it, today I threw out even more!  Amazing all the stuff you accumulate, and we've only been here 4 years.  Some of it was stuff we moved with us, and it's all sorted and organized now.  Or in the trash.
 
It was a week and a half of mess and hassle, but so worth it.  Hopefully one of those things we won't ever need to do again either.  I figure if the previous one in it's badly assembled state lasted more than 50 years, we ought to be good until we die.  We'd better be!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Photo of the Week-July 14

Getting the week off to a good start by actually doing this on Monday-wow!  Now that I have two blogs, I decided that I need to get on a schedule as far as posting on both of them.  This is a beginning.

My husband and I are both fans of Indy Car racing, we've been to the Indianapolis 500 sooooo many times we've both lost count.  Another track we liked going to for Indy racing was Michigan.  Unfortunately they no longer run there, I hope they eventually bring it back.  Michigan is a nice track, easy to get around and truthfully not a bad seat in the place.  This was a pit stop of one of my favorite drivers, Dario Franchitti.  He had to retire last year due to a serious injury, but is still involved in motor sports from the sidelines.  It has been hard for me this year knowing he isn't driving, but I'd rather he be healthy. 

Bathroom remodel is progressing nicely, I should have photos of a finished room to share at the end of the week.  Getting excited now!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Photo of the Week

With everything going on this week, I almost forgot to post this!  I took this a couple of years ago at our old house.  I do miss all the lilies we had, if our timing been better we would have thought to dig up a few of the bulbs and bring them to the new house.  Oh well.
Hope everyone is having a great week.  The bathroom remodel project is moving along, they are hanging the new drywall today.  It's starting to look a bit like a room again instead of a bomb site. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Cough cough, hack hack!

Today is a big day in our house--the beginning of our bathroom remodel.  When we bought this house we knew we would be doing this, just weren't sure how soon.  I was not a fan of the color scheme and it had a few issues.  We didn't realize there were other problems, but we had resigned ourselves to just using the darned thing until it wasn't usable anymore. 

In May we discovered the bathtub was leaking in to the basement!  It was time.  Luckily in the four years we've lived here we've thought about things we would like to have, what we didn't like and so on, so it was just getting things in motion.  We contacted a contractor (say that 5 times fast!) and got it all set up.  I had a hard time sleeping last night just thinking about what I still needed to do before they got here. 

This is how it looked this morning:
 
Isn't that just...hideous?!  The tiles aren't even real tile, they are plastic.  And black countertop in a bathroom is a nightmare, it shows every water spot, toothpaste, powder--ugh!!!  I'm not even showing you the state of the shower with missing tiles and some more ready to jump.  It was bad, really bad.
 
This is sort of what we are shooting for, I found this on Pinterest.  Our vanity won't be that big because we don't have the space, and we are keeping the giant mirror and the existing light fixture because we actually did like them.  That's all we kept.
I never thought I would consider painting any room a pale green but there was just something about this that really caught my eye.  Hopefully a week from Friday it will be done.  Thank goodness for the downstairs bathroom so we can still shower and use the toilet!
 
This is what our bathroom looked like as of lunchtime today:
 
Thank heavens I hadn't done my spring/summer cleaning, I knew that this was going to create a lot of dirt. We now have a thin layer of dust on everything that we hadn't sealed off.  Glad I waited!  My allergies are already stirred up, definitely will be taking some meds tonight.  The bathtub is now gone too, they actually cut it in half and they pulled up the flooring.   Progress!
 
I will post more pictures, definitely ones of the finished product.  Excuse me now while I go blow my nose.  :0)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Photo of the Week/Happy Independence Day!

Since tomorrow is Independence Day in the US, I thought this fireworks photo would be appropriate:


Fireworks are one of my all time favorite things to photograph--I took several hundred photos in this particular session alone.  Digital is wonderful for anyone wanting to learn how to do them, I learned back in the days of film and this is so much easier! 

My doll blog is up and running too, there isn't much there yet, but hope to have it going full strength over the next few weeks.  Check it out at Say Hello To My Little Friends

Happy Independence Day!