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Saturday, September 25, 2010


No hammers and nails today and hubby has gone to the FSU football game! Yea!!!!! No dog, no nothing. I can clean and sort. All the windows and doors are in and some of them are framed ready for painting. I turned my office desk around with my back to the window and created a little cubby hole space for me. I love it. But still have more to do. I feel pretty naked with nothing on the windows. Usually we leave our shades half way down and open at the bottom but the whole window is kind of blank. Will get something ordered next week.

We filled 3 dumpsters full of junk. 3 full dumpsters. And there is more. It's amaxing the stuff you save. I am a fabric packrack and I save fabrics I like or are on a partial bolt. I found fabric in a drawer that had been botched by a workrooom years ago. I always liked it but I had to order more and replace everything at that time. There was plenty left so I cut out 30 12 inch squares and started sewing a quilt together. I even have a large border to go around the edge so I am making a full size to put in my spare room. And I have a lady who makes and quilts bedspreads for me so she can finish it off for me.

Yesterday afternoon I was exhausted so I crawled into the spare bedroom to take a nap. After a few minutes, one of the workman came in and started humming while he stuffed insulation into the cracks around the window. Then he went out and came back in and did some more. All the while I'm in the bed. I don't think he saw me and I don't care because I needed a rest. The new fence is going up today and we only have a few days of painting and odds and ends left to do.

I have eaten whatever showed up in front of me the last 2 weeks so I'm afraid to get on the scale. It was just too complicated. I can't imagine doing this for months. It is amazing how much tighter the house feels and those windows were nasty. We have crisp white new windows! Later.

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JENNY888 9/26/2010 10:34AM

    Now that the house is all snug it's a good time to concentrate on you.

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Friday, September 24, 2010


Okay I'm going to be calm. Can't stay long. They are dismantling my office to put in the new window. And I've got two big clients I'm working with. Oh, God, help me. I hope they are done quickly. See ya.

House pictues in progress.

Top and bottom are existing windows in 3 bedrooms. We are removing the center column and putting in one window. What a huge difference. Shed being moved in.

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KASEYCOFF 9/25/2010 3:41AM

    Oohh, nice! I'm impressed - you didn't have to clean out the room or even take the pictures off the walls - they are going great! Keep posting the pix, hon. I keep looking at your new courtyard - just love the stonework! :-)

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LADYBIRD82 9/24/2010 9:46AM

    Good things come to those who wait, no matter how hard! emoticon emoticon

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DONNAEDA 9/24/2010 9:23AM

    fantastic. I can't wait to see the new windows.

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KATHRYNLP 9/24/2010 8:50AM

    Hey.. change is good.. right?? Yoga and wine helps. emoticon emoticon

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Thursday, September 23, 2010


Well, we have 2 new patio doors and they are beautiful but everything is everywhere. And will be for a few more days because we have 5 windows and 1 more door to go. But it is already so worth it. I notice a difference in the noise value already and immediately felt cozier in the room once those doors went up. Last night, hubby put the liitle toy box that looked like a big barn out by the street. The one with the rat skeleton in it. This morning it is gone. Hope it went to a good home. I'm surprised we have anything left that is still sitting out front, that someone hasn't helped themselves to. This won't be long as I have lots to do, starting with looking for fabric for a client and then into the shower. I did manage my walk this morning. Later.

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KASEYCOFF 9/24/2010 7:18AM

    If nothing else, at least all this is keeping you from hanging around the street corners, lol... You need to make sure you can post pictures for us! :-)

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KSHAGGY 9/23/2010 1:11PM

    Sounds like you're have fun doing some redecorating!

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010


I don't know why but things start happening around here about 4:00 in the afternoon. I can go all day without a phone call and then boom. I was talking to a client on the phone explaining to her about a bench I had shown here. She had lots of questions and then the home phone rang and it was the delivery people on the way to deliver our new shed. No sooner did I hang up the phone than my cell phone rang. It was my installer confirming today's installation. I'm still trying to talk to the client. In the meantime, I'm supposed to have called my husband to come home when the shed arrived so I dialed his # on the cell and whispered to him while I'm still trying to talk with the client. Then the doorbell rings and it is the delivery people already. I finally have to tell the client I'll call her back. The delivery guys have this shed on a tractor trailer and it is tying up the whole cul de sac. The neighbor is trying to get out of her driveway to go somewhere and another neighbor is trying to come home. They put the shed off onto the street and I'm afraid they are going to leave it there. I call my husband and get his voice mail. "Where are you????" I leave a message. The delivery guys are ready to get moving. Finally he arrives and then there is the banter back and forth as to where the shed goes, how far away from the fence etc. In the mean time I am sweating profusely, all sticky. I finally get a chance to call my client back and tell her the story. Everything is cool on that front.

Finally the shed is where it goes. Interesting the way they maneuvered it on a hand trolly into the back yard. I'm hot, sweaty, exhausted, and stressed. I jump into the shower, put on some clean clothes and then we head off to the yacht club for a couple of beers, chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese. What diet was that I was supposed to be on?

It's amazing what came out of that old shed. Most of it went into the dumpster. Why do we keep these things. We had an old toy box that my husband just moved out to the street. He said inside it was a skeleton of a dead rat. Oh, God, help me. What do you expect living in Florida near the water and a drainage ditch. Rats and termites.

Today they start installing the new windows and doors. And I've got a new client to put something together for in a hurry. Oh, Lord help me. After all the windows get done, then I have major, major, cleaning to do. I've got to get moving before the contractor gets here. Later.

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KASEYCOFF 9/22/2010 9:53AM

    I agree with Colbergl: just READING all that makes me feel tired, lol!

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COLBERGL 9/22/2010 9:42AM

    I'd be tired!!:)))

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DONNAEDA 9/22/2010 9:15AM

    wow, I'm glad its not my house. Now I wonder if I even want to redo my den. Its so much work.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Things are happening fast around our house. I hired a contractor who doesn't let too much grass grow under his feet. And it's a good thing because I've decided I don't like having extra people hanging around. One thing I've learned over the years is that you want someone who shows up on time, calls if he is going to be late, does the job and cleans up after himself, everyday until the job is done. My mantra above is serving me well. So far, we've gotten 3 new fans, 48 new handles on my cabinets, pavers and a new garage door. Last night the fence came down as our new little storage shed is being delivered today. Our old ones that were torn down were infested with termites so now we are having the house treated as a precaution. The new windows and doors are coming either today or tomorrow. That means I have to load up everything in front of the windows and move it away. That includes this computer I'm typing on so today I need to do whatever it takes to finish my business and type all my blogs and articles for the next few days. And my van is at Big 10 getting new tires and an oil change today. Might as well get it all done. Hubby just left with a big load of stuff for the salvation army. We've filled up 2 dumpsters and need another for the rest of the fence to go in. And I'm trying to take care of clients at the same time.

It will feel so good to get all cleaned out. But there is plenty of work ahead of me. Lots to do. It is amazing the stuff you keep. In the shed was a pile of decorating books that I had in my office. They are all but ruined from moisture and insects but I'm trying to salvage a few of them. Guess I forgot they were out there. One was published in 1988 but it still has great window treatment ideas in it.

What diet was I supposed to be on? I'm trying but not paying much attention to it. This morning I drove to Big 10 where my friend Pat met me and we walked up to Publix and back to her house. About a mile and a half. Could have continued but she brought me home. I'll be busy enough running around. After the construction is all done, then I get the fun part, getting new window treatments in 3 bedrooms and maybe a door or two. And the kitchen window depending on whether it still fits or not.

Anyway, thanks for reading and I'll post some pics when I get time.

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KATHRYNLP 9/22/2010 7:54AM

    I went through all this, after we moved here, and I too had a problem dealing with all the confusion, noise and mess. I think we replaced everything except the walls and floors. I spent a lot of time walking, and meditating on "Tis Too will Pass" It was worth it, and I can feel for you, my friend. Hang in there!
sorry about all your book...etc. emoticon emoticon

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PMAY0313 9/21/2010 9:57AM

    Keep up the great work!

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DONNAEDA 9/21/2010 9:26AM

    its sounds so exciting. I wish I could do that. I really want to re decorate our den, but dh doesn't want to spend the money. Oh well.

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