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Sunday, September 07, 2014

(Wow...I don't seem to have time to blog anymore....looks like it's been more than a month since I last blogged.)
I have been busy with bits of this & that at home.....:::finally putting a few finishing touches in our house. And with school beginning full swing now, there's just no way. emoticon emoticon
A friend asked if I would share my home ideas...:::so here are my latest ones.

I saw this "scarf"...fell in love with the colors, and used it as a table runner. Then I used my own pottery & black iron pieces to accent the top of this antique buffet table.

...and above this buffet I hung another wrought iron "plate rack"...except I like books...and hanging-from-the-ceiling-butterflies.

Finally after some digging around in the garage, I found my candelabra and decorated it with autumn leaves and wired's home is on our dining room table.

Just hung my wrought iron hook fixtures in the foyer for guests....(shown is just one of a pair). Our home is always open to all as it is a source for choir class, my cello studio and of course our home school classes. We don't have a coat closet; so, these will have to do. emoticon

Love this find - these HUGE glass airtight jars hold so much, and have chalkboard labels....which I absolutely LOVE! Now I need chalk!

I remember showing you in one of my last blogs (Home Renovations) that I had left a few cabinet doors open....instead choosing to mount a fabric backing. I like the color/design that it lends the kitchen. I also got the fabric on SALE...always a plus!

This hanging candle piece was an $11 bargain ( originally $50)!! I like the delicate metal filigree and my children love to light it up anytime. We find excuses to do just that. . .like yesterday afternoon when a thunderstorm rolled in and the dark skies, and rain set us up for a perfect tea time together.....with candlelight.

So, that's all for now....& as I have learned by now - a home owner continues to tweak her house as time goes by with a neverending list... I can live with that. emoticon

At least it FEELS like home now. With bare walls and rooms still waiting for painting...etc, I still have my long list...The boys room is next...with painting & border...then the girls room needs painting and a mural of trees too. We will all get creative with brushwork! I'm looking forward to that.

Also, I have made that executive decision to paint my dark wood paneling in the living room....but that will take place down the road. Lol! These lists are fun to have.

I have reached a place where I can stop, survey my surroundings and be happy.

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ZELLAZM 9/11/2014 4:04PM

    Nice! It looks like you!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/10/2014 11:41PM

    Beautiful. It's fun to see how a house becomes a home! I like all the iron work.

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/10/2014 12:53PM

    I LOVE what you are doing with the house!

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STEPHLOKI 9/9/2014 6:08AM

    Beautiful! I love the mug hangers and the candle chandelier and .....

Oh and by the way if your scarf goes missing, it will be in my house..... LOL ....just kidding, those are my colors

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COLUMBINE2 9/7/2014 7:14PM

    Laura, these are beautiful additions to your home! Wow...what creativity and eye for beauty! Talent oozes from your being! All those fitness hours are enabling your brain cells to overtime.

It's just lovely!

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PAULALALALA 9/7/2014 6:55PM

    I can see your artistic eye in all you've done! I don't think we ever come to a place where everything is "done" -- adding new things is always fun! LOVE the hanging candles!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/7/2014 5:30PM

    looks great love i use scarfs alot as runners,table cloths,wall hangings,curtains and wall will be surprized how good some can look.canīt wait to see your other home improvements as you do it. emoticon

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GINNABOOTS 9/7/2014 5:25PM

    Very beautiful, love the hanging candle.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/7/2014 5:21PM

    Really beautiful! Thank for sharing the fruits of your efforts.

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DEE1221 9/7/2014 5:13PM

    Very nice. You could have a career in decorating for others. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 9/7/2014 5:07PM

    So fancy!

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Laura's update: Lovin' my new GYM!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It's been almost a month since I joined my new gym - Planet Fitness!!
...:::and I am feeling Ggrreat! Can I just give a holler for Fitness? Do you know how I spell f.i.t.n.e.s.s.? - health!! Oh Yeah!
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You know I haven't been running due to the REST my injured foot needs....and still needs. ((BUT)) I will add that ever since I joined the gym, and got back on track with what I COULD do, my foot has slowly improved. emoticon
I love my intervals with the ARC Trainer, cycling & well as my JOY in weight lifting! I involve what I CAN do and am feeling so much better.
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It feels so good to be making progress once again albeit SLOW, but still Progress...:::to feel alive with energy I only receive from being FIT.

I wasn't sure if I could find an affordable gym close to home which would enable me to frequent the place at least 4 times/week thereby making it worth the annual cost. But here I am feeling at home in this gym - Praise the Lord for His direction, timing & faithfulness!
Also, my little sister joined the gym too and we have been meeting 2-3x/week.
She needed a motivator - she chose me. emoticon

...and, yes, I DO believe I will run again one day in the future. I have to keep the faith. Meanwhile, there is much to enJOY while I wait! emoticon

emoticon On another note: I have had several ongoing house projects going on....:::so I am keeping busy in that direction. I enjoy crossing off stuff on these long lists of mine. hee-hee...
And in addition to being busy with house improvements, I began to teach cello lessons in my home( something I have wanted to do for a long time), and I am continuing to teach our weekly children's choir too. Our summer concert is this Sunday. I can say that everyone is well prepared. We have a group of 8 very talented youth who will be singing 4 part harmony. I am so very proud of them.
Music makes the world go round. . .

Meanwhile, my sister is flying to Ohio for a scheduled surgery next week.
I would really appreciate your prayers for her healing & wisdom for the docs.

We are celebrating my beloved grandmother's 91st birthday on Sunday!
She is an AMAZING lady! What a blessing she is to everyone.
Lastly, my children are begging for a pug dog. We know they shed and everyone has allergies ( several have asthma). I wonder if I sweep every day, if that would do the trick...ya think? emoticon emoticon

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ZELLAZM 8/11/2014 4:52PM

    Yay for you and your sis! I'm enjoying outdoor exercise here in FL but will be back to the gym when I get back to Germany. It's been awhile and I NEED it.

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SWEETMNTHING 7/31/2014 8:37AM

    I'm glad you found a gym that you love, and more importantly will use. It also helps that you have someone to go with. You might also want to check with your hubby's insurance to see if you go a certain amount of times per month, they might reiumburse you for part of the cost. It's worth checking into at least. Here through my insurance if I go 12 times a month they reiumburse me 20 dollars for that month. It doesn't quite cover the entire monthy fee(mine is $33) but it's alot better than nothing.

I'll be praying for your sister and her surgery. I hope all goes well.

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 7/31/2014 8:05AM

    Yay! Life should be enJOYed! and you are doing just that!
Prayers for quick healing for your foot. Keep resting it.

I am allergic to cats and of course we have one :) plus a lab. I sweep every day and there are still dust-hair balls blowing down the hall every evening. Its CRAZY!!

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SUSIEPH1 7/30/2014 10:40PM

    Love that you are so happy . Happy Birthday to your grandmother .. Hope all goes well with your sisters op ..
I think the fun and loving a dog will far out way the allergy reactions .. You will just need to wash the dog more often's the dander that actually causes the allergy s ..not the dog .. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/30/2014 8:19PM

    So glad you found a gym that works for you. That's awesome.

Prayers for your sister.

Pugs are cute but they do shed. I have allergies, too.

HUGS and good luck!

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PAULALALALA 7/30/2014 7:46PM

    SO glad you've found a gym you love, and that your sister and you can work out together there sometimes!

We're about to start on a project here as well -- new kitchen countertops...and I'm thinking granite.

My Mom has a pug that she acquired when he was already a senior. Yes...the shedding is a fact...and his toenails seem to grow quite rapidly and curl. Don't know if this is because his previous owners didn't take care of them properly--but she has to get him to the vet frequently to get them trimmed. He IS a very affectionate little guy, and has some very entertaining vocalizations.

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Home Renovations (before & after pics)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

emoticon It's high time I posted a blog about our new home ...:::if I wait til I am satisfied, it might take til Christmas...Lol! emoticon Once you get going, the work is never finished, or so I am discovering...

If-truth-be-told, we are finished for the most least the house is functional, construction workers are gone, and I am content to wait to gradually do this-and-that.
I have plenty of time to piddle with different kitchen hardware as I find what I like, time to place all of the contact paper in my cabinets, time to choose just the right roman shade for above the kitchen sink and curtains at the dining window....etc.

...::Before pic on the day we purchased the house:

...::Process of trees trimmed and shrubs scalped, leaves raked:

...::Before kitchen pics:

...::Pics of the "Process"(sanded cabinets & trim, primed, sanded again, painted topcoat 2X, new granite countertops, natural stone backslash, kitchen faucet & sink):

..:::( Oh my word, the taping that must be prepped before anything is done! LOL!!, and everything papered before spray painting too) Also check out the fact that my cabinet doors are still down...I am undecided as to which ones will stay down . I decided to use a foam board/fabric backing on several cabinets to show case my handmade pottery:

emoticon emoticonBOY! Did I learn TONS of new DIY projects in just 30 days!

...::Before pics of living room:

...::After pics of the living room with new laminate plank flooring(Oh, and that pic of the tree on canvas is my painting that our housewarming party guests added their touch by using their thumbprints to create "leaves"):

...::Before pics of the foyer(stripping wall paper, priming & spray texturing):

...::Final (so far) pics of the kitchen:

..:::and my new paint (sassy blue):

..:::Lastly, pics of our backyard with Faith, my just 10 yr. old DD in our pool!

..:::more blooming trees:

..:::and my DD, Fairlight near our back fence and clothesline:

We moved in on the 16th - seems like an age ago. Lol!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/29/2014 7:33PM

    Very Fun! (now that it's almost done!) I am so pleased for you! You continue to inspire me!

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MORNINGGRACE1 8/11/2014 3:29PM

    Beautiful!!!! I am excited for you!! Love you!!

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    You are making a house a home! emoticon you are a DIYer emoticon We are closing on our house today. Wanna come help? I am visualizing a lifetime of making magical memories in your home for you and yours!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/25/2014 10:18AM

    wow you are doing a great job the kitchen it looks so much more lighter and roomy with the new coating.sorry i took so long getting roundto here but just got home from rehab.knee replacement op went well.take care nd keep smiling emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CYCLINGSANDY 7/18/2014 4:27PM

    Your new house is beautiful. God has surely blessed you with this new home for your family to enjoy for many years to come.

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EBLOOMING 7/9/2014 12:14PM

    All your hard work paid off for a beautiful kitchen, living room and yard. I love your kitchen! Congrats on becoming a DIY expert on what to do and not to do. I have put off painting my bedroom but hey that is just a drop in the bucket compared to your project. Beautiful!! emoticon

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LCERVERA 7/6/2014 10:25AM

    Beautiful! Congratulations!

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COLUMBINE2 7/1/2014 11:44PM

    Oh, it's so beautiful, Laura! Everywhere -- kitchen, living room, floors, yard, trees. I can't imagine how hard it was to change the dark kitchen cupboards to brilliant white! No wonder your body was worn out! I believe that even the greatest athletes rest their bodies one day a week --- I hope your remodeling project will accommodate that (or more) in the future. (please, with a cherry on top?)

Your family will make many wonderful memories in your home and I hope we see lots of photos as the project continues.

Nice work & beautiful revisions! emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/28/2014 5:05PM

    Wow, you've done a lot of work and made great progress. So happy for your family. Your daughter looks happy!!

Enjoy your home. You may have more things to do but you've done an amazing job!!

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ZELLAZM 6/28/2014 5:39AM

    Wow, you have been busy! Girls look happy in their new home!

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PRESBESS 6/27/2014 7:57PM

    Absolutley beautiful!

Your new home looks inviting and comfortable. What a blessing. Don't we serve an awesome God.

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SUSIEPH1 6/27/2014 7:46PM

    what a amazing transformation! Such lovely colours and gorgeous kitchen .. I can see such a improvement .. Thanks so much for posting .. Hugs and love Susie xx emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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~PAMELA~ 6/27/2014 8:40AM

    Love everything you did! What a transformation you have accomplished in a short period of time!!! The Kitchen is gorgeous...well done mama emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/27/2014 8:36AM

    Lots of hard work!

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PMRUNNER 6/27/2014 6:59AM

    Looks really wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/26/2014 11:48PM

    Absolutely gorgeous! Making a house a home is often deserves a lifetime-achievement award. You've done so much and the work is beautiful. Happy, Happy!

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MVKNET 6/26/2014 11:29PM

  Wow you really burned some calories. What a great job. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 6/26/2014 10:38PM

    What a great job you've done there - it's FABULOUS!!!!!!

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DMSPEER93 6/26/2014 10:17PM

    WOW! You've been busy! Looks great!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/26/2014 9:38PM

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    So glad to finally see some of your hard work and the house itself! Great job!!!

Hey...since you know so much about DIY now... how do I paint a railing "smooth as silk"? I did touch-up with the right color (a shiny, shiny white) but it left a texture. Any ideas what type of brush/utensil I should use?

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1CRAZYDOG 6/26/2014 8:21PM

    Your home is beautiful! You did wonderful remodeling! Your DD' s (GORGEOUS!) look happy too.

Thanks for sharing.

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GINNABOOTS 6/26/2014 8:16PM

    emoticon Love the back splash in the kitchen and that you left some of your cupboards open. It all looks beautiful.

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HDHAWK 6/26/2014 8:09PM

    Great backyard. Love all you've done, especially the plank floor. You've accomplished a lot in a short amount of time. emoticon

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. . .I need a shoulder

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

,and a virtual hug or two.

It's my foot again. Yep. I actually cried today - and I am not a person given to tears. I just want this foot to heal. (guess I need more patience)
It is beginning to hurt a bit...on a pain scale of 1-10, it's just a 3 or 4. Still, I wish my foot were better. I LONG so much (I cannot begin to express) for a run. .. or a jog. This break from any pounding on my feet is painful emotionally.
I just needed to write this blog....always feels better afterwards. emoticon
Thanks for bearing with me.

Mid-spring, I took a REST from any foot pounding fitness (which was 90% of all my routines at the time), and began to use the foam roller and ice on my foot, and just rest more.... Then - we moved & REST left in a hurry. LOL!
I have been on my feet more than EVER before emoticon ...::::I have been in the DIY construction b'ness for 31 days least 12 hours each day doing pretty rough work. I DO know how to float walls, texture them, paint, tile, create flagstone walkways, sand/prime/paint cabinets, and stay sane the entire time. emoticon emoticon

Hence, my upper body is quite fit and SORE! emoticon ...:::but my lower body and my heart misses the cardio, the JOY of an elevated heart rate with the all the rewards that fitness brings.

emoticon So, with being on my feet more than ever before and pushing myself 31 consecutive days - this could very well be WHY my foot is beginning to hurt. For Pete's sake - my hands feel like they are swollen and arthritic, my shoulders are killing me. Why shouldn't my feet hurt too? Lol....
It makes sense - add 31 days of construction work to my routine, and why shouldn't my body not pour out a complaint. emoticon don't mind me - ...I'm just rambling.

emoticon However, we are FINISHED now with our house improvements! emoticon That blog will be up and coming soon, I promise, with pictures too of the before & after (as requested). . .

God must have a plan with the timing, and the consequences of this injury.
I know He will heal the loss I feel, and fill the void with something in the meantime. He knows my desire to run. I leave my heart trusting in His Love and His Plan for me.

For now, I can continue floor exercises & Pilates.
If you have any suggestion for me, I would appreciate it. . . but if it is just listening, that is a blessing too. emoticon

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STEPHLOKI 8/5/2014 3:55AM

    Hope your foot is better no. I do miss running outside, but have found a good alternative in golf. I am hooked and regret I only have time once a week.

Hope all goes well. Your new kitchen looks fab! I wish I had a big kitchen like that.

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ZELLAZM 6/21/2014 4:03AM

    emoticon I understand too well. I miss running too but am slowly getting back to it. It does get better with time and care. Have you tried wearing a brace at night? It did help me a lot with the early morning pain.

Of course, I'm now wearing orthotics every day when I'm not wearing my Orthaheel sandals! I resisted that step for a long time, but now that I've made the adjustment, it's not such a big deal to find shoes that work with them.

HIS plan is good, whatever it might be for you! More emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/19/2014 8:02AM

    May God pour out upon you great blessing through the comfort and words of others shared. A little empathy goes a long way to a dear, dear friend! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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HDHAWK 6/18/2014 8:02PM

    Swimming or biking shouldn't hurt. I'm still dealing with the plantar faciatis but it's some better. I have an appt. with a podiatrist a week from Friday. Frustrating! You've been doing a lot of hard work. Sounds like exercise to me!

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PRESBESS 6/18/2014 12:51PM

    Sorry, no suggestions... just praying God's contineous blessings upon your life.

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LILYGAL 6/18/2014 7:01AM

    emoticon emoticon m emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Here are your hugs!! Hope that your foot heals quickly. But you must remember that you are working your upper body and believe it or not...that is cardio. Not what you are used to but cardio just the same! I would see a good foot doctor.

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SUSIEPH1 6/18/2014 6:30AM

    I would have that foot checked out by your doctor .. Could possibly be a stress fracture. Sending love and healing vibes .. Lots of emoticon emoticon .
Glad your home is finished it's time to rest ..
Look after your self ... emoticon emoticon Susie xx

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EVER-HOPEFUL 6/18/2014 1:19AM

    emoticonthe only thiong i can think of apart from chair exercises for a while is to either exercise in water or on a mini trampoline as both act as a type shock absorber.glad the house is finished now and i canīt wait to see the before and after photos love.take care and keep smiling and once more emoticon emoticon

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    Where exactly is the pain located? I'm going to research my essential oils...I'm a believer in them!


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ELSAT137 6/17/2014 11:10PM

    Does Cycling aggravate your foot? It is a low impact exercise and you sure can get your cardio in and see some awesome scenery too. Praying for healing!!

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MICHELLENRGZED 6/17/2014 10:00PM

    Hugs!! I'll keep you in my prayers.

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MICHELLENRGZED 6/17/2014 10:00PM

    Hugs!! I'll keep you in my prayers.

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    Hugs!! I'll keep you in my prayers.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/17/2014 9:58PM

    So sorry. Hope that foot heals sooner rather than later!


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KELLIEBEAN 6/17/2014 9:45PM

    So sorry! I understand your frustration. Now that the DIY business is done, you can heel. I can't wait to see home improvement pictures.

I'm very impressed with your DIY abilities!

It's been a while since I have done it so I can't remember everything involved but have you checked out the seated cardio workout on Spark? Maybe that could hold you over for a little while.

Take good care of yourself.

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RUN4FOOD 6/17/2014 9:44PM

    Been to see your doctor? Could be a stress fracture, just maybe.
Hope whatever it is it heals quickly.

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RENATA144 6/17/2014 9:26PM

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I'm happy that you are doing other exercises. Don't worry. You will build up your endurance again & you will carefully regain lost ground. emoticon

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LISADCANNON 6/17/2014 9:19PM

    Sending you a great big hug! I hope you feel better soon. Remember, this too shall pass. You will be off and running before you know it. emoticon

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 6/17/2014 9:16PM

    HUGS!! I hope your foot gets better soon!!

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Oh! The Things You Can Think If Only You'll Try!

Monday, May 19, 2014

We are so GLAD emoticon to own our home at last! I have never had my very own home to do just what I wanted to....Wow! I feel like someone handed me a gift!

As a family of 6, we rolled up our sleeves, dug in and WORKED!!
Today, I trimmed 6 beautiful crepe myrtle trees....that looked "transformed" afterwards...Yay! Such beauty deserves to be maintained. I trimmed the hedges in front with my eldest son, and we raked/trashed 6 bags of leaves that must have accumulated for a year under the shrubbery....LOL!
My DH trimmed the lovely mature ash & pecan trees we have in the backyard. My son hung two great tree ropes to make swings for everyone - lots of fun today...swinging so HIGH!!!
My daughters planted many flowers, broke up the soil, and cleaned up after tree trimming.
I forgot the rototiller, emoticon so I used a sharp shooter, and created a 4X4 garden..:::transplanting some of our favorite flowers from the old home. That was special. But I don't recommend my was madness w/o the rototiller. LOL!

The utilities are turned on, and we assessed what needs to be done inside:

...::foyer wallpaper needs to be stripped, and primed/painted
...::new foyer light fixture needs to be hung - my choice! emoticon
..:::kitchen needs a fresh new color of paint and trimwork. I might choose beadboard....still undecided.
...::my DD's want me to paint a tree mural in their THAT will be a delight to do!
...::the HUGE fireplace needs to be whitewashed, and we have plans for a DIY window seat
...::need to choose a backsplash for the kitchen

My biggest chore will begin tomorrow - prepping my kitchen cabinets for painting....I know this is a huge undertaking, and I love the challenge. My desire is to finish before the granite countertops are installed. I know...I know...this undertaking is nothing to sneeze at, but I have research under my belt, great direction form my Contractor dad, and an assertive attitude.

...just in case you are interested in just what I am doing, are 2 vids I found.

Needless to say, this will take days. My sister will be caring for my children tomorrow, allowing for me to really chip off a lot of work alone.
So here I GO!!!! ....:::but first, a good night's rest. emoticon

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PRESBESS 5/28/2014 12:57AM

    Super exciting Laura! I am looking forward to pictures.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/25/2014 7:11PM

    sounds all exciting.hope you took before and after photos for us to see and you to brag about.we used to have a window seat when i was young and i used to love sitting on it reading a book or just contemplating.have fun doing all the work and just think of the added bonus of all those extra calories you will be burning up. emoticon emoticon

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WENDYDANCER 5/25/2014 3:41PM

    Congrats on the new home!

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ZELLAZM 5/24/2014 12:40PM

    Happy Moving Day! You've already done so much - enjoy your first night in your new home!

(PS, I'm totally snagging that ToDo list photo!)

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/20/2014 2:45PM

    Somehow the work is like fun when it's your own home!

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MIRAGE727 5/20/2014 9:37AM

Home blessing to all!

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/20/2014 1:22AM

    Sounds like so much fun in your new home! I'm so happy for you! You and your family are so hardworking and have a great attitude! What an adventure! Hope you will post progress pics or before and after pics! I'm excited to hear about it. What a great blessing. You are really making this house your home!! emoticon

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    What we're having to do is nothing compared to you! Wow!

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ROBBIEY 5/19/2014 9:21PM

  Enjoy your new home!!! Good Luck with your DIY Projects

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1CRAZYDOG 5/19/2014 9:00PM

    Hallelujah for family help!

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