Friday, May 06, 2011
I woke up this morning to the sun shining and the promise of another wonderful day.
Yesterday was more items crossed off the "to do" list. We got the deck all complete now except for the corner that we moved the BBQ to. Now that the rest of the deck is all dry, we can move the BBQ back to it's original location and finish off the small section where we had to move it to. It was too heavy to move off of the deck, so figured doing it this way was the easiest option.
We weren't able to start anything with the garden beds, as the deck was (is) still not completely dried from the coating we put on it. All we needed was to create dust that would stick to the newly coated deck after working so hard to get it cleaned and preped for the new sealant. I noticed that it is still a bit tacky to touch this morning. Hopefully once the sun hits the deck that will help to dry it completely. Kismet (cat) was not too impressed to go out the back door this morning and find that her little feet were sticking slightly as she ran across the deck.
The painting is all complete in the computer/craft room. All that remains is re-installing the baseboards. I've been sorting through all the items that used to be in that room and only those things that I know I want to keep are going back in there. I have lots of bits and pieces of craft materials that I am going to take to work with me and donate to our bookmobile staff for their use with the children.
Lots of things that just hit the dustbin. All my scrapbook things are now organized and ready for me to start tackling those projects once again. I now have easy access to all the old pictures, so should make getting them put into scrapbooks much easier.
Today's projects: getting the new baseboards painted and installed in the computer/craft room so that we can say that room is completed! Getting my two new apple trees planted. Making a start on the new garden beds...those need to be complete within the next couple of weeks as my garden needs to get planted by the end of May.
Once the priority outside work is done, it will be back indoors to get the closet in the LR/Dr turned into a built in buffet and hutch, get the painting done in there and install the new hardwood flooring. We want to replace the front door this year also with one that has glass in it. I hate not being able to see who is on the other side of the door before opening it. We have 3 windows that need to be replaced this year also. And the list goes on *grin*
My computer/craft room is almost completely organized and ready for use.
We will be able to put the patio furniture out on the deck and begin using it this weekend.
Quin will be away this weekend, but the girls will be coming over for Mother's day supper.
Tremendous head way on our "to do" list. As each item gets crossed off and we look at the list, it's like a huge weight has been lifted.
Being blessed with time to accomplish all that we need to accomplish.
My family, my friends and God.
Have a fabulous Friday.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Great progress was made yesterday in that fact that we finally, finally got the new flooring in to the computer room. An all day project and although it turned out very well, we were disappointed in the quality of the cork flooring. The cork that we have elsewhere in the house is awesome, but this almost feels and looks like its a laminate or imitation of the real stuff. It doesn't go in as nicely as the original cork flooring, but seeing as it only the computer/craft room we will live with it. At least it is done and we can cross another item off the "to do" list. Now its just a matter of replacing the baseboards. I started doing touch ups with paint and have most of the inside of the closet all painted. I'll finish that off this morning, when I can open the window wide for ventilation.
We didn't get to the deck yesterday as the flooring took longer than we had thought it would. Today, that will be the project as well as getting all the supplies to build my tiered planter and hopefully my raised garden beds.
I will also go through everything and weed/repurpose/recycle before it goes back into the computer/craft room. It's a great opportunity to get things cleaned out. Only what needs to be in there is going back in.
Finally got my results from my MRI...good news...no signs of potential aneurysm issues, bad news...still no idea what is causing the headaches. I have another appointment to see the doctor on the 24th and will continue going for my cranial massage treatments. I'll focus more on my meditation times, perhaps that will be my answer. I would see a chiropractor, except that they insist on cracking my neck. I used to go regularly until I had one doctor that scared me so bad that I haven't been able to go back. I know that misalignment can cause all kinds of problems, so will have to pray on this one.
No sign of an aneurysm.
New flooring in the computer/craft room. Only some touch up painting and the base boards to re-install and that room will be done.
Looks like a great day for working outdoors.
The restoration crew for our basement is supposed to be here next week to begin putting things back together. YAY!
The "to do" list is actually getting smaller...we do keep adding to it, but things are getting done...woo hoo! We hope that by the end of the month the list will complete.
Shyra brought me all my holds from the library yesterday...yay, more books to read.
Blessings...they are so plentiful and so appreciated.
Have a wonderful day,
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
38 years ago today, Garry and I made our wedding vows. So much time has gone by, so many hills and valleys, but I'm happy to say that our vows are as deeply felt today as they were 38 years ago. The "for richer or poorer" and the "for better or worse" portion of our vows have had their work out, but we chose to work through it all together and I'm glad we have. We chose to work together to honor each other and our vows and as a result we can look back over the years and say "we have been blessed".
Yesterday saw more "to do" list progress. Garry was able to get the back and front lawns all thatched, raked and looking good. Because of the rain yesterday morning, we have to wait until today to reseal the back deck. Quin is going to help out today in (finally) getting the new flooring into the computer/craft room. We have been trying to get it done for over a year now. Each time it would get to the top of the list, something else would need to take priority. Today is the day!
We also made the decision to re-structure the double closet in the living room/dining room area (crazy place for a closet to be built anyway). We have been using it for an extra pantry area, but are now going to turn it into a built in buffet and hutch type area. The people that did our kitchen are coming over on the 16th to have a look and offer us some creative ideas. We want to tie the look in with the kitchen if possible...but we will see what they come up with. Once we know what we are going to do, we can get the painting done and the new flooring in there. I can hardly wait to get that major project off of the "to do" list.
My pantry and extra food storage will go downstairs into my newly created cold storage room. (Well, it will be newly created when the restoration is done in the basement after the flood). I have a smaller pantry for everyday things in my kitchen. Having the extra storage all in one stop in cold storage will be wonderful. All my canning will now be able to be stored properly. YAY.
Progress on the "to do" list.
Quin's offer to help us get some of our "chores" done.
Kaeli and Quin joined us for supper last night. It was lovely to have them stop in.
A beautiful lily plant from the kids for our anniversary.
The rain yesterday, we hope, will have softened the ground and make it easier to dig the holes for planting my two new apple trees.
Extra calories burned yesterday as I made trips up and down stairs moving things from the computer/craft room up to the one of the spare bedrooms.
Having the opportunity to be the best person that I can be each day.
Have a wonderful day,
Monday, May 02, 2011
I officially shut the furnace off yesterday. It was a wee bit chilly in the house when I got up this morning, but seeing as the temperture is supposed to climb into the high teens again today, it shouldn't take long for the house to warm up. I'm hoping that I can leave the furnace off now until the fall, but with the strange weather that has been around, how knows!
Yesterday, Garry and I finished off the laundry room project. My cupboards are all hung and I now have a clothes hanging bar. We might add a counter over top of my machines just so I have a nice work surface, but that wasn't something in the original plans so not sure if will be added or not.
Today's project...moving outdoors. Pressure washing the deck and re-coating it. Getting it all ready for the summer. Quin is going to help Garry and I get my tiered planter built at the end of the deck as well as help us get the new raised garden beds done. I've only got about 3/4 weeks now to complete them so that I can plant my (expanded) garden. It will be nice to get all my little seedling and planters outdoors. At the moment they are taking up lots of room in my kitchen and living room.
I'm anxious to get the basement finished so that I can get all the basement stuff back downstairs and put away. Not sure when it is going to happen though. The basement still has that damp smell to it, but that could be because we haven't put the lid back on the sump pump hole as yet, so there is always open water. Soon that will happen.
One more week of holidays. Yep, being retired from my job would be something I could really get used to. There are so many things I would like to focus on outside of working. I just have to keep reminding myself "patience".
Laundry room project is now finished.
Dr. Makus is supposed to have the results of my MRI sometime this week...I'm hoping so.
Sunshine this morning.
Once the deck is re-coated, I'll be able to put out the patio furniture and sitting out on the deck will be my new pass time!
Garry and I will celebrate our 38 anniversary this week.
Life...we are so blessed.
Have a wonderful day,
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