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What my living & dinning room looks like now. Small, crowded, no room. (Circa 1953)

Saturday, October 30, 2010


This wall will be one side of the new kitchen, right now you can see painters (blue) tape and the ceiling where the popcorn had water damage. This will all be fixed. Where the tv is now will be a large built in wall unit with a desk for me and my laptop and large pantry cupboards on each side.

These lights (brown wood) that run along the top of the living room were installed by my DH in the early 80's, they came from a Wendy's restaurant and he got them free. The stainless steel and glass wall unit covers the spot where a pocket door goes into the kitchen, the door hasn't been able to open in years. LOL

This is suppose to be the dinning room, too small for the table. The wooden hutch was my mother in laws, the bakers rake is mine. Most of my smaller kitchen appliances are kept in this area. Also where my computer is located.

Looking towards the dinning room. The half wall and all walls will be torn down. This area will be part of the new kitchen and where the large window stops will go out about 4 feet to enlarge the space.

My husbands current office. Will be torn down and part of the kitchen. The french doors will be in the center because we will be taking out the fireplace.
The current kitchen is on the other side of the wall, which will come down.

Fireplace will be gone and new french doors put in this spot. New kitchen will start to your right of the new placement. Oh and there is Phred the Wonder Dog.

Jeff (DH) sitting on the couch watching tv.
I will do another blog with pictures of the current kitchen and also of my new bedroom furniture when we get all the pieces at the end of Nov.

  
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SERENEMOM71 11/2/2010 2:40AM

  Well, I am so excited that you are getting a renovation! My DH is an architect and it is like the cobbler's children - they only had shoes when the wife threw a big hissy fit! We did two complete renovations (down to the nubs) and the only way I got both done was either to threaten to leave, take out a second mortgage, and move in with my parents (UGH) which got the house done in 3 months (had been languishing for 8 years!) or we had to move. This house was only 9 years old because I insisted no renovations! Now, if I could pay a contractor to come in and do it - no problem!

Anyway, I'm sure your story will be much better! Good luck and God Bless! emoticon

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LINDA! 10/31/2010 11:10PM

    I am so anxious to see the pix when the renovation is done!

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TXGRANDMA 10/30/2010 11:16PM

    Thanks so much for sharing these pictures, Teri! I can see where you needed big changes! Will you miss the fireplace, though? Maybe you don't really need one there in California...
Can't wait to see new pictures, can see that the spaces are cramped. Time for CHANGE!! How exciting! emoticon It will be so emoticon when everything is finished! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 10/30/2010 10:56PM

    It's going to be so wonderful when it's all done it sounds like! And Phred looks very comfortable in that pic!

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Windy day today!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Santa Ana winds really started to blow last night. Was very windy and somewhat warm today. did 2 exercise dvd's, with 12 min. of pilates at the end of one of them, also took Phred for a 1.14 mile walk.
Went over to the ATM to get grocery money but won't shop until tomorrow or Friday. Went to another furniture store, saw some stuff that was cheaper in price. I did not like as well and wasn't made as well as the Leviz furniture was. Will have to really think about what I want to spend.
Cora called today and I talked to her for a little bit, but I will call her back in a day or two to have a longer conversation. She was telling me some about her and her husband Jim and their trip to San Francisco. Boy were they lucky. Normal weather for that area is pretty cool, they ended up being there for a head wave. She wants to go back because she found she really likes the Golden Gate Bridge park. They did a lot of Geo catching, which they enjoy.
Jeff came home last night with some really good sweets. I know I shouldn't have tried one, but I did today. Then looked up the calorie count online and found the slice was 790 cals., oh my goodness. Oh well I did tried to eat better the rest of the day and did a lot of exercise. It is chocolate and peanut butter in some kind of layers with brownie, I think. Oh well now that I got it out of my system, I can stay away from it.
Will do much better tomorrow. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/30/2010 2:02PM

    Have a great Halloween weekend. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 10/28/2010 5:25AM

    We had the winds really bad on Monday, with some still on Tuesday. Yesterday was absolutely beatiful! Must have sent the winds your way.
Hope today you don't get blown away! Have a good day today.

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TXGRANDMA 10/27/2010 11:41PM

    Good that you can keep away from it after a bit, I would be wanting that candy more than ever. Sounds like you got a really good workout! emoticon

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Nice day

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Got up this morning and got a call around 9am that the guys from Loews were on their way with the Dish Washer. I was suppose to get a call last night but never heard from them. Turns out their computer wasn't working. We are not installing it at this time, waiting for the kitchen redo. We got such a good deal on it that we are storing it in the crate until Jeff installs it.
Jeff worked so late last night and didn't get home until after I was asleep, so after midnight. He got up and went off to work a little b/4 9am thinking he would only be working 4 hours. He called me around noon to let me know he wouldn't get off work until at least 7:30pm. Poor baby must be so tired. He gets to see all the famous women that are attending this years "Woman's Conference" in Long Beach. Today it was Oprah and Mrs. Obama and a lot of other famous women. I have been trying to volunteer for this event for the last 5 years w/o much luck of getting picked. Last year they told me they would be contacting me but I never heard from them. I later learned that because of Mrs.O and Oprah being there, they decided not to have any volunteers that they hadn't used b/4. Really sucked for me. Jeff got to talk to Maria Shriver last year but he wasn't impressed with her. Thinks she was a bit stuffy.
Anyway went out to look to see if I could find a piece of furniture for the bedroom that I might like and not too pricey. Did find two pieces on sale and today only another 25% off. Of course that was when I thought Jeff would be home early and able to go over and take a look at them. I will keep looking and you never know, those pieces might still be on sale for a while.
Getting ready to watch "TBL" at 8pm. Hope to see DH sometime tonight. emoticon

  
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XENA1956 10/27/2010 8:35PM

    I think Oprah's show yesterday was filmed early because she was in LB yesterday. Jeff got home tonight around 4:45pm and is taking a nap, then dinner. Now most likely now work until after Christmas, so after we come back from Las Vegas on the 6th it will demo time for the house and construction will start.
I went looking at some other furniture today, was cheaper but not made as well.

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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 10/27/2010 4:42AM

    I saw the O show yesterday also. A bit disappointing. I bet you miss Jeff in Long Beach. Hope he's back soon. Good luck picking that furniture. Maybe it will reduce more as you wait to show Jeff.

Today is a new day.. emoticon

Hope you see what the world see in a special you.

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Rain in the AM, sunny by afternoon

Monday, October 25, 2010

Got up and it had been raining since last evening and just sort of hung around in PJ's doing some stuff like cutting our coupons. Frank went off to his classes only to return because his class was canceled. Waist of gas, but oh well. I also did 3 loads of laundry, folded and put them away.
Did 2 dvd's this morning, LS:fast 4 miles w/boosted walking or jogging intervals and 20 min. of Denise Austins "Shrink Your Female Fat Zone, I can't do the other 20 min. because I took the air out of my stability ball until after our construction is all done. But those 20 min. are pretty tough. Took a shower and then did 40 min. or so of cleaning, actually scrubbing a lot.
Jeff is working late again tonight, he didn't get home until almost 10pm last night. He was unsure what time he would make it home tonight. Phred misses him a lot when Jeff is working this much. Phred is Jeff's dog even thought I do everything for the damn dog. Oh well, Lucy was my dog and preferred me to him so I just guess that's how it goes sometime. Going to watch "House" at 8pm after Pawn Stars is over.
Night all.

  
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/25/2010 10:55PM

    Hope you enjoyed House. Bright blessings to you my friend. Love, Dawn emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/25/2010 10:55PM

    Hope you enjoyed House. Bright blessings to you my friend. Love, Dawn emoticon

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Sort of a nice day today, talked to my sister and daughter too

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Woke up this morning and was a bit cloudy but no rain today. Went to the market to get a feds items after I did my LS:5 mile walking dvd in 63 min. Still forgot banana's but didn't make ir over to the produce section so no surprise because I didn't write them on the list. I get banana's just about everytime I go to the market.

Spent this morning on the phone with my daughter in OK. Samra is moving to AZ on Halloween weekend and her boyfriend has not been very kind to her the few months. Last night she had enough and told him to leave the apt. It was hers and he was living there, so she can do that without a problem. He is suppose to get his stuff out and she has been packing her stuff for about a week now. She is excited to start her new life in AZ. My foster son Jory and his girlfriend Eve, who just happens to be one of Samra's best friends are getting her. She will live with them until she can get her act together. They are going to help her find work. She has been on food stamps since moving to OK and the lady told her there would be no problem transfering to a new state. I told her now she doesn't have a job, she will be able to get medical coverage. I hate that she has been living off the government, even with having a full time job. The pay just wasn't enough in OK for her to be able to make it without some type of government help. How sad is that?

Also talked to my sister Linda, whom I wrote about yesterday. She is also packing and looking forward to starting a new life. I sort of knew that something was wrong and she told me she had hoped that Liz (her wife) would change her mind but not to be. Linda likes her new job and I know for sure she will be fine. Liz wants to move to Isreal, which Linda did not want to do. They vacationed there a few years ago and Linda said it was lovely and sort of reminded her of S.CA but very dangerous. They even had a bomb go off a block from where they were staying.

Anyway my son Frank and I took Phred out for a short walk this afternoon and my husband has worked all day so I expect him home sometime around 8pm or so. Good money, double time on Sundays! We can use it. Won't be much work after the beginning of Nov. for a few months. Sort of the reason we are doing the construction on our home at that time. He isn't working and we all have the time.

Amazing Race on at 8pm and I need to watch 60 Min. at 7pm.

  
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/25/2010 8:45PM

    Glad that things are turning out as well as can be. Glad that you're able to be there for your sister. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 10/25/2010 6:22PM

    Now that's a full day. But very well done. emoticon

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