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We finally got a rest day from home deconstruction.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

I am going to just put a few pictures on this blog. I put all of them on my face book page for family and close friends. Here are some shots of what we have been doing.
This is the dumpster when we started. Empty Dumpster closed up and almost full to the top.

Old dinning room window



Old carpet in hallway

Hallway with carpet removed
This is the area where we will be adding sq. footage to the side of the house.

Old laundry area

My Dh moved the W/D into the old kitchen table area. He moved both the water & gas lines to do this.

Temp. blocked to old laundray/powder room area.

Blocked old entraced to dinning room

Blocked entrace into old living room area

Old living room


Front door




Living room with ceiling still attached. Popcorn will be all gone.


Walls all gone. The blue tape shows where a 7 ft. pass-thru windown will be.

Blue tape showing where new kitchen cabinets will go.
There will be custom granite counters 4-5 ft wide oposite side from the kitchen for eatting for 4.
There is a lot more I guess I could have shown but is enough for you all to get the idea we have been working hard at this.

  
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DDOORN 7/11/2011 10:12AM

    Wow! I'm jealous! Wouldn't mind a wrecking ball and dumpster to get a fresh start on things...lol!

Don

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BARBARASDIET 7/10/2011 2:13PM

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_LINDA 7/10/2011 9:16AM

    WOW!! This is a ground up renovation!! What a huge amount of work!!
No wonder its hard for you to keep up a healthy lifestyle with all this disruption. It will sure be lovely when it finally all gets done! Sounds wonderful!!
Hope you have good weekend!

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HIKINGSD 7/9/2011 5:09PM

    I am so excited for you guys!! Good progress :-)

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FIRERY1 7/9/2011 3:52PM

    wow! It was hard to picture in my mind how all these changes were taking place. We can't wait to see the house as you progress!

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TXGRANDMA 7/9/2011 2:04PM

    WOW!! Looks like you are tearing the house down around you! Thanks so much for posting the pictures, it really helps to see that you are doing MAJOR changes! I guess it is hard to picture until it is actually in progress!

LOVE the wood floors under the carpet. We are planning on having wood laminate floors in our new house. Take Care and don't work too hard! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!
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ZENSTEPH 7/9/2011 1:31PM

    Wow, what an amazing amount of work you've done!

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TABBYARTS 7/9/2011 1:00PM

    Beautiful hardwood floors under that carpet. Brie and I are living in our (mostly) completedbedroomwhile we continue building our house! It is challenging, is it not? TOBY

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IZZYBEBOP 7/9/2011 9:21AM

    Where are you living during all this? The house looks like it's being totally rebuilt. Are you going to leave the hardwood floors? We have them under our carpet, but don't know the exact condition. Would LOVE to remove it all and find out someday. Lots of work going on, and wishing you a speedy journey to your new home.

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Gained back some weight, damn!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Yesterday I had an appointment with NP for my annual woman exam, it had been close to 3 yrs. I knew I had gained some weight back because my pants are all tight on me. I also knew I ate to much on my vacation in Chicago thanks to my husbands taking to really nice places to eat. Anyway I had already decided to get back into posting food intake everyday and making sure to stay within my calorie range (which I hadn't been doing much of over the last couple of months). I was not happy to see 158 on the scale. Now I will get my butt back in gear to lose the weight I want to get rid of. I moved my end date to the end of the year and I really hope I can get below the 140 mark by then.

  
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TEDDYBEAR662 6/17/2011 10:03AM

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INTOTHEJAM2 6/17/2011 9:07AM

    You got this!! Best of luck :)

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SASSYCHRIS1952 6/17/2011 7:05AM

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DDOORN 6/17/2011 5:56AM

    You'll get there...!

Kudos to your vigilance! :-)

Don

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/17/2011 12:08AM

    emoticon I'm sorry for the weight gain, but I KNOW that you can reach your goal. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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LESSOFMOORE 6/16/2011 8:46PM

    Teri, it's good to see you have a plan. You can do it, 5K Kween! emoticon

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_LINDA 6/16/2011 2:29PM

    At least you know where you are going wrong. But just because you eat out doesn't mean you have to go wild. There is portion control and only eating half of what is on a plate instead of the usual too much abundance. I have been on maintenance for a year and a half and if there is one thing I have learned that is tracking food is everything. Its far too easy to guess wrong on a portion size, and all those wrong guesses could add up quickly. I have never stopped tracking. It may be a pain to weigh and measure everything, but it also means I can enjoy any food I want, as long as I can fit it into my calories for the day. For example, I had my Mom's lasagna yesterday, just heavenly, but carefully tracked. No more one helping, then another and another. Just one piece and enjoy every bite, making sure my earlier day's food was on the lighter side to make up for it.
You can take charge of your food again and not let it control you. You can lose the weight by careful tracking and getting regular exercise. But you must use both the Fitness and Nutrition Trackers. Depending on how much fitness you do in a week, the Nutrition Tracker''s calorie range will be set to account for what ever settings are on your Fitness tracker. Sometimes getting back to basics works.
All the best with it Teri, you can do it!!!

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WISLNDR 6/16/2011 6:25AM

    You're already back on the right path so you could view this as just an unpleasant reminder of what could happen if things got out of control.

You'll do great, I know it!!

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SHERREMAC 6/16/2011 5:36AM

    I know where you are I am in the same boat! I need to kick it into gear too!!

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TWEETYKC00 6/16/2011 12:13AM

    a little weight isn't all that bad, you can get back from this in no time!

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TXGRANDMA 6/16/2011 12:05AM

    emoticonSorry the scales are up instead of down, but you have come so far and done so well I know you are determined and will soon hit your goal, my dear friend!
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Dangerous times in our neighborhood

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Over the last couple of years in and around our neighborhood, including our own fence have been tagged. Many of our sidewalks starting get a lot more tags at the beginning of the school year starting in Sept. 2009. Last night a 12 yr old boy was stab to death by another rival tagging gang member who was 18 yrs old.

When I went to take Phred for his walk around 3pm, there was at least 10 APD police vehicles, 5 house's east of ours. Many of the adults and kids were standing about and no one would say what happened. There was also at least 2 news helicopters and along with 2 of our own APD "eye in the sky". It turned out a young lad of 12 yrs old, who attended the junior high, that is located behind our home across the street. The same junior high school that my kids attended. This was all very sad and we still haven't figured out how our neighborhood boy was involved. He was either a witness or the one who did the stabbing. Either way it is a sad state of affairs.

Tonight they are having a meeting at the Jr. high and all the news vans are there to talk to people.

Jeff felt sorry for the boy until he learned he was a tagger. We have had our sidewalk and brick fence tagged a couple of times. The city will come out and clean up the mess for you, now. This was only after so many complaints from residents about the city giving you tickets and taking you to court if you didn't take care of the tagging yourself.

So our tax dollars go to cleaning up tagger problems and it just makes Jeff so pissed off. This last time Jeff ended up sand blasting the fence himself, because no one came out from the city for a few of weeks. They promise to show up within 3-5 business days, yeah right. Then we even got a letter saying they had taken care of the problem and would we rate how well the job was done. Hey, city of Anaheim, guess what you didn't clean it, we did after waiting for 2 weeks for somebody to show up. Duh! So you can see where Jeff wouldn't have much sympathy for these kids. Jeff was born and raised here in Anaheim and he doesn't like it when the gangs mess things up for everybody else.

I hope this turns something bad into something good and there are no more problems from other gang members. Unfortunately, we know this is not how it works and one reason why Jeff elected not to attend tonight's meeting. He felt if he complained, there would be retaliation if & when they found out where we live. Of course, most of the people around here know me, know my dog and know what kind of car I drive. I regularly walk right across the street from where the stabbing happened.

I am saying blessings for both families involved. This is how "gang wars" start and I can only hope that someone in these families will be strong & smart enough to put a stop to any more deaths.

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IZZYBEBOP 6/21/2011 8:08AM

    I just read your e-mail and came to your page and read this. How scary and sad. I hope you stay safe during the deconstruction of your house. Seems like you would be more vulnerable for something worse than tagging.

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DDOORN 6/15/2011 10:32AM

    New jargon for me: Tag / Tagging...graffiti, in other words. Read up on some urban areas encouraging tagging in a formal way by making murals and artwork allowable on some walls, hoping to deter unwanted "artwork" elsewhere...!

Stay safe out there...!

Don

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HIKINGSD 6/15/2011 12:55AM

    Wow. I am happy that you and Jeff are safe and that no innocent bystanders were harmed! I hope the gangs move out of your neighborhood.

Please be aware of your surroundings and stay safe.

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JAMER123 6/15/2011 12:46AM

    Teri, I just read the article in the LA Times and I didn't know that was the area you live in! This has to be very scary. I hadn't heard the term tagging in place of graffiti but I do learn rather slowly:)

You take care and stay safe. Sounds very dangerous to be out walking. I hear your concerns about complaints and retribution.

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DESERTDREAMERS 6/15/2011 12:27AM

    Sorry this happened. We had a SWAT situation on my street a few years ago. It's a lot more entertaining on TV and scarier when you're watching it happen. My dogs were going ballistic at the strangers (cops) on the street, while I was whisper-yelling "shut up, aleady!" to them.

Deja Vu - I live in Albuquerque, and our police are APD, too. We have tagger and gangs, and the city comes out to paint over the tags.

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TXGRANDMA 6/15/2011 12:12AM

    Oh, Teri! This is SO scary! I worry about you and Jeff staying there in that neighborhood! I can understand where Jeff is coming from, not attending the meeting.

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_LINDA 6/14/2011 11:35PM

    So very sorry to hear about this :( Usually, you hear of gangs being poor, disenfranchised youth, not in your own neighborhood. There is tagging here, but mostly just individuals expressing themselves as gangs are not a real problem.
Its a really sad day when you have to fear walking down your own street. I hope they can figure out some way of solving these problems the kids are having. What puts children on opposite sides of the fence in the same area or school, or is it different areas and schools..
Please do be careful out there, I assume you always carry a cell phone when walking?
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MOMOFJACKK 6/14/2011 10:09PM

  Scary, stay safE!!!

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Sticker shock

Monday, June 13, 2011

Jeff took our plans into the city for plan approval today. We expected it to be around $400-500 max. Turned out Anaheim really likes to charge alot now it was $1500 and that does not include the cost of permits. Jeff was in sticker shock most of the afternoon. We took some siding out of the side of the house where we will be adding some small sq. footage. We were not too lucky because we found termit damage that we were not aware of. This is amost a given here in CA. Most homes, even brand new ones can get them here very easily.
So that will cost us a bit more to fix too. More lumber will be needed to fix the damage caused by the damn termits.
Jogged this morning for just under 30 min and according to my ped. I did 3.02 miles. I know my next 5K I can beat my time of 34.30.2 if I just keep putting one foot in front of the other.

  
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TEDDYBEAR662 6/14/2011 4:56PM

    Good luck and sorry the pricing went up. Also good luck with those yucky bugs.

Last, you're doing awesome... next 5k here you come!

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LESSOFMOORE 6/14/2011 4:36PM

    Sorry to hear about the little buggers:( Still, it's better to find them before they do to much damage.

You're on your way to being the 5K Kween! emoticon

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DDOORN 6/14/2011 1:08PM

    Homes can be such BLACK HOLES for money!

Kudos to your running efforts!

Don

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JAMER123 6/14/2011 12:22AM

    WOW! Guess I am glad I don't live in CA. and want to do some work on a house!! Of course, MN. is getting to be just about as bad. We didn't have taxes raised with our past govenor but the fees for whatever really took a big jump.

I really learned about termites when they were found in mom's garage in TX. and most of her stored items were in boxes. It probably was a good thing as the garage has been spared but a lot of family history lost in pictures etc. Good luck in getting rid of them. Hope the queen is found!!

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_LINDA 6/13/2011 11:38PM

    That is an outrageous price, wow!! Unlucky to find out termite damage on top of that, does this mean your whole house should be checked for them just in case?
Great work with the jogging, you will get that time!!
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TXGRANDMA 6/13/2011 11:14PM

    That is a lot of money, just for plans! I think they are ripping you off big time but there is not much you can do emoticon (I'll bet)
Sorry about the termite damage. Darn things are a problem here, too. I hope it wasn't too extensive.
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First 5K photos/time 34.30.2

Saturday, June 11, 2011


Hannah, me and Debbie b/4 race. We had light rain again in the early morning and was misty most of the race, very cool tto.
Start of race, I am nearer the back. There was suppositly over 1000+ racers.



Me in black #601

Rear view at the beginning.

Trying to get around slower racers and walkers

Signs that Debbie's daughters made to encourage us. They didn't know there was another way to spell Teri. It's the thought that counts.

Almost at the end.

Maybe 50 - 75 yards to go.

After the race was over.

My time on paper. First time is "Gun line time" and the second time is "Race finish time".
Since I was just hoping to be under 50 min. I am very excited about this time. I look forward to doing some more 5K's and doing a bit better. At 11.8 per mile, I think I did very well. Thanks for all the encouragement from my Sparks friends!

  
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FIRERY1 7/9/2011 5:57PM

    Sis, you are awesome! I knew you would have a good time, and good timing! Way to go, Girl!

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FIRERY1 7/9/2011 5:55PM

    Sis, you are awesome! I knew you would have a good time, and good timing! Way to go, Girl!

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BKWERM 6/20/2011 3:20PM

    Sorry for the late comment but Congratulations, Teri; you did Awesome!

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GIRLINMOTION 6/13/2011 10:43PM

    emoticon Way to go!!!!

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DDOORN 6/13/2011 12:35PM

    Woo hoo to your 5K!

Just did my first official 5K last month...35 mins. Not bad for someone who doesn't consider himself a runner...lol! Give me two wheels any day! But it was nice to join with other members of SparkPeople in our local 5K!

Don

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LAURAAT 6/13/2011 12:06PM

    Awesome! Great job!!
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HIKINGSD 6/12/2011 11:59PM

    WOW!!! You kicked butt! Good work!

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LESSOFMOORE 6/12/2011 8:07PM

    Teri, I am so impressed! emoticon

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TERRYT55 6/12/2011 2:16PM

    SO cool.......you are FAST! My first 5K was 42 minutes and I haven't gotten any faster. You rock, Teri!

Great pictures, too.

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SOFEDUPP 6/12/2011 12:50PM

    That is awesome!!!

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SHERREMAC 6/12/2011 6:58AM

    Way to go!!!!

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BEEJAY49 6/12/2011 4:48AM

    You did great! Congratulations! :) Thank you for sharing the pictures! :)

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_LINDA 6/12/2011 1:45AM

    Well done Teri!! Love the photos!! 11 minutes a mile is a fabulous time!!
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CARANN56 6/11/2011 11:40PM

    Congratulations on a great 5K.

Carol

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TXGRANDMA 6/11/2011 11:25PM

    emoticonI am so proud of you! Fantastic job!
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MEYLOSE 6/11/2011 11:23PM

    well done and ty for sharing the photos

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/11/2011 7:51PM

    Love the pictures! Congratulations on running the 5K. You're doing GREAT! Love, Dawn emoticon

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