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12/10/16 2:31 A

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A while ago I saw you were talking about your messy husbands, which I have to confess I am one. But a Bible verse came to mind and I would like to share it with you.

Prov 14:4 Which reads. Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of the ox come abundant harvests.

It is rare that you get cleanliness with getting things done. I know we can be vary trying at time, but try and be patient with your men. We have a real hard time organizing and keeping things in it place.

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I buffet my body and make it my slave!

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12/10/16 2:04 A

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I know it's not Wednesday, but I saw this and have to share it. I hope you enjoy it.
"And That's When The Fight Started!"

Andy's wife, refusing to give in to the looks of growing old, goes out and buys a new line of expensive cosmetics guaranteed to make her look years younger.
After a lengthy sitting before the mirror applying the "miracle" products, she asks her husband -
"Darling, honestly, if you didn't know me, what age would you say I am?"
Looking over her carefully, Andy replied,...
"Judging from your skin, twenty; your hair, eighteen; and your figure, twenty five."
"Oh, you flatterer!" she gushed.
Just as she was about to tell Andy his reward, he stops her by saying...
"WHOA, hold on there sweety!" Andy interrupted. "I haven't added them up yet!"

Nothing tastes or feels as good as being fit and slim feel!

I buffet my body and make it my slave!

When I eat healthy I enjoy my food all day!


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12/9/16 8:54 P

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Sounds like T and I will be recuperating together! I have surgery on Thursday. Not sure what time, as they are supposed to call me the day before to let me know what time to show up for surgery. Never heard of such a fool thing...I've always known weeks ahead of time, but, we are in Tennessee....

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12/9/16 11:17 A

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TGIF everyone!

Tina, when we took down a shower stall that was added in what is now our mudroom we found live electrical wires. Crazy $hit for sure!
I have to say you are pretty handy with the tools doll. I am grateful T managed to do so much cause I am not handy that way but we don't see eye to eye on how or in what sequence things should get done. I tell him "let me plan, you do!" LOL!

Update on T is a small bone the fibula in his foot is broken and he will need surgery scheduled next Wed to put in a metal plate and then a cast for 6 weeks. UGH of the the luck! Don't know how we'll manage with the business with him not being able to drive.
Happy thoughts right?

Well have a great weekend!


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12/6/16 9:19 P

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yes, I think all of the stupidities were from the previous owners "remodeling". What a bunch of dorks. they didn't do anything right! Good thing we remodeled the common bath...the electrician found burnt wires in the wall! Anyway, I guess we are all finding pretty much the same stuff.

Michela, I hope T heals really fast so you can get stuff done! I've been trying to get Todd to do things around here. He has attempted some but has made more work for me by doing so! I have to admit, though, that it has been really helpful that he tilled the yard and helped clean up some stuff outside. And helped put up the shed behind the garage. But so far, the help he has done in the bathroom for getting prepared for the crown molding and baseboard....well....

Beth, I hope your recovery is still going well!

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12/6/16 7:40 P

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Beth you nailed it! All of the stupidities of our house is thanks to the previous owner before us. The did some good things too with good intention but skimped on quality . Thing we may have to deal with a few years from now . But now with T's injury he gets why I was hoping for a bungalow/ranch type house.


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12/6/16 7:11 P

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It is unfortunately very true that anytime you remodel, you find the evil things that just don't match up, aren't level, aren't to code...all kinds of fun stuff. I know when we started working on this place, I really wanted a law passed that would prevent stores from selling even the most basic tools...like hammers and screwdrivers...to people until they passed a BASIC COMPETENCY TEST!

Of course, some of the stuff we ran into were things that "settled," over time, but much of it was cheap work during build, or worse...stuff the previous owners did. We're lucky the place hasn't burned down!

But enough of that. Suffice it to say, you aren't alone.

Michela, I'm sorry to hear about T's foot. If he has an automatic, you should NOT be surprised if he tries to drive with his left foot. I hope he heals up fast...I'm guessing three weeks to a month with the cast though?

-Beth
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Well our work will have to be put on hold unless we pay someone to continue.
T does have a broken bone and will be getting a cast on Thursday. Don't think
He will be able to drive with that on.

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We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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12/6/16 4:03 P

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Isn't it amazing how when you remodel, you find things that don't match up, line up, or cause more work that what you had planned? It's driving me nuts on my projects, but I have to say that I am glad I'm not the only one with those issues! Sorry, Michela...!



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12/6/16 2:26 P

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Cracking the tile would be something I would totally do! emoticon

Beth, just got the wallpaper in the powder room on this morning. All that is left there is to install vanity and toilet and paint door and install handle.Which T was going to do this weekend.

We did hit a brick wall though. T slipped on a job yesterday and looks like he may have broken his ankle. Not sure yet. He went to ER this morning and is still there. We thought maybe it was just a sprain. Good thing he went. UGH! And it;s his right foot too. Don't know how he can do his job if he can't drive. Anyway I am anxiously awaiting news from him.

We got all the baseboards& trim on that floor done this weekend. Just have to finish off the doorway that goes to the basement as we removed the door and re-did the frame. Then all the painting still to do in the hall but can;t complete that cause we have to fix the steps going up to the living space. The floor was raised to level it off when we did that tile so we have a very low bottom step and a higher top step on the staircase. That will hold us back.





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12/6/16 10:11 A

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Tina, I'm happy to hear you are outside the range of those fires! And I can't even imagine what kind of demented person would start a fire so he could be more popular. Is there a "Like" specifically for Nut Job Arsons out there? WTF?

As for rocking the boat, maybe you could drop something that cracks the ugly tile? Oh golly, we need to replace the floor. What a shame.
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Just tip that boat right over!

Michela, I hope you guys have gotten to make some progress on that powder room since your last post. You're so darned close! And we need pictures.

I don't have much exciting to tell. Just healing up. PT started last week, so far it's pretty uneventful. I'm still mostly taking it easy. Ho Hum.

Hope you all had a good weekend!

-Beth
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12/2/16 3:53 P

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I doubt we will ever change that floor. I'm stuck with it, but, I don't want to rock the boat. I'm dropping hints that it would really be nice to redo the kitchen... emoticon

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12/2/16 12:09 P

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Happy Friday emoticon emoticon

Tina sorry to hear that. I hope it's an easy fix sometime in the near future. How big is that bathroom?

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12/1/16 5:12 P

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Nope, sorry to say the tile in the bathroom on the floor is nowhere near neutral. uck.

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12/1/16 1:44 P

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Geez Tina, I don't get what drives some people to do such crazy things and for such stupid reasons. It's really sickening.

I told T that by the time we get done it will be time to start over! The carpenter did not come yesterday and not sure when he will. I may have to postpose the wallpaper guy who is scheduled on the 8th. This powder room will never get done! emoticon

T almost put the brakes on re-doing the kitchen floor when we re-did the whole kitchen. TG the contractor was there and he said if you hate the floor now you will hate it even more after the new kitchen is in. I put my foot down and said if the floors don't get done at the same time then we will wait until we can do it all at once. He gave it and today is happy we did.

But again it all depends on the floor. Mine was really not going to go with what we picked for the kitchen. If your floor is neutral it almost disappears.

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11/30/16 8:56 P

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Well, from what I heard, they have one guy in custody who said he started some of the fires because he wanted more likes or whatever on the social media he uses. Sick dude. I don't know how the others started at this time.

Today I got some of the caulking done on the crown molding. Hope to finish that tomorrow so I can do the touch up painting. Then we can get the master bedroom crown and baseboard done, then the breezeway. Seems to never get done!

I will send pics of the bath remodel when we get the baseboard and crown molding done. I don't take responsibility for the ugly floor color, Todd wouldn't let me change the floor tile. Boo!

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11/30/16 12:04 P

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Beth, so good to hear you are doing so well and pain free! It was a good bet to lay low for Thanksgiving. You'll be back doing all the stuff you love before you know it!

Tina, I heard about the fires and saw the devastation on the news. I feel for those poor people. Also hope that it is raining for them over there. I did not catch how the fires started. Do they know yet?

Seems like you are getting lots done. We did not do as much as we hoped this past weekend. T got stuck on the trim inside the powder room door. The doorway is angled and he came up with a solution that did not look too good in my opinion, anyway after much frustration after telling him I did not like it, he blew up and ripped what he did off the wall. We are having someone come in later today to get it done. emoticon Anxious to see what he will come up with.
I should be able to post pics soon doll. I was wanting to have the backsplash in the laundry room done but still have not settled 100% on one. I will probably have to show you without if it will take too long.
I would also like to see what you did with your bathroom remodel.


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11/30/16 9:58 A

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Ok, Michela...we want to see pictures!

Beth, I'm so glad that you are doing so well and that your pain is gone! Awesome! Before you know it, you will be working hard again! emoticon

We got the crown molding up in the living room and hall way (the two tallest ceilings). I still have to do the caulking and fill the nail holes. Then, we still have to do the crown molding and baseboards in the master bath and breezeway. Much easier, since they both have 8 foot ceilings.

We have been getting deluged with rain since midnight. It is now almost 10 a.m. and we have gotten over 5.5 inches of rain! I'm hoping that they are getting the same a bit east of us, where they are having the horrible forest fires. I'm thinking you have probably seen something about it on the news. It's so bad it has gone national. Thousands of acres burned. Three dead, 12 or so in hospital with severe burns. Many homes and businesses burned to the ground. Many people evacuated and staying in shelters. Bad. And that's just over 50 miles from where I live. We hadn't had any rain in the past two or three months until last night. We were getting concerned about it getting over here until the rain came.

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11/29/16 7:07 P

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Well, unsurprisingly, you two are still getting stuff done!

Tina, I hope your crown molding didn't fight with you guys...that is a tough position to work in.

Michela, you must be so happy the powder room is almost done! Or by now, possibly DONE?

We laid low for Thanksgiving...stayed home and had frozen pizza for dinner. I'm sure I could have taken the drive to get to moms for dinner, but wasn't feeling up to being in the thick of things for the day.

I am doing well though. I haven't needed painkillers for several days, and am able to drive again. Good thing, since I had a few appointments today. My Post-Op Appointment is on Thursday, so hopefully it all still looks good!

All in all, it's amazing how quickly I was back on my feet! And the pain that was shooting into my arms and hands appears to be GONE! Hopefully for good!

I hope you all had a great weekend!



-Beth
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11/25/16 10:16 A

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Thank you so much Tina! You are so sweet! happy you enjoyed your Thanksgiving feast and you get today to work it off with all the work you have planned. Sounds like you are almost done.

Our doors came in yesterday and T already put up the powder room door after work yesterday.
He will finish off trim and baseboards in there first to we can finish off the powder room. I am having it wallpapered. Then the laundry room door and trims and all that will be left in that room is the backsplash. Then 2 more doors for basement bath and mechanical room. I really want to get the basement finished this winter.Getting there.

Beth, hope you are doing ok.




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11/24/16 8:57 P

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I'm so stuffed! Michela, I thought of you while I was eating. Hope it helped you. Made me so full! Came home with lots of leftovers!

Tomorrow Todd wants to start attacking the last of the crown molding we have to do. Of course, it's all the hardest stuff...the high ceilings with weird angles...ugh. There are a few other little things to do also, like cutting a bit off the bottom of the bedroom door so we can close it over the carpeting.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Michela, I gave thanks for my friend in Canada!


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11/24/16 2:50 P

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Sounds YUMMY! Have some for me!

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11/23/16 2:00 P

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Thanks, Michela! I'm looking forward to turkey, cheesy mashed potatoes, veggies, PIE!!!! emoticon

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11/23/16 10:27 A

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! Enjoy your turkey day!
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11/22/16 11:27 A

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Almost all of the trees stay outside for the winter. I have two ficus that have to come in, and the Japanese maple goes in the unheated shed when the weather gets below 25 degrees. So, not too much jockeying around with them.


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11/22/16 8:59 A

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That's great Tina, Spring comes early in TN! Do the bonsai's stay out all winter or do you have to bring them in?
Fun having a group to share your passion of bonsai's with.

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11/21/16 8:05 P

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It is taking some getting used to. I joined the local Bonsai Society and was talking to them about winter care. They do their spring stuff that I would do in Wisconsin in April or May, in February here! Wow! I'm amazed! I'm looking forward to learning lots from this group, as they are miles ahead of the society I was a member of in Wisconsin.

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11/21/16 7:49 P

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Haha sorry about that Tina. Hopefully our cold front won't last too long there.
Your normal temps is really ideal, you get a change of season and a respite from the summer heat without the treacherous mid western winters.

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We are having colder than normal nights because of a cold front coming down from...wait for it...Canada! After tonight we should have normal night temps of mid 40's to low 50's (for this time of year). In December and January we get nights in the 30's and a few in the high 20's. We do also get light dustings of snow once in a while, but it doesn't stick around. We do get an occasional ice storm. Shuts everything down for days!

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11/21/16 6:58 P

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Thought it Would be warmer there Tina sou get snow there?
It is going to be 32F tomorrow, so 51 is sounds good to me!

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Um, I don't think I'm missing out on too much...it has been in the mid 20's the last two nights, and will be again tonight. Our high today was only 51 degrees.

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Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend!

We woke up to our first snowfall this morning. UGH! It's really miserable out. Tina bet you are not missing any of this kind of weather.

Beth hope you are doing better every day!

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That is great news Beth! You know what feels comfortable for you so a little movement is good. The marathon can wait though.

Well, seems my guy is the slob of the group, this is why I drink emoticon And yes I tell him that often! But do emoticon the guy most days!
Beth you sure a lucky to have a guy that is that neat and organized. There is really no hope for T. I have tried so many times to get him organized and it all falls apart in no time. The not so funny part is he is always asking me where something is when he can't find it! REALLY???

Tina, hope your shed building is going well!

My quartz is getting installed tomorrow! emoticon So excited!

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Thanks for the joke Dennis, that was cute. I guess all our reno talk is pretty boring for you, since you've "been there done that" huh? As I recall, the place you live now sounded really nice, and very low maintenance. So with all that free time NOT doing maintenance...What have you been doing for fun?

Tina, bummer that you had to replace a vehicle, but very nice that you got something that will be so useful for the type of "stuff" you're doing right now. Hauling materials and plants and such! I'd say that CR-V didn't owe you anything though, you sure got a lot of mileage out of it!

Michela, leaving stuff all over the place would drive me bat $hit too. You've just reminded me how lucky I am...Jim is extremely neat and organized. If he left a tool out, he must be hurt or unconscious somewhere. He's like that with everything...I do NOT have to clean up after him. I think the messiest thing he does is that he puts his dishes in the sink, not always in the dishwasher. Golly, there's something to b**** about, eh?

Yes, I'm taking it easy. I'm supposed to get up and walk around several times a day, and move around as much as I can tolerate. Which is good, because moving actually feels better than sitting still. My muscles cramp/stiffen up when I "rest" too long.

Anyways, I'm doing well. I'm not ready to run a marathon yet, but definitely trending in the right direction.

-Beth
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Well, I guess I'm lucky that Todd usually puts tools away where he found them when he uses them. Well, he at least gets them close...

We took the forms off the slab today, and it looks good. We will probably start putting the shed up tomorrow. Woo hoo! Then I can clear out the garage and breezeway and get things organized!

Beth, I hope you are not over doing things... emoticon

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Beth, SO happy to hear you are doing well! Sounds like you were in excellent hands. Crazy that you were out so soon and I hope you are taking it easy and letting your HEU take extra special care of you. emoticon

Dennis, OMG that joke is so funny emoticon emoticon Thanks for the laugh!

I don't know what gives but I am not getting any good jokes lately.

Tina, sounds like your garage is bigger than ours if you can maybe squeeze 2 vehicles in there. We have a single car garage which is pretty long but with all our crap there is no way I can even think to park in it. Our driveway is also very long so we can both park in the driveway one in front of the other which we must do in the winter as no cars are allowed to be parked on the road overnight.
Awesome on getting the other shed started. After our reno is done I hope to clean up and organize the garage. I tell you T is a real slob in there. He gets tools out and then just dumps them wherever instead of putting them back in place! It is driving me bat $hit! Since we go in and out from there because of the dogs I have to maneuver my way in! emoticon

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Good one, Dennis!! emoticon

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One of my friends gets some great jokes, so I figure I could share them with my favorite group.
Most of the stuff you are talking about I did 30 yrs ago, when I had an older house, but this house is only 12 years old and we are in a senior community that has a HOA that won't let us do much if we wanted to.
I think you will enjoy the joke, I did.

"A Man Riding His Harley Gets His Wish!"

A man riding his Harley was riding along a California beach when suddenly the sky clouded above his head and in a booming voice, the Lord said, "Because you have TRIED to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish."
"The biker pulled over and said, "Build a bridge to Hawaii so i can ride over any time i want."
The Lord said, "Your request is materialistic, think of the enormous challenges for that kind of undertaking; the supports required to reach the bottom of the Pacific and the concrete and steel it would take! It will nearly exhaust some natural resources. I can do it, but its hard for me to justify your desire for worldly things.Take a little more time and think of something that could posibly help mankind.
"The biker thought about it for a long time. Finally he said, "Lord I wish that I and all men could understand their wives; I want to know how she feels inside, what she's thinking when she gives me the silent treatment, why she cries, what she means when she says nothings wrong, and how i can make a woman truely happy."
The Lord replied, "You want two lanes or four on that bridge?"

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Oh Beth! I'm so glad things went so well for your surgery! And you sound like you are doing very well afterwards. Yay! Just make sure to follow doctor's orders and don't over do things. We want you to heal properly!

Todd and I got the cement slab poured today. This weekend we will be putting the shed up on it. Can't wait so I can start putting all the things in there that need to be. Our garage is just way too small to store anything. We'll be lucky if we can even fit both vehicles in there even after everything else is out of there.

Speaking of vehicles...our Honda CR-V finally bit the dust this past week (it had 216,199 miles on it), so we went shopping. We ended up with a 2013 Toyota Tacoma pick up truck. It's a small one, single cab (not extended cab), is red with black trim. It's cute. Now I have something to haul plants and stuff! Yay!

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Michela, the laundry room isn't overboard...it's what you want! I'm just envious is all. emoticon

So, the surgery went REALLY well, and I'm feeling better than expected so far. I got out of surgery at about 4PM yesterday, and was home by 8AM today. Crazy, huh?

I slept most of today, because I couldn't sleep last night. They had those inflating leg wraps on me for circulation...and the feeling of them didn't bother me, but the sound of the darned pump kept me awake.

The facility was an outpatient surgical place, that allows one night stays for certain surgeries...not a hospital. And let me tell you ... that made a BIG difference. It was so peacefully quiet there, the pump really was the loudest thing going. The staff was super nice too...I couldn't come up with a complaint about that place if I tried!

The surgeon said he could see my spinal cord return to it's normal shape as soon as he had the ruptured disc out, and he had no problem installing the artificial disc. Everything went as planned.

I was up and walking around without the neck brace last night. Amazing. I do have some pain in my neck/shoulders/back, but I was expecting that. After the assault just done to it, my body is trying to protect stuff. The pain killers are doing a nice job of taking the edge off that.

I also have a very sore throat - also expected. The pain killers do exactly nothing for that. So, I'm eating soft foods that also offer a protective coating. (Smoothies, mac & cheese, creamy soups...) I'm also able to eat regular foods already, but my throat feels much better if I at least end the meal with something like that, or yogurt.

Okay, that's it for me. I'm going to be boring for the next few weeks. I hope you all had a nice weekend!


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Michela, I can't wait to see pictures of what you have been doing!

Beth, praying for you!

And the guys, wherever they are, I hope they are doing well and having fun!!

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Hello everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend!

Tina I was looking here for your picture and then realized you must have posted it on your page. The shed looks SO amazing! It all looks so good together! What a lovely yard you created!

Beth well yeah you might say we went overboard with the laundry room, right down to he light fixtures. It's so much a part of the house that it had to be special. Looking forward to showing it.


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Dennis, thank you for posting that joke, that was great! I copied that and e-mailed it out to a few friends...mostly the ones that I can picture being the one's "cuckooing."

Well ladies, I think we're all going to have to re-order! Maybe Michela can use her clout with neighbor Santa and help get them delivered! Time's-a-wastin'!

Tina, that back yard is coming along nicely. I love the new shed, that is really the perfect shape for a bonsai garden. Somehow, although you DID call it a "Japanese" garden shed, it didn't occur to me that it would have a Japanese style roof line. Duh!

Michela, quartz in the laundry room? Oh boy, that reno is going to be BEAUTIFUL when it's done!

Thank you for the well wishes! Hope you all have a great weekend!

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Drats! Just checked in on my iPhone and can't see the pics. Will have to check back when I am on a computer.
lol good guess on the door bring red!👍

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The pictures are posted. There are three of them.

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Just got in from working on the shed. The outside is done! And, yes, Michela, the door is red! I am going to post the pictures right now!

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GREAT joke Dennis! emoticon and where have you been? Miss seeing you here.

Tina, waiting anxiously for that picture! I am going to venture a guess that maybe the door color to you shed will we red? Can't wait to see it!
Yum your dinner sound great! can I come to dinner?

We are off tomorrow, it remembrance day here.Not sure what we will do at the house since the doors are not here yet. I should have the quartz countertop for the laundry room next week. YEAH!!! Almost done with that room, just door and trim and baseboards after that.

Have a great weekend everyone and good luck Beth! Will be thinking of you.

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That was so funny I had to read it to my hubby! He thought it was hilarious, also! What a good joke to start the day!

Today I will be painting the door on my Japanese garden shed, then will take a picture and post it on here tonight. The outside of my shed will be done! I will also start putting in pegboard, a work surface and some shelves. Don't know how far I will get with all that today, but feel so awesome about having the outside done!

When I got up, I stuck boneless pork ribs in the crockpot with some bbq sauce (after letting them sit with a good rub on them all night in the fridge), so when we are done working outside we will have a yummy, hearty meal!

Ok, can't get any work done sitting here on the computer...Later, dudes and dudettes!

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It's Wednesday, Joke saw this one thought I would share, hope you enjoy it

The Cuckoo...
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
The Cuckoo...

The other night I was invited out for a night with the girls. I told my husband that I would be home by midnight, I promise! Well the hours passed and the margaritas went down all too easily. Around 3 A.M... a bit loaded, I headed for home. Just as I got in the door, the cuckoo clock in the hallway started up and cuckooed 3 times.

Quickly, realising my husband would probably wake up, I cuckooed another 9 times. I was really proud of myself for coming up with such a quick witted solution, in order to escape a possible conflict with him. Even when totally smashed� 3 cuckoos plus 9 cuckoos totals 12 cuckoos = MIDNIGHT !

The next morning my husband asked me what time I got in, I told him, MIDNIGHT� he didn�t seem pissed off in the least. Whew, I got away with that one! Then he said, We need a new cuckoo clock. When I asked him why? He said, Well, last night our clock cuckooed three times, then said, Oh shiiit!! Cuckooed 4 more times, cleared its throat, cuckooed another three times, giggled, cuckooed twice more, and then tripped over the coffee table and farted.


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My order got cancelled, too! Hmmm. I Think someone is watching us here and cancelled all our orders because they are jealous.... I don't know why....!

Ok, today the shingles all got installed on the flat surfaces, tomorrow we will do the caps, and then I can post a picture! Hopefully tomorrow later in the day! Woo hoo!!!

Beth, I will be praying, keeping my fingers crossed, and anything else I can think of so your surgery goes perfect! Let us know how it goes!


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Oh btw that order got cancelled on me to!! WTF! emoticon

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Can't wait to see your Japanese garden shed Tina!

Beth sending positive vibes your way for your surgery. It WILL go well and I hope it will be a speedy recovery. Let us know as soon as you can how you are doing OK? emoticon

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You must be kind of excited to have the Japanese garden shed almost done. I'm anxious to see it! And leaves, yeah, it seems like we're in for an extended season for leaf pickup. Which I'm okay with, it's worth the price of living in the woods! :-)

And yes, I'm finally getting my neck/spine repaired. I'm getting a (mobi-c) disc replacement this coming Monday. I'm anxious...and a bit nervous. If I had a crystal ball and knew that it was all going to go perfectly, I'd just be excited. But alas...no crystal ball.

I'm (obviously) hoping it all goes well, because I'm REALLY tired of not being able to do all the stuff I like to do. I miss my skis. I miss by bike. I miss being able to stick with a workout routine...and not end up in ridiculous pain just because I'm trying to stay in shape. And I am apparently NOT getting any younger. Who cancelled THAT order?
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I think I will have the outside of my Japanese garden shed done in the next day or two, then I will be posting a picture of it here. Today we got a tree stump ground out so we can do our other shed for all the big stuff (mower, wheel barrow, etc). I sucked up lots of leaves and put them in the compost pile (but will still have lots more in days to come...we live in woods), and did over half of the shingles on the Japanese shed.

Hmmm, Beth, did you tell us you were having surgery before? What surgery (or is that too personal?)? I will pray for a fast recovery for you!

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Funny that pool closing day is sad no matter WHAT time of year you do it. I'm happy you have one less thing to worry about now though.

We had a good weekend, we did one last mowing of the lawn...more for leaf cleanup than grass mowing though. It really hadn't grown much. We'll have to do leaf cleanup again, it seems the leaves are falling a bit later this year. Quite a bit later this year actually. My mothers Maple tree is still bright yellow and fully leafed out. THAT I think will be a problem...my surgery is next week, and leaf cleanup will NOT be on my PT schedule, I'm sure.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

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Hope you had a great weekend and have a fantastic week!

We finally got all the outside stuff done. Pool is finally closed. SO SAD!!!


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Haha Beth cute joke! Not sure where it was heading but it did get a chuckle out of me.

Tina, sounds nice where you live, do you get a view of the mountains?

Have a great day dolls!



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We live between the Smoky mountains and the Cumberlands, in a valley, thus all the pollutants settle here. Lucky us!

Nice joke, Beth!

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And an elusive Wednesday Joke Day joke:

18 year old, Dan was walking home from a Halloween party at his friends house, when he heard a thumping noise behind him. THUMP, THUMP, THUMP, THUMP. When Dan turned around he saw it was a coffin behind him.

Dan started walking quicker but the THUMPS were still right behind him. Soon Dan was running, the coffin started running to.

Now Dan was running faster than he had ever ran in his life but the coffin was still right behind him!

HELP! Dan screamed! He ran into his house and tried to slam the door but the coffin caught the door and started following him up the steps THUMP, THUMP, THUMP, THUMP,

Dan ran into the bathroom and grabbed the first thing he saw, cough drops, and threw them at the coffin...

.and of course the coffin stopped.

(I can hear the bad-joke groans from here.)

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Wow, so none of us get little Halloween visitors. Kind of a bummer, I always loved seeing the little ones dressed up...and scaring the poop out of the bigger ones! Okay, I may have enjoyed the latter more than the former...but whatever!
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Well Tina, I hope what your doctor gave you helps. I have allergies that cause me a bit of congestion, and when I go on vacations...they seem to disappear. I was hoping maybe the new place had a different kind of pollens/allergens that you may be less allergic to. Bummer that it didn't work out that way.

I'm surprised Todd's brother didn't already know the rule, if Todd feels that strongly about it. But I suppose, my brother doesn't know everything about me either. Funny, my HEU not only doesn't want anybody to smoke in the house, but he tells them the smoking section is in Massachusetts! Of course, that's also where he tells me to go to cook brussel sprouts. emoticon

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I guess it was hard for Todd to tell his brother about the dog. It is touchy but they should have asked you guys before showing up with him/her.

So why would that area be worse for allergies Tina? I hope that you will be able to overcome this. I must be nice to be in a warmer climate this time of year. How cold does it usually get in winter?

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Well, Todd is a very strict "animals outside, people inside" person. And I don't like dogs or animals in the house because of the hair and smell. I've got a sensitive sniffer for those things. I think people should respect that, just like people that don't want others to smoke in their homes (which is another rule we have).

Beth, no, my sinuses did not get better, as a matter of fact, this is supposedly one of the biggest allergy areas around! Ugh. But, I had my physical, and my new doc gave me some kind of nasal spray that she thinks will help. I have to use it three times a day, and she said it could take a couple of weeks to see if there is a change. I think it helps some because I don't get the nasty sinus headaches any more. I still have congestion and drainage, but not quite so bad. Don't know that I am good enough to dive yet, but, we'll see.

I had no trick or treaters. We are pretty far out of town and on a cul de sac, also. There are only 6 houses on our road, so not really worth it for kids to come down. The houses are pretty far apart, and there are no kids living on our street.

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Beth, thanks for the definition! emoticon Now I can add a new word to my vocabulary!

Tina, great news on Todd being there! I am sure you are looking forward to a coupled life again!
It does come with some benefits! emoticon emoticon

Ok so the deal with the dogs, I guess I have to leave my two at home when I come visit! Haha JK doll! Even as a dog owner I would never impose them on anyone unless they were invited.
The only place I bring them is to my BIL, he has his own dog which is alot messier than my two with all the fur and in and out all the time.
But I only bring them because he asked me to. And she is welcome to come to my place. So what does Abby do the last time we were there a few weeks ago? She pees on the kitchen floor and he steps on it! YIKES! I was mortified! I think it may have been a territorial thing with his Samoyed.
But like Beth said it is touchy and they should have okay'd it with beforehand.

I do not bother with Halloween any more since the first 2 years we lived there I had maybe 1 or 2 older kids show up later in the evening. So last year I went out to dinner and this year I closed the lights. The whole neighbor hood was lights out it seemed except for a few house up the road. We are on a small cul de sac so I don't think kids even think to make it up our street. Not even the few neighbor kids showed up those first years. Apparently their folks drive to other busier neighborhoods to trick or treat. I hated getting stuck with all that candy.



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YAY! I'm happy to hear you are both under the same roof again! That seemed like a really long transition from here...I bet it felt even longer from where you're standing!

Ooh, that "no pets" rule is pretty hard for a dog owner. Puppy Parents have it tough when it comes to traveling. They either board their fur-baby - which is always a bummer, or have somebody house/puppy sit - also a yucky option, or take them along. I think all of those options have challenges. And this is why I have a cat. Who also comes with a few challenges!

But they do need to understand that not all folks want dogs in their homes...for lots of different reasons. It's just a hard "foot" to put down, especially to family.

Which reminds me, have you happened to notice if your sinus issues have cleared up at all with the change in locale? Not that I'm a doctor, or it's any of my business, but I'm hoping it helped!

Nope, no trick-or-treaters here either. Actually, our town closes off the center of town, and that's the only place the kids are allowed to trick-or-treat. It's a small town, with no street lights, and no sidewalks/shoulder for the kids to walk safely. So probably better that they aren't allowed to roam all over the place.

Even if they WERE allowed, I don't think we'd get any visitors. We're pretty far off the beaten path, and you can't see the house from the road. So a very long dark driveway, scary for sure! :-) If we DID get kids, I'd have a blast decorating that long walk! (That would be my evil side talking.)

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You two are hilarious! Yes Todd is here for good. And the day after he got here, his brother and sister-in-law showed up for a few days. Argh. They are supposedly leaving in the morning some time. I'm very upset because Todd told them we are a "no pet" home, and she brought their dog and brought the dog into the guest room at night! I'm ticked! Now I'm gonna have to do a super deep clean in there...I told Todd he has to make sure that never happens again!

Did you all get lots of trick or treaters? We don't get any out here. We are too far out of town and there are not many homes around here. Wouldn't be worth it for the kids to walk around here!

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Oh, and I have a little devil ninebark, which I love the look of. But I agree on the blooms, they are so danged small, you have to be right up close and personal with the shrub to see them!


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Yeah, that map sure did post on the thread WAY too small to read. I THINK you are in or near Montreal, and that (according to the map) is in zone 4. Just a wee bit above Montreal is Zone 3. Of course, I could only find two maps that included Canada at all, and they both said the same thing...in different colors.

Okay, Cattywampus:
1. Askew, tilted, lopsided
2. Misaligned, oblique, diagonal. (See Also "whopperjawed." Which I've never heard of.)
3. Diagonally, obliquely, also askew, awry.

There are more, but that pretty well covers it.

Judging by our political season, there is no such thing as "common sense."
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And on that note, I think wine is in order. CHEERS!
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Oh and define cattywampus lol!
I would have loved that basement finished with the wine bar first but this time common sense prevailed. Trust me still doing plenty of wine drinking emoticon And emoticon & emoticon emoticon

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LMAO Beth! You kill me! emoticon
Could not see that map so have no clue where you thought I was.believe me mid winter it feels like the North Pole and unfortunately Santa and I have not been acquainted yet!

The fact that the snake root likes shade makes it more attractive . It's hard to find many shade loving plants and I love the deep purple foliage beside bright green plants . I planted the Diablo ninebark for that reason . Don't really care for the blooms . I have it planted between 2 hydrangea limelight
It does grow fast and quite large so am constantly pruning and sacrificing many blooms.


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Are you telling me you AREN'T Santa's next door (igloo?) neighbor? Wow...totally shatter MY understanding of geography! And I thought you had an "in" with Santa.
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Actually, I made my assumption based on this map.


Apparently, I chose a bad map. But what the heck, in a few more years, zone 7 will have migrated towards us anyways.
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The snakeroot really likes to be mostly shaded...if that helps with your placement. I planted a whole bunch of seeds that I got from my plant...hopefully in the spring I'll have baby snakeroots. Of course, if they all sprout, I'm going to be over run with them! I know my mom wants two or three...so it's possible that I may have about 297 extra! I'll be happy to send some!

That is a pretty long to do list, but it's going to be SO NICE when you're finished. But, shouldn't the wine bar have been first? Oh, no, I guess then everything that got done would be all cattywampus?



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Tina, looks like you are making great progress! Did Todd make it there for keeps yet?

Beth, We are not that far north from you. Lol! Funny how most Americans think all of Canada is the north pole! emoticon

That snakeroot is an interesting plant. Love the flowers on it. I am going to try to find it next year and make a place for it somewhere in the front or back yard.

I wish we were done with the reno too but it seems we are chasing our tail these days. The doors have still not arrived and they are holding us back. We did order our quartz counter top for the laundry room Saturday and that will be a couple of weeks before installation. Then I can choose a backsplash. I am excited to have to 100% done. The mudroom is done except for the bench cushion. I wish I could sew, seems like it should be a DIY but I have to get it made. Regrets now that I did not listen to my mom when she tried to teach me a millions years ago.
Powder room can not progress until door is installed, then I it will get wall papered and then we can install the vanity and toilet and that will be done.
Then we continue on finishing off the basement. Mostly doors to bathroom and mechanical room to install, clean out crawl storage space and insulate and put everything back in there that we want to keep. Then we neeed to do the fireplace surround, paint, have the laminate floors installed, put in a wine bar and baseboards. We will be putting in a propane fireplace but not sure it that will happen right away.

We still have not closed the pool. T will have to move on that this weekend hopefully and the neighbors trees are still dropping leaves so that will not be over with for a few weeks still. But thankfully our lawn service is taking care of that this year or it would never get done.

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Tina, great that your shed is almost done. When I read that you were working on it two days ago, I was a bit envious of your new weather reality. I'm dying to see the pictures of it when it's done.

Michela, I'm also in zone 5. Somehow I thought you would be in zone 3 or 4, but apparently not. (Given that you haven't had a frost yet, and we've had several...what the heck do I know?)

Here's a web image of the black snakeroot, and a few from my house. I used the web image, because my photos are right up against a light colored house...and I think the green backdrop of this photo shows off the foliage better.


And here's a picture of mine, plus a close up of the flowers. This plant is only a year old, so not as full as it's going to get yet. The flowers are very aromatic - a very pleasant scent. The bees and the hummingbirds really loved this plant.





I'm happy that your cabinets and lights came in and you're happy with them. I'm anxious to see THOSE photo's too! Geez!

For now, I'm living vicarously through you two with the home repairs/gardening. All my yardwork is done for the year, up to and including putting in the driveway markers so we don't snowblow the lawn to bits. We will have another day of leaf cleanup I'm sure, but that's pretty much it.

Now, I'm just making sure everything is in order, and I have lots of food cooked and frozen in single serving sizes...so when I'm laid up, we won't starve. (If left to my HEU, we'll be eating donuts and take out pizza for every meal. Not a cookin' kind of guy.)

That said, all other reno work will be waiting until next year. Unless something breaks. Let's hope not!

-Beth
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The shed is coming along fine. I put the second coat of stain on the woodwork today. All that is left is to put the shingles on the roof, put the trim on the outside, and close up the openings in the eves to keep the birds and bees out. I will post pictures as soon as it is done.

How exciting that your things are getting done, Michela! Can't wait to see the pictures!

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TGIF!!! emoticon

How is everyone doing?
Tina how is that shed coming along?
Beth what's next on your home to do list?

So my laundry room cabinets and mudroom got installed last Friday!! LOVE!!!! Got the ceiling light in laundry room installed and under cabinet lights. Have 3 pendants to go but need to touch up the paint first. I am in awe that I have such a nice laundry room! We still have to order the countertop so that may take a few weeks, I will post pics once it is all together.

I was home yesterday for the electrician who came to install the pot lights in the basement ceiling so decided to clean up the garden. No killer frost yet but decided not to wait and cut everything down.One more more thing out of the way. emoticon

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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Good morning!

Tina, 8 x 10 is a nice size dedicated for a potting shed.And you are going all fancy with a porch too! Love that. We do not have enough yard space with the pool for any shed. Well not true exactly but if we did have a shed it could not be that big and we some of what little green space we have.
Funny thing is we have more lawn in the front of the house but not like we can put a shed there. As small as our property is we still hired out the lawn mowing this year cause T is so busy inside the house. Anyway our garage is packed with stuff and between our dive gear not much more room in there. We could really use one at least to get the garden stuff out of the garage.

Beth I feel so sorry for your poor hosta's and I will have to google what a black snake root is? What zone are you?. We are zone 5 here.Yeah it funny about the frost not hitting us yet. We had frost warning all of last week but no sign of it. The begonia's in my planters are still thriving. And I have Dahlia's in pots that I cannot store until after the frost so I am behind in my clean up and leaves are getting into everything and it is so messy out there.
It will come soon enough and then I have to work in the cold!



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Okay Tina, now you're talking my game. I'm all for building your own shed! We designed and built our filter house/shed. But pick ax...nope. Not this girl. I suspect my neck/back would go on strike and have me immobilized for the next month!

I'm looking forward to seeing your new shed pictures though! I love the idea of a small porch/deck in front of it. It's also kind of nice that your step dad will help you with it. (In saying that, I should say, I hope you like him! :-) )

Michela...waiting for the first frost??? You haven't had one yet? I'm envious! We have, which is why most of my trimming is done. (And yes, the leaves are definitely falling now.)

There are SOME plants I haven't trimmed yet, but it's because I'm waiting for the seed pods to open. Some for the birds, some for me to try to start new plants from seed. (Everybody loved the black snakeroot that I have in the back yard...so I'm going to try to share the wealth.)

And there are some plants that I don't have to trim...as the deer have found them. Those poor poor Hosta plants. They keep coming back, but they keep getting mowed down by the deer. They are currently 1" long stubs. :-(

Oooh, I would be unhappy with the off-white throne when the rest of the bathroom was white too. I hope you guys can get that straightened out in the most painless manner.

-Beth
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The shed is on a 10x 8 foot base, but the shed itself is only 8x8, with a 2 foot porch. It doesn't need to be real big because it will just be used to store all my bonsai stuff and to use as a potting shed. We will have a bigger shed behind the garage for all the yard tools and mower and such.

Good idea on waiting for the frost to trim your plants. I also do it that way, trimming plants back except the ones with seed heads. I leave those for the winter so the birds have a treat! Then I trim them first thing in the spring so the new growth looks better.

Tomorrow I have some appointments in the morning, but in the afternoon my stepdad and I will be working on the roof of the shed. Can't wait until it's all done so I can paint it and get my stuff set up inside! That will free up some space in the garage so I can get some more boxes out of the breezeway.

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Beth, wow you got all your yard work done already? I did not cut back my perennnials yet. I figure I would wait until the frost killed them and then clean it all up at one time. So many leaves from our neighbors maple has everything covered over these days. So frustrating.

Tina, I hope we did not scare the guys away with all our reno talk.
So cool about building the shed! How big will it be? Yeah will definitely want to see that.

I will post pic once it's all done but it's a slow process. Am having trouble picking out lighting too. Picked out ceiling fixture and pendants for the laundry room but the fixture seems so big. Going to wait until the cabinets are up and decide if it goes back or not. With the doors we need on that floor 2-3 weeks away we can't even finish the baseboards and door trim. But T got the laundry and mudroom area painted and he installed the toilet and vanity in the basement bathroom.
And guess what, my beautiful Toto toilet ends up being a off white color when I wanted a pure white. says Colonial white on the box and I googled it and it does look like a offwhite. It look really off with the vanity sink top since it is a true white ceramic top.
Anyway T installed it against my wishes and now we are stuck with it. I am not happy and insisted on a white one. We will try to sell the Toto hopefully. I think T just about wanted to kill me yesterday but he agreed with me this morning that it looks off.Whew!

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Ah, Beth, you are so funny! But, I am one of those driven people. I have to give any means a try. But, I had to give up, I have to wait until it rains to do anything with the ground. So, since I couldn't do that, and, I can't just sit around and read, I started building my Japanese garden shed. My stepdad and I built the base yesterday, and today we put up the framework for the walls. Tomorrow we will put the sheeting on and install the window and door, then maybe start working on the roof. When it's done I will post a picture.

Well, I better go make myself some supper. I hope you have a wonderful book to read, Beth! Michela, I can't wait to see pictures when things are done at your place, too!

Hey, what happened to the guys!?

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Michela, I'm glad to hear you're a little happier with that grout. Ooh, I bet you can't wait to get those cabinets in! I can't wait to see the pictures!

Tina, you sure are driven. A pick ax? I'm pretty sure I'd have been into a good book without ever giving the pick ax a SINGLE glance, never mind a second look...and a swinging try!

Things here are status quo. We're ready for winter...right down to the driveway markers to help with snow removal guidance. We have some mid to upper 70's weather in the forecast the next few days...I'm out of "yardwork" to do, but I guess I can plant my butt in a pool chair and read a book. :-) Cuz I sure am NOT going to swing any freaking pick ax!

I hope you guys had a great weekend!

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Tina it's good that you are getting some rest from all the work you have been doing. You must be excited to finally have Todd there with you full time.

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Michela, I hear ya! I haven't been able to get anything done around here lately. Waiting for Todd to come the end of the month so we can finish the higher parts of the crown molding. I was hoping to do yard work until then, but, we haven't had any rain for the past few weeks and the ground is hard as concrete, so, I can't do anything with it! Even tried using a pick ax, but that just hurt me! So, gotta wait for rain... emoticon

I guess I could work on my stained glass window or the old rocking chair I need to reupholster...but just not in the mood for that. boo! I have been getting lots of books read, though!!!

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Hope you are all having a good week! And it's almost the weekend!

Well I washed down that tile 3 x this past weekend and took a brush to the grout lines and it is looking so much better. The grout had to go on with a finger so that it did not get all over the ridges in the tile but it did and it was a job to get it all cleaned out. Anyway feeling much better about it now. The laundry room & mudroom cabinets will be delivered next Thursday and installed on Friday. CANNOT wait. So excited and hope it all turns out how I envision it. So this weekend T has to get those areas painted.
We did not get too much done last week since T came down with a cold and was feeling off but we did get the trims on the 3 basement windows. Seems like this is dragging out too long.



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Thank you girls! Tina I never heard of using wax on tile & grout. I am not too worried about this wall since it is a powder room but I was planning on using a sealer anyway. Looking forward to seeing your pics.

Beth the grout color that I chose was tonal with the darkest shade in the tile. When the grout was still wet is was perfect. I got a big surprise when I looked at it the next morning. I have been reading and this is common and probably caused from using too much water when wiping. Probably washed the pigment right out if it. But I agree it is not terrible, just not what I was expecting. It may darken a little after sealing. We'll see.

Beth funny thing is when we bought the house the old owner had a stackable washer and dryer in a closet that they built on the bedroom floor. The idea was good but a closet did not give me enough space for anything and it robbed me of a much needed closet for clothes and storage so we took it back to the basement where it was originally. Now we moved it up the the ground floor of the house. We have a split level so coming in from the garage to the left was a little room/office where the laundry room will be. Straight in front of the garage will be the small mudroom and next to that is the powder room. The door to the backyard is next to the powder room so it now makes for a really nice utility area. And with the pool just out that back door very convenient. Up from there is apx 6 stairs to kitchen and main living area and from there another 6 steps to bedrooms. Not too bad , at least now I save going up & down an additional 6 steps to the basement.


Well here is me also writing a book emoticon

Will tell T about the winterizer. Maybe well get it done this weekend and not worry about it again.

LOL about moving to Canada , seems it will be a popular place to move to if you know what happens!

Have a great weekend dolls! It's thanksgiving weekend here so we have Monday off!! YEAH!
No turkey for us as we will be busy around the house! Gotta get it done!

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Michela,
One way to keep your grout clean if you stay with the lighter color, is to wax the walls and grout with auto wax before you use it. That way the water and soap just run off! NO staining!

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