Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

September 7, 2013

Flowing with the Go

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Things have been changing around here, life has been different. I told you in this post about moving Meghan into college. She’s been there just over two weeks now; I still have sad moments and feel the void but I think I’m starting to adjust. I’m back to work/school and having that routine helps. I’ve also started some projects around the house that I’ve wanted done for a long time. They are only in the beginning stages, but I am looking forward to the results.

The first order of business was my dining room rug. I’ve shown you the spot where I sit and write these blog posts in more than one post, but I remember taking you on a little tour of my house in this post. If you are someone who likes to picture things as you’re reading, you might like to take a peek there. Anyway, I’ve ripped out that rug. It has been here more than 20 years and it was showing its age with stain and smell. So here’s the room without the rug:
a change

It has a nice hardwood floor underneath and I am hoping to hire someone very soon to come and refinish it, then get an area rug for under the table. Since we had to empty the room to pull up the rug, poor Meghan’s room got to be the storage space for a lot of the dining room’s contents:

Home improvement is a little like that children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie…

Do you know that story? A kid gives a mouse a cookie, and then he wants a glass of milk, then he wants a napkin or to wash his hands or something like that, and the story keeps going and going and getting bigger and bigger. I pulled up the rug, knowing the floor would need to be refinished, but then realized the walls badly needed re-painting. When we started prepping for the paint, I noticed just how dusty my drapes are… you know what I mean?

Another project is finally in the works, one that I’ve yearned for for many years, and that I told you about in this post earlier this year. Yes, my friends, we have put a deposit down on a hot tub!
something new

I’m waiting for our electrician to get back to me so we can figure out an installation date, but I am so excited about this I can barely stand it! It is going to go outside on my beloved deck.
My summertime hangout
Looking at it from this view, the hot tub will go in the area to the right of the stairs. Once it is here, my Saturday morning blog-writing may become just a little less frequent, lol (not that I have a schedule anyway, I do call this spot When I Feel Like It afterall!)

Next in line after the dining room floor and the hot tub, are the kitchen floor and the living room rug. The kitchen floor has looked worn and tired for a long time, and our living room rug has shown the ravages of being pet-owners. Once I get that new living room rug, I’m pretty sure I’d like to get new furniture…. damn, I am the mouse who got that cookie!

How about a tomato instead?
Supersteak 2-pounder
(One of my first 2-pound supersteaks from the garden this year)


  1. Oh my goodness, you ARE going to have a busy year! : )

    Comment by Kate — September 7, 2013 @ 10:16 am | Reply

    • We shall see, Kate, we shall see! None of this seems real to me yet since I don’t have actual times in place for this work to be done. Its like I can’t truly believe it will all happen until some of the next steps of the work start to happen. I’m in home improvement purgatory right now, lol.

      Comment by Karma — September 8, 2013 @ 9:09 am | Reply

  2. Boy do I know how that goes! Three or four years ago, we painted all our walls, which led to – spending a lot of money on new furniture, new wall decor – the list goes on.

    Comment by Carol — September 7, 2013 @ 12:31 pm | Reply

    • The money part does a get a little scary, doesn’t it? We’ve been married for 21 years and much of this stuff has not been updated in all that time, so I think in reality it is time for these things to happen.

      Comment by Karma — September 8, 2013 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  3. You may want to sit down and have some milk and cookies… then forge ahead.

    I can imagine your daughter coming home for Christmas or Thanksgiving and having to sleep on the couch as her room has turned into a “staging area”. I think she’ll be consoled by a lovely soak in your hot tub !

    Comment by sybil — September 7, 2013 @ 1:14 pm | Reply

    • Oh, dear, I hope to have her room back to normal long before her first visit back home, whenever that turns out to be, lol!
      Mmmm milk and cookies, good idea! πŸ˜‰

      Comment by Karma — September 8, 2013 @ 9:12 am | Reply

  4. Oh wow, tell me about it, I go through stages like this around my home too! It’s fun to re-decorate rooms and have them looking all new again, but what a lot of hard work goes into it! I haven’t read the book, but get the drift of it, and feel that I go through stages of being that mouse too. And news of your longed for hot tub….YaY! Can’t wait to see photos….but will that lead to more work on the deck, I wonder?! πŸ™‚

    Comment by Joanne — September 7, 2013 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

    • Honestly, Joanne, my husband has already started some small changes on the deck that he feels will help accomodate the hot tub better. Just some small adjustments for now, and hopefully that is all it will be, but we all know how these things tend to go don’t we?

      Comment by Karma — September 8, 2013 @ 9:15 am | Reply

  5. Be careful what you wish for! Trust me. All I wanted was a pantry…and the next thing I know the whole house was studs and sub floor and we had two additions and a master bath going in. Took almost 15 years before we got carpet and trim and lights back. Just saying.

    Comment by Dawn — September 7, 2013 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

    • 15 years?!? Say it isn’t so!! πŸ˜‰ But I bet it is all very lovely. I have a wish in my head for all these things to be completed by Christmas at the latest. Do you think that sounds like too lofty of a goal?

      Comment by Karma — September 8, 2013 @ 9:17 am | Reply

  6. All that and all I can focus on is that scrumptious looking massive tomato that would be incredible on a BLT! You can handle the rest, let me handle that tomato! πŸ™‚

    Comment by Tamara Eckstadt — September 7, 2013 @ 8:42 pm | Reply

    • I have had some truly fabulous BLT’s this year Tamara! My tomato crop has been one of the better ones I have had in years. I actually gave away a few of my beloved supersteaks at work on Friday because I have more than enough this year.

      Comment by Karma — September 8, 2013 @ 9:19 am | Reply

  7. Hopefully Meghan won’t come home TOO soon!! Glad to hear you’re adjusting. It feels good to get some projects underway, and wow, a hot tub! How cool is that? We’re getting new bathroom linoleum and re-staining the deck and front porch and think we’re the cat’s meow for finally getting these things done.

    Comment by Kathy — September 8, 2013 @ 3:33 pm | Reply

    • Oh Meghan will always be welcome to come home any time she likes! I’ll just need a little notice to clean up, LOL! I’m not a patient person when it comes to projects, so I’m really hoping they don’t drag on too long.

      Comment by Karma — September 8, 2013 @ 8:08 pm | Reply

  8. Sounds like you’ve given yourself much to occupy your mind. This is good! How fun to take on some renovations. Good luck and I can’t wait to see them in this space.

    Comment by Becky Sue — September 12, 2013 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Becky. Things are starting to happen here. Still find myself blue and missing her on the weekends. 😦

      Comment by Karma — September 14, 2013 @ 7:51 am | Reply

  9. There’s a reason to have sleepless nights right here – a child leaving the ‘nest’ to spread her wings. Good luck to Meghan, good luck to you!

    Comment by roughwighting — September 14, 2013 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

    • How kind of you to pop over here and say hello! Yes, I’m sure Meghan could be part of the cause of my restless nights, and thank you!

      Comment by Karma — September 22, 2013 @ 8:49 am | Reply

  10. And this is what happens when the kids start to leave. Parents start remodeling and moving stuff into their old rooms. LOL You do know she will be home for holidays, right? πŸ˜‰

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — September 16, 2013 @ 3:27 pm | Reply

    • LOL, Scott. It is temporary of course! The floor sander is coming next week and I’ve promised Meghan her room would be back in order for her next visit (hopefully Columbus Day weekend).

      Comment by Karma — September 22, 2013 @ 8:50 am | Reply

  11. Your home is looking a little like mine! lol! I have never heard of the book, but I understand it completely. One thing always does seem to lead to another. I bet you’re enjoying your hot tub by now. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Robin — October 6, 2013 @ 8:05 am | Reply

    • We’ve definitely made some progress since I wrote this post. I’ve been a blogger slacker lately, and I am still trying to get caught up with everyone. Sometimes I wonder how YOU are able to produce such beautiful posts on a regular basis and do everything that you do! Hoping to do an update post today.

      Comment by Karma — October 6, 2013 @ 8:28 am | Reply

      • Well, I am at least a month behind in reading blog posts. I usually end up having to choose between reading, writing, and answering comments on my own blog. Today I got up early in hopes of catching up, but think it’s impossible. Still, I try. πŸ™‚

        Comment by Robin — October 6, 2013 @ 9:17 am

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