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October 6, 2013

Busy Days

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Good things have been happening around here! The project that I began back on Labor Day weekend has finally come to its fruition. My dining room floor has been sanded and polyurethaned, and we purchased area rugs, as well as some new outlet covers and heat registers. My drapes have been dry-cleaned of their dingy-dustiness.

Dining room before:

Dining room after I ripped out the nasty old carpet:
dining room floor - before
I spent an entire afternoon sitting on sore buttocks ripping those carpeting tacks out, by the way!

Dining room after the floor guy came (if anyone local would like a recommendation, be sure to let me know! Fabulous job, reasonable price):
dining room floor - after
Some of the stains were just too deeply embedded in the floor to remove without replacing floor boards, but it is a huge improvement!

And not overly noticeable, I think, now that the room has been put back in shape:
dining room - after 1

dining room - after 2

Next project, kitchen floor. Hoping to have someone here for an estimate in the next week or so.

In the meantime, my sister, Sarah and I travelled to the Cape for a visit with my mom. (our first visit there without Meghan – she was unable to join us 😦 )

The last weekend of September was warm and pleasant. It allowed us sunny time visiting the beach…
Corporation beach

Smuggler's beach

…and one last chance for toes in the sand for 2013.
toes in the sand

Sad to know that my beach days are done for this year, but at least I have October baseball to enjoy this year! My Red Sox are one win away from eliminating the Tampa Bay Rays from the ALDS.

Now if I could just figure out a way to watch them win it all from here:

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)

April 7, 2013

Looking Forward and Back

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When I logged in to WordPress this morning, I noticed a little symbol in the upper right corner of the screen that I’d never seen before. For those of you who blog at WordPress, you know that little speech bubble icon that turns orange when you have a new comment or someone responds to a comment you made? Well this morning there was a little orange trophy-shaped icon in that spot. I clicked on it and this is what I saw:

It is probably hard to read, but it was a “Happy Anniversary” message from WordPress.  I started this blog 3 years ago yesterday.  My first blog post was pretty simple.  You can click right here if you are interested in reading it.  It was just a little introduction to my reasons for starting a blog.  Three years later, I’ve written 430 posts (this one is number 431), had 40,472 views and my busiest blog day ever was February 28, 2012 with 201 views.  I posted a photo-hunt wrap up that day, but those posts never garner that much attention, so I don’t what it was about that one.  Weirder still, rarely does a day go by that someone doesn’t view this post. It was from the week that I shared 7 different things about me.  It has the Big Bang Theory in it and a periodic  table of the elements.  “Periodic Table” is a search term that regularly brings views here, which also doesn’t make sense to me when there are so many science web sites out there.

Looking forward to what is to come in this blog, you can be sure I’ll be gearing up with more photography once things get  green again.

This spring will be a busy one in this family. Both the girls are going to the prom. Graduation and preparations for going off to college for Meghan. Recital time too.

I’ve got home improvement projects on my mind too. I’m working on trying to get the hubby to put down a new kitchen floor. I’ve shown you my kitchen a few times, here’s a picture from the midst of holiday baking that gives you a good look at the floor:
Disaster Area
This one is a few years old, and it is difficult to tell in this shot, but that white floor has gotten really dingy over the years.

Even more so than the floor, however, my dreams so often have been turning to one of these:
I want a hot tub/spa in the worst way. I’ve tried selling hubby on the health benefits for us both, but I’ve yet to move him in a way that could make this happen. It is my belief that my stresses for any particular moment would just melt away if I had one of these in my backyard!

What did you think about my little peek at where I’ve been and where I’m going? Say hello in the comments and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear about any favorite posts you may have had, stuff you might like to see more of or hear more about (or even the stuff you think there should be less of!). I will likely always write about what moves me on a particular day, but if there’s a style of post or a subject you like, I might try to work more of those into my blogs. For me, the fun of blogging is the interacting, so tell me what makes you want to comment on a post.