Every year right before a big snow, these guys find their way into the neighborhood. Many properties are steep but my backyard isn’t, so they really like hanging out here. They showed up at 10am this morning and as of 5pm are wandering around and eating after a long nap. I love watching them. I can’t help it, I take way too many photos. :)
A girlfriend of mine recently share her Pinterest success story. To be honest, I almost like this more than my jewelry box.
Sorry – photo is a little blurry. Using the board and hooks for tools from Home Depot and some paint, this wall board is the perfect way to organize accessories and make them easy to locate.
What do you think?
Some recent paintings I did for the house.
Here are photos of a whole new floor for my laundry room!
The holidays are already perfect, my family is here and we are having so much fun.
To top it all off, I’m getting the perfect gift:
Apparently (and fortunately) the whole wall was held together with dirt and toothpaste – making the demo process easy.
We’re about halfway done taking it apart after one night’s work and will probably finish the rest, wall it up, put in the fireplace and order stone soon! We can actually finally use the basement!
The house sat around for a while not doing much while we moved things from the garage to the shed and spent time on the deck.
Then with the announcement we were going to have company for the holidays, we decided to get back to work.
MK has put trim around the sliding doors, dining room, and basement guest room to finally get the rest of the house matching. It was a tough project (of course) when we realized the old trim was basically covering a hole from the floor to walls and cold air was getting in. We should own stock in spray foam.
This doesn’t show it anymore, but under the trim and the nice paint is some GAUDY silver wallpaper with cobalt blue and maroon leaves all over it. Priceless to imagine what this place used to look like.
These pictures don’t look super gorgeous, but the new furnace we installed barely runs and the bills are way down, so we’re doing something right.
MK also hung some crazy styrofoam stuff in my laundry room, that we will eventually frame over, again not pretty, but no more cold air!
We’ve finally totally emptied the room we were using for storage, now to convert it into his office.
We also decorated for Christmas. If you are remotely OCD and hate clutter like me, Christmas can be stressful! I ended up removing tons of stuff we normally have just to make room for the decorations.
We just started to decorate the tree!
Look around here in the past. This used to be such a thrilling time of the year. I was moving around years ago on Halloweens, starting to write books for NaNoWriMo. Seeing people I know now taking on the challenge to write a novel in a month makes me nostalgic!
Things are still thrilling, just in a different way.
I gave up my goals again and again in favor of new opportunities.
I also kept them on the back burner.
As much as I try to bring my books to life, I scare myself. I second guess things. I give up on editing.
I’m sitting now with a perfect couple of chapters, written, rewritten, and crafted to the best of my ability.
I’m happy blogging, freelancing, and continuing to sit and wonder if I can lift a book into a reality of published work. And I still believe it can happen.
I spend time waiting for everything to fall into place. Besides relationships I need to work to improve, my life has never been better. Our house is beautiful, if not fully updated. We’ve met wonderful new friends, and I am continuing to enjoy the perks of Ski Utah. My family and I have been able to spend more time together than ever. I quit drinking, and started two-a-day workouts to prepare for the ultimate ski season. The snow is starting to fly.
I’m so blessed!
First off, let me say happy two year anniversary. Time with you has really flown by. I really hope you like your gift, that new water heater and furnace looks really nice.
Ya know, to be honest, the last two years have been a little nuts. You got new fireplaces, new doors, new windows, new trim. I painted literally 100% of you. You have some nice new things going on. You aren’t as drafty as you used to be. You have all new toilets, new tiling, gorgeous art, and a really nice owner that does so much for you, inside and out.
It would be really great if you took a little break. Stop having issues. That stunt you tried to pull with the garbage disposal, stuff like that is not going to fly. You have drained the bank account enough. So just chill out a bit, ok?
No more water pipes bursting. No one likes a house that is so needy and desperate for attention.
I’ve loved you as much as possible even though you are taking some of my best years and requiring a lot of work and attention. Time to love me back.
Picked up a new sign for the living room. These things are so expensive in stores, MK found this at a garage sale for 20$!
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