Another Gift

Well, it feels like a gift. Mostly just labor.


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So, I did get some other gifts too…

First thing I love: Christmas decorations at 60% off.

(Doesn’t this look like something out of a magazine?

And it’s just a wreath for MY fireplace! And it was SEVEN DOLLARS).

Second: A Dadd who spent forever finding me some vintage skis to hang and make some art out of for the house!



Cool Mountain Air

In my house it is now on rotate! Finally, we got the ceilling fan put up in the master bedroom. I took this picture before I painted because I was so excited to share!

How freaking cool is this? It has retractable blades. This equals no dusting, no fan when you don’t need a fan! The light is gorgeous and the fan throws the air really well.

Ta Da!

More Like D. I. WHY


It was fun when we bought the place to tinker around and think about what we’d like to do to it.

Now that we’re in day 3 of not a lot of walls or windows that we’re really sleeping under, all I can think about is winning the lottery and paying someone else to do it.

Tell me it’s rewarding, tell me these blisters earn character, but the truth is, I want my husband back, and I’d really love to see the foreman that replaced him get lost. Trying to keep the kitchen clean so I can still feed us while the ceiling and walls are ripped apart is tough. Trying to smile and cook for the guy that doesn’t allow breaks is worse…

Seriously though, we are good at this. And it’s pretty easy. Mostly the waiting down time parts are bad. You want it all to be done yesterday. I spackled all the walls in the living room and kitchen today. After another coat they’ll be ready to prime and paint!

Slowly but surely this place is becoming our dream house. Believe it or not all the hard work is worth it. Just this once though, this isn’t an all the time fun kind of thing.

The GSD Degree

So, the B’s are buying a house. I think it’s safe to announce that now. A rental property. Why do you care?

They have degrees in GSD.

This degree, the “Get Sh*t Done” degree, has them ready to move. They are knocking out entire rooms, and the redesign plans are all ready, well, ready. Mr B has a binder. We just rip things down, all binderless and stuff. Tsk, tsk.

We’ve lived here almost a year. And right now, there are almost as many non functioning rooms as functioning ones. That house un-freezing party I wanted to have? Might not happen before it snows.

But I’m happy. Because the B’s are GSD’ers, we are becoming GSD’ers. MK is ripping down walls, which you’ve  seen. He’s picking out new windows and doors – things I wasn’t holding my breath for. It might not all be done as fast as the B’s – they’ve got contractors and MK’s got me, but the trips to Home Depot have increased by 45% or so since they got in the mix with their plans. And the fact that we leave the store with ACTUAL PURCHASES is pretty mind blowing when you’ve given up and igured you’d be window shopping for the rest of your life.

Thank goodness!

We’re pushing away, with a healthy mix of partying and good times for balance, and slowly but surely this house is transforming into something we can be so proud of now.

Another Wall Bites The Dust

I’m thinking we should just leave it like this forever. Since the demolition is more fun than the put-back-together it is happening at a much faster rate.

That’s not true. It’s smarter to make the mess step by step, finish the mess, and start the spackling and sanding all at once. So my living room is all wood free now! We’re working on the drywall already, but I’m not making any progress promises…