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Friday, June 9, 2017

Field of Dreams

Much like cats, babies can't resist boxes ... so, if you empty them, they will come ...

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Guess Who Came Visiting?

At first I thought it was a duck, but judging by how fast the hummingbirds are drinking the nectar at my feeder, I think this might actually be a giant hummingbird!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

My Closet

When I moved into this house a couple of years ago, the master closet had a hand-made organization system in it. It was rickety and ugly ... made worse by the avocado paint on the walls and ceiling.

So, one Saturday evening after I took my grandbabies home, I ripped out the ugly wood and painted the lovely avocado walls and ceiling white (with paint I bought before I moved in, in anticipation of replacing this "system"). I left some of the bracing on the walls because it wasn't in the way, and removing it would only leave large holes to patch.

I got two coats of paint on, then went to bed. Sunday morning I woke up and got started installing the new organizational system (that I also bought before I moved in). And, I couldn't help but notice how happy the brackets looked that they were finally going to fulfill their destiny!

It didn't take as long as I thought it would, and it looks SO much better! 

I installed shelves above the rods a week or two later ... I even had to cut out a piece of the shelf to wrap around one of the braces from the old system that hadn't been removed. Now I'm done and it looks so much cleaner.

My "ugly closet problem" is over now ... except for shoes ... I only put the ones I wear most in the closet. The others, as well as all my winter shoes, are in another closet. But that's not really a closet problem ... that's a shoe problem. And since I won't admit I have a problem with shoes, it's really not a problem for me!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Yard Work

When I moved into this house a couple of years ago, the side yard was nothing but ivy and the backyard was in the process of being eaten by ivy and other vines. I've seen a snake and snake skins around the yard, so I knew the possibility of a snake hiding under the ivy was highly likely ... and that gave me the heebie-jeebies.

I've spent the last two evenings working on the side yard and the backyard by the garage. I've made a lot of headway, but there's still a lot to do. But, here it is so far ...

The side yard went from this ...

to this ...

And the backyard by the garage went from this ...
to this ...

A lot of woody stumps were uncovered, which will need to be removed, and I've added that to my "outside" to-do list. Next up, though, is weed-eating trails through the woods to a small patio and fireplace at the bottom of the hill. I haven't been able to enjoy the woods at all because I don't want to encounter a snake ... or poison ivy.

I'll work on the yard for a while tonight before Zumba, and tomorrow evening if the rain holds off. If it rains, I guess I'll work on my "inside" to-do list!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


After living in this house for a year and half, I finally got around to painting the garage door. I am so please with the way it looks. I' had already painted the shutters, doors, and added screen doors. I like this color much better. If you look very closely on the "after" picture, you can see one of the window boxes that finally got hung! My flowers will look so pretty in them!

Here's the before (taken before I closed on the house) ...

And here it is the after painting ...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

I've Made a Decision

I'm not going to blog as frequently. Believe it or not, blogging is time consuming, even the very short ones. I need to get back to work writing books, and I need to concentrate my energy on that.

I was making good progress on my third novel when Thing 1 announced she was getting married. I wrote in between planning her wedding, but not as much as I would have liked. After Thing 1 was married, Thing 3 had his accident. Seeing my son on a ventilator and not knowing what the future held for him was gut-wrenching. He ended up just fine, but the stress of that episode sapped my energy for many, many, many months. Then I sold my home and bought a new one. Throw in a crisis or two (or ten), two grandbabies, another wedding coming up and another grandbaby on the way, and it's been a hectic few years.

If I want to continue writing novels ... and I do ... I need to make that a priority. I still plan to blog now and then, perhaps once a week, but it won't be everyday.

Luckily, my life is rather dull, so my posts weren't all that exciting anyway!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tupperware Lids

When I moved into this house about a year and a half ago, I went through all my plastic bowls and lids and discarded everything that didn't have a mate. Fast forward to this past weekend, when I found all of these lids, but no bowls ...

I'm sure I've lost the occasional bowl or lid, but the magnitude of missing bowls points to one thing ... kids. I can see if you took something to work for lunch and left the bowl and lid there or even if they threw it away on accident, or because they were too lazy to rinse it out, or because it sat for so long it was growing things, but how do you lose the bowl and not the lid???

I saw a meme that seems very appropriate ...