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Happy Halloween October 30, 2014

Filed under: Life's Precious Moments — Colli @ 3:46 am
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Tomorrow is Halloween and I am excited!! I get to go trick or treating with my niece and nephew after seeing the amazing costumes by co-workers come up with. I hope that you get to do something fun!

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Have a wonderful, fun and safe Halloween Everyone!

 

Blog Anniversary October 27, 2014

Filed under: Life's Precious Moments — Colli @ 10:28 am

This morning I received a message from WordPress saying Happy Anniversary. I opened it and ready it again. Happy 2 year Anniversary. My first thought was, that can’t be right. 2 years already…

After looking at the first post I wrote, I was forced to admit I was wrong. It has been 2 years and the years have flown by! It is amazing to me to re-read the posts I wrote. Noting all the changes in my writing styles, the speed in which I do projects, the changes to our house since we bought it.

I am always learning, experimenting and growing. Life is short and I intend to live it to the fullest.

Thank you for sharing the journey with me and I look forward to sharing more adventures!

 

Starting Plan for Bathroom Remodel October 23, 2014

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 8:05 pm

We have slowly been working on updating our house into a home. Changing windows, adding sliding door and dishwasher, landscaping…etc. With the most recent project of the living/ dining room remodel done it is now time to look to the next project. Not so much time, I mean we would love to relax and not spend the money right now, but necessity calls.

Our bathroom, yeah well, I have talked about it a few times. When we moved in it was basically all white.

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Then I painted the walls and mirror frame so that the room looked warmer and happier. As warm and happy as a bathroom could look I suppose.

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When the painting was done I scrubbed every surface of the bathroom to ensure it was 115% clean. A couple weeks later some of the staining in the corner of the shower tile was back. Since only bleach will clean it we are pretty sure that it is mold coming through from the sheetrock. See necessity, have to get rid of the mold so it is time to get ready for the remodel.

Ash and I went to Home Depot a couple of time to look at tile colors/patterns. We did not find any that we both loved and agreed on. If we bought from the store there would be compromising to be done. So I decided to take a look online and send some tile options to Ash. Finally there was one that we both liked and agreed on. It was an online item so Ash suggested we order samples of the tile to be sure we liked it in person. I decided to add a couple of similar tiles to the order.

Never thought that I would be excited about tile samples but I am! The samples arrived at the store today! Of course I had dinner plans so I had to wait till much later in the evening to pick them up but I think that it was worth it. Here are the samples we got:

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What do you think?

 

Fall Planting Time – Part 1 October 21, 2014

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land,Gardening — Colli @ 10:00 am
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Fall is the time plant, or at least that is what I am told my a lot of people. Home Depot even sent out an email to that effect. If you could not tell a couple of weeks ago by my post about planning arches and arbors, I am in the mood to do some yard work! Being in the mood to do it will not make it easier sadly. I am recovering from a sinus and lung infection so it has to be done in small amounts or else I can not breath.

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Our yard was getting a bit overgrown because of being sick and the broken lawn mover (although you really can’t tell in this picture). I have started to sit out after work and weed small areas of the yard. This inspiration came from my Mom and her recovery work with her wrist. I mean if she can work through that pain, I can work through some breathing issues, right!?!

Slowly but surely I made my way around the yard. It was relaxing to feel the cool air and have the sense of accomplishment. I didn’t get it all done yet because our roommate brought over a lawnmower to borrow. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining! It was wonderful to have one to borrow and clean up the yard!

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See how much better it looks! Now it is time to plant. These are all the plants I have received from friends and family.

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Looks are a bit deceiving in the picture because the ferns are for a project in the back yard. Next step will be to put the plants in place but that will have to wait until I can breathe again.

 

 

Cuddle Therapy October 17, 2014

Filed under: Life's Precious Moments — Colli @ 4:10 pm

 

I have been sick for two weeks now with sinus and lung infection. Normally it would not take this long for a person to recover but I am not normal. In February of 2012, I caught Whooping Cough. Whooping Cough is the worst thing I have gone through in my life so far. I could not breathe enough to stay awake and when I did I coughed to hard I thought I would literally cough up a lung. After 3 months I was finally able to do small things and start to recover. Whooping Cough left permanent scars on my lungs….. Long story short, a small cold can become serious for quickly.

This week was the first full week at work and it was exhausting! I did some small work around the house in the evenings after work and then it was to bed I went. Last night I arrived home and did nothing, sat in a chair and coughed. After about 2 hours of this I decided to go to bed and read.

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Dixie followed me and went to sleep on her bed. Within 10 minutes I was being cuddled by three of our other four-legged children.

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It was no surprise that Rosco came to cuddle because he looks for any opportunity but the cats do not sleep on the bed with me often. Usually Spike is to busy harassing everyone to sleep which keeps everyone else awake. Not last night, and I was thankful! When I started to cough really bad the two cats would purr trying to sooth  while Rosco kept me warm and kissed the pain away.

Cuddling with them is a wonderful form of therapy and good medicine. I am blessed to have them and love them!

 

Dreaming of a New Master Closet October 14, 2014

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 10:00 am

I thought that I might be addicted to looking at google images and seeing the different things we could do. Then my boss showed me ikeahackers. The site is incredible, fun and creative. Meg & the Martin Men created one that I love!.

http://megandmartinmen.blogspot.com/2013/01/ikea-pax-wardrobe-hack.html

The closet is beautiful to look at and is beautifully organized. It defiantly gives some food for thought.

Here are some others that I love…

Now back to dreaming…… because we have one or two large projects that come first.

 

 

Planning Arches and Arbors October 9, 2014

One my last trip to my parents house I received 3 new day lily plants, 2 holly hocks and 2 yarrow, as well as a variety of other plants. I have not transplanted them yet because I wanted them to settle a bit from the drive. Plus I have to weed the areas they will be planted in and weed the areas for the potted plants I am going to transplant too.

Before I can start weeding I need to plan where I am going to plant everything. One of the plants is a honeysuckle vine so it will need something to climb on. Maybe an arch or an arbor of some sort but what design? Where to put it?

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This arbor is beautiful with the vines growing over it and the bench to sit on. I also like the stone patio below.

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This one has a simple elegance to it and makes me want one at the entrance to our yard. My parents have simply elegant arbors at both entrances to their front yard and I love it!.

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Can you tell that I like the idea on an arbor with a built-in bench? I think that this arbor and bench would fit into our yard nicely.

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Yet another with a bench but this time it is not built-in. I think that I might like the arbor a bit wider. Then I could place my directors chairs and bench below it.

Now that I have some idea of which arbors I like and an idea of where I would place them. Planning the location and dimensions of the arbors before planting more will allow me to get plants in the ground but not have to move them when we install the arbors. The arbors will have climbing plants growing on them.

Taking a picture of our front yard I was able to mark where I wanted the arbors to be placed.

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Red = Trellis’ & Pink = Fence Lines

Since using this picture I see that it is hard to mark everything that I would like to mark. I am going to take some new pictures and try to update the plans, including marking where the plants will go. I am excited about this project and look forward to the spring, in hopes that we can build the arbors then. For now, it is time to plant and pre-dig the arbor post holes.

 

 

 
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