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Incoming Renter September 5, 2017

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 12:15 pm

Couple years ago our roommate moved out, mostly because we thought that we were moving to Colorado. When it was decided that we were staying here I started with you the development of the room into the guest/craft room. The room was just about completed and as things work out, it is time for me to pack it all back up.

A good friend of ours is moving in with us. She needs to get out of the unhealthy environment she is in and we are in a position to help her. And people though that my husbands “knight in shinning armor” complex was only for me.☺️

First thing to do in my mind was to start packing all the crafting supplies that are organized in the drawers under the bed, in the built in drawers. The boxed items will be moved out to the shed and I will reorganize the shred when it is a bit cooler outside.

I moved all of my closet back into the master, much to my husbands displeasure, and have a small amount of things that still need to be moved. I think that I should be ready by the end of October. Cross your fingers for me!


Battling anxiety and depression without crafts August 29, 2017

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 12:09 pm

Living with anxiety disorder or depression disorder is not an easy feat. Some of us find things to go or places to go that help us to reset or battle the inner battles. Growing up my place to go was Bodega Bay because I love the ocean and lived close enough to drive there. As my Mom says, “it refuels the soul” being at the ocean no matter the weather.

I was lucky enough to go twice with my family collecting shells and hiking. Both trips were loads of fun and helped to get me through.

Since I fell and hurt my wrist in March I have been battling a higher level of anxiety. I am right-handed and hurt the right wrist so it is obvious that I am not able to do my crafting. Crafting in the large variety I have been taught and love, such as cross stitch, crochet, sewing and ceramics, have been a tool that I have used to battle the anxiety. Doing these things I relax and unwind. Even weeding my yard and working with my plants does this for me. Not having any of this to do has been hard.

I feel cabin fever and frustration with my body. It is hard not to disobey orders and just push through the pain so that I can get back to doing the things I enjoy.

After 5 and a half months I get a new Doctor that tells me to use it like normal, that he can’t tell what is from the fall and what is from atrophy. I am happy to oblige and ignore the pain but to be honest this makes me more confused, upset and stressed.

Was the treatment wrong at the start, did the doctors make it worse, is the new doctor dismissing my case because I have anxiety disorder?

I need my wrist healed so that I can craft again and re-find my inner refuge.


Bathroom Remodel – Phase Two July 11, 2017

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

It is time for the remodel work to begin. Friday night Ash and Damion went to work on the demolition in the bathroom. They knocked down the tile and sheet rock from the edge of the tub to the ceiling. The process took them till about midnight. There was mold behind the wall, as we suspected so I was not able to be in the house during the work or to sleep.

Thank goodness we are friends with our neighbors! They let me sleep there and they are sharing the shower with us while we do not have one.

The following morning my parents arrived and the men went straight to work. There was a Home Depot run to make for supplies then my Dad had questions for us. Boy was there more involved in this project then we comprehended.

Dad and Ash removed the tub from the bathroom. We found that part of the shower draining issue was because the drain was not actually attached to the plumbing below so the ground was just absorbing the water. Thankfully Dad was able to get the new drain to attach correctly to the plumbing so that will not happen in the future. Ash took a load to the dumps while my Dad slopped the new shower floor to the new drain.

By the end of the day they had the shower sloped twice as needed, bleach applied to calls and the window cleaned then reset. We all went to dinner and then my parents drove home.

Exhausted as Ash was, there was still work to do and decisions to make. He sat with me to talk about all the choices we had and then we went to Home Depot to buy the remaining items. Now Ash had a week of work ahead of him and I was working overtime to stay our of his way and help cover the cost of the project. During that week he redid the plumbing.

Added insulation

Water proofed with Fire and Ice

Cement boarded the walls and added second layer of water proofing

And tiled the shower floor

After a couple weeks of recovery time Ash tiled the shower threshold and started tiling the walls

While this is being finished I am going shopping for a new shower curtain for the bathroom. I love the shower curtain we had but it will not be have the height we need now.

Stay tuned for more progress.


Valhalla Renaissance Fair 2017 July 6, 2017

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 12:20 pm

It has been a few years since we went to Valhalla Renaissance Fair in South Lake Tahoe but we finally made it back. On Friday night we headed out of town on our adventure to fair and there was a mud slide that closed a strip of the highway and google maps sent us on a detour.

What a detour it was too! Started out as paved road, then it was gravel, then it turned into mud. The guys even had to get out to push a car stuck in the mud, up the hill. I was very happy to get back to the highway and off the road. As we got to the highway we found a sign stating that we had gone through the El Dorado National Forest, so I am thinking we were on a Ranger road. Luckily the only thing that happened to my car was mud and my alightment being thrown off.

Jenna had not been before so we make an outfit for your and introduced her to.


Ash was happy that it was cold enough to hear his clock to fair. FB_IMG_1497159238973

And he got to sit in the falconer’s chair.


After a long day at fair, we went to Fire and Ice in Heavenly Village for dinner. The food was good, company was good and the drinks were HUGE!



Happy 4th of July July 4, 2017

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 7:40 am

Just want to wish everyone  safe and happy 4th!


First Annual Patrick J. Boyle Award Luncheon July 2, 2017

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 3:49 pm

On May 5th the Santa Rosa Junior College awarded the first recipient of the Patrick J. Boyle Award. The award ceremony was held as a luncheon at a restaurant in Santa Rosa.

A large group on my family was in attendance, to see it be awarded and support my Grandmother. The award ceremony was nicely and the speak given by another facility member who worked with my Grandfather was wonderful. It was nice to see him through others eyes.

After the luncheon the family all went to my parents house for a relaxing dinner together.

All in all a wonderful day!


Bathroom Remodel: Phase One May 4, 2017

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 10:05 am

Phase one of the remodel for us is planning what we want, getting professional quotes and deciding how to move forward.

Luckily, we already started on some of this phase. We have decided that we want:

  • floating 24 inch vanity with 2 drawers


  • sink with small bowl and more edge space


  • flush mounted medicine cabinet for Ash’s storage


  • new toilet
  • Tub removal
  • Walk in shower with pebble tile flooring 
  • Nice natural color tile on walls and bath room floor
  • purple and teal towels

I did some research online and found a few remodel companies to do some quotes on remodeling the bathroom. The quotes were all around $12k and that is just not reasonable, so we set up a plan with my Dad.

  • The toilet was replaced in February due to plumbing issue.
  • We are going to remove the tub and replace with the walk in shower.
  • The remainder will be processed in smaller peices.

For this first part, less the toilet, we have a $2,000 budget and a scheduled date in June. It will be so nice to have the new shower and no longer have to worry about bathroom mold.