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Finding My Happy Place February 8, 2018

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 2:05 pm

Life has been throwing a few curb balls at the family and directly at me. In October a fire whipped through my home town destroying homes, businesses, and everything else in its path. My Great Aunt and Uncles home was one of the ones lost.

During the fires my Grandmother passed away. I could not get there to be with my family and give my father support because of the air quality. It is sad for me to say but the fact that I could not be with them hurt more than losing her did.

The holidays after that were a blur of events including gingerbread trains, a visit from Carla & Kenneth and Lighted Christmas Parade in Geyserville. During that time I started physical therapy for my wrist. It was amazing to me how the right kind of therapy and therapist can make such a huge impact.  Finally able to use it a bit more, I started to weed and cross stitch. Never realized how much I was missing it or how much it helped me to re-center myself.

Recently I got the call that I have to go see an oncologist for further treatment. It was not news I was expecting and was very hard to accept. Took me over a week to stop crying and process it. Well I might still be processing but at least I am not crying any longer. Made me once again take stock and be more grateful for the amazing family I have around me to support me through this.

Everyday is a fresh slate with no mistakes made in it yet… that is what I learned from Anne of Green Gables. It also is a reminder to me to find something that makes me happy each day and do it. Finding the time or pulling myself out of dark place to the happy place it not easy but I will battle to do it every day.


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.


Surgery & Recovery May 2, 2017

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 11:00 am

Hello Everyone! Sorry for My leave of blogging absence. You may remember that I was battling with, for a lack of a easy way to describe it, cervical cancer. At the end of Novemberthe performed surgery and removed almost all my lady parts.

The recovery was a bit rough but thankfully I had my family and husband to take care of me. Sadly I am not cancer free yet but I am still battling  and will beat it.

I have some fun this to tell you about and I will get those posts out to you soon.

Thank you for you understanding!