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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!


Garage Enclosure Man Cave November 17, 2016

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 9:25 am

Ash complains about the cats knocking over his stuff in the garage and about not having a space that was all his. We had been talking about a few upcoming projects like enclosing part of the garage and remodeling the bathroom. He had a couple of birthdays coming up, yes a couple not just one, so I decided to supris him. He has a legal birthday and the actual day he was born. I celebrate both for him. In order to surprise him I had to enlist help. Damion and some of our friends arranged to have an all weekend role playing game at their house, which would remove him from home and he would never suspect it was me planning something. My parents agreed to come up that weekend to help me enclose the garage for him. Honestly Dady will be doing most of the work but I will help where I can.

On Friday the gang picked Ash up for their weekend and my parents arrived. Luckily even if they saw each other he would not think anything of it either heee heeee. I walked Daddy through the thoughts I had and he took measurements. Then we went to Home Depot for supplies. 

The main task was to build a wall from the edge of the side door to the edge of the fireplace. This leaves me with a laundry room and access to the back yard for hanging out laundry. The wall has a door so that Ash can close himself in and also keep all the pets out. I even made sure to have a regular door handle on the door since our cat window and open the punch leaver door handles we have in the rest of the house.

Time allowing we also planned to:

  • Close the ventalation holes
  • Put in a window
  • Remove the overhead shelving
  • Insulate the walls
  • Sheetrock the walls
  • Seal the mail box drop box opening
  • Install a new exterior mail box

Realistically I knew it was not all going to get completed but my Daddy is a speedy, hard, miracle worker. I am constantly amazed by him!! 

This is what it started out looking like….

This is how it looks now….

Amazing how much he was able to do in just one weekend! Now to see Ash’s face when he got home…..


Old Rugs New Use November 10, 2016

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 3:00 pm

A few weeks ago we replaced the rugs in the living room and dining room. The old rugs were beat up not not dead so I didn’t want to just throw them away. Instead I found new uses for them. 

One rug was moved to the patio for ascetics and dirt control. I think that when it starts raining it will help to dry off puppy feet before they come inside. Plus it looks nice.

The other rug was the more beat up of the two so I placed it in the garage by the washer, dryer and cat box. The hope it that it will help to reduce the amount of cat litter that gets tracked inside. It will also help in the winter to keep my feet from freezing when I am doing laundry.

Makes me feel good to reuse or repurpose something instead of filling the land fills with more stuff.


Bachlorette Party November 3, 2016

Fun party planning time!! This is one task I am excited about. Kacie loves Disney and dreamed of a Bachelorette Party in Disneyland. I plan to make this come true!

First thing I did was research hotel suites near Disneyland so that I could see the cost of 8 people sharing a space for 2 nights. There a hotel suite which holds 8 guests within walking distance of the park. The cost is $800 for the weekend, making it $100 per person.

Getting to Disneyland together is my next challenge. I researched and priced out van rentals for the weekend. It looks like I will have to rent it in Santa Rosa on Thursday night and do all the driving and then return it on Monday morning. That is more time then I wanted to have the rental for but it avoids the stress of having to be back by a certain time.

Once all the details were all taken care of it was time to be patient… not the easiest things to do when it is Disneyland you are waiting for, but worth it in the end.

We arrived very early Friday morning and spent the day in the parks. 


The next day we all wore the bridal party shirts and mickey ears the bride got for us. Another fun day with not as many pictures.

Then I took a short break to have dinner with Ken and Carla….. hard to leave him to rejoin the party.

Finally it was time to take our last pictures of the trip.

The following day we drove him and boy did these ladies have me laughing with the dancing and music.


Bridal Shower For The Groom’s Side October 27, 2016


I was given the great honor of being the Maid of Honor for Kacie, my future sister-in-law. Part of this honor is the fun task of planning/hosting the bridal shower for her. At first I was nervous about this task but then I remembered that I have one amazing asset, my Mom!

Things to plan:

  1. Location
  2. Date/Time
  3. Games
  4. Prizes
  5. Food
  6. Guest List
  7. Invitations

In February I visited with my Mom and we started to plan out some of the details. We know that the party will be held at her house because it has the space and it is a central place for everyone. Plus the house and yard are AMAZING!! The end of June is beautiful weather and closer to her wedding date. We scheduled an afternoon party.

Before the planning was completed, my position changed to just bride’s maid but that did not cancel the party. Nope! It gave my Mom and sister something fun to do together. They planned the food, decorations and games. It turned out beautiful!!!!

I have such a talented family. They made the centerpieces, the hatters hat, and all the flowers are from my Mom’s yard. So proud!!!


Bridal Shower For The Bride’s Side October 21, 2016

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 12:10 pm

This was the first of the bridal showers for my brother and his bride. I am delayed in posting them, as some of you know but I want to share all the same.

It was a fun hawaii theme with games and laughter.

Even some excitement with the fire department.


Flower Garden Growth October 7, 2016

Filed under: Adventures in Project Land — Colli @ 9:00 pm

The plants have started to fill in…the garden is starting to take form. 

Everytime I work in the front yard I have people stop to talk to me about the plants and or about how beautiful it looks.


I am quite fond of it myself and Ash even stops to look at it with me. The compliments from him, on how nice the yard is looking, mean the most to me. 

Now I get to build another garden and watch it grow. The umbrella I ordered arrived and I put it up. Now I can sit out there, read and enjoy the yard when my work is done. On top of adding the umbrella to the yard, I replaced some of the smaller plants in the pots and added a couple more to the ground. When I bought some of the first ones I thought that I had a more sun than we really do. So some of them did not survive.

Now that all the planting is done I am adding bark. Over the holiday weekend it was on sale 5 bags for $10. That means that I must stock up on it, right? Well I think so but I don’t think that Ash agrees with me LOL.

Not all of the area will be barked in right now because I am still placing the plants and planning the pathways. At least the additions of the bark around the plants will help reduce the amount of weeds/crab grass that I have to keep cleaned up. But the time I am done it will all be bark and pathways, no more grass.