More Yard Pics

June 2, 2010 at 9:09 am (House, Weekend)

Let’s try this one more time

Before:

After:

And here are the new hanging baskets I put up in the side yard:

And the new hydrangeas I planted. I pulled out some small pine trees cause they were looking sad and turning brown. I thought these were much prettier anyway! You can’t really tell in the pic, but one is a pretty purple and one is a bright pink. They won’t stay those colors, it will depend on how acidic my soil is, but they’re pretty right now:

I’m hoping they grow large enough to hide the neighbor. They only mow about once a month, its a disaster over there.

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As Promised – CSA Week 1

June 1, 2010 at 9:06 am (CSA, Weekend)

So here is a pic of what was included in my CSA bag for week one:

Here’s the list of what was included:

Spinach on the stem (missing from pic)

Radishes

Cilantro

Leaf Lettuce

Pea Shoots (missing from pic)

Grassfed Blue Gouda

Bread (missing from pic)

Jonagold apples

Rhubarb

Chocolate mint

Mizuna

Pepper Havarti

The bread they ran out of, the other two items they just missed, but they will be made up to me this week.

I made a salad from the lettuce and mizuna (which is really good!) and the radishes and bleu cheese. The chocolate mint has been chillin’ in my iced tea and its really yummy. The rhubarb I gifted to my neighbor. She loves it and I can’t stand the stuff, so I’m glad she could use it.

I also made a millet casserole and a wheatberry salad this weekend which both turned out pretty good! Oh, and some Samosa brownies (you know, like the ever-so-addictive girl scout cookies? Baby steps…

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Memorial Day

May 29, 2010 at 7:06 pm (Dog, Weekend)

Yay for long weekends! This one started out good so far. I took Mojo up to the trainer that saved him to meet a new friend. Her owner was supposed to be bringing her up from Columbus today to meet Mojo and see how they got along.Β  She’s a 2 year old Boxer/Bulldog mix and so cute. But, they never showed. Oh well, not a total waste of time, Mojo was excited to see Chuck (the guy that saved him) and he had a nice big yard and lots of dogs to play with. He had a pond too, so he swam for a while. It was a gorgeous day so it was nice to be out in the sun with all the dogs.

So after I got back home I put together my hammock that I bought last year and Mojo found a good spot underneath me and we took a little nap under the big tree.

Now I’m just cooking up some dinner. I got my first CSA bag of the season on Friday. Had lots of good stuff in it and so fresh. I’m looking forward to seeing what I get every Friday. I took some pics and since I’m not doing much knitting lately, I figured I’d post my weekly CSA goodies up here. I really like the idea of being able to buy fresh, local produce and not having to spend every Saturday at the Farmer’s Markets. They are fun, but I just don’t get the chance to go every week.

I took some updated pics of the yard so look for another post with the CSA bag contents and updated yard pics soon!

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3 Days of Mulch…and Not Much Else

May 18, 2010 at 1:17 pm (House, Weekend)

So last weekend I got a load of mulch dropped off. Man that shit is expensive! $35 just to deliver it! WTF! I need to buy a truck asap. So I took Friday off work and started weeding, then spraying weed killer, then laying down newspaper (its supposed to help with the weeds), then mulching…all by myself. And on Sunday night I was finally done. My legs hurt. My feet hurt. My back hurt. I begged Matt to take out the trash for me cause I couldn’t make my poor wrists lift any more bags. We fought. He finally did it.

Anywho, I found some before pics and I took some after pics so here we go.

This was the front of the house before.

This is the front of the house after. Now keep in mind thatΒ  this is a work in progress. That front bed is like 8’x12″ or some crazy shit. I (haha, more like 2 guys from work) pulled out the bushes and the ridiculous amounts of irises and day lilies that were growing there and my idea is to plant half of that bed next summer, and seed the rest to extend the lawn. That bed is just way too big for anyone to keep up with the weeding, mulching etc. I didn’t throw grass seed this year because there were SO MANY weeds (seriously, one I pulled had an 18″ root), and I’m not trying to see my new lawn full of weeds and iris and day lily bulbs that I missed pulling out. That’s a ridiculously overgrown burning bush on the far end. I’m gonna tackle that thing soon, I’m swear. The dogwood needs to be trimmed too, someday.

On to the side yard. More weeds, more lilies:

And it now looks like this:

Much better, don’t ya think?!

Here’s the side yard:

Um, yuck!

Here’s the after:

I haven’t decided what else I want to plant there yet. Those tiny little hostas are so tiny cause I split the other ones to make more. See, I’m crafty like that…and broke. LOL I did get 2 azaleas (see the little pink flowers on the front one?) for half price. Go me.

Here’s the back bed right outside the back door:

Sadly I don’t have an “After” shot of that. Maybe I’ll take one tonight. But picture it with a little purple azalea in the corner and a hosta by it…with lots of mulch. Again, this bed is freakin’ huge. I plan to grow grass over half of it next year. I need to have a few yards of soil dropped off at my house, but I found out they wouldn’t bring it with the mulch and wanted to charge me the delivery charge AGAIN. So the soil is waiting till next year. I have to re-grade the back of my house cause it sits lower that the yard at this point and all the water is flowing towards it. Sheesh.

So that’s it for the yard for this year. I have A TON left to do, but seeing how expensive everything is it’s gonna have to wait! My little hydrangea that I planted last year is looking really good so far. I’m definitely going to pick up a few more of those when they go 70% off at the end of the season. They’re my favorite.

Not much to report on the inside of the house. Been busy working on the outside since it got nice out. Oh wait I lied. I did re-do the living room. I forgot about that, I should take pics. Its not done, but its repainted and somewhat decorated.

Next up I need to re-stain the deck on the front of the house. Its getting all weather beating and sad looking. I’m going to paint the railing white, I think it will look nice against the house now that you can see it and those nasty bushes are removed. I’m thinking about getting some cute little shutters too πŸ˜‰

Hope you are all well! Thanks for checking in!

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How I Know the Universe Hates Me

March 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm (House, Rants, Weekend)

So, I haven’t blogged much but I have been super duper busy. I spend the last month or so fixing up the office. For those of you who don’t remember, here’s what it looked like before:

Don’t adjust your monitors, it was seriously that bright yellow 😦

Last year when I bought the house, the roof was leaking in this room, which explains how it quickly turned into a storage room for the past year while I finished up other areas of the house. I got a new roof right after I moved it and had no more water issues since.

So I (yes, all by myself) plastered the ceiling where it had leaked, plastered the wall where it had leaked, and painted the whole room and changed out the electrical plugs and hardware on the built in closet. It looked like a whole new room.

On Sunday morning I got up and was going to spend the day moving the furniture back in and unpacking the book boxes.

Not so fast.

Enter evil universe laugh *here*

I went in and looked at the beautiful new walls and there were 2 large, grapefruit size water pockets on the wall. I started crying. Then I poked them. Water gushed out. I shoulda grabbed a towel first but I was pissed and took it out on the wall. Then I pulled at the two big water balloons, now deflated. And they peeled right off the wall, along with the bright yellow paint beneath, and the plaster. Now it looks like this:

Evil wall. I hate that wall. I hate that previously beautiful room.

Here’s my previously done ceiling patch. You can tell its wet cause its discolored. You couldn’t tell where the patch was before.

Evil ceiling.

Don’t mind my nasty nails, it was from pulling the paint and plaster off the walls in a rage.

See where its not so opaque anymore there between my fingers. Stupid evil ceiling.

And my evil wet rug.

I hate home-ownership just incase anyone was keeping score.

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Ok Universe. I’m broke, are you happy!?!? Thank you thank you thank you for waiting until I spent all my tax refund on other bills to let this happen, I seriously appreciate that the most. So the insurance company has been called and is cutting me a check (minus my large deductible of course), and the roof guy is up there scraping all the ice away (which is the problem, not the roof, evidently). The roofer guy is putting heating cables in my gutters so this won’t happen again next year. *fingers crossed*

Stupid universe. Anything else you wanna throw at me? You better knock it off. You know I stress out easily.

So I spent Sunday peeling the walls and crying on the couch. I’m feeling better now…kinda.

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For the Love of Bob

September 18, 2009 at 4:00 pm (Dog, House, Weekend)

Its not like I’m SO BUSY I can’t update my blog my friends, I’m just lazy! Let’s see… what’s up?

Mom came out last week and helped me paint the dressing room upstairs. Looks good! It’s almost done now! A friend from work hung the cabinet behind the toilet in the bathroom last night, so now I can finish up the bathroom. It needed some storage badly. I have way too many hair products.

Moo hasn’t ripped up the carpet again…thank goodness.

I had a date the other day…it was good πŸ™‚ I’ve ended the self-imposed dating strike. We’ll see how that goes for me. Who knows, the strike could be on again as early as next week….

Wylie refuses to come out here and help me with my house. But I still love her anyways. (I hope you read this and feel guilty!)

I am going to Toledo next weekend and taking Wy apple picking…cause I’m a nerd…and I love apple picking!

This weekend I get to babysit my friend Scott’s daughter. She’s 3 months old and such a cutie, I’m so happy πŸ™‚ I love little babies.

Hmmmm…what else is going on?

I love my Blackberry. Seriously, don’t get one…so addictive. I find myself waking up at 3am just to make sure that I haven’t had any new emails or that Kerri hasn’t IM’d me in the middle of the night LOL

Oh! Duh! Most important! Jodi’s baby is due tomorrow! Don’t know if its a girl or a boy but I can’t wait to hear πŸ™‚ I talked to her today and she’s slightly dilated, but nothing yet. Hopefully she doesn’t have to go too far past her due date. Her son Aiden turns 2 next week – he’s getting so big!

Ok now all caught up? I think so. Hopefully next post I’ll have some cute pics of Wy and I from the apple orchard. Maybe some of my new dressing room too. I got some Ikea furniture to help me organize my make-up obsession. It looks good and I love that I can find everything now.

Ok I’m outtie. Leave a comment…seriously!

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Hiatus

July 8, 2009 at 11:57 am (Dog, Weekend)

As usual. Maybe my New Year’s resolution should have been to update this thing once a week. Sorry, but my life isn’t that interesting. If I’m not posting you can assume I’m doing the usual: feed the dog, do laundry, clean house, grocery shopping and I don’t feel the need to tell you all about it because I don’t want to lose what few readers I have left!

So, this morning has not gone well.

I woke up late. Threw my hair in a ponytail. Set my BlackBerry on the corner of the sink, grabbed my eyeshadow and knocked my BlackBerry into the sink while accidentally turning on the water at the same time. NOT GOOD. So, now its drying out by the window. It wasn’t working when I left. I don’t have insurance on it. Its 2 months old. I will kill someone dead if I have to pay full price to replace that stupid thing. So here’s my blogland question for you all:

Did anyone happen to take advantage of the Verizon Buy One, Get One Free on BlackBerry’s a few months ago? Cause I’d love to buy your free one (cheap)!

So then I got on the road to work, and my usual 25 min. commute took like 40 minutes because the “Tumblebus” (I have no idea) broke down in the middle of the construction area. Not to mention that its ALL construction area right now. And, I didn’t have my handy dandy BlackBerry to entertain me while I was sitting there.

Ok, so what else?

Oh, um, 4th of July was fun! I went to my Aunt MaryAnne’s place. She has a little farm, alpacas, horses, a pond. It was cool out (like 70 degrees) but it was still fun. I wanted to swim but it was a little too chilly. But Mojo swam for hours, he loves the water. Unfortunately I have no pics cause my camera battery died and I can’t seem to the find the charger right now (I swear these things just grow legs and walk off). Plus, I got to see my cousins who were in from Phoenix and Chicago, which is awesome. And after seeing them I have come to the conclusion that I really made a huge mistake when I didn’t go into Teaching. Having summers off is like the best career move ever.

Ok, back to work, I have tons to do before Friday gets here.

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Better Late Than Never, I Guess

June 11, 2009 at 10:27 am (House, Weekend)

Look! House pics!

Ok, so I don’t have them all, but I hope to take some more this weekend. But, here are some before and afters for your viewing pleasure!

Here’s the KITCHEN.

Before – note the black ceiling, hideous dark red wall, old beat up dirty folding doors (ok you can’t see them in the pic, but I swear they were there), gross yellow curtains

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After – light gray walls, WHITE ceiling, ugly gross curtains gone.

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To Do – Paint cabinets white, get new countertops, get an island so I have some room to work, wood flooring throughout bottom floor of house, oh, and find some new curtains!

LIVING ROOM

Before – Seriously ugly orangy red color that was giving me a headache, dingy white trim, seriously cute doggy in the corner!

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After – Pretty light grayish purple walls, bright white trim!

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To Do – New wood flooring, pretty white crown molding, oh, and fix that piece of wood on the stairs where we kicked out the ugly open bookcase

MY BEDROOM

Before – Dirty dark yellow paint (its hard to see how dark and ugly it was in the pic), filthy floor with playdough, mascara, and nailpolish on it, yucky curtains that I swear had never been washed

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After – Gorgeous greenish blue color walls, new bedding, CLEAN floors (thanks mom!)

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To Do – Hang the curtains I bought (I totally forgot), look – I made the bed for this pic!, get some art for the walls

UPSTAIRS HALL

Before – EWE there’s that yellow color again! and dirty dirty dirty! Did this girl EVER clean!?

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After – Clean and white!

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To Do – Needs art or something, huh? Get rid of the gross green runner.

DOWNSTAIRS HALL

Before – Dark green, dirty, need I say more?

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After – Clean, light gray like the kitchen, (ignore the bright yellow room in the background!)

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To Do – Wood flooring, hang photos
Ok! I think that’s it for now!

Next up we are going to rip the plaster out of the walls in that yellow room. They got soaked when the roof leaked. I had the roof fixed, so now its time to redrywall. That’s going to be my office.

Mom’s been working in the yard a little for me. I hate yardwork. I’ll get some outside pics up soon, I’m swear!

Peace!

*THANKS to my mom for all her HARD HARD HARD work! There’s no way I would have gotten all this done in years!

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I Got Something Done This Weekend!

March 23, 2009 at 4:06 pm (House, Weekend)

I’d love to show you pics, but I’m not totally finished and I don’t want to ruin it. I guess I could do “in progress” pics, but I think I’ll just wait till the final reveal. I worked on the upstairs bathroom this past weekend. It looks so good, I’m really impressed with myself! I even hung the new light (took me forever to try to wire it and hold it up there all by myself)…same goes for the new medicine cabinet. But it looks awesome, I’m really happy with it so far. And I love the color Nancy and I chose. She’s my decorating guru at work. She can envision things…I can’t. She did great with this one! So, I still need to do the trimwork and the ceiling and hang some towel bars. Also still need to do the shelving project. I’m debating over the beadboard. I would really love to do it, but I don’t have all the tools I need. It may be a project down the road when I get bored with the bathroom. Pics coming soon!

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I Suck At This Blogging Thing

March 9, 2009 at 3:27 pm (House, Weekend)

So, still no house pics. It went from snow to rain, I haven’t taken any, sorry.

In other news, I now have a new roof AND a new water heater, which I’m super excited about. The other one was so loud (from the sediment buildup) that Matt would take a shower at 3am and it would wake me up. It sounded like someone threw tennis shoes in the dryer next to my bed. Anyways, its all better now. Even the water hammer that was driving me crazy is gone. Yeah πŸ™‚

I’m officially broke though. And, we had a windstorm last week and part of my fence fell down. Not good. Actually, I’m not even positive its MY fence, but seeing as its either mine, or my 93 year old neighbor who just had hip surgery’s, I figured I’ll just grab some wood screws and try to fix the damn thing. After pricing out what it would cost to refence my yard, I decided to do some patchwork for a few more years. But man those white vinyl fences look pretty!

Saturday I took a break from the house after the dishwasher was fixed and the new hot water tank installed, and I met my girls out for dinner. It was awful. We could not have had worse service if we tried. Seriously, he didn’t write down any of our orders, then screwed them all up. I hate when waiters/waitresses do that! WRITE IT DOWN! Poor Sam didn’t get any food at all! So we all hit up the bar for some drinks afterward and had a good time. My good time spilled right on over to Sunday morning, and ended with a huge headache at 9am. But it was fun, so it was worth it.

Ok, I’m seriously going to try and post some house pics soon. Really, I am. I won’t be onto the decorating anytime soon, but at least everyone will get to see it.

Till next time…here’s Moo!

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