If you have ever moved you know that is is very time consuming and can create a fair amount of stress. I haven’t actually moved to a new house, but I feel like I am putting in almost as much time as though I did and I am definitely feeling that stress. About a month ago hubby and I decided to sub-divide a part of our house for someone else to live in. The idea had been in the back of our minds since we first moved into this house. The house is larger than we really need now that there is only 2 of us (and the 2 cats of course). When we started I didn’t think it would be very much work — just consolidate the 2 bathrooms into one, move hubby’s office kind of stuff to a room upstairs, empty out 2 closets, re-arrange the kitchen so that we can share it, install a door on each side of the kitchen and put in a gravel path so that we can use the front door without having to walk through the grass. I often under-estimate how much work a project will be when I start — you would think I would remember from one project to the next, but for some reason I always forget. To my amazement there was a LOT of stuff in those closets that had to find a new home which led to moving things around in other rooms and building shelves — it kinda feels like someone turned my house inside out. I have moved many times in the last 30 years so I am really quite good at organizing and packing things into boxes and making sure that everything is nicely labeled (sometimes even color-coded to what room boxes go into), but this has been very different — definitely NOT organized — actually quite hodgepodge.
You have probably noticed that my blogging in the last few weeks has been rather sporadic and not very creative — well now you know why. So, I am going to give myself a break for the next 2-3 weeks to work at getting my house back in order. My daughter is coming home from Illinois for Christmas and right now you can’t even get into the guest room, so I really need to focus and get things cleaned up and orderly. I would much rather spend my time blogging and doing other creative things — but I really must be diciplined for a while and get my work done. I know that what we are doing is a good thing and I don’t regret it, but I definitely was clueless as to how much work it would be and to how long it would take.
So, I do hope you will miss me while I am gone — I plan to be back early in December — time seems to fly by so fast these days. I will leave you with a couple pictures of baby cuteness and two other things that I will tell you about when I get back : )
The sun was shining beautiful on Sunday afternoon as I walked home from church. Hubby and I had gone for a drive the week before to see the Fall leaves, but the sun chose not to co-operate for picture taking — so when the sun was shining so bright on Sunday I got a few nice Fall pictures — even if they are only in my own yard.
A funky angle — just for the fun of it : )
I love looking up into the sky through the trees.
Sedums save their best color for the Fall.
Looks like it is time to start raking leaves.
This is my favorite tree in our yard.
On Saturday Hubby decided to prune the cherry tree that my son gave me for Mother’s Day 2 years ago. I supervised and took pictures. My tree looks a lot neater now — it was quite bushy and lopsided before it’s ‘haircut’. So I now show you the evidence of our joint efforts of pruning the cherry tree.
When I start taking pictures I usually take a lot and Saturday was not an exception to this fact about me — so here are 3 more.
This hose nozzle was finally put away on Saturday after being left on this rock in the front garden most of the summer.
Sometimes I just hold the camera up and look around to see if anything interesting shows on the screen and then take a picture — I thought our chimney looked pretty ‘cool’ from the ground so I took a picture — I think that a lot of things look interesting so I end up taking a lot of pictures. This last one was taken looking down our driveway.
Last week I told hubby that the weeds in our ditch were becoming quite overgrown and that something should be done about them — hint – hint. In past years he has cut them at least once each summer. This summer it seems that we were put on a municipality list or something because late Wednesday afternoon hubby said that a tractor was in the process of mowing the ditches. By the time my brain clicked in gear to tell me that I should check out what he was talking about and get a picture, the tractor was finished our ditch and folding up it’s mower thingy. I had never seen a machine like this before and just case you haven’t seen one — I give you this picture to enjoy : )
Last week I wrote about finally doing some long neglected touch up painting in the living room. I ended the post with wondering how long it would take for the can of paint to make it back down to it’s shelf in the basement. Well — on Sunday evening that paint can invited some of his cousins upstairs — I guess he was feeling a bit lonely all by himself. Hubby had decided that on Monday he would paint the inside of 2 closets that hadn’t been done when we moved in 4 years ago. At that time the house was very sad and every wall, every door, every baseboard and window frame had to be painted. We also had to replace most of the carpet and some drywall. So the inside of these 2 closets did not make it on the priority list — until now. We are in the process of reclaiming our space now that our daughter has moved out so this felt like a good time to paint the closets.
Hubby finished the closet walls and put the first coat on the baseboards on Monday. On Tuesday I did a second coat on the baseboards as well as some touchups on some of the other trim around the house and some more spots on the walls — you know all those places that get bumped and scraped just in the course of everyday living — and some extra ones from moving our daughter out of house : ) By the end of the day I had painted so many touchups I was beginning to feel like I was repainting the whole house. I have started to think that some rooms need a fresh new color, but I really want to finish the things that haven’t yet been crossed off the list from when we moved in first — like 2 closet doors upstairs (at least the insides of these are done) and my kitchen cupboards which have been a work-in-progress for over a year now (pots sure get dusty when there are no doors on the cupboard) . I hope to have them finished before Christmas — so actually I better get them done before my grandson is born in mid-November — because who cares about kitchen cupboards when you have a new baby to cuddle?
This has turned out to be quite a rambling post just to say that although the paint can invited his cousins to visit I am happy to report that before I went to bed last night the paint can and his cousins were all back in their places on the basement shelf. This is one case of the cousins knowing how to not over stay their welcome.
Hubby and I bought a Dyson vacuum cleaner yesterday — the canister version — DC 21 stowaway. Our old vacuum was a Miele that hubby won at work 20 years ago. It served us well. Before that we had yard sale specials and hand-me-downs so this is the first vacuum cleaner that we actually bought for ourselves. Our son and daughter-in-law bought a Dyson about 3 years ago and based on their reports of how great it worked I really wanted one but couldn’t rationalize the expense as long as the old one was still working. As I was almost finished vacuuming the house on Friday the old Miele made some HORRIBLY LOUD NOISIES and later was declared officially dead by hubby. While out shopping yesterday we bought a Dyson : ) Upon arriving home I immediately assembled it (hubby had to go out ) and tested it. WOW — I had to empty the canister twice and I had just vacuumed on Friday evening. I was absolutely amazed at how much it picked up that the old one had left behind. It is going to be great having less cat hair flying around — I do love my cats, but they sure do leave a lot of evidence that they live here : ) My daughter-in-law says that the Dyson works really great to clean a mattress — she also says that I will be grossed out by how much dirt I have been sleeping on. I will try it soon. Since I can’t write a post without pictures — here are some of my new best friend.
When checking out my Blogroll today I found that Sparkle Petal also got a new Dyson. It must have been the weekend of new vacuum cleaners : )
Have you ever had one of those home maintenance kind of jobs that would take less than a hour to actually do, but it seems like forever before you get around to doing it? I finally did one of mine. Over a year ago I patched some holes on the walls in the living room where I had moved some pictures and where a chair had scraped the wall — so I had a number of little white spots that needed to be touched up with paint. I brought the can of paint up from the basement at least 6 months ago, sweeping around it every week and telling myself to paint the spots in the living room — I didn’t listen to myself though until one day last week. I finally opened that can of paint, got out my mini-step ladder and painted those spots. It really didn’t take very long at all to do and it feels GREAT to finally have it done!
Now I wonder how long it will be before the can of paint makes it back down to it’s shelf in the basement : )