Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I'm over it.....

and I think renovations stink. I'm ready to get my house back now. The 2nd coat of mud is on the walls (Thanks, Dad) and I just have to live through one more sanding. You'll notice that the room is tarped off - it helped some, but the the dust from the first sanding still got in the other rooms downstairs. I can't even really clean up until this is all done, and it's so frustrating!! Our shop vac sucks - or should I say doesn't suck - so now I'm coated in a fine layer of dust too. So here's some more pics from today. I just gotta keep thinking that "This too shall pass.....".

Have a great night.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Another Update.....

on the progress in the dining room :

looks pretty good eh? Sorry for the bad pictures, it's been rainy and dull for the last couple of days here (as long as it's not snow, I really don't care =D). I am SO thankful that we have such great friends who are willing to help us out. Now we just have to tape and mud the walls, but I think that we could do that on our own at night in the next little bit. I'm not looking forward to the sanding part, though. I'd love to have the whole thing done and painted by the middle of May, but we'll see. It's still a total mess and we don't have a table to eat on, but it looks like a room again.

Have a great day!

Friday, April 24, 2009

A Quick Update.....

on the condition of my dining room.

Currently, it looks like this :

It's not really a whole lot different, but changes have been made. We have discovered that the previous owners dropped the ceiling by 1.5 feet. Hubby says that it's because it was easier to heat. I say if they bothered to put insulation in the walls, it would be way warmer too, but I digress. There is insulation now though, because my father in law and I did that on Wednesday. So, you may be asking yourself, how come hubby's not helping?? He's been at work. Trust me, with me and my FIL doing this, it's gone way faster than if I had to wait for him to get things done. Plus, I have gained a whole new set of skills!! The downside is that the house is a total write off and will remain that way until the drywalling is done. That job starts tomorrow. Oh yay, more dust. Thank goodness I'm not helping with that!! When we tore down the dropped ceiling, we found this awesome little piece of history :

Isn't it lovely?? I'm totally keeping that!! It will not be hanging a light fixture, but I'll find a place for it on my wall for sure!!

Have a great night!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Yeah. So right now.....

my dining room looks like this :

and the back of my father in law's truck looks like this :

Don't you just love that green paint?? You should see the vintage wallpaper that was underneath it!! Maybe I'll post that another day.

Whoever thought that plaster walls was a good thing was VERY VERY wrong. I'll never be rid of the dust because after insulating the outside walls (currently, there isn't any in them) we have to drywall. More dust. I think I'm done with the idea of renovating any more of this house.

Off to treat the blood blister received after pinching my pinkie between the truck and the 10 gallon pail. Have a good day.

Monday, April 20, 2009

All Done.....

for another year. Whew! The auction is over and now we can relax for the rest of the year. It was a good time (as it always is), and we raised a good amount for the school. My windows did not go for as much as I had hoped, but really, it doesn't matter. I found joy in making them, and I know that the people who bought them will find joy in having them. I actually know both of the ladies that bought them (they sold separately), so I'll see them again with pictures in them!

Saturday night hubby and I went on a date (huh, what??) to a buck 'n doe for friends of ours that are getting married next month. It was chilly as it was outside, but I had a good time talking to adults (huh, what??) and just chilling after a busy Friday and 4 hours of cleanup on Saturday. The kids stayed at my in-laws and played Wii. The Wii fit told me that my real age is 55. NOT cool. Guess I'm going to do something about that.

So, for this week I'm going to stay home. It's been too busy and the house and my kids are suffering. They always get the short end of the stick when it gets crazy busy like this, so that's got to stop. Tonight I'm making a really nice roast beef supper, and we're just going to have a relaxing afternoon and evening.

Now I'm off to work on my May SPS projects.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Ok, so really.....

the busy-ness just has to stop! This Friday is our annual Goods and Services auction, and just like last year at this time, I'm over it. I think everyone on the committee is. While the actual event is really quite a good time, the days leading up to it are kind of crazy. I can't wait for Saturday morning to come.

I picked up my new glasses yesterday. Yep, my eyes are getting old. (hee hee) I don't have to wear them all the time, just for detail work, reading, night driving and computer work. Wait a minute, for me that pretty much IS all the time!! Renee was so confused when she saw me wearing them asking "When did you get glasses??" We told her 2 years ago. We totally had her fooled for about 20 minutes!!

My fab May kit came yesterday too, so now I'm also busy with that, but it's a good kind of busy!! =D

Have a great day!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Another busy weekend.....

is done. My sister came down with her kids, and man, did time just fly by!! We shopped, we scrapped, we cooked really good meals, & we had a really fab time together. The weather was sunny & cool, but that didn't stop the kids from spending much of their time outside biking and in the playhouse. So glad to have the extra day off today, just to relax and rest.

I said we scrapped, so here's what I got finished this weekend. This one is for Colour Combo #117 :

I'm still on my heritage kick, so these pictures are of my Grandmother and my Great - Grandmother on my mother's side in 1926. My Grandmother was about 1 or 2 years old.

And this one is for the Page Maps sketch contest at my LSS this month :

These pictures are of my DS on the first day of school this year.

Have a great day all!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Just Bought.....

myself this little present :

And I'm so excited to have it!! I've never owned a circle cutter yet, I just used my plates and pot lids to cut around. In fact, I really don't have that many tools at all - no Cricut or other diecutter (gasp), no Cuttlebug or other embossing system, all I have is a CropaDile. Sad huh?

Have a good day!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Snow, snow.....

and more snow. That's what we're getting today. Can you believe it?? A SNOW DAY at the beginning of April!!! Who knew?? We went from seeing the grass yesterday to at least 10 inches (if not more) of the white stuff in less than a day.

I hate winter.
Have a good night.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Still Sick.....

and hating every second of it. I feel worse than yesterday today. I really don't want to go to work today, but I have to. Blech.

We got snow last night. Not a lot, but that stinks too.

On an up note, I was inspired by Colour Combo #115 yesterday and managed to finish this page :

This is my YDD on her baptism day. Not a great pic, but the best one I have in this dress. It was made by my great grandmother out of one of her slips around 1907. My grandfather, father, myself and all of my children have been baptised in it; we just change the colour of the ribbon (pink or blue) with each baby.

Stay healthy & have a great day!

Friday, April 3, 2009

So Glad.....

that it's almost the weekend.

It's been way too busy these last few weeks and it's finally caught up with me; I'm fighting off another cold. I can't remember the last time I was sick so many times in one winter. So, it's vitamin C and echinacea for me again. Thankfully, tomorrow I finally get to sleep in past 6:30 again and man, I really need it, I'm so very tired today.

I have another LO made with the April kit, but it's dull and pouring rain today, so I can't get a good picture yet. Hopefully it will clear up sometime this weekend.

My hubby volunteers on a City committee, and yesterday we got a letter in the mail offering us a "thank-you for your service" gift of tickets to the symphony on May 2! So this year, we're going to go. Hey, wouldn't that be kinda like a date?? Huh. ;)

Have a great weekend, all!!