May 7, 2014

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Work, Work, Work

Hello. Remember me? Yeah, I’ve been hiding. Behind a desk in a cubicle, that is. It’s a long ways away from that garden and kitchen renovation work, let me tell you. But a gal’s gotta do what she’s gotta do. And even though I’m definitely a “do it yourself” kinda gal, there are some repairs and renovations slowly starting to pop up that I’m not going to touch, like the roof. When I was younger, I had no qualms about skipping over the asphalt shingles with hammer in hand. But I’m a bit older now, and I’ll let the roofing experts manage that job.

Here are a few other updates that might interest you.

1. YES, Livvy is still with us. Here she is as her usual, charismatic self:

Livvy not pleased

And looking cute in the warm laundry:

Livvy in da baskey

She hasn’t acclimated to my working schedule, yet. She’s very clingy and wakes me up VERY early every morning. Ugh.

2. We have been fixing a few odds and ends around the house, but nothing major. We sided the exterior part of the house (where we’d installed the new kitchen window a few years ago). We painted window trim, and finished the bookcases with trim. There’s still a lot of the kitchen that needs trimming. The husband would like us to finish all these small projects before undertaking the next large one.

3. Our next large project will probably involve converting our garage into living space. And then we have yet to gut and renovate the upstairs of the house. I think that my demolition/renovation days are over, but I will rather serve a supervisory role as the offspring do all the work. Oh yeah, and I’ll be working so I can pay for all of this, too. :-p

So blogging has really taken a down turn for almost a year now. I shut down almost all my other blogs. Who knows what else I’ll dismantle! It’s been a fun ride, but a gal’s gotta eat. :) Making money through blogging was a blast, but short-lived. Onward!

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March 18, 2014

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A Cowhide Rug Adds Natural Beauty And Luxury

Home decorating can be a tricky process. Deciding on an overall look as well as the details of your intended look is not particularly easy. Many people aim
for décor that is warm, inviting and yet sophisticated at the same time. One of the best ways to achieve this aim is with the use of the right details.
Thoughtful attention to detail can make any room feel lived in and yet hold great appeal for guests when entertaining.

Good use of detail centers on the use of items like rugs. Rugs can add many qualities to a room. A rug can make a room feel more luxurious or give it a
more natural look. A rug can also serve as both a place to place your feet and a focal point at the same time. A cowhide rug is one of the most popular
types of rugs. Cowhide rugs are made from traditional materials that have long been used as flooring and decoration. A cow skin can provide a touch of the
western style to any room.

Cowhide rugs have many advantages. Unlike some other types of rugs, they are both durable and yet made from natural materials. A cowhide rug is made from animal skins, meaning that it is all natural and ecologically sensible at the same time. The cowhide rug is also
easy to clean. Buyers need only use a damp sponge to remove any stains. This means they can be used in high traffic areas such as the entrance to a room.

A cow hide rug can also be used in many other areas as well, making them highly versatile. Many people use the cowhide rug to cover an entire small table
or place at the center of a much larger table and thus serve as a startling and memorable focal point for that room.

A cowhide rug can also act as a highly luxurious throw for a couch or a bed, providing
the user with a deliciously comforting texture that invites peace and relaxation in any room. The rug may serve as a toddler’s favorite sitting space or a
throw on your beloved chair where the texture provides a sense of comfort.

Cowhide rugs
also come in varying colors and sizes. Many people like to use them as original artwork in a room. The cow skin rug can be easily framed and protected from
dust and wear under a glass covering. A cowhide rug can also be set in wood or metal frame and stretched across the sides of the frame. The resulting
picture can then be hung on the walls to draw the eye upward.

When thinking about décor consider using a cowhide rug to add life and texture.

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March 1, 2014

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Cabin Fever Daydreaming

I know I’m speaking to most of the folks in the United States when I say this has been one long winter. I love this season, but when even I am sick of the brutal winds from the Arctic Circle and the never-ending trickle of lake effect snow from the Great Lakes, you KNOW it’s been long in tooth. Yeah, time for some sunshine, wouldn’t you say?

I usually don’t start my renovation daydreaming this early, but desperation has set in. In the past, we have always done some kind of major renovation project every other year. This is the year, if we are to do things as scheduled… but I’m not quite sure I can manage it. I’m still paying off the kitchen/dining room/insulation/electric renovation from 2010. That baby was expensive. The final projects won’t be as costly or intensive as all we have left to do is insulate and electrify the upstairs, gut and replace walls, and install flooring. But it will still take a large chunk out of my budget, that’s for sure.

We also would like to increase the living space in the house by converting the garage to a family room or bunch of bedrooms or utility rooms (not sure yet). The back door (which has not worked in years) would be the perfect spot for a huge glass door set and a pergola outside. Something like that is too large a DIY project for us, so I have been puttering around reading BuildDirect reviews and etc (check out their Facebook page, too). I’d also like to take advantage of the cathedral ceiling in there. What acoustics it could have!!! Alas, all a dream thus far.

But more practical things await us. Like replacing the original 1855 bedroom doors that no longer work. And ripping out the horrid 1970s linoleum flooring and installing warm carpeting upstairs.

Again, all dreams for now. Lord willing, I can pay off the kitchen loan and then FINALLY finish this place.

And by then, we’ll probably be ready to sell. :-p

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February 5, 2014

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The Walipini

The name sounds a little weird, but the concept is AMAZING! It’s a walipini! Have you ever heard of it before? This solves a lot of problems for us in the Northern Hemisphere. A walipini is an underground greenhouse. In general, it’s a wide trench, six to eight feet deep, with a slanted, plastic roof. […]

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November 10, 2013

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Find the Kitty Friday, Again!

Betcha it will take you a minute. Did you find her? By the way, did you happen to notice my beee-yoo-teeful bookshelves? I can’t remember if I bragged about them on this blog or on the social networks *blush* but we are so very happy they actually turned out OK! Miracles do happen!! And we […]

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November 7, 2013

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Winter Cleaning Prep: Tips For a Sparkly, Holiday Home!

This post brought to you by North American Property Services. All opinions are 100% mine. Winter is here, and it’s a great time to do some deep cleaning to help keep your home germ-free. North American Property Services, one of the top janitorial service companies in the United States, has ten key tips for cleaning […]

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October 25, 2013

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Find the Kitty Friday!

It’s cooooooold. So where do you think she could be?! Look a little closer. Ah! Yes, of course! If you like this post, please share it!

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October 12, 2013

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Harvesting Apples

Am I the only one who finds grocery store produce bland? For years, I never noticed how bland and uninteresting that shelf-laden stuff is until I planted my own stuff. I just ate it (or my dad forced me to eat it!) and thought nothing of it. But what a difference your own produce makes! […]

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October 11, 2013

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Bookcases – DONE!

And thus finalizes my living room magnus opus: the 17-foot-long, 9-foot-high sets of bookcases made of oak. Voila! It’s my first *real* carpentry project. There were a number of bumps along the way and it took me a full year to finally complete everything… but it’s done! And you can probably see that I still […]

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October 11, 2013

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Creating Unique Interior Environments With Real Estate Developer Stephen Finfer

Stephen Finfer has made a name for himself in the Los Angeles housing market by creating unique living spaces that reflect the most current trends and ideas in the interior design industry. Finfer incorporates cutting-edge designs and added touches to produce one-of-a-kind residential options for an elite customer base in the L.A. area. Here are […]

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