Friday, November 14, 2014

My Friday Randoms


I'm still around!  I told my daughter that I was going to blog about how much fun we are having at The Project and she laughed.  And laughed.  Then she said, "Where have you been hanging out?"  lol!  I could write a small novel about all the problems and delays we've encountered during this renovation/remodeling project.  

Our son was home over the long weekend and he helped BG put in one of the doors.  It didn't go very smoothly and they spent the biggest part of a day working on it.  The next door is supposed to be put in Sunday afternoon, weather permitting.  The bathroom window is in and a few other things have been done.  I've updated the list in my last post.

I have a suggestion to make to those who manage home centers.  Please spend a little more time in training your employees.  I have spent countless hours trying to find help with locating items we need for our Project and someone to answer questions I've had.  It's been amazing the number of employees I've encountered who don't know anything.

Our daughter is very fearful that her center, which is a non-profit child care center, may have to close due to severe funding cuts.  She has reached out to many potential funders only to be turned down.  They are doing everything they can to cut back on expenses, but it's going to be very hard to stay afloat without the funding they had been receiving.  It's scary times economically for many.

Now let's talk food!  Thanksgiving is just under 2 weeks away and I'm thinking about my menu since we won't be going to Branson this year in order to work on you-know-what.  That means I'll be cooking, of course.  We'll have a smoked turkey that BG gets from work.  We'll probably have the usual sides of mashed potatoes and dressing.  Salad, rolls and dessert.  Maybe another side or two.  What will be on your menu?  Do you always have turkey at Thanksgiving?  

Linking to Tanya's Willy Nilly Friday 5

Happy Friday to you!
xo Cheryl

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

My List...Yikes!

The Project.  That is how I refer to the house we recently bought and are fixing up.  The plan is for our daughter to move in as our first renter.

Most days I'm happy we got it, other days I want to slap up a For Sale sign.   I still think it was a bargain although it needs a lot of fixin'.  We've run into a few problems along the way.  Some we knew about beforehand, others have been discovered or maybe I should say uncovered as we began working.  I like to makes lists, so I've decided to make a list of what yet needs to be done and highlight it in red as it gets finished.

Bedroom No. 1:  

- this room is in pretty good shape, but needs painting.  (paint purchased)
- the spackling of nail holes, etc, has been done.  
- windows will eventually be replaced.
- floor is good

Bedroom No. 2:  

- spackle and paint (paint purchased)
- take down ceiling fan and hang new light fixture. (done)
- decide about flooring...carpet? 

Extra room:  (this is a room which is part of the deck and has a flat roof overhead)

- we discovered mold on the drywall in a closet which indicated a
water leak.  BG got on the flat roof above this room and did what he could to stop future water leaks until something else can be done in warmer weather.  This room and deck area has different roofing than the rest of the house.
- drywall to be taken out of closet and replaced.  (started on)

- new exterior door needs to be installed. (done)
- old carpet was in this room and a lot of the backing of the carpet is stuck to the flooring.  Backing has to be scraped off (started on) and a new underlayment will be put down prior to new floor covering.


- needs a new window and the bathtub, vanity and toilet will be replaced.  (items have been purchased) (window installed)
- walls will be cleaned, painted and beadboard put up on part of the walls.  

- a tub enclosure will go around the tub.  Flooring will be installed. (flooring purchased)
- the closet needs painting and some electric wiring will need to be redone.   
- a new light fixture (bought) and mirror (to be found, purchased) will be hung.

Living Room:   

- sanding of the trim has begun.
- spackling of walls done.  
- paint walls and closet.  (paint purchased) (closet painted)
- paint the fireplace.  

- decide about floor...probably carpet. (order carpet)
- install new ceiling fan.  (purchased)
- windows have been washed.   
- new exterior door needs to be installed.  (done)

- replace and repair drywall after washer/dryer hookups removed.  
- buy new light fixture to replace ceiling fan. (purchased)
- new faucet bought.  
- replace sink?
- dishwasher works, needs sanitizing.  

- floors to be cleaned...and painted or tiled?  
- patio door and window needs cleaning and screen replaced.  (done)
- stove and refrigerator are waiting to be moved in.
- blinds need to be special ordered.   

- threshold between kitchen and hallway to LR needs to be planed down.


- walls need painting.  Spackling done.  
- floors need cleaning.  Possibly painted or replaced. (old hardwood floors torn out, new hardwood waiting to be installed) 

Upper walkout deck:  

- light fixtures have been cleaned and bulbs replaced.
- new dusk to dawn light needs installing.  

- steps need repair.  
- railing tightened.  
- painting will be done next spring.  
- exterior door bought and will be replaced (see Extra Room above).  (done)


- mold removal and gutting of all sheetrock and ceiling has
been done. 

- new furnace has been installed.  Central air which is part of heating unit is in good shape.  
- ditto water heater.  
- gas lines repaired.
- some plumbing issues still to be done.  

- broken window has been replaced.
- sealing a crack where a small amount of water seeps in during heavy rain to be done. (done)

- wiring issues needs to be done.  
- flooring to be decided.  (carpet squares purchased for some rooms)
- walls will be finished at a future date.

- bathroom fixtures to be replaced.  (vanity and toilet purchased) 
- washer and dryer ready to be moved in and hooked up.  
- new exterior door to fit shorter opening to be found
and installed.  (order)


- new garage door bought and ready to be hung in No. 3 garage. (door didn't fit, returned.  Not a priority, will replace next spring.)
- No. 1 garage needs new door opener.  (purchased)

- cleaning has been done.

Other buildings:  

- cleaning out to be done next spring.  They aren't needed
at this time.


- cleaning has been done.  
- new opener for large door will be needed.


- house to be painted next spring.  
- some soffits need to be replaced.
- missing shingles have been replaced and chimney inspected.  

- window well covers bought and will be installed.  
- yard cleanup is mostly completed.  
- purple martin house poles need painting.  (done)
- patio area under deck needs repainting.

That's all I can think of at the moment.  More will be added later, if necessary.  As you've no doubt concluded, this post is more for my benefit as I'll be referring back to it.  Feel free to check back, too, if you are interested in our progress.  We're beginning to think having this house ready before Christmas is impossible quite a stretch.    

Posting and commenting will be limited during at this busy time while I think about work on The Project.  Enjoy these days of November as we'll soon be preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving!

Happy Wednesday to you!
xo Cheryl

Friday, October 31, 2014

My Friday Random Five

Is this not the most adorable kitten?  This one showed up (oh no, not again!) at our house and it is about half the size of its siblings.  We've been feeding it a milk supplement and kitten chow.  My daughter even made a little sweater for it to wear to watch the Royals lose play in the final game of the World Series.  KC will be going to a new home this afternoon.  Now, to get the other kittens tamed and find them homes.        

This little pumpkin is my lone fall decoration.  I usually have lots of fall touches here and there in the house and a display of pumpkins and mums by the front door. But, as much as I love fall, I haven't had much time or inclination to decorate.  The Project has been gotten all of my attention lately. 

This old house was shown in a post I did 4 years ago.  I had written about some mysterious happenings going on in our house and thought around Halloween would be a good time to share the stories.  Thankfully, we have not experienced any strange goings on lately.  If you are interested in reading the post about them, you can find it here.   The old house is no longer standing.  Someone set fire to it last year and it burned to the ground.  I wish whoever had done this dastardly deed had gotten caught!

We've had some gorgeous sunsets and nice weather this fall.  And now it sounds like we will soon be getting the frost that has eluded us thus far.  It is supposed to dip down into the 20's at night this weekend.  Brrrr!  It will be chilly this evening for the trick or treaters.  

And, finally, I must say that this next month will be extremely busy as we double down on the work at The Project.  We have so much to do and I know our daughter would like to be moved in by Christmas.  I'm not sure that will happen.  It's hard to find good help in this small town, so this is a real DIY project.  We're going to be working as hard as we can, so I may not be blogging much in the next month.  If you don't see me, picture this tired old woman helping (yes, I've done all this before...when I was younger!) with mudding drywall, sanding, cleaning, painting, and a hundred and one other things that need to be done.  BG is still working his normal job, but there are things I can do while he is at work.  As he said, we will be burning the midnight oil if we are to get enough done by Christmas so daughter can move in.  I won't forget to take photos!         
Linking to Tanya's Willy Nilly Friday 5

Happy Friday and Happy Halloween!
xo Cheryl

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Good Fences

This dead tree behind the fence has caught my eye each time I've driven past it.  Anyone know what kind it is?  Yesterday, I stopped and snapped a shot out of it out of my car window.  Most of the trees in the countryside have turned brown and are fast dropping their leaves, but now and then you can still find a bit of color.

We haven't had frost yet, so the flowers still look pretty good.  I think that is a Burning Bush in the upper left corner.  I love those.  The grass is still very green since we've had plenty of rain this fall.  

Linking to Theresa's Good Fences  

Happy Thursday to you!
xo Cheryl

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Autumn Memories

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
 fluttering from
 the autumn tree."
~Emily Bronte

The warmth and beauty of autumn makes it my favorite season.  The leaves are rapidly falling now but they leave behind many memories of past autumns. 

I remember...

...when as a youngster we gathered the biggest pile of leaves we could and then jumped into the middle while laughing in sheer delight.  

...the smells of autumn.  From burning leaves to the wood fires to loads of grain and corn and from walking into the house in time to catch the scent of apple or pumpkin pie as they were brought out of the oven.  

...walking home from school down the tree-lined lane and hearing the crunch of leaves under my feet.  

...riding my horse through the woods and watching squirrels scampering up the oak and walnut trees waiting for us to move on along so they could get back to the business of gathering acorns and nuts for the winter. 

...walking the rows of freshly harvested corn fields carrying gunny sacks and gathering ears of corn that had been left behind.  My dad would give me a few coins for each sack I filled. 

...going on hayrides on country roads.

...weiner roasts when my children were young.  We would drive to the back of our property where we had several walnut trees and help the kids gather walnuts for them to sell for spending money.  After a few hours of walnut gathering, we would pick up some dead limbs next to the creek and start a fire and roast hotdogs and marshmallows.  

...watching the parades on beautiful red and gold tree-lined streets during the homecoming festivities.

Do you have a favorite autumn memory?  I'd love to hear about it!

Happy Tuesday to you!
xo Cheryl

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Randoms

When Callie isn't sleeping, she's getting into everything.  I used to think she was my calm, easy-going kitty.  These days you might find her curled up in the bathroom sink as above or maybe stretched out on top of the refrigerator.  All the kitties have been acting up more than normal lately.  Do they know something we don't know?  I wonder!

BG and I had a romantic evening.  We got to hang out at Menards and Lowe's and look at.....are you ready?... toilets and vanities!!  How exciting is that???  lol!!  Well, they are necessary items for the New Project.  The bathroom is tiny, so a 30 inch vanity is needed.  The one already there is dilapidated.

We're still hard at work on The Project.  It's starting to look better.  BG and I are starting to look older!  We want to get as much done as we can before winter sets in.  It's supposed to be in the 70's this weekend, so you know where we will be! 

Speaking of winter, we've been hearing that 10 inches of snow may arrive by November 15.   I hope that prediction is very wrong.  I am sooo not looking forward to winter.  If I had my druthers, it would stay just like it is until spring!  Well, maybe just a wee bit of snow is nice around Christmas. 

I've just got to share a recipe with you because the fact is that it is one of my new favorite treats!  It is easy to make and oh! so
delicious.  Try'll like it!


6 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup nuts, coarsely chopped (I always use pecans)
1 medium apple, peeled and coarsely grated

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Stir brown sugar into the melted butter.  When the mixture is cooled, beat eggs, one at a time, into the sugar mixture.

Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and add to the
mixture, stirring until smooth.  Stir in pecans and apple.  Mix well.  It is best to grate the apple last so it won't turn brown before you are ready to add it.

Spread into a greased 9 inch square pan and bake at 350 degrees
for 25-30 minutes or until done.  Cool completely in pan, then cut into bars.  Serve with whipped topping or ice cream, if desired.  Yummy!

Linking to Tanya's Willy Nilly Friday 

Happy Friday to you!
xo Cheryl

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Good Fences

When I was cruising around this river town looking for a garage sale last week, I happened to drive by one of their cemeteries noted for it's beautiful trees.  The first photo was edited in Photoscape using the watercolor pencil, which is one of my favorites.

This is the original photo.  The cemetery is surrounded by an old iron fence.  I wish I had taken time to get out and walk around, but as usual time was short so I just snapped this out of my car window.  

The trees in our area aren't quite as colorful or as vivid as last year, in my opinion.  It seems to me that they have been a little slow in turning color this year and we haven't yet had a hard frost.  Even so, there are still many beautiful trees to be found this fall.  Every autumn is beautiful to me! 

Linking to Theresa's Good Fences.   

Happy Thursday to you!
xo Cheryl 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Colors many colors.  We've been looking at paint samples for our new rental property even though we're still a few weeks from being ready to paint. Our daughter will choose what she wants as
she will be our first renter, but I'm also looking to paint a couple of rooms here once she gets moved.

I've often thought how nice it would be if we could just touch a button on our walls and have a whole different color scheme that would go with each season.  Such as warm, earth tones for autumn and cooler shades for summer.



Many paint their walls all white and I have had them myself.  I now have a soft, light beige in my living room, dining area, and hallway and I really like it even though it doesn't photograph well.  A friend of mine has pastels all over her house.  It works for her as she is what I call a pastel person.  She favors pale pinks and greens and soft yellows in her decor.

Visiting paint departments can be a daunting experience.  Paint colors, brands and types of paint abound.  Do I choose Benjamin Moore or Behr?  Valspar or Sherwin Williams?  Flat, satin, or eggshell?  Semi-gloss for the bathroom?  How about primer?  You can purchase a primer/paint all-in-one.  Do they really cover in one coat?  So many quesions that I'm guessing only experience can answer.  In other words, you have to live with your choice to know if you really love it or wish you'd chosen differently.

If you would care to share your favorite paint colors and types of paint, I'd love to hear about it!

Happy Tuesday to you!
xo Cheryl 

Friday, October 17, 2014

My Friday Random 5

We've had a couple of beautiful fall days.  Yesterday was such a busy day that I've not had time to visit many of my blog friends.  I'll get by as soon as I can!  First up was a doctor's appointment which thankfully turned out good.  I'll just say this...those pesky hiatal hernias can really play havoc with your system and your nerves, too.  I've had one for many years and it usually behaves itself.  

After the appointment and running a few errands, it was off to another garage sale in a nearby town.  It was a huge sale held in a building at the fairgrounds.  I found this Jim Shore angel for only 5 bucks and a couple of books.  My daughter took off work a little early and came over and she bought many useful items for her new home.  They haven't been unloaded so I didn't get photos. 

After the garage sale shopping, we stopped for supper and then I drove to the Lookout Point at the park that overlooks the Missouri River.  I thought there might be a nice sunset and I wasn't disappointed.  It was a beautiful evening.

Isn't there a TV show called Flip This House?  Well, we have decided to start our own series and call it Flip OFF This House!  lol!  Well, that is how we feel some days.  See the kitchen in our fixer upper?  That's a before shot.  It doesn't look so bad, but some of the other rooms need a lot of work yet.  I won't even show the bathroom until we have an After photo.  The gas range has already been removed and we'll replace it with an electric range.  BG still has to do some wiring for that.  We'll probably replace the kitchen sink and the painting has yet to be done.  Should we take out the ceiling fan and replace it with just a light fixture?

My son was talking to BG last night on the phone about the ballgame that the Cardinals ended up losing.  He asked my hubby what he had gotten for me yesterday.  BG said why would he get me something?  Son reminded him that it was Bosses Day!  lol!  Cute.  

Linking to Tanya's Willy Nilly Friday 5.

Happy Friday to you!
xo Cheryl

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Good Fences

This photo was taken about a month ago across the highway in front of our house.  Can you see the fence in front?

This is a fence from our Branson trip last month that I forgot to include in last week's Good Fence post.  I loved the old wagon filled with flowers.

We had a very pretty day with sunshine yesterday and that made for a good day for baseball in my state.  Yay Royals!!!  They are going to the World Series!!  The Cardinals lost their game and will have to win the next 3 games to get to the Series.  Go Cards!!!

Linking with Theresa's Good Fences.

Happy Thursday to you!
xo Cheryl