Saturday, September 27, 2014

One Year at Green Mountain!

Well, it's our one year houseaversary and wow what a year it has been.

It's amazing to look back at the beginning and see how far we've come.

I tell B that this house makes me feel bipolar. One minute I'm cursing the day I found it online and in the next breath I'm admiring how the sunlight filters through the trees in the front yard.

I love this dumb old house.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Laundry

My laundry room is a dungeon. It has been gross since we moved in and not exactly the most inspiring place for cleaning clothes. In fact, before we got the new floors, if you dropped a sock while switching to the dryer it went back into the dirty pile.

I'm not sure when this room was last painted but it was definitely before 1988.

Add to that the huge holes in the wall from when we took out the moldy shelves and sagging cabinets, a general sense of disorganization and two cats who use this as their battleground and you've got a pretty icky place to hang out.

So, last weekend, I tackled it. It took a lot of spackle and a lot of heavy lifting.

I don't think I've ever spackled so much. I cleaned the walls and vacuumed up the lint. Then I primed some of the worst bits.

Monday I woke up with a cold but I was determined to get this done on my day off. Since that room is so rough and tumble I chose a darker color than what we have in the kitchen. It is still in the same color family because you can see into the laundry from the kitchen.

The end result is remarkable. Thank God for paint and spackle!

The bad thing is that this is what your kitchen looks like when you are selling your pantry and redoing your laundry room at the same time.

I didn't mention that we are selling the pantry? Yes, the yellow thing turned white thing is no longer with us. 

B has started to put the actual siding on the back of the house and it looks great! Not a moment too soon because the temps are dipping and right now we're getting a bunch of rain. It's going to be a cold, wet winter, folks.

And last but not least, this is the cookie I promised myself that I could eat if I finished painting the laundry room. Sometimes I am motivated by the job itself but sometimes I need a little something extra to power through.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ten for ten


At 4 am the other day B and I were catapulted out of bed by the sounds of something huge crashing in the kitchen. At first I thought it was a CRI (Cat Related Incident) but then it became clear that it was something a lot worse.

One of the glass shelves in the yellow thing/white thing/pantry had collapse under the weight of 20 cans of beans. (Beans were 10 for $10 at Manager's Special Kroger....and we love beans.)

Everything was in a heap on the floor and if it wasn't for that one container of baby food prunes that was teetering there we would have lost another shelf too.

I think this is the last nail in the coffin of the yellow thing/white thing as pantry. B wants that wall as real estate for a kitchen table and I want something with doors you can't see through and shelves that won't give me a heart attack.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Temptations of Fall

We just got home from a trip and the house is chilly, slightly moldy smelling and one of the fire alarms is beeping because the battery is dying. It is just like old times.

We are coming up to one year in the house and we've done so much but have so much left to do. B and I look at the calendar and fret. At the beach we'd wake out of our lazy stupor and one of us would say to the other, "How will we get it all done? When will we find the time?"

The summer was busy and we finished many small projects but with the new chill in the air we are reminded that winter is on the horizon. The forecast is another frigid and wet winter so we'd like to have everything ship shape and ready for the elements by then. A glance at our calendar reveals a yard sale, the state fair, a wedding and various other good times that we don't want to miss. On top of that are school trips, camping and football. The weekends simply aren't long enough.

We've resolved to enact a two part plan:
1. Buckle down.
2. Triage.

We're going to do the things on the need to do list and then simplify some extravagant projects we were hoping to do before the winter. I'll keep you posted.

My camera/phone died so it's been tougher for me to take pictures but we've finished some little things that I will try to post about soon!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Weekly menu

I keep forgetting to take pictures. Here is the first in what is supposed to be a series.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


I have two tickets to one day of the Downtown Raleigh Home Show to give away! (A $20 value!)

The home show is September 5-7 and features decorators, DIY ideas, outdoor living showcases and a TINY HOUSE.


Not to mention visits and workshops by HGTV stars Ty Pennington, Matt Muenster and Chris Tice.

Just leave a comment about what  part of the show you'd be the most excited to visit to enter.

PS: We have tickets too! So if you won you could totally go with us. :)

Photo Credit from: Wishbone Tiny Homes

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Where are all the floor pictures I was promised?

Man, ok, that's a valid question.

Here's the thing though....ever room is so close to looking 100% awesome that I don't want to post a 95% awesome picture.

So like, my office just needs a little bit here and a little bit there and some doors on the closet to be a, "Wow. What a transformation!"

And the bedroom just needs some pictures on the walls so it doesn't look like a monastery.

And the den just needs some furniture scooting.

And the kitchen, well the kitchen is running at about 75% done...not gonna lie about that.

It's hard for me to post a non-perfect picture.

Add to that back to school/work, the shed and siding projects in tandem, gorgeous summer weather, my phone dying with a hundred pictures on it, reading the entire Divergent series in one sitting and a million other tiny things and we're scooting and hanging at a slower rate.

Getting all of the floors in the entire house done at once is exactly like moving into your house all over again. Everything was in shambles and it's finally getting back to normal. We are trying to organize more and find "forever" homes for things. It's about as fun as it sounds.

So...instead of an's another, "before" to remind you of the bad old days.

With a three day weekend this weekend we're hoping to get some stuff done!