AHHHHH!! One of the things I will never be able to understand in this world is how fleeting time is. Truly. They weren’t lying when they said that the older you get….
Not to mention, it’s sad how much time I spend talking about time flying by. Hmmm, ponder that.
Monday, I start back for the 2017-2018 school year and I can’t believe it. I will be entering my 13th year teaching, can’t really believe that either.
But what I can believe is that I didn’t get my entire summer to do list done. BUT, I am very close! There will be a post coming in the next two weeks on the big window reveal…I think you’re gonna love it! I do!
Also, the new roof is coming. I am still really sad about losing the slate. But I am going to be making sometime special with some of the salvageable slate to connect it to the house.
There is also a surprise project that I threw on the list last minute (no wonder I am not done!!).
So, until all these little updates wrap up…check out my Etsy shop. Fall is right around the corner, which means…CROCHETING will be happening! Not to mention, Christmas is right around the corner.
As usual, months before I get a break from school, I start planning out what projects I am going to tackle. Nothing was different for Spring Break. Over break, the biggest project I wanted to get a handle on was the upstairs hallway.
I have officially done nothing upstairs. Primarily because I literally didn’t know where to start. It just seems like an endless stream of work up there.
But I knew I needed to. I also knew that once I did, I would feel much better.
So, I start planning and hit Pinterest hard for some inspiration.
I first fell in love with this idea.
But I also loved this.
So, I was faced with the challenge of combining these two concepts with colors that I wanted. I have been trying to put up a picture rail in every room I have done, so I was so excited when I realized I could make the whole hallway upstairs a bit of a gallery with the two tone paint.
Here we go!
First was dealing with the challenges of painting on steps. I needed scaffolding. Do you think we could find the community scaffolding between the 3 houses that make up the “community”?
Well, not until about 2 weeks after I was done. Thanks J-Town for that text.
But being the resourceful girl that I am, I managed to make it work!
The one thing I always under estimate in a project is the repair work. Especially in this old house. I mean, let’s be honest, you could literally repair forever…and never get it perfect. But I decided a long time ago, that I didn’t want it perfect. I want the house to look nice and that it has been loved, but it’s scars….they are a part of it’s history. So, I like the imperfections…plus, I don’t have that kind of patience.
In my head, I knew I wanted to go for more “period” colors, vibrant, strong and bold. I knew I wanted to have a dark brown picture rail and that I wanted to be able to use the hallways as a gallery of sorts for all kinds of fun stuff. So, with all of that in mind, I put together my palette of colors and got started. I have to admit, when I first started I was super excited. As I continued, I became progressively more and more nervous.
By the end of the work…I was flat out scared. I even tried painting the runs of the steps, thinking it would help. I couldn’t even bring myself to put a second coat of teal on to cover the patch work. But knowing how much work had been invested, I decided to live with it for a few days before I made the final call.
Three days later, I couldn’t handle it anymore. I tried to tell myself that once the picture rail was installed, it would be ok. But it wouldn’t. I literally could not handle it.
It was the Sunday before I went back to school and I was back at Home Depot that morning buying more paint.
I cried to Momma D. I had never been that off in color selection. Granted, I have been getting more risky in my old age, but all of them always turn out so cool.
Not this time.
So much teal that it almost caused a negative physical reaction.
So, I ended up staying the same color family as the ceiling, just a few shades lighter. I have to say, I love it a lot more! Plus, the neutral wall will work a lot better to use the hallways as a gallery. I still got my teal steps…which makes my heart happy. So, now that I have been living with it for a month, it’s time to finish the rest of the hallway.
Did I mention that the hallway is really big?
One month until Summer Break….no worries, the planning is in full swing! Lots of things hopefully will be getting done. That is unless I decide to spend the summer swinging in the hammock.
So, I haven’t died. But it is the holiday season. Between preparing for the holidays, making stuff and working on the house, every minute seems to just evaporate. It’s unbelievable!
Since I moved into the house, I have been researching and reading a lot about interior storm windows and what to do with these old windows of mine. Primarily since last winter when I took this video and realized that I might have an issue with some of the windows in the house. Or I had a real poweful ghost. No wonder the orchid died.
Shockingly, the most common advice to owners of historic homes to KEEP the original windows whenever possible!!! I know, it seems odd. But many research studies have been done that with proper repairs and use of storm windows, the original windows can be just as efficient as a modern thermopane. Not to mention, you get to continue to enjoy the beauty of the historic window and not add to your carbon footprint by throwing the old ones away. After I decided that I wanted to try to save the windows, I found this AMAZING company called Indow Window and I was blown away!
I fell in love. Head over heels.
They will build a custom fit interior storm window for your historic homes. They even have a design that will reduce sound by 76% in your home! Sign me up!! But then they came back to me with a quote and needless to say, the sound proofing version I was interested in came back at $500 a window. So, yep…slightly out of my current budget.
This let me to digging around…and I found so many people who were in similar situations! After lots of searching, this was what I liked the best.
With their video as a guide, I started making my own storm windows about 6 weeks ago. I have been working on them here and there and I am proud to say the entire downstairs is done. Which means, only 15 more windows to go! lol!
So, my process….
Because I am such an awesome planner, when I went to Lowe’s, I was so excited about starting this project that I purchased a ton of material and then realized that I had to figure out how to fit in my poor little car.
No worries! I was able to shift and drive safely!
Once home, I set up and started to work out the template I wanted to use. I have access to all of the fun tools they used in the video, but not at my house. So, I modified the frames to the tools that I had accessible.
I initially set up and was working on them outside, but it has definitely gotten chilly enough that I had to move the factory line into the Girl Cave.
The process goes like this.
I build the wood frames. Apply the pull tabs. Line the edge with the weather proofing foam. Once I finish those steps, I take the frame to the actual window and fit it in. Then once it’s in place, I apply the plastic to the frame and finish trimming it out the plastic and using the hair dryer on it.
I have to say that so far, I really am impressed with them. They take a minimal amount of time and they are a fairly low-cost project. Since one of the goals of them is to be reusable, hopefully, they will buy me enough time until I can get the fancy ones. I even feel like they help muffle the sound from the road. Which makes me feel very optimistic when I can get to the point of putting the Indow Windows or something similar in.
So, for those of you looking to amp up the weather proofing in your home, you might want to consider this project! There are tons of videos and articles on windows! I will keep you posted on my utility bills for the future and if I see an improvement!
Bet you’re worried this is going to be a politcal soapbox rant.
No worries, nothing nearly that serious is going to occur here today!
It’s a guy rant soapbox. More specifically a dating soapbox rant.
What the hell is wrong with people???
I had a date on Friday night. Another winner.
First of all, the dude was late. Because he was getting dinner out of the oven for his 19 & 23-year-old.
Oh, hi umbilical cord….
Amway. He’s late. That didn’t earn you any brownie points dude.
So, we meet at this dive of all dive bars. Now, don’t get me wrong…I LOVE a good dive bar. Great people watching. But it’s hard to people watch, when you are the only two customers in the joint. Meaning, it put a lot of pressure on the dude to keep me entertained. Good luck with that. I am the queen of ADHD moments.
Within the first 5 minutes of the conversation, he rolls this line out.
“So, never married and no kids, what’s the red flag with that???”
I keep meeting jerks like you.
I mean COME ON!!! Since WHEN should that be ok to verablize on a first date (if ever)? What if I had had fertility issues? What if I had been with a partner and something had happened to them? Here’s a shocker….what IF…just IF….that wasn’t something that mattered to me in life? What if it didn’t matter to me that I SHOULD be married by some societal standard???
So, does this mean he doesn’t have red flags???? I mean, hey glass house…might want to watch where you’re throwing those rocks! He divorced after 25 years…and his reasoning was because she never wanted to go out and was a homebody.
Well, let me just stop you there darling. You just met the wrong girl. There is NOTHING I love more (especially this time of year) than a chill night on the couch with my Netflix account.
Regardless. If I didn’t have a fresh beer, I would have bailed. But I went to Ohio University, it’s ingrained in my brain not to commit such alcohol atrocities.
As the conversation continued to roll on, it seemed to level out. It was at least pleasant.
Now, I left out a pretty decent detail. I was highly overdressed for this place. I wore the dress that I had worn to school with tall black boots. This is important, because it led to the conversation about laundry. He asked if I hadn’t had time to change before the date. I simply stated that I had no desire to do more laundry.
I hope you’re all sitting down.
He looks at me like I have just sprouted green warts all over my face and states, “You only wear your clothes once before you wash them???”
Yes. I know. It’s horrific. I like to be clean, not smell and for the most part not spread the toxic germs I carry on my clothes from school to those I love more than absolutely necessary!
I politely responded that, yes, as a matter of fact I do a lot of laundry. Between my clothes, dog laundry…etc..
Now, mind you….he has a dog. A lab.
“My dog has a blanket, I don’t think I have ever washed it.”
Damn, another fresh beer. Damn drinking morals.
Let me get this straight…no, I can’t actually. I have to stop. Because I literally can visualize and even smell what not only the blanket looks like, but for that matter…I have a good idea about your home now. It’s too much. Even for my imagination. Minus more brownie points…
We were reaching the end of the evening and I politely turned the 3rd beer into a Diet Coke (which I could easily take with me…in a panicked rush out the door!) and wrapped this event up.
Time for the most dreadful part of the evening. The departure. Ugh. They are painful. Do you hug? Do you shake hands? How do you send enough body language to a dense lug that you have no interest in being mouth raped?
Yep, apparently I didn’t send enough clear body language that I wasn’t interested in a make out session. Plus, I am learning a few details about myself. I really need to be more secure in myself to tell these boys to go fly a kite and walk away.
I awkwardly got through the thing and quickly jumped in the car and fled. I actually laughed the entire way home and the idiocy of what I am doing to myself by trying to date. So, there is the silver lining…it’s all comical to say the least! Plus, it offers great blog topics!
Ok, soapbox rant done for the moment.
So, is dating. I am crawling back into my proverbial hole and hibernating for a bit. I’ll be back…but I need a break from the lunacy. Plus, there are project patiently waiting for me. This weekend, trying to make some interior storm windows. More on that later!
Peace out peeps!
Just a friendly update. Since I am STILL tinkering with online dating…. I got this message this morning.
I was tempted to respond with a link of this particular blog post. However, I am not sure he would appreciate he would humor in it quite the way I did.
So, how is everyone on this gorgeous Saturday morning?
Last weekend, I hosted another painting class at the house…and oh we are starting to have so much fun!
I think I have found my niche!
So, when I started the classes, I wanted to do a variety of classes and I can’t say that I still won’t. But the masses have spoken.
They like to paint.
So, now when it comes to the painting classes, I basically let everyone tell me what THEY would like to paint! That way, I know for certain, that they are taking something home with them that they will LOVE!
I have got to tell you…I love how creative and talented everyone is! It’s so exciting to see everyone work and encouraging each other to make such wonderful things!
Not to mention, everyone gets to serious and into it!
Next class up…we will be painting on glass! Check out the Facebook event if you’re local and are interested!
Oh and memories…One year ago this weekend was the Open House party at the house!
So, this week, I celebrated the 1 year anniversary of living in the house. Trust me, my Facebook newsfeed has been blowing up daily.
I can remember all of those feelings of that naive girl from a year ago.
So much enthusiasm. So much fear. So much cluelessness.
That isn’t even a word, but you know what I mean.
I was leaving a home that I LOVED and tackling this beast of a century home. Some thought I was crazy (some still do). Some couldn’t imagine what would possess me (I still wonder myself). Some thought it was the coolest thing EVER (Momma D…that’s you!).
But regardless, one year later, I am still here. Standing. Even better…so is the house!
So, I would like to dedicate this post to the journey. Some before and after pics. A quick recap. Because frankly, reminding myself of the progress is sometimes the only thing that keeps me going!
Obviously, one of the biggest changes to the house was the entrance from the driveway.
It’s really hard to get a good feel…but oh the changes! The entrance way, the gutters are gone, the tree is gone! Still needs a lot done, but definitely working on shining the old beauty up!
The pumpkin is about the only thing that is the same. Of course, that cute chick is still around too!
For some reason, as I think back, I don’t feel like I really shared a lot of the work that was done in the back. Maybe one snow day, I’ll catch up on this project!
So, for everyone has been watching and reading along the year…thanks. You may not realize it, but the support is wonderful!
Here’s to one more year! I hope to post more and I hope you enjoy this journey as much as I do!
This week, we poured the final portions of concrete to make the landing “pad” at the bottom of the steps. We also started the repair work on the one step that had suffered so much water damage that it had actually turned back into sand.
Last Sunday, we had another work day at the house. Mr. T, Dad and I all got to play in concrete! **I swear that I work on these projects…I just been voted official documentation person…so sometimes it’s hard to document myself!**
You can see from this angle, that second step down that was so damaged. We were able to concrete in a cap to help close the distance between the steps! It’s still not finished out at this point, but it will be in 2017.
I started this blog post LAST WEEK!!! This is embarrassing that sometimes accomplishing the little things can feel like climbing Mr. Everest!
The reason I am pointing this out is…
We have been living in torrential rain all week long. Which translates to this, all of the improvements are WORKING!! The basement is dry!!! The drain is working. The gutters are working. The french drain is working! It’s a BEAUTIFUL day in rainy Ohio when this happens in my world!
So, tomorrow…last work day for this project is scheduled. We are planning on building the door frame and door. I will be working on dragging the rest of the crap that has been down there out and covering that drain. All said and done…one step closer to a decent, not scary, functioning old basement! YES!!!
By next year….my basement entrance will be as cool as this!
I even have the matching yellow hose!
Next week, painting class!!! So….lots happening this week. Meaning…probably not gonna blog. (if you’re local and interested, click here!)
I just like to keep it real around here!
Oh, and I finally did it this week! I pulled the cranky yellow horse out of semi-retirement! For your viewing enjoyment!
Well, I bet you were starting to think I had kicked back and was reading a book, enjoying a nice cup of tea.
Progress has still be occurring.
So, big news. Garden 2.0 has been started for 2017. I know. I am nuts. After holding a board meeting, the board (mom) and I decided that it would be best to expand. Now, this does not necessarily mean I will be planting MORE. But it does mean that I will be giving myself more room between plants to work.
Which really means, I’ll be giving the weeds LOTS of extra space!
However, I am really excited about the expansion. My compost bin will now be within the parameters of the garden. I will…of course…be adding a couple of new plants. Overall, I think it will just give me a lot more room to enjoy!
In other news….the grapevines!!!!
One of the most exciting things I found when I moved in last fall was the grapevines.
They are very overgrown and a big bushy mess…but they did produce grapes! I was a little late in picking them, but I was still able to get enough gathered to make some AMAZING grape jelly!
I am going to skip all the pictures in the middle (mostly because I didn’t take that many…lol!). But I will say this, I now believe that I will never be able to enjoy store bought grape jelly again!
It was definitely a labor of love….but oh my.
So. Worth. It.
Wrapping up this crazy weekend was a BIG day at the house!
We had a work day scheduled with Mr. T and Dad anyway (I’ll be posting an update on the storm cellar soon….we are on the home stretch!) But then I was able to get someone down to come down and take the gutters off. Plans are also in the works for what the new roof is going to be and possible window upgrades! Thing LONG TERM…but it’s nice to know the options…especially in regards to the windows.
So, before an after! The falling apart gutters and dilapidated gutters are GONE!! I know it doesn’t seem like much, but it’s one baby step to the entire process of bringing this house back.
Mr. T thinks she’s sexy.
I think she’s getting sexier the more we get down to the basics. I literally CAN NOT wait to get all of the trim cleaned up and painting white again.
This is going to be a very long and slow process…but little milestones like today keep me hopeful!
In the last 48 hours here in Ohio, I have felt the first signs of Fall. The crispness in the air, the golden leaves laying on the grass, the first head cold of the season, the snakes moving into the dining room…
So, last night, I slept almost 9 hours. Whether it was because it was finally perfect sleeping weather or the fact that I was literally exhausted, it was wonderful!
Last Sunday, I hosted a great mini-pallet painting class at the house. I really can’t express to anyone, besides my ever-patient mother, how stressful having the classes can be. Between prepping for the class, cleaning house, making food and then teaching….there are MANY moments I wonder if it is worth it.
But then, everyone shows up, the laughter begins, the creativity starts and it’s just wonderful to see everyone have so much fun making things!
With being back to school for the last couple of weeks, prepping for the class was even more challenging! But, it all got done and I think they turned out great!
I started by cutting apart pallets to make these mini-pallet canvases to paint. It was a labor of love to say the least. But just like everything else, once I got the first few made, they were pretty easy to put together.
After a few solid hours working in the new and improved Girl Cave, I was well on my way to being ready for class.
Now, for the heart attack of this story.
At the time I was wrapping up, it was about 10 pm. I headed in the house determined to knock one or two more things off of my To Do list. So, I quickly decided I would water the plants (sometimes remembering to do that can be harder than you think!). Got my watering can, headed into the dining room.
To find this bastard. **Warning…there is one cuss word.**
So, needless to say, after beating the poor thing to death with a flip flop. I called it a day! lol!
Anyway, back to the class. Everyone did an amazing job! It was the first time that I offered for everyone to make something they would prefer (instead of me selecting the theme). It was great! Plus, this way, I knew for sure that everyone would be able to take home something they would really enjoy to have in their home.
Although I like to pretend my dining room is more formal and fancy…I love seeing it covered with creativity.
Now, you’re probably wondering why it’s so dark? Because not only was it one of the hottest days of the summer (and there have been PLENTY) but we lost power after a storm rolled through.
These women were such troopers. It was sticky and hot and dark. They were rock stars!
Just look at what we made!
Because of the loss of power, I wasn’t able to get a group picture…but here are some of the other gems!
Plus, this darling! She had a bonus day…she even lost a tooth while she was at class!
She also won the award for the most paintbrushes used.
Overall, I couldn’t be happier.
No worries, I have already started planning the next class. Not to mention, I still have people interested in doing another pallet class…so it looks like the work will go on!
More to come…
Fall wrap up is on full swing…so be patient with my lack of blogging. I am sure by the time December rolls around, I’ll be driving you crazy again with all of my random thoughts on life.