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I almost forgot that I started this post.  You won’t see one for July because I haven’t done NEARLY as much as I did in June…..does baking count?  LOL


Each summer, I challenge myself to do at least one project around the house per day.  It doesn’t have to be big….just has to accomplish SOMETHING.  I’m also a list person but have discovered that if I make a list of the things that NEED to be done in the summer….I find myself resisting and actually do less.  Weird, I know, but that’s me!  So I have decided to make a list of the things I’ve accomplished AFTER I do them.  It’s much  more rewarding that way!  Here’s a running tally of my lists since I was out of school, May 25 to the last day of June.

1.  Painted Bedroom walls, ceiling and trim (still need to paint doors)

2.  Purchased new bedroom furniture, including mattress (this took a LOT of shopping)

3.  Purchased new linens for new bed

4.  cleaned, painted and purged bedroom closet

5.  cleaned and purged the dresser and chest in the guest room and moved into my new furniture.

6.  cleaned and purged bathroom cabinet in preparation for new counter top

7.  purged tv cabinet, music case and book case in the living room

8.  assembled new tv cabinet

9.  installed new area rug in living room

10.  Helped disassemble the old Mr. Elm and cleaned up the mess after he was carted away.

11.  Balanced check book (had not been done since December…..used cancer as excuse…)

12.  knitted 1 scarf, 3 hats and finished a pair of mittens

13.  started cleaning garage

14.  walked/rode stationary bike 423.5 miles

15.  took a road trip to Iowa

16.  Took Parents to Dr. Appt.

17.  4 dr. appts of my own

18.  laid sod on new sewer line in the back yard.

19.  Did a bit of gardening

20.  Blogged

21.  washed all the winter scarves and hats

22.  Attempted to de-flea the animals (many baths, treatments and brushing….sigh…)

23.  Kept up the Etsy store.

24.  took lots of naps…

25.  Read a book

26.  Helped interview one of my new bosses.

27.  Watched and cheered for Thunder Basketball

28.  played with Kaylore and Karver and J. W.

29.  Ironed a basket of shirts (at least a dozen)

30.  Hemmed a dozen fabric napkins

31.  Stupidly agreed to serve on another choral directors board….sigh…when will I ever learn?!?!?!?!

32.  Spent a little time in the garden.

33. carted many bags of crap to the thrift store (and didn’t even go in to shop!)

34.  made breakfast for the nephews

35.  cleaned and purged linen closet

36.  Shredded 10 years of tax records.

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Remember this…..



Well…..It now looks like this….

Here’s all the things that happened in this room….

1.  Refinished 1958 wood floor (done by professionals)

2.  Painted walls, trim and ceiling (by me)

3.  New Furniture (Purchased after looking at every bedroom set in the city about 3 times)

4.  New Mattress, bedding and quilt (all purchased)

5.  New closet doors with mirrors (also installed by a professional)

6.  New Curtains and curtain rods (again…purchased)

7.  Purged LOTS of clothes and clutter (and it felt GREAT)

8.  Shoe Shelf (temporary fix….will be getting a bench that holds shoes to replace the shelf and chair)

9.  Created a new playground for the furry residents


Here are some things I need to finish….

1.  Paint doors….They are primed but the weather just go too hot to paint in the garage so when it finally cools down then I’ll finish that little job…

2.  Replace the shelf with the bench to hold shoes

3.  Replace the ceiling fan….It’s old and noisy….so I’ll be looking for a new one.

4.  Replace the door handles.  Some are original with the house some have been replaced but none match…It’s time for an update.


One day I needed some help so my friend Dawn came to help me position my furniture….That’s what BFFs do, right?



I LOVE my new cave!!  It’s more than just an updated room.  I think it represents the renewal and moving forward I needed after all the cancer crap.  The bulk of the work was done in 2 weeks (including the bathroom and couple of other minor projects).  I think I needed something new to prove to myself that everything was going to be alright again.  I am truly happy with my room and my life.  Thank you God!!!


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Whew!  Just writing these blogs is making me tired all over again!!!  But I think this was my favorite project because all I had to do was go shopping!!!  I had to choose the new countertop and faucet…..not a bad deal!

My bathroom was great….except for the countertop….


It is the original 1958 counter top and sink….and it’s been functional but far from appealing.

The formica used to have sparkly flecks….but all that plus more has been worn and scrubbed off through the years…

The sink was rusting and pieces were falling off…weekly….

Sooo….I jumped off the cliff and decided to do a new countertop in some sort of stone…

On the day of installation my go-to-guy came to do the demolition….

WHERE DID THAT WALLPAPER COME FROM?????  Ive never seen it and was glad I didn’t have to strip it off!!

But it was worth all the mess and waiting….


It’s Beautiful and I LOVE it!  It’s a man-made quartz that is almost indestructible.  It requires NO maintenance and is cleaned with something like 409.  We had a bit of drama with the faucet and I ended up with my 2nd choice…but it looks GREAT!!! and it will last much longer than my lifetime!


I’m a happy girl and my bathroom is complete!


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Just as I was beginning to get the bedroom underway, my Sony 27″, top-of-the-line-in-it’s-day TV finally gave up the ghost.  The picture had turned hour glass shaped and it was difficult to read the score of the Thunder games!  And it finally quit responding to my pounding on it to get the picture back to normal.  So….I upgraded….to current technology.



Once again, my fabulous nephew, Bryan, came and installed it for me!!!

I put the cabinet together….With a little help from Mr. Elroy….

I really LOVE it!  It has built-in Wifi so that when my Cox Cable contract expires in December, I can downgrade my service and subscribe to Netflix and maybe Hulu and save myself a ‘bundle’  LOLOL

Thanks Bryan and Mr. Elroy for helping me!!

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Each summer, I try to do something constructive/destructive to my house that will improve the living conditions or contribute to the ongoing purging project.  This year, it’s BIG!

This is my bedroom….

I LOVE my bedroom…it’s cozy, warm, cave-like and my escape to slumber land each night.  I’ve had the antique furniture, which is quite nice, for  25+ years and it has served me well.  It added to the coziness to the room.

But….about a month ago…..the light above my head turned on and said “IT’S TIME FOR AN UPDATE”…..and I had to agree.  The piece of carpeting I was using was old, stained and gross.  The wood floor, which is the original wood floor from when the house was built in 1958, still had the same 1958 finish and it too was stained and gross.  I checked the budget and decided to dive in head first.

I called my go-to-guy and we got started.

But during this process….I’ve been living like a hoarder.

Sleeping on the twin sized guest bed with only a small, narrow path to the bed. I’m limited on clothing because there are 2 sets of mattresses sharing the room and blocking the way to the dressers where my everyday clothes are stored.  Needless to say…I’ve done laundry often!  The antique furniture is in the garage, and my stuff is anywhere I can find a place for it to land.

My office has an even smaller trail….

And the Kitchen is packed as well….(sorry….some of these pics were taken hurriedly with my phone)

I’m looking forward to putting everything back in it’s place…and PURGING a LOT of the ‘stuff’.

Phase #1 –  paint the walls.

I settled on a nice “morrell” color. It’s actually a dark caramel or coffee with LOTS of creamer….and I love it!  (the big white stripe?  Well, when I painted the room green I stupidly hung an embossed/paintable wallpaper border….it was a really stupid idea) I hurriedly got it painted before they came to redo the floors.  During the floor process (do a step, wait a day, storm comes through, wait a day, do 8 steps, wait several days for drying) I….

finished the walls – 2 coats – same day….thought I was gonna die!!!!

painted the trim….(and yes, this is just the primer coat…..but the trim is almost white….

and the ceiling…(why I waited to do this last is beyond me!) no pics…but now it’s nice a clean and matches the trim.

Now the painting is done until the crown molding is installed and the quarter round is put down.  Then it’s just filling in nail holes and touching up the paint.  I still need to paint the doors but will do that after I get all the stuff out of the garage that belongs in my room.

Phase 2 – the floors – (mixed in with the painting….)

Before – (see what I  mean????  old and ratty looking!)

After the first initial sanding…These guys were GOOD!!!

Mr. Elroy doing his inspection….

final product is beautiful!!! (I think it’s still wet from the polyurethane but it shows the grain well!)

I’m SOOO excited and love the floors!!!

I’ll keep you updated as the room is put back together!

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