Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Ice Storm That Wasn't

I woke up to another dark, gloomy morning.  The sun has only made brief appearances in the last several days.  The only bright spots in the gray world outside my door are the cardinals looking for a spot at the feeder. 

We've had a little much needed rain, but the big ice storm that was predicted for last Friday through the weekend didn't least not in my county.  Schools and other businesses had announced that they were closing ahead of the predicted storm.  

I had gotten enough groceries to last the duration in case the power was out.  And then my daughter said I should come stay at her house because she has a fireplace and a gas heater in the basement that would keep us warm if the power indeed went out for any length of time.  Hubby stayed at home because we knew he would likely be called to work if said power outages occurred.

We stayed up late Friday night listening to the trucks going up and down the highway salting the roads.  The ice didn't make a showing.  The weatherman then said it would move in Saturday for sure.  We listened as the trucks kept up the salting...up and down the highway they went.  All for naught. 

Ditto Sunday.  It would surely arrive sometime Sunday, they said.  No, it didn't.  Churches had announced the day before that they were cancelling services.     

The squirrel, who is living in the tree beside her house, stuck his head out a few times and barked at us when we opened the door to look for the ice that we didn't get.

The trucks finally stopped making their rounds...hope they have enough salt left for the next storm!  Hubby had been stopping in for meals and would go back home to nap in anticipation of working long hours.  But Sunday, after a nice weekend visit with my daughter, I packed my overnight bag and went back home with him.

We only had a little glaze of ice one morning, but not enough to keep folks from getting out.  Kim and I had a good chuckle while watching the news and the weather girl was standing along a busy street in the Big Town while talking about the ice storm.  The cars were just whizzing up and down the highway behind her...a sure indication that the roads were quite clear.  It struck us as funny.  

We were quite happy that the predicted ice storm didn't pan out, but winter is a long way from being over.  Anything is possible.  Even 60 plus degrees that is expected this weekend!

What is happening in your part of the world?

xo Cheryl 

Friday, January 13, 2017

I'm As Ready As I Can Be

Stormy wanted to play today, but I was busy with laundry, vacuuming, and all the jobs that require electricity.  We are supposed to have an ice storm moving in.  And that means a possibility of the electric going out.   

Schools have already canceled Friday's classes including the University of Missouri campus.  My daughter cancelled at her early learning center and our son said he was working from home.  BG is a rural electric lineman so he will have to work until any loss of power is restored.  Did you know that just a quarter of an inch of ice adds an extra 500 pounds to a power line?  

I went to the grocery store Wednesday and stocked up on some essential items.  What?  Ice cream isn't essential?  Of course it is.  Especially if it's Rocky Road ice cream.  ☺  Brownies will be made before the ice arrives.  I have sandwich fixings and chips.  So, if the power goes out for a few days and I'm not able to cook, I won't get hungry. 

I must admit that ice makes me nervous for a number of reasons.  And being without electricity means no internet!  Oh, what will I do?  Well, I just happen to have a stack of unread books, so I'm set.  Now I'm off to gather up some candles and get the flashlights out.

Stay safe and warm...and have a nice weekend!

xo Cheryl

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Just In Case

~this photo was taken in December, 2013~

Our dear weatherman is already forecasting ice for our area beginning on Friday.  I hope they are wrong, as they frequently are.  I know it's January and we can expect wintry weather, but ice is something I'm very afraid of since I broke my ankle so severely many years ago after falling on it.  

The trees in the photo above are covered in hoarfrost, but it looked icy to me when I was searching for a pic in my folders.  I haven't used my camera much lately.  It's been so bitterly cold that I didn't want to step outside.  A little warming trend ahead of the predicted ice has begun which we are happy to have.

Since it will be warmer for a few days, it is time for me to get out of the house and head to the grocery store to pick up some essentials.  Like bread, it seems like I've run out.  I found that out when I wanted to make myself a sandwich yesterday with the bacon left over from Sunday's breakfast.  And couldn't.  Bummer.

With the bad weather supposedly coming, the stores will be busy the next few days.  Everyone seems to stock up in case we have a blizzard or ice and can't get out for days and days.  My cupboards are pretty well stocked, but I do need a few things such as bread, eggs and fresh produce.  That's one half of my pantry in the photo, they need a good cleaning out.  I'm sure I have a few items that have expired. 

I'm hungry for something and I haven't yet decided what that is.  Does that ever happen to you?  It's not something sweet.  Maybe it's just a plain ole cheeseburger.  Yes, that does sound good!  I'm putting hamburger and buns on my list.  What is your must-have food item to have on hand?     

Happy Tuesday!
xo Cheryl 

Friday, January 6, 2017

My Week...

Oh, what a night it was.

Do you ever have any sleepless nights?  You know, then, how it makes you feel the next day or two.  Tired, groggy, and just plain out of it, right?  

My week started off fairly well.  I spent a large part of the day Tuesday trying to find all the photos on my cantankerous laptop for my Before And After post of the work we did on Kim's house.

The next day, Wednesday, I did notice that my head was beginning to feel a bit full, but I braved the bitter cold and headed to CoMo to pick up daughter's payroll for her and exchange some drapes she had bought at Bed, Bath and Beyond, plus get a few needed items for myself.

Speaking of the panel was 2 inches longer than the other and when hung side by side you could tell that even the colors weren't the same!  And they were supposed to be exactly alike!

Fast forward to Wednesday night...daughter cooked another delicious meal for us since I'd run errands for her.  During the meal, I started feeling light-headed.  Soon, I had to have help to go sit on the sofa.  I was getting very dizzy.  I tried to lay down, but that made it worse.

After a while, BG helped me into the car and I took some Sudafed as soon as we got home and then went straight to the recliner where I stayed the whole night. 

I was afraid of lying down as I'd once had labyrinthitis and it kept me in bed for a whole month.  Never want that ever again!  I couldn't even get up to go to the bathroom and believe me, bedpans are no fun.  Especially when you are home alone while hubby is at work. 

Will this night ever end?
~An old joke:  Will you take my bags?  I can't, they're attached to your eyes.~
I thought this hilarious when I was young, until I started getting them.

So, there I am trying to sleep and once after dozing off...THUD!...a kitty jumped upon me and kneaded my tummy before lying down for a nice long nap.  Lucky kitty.  To still be alive.  ha!

I didn't sleep, only dozed a very few times.  Each of the kitties took turns sleeping on me, even Sissy who never, ever gets on anyone's lap.  Maybe she thought I needed comforting because I'm sure I must have groaned a few times...and probably muttered a bad word or two while impatiently waiting for the dizziness to ease up.  

As dawn broke yesterday morning, I was feeling better and able to walk to the bathroom unassisted.  Which was a good thing, because BG had bailed out of the house early to go to work after checking to see if I was still alive.  He doesn't do sickness very well.  When he is sick, he heads down to the man cave and you never see him again until he is very hungry.

I discovered that I was hungry for something to eat, so I decided to have an egg for breakfast.  Which butterfingered me dropped on the floor before I could crack it open to put in the pan.  Which required me to bend over to clean up the mess.  Whew!  I passed the first test because I got it done without getting dizzy.

Then, it seemed like whatever bug I had must have hit some of the kitties because I found 2 messes to clean up from them losing their breakfast.  Serves them right for pestering me through the night...ha!  More bending over for the cleanup, but thankfully no dizziness.

Today, I am still spending quite a bit of time in the recliner as my head still feels a bit yucky and I'm just plain lazy tired for some reason.  The Christmas trees and decor will have to wait until tomorrow to be put away, so I get to enjoy the pretty lights another night.

Exciting post, huh?  LOL!  I hope your start to the New Year has been better than mine!  I'm behind on visiting, but I'll get by as soon as I can.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

xo Cheryl

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Before and After

It's hard to believe that this is the same house we bought 2 years ago!  I walk in and look around and say "wow", even if we did do most of the work ourselves.  My daughter did a terrific job decorating, too.  Before, I get into the many before and afters that I promised to show, I have to say a word or two about our memorable Christmas.  

The tree above is one of several in my daughter's home.  We barely got finished in time for her to move in, but she is fast and had already planned where everything would go and had her Christmas decor ready to put together.  We had our traditional pizza at her home Christmas Eve and opened her gifts there and then went to our house to exchange more gifts and watch a movie and play card games.  Christmas Day was spent at home and I fixed a brisket, potatoes, corn in the Crock-pot, salad, rolls and a couple of pies.  We watched another movie and played more cards. 

In spite of everyone either sick, recovering from being sick or being very tired, we still had a wonderful Christmas!  Yes, I did get what laid BG low for a week just before Christmas.  Fortunately, I recovered just in time to finish up everything.  Our son was battling a virus when he came in, but he was able to stay with us for a few days and it was great to have him at home.  He was feeling much better by the time he went back to KC.

I still have my 2 trees and will keep them up until the 6th at least since I didn't get them up and decorated as early as I usually do.  My house always looks so bare when I take them down.  Now, on to the photo overload....ha!  Yes, I have a lot of photos.  But, I'll try to keep the words to a minimum.  Here we go....

Living Room - Before
Check out the hearth, ugh!  The tile was covered
and the sides were surrounded with oak.
 Living Room - After

 Another LR - After

Kitchen - Before 
We took out the w/d hookups and redid the
wall.  The deck outside was redone.

 Kitchen wall - After
(Ignore my purse hanging on the chair!)

 Another Kitchen After
We had to piece in the hardwood
flooring where they had a thick threshold covering 
a place where they must have taken out a wall.  You can
see it in the lower right of the photo.

 Another Kitchen After  
Kim fixed supper that night for us.
Hallway - Before 
We took out the floor register
and replaced with oak hardwood flooring.

Hall - After
There is another hallway leading
to the basement stairs, you can see a glimpse of 
the hall beyond leading to the basement door.  We
also put in a new attic access at the end of this hall
instead of having it in a bedroom closet.

Bedroom No. 1 - Before
This room wasn't in such bad shape until we had to
tear out walls for the rewiring.  The door goes out
to the spare room that is at the end of the deck.  That
room is still to be finished and it will be Kim's office.

Walls had to be taken out in some of the rooms in
order to see where old wires went and replace them with
new.  This is in the alcove in bedroom No. 1.

Bedroom No. 1 - After
The wall behind the bed is painted a dark blue as seen
in the mirror.  Kim plans to make a planked headboard for the 
wall behind her bed.  The star is a Christmas gift to be hung on
the deck wall.

   Bathroom - Before

Bathroom - After
Everything was replaced in this room and the stool
moved across the way making a bit more room.

Another Bathroom After
That is a closet to the left of the vanity.  

Bedroom No. 2 - Before
This room didn't need a lot done to it until some
of the walls had to have holes cut out to find/run wires.
Hardwood floors in all rooms were stripped and 

Bedroom No. 2 - After

Another Bedroom No. 2 After

Deck - Before

Deck - After
Since this photo was taken the middle of last year,
some of the soffits were replaced, power washing was
done on the concrete and the steps have been painted.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour of what I've been calling The Project now known as Kim's house since she is renting it now.  At times it seemed like we would never get finished.  And, it's really not completely finished.  The spare room will get finished soon, I hope, but it's very livable until then.  The basement was gutted and needs to be redone.  Painting outside still needs to be done, too.  

Kim still has wall decor to hang, drapes to purchase and many other little things to get to complete her new home, but she's moved in and loves it.  She already has had friends in and they love it, too. 

Now on to other projects.  First up...a few books to read while I rest up.  Then I have some rooms I want to redo here.  And dare I say it?  Purging.  It seems that many are talking about it now.  Something I desperately need to do!  We'll see how it goes.  How about you?  Any big projects coming up this year?

Happy Wednesday to you!
xo Cheryl

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy 2017!

It's hard to believe that 2016 has come to an end.  It
only seems like a short time ago we were all anxious
about Y2K...2000!  Now here we are at 2017.

Last year was a very good year, all things considered.   
We have many blessings for which we are truly grateful.  

Lots of work got done on our Project last year and
I will have some before and after photos to share 
in my next post.

Do you have resolutions for this new year?
I quit making New Year's resolutions a long time ago.
I figure that I'll never get through all those stacks of
magazines.  Nor will I stick with an exercise program
and drink only water.  And I'm pretty sure that I'll
never say no to chocolate.

I do hope to do better with my blogging this year.
It was a busy year so blogging kind of fell by the wayside.  
Losing my blogroll didn't help.  I started a new 
one but I still feel as if I'm missing some folks.  If you
 are one of them, please let me know!

Here's wishing you the very best year ever!
Happy New Year!


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

From my home to yours....

and wishing you a very Merry Christmas
filled with love, peace and joy!

Thank you for gifting me with your visits
and friendship this year.  I appreciate and love
each of you!

Love, Cheryl
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Ten More Days!

Hello!  Anyone still there?  Or are you busy shopping, wrapping and baking?  Maybe you are finished with all of that and sipping on a mug of hot chocolate listening to nice music in front of a cozy fire.   

This Christmas is approaching faster than any other Christmas in recent memory and I still have much to do.  But that's okay.  Really.  Everything that is important always manages to get done and I am not going to stress about anything.  Never mind that the cards are still to be sent, gifts still need to be bought and wrapped.  But, the trees are up and the house is as decorated as it's going to be. 

I love Christmas!  It is a most special season as we celebrate our Savior's birth.       

Ever since my kids were young, they have gotten a box of chocolate-covered cherries for one of their Christmas gifts.  It is a tradition that I continue today.  My daughter loves them, my son probably not so much but it wouldn't be Christmas if they didn't get them!  😊

Our daughter is mostly moved into her new home.  She is so excited and while there are still a few things to tweak, the main things are moved in and done.  Drapes, curtains and such are still to be chosen.  She's already rearranged the living room furniture.  The drapes/curtains will be pondered while she decides on the right colors.   

I got out my sewing machine, which has been in storage for years, to make her a couple of panels for her bathroom window.  It is over the tub so she bought a fabric shower curtain that can be used for a liner, so I cut out the panels and stitched up the sides and made a pocket for the tension rod to go through.  

I found out that sewing is like riding a bicycle.  You never forget!  I got out the instruction book in case I'd forgotten how to thread the machine, but didn't need it. 

BG has been under the weather the past few days and now I feel like I'm catching what he has.  That might hinder my plans somewhat.  I want to go to the Amish country to get some Christmas candy and a couple of pies for Christmas.  It's a fun little side trip that I can make on my way to CoMo where I'll do my shopping.  

I've decided to change my menu this year.  Me, who never wavers from tradition!  Will the earth stop turning?  Lol!  Instead of another turkey dinner...wasn't it just a few days ago that we had one of those?...I am planning to get a brisket and fixing a potato dish with a garden salad and rolls.  Maybe another dish or two as well and that will be plenty.

What is on your menu this Christmas?  Are you much further along in your preparations than I am?  Wishing you the very best this beautiful season!  Take care, stay warm and stay well!

Happy Thursday to you!
xo Cheryl

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Some Good News...

Are you ready for Christmas?  Tree up?  This year, I'm about as far behind as I've ever been in regard to the trees and decorating.  It's been quite a week or so and it will be busy for the rest of this week and through the weekend. 
Thanks to all for your well wishes concerning my vertigo flareup.  It lasted longer than I wanted, but it's now subsided for the most part.  I was still able to drive and do a few things at the other house.  I was even able to paint most of one bedroom the other day, except for around the ceiling which BG finished for me. 

Yesterday, I had my last appointment this year with the chiropractor.  It seems weird to say that.  Isn't it unreal that this year is about over?  Or is it just me?  Anyway, the visits have helped but he told me that I need to drink more water and that some of my problems are due to arthritis.  He really is an advocate for healthy eating and drinking mostly just water.  That is a hard one for me as my water intake is usually flavored with tea and I like my cola too much.  He thinks I may be getting dehydrated thus causing some of the pain.
Another thing on the agenda yesterday was meeting the delivery men at the other house.  They delivered the sofa that daughter Kim had decided on for her new home.  I love it and it goes really well with the paint color she chose for her walls.  She may want to move it under the larger window.  

Good News!!  I am super-excited to be able to announce that the work in the attic is now finished.  BG is even more excited as he's the one crawling around up there on the rafters trying to find the old wire and run the new.  There is still some wiring to do downstairs, but it will be run up to the breaker box and the walls have been torn out down there, so it should be a piece of cake compared to what he's had to do so far.

And more good news!  Our daughter is planning to move into her new digs this weekend.  We have a few odds and ends to finish up there, but enough is done that she can move most of her stuff.  At least the essentials.  So, from this day forth, The Project will be called Kim's house.  It will soon cease to be an ongoing project, although is any house ever really done?  My house needs some work when we get around to it.  We still haven't redone our basement and eventually we'll get Kim's basement finished, too.

We've had many late nights working at Kim's house, as BG would work a few hours after he came home from his job and Kim would do likewise.  Often, I would meet them there after fixing a meal that could keep until they were ready to eat it.  Last night I put a roast with potatoes and carrots in the oven, and served a tossed salad and rolls with it.  My easy-to-fix roast is one that a friend gave me when I was first married and didn't know beans about cooking.  It's never failed me.  All I do is put a chuck or arm roast in the middle of a big sheet of aluminum foil which I place in a 9x13 pan.  Then I place peeled potatoes and carrots around it and salt and pepper all.  I add a wee bit of water, seal the aluminum foil and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for around 3 hours.  Yum!
For now, a post once a week is all I'm going to try to do.  I do apologize for not being able to visit and comment as I'd like.  I have missed reading what everyone is up to and hope to be by to catch up soon! 

Happy Thursday to you!
xo Cheryl 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Odds and Ends...

Do you have your tree up and the house all decked out for Christmas?  I just took down all the fall decor, so I'm ready to get the trees and the totes out and begin making it look Christmasy around here.  

I've been dealing with vertigo issues since just before Thanksgiving, so I haven't been online much as reading and scrolling pages makes the dizziness worse.  Until this passes, I'm reusing an old Christmas header for my blog from a couple of years ago.  Looking for photos to make a new one just wasn't going very well.  I'm still able to do a lot of things, but I just have to be careful not to look up or turn my head a certain way.  The smell of paint and varnish at The Project hasn't helped, either.

Here's the big guy, aka BG, finishing up the ceiling.  He insulated the floor under the spare room that is on the end of the deck at the rental house.  I tried to help with holding one end of the plywood up, but not being able to look up very well, I wasn't much help.  He came up with the idea to nail up the board and then he could slide the plywood through.  

The insulation will make a huge difference in keeping this room warm.   It is the last room to finish before our daughter moves in.  Hopefully in the next week or two at the most. 

The other rooms have a few little odds and ends to finish and one needs painting which my daughter will do this weekend.  I will help her if my head feels better by then. 

I'm the general go-fer for supplies for the remodeling project and Menards is my main home improvement stop.  The Christmas section always catches my attention and I love to wonder through the many trees on display.  It's a little bit of a stretch, but I can pretend that I'm at SDC in Branson.  😊 

Did you have a nice Thanksgiving?  Even though my table isn't nearly as crowded as it once was, we had a very nice day with our children.  I cut back on the dishes this year...what? no corn or green beans?...and had turkey, which was delicious, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, garden salad, rolls, and I just had to have my scalloped oysters, too.  Pecan and cherry pies for dessert plus a cherry delight that a friend sent over. 

The only thing bad about it all is that it's all gone!  Well, I do have the carcass and turkey scraps to make soup with in the freezer.  That will be good on a very cold day and it sounds like the entire USA is in for some very cold weather this winter.  

🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄

Hubby is taking a vacation day tomorrow to hopefully finish up his work in the attic.  Below is a photo I took of one section of the attic.  I don't know how he can find anything in all that loose insulation.  By the way, the insulation doesn't have asbestos in it.  The only asbestos in this house are a few tiles in the basement that are stuck down tight and we have put a sealer over them and will cover them with carpet.

Remember the room I showed a few posts ago and the walls had been mostly removed so the wiring could be gotten to?   The walls have now been put back together and are awaiting paint.

The kitchen is mostly finished except for moving in the electric range and putting in the new sink and faucet once we're through cleaning paint brushes, etc., there.  And a thorough cleaning inside the cabinetry needs to be done.  Also a few outlet covers need to be put on.   Please ignore the clutter you can see out the door on the upper deck, the stuff just seems to keep multiplying!

We're hoping that our daughter will get to move in the next week or two.  She is so excited!  Some things can wait until after she's in, such as the basement and any outside work.  We never did get the exterior repainted.  We may be slow, but it will be a nice little house once it's all finished.  

And I'll be happy to have something else to talk about.  It seems like most of our thoughts are taken up by this huge project.  What will I blog about?  lol!  

I'll be by to see you when I can.  You probably have guessed that the work was going full speed ahead at the other house.  With the holidays so close together, I'm sure everyone is super busy these days, too!  

Happy Thursday to you!
xo Cheryl