Bedroom changes

31 05 2009

If the ugliness wasn’t enough the constant noise of the bedroom ceiling fan was more than enough to want a change.  Of course it was low on my list of what to change so it wasn’t going to be changed anytime soon.  Until Steve had had enough of it as well and decided to pick it from my list of birthday wishes.

The old…

old ceiling fan

And the beautiful oh so quiet new one…

ceiling fan

I love my new fan.  Not only does it make the room even more beautiful it functions so much better than the old one.  One more thing done, another 100 to go.

Next up for the bedroom new closet doors and (I hope) a new dresser.

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Fresh air is good

20 05 2009

Being able to open both french doors is very nice!  Even though it was almost 80 degrees outside yesterday when I got home, inside it was 68 and it felt good!  It even felt chilly by 9:30.  I love the new screen doors!

House and screen 003

I took some pictures this morning of the house.  Finally all the trees are in full bloom.  Except for some bare spots in the yard (thanks to some major weed spraying) it’s looking very green all around the house these days..and   I love it!

House and screen 012

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We had yet another window company come by to give us an estimate for the 3 bedrooms windows that need to be replaced.  Another 3K+ estimate.  Ugh!  I still can’t wrap my head around the cost.  I haven’t been able to justify it yet.  I need to keep telling myself we are talking about 5 windows total…even though it’s only 3 rooms.  But 3500 dollars is way more than I’d like to pay for windows.  Even with a lesser window (2 pane vs triple) with HDepot it’s still going to cost 2800.  Yes, sure, there is a tax credit but only up to 1500. Ugh!

Screen door is up

19 05 2009

Very cool!

screen door done

Still waiting…

19 05 2009

I’m still waiting for my screen door to be installed.  Steve decided he needs help to get it done right (I think he’s sick of work). So my Dad is coming over tomorrow to help him put it up.  Hopefully tomorrow I’ll actually be able to leave the back door open and enjoy this nice weather we are having.  The windows help but the door open will be much better.

Next I go buy the screen door for the front.  Steve will be so glad to here that I’m sure.

UPDATE:  As of now (11:15 on Tuesday) the screens are up. I should have a picture shortly.  Woohoo!  Now I just have to make a decision on the front screen door….and closet doors….and many many other things.

It never ends.  But at least now I’ll be enjoying the nice fresh air/breeze!

Making it beautiful

11 05 2009

I want to buy more flowers.  I have had to resist the urge to buy more and more.  However after the last time I planted the roses and such it became much easier.  I decided I was too tired from all the work it took to plant and plant and plant some more.  So I figured I was done.

Yet I still keep going to the garden department at Home Depot (when we had to go there Sat. to get wood to get that darn back door screen up).  No, it’s still not up.  At home depot I managed to get out of there with no new flowers/plants.  I wanted one or two hanging plants since 2 of the ones I have don’t seem to be doing well.  I couldn’t find anything that looked good for the price.

That changed on Sunday when I went to a local nursery and found these beauties…

front of house

For only 6 dollars more than what HDepot was charging for much smaller plants I got these.  The purple is HUGE and so gorgeous.  The red looked fuller until I hung it up but I’m sure it’ll get much bigger. 

The front of the house looks so good now.  It’s the neighbors fault…my obsession with adding new things weekly.  I think it looks good then one of the neighbors will add something and I’ll think it needs more.  I think I’m done though.  It’s a huge pain in the butt to water everything with the outside water issues that seem to have gotten worse.  I don’t need to refill the water pitcher 10 times every 3 days to water them all – 5-6 times enough!!

front of house1

Screen doors

5 05 2009

The new house has no screen doors on the front or back doors.  Since the weather has been nice it’s become very annoying not being able to have the doors open for the breeze.  And now with the cat still hanging around I can’t even open the doors at all.  While at Lowe’s this weekend I came across a possible fix to the back door problem.  Since it’s a french door it was going to be costly so I decided to think about it.  After an entire weekend of not being able to leave the door open I decided to head to Home Depot to see what they had.

I found a retractable screen door similar to what Lowe’s had for 129.00.  For the french door I was going to have to buy two.  Less than thrilled at shelling that kind of money out I decided to just buy one and see how it worked out.  As it worked out they only had one left anyway.  It took 10+ minutes to get someone to come help me and answer some questions I had.  Then I found two of the 3 they had left the boxes were open and they didn’t include all the parts.  The store employee found another non opened box but I wasn’t even sure it would work because it was for a sliding glass door not a swing door.  But I figured if it didn’t work I’d just bring it back.  Steve would be off Tuesday and maybe I’d get lucky and I’d have a screen door by the next day.  So we went to check out and the cashier says “well that can’t be right” the item rung up as 1 cent.  I said “well I’ll take it for that”.  So she called another person over and she rang it up with the number and again it rang up 1 cent.  So she had to call the guys in the back.  So again I’m waiting forever.  The girl hangs up the phone and says “he says to tell you have a nice day” and I said “what” totally confused by that statement.  Then she says he said to just take it.  I said “what, really”.  She said yes and I said how and she said it’s supposed to go on clearance since it’s the last one so he said just take it and have a nice day.  FREE!!  Wowza.

So the fact that I DO indeed need 2 of them for it to work with the french doors properly isn’t such a huge deal.  It’s only going to cost the 129.00 I was willing to pay.  Nice!

These things NEVER happen to me.  My karma must finally be changing!  Tonight we go to another Home Depot for the 2nd screen and hopefully this weekend they’ll be up and I’ll be enjoying the nice outdoors indoors!


Weekends are for work…at least at our house

4 05 2009

I’d planned on spending this weekend having fun and relaxing, not working.  But as usual it (once again) didn’t happen that way.  Saturday we did manage to have some fun watching Wolverine and having a late lunch at Mongolian BBq.  We made a stop at Home Depot  before heading home to pick up the stuff to replace the light switches/covers.  After two months of trying to figure out what to do about the bathroom switch covers Steve finally had a light bulb moment and we found an answer.  We looked several places trying to find the right cover for the duel switch – fan and light.  Light was a flip switch and the light was an up and down lever dimmer switch.  We found nothing to replace the old ugly boring white cover.  Nothing had a flip switch on one side with a square hole on the other.  Finally Friday Steve suggested we replace the light switch with a different kind that would need a square cover – giving us two squares to cover – we knew we could find cover for that….even covers that match the rest of the house.  Steve spent an hour replacing the light switches (2) and the dimmer (he insisted we change out the dimmer to a more modern one – the other one annoyed him). 

Here is the end result…


And while Steve was hard at work on the switches I was busy planting the roses I bought earlier in the week and the other flowers I bought Saturday to replace the tulips I previously had planted.  Here is what I accomplished…




If an hour and a half worth of work on Saturday wasn’t enough I spent at about 3-4 hours more on Sunday.  I planted some more plants I’d bought but hadn’t gotten around to planting (mostly because I wasn’t sure where to put them and if it was still alive).  I then layed more mulch and sprayed more weed killer around the front and back yard (still have the back back yard to do).  Daws helped with that.  I also planted a flower Daws gave me today for Mother’s Day, trimmed many trees and started cleaning out the final garden area I have yet to touch. 


These plants are called Pink Pampas Grass (Hierba Pampas Rosado)  and they are supposed to look like this…


I doubt they’ll ever look that good but maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll at least look better than they currently do.  It’s now almost 8 pm on Sunday night and I’m totally wiped out.  If the yard work wasn’t enough to wear me out the laundry and cooking dinner did me in.  The cat is still laying around the deck – boy I wish I had his life!!!  Steve just left to hang up a flyer with a picture of the cat.  Hopefully someone claims him. Daws is getting way too attached.  Yes, I know he probably needs a pet.  But I need a ton of moo-la and I’m not getting that – we can’t get everything we want now can we???