Friday, August 20, 2010

Taking Time To Breathe

Hello? Are you out there? My family?? Friends? I am back...not that I ever went away but my attention has been elsewhere. Don't worry! Nothing big has happened...the second story of our house is still sitting half primed and we are still sleeping in our den on the main floor. I will take a second and fill you in on a few minor things.
1) Jack is a big boy now.
He is potty-trained and loves to crash his trucks into each other.

2) LJ got a new job.
My husband is now a drug and alcohol counselor at the local prison here in town. He has to wear a tie to work everyday and is referred to as Mr. Joseph. Crazy I know...but he is really great with people and feels like he is making a change. I am so proud of him! He did tell me the other day that the rest of the prison staff calls drug counselors "Hug-A-Thugs". I find this extremely amusing and try to use it as much as possible.

3) Sage got famous.
First came a shout out from Martha (YEAH! THAT MARTHA!) and next came the launch of her own little magazine.

4) Sweet Wife Baking is baking!
Sooo for those of you that don't know, I have become a crazy little baking fool. I made the leap and am opening up a little bake shop. I plan on running it as more or a commercial kitchen to start with instead of an open for regular hours sort of business. Currently, I supply desserts to Paizano's Pizza and Earth and Vine Wine Bar. This is the main reason my blogging has all but ceased. More updates and pictures will follow soon...hopefully..within the next week or so.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

No Dead Bodies Here

When you remodel an old house, there is always anticipation of hidden treasures. Not ones of cash that some people find (though at the time of this post, that would be a WONDERFUL find to help pay for marble tile), but of vintage hardware found tucked away in the basement or an old metal cabinet that the previous owners used for paint storage.

On the flip side of this, our friend Larry refuses to help us with anything because "you guys have the kind of house that people find dead bodies in".

But we really have not found anything that great or morbid yet. Most of the house was gutted down and stripped of its original contents...or so we thought. Are you ready for this find?

Here we have LJ with one of the doors from upstairs. After thinking it was just a hollow core door, we threw it out into the back shed where my girls started using it as a roost. Upon further investigation, LJ decided that the paneling would come off...

And so he and his little pink ipod pried it off. The mask is purely for cosmetic purposes. Makes this look even more exciting.

And he pried...

And voila! Someone had just GLUED the old nasty paneling over the nice 5 panel door. These doors go for about $150-$250 a piece. There are five of them...all had fake paneling glued over them...all were about to go to Salvation Army.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Getting This Done!

You know how getting a friend to workout with you makes you go to the gym all the time? We have that...but they are our "house-remodeling-partners". Every Wednesday, our neighbors Jeff and Keri come over to our house and we work all day on a project. Saturdays, we end up at Jeff and Keri's rental helping them with a project. It is really awesome!
So far, our list of accomplishments include: a full roof of shingles cleaned up, a bathroom ceiling taken down (including insulation), all the old molding taken out of both houses, our front porch pried off, old nasty pink carpets hauled away, and last but not least our whole second floor has the carpet and sub floor removed and is almost ready for some remodeling! Ready for the pics? Remember the bathroom before?

And here is is now...taken down to the old flooring and siding.

Gone is the acoustic tile drop ceiling. We will raise the ceiling back to 9" and add a bathroom fan/vent. If you look closely, you can see some of the smoke damage from the fire that occurred in the 1940's.

Also gone is that faux wood wall paneling! I think I have every right to say that I HATE THAT STUFF.

The master bedroom! No more pink carpet!!! This room is going to be so cool after we refinish the floors. The sun pours through the windows during the winter months and the trees block the sun during the summer months. Now we just have to strip through the layers of fun.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Fresh From the Cow's Teat...Or Not

Our cottage cheese is from Utah, heavy cream is from Portland, and the buttermilk hails from Washington. Thank goodness I am out of dairy products because this website is strangely addicting...

Sunday, March 28, 2010


For those of you that have not had the privilege of meeting our dog Inchie Squinchie, consider yourself unlucky. I mean, not to brag or anything, but she is possible the most athletic wiener dog I know and she is Jack's best friend. So you can imagine how devastated and scared we were when she was attacked by two pitbulls last week.

We were just coming back from the park and the Inch was on her leash running next to our bike (The secret to keeping your wiener dog not let them get fat) when our neighbors two dogs rushed out after us. I saw that they were tied up and did not think much of it UNTIL their leash broke and they rushed us in the middle of the street. The big male pit grabbed Inchie but wasn't able to shake her before I started screaming and coming at him. Inchie got loose some how and took off down the sidewalk and right into my friend Keri's arms. She scooped her up while her husband persuaded the other dogs to quit chasing her with a steel pipe.

Inchie was left with a large fang mark in her coat with stitches underneath. A drain that was about the size of her protruded out of her side for the weekend but that was removed this last Monday. She is 100% now and back to digger squirrel hunting...she has also become aggressive towards larger dogs. Great.
I was left in the middle of the street with a broken leash and a screaming child. Oh yes...there have been nightmares and an overall anxiousness to get back to Inchie whenever we are gone too long. What can I friends.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spring Is Here!

I share this post with you in hopes that I will not get comments about what a bad choice I made. Both LJ and I strongly disliked the tin/shed/two-by-4 awning that was hanging off of our house. Not only does it look a little should I say this...interesting, it also blocked out tons of light to our dining room. I wanted it gone from day one but we were not sure what was underneath.

We found out this weekend! Here it is!!



It took all of an hour to tear down and I like to think that it makes the house look like a Queen Anne again. I am sure there is something about "great lines" or some other design phrase that Anne could come up with. I just love the fact that I can bask in the morning sun while drinking coffee in the dining room.
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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Pizza Time!

Hmmm I think I should be proud?