Monday, July 21, 2014

Tomorrow I take back my room!


Taking back the Master bedroom tomorrow!  It is full of dust and dirt. Fortunately, the furniture was covered the day they started. Forgot to cover some of the art.
 Lots of cleaning to do.
The plan is to paint the master bedroom the same color as the bath. It is gray- but looks rather blue in these pictures. My Facebook friends helped me with the color.

The next two days will actually be devoted to packing.
We are doing a crazy trip.

My husband's family reunion will mark the first time that either of my "children in law" will meet the cousins in their hometown in Idaho. The last time we were together was 2010. That was several spouses and a number of "grandchildren" ago.  They are a wild and crazy bunch. There is nothing like a great party with no extra substances to "enhance" the affair!

Travel then moves to witness my sister's son getting married in Oregon.
  Looking forward to seeing Mom, my sister and my brothers. All of them will meet my daughter's youngest for the first time. It will probably be the only reunion for my family this year. Most live close together, but my immediate family is moving East, so seeing the extended group happens less often these days.

Coming home marks the end of summer. There are so many books and so little time to read them all. The long summer days will be gone and the fall adventures will begin!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Day Eight

Before
After
and the shower is coming along.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Loads of wind

Today was beautiful here, in Kansas.
The sun was out. The temperature did not get above 85.
There was a cool breeze.

Part of my family lives on the East Coast.
They spent part of the day in their shelter.
What shelter?
Tornado of course.
Kansas hasn't had a tornado in a while.
The East is taking them these days!

Monday, July 14, 2014

End of day Six

Last NightTonight
Not sure I like it. Probably should have gone with the dark.
It is in and so much better either way!


Where is Hope?

Hope is a place in your heart. You start from it and move forward. Most people do not want the destruction of a country. They think they are doing the best thing for it. You have to remember that. People are not born Republican or Democrat- they are simply people. They put on their pants every day the same as you and I, one foot at a time. They look at the same problems in different ways. Isn't that what we teach children in school?

I grew up in Phoenix.  My neighbors were Jewish- both Reformed and Orthodox, Mormon,United Church of Christ and Unitarian. I dated a Hispanic young man.- who is now a leading ER doctor. This is the community of the strident Goldwater Republican.

My dad, and many people of the area, help build one of the first large food banks- St Mary's .
John, the founder,  was an alcoholic, who had lost everything, whom we ate meals with more often then I can remember. He also helped establish the first "boys ranch" for the kids who were stuck in the system because their parents did not want them. Dad was all about reforming prisons, getting people back on their feet and feeding the poor. He was also a "rich" business man who hired the men who got out of prison and men who ran community organizations- who needed time and money to get those organizations going.

Phoenix rose from the ashes in the 1950's. It was a blended community like no other. Lines were very blurred. I only wish that the media would not draw these silly lines and together we could build a country that we deserve to have- all of us. Yes, I still have hope for change.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

It keeps getting better

 Slowly
The better part is the amount of sorting I have done. The garage is getting to the point that I can see a garage sale in our future.  When we return from our family reunions I will be in full tilt Craig's list mode. Mid August the yard sale will happen.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Ready for some data mining?

This is really interesting
Pew ResearchCenter for the People & the Press

http://www.people-press.org/2014/06/26/the-political-typology-beyond-red-vs-blue/

This is the newest Pew Trust poll. Pretty balanced in types of people polled.
I have loads of opinions.
What do you think is the most interesting?

While we are on data. Why do we need to know which gene for learning? Would we change the gene? Would we get rid of people who do not have the gene? Sounds very 1984.  I need to reread that book.
Hope I did not get rid of it!
http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/15898/20140708/common-genes-link-reading-mathematical-learning.htm

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

One in - One out

Eight years ago we moved into this house.
The "theory" was not to bring anything into the house that we would not use.
The exception was the knick nacks in the china hutch.

How did THIS happen?
Monday the new counter top goes in.
Having to empty all of the cabinets has produced a new "weeding" chore.
Me thinks that there is some hanky panky going on in the lower cabinets.
The result is baby pots, pans and racks!

After this weeding the words will be
One in- one out.
Period!

Monday, July 07, 2014

End of the first day!

Yesterday

Today

















The only thing to salvage was the sink. I am taking that to the Habitat for Humanity store tomorrow.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Help me decide. Please.

I know NOTHING about home decorating. It was never my flair.
Really, I can hardly dress myself.
Seemed to have missed that lesson being quiet middle of five.

Anyway. Here are some of the decisions coming up.
 Do I change out the lighting in the kitchen? It will be expensive since the wiring is older. Canned lighting is probably out. Can I get away with this?

 Do I need to buy a big microwave for this space? Could I get away with a box that looks like a microwave since microwaves are not really "in" these days?
 Do I need to get rid of this fan and wall paper in the master bedroom? Can I just paint over the wall paper? What color is "in" for bedrooms these days?
 Should I paint these cabinets? They are in the hall going to the master bedroom. They are as large as they appear in the picture. Three full doors. They are not deep, but they are excellent storage.
What do you think of this stain glass?  Again, it is huge. I figure the cut out used to be the window in the back of the house- and then they decided to put in a laundry room/ pantry.

The idea is quick and easy fixes since we have already done the down and dirty things. Wood floors, painted most of the house, wood stairs. I am just trying to appeal a bit more to the wife of the man who buys tho place for the barn (which is why we live here).

Any comments would be helpful. You won't hurt my feelings.
Thanks!

Day one- Operation gut the house for sell.

Tomorrow it begins.
The workpeople will arrive and we will proceed to dump a whole bunch of money into the house we are moving from in a year.
The sad thing is that we will never make up the money that we are putting in.
We are hoping that the update brings us some buyers!

Here it goes!
We did not take pictures of the bathroom before we stripped it.
This is what it looks like tonight.
 There is even pink tile on the ceiling
 Yes, there are cabinet doors. My husband would rather take them off then have them damaged.
This is the lovely PLASTIC wall paper that was in the bathroom and is in the master bedroom.
This is what we hope the bathroom will look like in the end.
The shower tile we picked is white. I hope it works.
This is the kitchen. The counter tops are going. 
After they leave my husband will put down wood in the kitchen and dining room.

What a lot of work and money for us to leave.
My largest concern is that they will overrun the budget. 
We are at the end of our remodel money.
My husband feels confident. 
I am not so sure.