Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tackle It Tuesday

 Boy it has been a busy weekend for me.  I was able to do my weekly cleaning in all rooms. This seemed wonderful since I have not been able to do so for awhile due to the kitchen make-over.  *insert drum roll* The Kitchen is now complete.  Well as complete as it is going to get for now.  I love it!

I also decided to switch my medicine and seasoning in the kitchen.  I used to have the seasoning over by the kitchen sink.  I did not pick this place, it is where Todd and his ex placed it.  The medicine was over by the stove.  After the make-over I moved the spice rack and utensils from the corner of our counter tops to next to the stove.  It made sense to me to have the utensils and the spices next to the stove, therefore the reason I swapped the other two in the cupboards. Plus when my step-daughter Emily takes medicine there is always a trail of medicine to the sink.  *she never cleans up said trail either*  I think this will be a win win situation for me.


Also after the make-over


Also after the make-over

I also planted more flower seeds for my planters this Spring/Summer.  As well as started some herbs. I have never grown fresh herbs but I am going to give it a try this year.

If you have not checked out my kitchen, please do.  I am so very proud of our hard work.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Miscellany Monday/Monday Moans

This posting is going to be a combination of Moans and Miscellany.

Mooooaann...I am frustrated to the max right now with Kera and David.  In 15 weeks she is due and neither NEITHER of them are really thinking about this baby's needs.  I am so scared of how this mostly will turn out.  I just do not know if I have the energy for this.  They need to get their act together and fast.

Mooooaan...my knee is acting up big time.  It hurts to bend to sit down.  I think some of it has to due with the weather the other part by moving boxes around this past weekend.  I tried to do too much on my own.

I have done well with my workouts this weekend, maybe this had some impact as well on the knee.  I have to continue but I might make some adjustments.  I have used my sparkpeople.com to keep track of my nutrition.  I am trying my best to find a lower sodium version of what the family loves to eat.  I find this is harder to then watching carbs for diabetes.  Sodium is in so many food items that you just do not think has sodium in it.

Joshua is back from Spain and I have enjoyed time with him.  I also have enjoyed one on one time with Ethan while he was away.  Noah is busy with his friends, where Ethan is grounded due to letting his grades suffer.  I feel that I have had less one on one time with my younger two.

Tilly our oldest cat is worrying me some lately.  She is 17 years and is dropping weight big time.  She is nothing but bones now.  She is also starting to poo where she should not.  I think she is showing senility as well.  She is starting to crawl under the bed a lot now as well.  sometimes she moves slowly other times she acts as if she is a kitten.  I love this cat with all of my heart. She and I communicate with one another.  Seriously we talk to one another sometimes.  She keeps me company when Todd is working.  She was my first friend here in Iowa City other then Todd.

I think I am going to do the ABC of me like Mamarazi did.  I think it is a good way for some of you to get to know me.

I am glad that Monday and Tuesday Todd has off.  I sleep much better when he is in bed with me and I desperately want to snuggle with him.  I was able to have a little snuggle time with him tonight.  I tried to leave him alone today since he has had two days in a row with 12 hour shifts and I know he is stressed to the max regarding Kera as well.

Yesterday was my father's birthday.  I was surprised to find out that he has a cell phone now.  My mom signed him up for a senior citizen home they are building on the southside of Des Moines.  I hope he gets it since he will be closer to my sisters and my mom's house.  Mainly because he will be closer to Katie's house.  My youngest sister. She takes him to all of his doctor appointments.  I am very proud of him.  It has been 18 months of sobriety now.

Mooooaann...I hate the fact I have to go to work in a very stressful place right now.  I have been under so much stress that I left myself logged into the phone over night in "work".  This hurt my stats and I have to meet my standards or I will be on a warning, then when the next cut backs come around I will be one that is let go.  I have been working hard to recover but by doing this I hold my pee way too long.  Mooooaan...I really wish I could get another position before the cut backs come around.

I have many flower buds starting to come up.  Joshua and I planted several of them last fall.  I can not wait to see them. I think our large tree in the front is going to be pretty with all the tulips that are budding around it.  These are from when Todd and I went to Chicago last year.

I would love to go to an all inclusive resort in Mexico still for a delayed honeymoon for Todd and I.  I also want to go to Las Vegas.  I want to see all the lights and glitz there.  I also would love to go to Door County in Wisconsin.  I have heard it is beautiful and they have many light houses.  I have a passion for light houses as well as windmills.  Some day I would love to go to Disney with the boys.  I have this horrible feeling I am not going to be able to do this wish because they are growing so much.

I wish I knew how to respond to people who post a comment via email.  I have not figured this one out yet but will keep trying.

Dance lessons are over. Big Love is over (I cried with the last episode, well not the first time I watched it.  I did not want to cry in front of Todd over a tv series, but the other several times I did.)  Spartacus is over.  Top Chef will be over this week.  Wow...it seems like everything Todd and I do is over now.  Okay, actually gardening is just beginning.  This year we are going to garden a community plot as well.  This is going to take a lot of work from us.  I hope it is a rewarding one.  Now do not get me wrong I have other shows I enjoy, just not with Todd. 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

My New Kitchen

It's done!  My Kitchen is finally completed.  I love how it turned out.  It all started out with a simple wish.  I wanted more lighting in the kitchen.  Our fluorescent light did not work and our ceiling fan light just did not provide adequate light in our kitchen.  I asked if we could replace the light in the ceiling fan similar to our porch.

 This type of light fixture provides light to the entire room.  My husband told me that we could or how about getting a new light entirely or fixing the fluorescent light?  We went to the store and fell in love with an entirely new light, however having so many kids living with us being the practical people we are, we chose to buy new light bulbs for the florescent light.  We came home and the light worked.  I have to admit I was disappointed, I really wanted that light fixture.  However the good Lord must have known my wants and thought I deserved it, the light did not work for very long only 1 day and then it started flickering as if it was some sort of strobe light.  The next day only half of it worked.  The following week we went back to the store and bought our new light fixture.  On January 9th Todd and Matthew took the florescent light down and placed our new light up.
And it was Good!  Naturally we needed to paint the ceiling now because of the remnants of the florescent light pattern on the ceiling.  Todd brought up the fact we need to paint the ceiling he said we might as well paint the walls.  I was thrilled because we were going to paint the walls in both living rooms this year as well as the main bathroom.  I did not think we were going to touch the kitchen at all since it was, well it had color where the living rooms are just plain white.  I knew he hated the kitchen and had wanted for some time to do a make-over in it.  He wanted new cupboards (we did have some with water damage), a new counter top, and new flooring.  I asked him if we could also paint the cupboards since I love our current ones.  I love how the lower cupboards the top shelf pulls out.  Earlier that week I re-organized my cupboards where I could pull the top shelf out and get what I needed, my knee inhibits me from bending down many days any more.  This way I can do for myself a little more.  I told him I wanted a Carmel color on the walls and a lighter color on the cupboards.  He looked as if I said something strange and said he will have to see it first, he just did not want white cupboards in the kitchen.  I agree because our kids are not the cleanest bunch and I can see red pasta stains on the cupboard from them not cleaning up their spills.  

The next time we went to Menards I showed him the colors I wanted.  He loved them as well and we picked up the paint and equipment needed to remove the wall paper in our kitchen.  Here are some before shots.

The ceiling fan did not go with the new light.  I did not like the brass finish on this light and the nickle finish with our new light, so I asked if we could replace it as well.  I was surprised he said yes. 

We also needed a new pantry door. Our old one broke 2 years ago and we used the broken door as our table on the porch for our lettuce and baby spinach container garden.  As you see it was an okay kitchen.  Out dated with the wall paper and the sponge painted yellow and white walls.  Actually they were white walls with yellow sponge paint.  The people who painted the walls just went heavy with the yellow sponging, where they lost the effect they were trying to create.  January 16th, the day after our last Christmas celebration we I started to strip the kitchen.  I had fun with my facebook post that day.  This wall paper had been up for two decades and it did not want to come down so easily.  I was able to completely take the trim around the kitchen down but the higher part was the hard part.  My husband and Joshua on this same day removed the old ceiling fan and put up a new one that complimented our new light.  The next weekend we painted the ceiling.

My husband had requested some time off the first week in February, he completed the section of wall paper from the microwave to the end of the wall above the refrigerator for me.  I was only able to work on this on the weekend with all the taxing I do after work for Joshua.  He is heavily involved with extra curricular activities and working at this time.  Each day I came home from work while Todd was on vacation he did a little more in the kitchen.  He primed the walls one day, he then painted the walls the next day and the next day applied the second coat. He tore off all the trim around the windows, doors, and top of the cabinets as well as the base boards.  He suggested that we go with a darker brown to give it a little more accent.  I loved how he was getting involved in this project.  How excited he had become.  I started to feel guilty that he was doing more then I in the kitchen.  It is hard for us to work on projects together because we work opposite shifts and his weekends are different every week. He works four days on then two days off.  The only time we do have together is on the real weekend and it is limited because the man does need to sleep as well.  I ended up taking a day and a half off to help with painting the cupboards.  We had the Monday following off so I ended up with a four and half day weekend for me.  Trust me it took that many days too.  It was a very long process painting the cupboards.  Once again my time off did not coincide with his time off so I would work on this project mainly myself.  The prime we had was oil based and Kera being pregnant went freak on us and ended up staying at her mother's for the weekend.  Due to this I wanted it done, well at least all the prime done by the end of the weekend.  I ended up with little sleep because of this process, paint the prime, let it dry, flip the door  and paint this side of the door with prime, let it dry, paint the color, let it dry, flip the door and paint this side.  Only 5-7 doors at a time could be painted because that is all the room I had on my table.  I accomplished my goal and painted all 32 doors and 10 drawers as well as the cabinets.  And it was Good!

During this time frame my husband thought that it would look nice to add molding at the top and add a trim that matches the top of the cabinets to the back of the splash guard on the counter tops.  This trim would only be temporary until the end of the year or sometime next year when we replace the counter tops, then we will have a tile back splash added.  I loved the idea.  Every weekend we worked on the kitchen it seemed like it would never end.  He found new things he wanted to add and I thought they would accent the kitchen nicely.   I wanted to do more during the week while he slept but was afraid to pound nails since the kitchen is next to our bedroom.  I ended up decorating my plates that I wanted to add to the walls as decorations.  I wanted our kitchen to feel warm and sort of nostalgic a little.  I wanted the style of cafe curtains like my grandmothers had.  I wanted decorative spoon and fork on the wall like my mother had in our kitchen when I was little.  The main thing I wanted was a warm, cozy feeling, a calming feeling, let's sit down and talk feeling.  President Day weekend the floor was laid.  It only took Todd and Joshua 5 hours to complete,except for the last 2 inches near the outside wall.  Todd did not have the proper saw to complete this that day.  I went several weeks with this gap, now it would not bother me except while Todd was cutting the boards down to complete the last full row of boards, Joshua thought it would be funny to draw on the old flooring.  (We hated the old white linoleum.  It did not matter after you mopped it, it still looked dirty.  The only way to truly clean this floor was to get on your knees and scrub and with my bad knees this did not happen any more.)  Joshua wrote "Josh waz here" and drew a cartoonish male anatomy.  Yep, for two weeks I saw his drawing on my floor.  **insert rolling eyes here**

There were a couple of weekends we did nothing to the kitchen.  We had other commitments those weekends.  My house looked like a disaster zone.  We had things from our kitchen in the small living room that was just on the other side.  We had boxes in our main living room, the pantry doors and floor boards.  I could not wait to get the kitchen done.  I was sick of the disarray it brought to my house.  We also needed to paint the main living room.  This was the room I wanted painted the most, this and the foyer that we had to patch from when Emily stuck her foot through the wall.  I wanted it to look nice for Joshua's graduation in May. We purchased the paint last year.  Come April nothing inside is worked on except the routine cleaning because it is garden season and our weekends are outdoors then.  I have given up on the main bathroom that needs a make-over worse then the kitchen due to the mold growing on wall paper. This will have to wait for this Fall.  I also given up painting the small living room and stair way.  We only have one and a half months left to work on the inside.  Todd's mother wanted to come up this weekend to see the kitchen.  This inspired Todd to complete the very little we had left and we finished it.  WE FINISHED our kitchen on March 25th.  And it is Good!  It is more then good.  I love it.  It is everything I wanted it to be.  It is what I envisioned. 

Pictures we found at Menards that we thought went with the theme in our kitchen as well as the colors.
It is funny because I picked up some material very close to the red in the pictures to decorate kitchen towels to hang on my stove.

The decorative spoon and fork I found that compliments the colors and theme as well.

I think I need to add a little under the counter light in the corner.

One of my plates I decorated.

One of Todd's ideas to add a decorative wood decal in the kitchen.  I love this one.

More plates that I decorated.  We left two sets of cupboards off for now.  
We are testing the hinges to see if the white paint will stay.  
We feel if the hinges were white it would look better and painting 64 hinges 
would be much better then purchasing 64 hinges.

I bought a bowl to match the plates I decorated.
A nice shot of our new pantry doors.
Another addition Todd made the medallion at the base of the new light fixture. 
This meant the light fixture had to be taken down and then added again.
I love the look it has though.  He did a great job.
The new curtains prior to ironing them.
I feel in love with this little rug.  It is perfect for the kitchen.  
The floor I have to say is my favorite part of the room.
I love how it looks clean when I do clean it. 
I just love it!
Here is the same of the cupboards we are going to install later.  We have no idea as for the tile at this time.  No rush to find it since it is going to be awhile.  I love love love my new kitchen.  I love the fact that it was both of us that created this room.  There are very few rooms in the house that is Todd and I instead of his ex and he.  Alright there are only two rooms, the back porch which was my favorite room and now the kitchen.  Todd told me that he will never doubt the colors I chose again because I have proven to him with both rooms I have an eye for color and bringing out what we want.  Silly man, he should have never doubted me. he he he

Now to start on the main living room. I have scaled back what I want to do, right now just paint the walls.  Crown molding will wait because we are laying the same type of flooring in the foyer area to get rid of that nasty white linoleum as well.  Our garden seasoning is approaching quickly as well as graduation day.

Inspired Wall Display

After I realized my husband was we were actually going to make-over our kitchen I started thinking about how I wanted to decorate it.  I loved the plates that Kelli made, her Pottery Barn Inspired Wall Display   I loved the look of her plates.  I thought that the Pottery Barn Wall was too cluttered.  I thought to myself I definitely want something like this in the kitchen.  I did not want to copy her so I kept thinking what should I have as my plates say?  Inspired by the movie Julie and Julia I chose to use Bon Appetit.   I kept looking at the part of the wall that I wanted to display it.  No way would I be able to have a plate for each letter.  This would create clutter in the area above the sink.  I then thought I would get a platter and place Bon on it and then single plates for Appetit.  I went to Wal-Mart to price plates.  I wanted to know what the new plates would cost before going to the second hand stores.  I fell in love with these plates.  They would look perfect in my new kitchen with the colors I picked out.

I had to have these plates instead of white plates.  I did not have a cricut machine but had a friend who did.  I asked her if I could borrow it to make my stencils, unfortunately she let another friend of ours borrow it to to work on her wedding.  I could have waited but I really did not want to wait, so I chose to draw it myself.  I stood in front of the wall trying to envision my plan.  I did not like the image I saw, still too many plates.  I kept staring at the wall, then I had a new vision.  I would make one Bon Appetit all on one platter and then decorate a few dinner plates.  I made my purchase within the next three days I completed the drawing portion.  I used a Black Sharpie Marker.  It worked beautifully.

I am happy with the way they turned out. My husband was impressed as well.  All I needed to do now was wait for us to complete the kitchen and then hang them on the walls.  First I had to glue a hanging device on the back of the plate.  I did not rush to do this since we were no where close to hanging.  After a month the time came for me to add the hanging hook.  I went to Michael's and found what I needed and purchased Epoxy Glue as well.  I measured the back of my plates and found the center and glued the hook to each plate/platter.

I then waited another 3 weeks before the time came.  The time for me to be able to see them on my walls.  Friday night we completed the make-over.  I am happy with the way they look but I think I need one more.  They are a perfect accent to the blank walls above the cabinets.


I am very happy with the way they turned out and so is my husband.  Thank you Kelli for inspiring me.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Flashback Friday 23


With my mood the way it is right now.  I felt like flashing back to an age I felt good about myself.  Yes back to 1987.  Wow no grey hair and I am fit. 


Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Confessional

It's that time of week for Friday Confessional. Please join Mamarazzi and Glamazon for confession!

I confess...

Some of my confessions may not be too upbeat right now.  I want to apologize up front.

I confess...

I feel so beat up right now.  My self esteem is very low and I feel very down.  I hate it when I feel this way.  I think it is due to many reasons.  1.  Sometimes I have difficult time sleeping and that is happening right now.  2. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with everything going on home.  THAT is definitely right now with Joshua graduating and Kera expecting.  Joshua is more cost then anything.  His father will not be assisting any at all since he did not want to go in half to rent a shelter.  He (my ex) is not allowed to be inside my house.  This is all due to his actions two years ago.  He was way out of line and called the police in our town for a stupid reason.  Now this creates problems because he called my husband's place of business.  He could not get through the phone because we were having problems with it, so he was worried about the boys making out my husband was abusing them.  Even after he was able to reach them, he had plenty of time to contact the police and inform them that he did manage to speak to our boys.  I KNOW this will create a problem when Joshua graduates but I have to stand behind my husband because it was much uncalled for and could have jeopardized his job.  However, I think I have more anxiety with Kera expecting. I am terrified with this.  She does not work a lot neither does David.  When Todd and I started to communicate the first thing we discussed was another child.  We both felt very strong that we did not want anymore.  NOW I feel like we are going to have this although we are the grandparents.  I just do not see how she can live on her own with the little hours she works.  I do not see her trying to find day care and she only has 15 more weeks left.  I have no problems helping out occasionally but I want to be able to do things.  I have raised my babies past the baby stage.  I remember how difficult it was to have multiple children, work full time, come home and take care of a baby while cooking dinner, work on homework and all.  I just do not have the energy for this anymore.  I do not want to sound like I am a mean person but I am terrified financially as well.  3. The energy is another part of my self esteem and down in the dumps.  I do not like what I see in the mirror at all anymore.  I gained 95 lbs for a side effect of medication but did nothing about it to lose it while I was younger.  I am only 44 but feel so much older due to the weight and the joints aching.  I do not think all is due to weight but fear some could be from arthritis setting in since we have it in our family.  Weight reduction will help.  No more dance classes means I lose the personal time with my husband as well as guarantee exercise time for me.  Ahem...also my husband has very little desires in the bed if you know what I mean.  I know he is not a shallow person but I can not help but wonder if I were in shape more, less Pepe Le Pew(grey hair), and wrinkled maybe his desires would be increased.  So much pressure at work trying not to make a mistake to give no reason to be on the list for the next round to go, because there will be another round of lay offs.  I know worrying does not help anything but this is all the reasons why my self esteem and feeling low.

I confess...

My Kitchen will be done tonight.  Well as much that will be done.  We will not have two sets of cupboard doors still.  We are testing the hinges.  We want white hinges, so we are painting them to test if this will work because truthfully we have 32 doors with 2 hinges that is 64 hinges to purchase new white hinges.  Also our counter tops will not be replaced as this time.  Later this Fall or early next year, when this is done our new trim we put up at the back splash of our current counter top will be replaced with tile as well.  We have no idea what the tile will look like at this time.  I think we will pick it out when we purchase our new counter tops.  I can not wait to show everyone my new favorite room in the house.

I confess...

I have never been "in love" with a man as much as I am with my husband.  This makes me feel bad with stating the above comment with the first confession.  I could not make it through any rough days without knowing he is in my corner.  Okay, I could make it but it would be so much harder.

That is all I have to confess today.  Not a good one for you all...Sorry.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wednesday Woo Hoos

It's that time of week again.  WOO HOO WEDNESDAY!

To start with WOO HOO for signs of Spring.  I love this time of year, well if it would not snow still.  The grass starting to turn green.  New life. Freshness in the air. Flower buds. Trees budding. Seedlings sprouting. All signs that I love to see after a long Winter.

Woo Hoo for our lights in our indoor green house. I now have sprouts for my flowers as well. I swear the veggies are growing by the minute in their. It looks like we are going to have some great starts for squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes. The broccoli and cabbage are very thin and wiry. We will have to see with them.

Woo Hoo Joshua should be home later this week. I miss the kid even though he has been causing many headaches for me lately. I can not believe that in 2 months he is graduating.

Woo Hoo for dance class last night. I loved it. We did a little of everything last night. It felt good being able to dance to all of them as well. I still struggled with the Cha-Cha in some areas and the Waltz I did mess up 4 times but that is much improvement. Sadly though we completed the series in the dance classes, we can retake some classes and we do plan to do so but we thought that we would not sign up for any during their Spring session because of the graduation and baby shower in 2 months.

Woo Hoo I have plans already for Kera’s baby shower for games and little snack treats in the baby theme. I am going to test some of them within the next few months to check out if I can freeze them and they will hold up. Now I need to get my rear in gear for Joshua’s displays. I have to pick out what photos I want prints of and start them as well as finish his slide show and work on his open house invitations. Eeck…time is flying there.

Woo Hoo my MIL, Connie will be coming on Saturday. This means my husband will actually do what he needs to so we can finish up the Kitchen. **insert huge smile here** Our bathroom still isn’t completed from when he replaced the toilet and put new linoleum down. I can not wait to share my Kitchen with everyone. I love what I see. I love the warmth it gives. I love the plates I decorated. I just LOVE my Kitchen.

What do you have to Woo Hoo about this week?


Wordless Wednesday.

First picture is in shock.  This is how we have lived for nearly 2 months, my kitchen a mess.  My son took this picture right after breakfast one day and put it in his scrapbook that he gave to his host family in Spain.  Why?  It is such a mess due to the remodeling, what will the host family think of my cleaning skills.  LOL *  notice, you all are getting another sneak peak of the kitchen.

My "free" tulip bulbs are budding! 

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