Survived Thus Far

Okay…  New HVAC almost finished.  Electrical finished.  Most of the plumbing finished.  Waiting for the exterminator (tomorrow), kitchen countertops (Friday), re-installing the bathtub in the en suite today. Once the exterminating is done we will get the carpenter back in and start putting this puppy back together again.  Kitchen cabinets will be painted, sheetrock repaired, cabinet built in en suite, ensuite vanity, toilet, mirror, etc., installed.  Then tiling all of en suite and on to kitchen backsplash.  After everything is painted we will move on to putting in the flooring.  Then we should be able to clean up and start moving.

Here, I am cleaning out crap that I don’t intend to move, but I’ve only scratched the surface, believe me!  We have to go pick out tile and flooring this week and somewhere in there carve out some time for ourselves.

Brighter Day

Gosh, where to start…  We’ve been too busy lately to look up.  The only time I tried to post ended in the disaster I called August and having a matrimonial fit.  Fit over and happier days evolved.  So now we live in 2 houses.  We’re remodeling one to move into and then this one will be redone and put on the market.

Wow, that is a lot said in a few sentences.  We have replaced the roof.  Replaced 273 running feet of privacy fence, torn out parts of 2 bathrooms.  Torn out a hall closet and the wall between the dining and living rooms.  The kitchen appliances have mostly been removed.  A gas line is being installed for the new gas range in lieu of the old electric one.  Torn out almost all of the floors and flooring, poured a concrete floor where none existed and temporarily fixed a tripping hazard (of two to be permanently repaired).  We’ve replaced the electrical box (well, the electrician did) and are in the process of rewiring most of the house and moving all the wiring from the missing wall.  We’ve removed 3 trees and most of the overgrowth from the front flower bed.  We’re about to get rid of a structure and the hot tub it contains.  Is that all?

So, remaining to be done: sheetrock 3 walls, install all the new lighting, ceiling fans and electric including switches and plugs, install new floors (after repairing the slab), install new windows, build deck, take down 2 more trees, replace all the HVAC, ducts and insulation.  Then we have to rebuild one bathroom (all supplies on site), tear out the tub surround on the second bath then tile, replace all faucets in kitchen and both baths and install floor tile in the en suite.  Then we need a new front and storm door, and a new sliding glass door with dog door installed.  One (of 2) garage doors needs repair and opener installed.  Am I done yet?

The entire inside has to be painted after walls are repaired, new kitchen appliances and back splash installed.  Part of the outside needs a new, brighter color with new house numbers.  Two new trees to be planted and some landscaping remaining to be decided.  Then we have to move.  Am I crying yet?  O M G!!!!!!!!!  I hate the thought of moving 26 years of accumulated crap from one house to another.  I’ll let you know if I survive.

 

Where Did January Go?

Things have been crazy around here for so long that it’s beginning to feel “normal”!  Still working on Mom’s estate and dealing with all the details.  We thought when she died we’d finally get a break but she’s still screwing us over!  Enough!  All this hurry up and wait is killing me!

On a happier note: we are all doing well.  Hubby and I have both had some health challenges but today is good so far.  We took 5 of the dogs out in the car for Starbucks and McDonalds.  All had a good time.  My DIL has gotten me addicted to Pokémon Go so we hit every Pokestop in the neighborhood on a daily basis.  It’s fun and interesting even though I don’t know what I’m doing besides spending money.  LOL  I figure I’ll play with it until I don’t want to anymore or run out of money, whichever one comes first.

I have gobs of pictures to post but don’t have a lot of time right now to sort them.  Just wanted to jump in here and acknowledge my existence again.  Hope you all are doing well.  Hang in there.

Can You Believe It’s December Already?

It’s been a hectic few months around here.  The biggest headline is that my mom went into hospice then died on October 20th.  So the family came together and helped to empty her house and sort through all the paperwork in order to get the will probated and things sorted.  It was over a month of stress before things began to fall into place.  Now just waiting on our lawyer to get the legalese sorted.  On Wednesday we will deliver her ashes to the cemetery to join Dad’s.  She missed him a lot after he died so from Wednesday they will be back together.

I embroidered 43 Halloween blankets for the rescue and sales were swift and profitable for them.  I was so pleased!  I’ve delivered 13 xmas blankets and have a few more pieces of fleece for more.  I can go into my sewing room and the rest of the world falls away, so, if I’m being productive I’m being happy, too.  Right now I’m making the second of two baby blankets, just finished blankets for my sister’s dogs and one for a friend from work.

Hubby and I recently changed primary care physicians so she’s put us through the mill of tests, scans and lab work.  We’re beginning to catch up but since I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired I have a few more appointments scheduled for December.

Khandi has a vet appointment at the end of the week; she is the last one to be vetted this year.  Since we got her in December she gets her vaccinations every December now.  She’ll enjoy getting a long car ride and a trip through Starbucks for a puppy whip.  Today we loaded up the entire pack and took them through the car wash, then Starbucks, then through MacDonald’s for hamburger patties.  They were so good in the car and very interested in the entire trip.  Love those puppies so much!  We have a big pack but they get along surprisingly well since they have such a small amount of space between them.  We even get cabin fever so we understand how they feel when they don’t get to go with us very often.  Since we’ve had so many appointments lately, they’ve gotten the short end of the stick socially.

Hopefully things will begin to normalize for all of us soon…if you can call the xmas season normal.  It’s not my favorite time of the year but I’ll manage as I always do.  I didn’t cook on Thanksgiving.  With Mom’s death and the kids being sick and spread out it just didn’t seem worthwhile, but I am planning on cooking for xmas even if no one else can come.  And I’m actually looking forward to putting up the tree.  We bought a new one last year and all new ornaments.  I did some stitching to make things for the mantle and it was pretty awesome, for once.  I guess sewing for xmas finally gives me a reason to like the season.  LOL  Finally a reason for xmas!  More sewing.  Well, it is 1 A.M. and I have 50 more minutes on this embroidery design (the keepsake baby blanket).  Better get back to my stitching before I mess it up.  Good night, all……….

 

Sewing for the Grand-Dogs

Buster Brown
Sophie
Lexi

It was a productive day for dog blankets.  I only had 3 pieces of fleece so it worked out.  I sewed until late then we went to Kelley’s for dinner, came home and fed the dogs and I went back into the sewing room.  Intending to get back in there today, as well.  I have a native Texan garden flag (~100,000 stitches) up next then 3 sofa cushions and a dog bed for Mimi (will insert bed pillow for stuffing; it’ll be washable), etc.

I’ll probably be making a trip to Starbucks and the car wash shortly so sewing will have to wait until the afternoon.

Sunshiny Day

Woke up earlier than normal today though I don’t know why.  I’ve already done some sewing and took Dusty and Zoe for coffee.  In my office now trying to be quiet so my hubby can nap in the living room.  Here are some things I’ve sewn and not posted:

 

A set of silver sheets
Blanket for my great-grandson, Damian
Blanket for my great-granddaughter, Lena
Blanket for my great-granddaughter, Anna
Blanket for my son
Blanket for my daughter-in-law
Blanket for my grandson

 

Blanket for another grandson

I also did another couple of sheet sets that I didn’t photograph and some mending, so it hasn’t been a total loss.  I have some things cut out to embroider and sew but just don’t have the ambition to get them done.  I also finished all the damned laundry except for the folding.  I hate folding clothes so I always leave it for last.  I let R fold his own since I’ve had the eczema on my hands to contend with.  He helps so I can’t complain.  He’s a little under the weather right now so I’m trying not to ask for anything I can’t do myself.

Well, I’m outta here.  Things to do.  See ya!

 

 

Wow! Things Have Changed!!

I couldn’t even get into my own blog today; don’t know what WordPress did with my information but it was all wrong.  Goes with the rest of my day, I guess.

Things have been “interesting” around here lately.  I won’t go into detail but we’re on a downhill slide, it seems.  I’m trying to maintain some semblance of normality but don’t know how long (or if) it will last.  So, in that vein:

The dogs are all healthy and mostly happy.  They’d be happier if I’d load them all in the car daily and go for Starbucks, but I just am not able to manage them all by myself.  I did take Bandit and Zsa Zsa today.  They got to go to the car wash, Starbucks and the post office, so they are in deep slumber at the moment even though we’ve been home for hours.

I haven’t been in the sewing room lately because I’ve just felt like crap.  The allergist has had me on multiple medications that did not agree with my body.  I have been off the prednisone since last Sunday but I still feel bad.  I have managed to get the laundry done and the house mostly clean but it’s been a slow process.  I still have stuff in the dryer that’s been there over 24 hours.  And the hamper continues to fill even though I’ve given it the evil eye on various occasions.  My blood pressure is elevated; my back hurts; my knees hurt; I have a recurring headache; my neck hurts; and I’m exhausted.  Other than that things are going to hell around me.  I always try to be positive in this medium but not possible today.  Sorry.  I’d cry if it would help, but it won’t so I won’t.  Maybe.

Late Night, Maybe

Just took my sleeping pill, not finished with everything I had planned for today but I ran out of time and energy.  Doctor’s appointment early in the morning so I have to give in (not give up!) for tonight.  I got a new Brother embroidery/sewing combo today so got to play with it for a bit.  Love it and have all kinds of neat decorative stitches to sew onto linens, towels, etc.  I’ve wanted this one for over a year to use as a class machine.  My current “class machine” doesn’t do as large a stitch-out as this one will and is posted on Ebay now. I bought a small Singer from Ebay for the decorative stitching it can do.  It’ll replace the current decorative stitch machine.  They’re so cheap I can’t even sell it on Ebay and profit.  It’ll be good for baby gifts, blanket edging, etc.  Love having new toys to play with; I just have to find the time to do all I want.  Things have quieted down around home lately so that should continue to afford me more time in the sewing room.

Sheet and pillowcases I did a couple of days ago.

I’m working on gray sheets right now, then I have a purple set I just purchased.  Cool colors!  I got 2 pillowcases started today but I have another set and the top sheet to do before I take photos.

Dusty and Zoe came through their dentals with flying colors.  Now Zsa Zsa is scheduled for her dental on the 22nd.  We’ll try to do one or two a month until we’re done.  After June we have 3 remaining.  Mimi seems to be feeling better now that we’ve started her on the liver supplement again.  She has her own “bed” in the corner of the living room behind an end table.  That’s where she was going when she was sick, but she was laying on the cold floor shivering.  Now she has a pillow and she uses the space as her private retreat.  She turned 14 in January so I know she’s getting up in age for a dog but we’re going to keep her comfortable and happy as long as we can.  When we got her from the shelter we intended to re-home her, but that was before we found out she was a fear-biter; we could never find anyone willing to take a chance on her, so she’s been here 9 years and will live out her life with us.  She’s happy and loving and doesn’t bite us; she’s also learned that some people can be trusted and she doesn’t bite as often as she once did.  She has made friends with some of our friends and family and welcomes them in every time they visit.  We never thought we’d get to this point, but we knew she was just fearful and if people would be patient with her, in time they would earn her love.

Time to quit writing and get ready for sleep.  Will try to get more pictures posted this week as I play with all my “toys”.  G’night, all.

 

Unexpected Peace

I find myself enjoying a little peace and quiet.  No dog is barking or even snoring and R is gone working on the boat.  Bills are paid; checkbook balanced; supper is eaten; dogs are fed.  Spooky!

Not much on the agenda for the week.  Dusty and Zoe go in for their dental cleanings Friday but until then I have a bit of time to do for myself.  I have some fabric laundered for blankets and just finished embellishing a set of sheets for us.  I’d go take a photo but I have dogs soundly sleeping in my lap, so that’ll have to wait.  I bought some new embroidery designs last night that I’ll soon try out and have some older ones that I have yet to stitch.  For now I think I’ll just enjoy the quiet.  See ya!