Small Town Living at Its Best

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

More Than Just Varnish

Many years ago, my grandma passed away and when she did, I was the lucky one to receive this old secretary.

I featured it in several blogs - titled - "If this Secretary could talk".

In October, our home was flooded because of a leaking dishwasher over a weekend, and all of our antiques were removed from the home.  One by one, we have been putting them back, some needed an overhaul before they came back, so that has been going on.  This little gem has been in our bedroom for a very long time.  I keep things in the drawers, but the top has been, for the most part, empty.  I wanted to paint it.  Or so I thought.  My DH began the process of removing the old, dark varnish.  One day when I arrived home after work, he informed me that I'd better look at the secretary before I made up my mind to paint it.  Much to my surprise, the thing is oak, and turned out very nice.  Enjoy the photos of it and let me know what you think!

It's back in the newly redone - finished!  bedroom and I love it.  Sandi 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Renovation Realities

I had posted about 3 months ago, about our water disaster and wanted to give an update.  We are almost back to normal, with the exception of our bedroom.  I'm hoping in the next 2 weeks we can say we are DONE.

Starting off, I want to preface everything by saying I LOVED my kitchen.  It was functional, homey, and designed by me.  I will never forget the day the carpenter took me into this bare room, and said -"Where do you want things?"  I need to know today, because I will be starting on your cabinets."  I felt my heart drop into the pit of my stomach.  ARE YOU SERIOUS?  TODAY?  But he led me through the process and the above photo is what we ended up with.  When we had our home up for sale a few years ago, I was told by one realitor that I should paint my cabinets in order to "update" them.  I almost fainted just thinking about it.  I loved the wood, loved the color, loved the fact that they were 30+ years old and still looked good.   I had recently decided I was going to change the flooring.  The kitchen carpet with the flowers had seen it's better day.   Little did I know that decision would be made for me - 10/13/13.
 I came home from a 3 day weekend at the lake to find that the connection to my dishwasher had broken sometime while I was gone, and had ran hot water  - a LOT of hot water.  My custom kitchen had taken a direct hit.  Damaged beyond repair.

The kitchen that I so dearly loved was here one day - 
And going..........


35 Days later......we have cabinets - in boxes!
Counter tops that are in - but not IN.  
Then the magic begins and we have a future again - to cook in our own kitchen!

We are very happy with the results, but it took a lot of time and a lot of work, and did I mention PATIENCE?  It took a LOT of patience!  I still feel like I'm in someone elses kitchen at times, but it's getting better.  Thanks for stopping by, I would love it if you would leave a comment!  Joining Metamorphosis Monday this week.  Thanks Susan for hosting!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

2013, not such a sad goodby!

As I go back through the past 363 days, I see many, many things to be thankful for.  We, for the most part, stayed healthy and happy.  We ended the year with the water damage in our home FIXED, and it was hard not to let that overshadow the good times.  We are blessed, but take so much for granted.
 The past week, we've seen family members have severe health issues, friends of the family in horrible car accidents, and deaths in families close to us.  We or family members have experienced the awfulness of addiction, anger, and disappointment. 

The bad has overwhelmed the good at times.  But, we look forward to the new year with a new hope.  We pray openly for the government, those who wear the robes of the court, and those who are homeless. 
We pray for the mentally ill, the hungry, and the people are affected by war, recently or past. We pray for the strong willed and powerful, those who think only their way is the best way.  We pray for those who have desired to make amends, but were shunned.  We pray for those who begged for help, but were denied.  
We pray for peace, for love, and for this wonderful country we live in.  God bless the USA!  Sandi 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Another lesson to be learned from this!

This is what happens when your water line to the dishwasher breaks and water runs all weekend while you are gone!  Ick!  Did you know you are supposed to change your water lines to your dishwasher and your washing machine every 5 years?  Nope, we didn't either, but you can BET we won't make that mistake again!  Live and learn, right?  

Thanks for stopping by and leave a comment if you have a minute!  Sandi 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

There's a lesson to be learned here! Turn your water OFF when you leave home for more than a day. Trust me!

Sometimes life gets so comfortable, we take things for granted.  Sometimes life just seems so easy.  I'm not bragging, just stating a fact.  I feel blessed. I certainly don't feel worthy of all I have.  I love my home, and am so glad that I have a place to call home.  6 Months ago we paid the last payment on our home.  It's ours!  Free and clear!  Finally!  
Nothing fancy, but it's home.  We spend our leisure time at our lake house, but more about that some other time.  

Last Sunday 10/13/13 is a day I won't forget soon.  I came home from the lake house, which is a 4 1/2 hour drive.  My DH stayed at the lake, since he's retired - he can do that.  :)  Anyway, I pulled into the garage, loaded my arms full of "stuff" and headed to the door.  Oh course it's locked as usual, and I juggle the things in my arms until I can get the key in the lock.  As I open the door, a HUGE gush of HOT air hits me and humidity like someone has taken a shower and left the water running.  If only I'd known how close to right that was.  

As I pushed open the door, besides the heat and humidity, I realized I could hear water running.  Not like out of a faucet, or hydrant, but like out of a water fall.  I tossed my "stuff" aside and ran into the foyer.  I could hear water running particularly in the basement as I ran by the door.  I switched on the basement light and could see water standing, and see water gushing through the ceiling.  This gave me the clue I needed to figure out where this water was coming from.  I ran into the kitchen and before I got through the dining room, I was running in water.  When I got to the kitchen there was HOT water running and apparently had been for quite awhile.  

Panic sets in at this point.  I call my DH and try to convey (through my obvious hysteria) what is going on.  He is trying to describe to me how to shut off the water at the well pit (we live in the country and have rural water). Looking back on it now, we both realize he was telling me to shut it off in the WRONG place!  Guess he was hysterical too, huh?  Anyway, long story short - he got someone to come shut off the water - and I remembered to shut off the electricity.  

This is some of what I found that night - it was 5:25 pm when I made the first call to my DH for help.  

 We have (had) kitchen carpet.  I was getting ready to get something new, but didn't have this in mind.  
The base cabinets in the kitchen had set long enough, they were absorbing the water.  
This is my island top.  It was custom made by a friend, in butcher block style, out of cherry, maple and oak.  One of a kind.  

Over the next 48 hours we went from a house that was paid for and finished - to one that was paid for and demolished.  We lost 100% of our kitchen.
We went from this beautiful kitchen......
To this yesterday - and down to the studs today.  We lost 100% of our living room carpet which now looks like this......
We went from a 100% finished basement
To this.........
And now down to the studs.  This is not fun.  I'd like to scream everytime someone says, "Wow!  you get to start all over!"  I didn't WANT to start all over.  I didn't WANT a new kitchen.  I liked what I had.  

I'll keep updating you as we go along.  So far our insurance has been cooperative, but we keep hearing nightmarish stories, so we shall see.  

Thanks for stopping in!  Please leave a comment so I know you were here.  

Saturday, October 5, 2013

It's one of my favorite DECORATING times of the year!

 The only thing wrong with Halloween is that we have no kids around any more to make costumes for, have parties for, make treats for!  I have a lot of Halloween decor, and have decided to pare it down.  So, the above photo is my mantel this year.  I like the way it turned out.  The decorations are some that I will keep. \
The picture in the middle was actually a wall hanging from years ago (80's).  It's yellow and orange, and it goes perfectly with the Halloween theme!  It was supposed to just be a pretty picture.  I'm thinking about painting some big nasty vultures in the trees!
 The above photo is in the entry way.  On Halloween night, I will light the candles, and keep the overhead lights low, so when the 4-5 kids we have trick-or-treating come, it's kind creepy.  
 I got this skeleton last year, don't even remember where, but I was so excited!  He is about 4' tall, and looks pretty scary!
 The pop-up book is really cute, love pop-ups!
 Many of my decorations are ceramic.  We used to have a ceramic shop here in town (which is something considering we only have 30 people)  The kids and I used to walk over and make things, and many MANY of the things were Halloween.  Love the mummy getting out of the coffin.  The mummy in the background is an art project DD#2 made when she was in grade school.  I framed it, and have used to every year.  Just love the one eye open!
 The goblet were from a thrift store in Colby, Kansas!  I lived there for a year doing therapy, and every week, made it to the thrift store.  
I bought a rat last year - he was only a dollar, but adds SOMETHING!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure and leave a comment!  Sandi 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Meme and Papa Camp 2013

We have had an amazing time this week, hosting our youngest 4 grands - all girls ages 5, 4, 3, and 2.  We have had so much fun, playing games, dressing up, baking, swimming, taking a trip to the zoo, boating, and of course drama!

I went to Hobby Lobby a week ago, and bought a project to do several days in a row.  The photo above, shows them doing some foam flower decorating - they love anything with glitter and glue!  Of course all of the projects will go home with them when they go.  
One day we made cupcakes with my "cupcake machine".  I got it at a K Mart that is closing out, for $12!
They took turn stirring the batter, made from scratch with the recipe included.  They were good!  
The cupcakes are the perfect size for little hands, and not enough to ruin their supper!  Of course at this age, we seemed to end up with more sprinkles than cupcake at times!  
Out of 7 days, we've had 2 where it was nice enough they could get out in the yard.  They played hide and seek, which isn't always a great idea - but we have one who volunteers to always be the seeker, so it works out well.  Here you can see 3 of them hiding behind the flowers in the yard.  Yes, at the very top of the photo that is the lake you see.  So that means 100% of the time they are outdoors, they are monitored.  
One afternoon was spent at the beach and on the boat.  We require life jackets if you want your toes to touch the water.  If you agree to NOT get in the water, you can do without for short periods of time.  They have never complained about that rule.  
We spent one day at the zoo.  The girls were SO well behaved and had such a good time.  
 Great Grandma sent us a package that had bridal veils in it, so everyone could have one of their own!  Yes the photo of me is way off - the shirt I'm wearing is comfortable, but always makes me look preggers.
 One day we played beauty shop and Emma wanted curly hair.  This is the curls while they were drying.

This is her picture after we got done.  They wanted makeup and the whole make over, so that's what we did.
This is Greta after we got done.  She said she felt, "beautiful"!  The other 2 girls opted out for this.  They settled for nails only.  

We are still having a good time, and have a couple of more days to go.  Hope you enjoyed my little gallery of memories.  Sandi