Things finally feel like they’re starting to come together around here! We’ve had a very busy couple of months, and are moving forward on more than one renovation project. Here are a few of the highlights of the last few months:

I decorated the outside of our home for the first time this Christmas with items that I picked up last January for 75% off. I love the simple decorations, and the clear lights lining the roof edges.

I’ve been s-l-o-w-l-y stripping the stairs in preparation for paint. The main problem is that I have to use a heat gun to soften the paint, but the fumes are so strong that they make me sick. Plus, it’s messy and back-breaking, and I really hate doing it. So I decided to work on hanging my huge collection of thrift store picture frames in a gallery wall display. That also is not a fun job, so again, I’m only half finished. Notice a pattern here? Here’s a peek at my not-so handy work.
Recently, when Mike went away, I tackled a job that we’ve both been procrastinating; tearing down the kitchen ceiling. When we bought our house, I immediately tore down the drop ceiling in the kitchen, only to reveal improper wiring and pipes that someone had installed over top of the old ceiling. So besides the obvious fact that we needed to re-drywall the ceiling, we also needed easy access to work on the plumbing and electrical changes that needed to be made. Since Mike hates the dust and mess of demolition, and I hate listening to Mike complain about the dust and mess of demolition, I figured I’d tear it down myself. The mess was so bad that even I felt overwhelmed. It took me 5 hours to clean up after the ceiling came down!
The next picture shows visual proof of one of my wonderful husband’s pet peeves about me. He says I’m rammy, by which, he means that when I get an idea into my head, I don’t take the time to set up properly, or make sure that everything is prepped, I just tear into the project. Now, normally I would vehemently deny these baseless claims; “I’m enthusiastic,” I would say. “I’m a hard worker!”
However, and to my great displeasure, I have to admit that he’s right.
For some reason (and in my defence), I didn’t expect the mess to be so huge, nor did I expect the ceiling to be filled with blown-in insulation. Notice the sink full of clean dishes burried in grey insulation? The kitchen table with Lucky Charms, a pitcher of juice, and lathe and plaster on it?
In hindsight, I should’ve put those away before I got the big idea to get up on a ladder with a crowbar. Unfortunately, I’m rammy.
Other than that, I’ve been working on a million little finish decorating projects around here, and spending lots of quality time with my 5 beautiful kids.

I’m so excited to ease my way back into the blogging world with regular posts on my home and family! Thanks to everyone who’s continued to check in, and I’ll see you all back here tomorrow! :)


3 thoughts on “Update

  1. Chrystal - Adorn on a Shoestring

    Haha, yes, the kids alone are a lot of work. I do occasionally feel completely overwhelmed with this house, but as I see it start to come together, I love it. The renovations are slow and steady, though I really wish we could have even one room that was completely finished the way I want it. Oh well….. give it 20 years or so, lol! 😉

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