Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Electricians and plumbers; oh my!

The house is a hubbub of activity right now.  We met with the electrician yesterday and between his crew and the plumbing crew, the house was teeming with activity.

The plumbing is about complete.  
(Things have changed a lot since our old house was built; apparently they don't use copper for plumbing anymore.)

The tubs have all arrived...
(This one is for the master bathroom.)

They are framing for the stairway to the basement.  
(If it doesn't rain, they may pour the stairs this week.)  

My kitchen island...

The bane of my existence...


It's within code, but our project manager thinks I should shorten it by 6 - 12 inches for an easier walkway.  Looking at this photo, it doesn't stick out that far...

Because of the opening (upper left in above photo), there won't be a lot of wall cabinets, so I was hoping to maximize storage in the island.

Our project manager is supposed to be getting back with me for more lively discussion on the matter.

I can't wait.
(Can you see my tongue in my cheek?)


All the busyness will be coming to a halt soon though.  There will be a big break while all the inspections take place.  We've been told, it could be a week to ten days.  

And, after that, insulation and dare I think...


Not sure when they will start on the outside.  
I guess after the framing has all been inspected.

Not much going on here, my creativity has come to a standstill.  

My muse has left the building and I don't know when it will return.

Wishing you a terrific week!


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Repurposing for a Craft Room

I've been checking out Pinterest and all the different ideas people have for re-purposing furniture.  

I'm really interested in finding a way to store my yarn once we get moved.  

At our old house, you could find yarn just about anywhere:  the TV armoire, our guest bedroom closet, under the bed, in the hall closet.......

you get the idea.


I found these cool shelves that would be great for my crochet books as well as storing my yarn.

What do you think?

A '70's gun case.


And, check out these Broyhill Fontana bookcases; lots of great storage here.


Looks like another old '70's hutch with the doors removed and painted white then adding cute and colorful baskets for organization.


Another '70's redo


I like this idea for storing small balls of leftover yarn.


Have you found any neat blogs for re-purposing furniture?  

I don't have any woodworking skills, but I think I can handle a can of spray paint.  


Happy Wednesday!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Quick Update on the House

Happy Monday

Thought I'd pop in with a brief update on the house.  

We are all framed and under roof.  

The HVAC contractor has been installing the furnace and the ductwork.  

Friday evening, when we stopped by the house, we met some more of our neighbors.  Everyone has been so nice to stop by and introduce themselves.  It seems like a very warm community.  

Sunday, after church, we drove by the house and the window guy was hard at work installing the windows.  We didn't get out of the car since they were working; we didn't want to get in their way.

I think the plumber is next once the HVAC is complete.  Our project manager said we are still a long way away from drywall.  Which didn't really lift my spirits, but it's all in God's timing and I need to remember that.  


I'll get some photos with the windows in this week.  It's hard to see progress with the mechanical work, but slowly and surely, it's moving along.  

I hope your week is off to a great start.  It's sunny, but cool, here in the "heart of America".  Snow is predicted at some point in the week.

Take care!


"Wait on the Lord:  be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:  wait, I say, on the Lord."
Psalm 27:14

Monday, October 14, 2013

Around the Apartment

Even though it is Columbus Day, we are still doing lessons.  

Dear son is working on his subtraction renaming and drinking some milk out of a fun cup Grandma gave him.

I have an easy dinner planned since we have karate this evening.  I can throw the meatballs and sauce in the crock pot to heat up and just cook the noodles when we get home.  
Have you ever tried these?  
We like them and I like them even more when I need a quick and easy dinner.

Here are my crochet works in progress that aren't getting completed on their own.  
I don't know where my crochet mojo went.  I'm going to have to muster some up; 
I can do it, I can do it, I can do it.


Here is poor Pebbly-Poo doing what she does best.  Dear hubby says it won't be long before we have to "take her for a ride", but dear son prays almost every day that she makes it to the new house.  
These decisions are difficult.

Homework laid out for later this evening.  

Easy fact review, I have him do 1/2 a sheet a day, it keeps the building blocks of math fresh; new spelling words for the week; and an English review worksheet (Plural Possessive).  
And some "homework" for me....
balancing the checkbook.

I haven't had much to blog about.  I will say being in the apartment is way harder than I thought it would be.  It is a nice apartment, but it is small and it's hard on the little one and the adults alike.  

With school and pre-planned activities, we haven't been getting to the parks like we were this summer.  

I'm still doing the calendar count down on the fridge.  We have approximately 11 weeks left in 2013.  

I don't know if the house will be ready in December.  But at the end of the year, complete or not, it will be much closer than it is now.

Wishing you blessings for a wonderful week.


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Grandma's Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

Grandma's Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

We are headed to a fall festival this evening and I signed up to bring some cookies.  

There is nothing better than an old fashioned recipe with lots of beautiful memories attached.  That is the case with my Grandmother's old fashioned oatmeal cookies.

They are great!  

You can double the recipe if you like.  When doubling the recipe, I add an extra 1/4 cup of flour for a total of 2 1/4 cups.

My recipe is packed away, but I had my mom bring a copy when she was here several weeks ago.  I've been making them since; we all love them.  Hubby eats them with a big glass of milk; I like mine with a cup of tea.

Grandma's Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1 C Flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 C white granulated sugar
1/2 C shortening
1 egg
1 Tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 C oatmeal (old fashioned)

  • Combine flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a small bowl; set aside
  • Cream sugars and shortening until well incorporated and fluffy
  • Add egg, water and vanilla; mix
  • Gradually beat in flour mixture until combined
  • Fold in oats

  • Shape into small balls (I use a scoop) and place on cookie sheet
  • Press down with base of glass dipped in granulated sugar
  • Sprinkle tops of cookie with additional sugar if desired

  • Bake for 10 - 15 minutes; I cook mine for 10 min. and 30 sec.  they are cooked through, but will be chewy.
  • Leave on baking sheet for 1 - 2 minutes
  • Remove to cooling rack



Monday, October 7, 2013

Our Daily Bread

Hallelujah Chorus

Each morning, I try to get in my daily devotions.  I read Our Daily Bread along with the corresponding scripture verses.  

Today's little devotion mentioned this video that was done several years ago.  I had to dig it up and watch it again.  It blessed me this morning, I hope it does you as well.

King of King and Lord of Lords Forever and Ever.

Blessings to you for a wonderful week.


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Some Works in Progress

Believe it or not, I'm still working on this little baby blanket.  

I finished up one skein of yarn and am getting ready to join in the next.  My crochet motivation has been fleeting lately.  The two blankets in the background are one of my Fireside Cheers and a basketweave afghan I made for my husband's birthday a few years ago.  

The other work in progress is of course, the house.

I'm happy to say that the house is under roof!

We spoke with our project manager yesterday and it sounds like they will be putting on the shingles for the roof toward the end of next week.  After that, the heating, plumbing, windows and doors.  

We are meeting with him and their septic person next week to discuss placement.  From what he said, it sounds like the septic will be able to go on the west side of the house which will leave our backyard for gardening (yippee!).

The guys were busy last night and today working on the house.  It's exciting to see the progress, but I'm anxious for it to be done and to move in.  

It's been raining off and on since Thursday, so we are headed to the movies later this afternoon to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  It looks cute.  

Happy Saturday,


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Update on the House

We went down to see the progress on the house yesterday.  

There are now stairs going up and walls on the 2nd story.

Most of the interior walls are complete on the first floor.  

Dear son was counting out his steps in the different bedrooms to see which one he wanted.  

He chose the one with a view.


I can now look out a window in what will be hubby's and my bedroom and this is what I saw.

I think balloons are the theme here and I'm loving it!

I mentioned in an earlier post that we had starting collecting rock for a fire pit we hope to build.  This is what we have so far.  It's a small start.  

Hopefully the weather will be nice this weekend and we'll be able to gather some more.

Dear son and I stopped down earlier in the evening and it looks like they are getting ready to put up the roof.  They may have the roof started by the weekend!

Toodles for tonight and have a blessed evening,


New Project and Reading

I found some baby yarn in one of the bins we brought home from storage the other day, so I started another baby blanket.  

Bernat Softee is so soft, I like working with it.  I may save the blanket to donate for when our church holds it's Sanctity of Life Sunday and try to make a few more in the meantime.  I have plenty of baby yarn in one of the bins.

I'm reading Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte (revised in '98).  My mom brought me the book when she was here for her visit.  One of her book stores was having a $1 sale on books and she brought me three gardening books; this is one of them.  

I've found the book interesting and it's an easy read with good pointers; without going into too much detail.  I think it will be a good reference when we do plant our garden next spring.  It tells which plants enhance the growth of others, but also, what not to plant with particular plants.  An example with tomatoes would be that they are compatible with garlic and the garlic helps keep away red spider mites.  On the other hand, "don't plant tomatoes near corn, since the tomato fruitworm is identical with the corn earworm." (Excerpt from Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte.)

Our days have been really full lately.  I'm glad for the busyness on one hand as it keeps my mind off of the house being built, but on the other hand, I need a little R&R.  


I hope your week is going well.

Blessings to you and yours,


Linking up with Ginny for her Yarn Along.