Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Flu and Potted Plants - Oh Me Oh My

How are you? Long time no see but I'm sure you have been busy on your end. We've been doing things too but really the past couple of weeks have been a bit of a downer trying to recover from the Flu, Bronchitis and Strep. :- ( 
Just hoping our household is on the upswing of things now.
Well my post is pretty random but I'm kind of an "all over the place" kind of thinker most of the time anyway so here goes...
I'm really not that great of a gardener. I try though, really I do! As far as in the flowers and plants area, I'd say I'm pretty minimalistic. We'll call it that since I just don't have a very green thumb! So mainly the flowers you see in my yard are in pots. Yes potted plants. Yee Haw.
I bought a couple of beautiful large metal planters a while back and planted them full of soil and flowers and honestly they did horribly. The rain and weather drowned what I had planted even with rocks placed in the bottom of the pots. So here's what I did next after emptying everything out - I got out my electric drill and randomly drilled holes in the bottom so water will escape.  
outside of pot where I drilled. Wear your safety glasses!
This is the inside of the pot if you couldn't tell. :)
I imagine it will help the next plant I put in it. I sure hope so anyway. I don't know that this little post will help you but thought I'd share anyway. Drilling is an easy task. Let's hope it works. Thanks for reading if anyone did.
Okay now go get that flu shot if you haven't already! You definitely do not want the flu. There is my real tip of the day. Hope all is well. Over and Out!  

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Bleached Blinds

Not sure what the deal is with Blogger right now but I can't get my pix to upload. I reduced size and still nada so I'm posting with no pictures again. Oh well. It's not like I'm not trying. I'll figure it out just not today because I've got too much to finish up on! Happy Hump Day!

How do you clean your blinds in your house??? Bleaching blinds has been a pretty big activity the past couple of weeks here. I've cleaned them before using dusters, wash cloths, dusting gloves, etc. and it's just not cutting it. The changing of our air filters should help a lot with the amount of dust in our house but the blinds gunk got to me.

Finally thought I had to do more! We've got those two inch faux wood blinds and they are a little heavy but very easy to get down and maneuver. They are just awkward. Remember you're building muscle too! lol. So I started with the downstairs blinds, usually two sets a day, soaking them in the bath tub with warm water with a little bleach. They soak for an hour or so(you don't need a lot of water because the blinds do float) and then I scrub, rinse and pull them out of the tub, carefully placing them in a big Rubbermaid storage tub and carry them downstairs to lay them outside either on the patio table or driveway to dry. I cut the wooden pulls off and clean them separately before submerging them in the tub to be able to bleach the strings too. After I hang the blinds back up is when I re-knot the pulls. Super easy peasy! The people who lived here before us had a dog who chewed a lot of the pulls so I ordered a small bag to replace some. Yippie!

It's time consuming but worth it! Over time they just get so disgusting! Nice and new is how they look now! Makes looking out the windows way more pleasant!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tree and Stump Removal Oh My!

I'm so excited! The kids are back in school - my youngest just started Kindergarten so I'm catching up on all the outstanding projects we have at home! The past couple of weeks I cut down two trees and dug out four, count them, FOUR tree stumps all by myself! ROAR!!! haha.

I'm still excited. I had called around to various tree stump removal companies and no one called me back! Better for me because I did it by myself and saved my family a lot of dough! I would post the pictures of a couple stumps and the area I'm working on but I'm having trouble uploading pix this morning. It's not too bad uprooting smaller sized stumps but it takes dedication, strength and the mindset. Oh and lots of breaks!!!! The roots systems on some of them were tough. I've uprooted bushes before but these were a good bit harder. It took me three days to uproot four total and an hour per the first two stumps and then about fifteen minutes on one stump and two hours for the last stump. Lots of water breaks are needed though!

I've got a very loooong to do list so I'm getting to it. Lots of things to work on inside this week. I'll be sharing some of those projects too! Can't wait! Hope everybody is good!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Little Alarming!

Um several years ago someone I know had a fire in their home and it caused quite a bit of damage. After that everyone in our family got Fire Extinguishers as Christmas gifts! Was probably one of the smartest gift ideas because it is something everyone should have, just in case. So if you're ever looking for a practical gift, this is a good one! It was received well by everyone I gave one to!
My point of this post though is --- I've had this extinguisher for years. I have another one too but in my last kitchen "clean out" I realized that the gauge on it showed that it was empty, which was pretty alarming! It was no good to us if we needed it. I do not want to take that chance EVER! It went to the nearest recycling center so it could be disposed of but as a friendly reminder, maybe check your fire extinguishers to see if they are still good. Always best to be safe! Hope all is well!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Organizing Photos

How are things going? It's been HOT here. As far as stuff around the house I've got a big project going on and will probably continue all summer long. I'm working to reorganize all of our printed photos! I've saved up and used coupons to purchase plenty of photo albums so that isn't a concern and I can dig in and organize! 
photo albums oh my!
I love going through photo albums that belong to my parents and grandparents, and truthfully this project needs to be done for my kids. I want my kids to have photos they can see and remember things by. I've got boatloads of digital images but we have boxes full of printed photos as well. Going through everything and coordinating time lines and subjects for the albums has been challenging but I am starting to see the light!
Table covered in photos!
I've got photo albums of each child, one of our beloved cat, several family ones that include pictures of events and things with my husband's family and mine and wedding albums and albums of just my husband and me. Plus I've got some throwback photo albums that have sticky pages with clear view covers you lift up and replace to hold photos. I'm using those for pictures I can cut out and place in a collage sort of way. Oh the creative juices are flowing and it's keeping me busy!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Loading and Unloading My Trunk = DeCRAPIFYING Again!

WHATUP????!!!??!!?! How are you? What are you up to this summer? Swim team has me pretty busy and so does the hizzie! I am doing a MAJOR overload of decrapifying our house! I've been reading up on minimalism and how to live with so much less and am in serious DEJUNKING mode. If something doesn't emit happy thoughts or positive energy or I am not in love with something, it's leaving our house.
There are many things that don't belong to me so my children and hubs have to sort through and decide for themselves if they want to part with them or not. So far I have taken five trunk loads of crap to donate and I already have another trunk load full. I'm decluttering every part of our house, slowly. I can't say I'm on a path where I go room to room though. I find it better to just start and stop and keep moving. So far my son has weeded through all his school papers to decide what to keep and what to toss. It has been a big task. I've gone through wedding items, clothing, photographs, filing cabinets, books in the attic, trinkets, mementos, toys, you name it!
My child's school work we sorted through!

6th trunk load full

A lamp I was going to redo for 5 years and never have. We don't use it so I'm donating to someone who can!
We took a family vacation a month ago and it's always eye opening to see what we can live without when we are away. There is so much crap in our house that we don't need! I'm so excited and it's so freeing to load up the car, unload, and donate things to someone else who CAN and WILL use them! YESSS!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wall Hanging over Headboard

Guess I've been MIA for a while. Things have been pretty busy here. I wanted to share with you what I did over our head board. I think it offers a nice contrast between the fine lines of the head board and the and the night stands. The mirrors are curved and match the overall theme of the room. Happy hump day!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Minimalism At Its Best!

I follow a bunch of blogs and sites on minimalism and would love to have a more minimalistic life. I know I've talked about this over and over. Just tired of feeling like I'm drowning in stuff. I absolutely love going on vacations and not having EVERYTHING we have in our house to show how well we can live a simpler life. I'm working on the next garage sale and bagging a bunch of stuff up to sell and hopefully rid the house of. My house may not look super stark of all knick knacks and stuff but it'll be cleaner and contain only necessary things and things we love. The hardest part is toys and children's items. Carefully working on this to feel more worry free and care free! Do you like the idea of minimalism? It's kind of annoying how quickly my family has filled up space so I'm back at it working to clear it out again! Are you doing any organizing since it's Spring?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Wall Hanging - Over Bed

How's it going? It has been a busy month and I've been working in the yard more than the inside of the house lately. The past couple of weeks I've raked and bagged seven bags of pine needles and then made two trips to the hardware store to lay down eighteen bags of mulch in the front beds. It was a chore because I first bought black mulch and it didn't look right with the house so I went back and got brown. I also came in contact with a snake for the very first time. Not fun.  
Getting back to the inside of the house, here's a picture of our master bedroom. I'm sharing because this is what we used to have over the headboard. I love to see how people decorate walls over master headboards if there's room. It took me a while to find the right thing. This isn't it! I wasn't settled on this mirror. It was lonely and looked out of place.
I'll share with you later what I found to hang there. Hope everyone is good. I'm whooped.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring Brings New Projects

Spring time has brought on allergies but I'm so glad it's finally here. With Spring here we've got lots of new outdoor projects to work on. Cannot wait to get them going. I won't bore you with all the details but here's the lowdown on the way back yard. The landscaping is tough but we cleared out a good wooded area in the very back and have some big trees that are spaced apart where we'd love to build a tree house. Doubtful it will happen considering we don't have the proper tools or the know-how but here is a rough draft of one we made up. Most likely we will add a swing or two in between the trees instead of a tree house. It's fun to imagine and draw up plans though!   

What kinds of projects are you doing this Spring?