Friday, May 27, 2016


Any of you that know me well know that I only go outside when necessary.  I did, however, make my annual Spring trip to the backyard today to check out the flower and vegetable gardens.
We have baby birds in the birdhouse. But, Mama bird was squawking telling the babies not to show their little heads as there was a crazy old lady out there with a camera.
We have large windows across the back of our house, so I do enjoy all of Bob's efforts in the yard every day.  I'll venture out there again in a month or so!

I did venture outside a couple of times in May to go to middle-school track meets.  I can't deny my cute grandson.
Wyatt has been at our house a lot recently building a tubulum for the middle school music room.  He always has these ideas of things to do in his Papa's workshop.  They made it from leftover PVC pipe and salvaged pallet wood.  Bob and he delivered it to school today --- the last day of his attendance in middle school.  Now, it is onto high school and more big dreams.  My part has been to keep this growing dreamer fueled with food.
When I wasn't cooking, I've spent a lot of this month on the computer.  We have an upcoming class reunion, and I made a photo book with 85 pictures of our school years to be raffled off at one of the dinners.  For the raffle, I also made 20 note cards with scenes from our hometown.
And, just because quilting is always my passion, I found time to finish this quilt top.  Now, this summer I want to just sit in front of the air conditioner and hand quilt it.

In retrospect, I guess it has been a busy May.
Hope you enjoy this upcoming holiday weekend.  Be safe.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Our house, a 4-bedroom, 2-bath rancher, was built in 1986.  When we moved here in 1997; we started updating the house and finishes.  It's an ongoing process.  
The two bathrooms are typical of the 1980s --- rather small, but adequate.  We have never replaced the original fixtures, with the exception of the bathtub in the master bath.  When we moved in we replaced that bathtub with a walk-in shower.
Time for some new bathroom updates ---

It all started with the need for new water-saving and higher-profile toilets.  If we were going to pull the toilets out, we should replace the old linoleum flooring.  Right??? And, it would sure be nice to have integrated sinks and new counter tops plus a new paint job.  You know how it goes!
Master bath in progress ---
 Painting done, toilet out, removing old flooring

Beginning work on the guest bath with old linoleum, 
counter top, sink, and toilet
still in place.  New wall paint.

The house is fairly small, so I like all of the rooms with neutral backgrounds to help with the visual flow.  But, I don't want boring with all white or all beige.  I like to mix it up a little to give it some texture.

The new wall and trim paint is Sherwin-Williams Pure White.
Finished Master Bath 
The 6" porcelain floor tile is 'Capri Classic' from Lowes.
Finished Guest Bath 
On the recommendation of friends and our plumber, we installed Icera toilets.
New sink and counter top

When we redid our kitchen two years ago, we installed new counter tops and an integrated sink from a solid-surface line called H-Macs.  We have been so satisfied with the product that we did the same thing in both bathrooms.  The pattern, Tambori, combines all of the beiges and whites in the rooms.

Not a big difference in the look of the bathrooms --- this redo was all about function and ease of future cleaning.

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