Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Bench and Tables

I'm backing up a little with this first photo because I wanted to show the beginning of the bench. It is along the south wall and goes the entire length of the room to cover a cement ledge. Here's the framing. It's sturdy.

Now you're facing the other way and the floor is black, the wood is down and on and unpainted and the trim is off. I either forgot to take the bench picture in this direction or I meant to do it in the other direction. Oh well.

The bench is DONE. Painted, trimmed and baseboards attached. As you can also see in this picture, I got my tables. I started with different legs and they were not sturdy enough. A little too wiggly.

This will be MY work space. Clearly I have nothing to work with just yet. That is all still to be decided.

There are a few things still going on along the other wall so I'm still not ready to take a picture of the entire room. Basically there's still a lot of junk over there and the last piece of trim isn't up yet.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Heart of the Matter - Emily Giffin

This is what I'm reading now. I just picked it up on Monday. After this there will only be one book left until she writes another one and so then I'll try to get the last Mary Kay Andrews. If I still can't get that one then I'll try Katie Fforde and wait until they both release another book.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Dehydrated Apples

After reading my friend Celia's blog about making her own baby food and talking to my sister about her crockpot and dehydrator, I decided to pull out mine and get to it.

This is the Apple peeler, corer, slicer and I don't think I'd bother if I didn't have one of these. At least not after using one. It makes it a super quick process.

Once I lay them out in the dehydrator I turn it on and just leave it for about 7 hours and they're done.
I do not treat them with anything. They're just plain apples and they taste great that way.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Love the one you're with

JUST finished this one. It was a slow start and took me longer to get through but I still enjoyed it over all. 

Funny thing happened though, I often catch spelling errors in the books I read but this time the book was missing an entire page! When I got to page 302 something didn't flow and so I checked to see if the pages were stuck together. I glanced down at the page number and saw a 312 so it went from 301 to 312 to 303? I turned to 312 only to see the exact page that I had just read. HA! That's quite an error. I don't know if it will help but I'll let the library know when I return it. Maybe they can send away for the missing page and tape it in place. If they care. I would.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Dog Sitting

Mollie, Max and Dusty 

Today we have some friends over. Max really likes Mollie as you can tell by his nose touching move there in the photo. He's such a flirt. Dusty on the other hand is posing properly as requested.

Mollie is a very blond Golden Retriever and is about the same age as Max. She recently had a malignant tumor of the injection site removed. She has severe allergies and was getting injections regularly. They believe that they got it all out but we will see. In the mean time, she has cancer.

Dusty Dog (Double D) is our little mixed breed. He's our oldest at 14 and he needs another haircut.

Mollie and Dusty

My parent's dogs. It's hard to tell where one dog ends and the other begins. Funny. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Scrabble Coasters

I've had this project going for quite a while now and finally decided to glue some together. It was/is harder than it seems to find words and phrases to fit the coasters. I still have a few left to do so suggestions are welcome but I only have certain letters left.

I saw the idea on Pinterest and decided that these would be great for my brother, hence his name mixed in there. Strangely enough, the idea comes from intimateweddings.com. I find that odd. They used 5x5 but I decided to do 4x4.

See, I don't follow directions but mostly because I know how to do what they've done just by looking at it. I'm lucky that way. Here's what I did which appears to be slightly different than what they did.

I got some cork from a big box crafty type store and cut it down to size using my super duper cutter from Stampin' Up! Then I used wood glue and a Popsicle stick to adhere the letters to the cork. Put a thin layer of glue on the cork and then a thin layer on the back of the letter because glue sticks to glue. I also plan to spray them with clear acrylic.

Note: I purchased 2 incomplete games at a thrift store. There's no need to ruin a perfectly good game. I was even able to give 3 letters to my sister to fix her incomplete game.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Exercise Bike... Take 3

Over the years, I have used an exercise bike to work out with successful results. It started with the fitness center at Rick's College. I faithfully rode 30 minutes several times a week. Then when I moved to UT in 1993 I bought one where the arms moved back and forth. I eventually sold it because I got tired of having to move my arms in order to ride it. I replaced it a few years later with the recumbent style but came to find out that I had no desire to ride a bike while leaning back so I got rid of it when I returned from PA.

After reading all of the old calendars (previous post) and realizing that my exercise of choice and success is the exercise bike, I decided I need to get another one right away. It is large, sturdy, has a cup holder, a book holder and nothing moves but the pedals. Score!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Memories worth saving

I attempted a yard sale yesterday and made a whopping $1.25. I only sold 2 things. It's not that I didn't have good stuff. I think it was just bad timing and bad planning and ultimately that people are super cheap at yard sales (including myself). I even attempted to sell everything for $1 or less but at that point I had no customers.

When it came to putting everything away I decided to make a box for the car to be donated. I also made a box of stuff to sell online and immediately took pictures and posted for sale. As I work through these items I will reevaluate and donate accordingly but I don't see why certain things won't sell. They will, it will just take time and that I have.

There were 2 boxes left under the pile of yard sale stuff that were not yard sale related. One had calendars that I had saved for referencing specific events dated 1987-2009, the other has old photo albums. I read through most of the calendars and notes last night and the rest this morning only to find out that I was a dork. Only certain years were attempted to be journal like and I'm glad because those were the worst! I found out that I obsessed over boys that didn't even know I existed (c'mon, I was a teen), I wrote lots of letters, I liked quotes and I tracked my weight regularly, I didn't drink milk and rarely ate bread (and that I need an exercise bike in order to rectify any problems there so I'll be getting one ASAP).

I pulled out a few significant pages like when I got my first car, when I graduated from college the first and 2nd time (as if those aren't on the diploma), when we lost  Joshua (passed away), when we got Buster Brown at 6 weeks, I couldn't find when we lost Jodi or found Bridget, when we moved into the house on 800 east (August 29, 1993) and a few others. Overall, it felt good to throw these so called memories into the recycle bin. Watch out photographs, here I come. If I don't even know your name and I'm not in the photo, you're so gone. It's time to be selective.

Friday, August 3, 2012


First we have the sheers. I took one that I had that fit a sliding glass door (which I don't have) and cut it down to make 2. One for the longer window and one for the shorter window. Eventually (maybe never or maybe tomorrow) I will make another one for this window and cut the one for the smaller one up the center lengthwise to make 2 for each so they can be pulled to the sides.

Next we have the loft. When I took the curtains in the living room down to wash them with the other black fabric (flat sheets) that I had intended to use, I realized they were skunked. The sun had bleached them in a striped fashion on the one side and while they were hanging on the line I realized that they would be perfect for the loft. Ta da!

I haven't decided on the actual curtains that will go over the sheers on the windows.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Challenging Myself

Yesterday I decided to finally get off my butt and get in shape. I have gained 20+ pounds since my return from PA and I was already 20+ overweight to begin with. I have become uncomfortable and sluggish and nothing fits. NOTHING! I blame it on the change (decline) in activity and the large consumption of the foods (Costa Vida and Brick Oven) that I missed having while I was away.

Today I actually did something. I just rode my bicycle from my house out to the Paul Ream Wilderness Park and back (5.6 miles). It was hot but I got it done and of course, I feel great!

Tomorrow I will attempt to do a different part of the Provo River Trail much earlier in the day and I'll attempt not to eat all day just because.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Matching Porch Lights

We finally got the other porch light up. It matches the one in front of my stamp room. It looks so much nicer with matching things. Now I need matching doors.

Yes, the house is filthy. That's another project I haven't gotten to yet. Just focus on the light.