An Outside Update

With grass and tulips coming up in my front yard I thought it was time to take a look at the side of my house. Image I knew I wanted yellow roses under the windows on this side of the house so I zipped over to Lowe’s on Friday before work and picked up four. Image I read mixed reviews on these “body bag roses” but I figured that they were worth a try.  I kept my Lowe’s receipt and figured I’d take them up on their one year warranty if any of them died. Image A storm was looming over the mountains so I thought Saturday before work was as good a time as any to get them in the ground.

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The dirt in my yard digs really easily for the first 24″.  Luckily for me I didn’t have to go any deeper than that. 🙂  I put a rose bush under each window (living room, guest room and master bedroom) and then one at the end of the house.

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Any moisture I get runs right off my roof so I used that groove in the ground from the run off to line up all the plants.

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And then what I thought would be an awesome spring rain turned into a spring snow storm.  Luckily the roses still seem to be doing well and I can’t wait until they start producing those yummy yellow flowers!

-A

Bathroom Progress

Do you remember back in 2013 when I wrote this post?  My plans have changed in the last 7 months but one thing hasn’t-I want that beadboard in my bathroom!

This week I got it-but not without some problems.

Here’s what happened from the beginning (just a warning-the pictures aren’t awesome-this room has no natural light and is small and hard to get a good angle):

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This was where I started

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I knew I needed to get the baseboard in first and I thought it would be a breeze.  It wasn’t.  I’m sure you’re surprised but I did use a level which only showed me how out of wack this room is.  I started with the baseboard on the floor by the door but by the time it got to the bathtub it was more than an inch off.  I wanted to do this project right so I put it up level and will find trim to put on the bottom to cover up the space by the floor.

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The level problems only started at the floor.  Yikes.

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And then there was those boards holding up the surround to contend with.

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I got the beadboard up and then installed the picture ledge on top.

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Whomp whomp.  The ledge was too wide and I couldn’t open the door wide enough for people to get in or out.

So I took the ledge down.  Lowe’s is 30 minutes away and I really didn’t want to spend the time driving up there and trying to find a something else.  So I scoured my house and finally found some trim from another project hiding out in the old chicken coop.

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With this happy find I also came across another problem.  Nails are impossible to use in these plaster walls so I had to use a few screws to hold everything in.  I know that’s not the right way to do it but it was the only way I could get this stuff to stay on the wall!

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I painted that strip of wood on the side of the tub to try and blend it in with the surround until I can figure out another solution.

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Finally!  A dream realized!

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I had these hooks in my craft closet and I love them so much more than a towel bar.  I’m anxious to get more decorations up and I need baseboard in the rest of the room (and something to cover that gap by the floor) but I’m feeling like I’m finally able to mark this off the original to do list!

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New Lighting

You would think with this enormous window in my kitchen lighting wouldn’t be a problem.  But it is.

If I try to wash dishes at night I end up with my back to the only light in the room making it difficult to get things really clean.Image

So I want to put in a new light.  Or, more accurately, I want an electrician to put in a new light for me.ImageI found this shade at a thrift store in Durango last summer.  I think I paid $2 for it.  I’m hoping that next month (if the new laundry room door allows…) I’ll be able to shoot over to Lowe’s to get the pendant kit (is that a thing?) to be hung over the sink, just above the window.

What do you think?

-A

 

Spring, spring, spring!

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This happened this week.  It was so nice to have the window open for a couple of hours while I cleaned.

It’s also been nice to see that I’m not starting from square one this spring:

ImageI was over the moon to discover grass coming up this week!

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It’s still dainty little baby grass but I’m excited to see some green!

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I also decided this week to finally rake up that red bark in the front.  Imagine my surprise when I found things growing under there!  I found some plant stakes that said that at some point yellow tulips were planted here so I have my fingers cross that that’s what they’ll be!

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I even found this little guy sprouting next to my trashcan.

I can’t wait to get a garden and plants in-hopefully in the next few weeks!