Thursday, March 16, 2017


I've been sewing lately and it's been fun for the most part.
I'm seriously considering taking a class or two because, although I like to sew, I always feel like I'm kind of winging it. I don't really know what I'm doing.
and I've never been one to sew clothes...I always sew curtains or pillows or stuff like that.
But I decided to sew some little skirts for the grandkids.
I looked for patterns online and found an easy one and a cuter one.  So I went with the cuter one of course! (it is still simple but it has a second tier to keep the bulk away from the waist but still be twirly)
And the girl who showed the cuter pattern likes to line her skirts so of course I had to do that too.
Then I decided to add pockets.  Because, pockets!

Anyway, I sewed for days.

At one point Frank asked me what I was doing.  
He said, "I thought you were making a couple of skirts for the girls...but you've been working forever.  What are you doing exactly?"
I said, "Well, Isabelle likes dinosaurs and Kaylee likes cats so I made those two.  Then I found this other cute fabric that I just couldn't pass up so I used that.  Then I also had leftover floral fabric from the curtains so I figured I might as well use it!  And then I found out they girls like 'Frozen'..."
He interrupted "So, you are out of control"
Me, "yep"

So, yeah, in the end I made 4 skirts per girl.
Some have pockets, some don't.
Some have cute colorful bands on the bottom, some don't.
Two are the simplest skirt pattern and the rest are the other pattern.

Doneen helped me by serging the hem of the lining fabric.  I'm pretty terrible with the slippery stuff.

I had a mess going in several rooms of the house, plus other rooms fall apart because I am not doing any cleaning or upkeep as I focus on one project to the detriment of all others.  It's how I am and I've learned to accept it.

I will post pictures of all of the finished skirts eventually...
but I want Amber and the girls to see them in person first.

I sure hope they fit!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

This and That again

I am sick to death of politics and the news and people being rude and mean to each other online.
I wish we could all just get along.

I got my nails done the other day.
Harley, Carter's girlfriend, is in school and needed to do some gel nails for graduation so I went and got some from her.
I am generally hard on manicures and rarely paint my nails because they just never last (and, yes, I've had gel nails before and they didn't last either).
But I will say that I like the color I chose and they are looking pretty good.
I don't know if they will last but I like them for now.

I also got a facial which was blissful.

I have finished all of my current house projects so today I was saying to Carter, "What should I do next?"
He responded, "Why do you have to do anything?  Can't you just relax for awhile?"
That made me laugh.
Sorry, kid, I have started changing things and I can't stop now!

When I look at my calendar and see absolutely nothing on it for the next day, it fills me with happiness.

I did one day of the couch to 5K program.
The next day my hip hurt so much that I could barely move.
Well, that sucked.

I've been getting weekly massages (for two weeks now).
They are deep tissue massages in an attempt to help my headaches.
When I get home Frank asks "how was your massage?" to which I respond, "painful"
He really wants me to say it was awesome and relaxing but that's not the point!
Honestly, it IS relaxing in a way and it is awesome that I can do it...but it also hurts.  But in the long run it will make me feel better so it's a good pain.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Something to be thankful for. February 2017

Feb 1- Caring people. Thank heaven for caring people.
Feb 2- It's groundhog day! I watched the movie and just enjoyed a relaxing day.
Feb 3- Spent the whole day working on some sewing projects.  I'm so blessed to be able to do things like this.
Feb 4- We went to a movie as a family and I really enjoyed being together.
Feb 5- A wonderful day at church.  I felt the love of God in my life today.
Feb 6-Warm weather in the middle of the winter. So nice.
Feb 7- Such a bad migraine today.  I am thankful for medical doctors and for drugs that can be injected and cause me to sleep away the entire day in blissful oblivion.
Feb 8- Today, on his birthday, I am thankful for Dion!  He's a great brother, a fun guy, a great dad and just makes all of us happier.
Feb 9- A little alone time. :-) I'm thankful for alone time because I really enjoy solitude on occasion.
Feb 10- Lunch with a friend and, finally, my botox injections! It's been a rough migraine month so I'm glad to finally get these injections.  Here's hoping the next 3 months are better.
Feb 11- Time in the temple this morning with Frank and Carter.  Fun times playing cards with Frank, Carter and Harley this evening.
Feb 12- Man it was such a good Sunday today.  Fabulous talks in Sacrament meeting (all of the new Relief Society Presidency spoke), a great lesson in Sunday School given by one of the girls, and a really wonderful lesson on being positive in Relief Society.  A really uplifting day.
Feb 13- I went out by myself today and ran errands.  I had another headache but still managed to get a few things done. I enjoyed chatting with the gals from Seagull for a few minutes and told them I was ready to come back to work one day a week. I also got a free sample of a See's of course I'm thankful for that! ha!
Feb 14- Valentine's Day! I'm thankful that Frank got me See's. :-) We also had a nice dinner together.  Thankful for my sweetheart.
Feb 15- I'm thankful for my sister Doneen who gave up her day to help me can stew.  It was fun hanging out together.
Feb 16- I spent most of the day with Carter and my mom.  I got my hair done by Carter's girlfriend Harley to help her reach her graduation goals. I'm thankful for time with my family.
Feb 17- I'm thankful for the little purple flowers blooming in my garden.

Feb 18- Frank talked to me seriously about the plan for painting the kitchen.  I liked that he was really caring about my wishes and thinking seriously about how to accomplish them.
Feb 19- Dinner at Diane's with Dion and Summer's family.  I love those guys!  It was great to see them all again.  Love my siblings.
Feb 20- Took Frank to the airport and on a whim went to a local furniture store because they were giving out $25 gift cards to the first 200 customers and I was driving by on my way home from the airport so I thought...what the heck! right?  Got the gift card, bought a cute thing for my office-to-be with it.  It was fun.  Then I had a nice quiet day alone at home since Frank was gone and Carter went to the zoo with friends.  I watched too much tv, painted some trim and just relaxed.  I needed it so much and it was awesome.
Feb 21-So many good things today!  I got a little desk for my office, got a bunch of painting done, went to the temple with Carter and I think there was more but I can't remember now. Whatever it was, it was great! Good day.
Feb 22- Went back to work at Seagull today for the first time in quite awhile.  I enjoyed being around Kimber and Chantel again.  I really like both of them.  And now I'm binge watching a Youtube show that Kimber recommended.  So that's fun and also, curse you Kimber! 
Feb 23- I got a massage today!  It was fabulous and painful all at the same time. I'm trying to get the headaches under control so this was recommended by my headache doctor.  Don't mind if I do...
Feb 24- Had a fun little movie afternoon with my mom and that allowed my Dad to get some much needed alone time.  Then afterwards, we went to Diane's house to celebrate the January/February birthdays.  Having Dion home sure helps us get together more often as a family...he is apparently the glue that holds us together.  I'm thankful for Dion!
Feb 25- We had a day of projects today and I loved it.  I love getting projects done around the house.
Feb 26- I made a yummy recipe that Doneen gave me.  I used some of my canned food as well as some of the huge bag of potatoes that NEED to be used. (We bought 50 lbs of potatoes for a fundraiser of a neighbor).  I'm thankful for delicious, easy to make food.
Feb 27- We had a nice evening together as a family and Carter gave us a lesson using some of his visual aids from his mission. It was great.  Followed by chocolate oreo shakes made by Frank.  I decided to live on the edge and actually had some.  It was delicious!
Feb 28-Doneen helped me fix my cushion that I've been working on for my window seat.  If I didn't have her, I don't know what I would have done...perhaps hire someone?  Because I was seriously screwing it up.  I'm thankful for Doneen!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A decision has been made

I am always pondering what my next project should be
and I have come to the decision that I am going to paint my kitchen cabinets.
I'm a little bit afraid of this project, 
because it's going be awful and long and tedious and hard and I really need it to turn out looking professional, not like a DIY nightmare.
But I'm going to do it anyway.

Someday I hope to remodel this kitchen
but in the meantime I still want to make it more "me" than it is.
I want to fix a few of the things that bug me or are just plain broken.

This will serve as my official "before" pictures.
I'm so proud of myself for remembering to take before pictures.

The room is sort of dark and cave-like most of the time.

Below is the area above the stove.
Why didn't they finish tiling up to the vent hood??

Or at least cut off the piece of tile to match the rest?

The tile isn't hideous but it's just not my style and we have a few broken tiles as well...
my current plan is to tear it out and put up beadboard as a temporary backsplash until I can remodel.
It should last a few years I hope.
I have already picked out the tile I want for my "real" backsplash (assuming I don't change my mind before I can remodel) but I don't want to install new tile now and then possibly damage it or have to redo it when I pull out the cabinets and counter tops.

I plan to replace this window over the sink.

I don't use the garden window as it is meant to be it just doesn't get enough sun since we have a covered porch out back.
So I will plan to get a regular window that I can open for some fresh air.

The window is also cracked.

I do have a nice wide window sill which I love!

I will put new hardware.
I don't know if you can tell but there used to be different knobs on these cabinets but they didn't fix the holes when they put the new knobs.
So I will have to fill all of those holes before painting.

Quite a few of the drawers and doors have damage...a variety of issues: age, water damage and just wear and tear.

 I'm hoping I can fix this drawer (below).
It is either not on correctly or is the wrong size because there is a gap that is always visible.
I haven't really investigated yet but hopefully it's fixable.

The one part of the kitchen that I most wish to fix but won't be able to at this time is the island.

It's huge.
Bigger than I want (makes it hard to walk by from the laundry room) and a weird shape.
It has attached swivel chairs.
And all of the plugs to the island are on the back side by the chairs which means I have an extension cord always attached for when I run the mixer or crock pot or whatever.
It's lovely.

One of the chairs is broken so no one can sit there.

Here's another view of the island.
Frank is charging his drill from the other outlet that I have available to me.

Currently my plan is to just leave the island painting or anything like that.
We will see what happens as we go along though.
I'm not ruling out changing it, it's just not on the list of what's most important right now.

I'm a little unsure if white cabinets will look good with my current countertop, though it has speckles of white, grey and beige in it.
I won't be changing the countertops.

Frank is telling me to paint the cabinets a color if I want to, but  that makes me more nervous than white does.
After all, brightening up the room is the first goal.

So, even though I haven't really planned much
and I'm not even 100% sure what color I will do,
the decision has been made that I will be painting in here.

Wish me luck!

(and tell me if you have color opinions!)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Random weird thing again.

So, lately I've been having lots and lots and lots of migraines.
My head is seriously out of control.
And it's the worst.

But anyway, that's not what this post is about. Not really.

Because I have been having so many migraines, I have had to go to the ER/instacare/headache clinic for emergency treatment when the regular meds don't do anything.
Honestly, the regular meds never seem to do anything but whatever.

So, when I go to the clinic/ER/instacare, they give me a couple of shots in the hip usually.

Turns out depending on where you go, they give the shot in a slightly different place.

butt, hip and even upper thigh have been used.
I know I went to nursing school a long time ago but have they really changed where they give shots?  I mean, I don't think the human anatomy has changed that much in 20 years (or whatever...I didn't do the math ok?)

But one particular time, the nurse gave me a shot in kind of the front of my hip. It was the weirdest shot ever and when she gave me the second shot my leg jumped and it hurt and I was like,"that cannot be good."  But I had a headache so I just went with it and pretended all was fine.

My hip hurt for a long time.
And now, weeks later, that part of my hip and outer leg is freakishly numb.
It's actually kind of a mixture of hurting and being numb at the same time.

I sometimes find myself scratching or rubbing that area because it is hurting a bit but when I scratch, it feels numb.

It's super weird.

My headache doctor told me that it would gradually improve and I was not ruined forever.  So I'm hoping that's true.

This has been your random weird Debbie thing of the day.

You are welcome.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bad luck

After our family party on Sunday, I accidentally left my crock pot and rice cooker at my sister's house.  I just rushed out without thinking and left them on the counter.

It took me a couple of days to get back up to her house to pick up my stuff. But today I finally drove up there with Carter.

As Carter loaded the rice cooker in the car, he tried to wedge it between the back and front seat and he ended up denting it...the side is all crushed in. It happened so easily and we were both surprised.  I harassed Carter a little bit.

We ran some errands with all the stuff still in the car.

As Carter opened the door to place a bag inside the car, the crock pot fell out onto the parking lot and it cracked!

Dented rice cooker.  Cracked crock pot.

I'm thinking I should have left everything at my sister's house after all.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

To paint or not to paint

I am almost done with the painting of all the trim in the house. Whew!
I have 2 more doors, 2 more doorways, the crown moulding over the fireplace (very small area), and the baseboard in the front room.
Ok, when I list it out like that it doesn't really sound like I'm almost done...but compared to how much I had when I started, I feel SO CLOSE.
So, of course, I am beginning to wonder what my next project will be.

My long term goals include redoing the kitchen and laundry room cabinets and getting hard wood floors.  But these are very long term goals. Very.  I am saving up but it'll be a while for sure.

I am starting to wonder if I should paint my kitchen cabinets as a temporary fix since I can't get them replaced anytime soon.  A few of them are broken in one way or another but they all function, if imperfectly.  I could do some minor fixes before painting...a little wood glue and a screw here or there will help make things work a bit better.
But the idea of painting a kitchen just sounds so overwhelming!  Plus there's all the cleaning and deglossing that has to take place in advance of painting.  Of course, painting the trim was also overwhelming and it hasn't been that bad really.
It's a lot of cabinets though.

This morning I asked Frank if he would be open to helping paint the kitchen when I finished the trim project.  He said he'd be happy to help by not complaining as I do it. Ha! He also offered Carter as an assistant.  I was already planning on that. :-)

I've always got about 5 projects rolling around in my head and this is just one of them.

I was talking about all the things I've been thinking about doing and Frank said, "I keep hoping you'll finish one project before thinking of a new one."  He is SO RIGHT.  I'm always thinking of new things even though I have tons left to do on projects I've already started.  The good news is, I do always finish my projects when I start them.  Eventually.

Since the painting of the trim requires some drying time, I've been doing numerous other projects at the same time.  Making curtains for the guest room/office, looking for/buying a hide-a-bed couch for the guest room/office, and painting the master bathroom.

Painting projects always feel more doable to me than other kinds of projects because I can do it myself pretty easily.

I've also been looking at light fixtures online (I haven't told Frank that I want to replace some of our lights), looking at rugs online, considering painting my white cabinet again since it's looking a bit raggedy, trying to decide if I should sell a couple of the dressers I have around here and getting new (old) ones to redo.

So, anyway, that's what I've been doing.

What do you think? Paint the kitchen or no?