Monday, May 22, 2017

Problems that aren't real problems

Here's the thing:  I am one of those people who does not like stuff all over my countertops.
In my perfect kitchen there might be one thing, perhaps a vase of flowers, on my counter.
The rest of the space would be clear of any clutter.

In reality my counter has all kinds of stuff on it.  And I don't seem to be able to change it.

These are the things that are always on the countertop:

Paper towel holder
fruit bowl/banana hook
drying mat for dishes

The paper towel holder doesn't bug me that much.  In my last house I hada rod that hooked to the underside of my cabinets which I liked but it was apparently too hard to work because no one ever changed the paper towel roll but me.  At least this one is easy enough for the guys in the house to work. *sigh*

The toaster drives me nuts.
The cord is too long and also too thick so I can't hide it away.  The crumbs! Ugh.  Today I actually took the toaster outside and shook it with all my might. Then I attacked it with the air compressor. I washed the outside thoroughly and then when I brought it back left crumbs on the counter.  Why is this?
I used to put it in the cupboard after use but my family rebelled.  They want it out and so it is out.

The blender.
What an eyesore.
But it gets used at least once a day...usually more than that.  It's really not worth moving it that many times to have it off the counter for the time that it isn't in use.  Plus I don't really have a place for it.  It still bugs me.  I know if I put in in a cupboard I would hear complaints.
You can see in the picture that the pitcher portion of the blender isn't there. That's because it is on another part of the counter...drying. ugh.

Fruit bowl/banana hook:  It is currently empty but it usually has apples and bananas (I just got home from being in Alaska so we need groceries).  I don't mind how it looks when full of fruit but during garden season it doesn't hold enough so I end up with the bowl plus a big stack of tomatoes all over. Dislike.
I'm thinking of getting  banana hook that attaches to the cupboard and can be folded away when I don't actually have any bananas.  I would still have the fruit bowl but maybe I can put it on the table and force myself to keep the table cleaned off!  It's important to have dreams.

Drying mat: Well, this one is tough.  I almost always have something drying on it.  Maybe because I'm too lazy to dry the items and put them away immediately.  Today I had it all cleaned off (as you can see in the picture...ignore the towel there. ha!) and within 30 minutes I had refilled it with pans and knives that can't be put in the dishwasher.  Plus the blender is almost always there drying between uses.  I keep thinking I'll make a different mat that matches the kitchen better and fits the whole space since what I usually do when drying dishes is place a towel along side the mat since the mat is too small.

In addition to these items I can often find other things on my counters: dirty dishes, mail, other various papers that need to go elsewhere but haven't yet, medications and items that need to go out to the recycle bin but no one wants to do it so they sit on the counter.

You would never know by looking at my kitchen that I hate clutter and want to have clear counter tops.


That's today's installment of problems that aren't really problems.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Location, location, location

I am the kind of person who usually folds and puts away the laundry right out of the dryer.  I don't like to have baskets or piles of laundry around.
However, with all the painting I'm doing and with how torn up the house is, I ended up letting a basket of laundry sit in front of the dryer for several days.
I finally decided to put it away one night.
I was putting Frank's stuff in his drawers straight out of the basket and then anything that I found of mine, I would put in a little pile on the corner of the bed.
After all of his stuff was sorted out, I grabbed the pile of my stuff to take to to my closet.
When I lifted up the pile of clean clothes I looked down and there on my bed was a big caterpillar.
He looked all squishy and was moving his freakish worm-like body around ON MY BED.

I freaked out and started yelling for Frank to come.
He was like "it's a what"

But here's the thing.

Caterpillar in the garden=kind of cute bug that has the potential to be a moth or lovely butterfly
Caterpillar on my bed (and also apparently roaming around in my clean laundry)=gross, disgusting bug that is totally freak out worthy

He got rid of the bug for me and I pondered whether or not to strip my sheets and rewash all of the laundry I had just put away.

Lesson learned.
Stop painting long enough to put the laundry away immediately!

I am willing to  happily coexist with bugs if they will just stay outside where they belong.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Something to be Thankful for: April 2017

April 1- Conference in the morning at Candice's house.  Then off to visit Jennifer Frank (we've been friends since High School!) for the afternoon.  Sitting by a gorgeous pool and chatting was the perfect end to this day!
April 2- Just more relaxing for me!  We went on a little nature hike which was beautiful.  We sat by the pool and talked.  It's my last day in Arizona and I have loved every minute.
April 3-I drove home to Utah today.  I made it safely despite getting to drive through a blizzard (in April).  I enjoyed the drive and everything went smoothly so I'm thankful for that!
April 4- My tulips are blooming!  It's Frank's 5 year anniversary: he is cancer free 5 years today!  SO thankful for that.
April 5-Today I am thankful for my sweet granddaughter Isabelle.  It's her 4th birthday today and I miss her so much.  I get to go visit in May and I cannot wait!

April 6-Today is the start of a 3 day vacation with some neighbors.  We saw some beautiful areas and did some little hikes.  I'm thankful for a beautiful world that I get to enjoy!
April 7-Beautiful scenery and hikes in southern Utah.  Fun day!
April 8- Today we went to Bryce canyon for the first time. Wow, it was so gorgeous and unusual. I love seeing new beautiful places.

April 9-We had Rachel, Claudia and Charles over for dinner.  I love seeing these great kids and the good things they are doing with their lives.  All three of them will go on missions soon. I just love these kids!
April 10-Today I spent the whole day cleaning house.  I cleaned the bathrooms, the kitchen, vacuumed everything and did laundry.  I love a clean house and I am so grateful that I am able to spend time at home just doing these domestic things. I know I've been blessed to be a stay-at-home mom when many others can't do it.
April 11- Today I got 4 new windows! Yay!  I love that my bathrooms are now private (privacy glass woo hoo!) and that the window over the kitchen sink is functional and pretty.  I often wished I could open that window but it was broken.  Now I can get the wonderful spring air while in the kitchen.
April 12-I worked today and I just have to say that I really like the people I work with.  It makes work so much more fun!
April 13-Today is Kaylee's birthday!  I'm thankful for Kaylee in my life!

April 14-I bought a hide-a-bed couch a few months ago so that I can put it in my office/guest room.  I'm excited to finish up that room and also be able to have a place for guests (poor Hannah has gotten used to sleeping in the front room on the couch).  Today it was delivered!  And the exciting part? It's green!

April 15- Frank replaced the drywall in the kitchen and made it look pretty easy too.
April 16-Easter! I'm so thankful for my Savior Jesus Christ!
April 17-I'm thankful for beautiful weather outside today.
April 18- As we drove home from work, Lori pointed out the beautiful Lilac bushes.  When I got home I realized that I have two of them in my backyard!  I cut a few branches to put in a vase and they are beautiful and fragrant!
April 19-Today Frank and I worked on installing the new beadboard backsplash.  I think it's going to look great.
April 20-I'm grateful to work with fun neighborhood friends.  It makes the work day so much more pleasant!
April 21-I got to have lunch with a gal here in the neighborhood that I have a lot in common with and it was a nice little break. (Thanks Shari for always fitting me in!)
April 22-This morning I got a massage which was painful but also awesome.  My headaches have been so much better lately and I'm really grateful for that!
April 23-Carter got called to be a primary teacher and he seems fairly excited about it.  I'm grateful for his willingness to serve.
April 24-We got out of work early today (YAY!) and then I got to go to lunch with Beverly (a different friend in the neighborhood) which was really nice.
April 25-Frank helped me by painting the corner of the backsplash where the counter is so deep that I could only do it by actually climbing on the counter.  I was in pain from a long day and from hours of painting and when he chipped in, I wanted to cry it made me so happy.
April 26-Our power bill came was 13.00!  Loving our solar. :-)
April 27-Work with Laurel and Lori.  I really like those two gals!
April 28-Went to Doneen's to celebrate Daryl's graduation from BYU.  I had a hard day so I wasn't that excited to go, but I went anyway and ended up having a great time with my family. Yay!
April 29-Got to attend the adult session of Stake Conference with Dallin H Oaks presiding.  It was a great meeting and I felt the Holy Ghost testify to me that I am loved by my Heavenly Father.  I don't know why I always need reminding, but it always helps me when it happens.
April 30- Stake conference followed by the afternoon at Doneen's house to celebrate Mark's farewell before he goes on a mission soon.  I love my family.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Well, that escalated quickly

Last night I decided to start seriously trying to remove the tile from my kitchen backsplash.
It wasn't long before I realized that I was causing serious damage to the drywall behind the tiles.
It didn't matter what method I used for removing the tile, it was making a mess.
I started to feel like maybe I had made a bad decision.
I took a picture and was about to post it onto Facebook with a caption about how I was starting to regret my decision.
My irreversible decision.

Frank came in from outside and I told him about my reservations and concerns.
Of course, it really is too late for reservations or concerns...
I had already gone past the point of no return.
The tile would have to come down.

And so at this point, Frank got involved.
He started out trying to be gentle (like I had done as well)
and ended up using a pry bar and sledge hammer.

He has always said that his specialty is demolition!

The tile is out.
Aaaaand so is the drywall.

By the time we were done this was what we had:

We also found some sketchy wiring,
so that's fun.

I went to bed last night full of regret.

My plan was to "remodel" this kitchen using a couple hundred dollars worth of paint.
It was just a temporary fix until I can save up to really remodel.
I think I just went over budget.

why am I like this?
why do I always have to change everything??

I can go into the nicest house you would ever see and I will find things that I want to change.

I hated the kitchen in my last house and we lived there for 10 years!
I survived.
I never remodeled.
It was ok.
I could still cook food and feed the family in that kitchen.
But, yes, I hated it and complained.

And there are, no doubt, people who would look at this kitchen and think that it is so nice.
They would love it.

It's funny because I consider myself a generally content person...
I don't need fancy vacations or expensive gifts.
But when it comes to my house I am not content.
I alway have a project in my head.
Even when working on one thing I am thinking of the next thing I want to do.

Frank has even said to me that maybe we should just build a house so I can have it the way I like it.
I usually respond with something like "I love this house! I just want to change everything about how it looks"
and that is the truth.

I love the layout
I love the front porch
I love the yard
I love the covered back porch
I love the red brick
So many things to love...
I just want to change everything else for some reason.

So anyway, it's too late to go back and just learn to like the tile.
It's gone now and so we will figure out how to re-drywall and make it look ok again.

and I'm sure I will still paint the cabinets
even though it's kind of scary and they might look worse when I'm done
I mean, they aren't hideous now...just too house is too dark
which is partially caused by the covered porch that I love

This is how I think.
It"s a trial for us all...but mostly for Frank.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

New Windows!

Woo Hoo! 
Today I got four new windows and I'm super excited about it.

Here's what I got:

New window over the kitchen sink.

The previous window was a garden window and it was broken in numerous ways.
It wouldn't open and the glass was cracked.

And I never actually put plants on it.
Because I kill plants.  It's what I do.

I had to remove the tile in the window sill before they could put in the new window, so I have started a whole big mess in the kitchen.

Here is the new window which actually OPENS.
Yep, that's right.

I still have a lot of work to do though: repair the walls, fix the sill, tear out the rest of the backsplash and put something else there...ok I don't want to think about all that right now.

I also got new windows in both bathrooms.
The old windows didn't open well and were made of regular glass so I always felt like I had to keep the shutters closed.
And keeping the shutters closed meant that the bathroom was always dark.

Now we have privacy glass.
I might just remove the shutters altogether and just let the light pour in.

The last window is in the family room area right at the top of the stairs to the basement.
This window wouldn't open and stay open without falling inward.
Then if you did open it somehow, it wouldn't shut.
Would. Not. Shut.
Took all your strength to push that puppy down.
Anyway, we looked into just getting that fixed but it was such an old window that the only real option was replacement.

It's now so light and bright that Frank doesn't want to put the blinds back, so I have to think about that one.
Looks like I might be making more curtains.
You can see that I have partially painted that wall and then stopped.
Must get back to painting!

Ok, this happy post about my new windows has reminded me of all the work I still need to do!
But, that's the life of a homeowner I suppose.
Or at least the life of a homeowner like me.

Vacation post: Arizona

A week or so ago I went to Arizona and visited my friends there.
I have been having a bit of stress and also lots and lots of headaches and I just felt like I had to get I told Frank that I was going to Arizona.
Luckily, he was understanding about me wanting to take off and leave him and Carter behind for a week.

I rented a car so that Carter would be able to get to work while I was gone.

I spent approximately 2 days at each of my friends houses plus one afternoon with a friend from Massachusetts.
There are actually other friends in Arizona that I didn't get to see so obviously I'll have to make another trip sometime.

Annette-We have been friends since Pennsylvania so...that's nearly 20 years. She's been a true friend to me through the years and I can always count on her to be there for me.
She lived in Utah when I first moved here and I was so happy to be close to her. When I found out she was moving away, I cried.  But luckily, she has kids up here in Utah so she visits fairly often and so we've seen each other a fair amount.  She always makes time for me when she visits.
We ate wonderful barbecue, we talked and talked, we went to a movie, we commiserated over our daily problems and over her wallpaper problems.
It was great.

Candice-Candice and I met through scrapbooking and have been good friends ever since.
She's one of those people who you can see after being away for months and months and it feels like no time has passed.  Her kids and husband are also great and so much fun to be around.
Her family is so close and loving.
We ate a lot, spent one whole day doing nothing but watching chick flicks (it was fabulous and exactly what I needed), we got pedicures, we went to another movie, we laughed and talked.  Annette joined us there since they live close to one another.  We watched conference together on Saturday morning.
It was a relaxing and fun time.
How is this the only picture I have of Candice?
Oh wait, there's this one:

Ok I slacked on pictures...but I was busy relaxing.

Jennifer-The next stop was Jennifer's house.  Jennifer and I have been friends since 1984 maybe? (correct me if I'm wrong Jennifer)  but anyway, friends since highschool!  Marriages, babies, infertility, trials, fun...we've seen it all together!  We know that we can talk about anything together and that we will stick by each other.
We sat by the pool and talked, we went on a lovely hike, we watched her son play and splash in the pool (and it made me glad I don't have a 6 year old at my age! haha).  We ate takeout while watching trash tv.  It couldn't have been better.  We probably did more than that but now I can't remember.  I had a lot of just relaxation time on this trip and it was exactly what I needed.

I  really appreciated being able to just relax and have no responsibilities or worries.

Merissa-I got to go visit Merissa Doubleday for an afternoon as well.  I've been friends with Merissa and her husband since Massachusetts.  Merissa and I spent many years at girls camp together! Good times.  She now lives in Arizona with her cute boys and hubby.
Derek showed up at lunch time unexpectedly and I got to see and visit with him for a short time as well.  Among other things, we talked about things that annoy us about the West. ha!
I'm so glad it worked out for us to visit!

I should have taken a picture with her cute kiddos!

The drive there was uneventful, if long.
The drive home...well, I got to drive in hot weather and in a snowstorm so I got it all I guess! Despite the snow and slick roads, I made it home safely.

Here are some gorgeous views I saw while driving:
(I pulled over for some of them but just held up the phone and hoped for the best for others.)
Sorry for the bug splattered windshield pics. ha!

As I drove, I was struck multiple times at the beauty of our world.  I often feel the love of God as I look around at the world.  It feels like a beautiful gift.

I loved my little vacation SO MUCH.  Thanks to my friends for being willing to put me up and entertain me so I could have a get-away!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Happy Lifeversary!

Today is the big day!
The day that is somehow magical and yet just another day.

Today we have officially reached the 5 year mark for Frank being cancer free!

Anyone who has had cancer or dealt with a relative having cancer knows that all of the statistics are based on 5 year survival rates.
Doctors don't really like to talk in statistics, because every patient is an individual with different issues and problems. But as a patient (or wife of one) you can't help but want to know your "odds" of beating it.
Frank's odds weren't great.
And the whole treatment was rough.  He had setbacks and close calls.  He wanted to give up at times.
But eventually, we reached the point of receiving the bone marrow transplant that could possibly save his life.

Yep, it was 5 years ago today that Frank received a bone marrow transplant from a total stranger that had signed up with the bone marrow registry.

I wrote a blog about it on the 2 year anniversary and here it is.
(It also has a link to the bone marrow registry, should you feel so inclined)

This morning as I was chatting with my son, Austin, I reminded him of what day it was and he said, "Happy lifeversary!"
I kinda like that better than second birthday or re-birthday, which is what we've been calling it so far.

Today Frank is healthy and happy.  He works, does all kinds of home projects, travels, reads, and does pretty much anything else he wants to do.
I remember worrying during the treatment that he would be disabled long term and wondering how he would handle that.  I had a friend and cancer survivor who told me that he would probably not be disabled...that she knew lots of people who got back to their old selves without long term problems.  She was right.

Sure, we had lots of hard times during treatment and for a few years after.  But today his only real problem is very dry eyes.  He was told that his GVH (Graft VS Host...a common problem with bone marrow transplant) could result in a variety of problems but best case scenario was dry eyes.  And even though the dry eyes do drive him nuts at times, he knows that in the grand scheme of things he is happy that this is his only problem.

We plan to celebrate in some way today, thought we haven't decided on exactly what we will do.

It doesn't really matter what we do though.  We can celebrate by just being together and realizing that we have had 5 years that we wouldn't have had if that man somewhere out in the world hadn't given his marrow for Frank.  I wish I could hug that man.

Hopefully we will have many more years together...because, as of today, we can officially say that Frank has beat cancer!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Something to be thankful for: March 2017

March 1- I had a massage today...the second one in two weeks.  I'm getting a weekly massage for awhile in an attempt to get my headaches under control.  I feel so spoiled.  So even though I'm getting these massages for headaches, I'm really enjoying the fact that I'm getting massages. Also, Carter got a job! yay!
March 2- Today was the cousins' lunch.  I've missed the last couple so I was glad to go today.  I love my family, including my extended family and love to see them.  Today my Aunt Janet was here visiting from Texas and it was so fun to see her as well!
March 3- Had a fun trip up to Logan today. Didn't accomplish much but had fun so it was worth it!
March 4-Today I went to a vintage market in Salt Lake.  I went by myself which wasn't necessarily would have been fun to go with friends.  But I really enjoyed browsing and just getting some "me" time today.
March 5- Taught Sunday school and it went fine (I never feel like it goes great). It was so nice outside that I walked home.  I'm thankful for warmer weather and gorgeous views!
March 6- We got a little dusting of snow today which surprised me (as usual, since I never check the weather).  It was so pretty!  I know it won't last so I'm just enjoying how pretty it is.  Also, cold days help me appreciate warm ones.
March 7-Today we went up to Logan and enjoyed a day visiting Carter's future college, touring his new apartment complex and hanging out with our friends, the Petersons.  We always love visiting Logan.  I'm grateful to have the Peterson family in my life and I'm grateful they will be close when Carter is up there at school.
March 8- Massage day.  I'm soo grateful that I can do this and try to get some relief for my headaches.
March 9-Today I'm thankful for Janice, my awesome mother in law.  It's her birthday today.  And though it's been a rough few months with health issues, she is a positive person.  I love her very much.
March 10-Absolutely zero things on my calendar for today. I'm so grateful for a not-too-busy day!
March 11-We spent the day in Moab today, hiking around a bit and just enjoying the PERFECT weather.  I love the beauty of that area.  We went to the delicate arch for the first time too.  It was so beautiful and it reminded me of how much Heavenly Father loves us to bless us with such a beautiful world.
March 12-I am thankful that two of the kids in my class taught today and I didn't have to prepare a lesson!
March 13- Carter invited Harley over and we played games for a bit.  I love some good family time.
March 14-We had a fun outing to the local frisbee golf course here in town.  It's actually called a disk golf course because we, as amateurs, are totally using the wrong kind of frisbees.  We still had lots of fun together.
March 15- Today was just a totally gorgeous day (again!) so that was awesome.  Also, Doneen helped me finish the skirts for the girls by serging the bottom of the lining for me.
March 16- I had an MRI this morning which I was totally nervous about...but it turned out that the tube was bigger than expected and shorter in length so I was able to make it through without any anxiety at all really (did take a valium though, ha!).  I'm grateful for modern medicine (and modern medications).  Hopefully we will find something fixable regarding my headaches...
March 17-Jennifer Sheffield is here in town so we went to lunch with Mom and Dad together, then we did some prom dress shopping for her daughter, dinner with her family and finally we went to see Beauty and the Beast.  It was such a fun day and I love her and her kids so much!
March 18- Sara opened her mission call tonight and we went over for it.  She's going to Trinidad and is so excited.  David and Stacey and Lauren came up as well so it was a fun family night. Jennifer also came to see my other siblings so I got to spend another evening with her. So awesome!
March 19- So many things to be grateful for!  A gorgeous spring day, a good lesson at church (I didn't teach, but I enjoyed the class a lot), dinner at Doneen's house.
March 20- Carter interviewed for and got a new, full time job!  It pays well so he's excited that he should be able to save enough for housing and food for the whole school year! yay! He also works from 7:30-3:30 so it gives him some free time in the afternoon/evening.
March 21- Tonight we had a fun RS activity called "Our Favorite Things". We each brought a little something that was our favorite thing and we gave it away and got someone else's favorite thing.  I bought 4 little See's chocolates. I got peanut M&Ms.  It was a fun night.
March 22- I am thankful that I was able to get another massage today.  I've been going once a week for about a month now (maybe more?).  I know it's a luxury and I'm so grateful.  I really have to find a way to get my headaches under control and I think this is helping.
March 23-I went to give blood today but got rejected for low iron.  That hasn't ever happened to me before!  But even though I wasn't able to give today, I was thinking about how grateful I am for all those who give.  Frank got blood every day during his cancer treatment.  It truly saved his life.
March 24-Today I got to hang out with my aunt Janet.  Man I love her!  We have a lot in common and a lot of similar life experiences so every time we are able to talk, we both feel like we are kindred souls.
March 25-Carter made us Chicken Nanban (one of his favorite dishes from Japan) for dinner tonight including homemade tartar sauce. So yummy!
March 26-I watched the General Women's Session of conference this morning before church (it was on last night but I wasn't feeling great).  I enjoyed it so much!  I also taught Sunday School and survived. :-)
March 27-I went visiting teaching this morning which was enjoyable and then I spent the day packing and buying a few things for my trip to Arizona. It was a pleasant and relaxing day.
March 28-Drove to Arizona!  I'm so excited for a week of relaxation.  The trip went smoothly and I got to Annette's in time for dinner.
March 29-Spent the day with Annette.  Yay!  The weather is beautiful too.  We went to see a movie and had a fun, relaxing day!
March 30-Pedicures with Annette and Candice.  Beautiful weather.  What's not to be thankful for?
March 31-We spent the whole day lounging around and being lazy.  It was awesome.  Also, today is my oldest son's birthday.  I'm thankful for Branden today!  I wish I could see him in person...but I will be there in May and I can give him a birthday hug then.  :-)

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!)