Tuesday, May 31, 2011
During the tornadoes last month this big pine tree was uprooted and messed up our deck and walkway.
While we were disappointed about the tree on the deck, Claire was delighted for the chance to test out her cat skills.
She was also able to test out her new life jacket. Worked great for this water logged dog.
Everything is more fun when the chalk child and his brother arrive, straight from their first Atlanta Braves game!
Friday, May 27, 2011
2. Wrap with twine, fabric strips, lace or all the above
5. Slip in your fav photo
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Since 10 pallets of sod had to be put down yesterday we started during our lunch break.
Lunch break progress
Luckily I spent so many years dodging sweat that I don't really sweat now so I helped out.
Work finished up just before dark. We did have some extra hands, without them we would still be putting down sod.
Then in January 2010 when Eric did a little grading work we had a mud pit until the weeds grew in.
This is a real before taken in April. Don't let the green fool you, it was mostly dirt and glass with some weeds mixed in.
And now real grass no glass or weeds!
Left to do this summer:
Plant shrubs and perennials in the beds surrounding the house. We are also going to put in a big veggie garden which should survive since it isn't dependant on me watering it.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
During last week's episode when the Chalk Children appeared I thought this one
looked just like my nephew!!!!! Every time I think about the chalk children I laugh and do a double take. They are even making the same face.
Of course my nephew isn't scary like the chalk children, I mean come on he hunts for Easter eggs wearing latex gloves, how funny is that?!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
We still have the original solid wood doors with the original hardware. They have 61 years worth of paint on them so ideally they need to be stripped down, but just painting them a dark color hid a lot of their flaws.
When trying to decide a color I knew that black was a little too formal for my house. I wanted something with more depth than brown offers so I knew brown was out. Flipping through my Sherwin Williams paint deck I came across Urbane Bronze. Then a few months later I found this photo in my "collection" so I knew it was meant to be.
It ended up that I never even tried Urbane Bronze on the doors. I just chose several swatches from HD that were similar. I taped them to the broom closet door for a couple of weeks and looked at them everytime I walked by. If a color didn't work I took it down. I ended up with Martha Stewart Feather Duster (top half) and Glidden Dark Ivy (bottom half).
I decided to go with the the Glidden Dark Ivy, it was just prettier to me. Once I did start painting I was getting a little nervous when the paint was wet because it was looking totally different than the sample coat. But once the door dried all was as planned.
I used a small trim paint roller to paint the doors and a brush for the crevices.
I ended up doing 2 full coats and a light top coat so 3 coats total, sanding between each coat. I only painted the outside of the doors and let the insides the old color. I love the results. The doors look so much better!
It is hard to get a picture in a tiny little hallway.
I still need to clean off the door hardware. The previous painters did a terrible job with oil paint on the trim and doors and decided to get it all over the doorknobs. The hinges have so much paint there is no hope for a quick fix.
You sure can't buy that great brass patina today.
**For a great post on painted doors with lots of eye candy click HERE
Monday, May 23, 2011
The shed was in an odd place taking up valuable space that we needed for our shrub/flower beds. Plus it isn't anything special to look at so we wanted it moved to the back of the yard.
Enter huge forks on the Bobcat.
Eric leveled out the pad then moved the shed to its new home. I wasn't sure how moving it would work, I thought it would fall over and crumble for sure but it didn't. The shed's new home is so much better.
See the shed's new home below?
The chain on our Bobcat trencher came off so we had to rent another one. That put Eric behind a few hours.
It was 95 degrees so we took a lot of water breaks. And of course petting Claire breaks.
See the pictures above? Notice that Eric's job was putting in the pipe and hooking up the electrical. All sitting.
Notice my assistant. Claire had so much fun "helping". She loved to lay in the fresh dirt, that white fur soon turned to brown.
We almost finished but ran into a deep tree stump on the last line so we had to wait for it to get dug up before the trench can be filled in. But considering we trenched, layed and filled in 4 irrigation zones, we were booking it.
Hopefully tomorrow we will have sod!
Ok so wow how boring was that? Hope your weekend was a little more relaxed than ours!
Friday, May 20, 2011
I would spend the night with my friend and we would play dolls, house & watch Harry And The Hendersons. The neighbors across the street were teenagers and I always wondered what they did at sleepovers with their friends.
At supper club last night we were watching the neighbors across the street put on sumo suits and wrestle. Susan walked over to check it out and within a few minutes she and Hannah were suited up and trying to knock each other down.
It was hilarious!
Weekend plans: Work!
But nope just a proper draining level yard. A pool is tempting though as we have a fresh slate of a level dirt yard. I have until tomorrow when the irrigation is hopefully installed to decide on a pool. If you are in favor of a pool for my backyard vote YES and send me a donation!
I have been a major blog slacker this month so I am blogging every week day for the rest of the month. I can't guarantee it will be worth reading (totally subjective anyway), but I will try.
Friday, May 13, 2011
I didn't have much time to think this one up so I've just got a bunch of random.
Since my table was in BHG I've gotten a ton of emails, comments and phone calls asking if I had a plan so that others could build the table. I wish I did, I could be a rich lady today. Ana White did hack the table and come up with her own plan. HERE. There are some differences in my table and the one she designed so note the changes HERE.
My friend Rachel's dad built the table for her as a birthday gift. Check it out!
I want to move into their basement.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
So when Southern Plate posted her recipe for
No Bake Cafeteria Peanut Butter Bars excited was an understatement for how I felt, I made them that day.
They were extremely delicious and even more so with a big glass of milk. But they weren't my lunchroom Reese Cups. I think ours were made with chocolate pudding on top or something like that? Does anyone know?!
In other food news...
I've professed my love a few times for gas station food. I get it honest because I grew up right down the street from the greatest of gas stations ever to serve food: Crossroads. You haven't lived until you have had a JoJo (potato wedge).
I've also professed my love for the last page of magazines. I was so happy to read the last page of May's Southern Living and the Southern Journal was all about gas station food.
Rick even mentioned JoJos from Winfield, AL!!! My hometown, the home of Mule Day and the best gas station food!!
May was a good magazine month.
Monday, May 9, 2011
I have had a lot of comments and emails this weekend from readers coming from Apartment Therapy. I'm trying to get back to everyone, hopefully I will get back to you today.
Sometimes when I am trying to send an email response to a comment I can't because it sends it to "noreply-comment". So if you are wondering why a blogger never responds to your comments, you many not have your email linked to your profile. You can set up your email even if you don't have a blog, and no one sees your email except for me when I am trying to send you an email response. This post explains how to make sure I can reply back to your comment.
The whole store is filled with floral rayon, I felt like I was in 4th grade again.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
For your Mexican heritage pleasure here is my favorite & the most easy Margarita recipe given to my by my friend Brigitte
12 oz Sprite
1 can of frozen Limeade
1 bottle of Corona
1/2 the limeade can of Tequila
Pour all into a pitcher and stir. Done & Enjoy!
Drown your sorrows in a margarita while you come to grips with the fact you didn't get carded while buying the tequila :(
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
We did pretty much nothing the whole time except lay out and watch Claire swim.
The water was still too cold for me so I worked on my tan. Claire had so much fun. She jumped in the pool so many times her paws are raw. I think the inlaws got their money out of the pool just from her visit.
It was nice to get away but odd at the same time. The tornados were all over the news in Texas and national news so we could still see what was going on, but I wanted to be at home. I tried to stay entertained with the royal wedding but it was just one more thing to keep up with.
You know everyone loves a little Sweet Home Alabama even if you don't live here. Which one are you buying?