Where were we…

… I don’t remember where I left off on house updates…


I’ll share what we have done the last few days.

Remember this mess??  Yeah… me too.   A dear, dear friend came and helped me package it all up and move it to a temporary storage unit so that we could get things done.


Which became this…


It now looks like this.


Disgusting, dog pee carpet is waiting for trash pick up.   It was really, really disgusting!  The floor has been treated with Thompson’s Water Seal to prevent any odor from coming through and potential pee happening on the new carpet.

The walls have a fresh coat of white paint.   All of the windows have freshly washed curtains as well.


Closet is empty and floor is treated.   I forgot to take a photo of the bathroom  – which is clean and empty and has a new toilet and shower stool and shower curtain.  I can’t take a photo right now, you will see why in a minute…. read on…


Remember Liz’s room looked like this…


But then this happened because stuff from the other room was being stacked in here?


Then it became this!!  This floor got a coat of Thompson’s Water Seal as well.


Then began the process of covering the dark blue… First a coat of grey primer.

Not bad…


Then the final coat of Greige – yep.. grey + beige = Greige!  I’ll try to get a better photo with natural light tomorrow.   Touch up on the trim and it is ready to go.


This photo makes it look more grey…  It really is a pretty nice color.  And the blue is nicely covered.  We had some good memories as we reminisced about when it was painted blue by Abi and her friends before we moved in.DSCF7591


Then… because there will be carpet in the bedrooms, but only a runner in the hallway, we painted the portion by the doors so we don’t get paint on the new carpet later when we finally get to the runner.


**This is the reason I can’t go in and get a photo of the bathroom.  **


Remember how this was the staging area for work?



Now everything has been cleared away from the raised floor and the walls have a fresh coat (or 2) of paint on them.DSCF7594


Tomorrow will be an exciting but exhausting day!  Carpet comes AND we move my mother here.    There is a part of me that is sad to move my mother out of her home, but ever so grateful that we have been able to make it happen so that we can take care of her easier.



What did you do with your Saturday?

What did you do with your Saturday?


We made progress on some of the mess… sort of…


Actually some of this progress happened earlier in the week, but… you get the idea.


The tile got fixed around the toilet pipe.   Looks pretty good!!  🙂


And some backer is on the walls in the shower to receive the tile!DSCF7522

Remember the master before (empty of stuff)?


Now it is ready to paint most of it and think about new carpet.


Yesterday, the bedroom was a mess of stuff that had to be boxed and/or sorted.

Today, most of it has been boxed up (to be sorted later), put away, or thrown away (2 trash bags).  We also got a 4 foot section of the carpet pulled up and removed to the trash!

Unfortunately, Liz’s room took the hit… the boxes are now stacked in there to be dealt with later.

The extra wide hall (4 foot)… which was deliberate because we planned to line the hall with bookcases… now has bookcases in it!  Sadly… we have already almost filled 3 and have more books to go… We (and by “we” I mean mostly Lydia) have an obsession/fascination with Harry Potter.  Significant shelves are dedicated to that paraphernalia.  Don’t worry, we have more bookcases to go under the windows and down the rest of the hallway!

The bedroom closets have some shelving in them.  More to be added later.  Strangely, Esther has more clothes than Lydia and Liz combined (Liz’s clothes aren’t here yet, but Lydia left her part of the closet).


Goals for the remaining weekend and all next week.

  1.  Get the walls washed in Esther’s old room and painted white
  2.  Get the carpet pulled and the floor water sealed
  3.  Get my room & closet painted
  4.  Call the tile guy to fix the broken tiles in my room
  5.  Fiddle around with the 1/4 round and get it fixed to the trim in my room… I think Gorilla glue might be the answer
  6.  If time allows, paint the door/wall in the bathroom
  7.  Finish all 3 closets

Mental Load

This week, I read someone else’s blog that really struck home with me.


The main take away I have from it is:


“The mental load means always having to remember.  The mental load is almost completely borne by women. It’s permanent and exhausting work. And it’s invisible……  What our partners are really saying, when they ask us to tell them what needs to be done, is that they refuse to take on their share of the mental load.”

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Here is the link to the full article.


Of course, this isn’t true in 100% of relationships/marriages.  However, I do agree that my mental load is so overwhelming that I probably can’t even remember it all to regurgitate it here, but I’ll give it a go.


(in no particular order of importance or urgency)

  • constantly thinking about and dealing with my mother’s meds & diabetes & diet
  • remembering my mother’s schedule and appointments
  • remembering my children’s schedule and appointments- all of them, even though they aren’t all living at home – mentally, I keep track of them all… for example:  Is this a late night for Abi or an early morning?  Will I have to stay late and put mom to bed?  What about the dog?, What does Liz need for her hiking trip?  I need to make the strawberry roll ups for her try. , When is Lydia going to be home?  Is she working?  Is she with friends?  What can she do to help with the addition?,  Does Esther have after school activities today?  What time do I need to pick her up?  Can she find a ride?  Why isn’t she practicing her horn?  Did she contact the French teacher about her grade?…. and on and on….
  • what food will I prepare for each meal
  • do we even have food in the house to prepare
  • what is my schedule?  who is picking up who and what time
  • what do I need to prepare for scouts next week – there is a whole lot of detail in that one:   shirts (find them), labels, bottles, games, vests, food list, final details for Savannah, who still needs to turn in a health from, who hasn’t blogged, what reservations need paid, who do I need to call and check on the reservation, is all the money deposited, I will need to contact the bank to tell them about the vacation, games for the road, supplies from here, packing …. and on and on…
  • household details like:  I really should wash the dirty clothes,  I need to paint my room, I need to wash and paint my mother’s room, mail that box that I promised a month ago, clear a path through the house….
  • which leads me to all the details of the construction:  paint – do I have enough?, what color am I doing in Liz’s old room?, we need to get the walls washed, we need to get them painted, we need to get the carpet pulled, the subfloor coated with water seal, the stairs need painted, the carpet runner put on them, the trim painted, the boxes moved, the floors mopped, the window screens replaced, the closets set up, which stone for the fireplace, … and on and on…
  • then there is the fun stuff that I have going on too… the yarn crafts:  next part of the Citrus Explosion Afghan, what am I doing for a border on the temperature afghan, I need to finish the ends on the dino afghan, who else wanted what?, who is getting which afghan?….  and more…
  • and what about the animals… is there food, does the dog need out, should I do something about Jupiter’s eye, where is Dinah, don’t forget to feed the outside cats…
  • not to mention the things I cannot find because of the construction:  where is my swimsuits, those GS t-shirts, the aloe, the labels…


There is so much more going on that I can’t even remember it all now… like writing this blog has been part of the mental load for a couple days…


A friend of mine told me a few days ago that her brain was “mush.”  I told her that brain mush was my specialty.  She told me:  “You function quite well!”   HAHAHAHAHAHA    I don’t really… or I do only because my brain, for some reason, keeps these things swirling and I am able to do them/take care of them at just the right time.    I really feel like I am not keeping on top of anything, but I guess I must be… or at least enough that everyone is still alive and fed and getting where they need to go…. however, don’t talk to me about when was the last time I washed my dirty clothes.



Side Garden

Now that the kittens have been moved from the side garden, I can weed it.  I would have been fine leaving it if the mama cat had left the babies there, but she didn’t.     😦





So, all the weeds are removed and the semi-tree.  I actually got out the tree saw to remove it.



So… what is growing here that is supposed to be.


This Bloodroot plant.



And this plant with a jack-in-the-pulpit like flower… not sure where it came from.  I’ll leave it.



This plant, that I’m pretty sure is actually a weed, but its flowers are so pretty.



And this plant, that I think was a Solomon’s Seal but has seen better days… and been choked out by weeds.



I should invest in some other plants for this little garden.  I’ll see what my mom has for me to transplant.

Garden Part 1 – 2016

The sun came out for a bit, so I did tackle some weeding and planting of the new plants I bought for myself for Mother’s day… yes… you read that right.  I bought them for myself.       😦


I can’t show you the “before” because I didn’t take a photo, but here is the pile of weeds I pulled out in just 1/2 of the first flower bed.



I conquered 1/2 of it.  I still need mulch (clearly).  I did not weed at the front around the tulips.  I want to wait till their leaves are dead so I don’t disturb the bulbs when I pull the weeds out around them.



This little plant keeps holding on.  It really shouldn’t be in a sunny garden, but it keeps coming back, not growing much, but holding its own.DSCF1381[1]


I think this is one from my mother.  It looks kind of sad.  I’m pretty sure that my mother wants to give me more of this from her garden this year.



This plant came from my brother a few years ago.  It is doing well.  It has purple flowers on it later on in summer.



I bought this one, just because it had cool purple flowers.   If you really need to know what it is I can walk back out and read the tag.



I bought this one this year.  It has cool leaves and will have pink flowers later on.  DSCF1385[1]

I bought this new this year.  I brought one with me when we moved here but it didn’t survive.  This is one of my favorite garden perenial flowers:  Bleeding Heart.



This plant came from my brother as well.  It does fabulously.  It will have purple flowers on it.  It will also provide shade to the pond.



In the part of the garden I didn’t get to… there is this little plant struggling along.DSCF1388[1]


And this bush that had pink flowers.  DSCF1389[1]


I have 3 more plants to plant in this bed and, of course, mulch.  We won’t mention the weeds and more weeds that are on the front patio area…. UGH!

Winter Flood Recap

I have been meaning to post about the mess/flood/remodel at my mother’s but we got caught up in the death of Aunt Liz and then all the work that goes into the repairs that I just haven’t taken the time.


Let me catch you up.


Sunday, December 27… time to shower and get ready for church.. but NOOOOOOOO!  The shower is now a waterfall into the bathroom and then on into the bedroom carpet.


Since that was the day of my Open House, I did not head over there till evening.  In the meantime, my brother came and they sucked some of the water out with the shop vac.  He put a pond pump in with a long hose to send the water out the window, BUT… remember it was raining… and the rain was coming in nicely into the basement sump hole.  Which is connected to the bathroom piping/sewer because the laundry water exits that same way… so… everytime the sump pump would kick on to pump the rain water out, it would bubble up in the shower and waterfall into the room.  It turns out that there was a clog in the pipe preventing the water from getting to the curb.    (more on that later)   Since the water couldn’t exit the house the way it was supposed to, it came up through the shower drain… and then poured back through the floor to the basment and back to the sump hole where the pump tried to pump it out again… vicious cycle.


Here are some photos of the initial day/damage.


Look at that water waterfall over the sill.



pond pump attempts to keep ahead of the water


the walls are definitely wet and the wallpaper a loss


the shop vac  didn’t help much because we couldn’t lift it to pour it out the window


the water wicked its way into the bedroom


and under the metal filing cabinet


and over towards the steps


and even into the closet


this is what it was doing underneath the bedroom in the crawl space… raining!


when we removed the filing cabinet, we discovered this antique dust and…


some carpet in its original color and lots of other treasures


The clean up crew was hired and they came in and removed the carpet and wall board and tile and everything else that was wet.  We removed most of the furniture and placed it strategically throughout the house (mostly on the sun porch).    They then set up large fans and drying devices that had to run constantly for 4-5 days.



Carpet, lower portion of the wallboard, and insulation has been removed.  Drying device set up.



More wallboard removed around toward the steps


and around the closet


toilet waiting patiently in the middle of the room


even some wallboard off on the inside of the closet


bathroom has basically been gutted


there used to be a sink and linen cupboard here


UH-OH!  This explains why the water was raining into the crawl space!


They removed a huge amount of debris.

The clean up crew was very good.  They did an excellent job of the removal and preparing the room for the next step of putting it back together.


In the meantime… the sewer was found to be clogged with roots and the yard had to be dug up and new pipe/tile had to be placed so that everything works properly.    I haven’t taken a photo, but there is a “lovely” mound of dirt on the side of her house now.  I told mom to just plant flowers on it and call it a garden.   LOL!     🙂


See next post for the remodeling.


I did some re-organizing of my book shelves yesterday and discovered I had duplicates of several good books.


I started to list them on ebay


But decided that I would offer some of them you to….  I will ship them media mail.  You are welcome to pay more if you want to continue to contribute to my Alaska Cruise Fund.


Here is what I have today:

Beverly Lewis 

DSCF4483Summerhill Secrets – 2 – paperback – $3

The Covenant (Abram’s Daughters #1) – 2 copies of this one… and I kept a copy… go figure why I had 3 copies.  Must have been on clearance someplace. – $3 each

October Song – paperback. – $3

The Fiddler (Home to Hickory Hollow) – paperback – BRAND NEW! – $4

The Shunning (Heritage of Lancaster County – 1) – paperback – $2

The Parting (Courtship of Nellie Fisher – 1) – Hardback, Large Print Edition – $2

The Forbidden (Courtship of Nellie Fisher – 2) – Hardback, Large Print Edition and some of the pages are wrinkled/folded because it had fallen behind the bookcase. – $2

The River – BRAND NEW BOOK!!  Just released in 2014.  – $4


I have more by other authors that I will deal with another day.


Also… if you were interested in those old hymnals… https://twalscott.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/hymnals/

I will be trying to deal with that this week as well.    🙂