Saturday, September 22, 2012

I found my Prince

The timing wasn't the best. 

Actually it was the worst possible time to be making big decisions.

On the first day of 4-H Show set up, I made an offer on this 

Throughout the month of August I learned a lot about what it takes to close on a house. The most important thing I learned was to ask a lot of questions. The next important thing I learned was to recruit experts to help.

My brother in law took care of all financial details.
My brother specialized in insurance and the initial offer. 
A friend from church helped with the original inspection.
My dad is now heading up the remodeling and repairs.

For the past three weeks we have been working several nights/days each week stripping and sanding 700 square feet of hard wood floors. 

Praise the Lord that one of my volleyball teammates let us borrow an industrial sander from his work

 Tonight, dad and I finished up (I think) all of the sanding. Now we start the major job of cleaning up all of the dust that has coated everything. Once that is done, we'll move on to staining and varnishing. I anticipate it will be another two weeks before it is ready to have furniture moved in.

Once I get moved in, the remodeling will continue with a few updates.

The mirrored closet doors in both bedrooms will get replaced.

The black lacquered fan is outta here! I tried to pawn it off on my brother, but he turned it down. 

And this "beautiful" wall of wallpaper is coming down. I'm on the lookout for design ideas to replace it. It is the only "blank" (no windows, no doors) wall in the main room. There is beautiful natural light in that room. I would love to make that wall a photo backdrop wall. 

Thankfully, there are many beautiful antique details that will remain.

This is not antique details. This is a photo of some of the windows on the enclosed front porch. Another favorite part of the house.

Please come visit me and I'll gladly give you a real life tour. If you stop by soon, I may even put you to work :).

333 Prince ST

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Kayla's great grandfather and my grandfather were first cousins.
 Her grandfather and my dad are second cousins
 Her dad is my third cousin.
 And she is my third cousin, once removed.
But more importantly, Kayla is a Senior this year.
 And she asked me to take her Sr. photos.
 We originally made plans to take them one weekend in July.
 But the temps were super high that week.
 And the humidity was high enough to curl my hair.
So we rescheduled for August and ended up with a perfect evening.

As I write this there is an episode of Designing Women on the TV Guide channel. I had forgotten how hysterical this show is. (Sorry Mrs. St John, I just ended the sentence with a preposition.)

Charlene just offered to get Julia a Coca-Cola and Sony Walk man. Their 6" long and 3" high shoulder pads give them that beautiful triangle shaped bodice. The hair is nice and big and sprayed stiff. MaryJo's pencil skirt is back in style. Oh the 90s! I know the Sugarbakers are much too classy for baggy sweaters tucked into their tight rolled jeans, but it would just be the cat's meow to see that too.

I think I just realized where I developed my bad habit of sarcasm. This show is just dripping in it. And that is why I'm laughing so hard my eyes are watering!

If you have 21 minutes and 55 seconds, you can enjoy it for your self!

Here's the episode that I actually watched tonight.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I fell off the blogger band wagon

One post in August. That is pitiful! So sorry to my friends and family who keep checking this blog and have seen the I'm Still Here post for the 30th time. 

At the end of July I made my way thru my first 4-H show in Taz. It was a lot less stressful than my first 4-H show in M-P. I've grown up a lot since then. And I learned that I can't make everyone happy. And I learned to start many conversations with the words "I'm sorry."

I was a good fair. The weather was not overly hot. Plenty warm but not unbearable.

Many of the photos I have to share with you were taken by one of my co-workers and one of my 4-Hers. I missed having my camera attached to my neck for three days. But it was wonderful to have so many super pictures of all of the events. There is no way that I could have done that by myself.

One of the favorite attractions was the dunk tank. This is my crazy, super fun, always cheerful co-worker H in the cage. She was so excited to spend an hour in there. I think she raised $40. It was $1 for three balls. That is a very productive hour. :)

Do you remember that post about saying good buy to the food stand in M-P? You know, that one that I whined about having to clean it every summer. 
Sadly, in Taz we have to power wash all of the tables and display boards before the fair starts. It is just a tiny bit more fun than cleaning the food stand. 

Many years ago, a group of my M-P 4-Hers made me a t-shirt that said "I don't know. What does the Show book say?" It is a new lesson for the Taz volunteers and 4-Hers. I'll get it drilled into their heads sooner or later. 

Just a few more of my favorite photos. 

I believe that I accomplished the goal that was set before me at the time I joined the Taz team - a kinder and gentler 4-H program. 

I did not accomplish all of my personal organization goals. There are a few more "special touches" that I would like to add for next year. And I did not accomplish my goal of getting more high schoolers involved in volunteering. But I made progress towards both of them this year. 

Here's to Show #14 being "put to bed."