Tuesday, June 28, 2016

DIY Home Improvements - 4

Haven't gotten back to the center - it's still on my list of things to do, but guests came, I got busy with other things.  And, I have a problem.  Apparently the futon was just too heavy and put on the newly painted floor too soon - it stuck.  Pulled up a couple of dime size spots of paint AND primer - down to bare floor - when I tried to move it.  I've gotten 'slider strips' to go on it, but it takes 2 people and I'm only one, so that'll have to wait.  I'll touch up the spots, but not sure how durable they'll be afterwards.  Seriously annoyed.  Apparently it needed to cure considerably longer for heavy furniture that might eventually be moved.

At any rate, here's what I used...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

DIY Home Improvements - 3

It's Day 7 - and it's finished for the moment.  I'll probably go back and give the center part of the room another coat of the deck paint (yes, I have enough), but I have family coming in later today, so that's it for now.

And, I'm definitely ready to be out of that room.  I can't tell you how much my body hurts - everywhere!!  One good thing - everything in there is cleaner now and I found some old stuff to donate and some to trash.  I'm just so glad to not be working on floor today!!

Yes, it will look better with regular laminate flooring down - and maybe I'll live long enough to see that happen, but for now the nasty carpet is gone and this is an acceptable alternative.

Just for the future - someone remind me that I don't need to tackle this size of a project again :-) 

Monday, June 13, 2016

DIY Home Improvements - 2

I am SO ready for this project to be finished.  Did I mention I'm too old for this sort of thing?  But, when one needs something done sometimes doing it yourself is your only option.

Did have my neighbor come over and lift the hutch top down.  I seriously hate to ask for help, and actually started to try moving it myself, but it was pretty heavy and I was afraid I'd drop it.

This is day 5.  I think I already said this room is FULL of furniture, and that futon is darned heavy.  I could drag it out, but getting it back after the floor is painted may not be quite as easy.

I'm waiting for the Kilz to dry, will paint later this afternoon and futon goes back to it's home tomorrow.  I'm just praying I have enough Kilz and paint to finish the center of the room where there's no furniture.  The room is smaller than the square footage they're supposed to cover, but the rough floor eats up paint.  We'll see I guess.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

DIY Home Improvements

I'm waaay too old to be doing this, but I couldn't take it anymore and finally snapped.  I'm ripping up very old carpet!!  I'm here to tell you that ripping up old carpet is not for the fainthearted.  It's darned hard work, but I'm determined.

My house is 26 years old and we originally had carpet everywhere.  It's all been replaced with laminate flooring except for one room... the guest room/my studio.  This originally started out as my MIL's room and she had a little dog - who didn't always go outside for his business.  Over the years, a cat, and then Koda could still smell the past indiscretions and made it considerably worse.  I've tried everything on that old carpet as a band aid to the problem and nothing worked.  Always intended to rip up the carpet and replace with laminate, but the "help" (son/grandsons) aren't around and the laminate is beyond my abilities.  I can rip up carpet --- and I am.

This is subfloor - rough particle board, but I did a good bit of research before I started and found it can be painted.  I can't put down laminate, but I can paint (slowly, but I can do it).

I didn't take a picture of the entire room before I started, but you'll get the idea of the carpet from the first photo.  Now mind you - that room is BEYOND FULL of furniture.  You have to move furniture before you can rip up the carpet.  I've done pretty good so far, but have a hutch in there I think I'm gonna call a neighbor to help me with.  

This is my sewing "nook".  Chuck built my sewing table not long before he passed away and it's perfect - machine and serger both easily available with storage underneath (way too much storage, I was amazed at what all was down there).

And here's that sewing nook - ready for the furniture to be moved back today. 

This would be easier if all the furniture were out, but life isn't always easier. I wouldn't be able to do it all at one time anyway - don't have that much energy.  And my body - we won't even talk about how it feels :-)  

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Yes, I'm still alive...

Yes, I'm still alive.  Someone just asked about 'active' blogs.  Mine hasn't been very - though I really don't want to delete it, there might be something here I actually want to remember.  It's just that keeping up with it is such a challenge.

You'd think as I get older I'd have more time - it doesn't work that way, at least not with me.  

Maybe I'll try and write a few things here and put some effort in keeping up with it, then again....

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Has it really been that long

.....since I posted here?  Yeah, guess it has.  Just can't seem to make this a regular part of my activities.

I know, priorities!  So, I guess it just isn't up there these days.

I do manage to stay busier than I thought I would at this stage of my life, and I guess that's good.  I surely never get bored and always seem to have a list a mile long of things I want to do.

Am missing my big, ole indoor-outdoor cat today.  He's at the 'kitty hospital'.  He was limping on his right rear leg - had to wait to take him in because we had a weather event in Alabama.  Anyway, he's been there since Thursday.  No broken bones, no abscess, she thinks it may be a pulled muscle or sprain.  So, he's on "bed rest" - meaning he's on medication and confined, so hopefully he's healing.  Here are a couple of pictures for your viewing pleasure.  That's Frosty with him in the second picture.  Frosty weighs 3-1/2 pounds, Boots weighs 14.  He's a sweetie and I'll be glad when he's home and well.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

We're Not Promised Tomorrow...

...though we always act like we have all the time in the world.

We should:

  • Cherish yesterday
  • Dream tomorrow 
  • but Live today
I've said this ever since my dear husband died, and then when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  But, we get complacent in our busy living and forget!  I'll do that tomorrow...

Well, this lesson has been brought home to me in a very real way this past week when I lost a dear friend quite suddenly.  She was busy living life and had all kinds of plans and expectations for the future.

She went into the hospital for heart surgery (which is so often routine in today's world), came through the surgery fine and two days later there were complications and she was gone!  Gone!  GONE!

Are your affairs in order?  Do you have a will?  Does anyone know what you want done if you're suddenly gone?  If you're online (and apparently you are if you're reading this), does someone know how to access your sites and take care of them?

If you don't have that done, I strongly encourage you to do so - whether you're young or old, sick or in good health.  It will make it so much easier on your family when you are gone - and you might not have tomorrow to do it!