I am so thrilled with the new floors and furniture that I recently had added to my home!!! Wall-To-Wall Flooring did an outstanding job of installing the Armstrong Grand Illusions laminate flooring. It looks beautiful…….I still have some work to do to put things back where they belong. Because of all that has been going on, I haven’t had time to devote to putting the stuff back on shelves and pictures up on the walls (furniture was repositioned, so the location of stuff on walls needed to be rearranged). Also, I wanted to wait until I had time to clean everything good before I put it back – the floor installation included sawing and sanding that flew dust all over everything. Now that things have calmed down, I can focus on this now and be done with it!!!
Here are a couple pics:
I am so very pleased!!! It turned out so much better than I could have imagined!!!!
I know, I’ve been bad and haven’t posted here since the 7th of Sept!!! I’ve been busy!!! BUT – it’s all winding or wound down and I can get back into the habit of jotting down my thoughts about what is going on in my life!
I’ll post more later (right now, it’s 1:00 AM and I’m really, really ready to hit the sack!), but to summarize:
So – watch for an update about what has been going on as soon as I get some much needed sleep and then I’ll get better about posting again………
I was talking with a co-worker today about some strays she has taken in and is trying to find a home for and we talked about my girls – all rescues! It made me want to post their stories here…..
Katie was found on the side of the road in a horrible storm. She was taken in by a friend and they tried to find her owners – without success. I fell in love with her and brought her home! She needed major medical attention and it was several months before she was strong and healthy. After that, she filled out nicely and turned into an absolutely gorgeous red head!!! ha-ha She has been with me for about 3 1/2 years now and is so very special…..
Katie Now: Megan and Amy wandered up to a friend’s house out in the country at about 8-10 weeks old. They were scared and lost. Attempts to find out where they came from were unsuccessful, so I took them in — BUT — only until I could find them a home! That was a little over a year ago – they are still here! ha-ha They didn’t have the health problems the others had, but it was a challenge training 2 puppies! They are smart, though, and very loving!
Amy Then: Both Girls Then: Megan Now: Amy Now:
I just watched the last 1/2 hour of Beaches (Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey) on Oxygen — I can not believe it didn’t come to mind when I was coming up with the movies that I could watch a zillion times and that make me cry every time I watch them!!!! Beaches is the classic tear jerker — BIG TIME!!!! And I never get tired of watching it!!! I only watched about 1/2 hour of it and I cried so hard my eyes are all swollen and my nose is all stuffed up (now there’s a picture for you!!!)…….an incredible movie and an amazing story!!!
So – I have rectified leaving this great favorite off my other blog and gave it the proper recognition…..
Oh oh — an encore presentation is starting — guess I’ll get to see the whole movie (again) and cry some more tonight!!!! ha-ha
My house is all tore up and it’s driving me nuts!!!! ha-ha I’m in process of doing some major renovations and I can’t wait until it’s all done!!!
When I bought this place three and a half years ago, I knew there were things I would want to change, but didn’t really know what I wanted to do. So – I moved in “as is” and decided to wait and see how things evolved……I also couldn’t afford to do what I wanted to do right after purchasing the house – I have to save up for projects and chunk it out to do it in phases. I won’t do any of the work on credit, so I get enough saved for a specific project and then wait until I get enough saved for the next project. So, it’s taking me time to get it all done. But, my goal is to have everything the way I want it within 5 years or less of when I purchased it. That means I have a year and a half left to finish – not sure if I’ll meet that goal or not, but I’m gonna give it a good shot!
Some things were given priority status out of necessity – fencing, gutters, and replacement of the linoleum on the kitchen floor with DuraCeramic tiles were all done the first year. I also did some landscaping and outside stuff the first year and some the second year – including a great new patio!
So – with the outside stuff done and a couple years of looking at the interior, I decided this was the year to tackle the inside renovations!!! In the mean time, Puddles started having geriatric doggie health problems and Megan and Amy were being puppies – so the carpet and furniture were in need of help (to put it nicely)! Knowing that I was going to focus on making changes anyway helped me get through all that! ha-ha Now that Puddles has passed (God rest my precious Princess’ sole) and the puppies are a year old, I think it’s safe to do what I want to do!!!!
Current decor — The carpet is the same beige throughout – it’s a really nice carpet, but not something I would have picked and kinda dull. The walls are white throughout every room! I always thought I loved white walls – so clean and bright – until I lived in a house that had white walls in every room in the house!!! The kitchen and bathrooms have white Formica counter tops and the bathroom floors have white linoleum. The kitchen appliances are all white. And I have mostly beige or wood furniture! So — boring, boring, boring — don’t get me wrong — very nice, clean, bright, and flexible – I have added my color with accents and accessories until I could decide what I wanted to do!
Situation as of this weekend — all the old living room furniture is gone and all my nick-knacks, TV, and other stuff is all over the kitchen table and counter tops!!! It looks like a plane hit the place!!! ha-ha
The plan — I thought I wanted to replace the carpeting with more carpeting, but my heart just wasn’t in it and the more I thought about it, the more I wanted wood flooring!!! So — I’m having Armstrong Grand Illusions Laminate flooring installed in the living room, foyer, and hallway – this is a new product that has a piano finish and some really beautiful wood graining – scratch and stain resistant and less maintenance than real wood flooring! I’m also replacing the linoleum in the guest bathroom with DuraCeramic tiles. They are going to do that sometime next week (we’re still working out the details). Then, the new furniture is being delivered the weekend after the flooring is done! For now, I’m going to leave the carpet “as is” in the bedrooms.
What’s next? — After the flooring and furniture are here and I see how it all looks, I will decide on paint colors for the walls throughout the house – I have a friend at work who’s husband has a painting business that comes highly recommended, so I’ll see what they can do and when. I want to warm up the rooms and know what basic colors I want. But I need to be careful of the shades so that I avoid making it dark, so I want to see what the flooring will do before I pick out final colors. Of course, window treatments will be part of that, as well.
Other future projects — I will probably leave the carpet “as is” in the guest bedroom and den, but I want to replace the carpet in the master bedroom. I also want to put DuraCeramic in the master bathroom. Another plan is to upgrade to stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and replace the counter tops in the kitchen and both bathrooms – probably Corian material in granite style.
So — I’ve come a long way and am making progress, but have a lot more to do!!!! I just want to get past this period of being all tore up — it’s driving me nuts!!!! ha-ha-ha!!!!
Megan went shopping with Mommie to PetSmart today!!! Katie has been to PetSmart several times and Puddles used to go with me a lot before she passed away. But neither Megan nor Amy have been yet – until now! I decided to start with Megan to see how she reacts to it. She had a BLAST!!!
She’s really good in the car, so the ride to Southern Pines went well — she just sat there and enjoyed the ride. She was a little suspicious about going in the store and didn’t get excited at all – in fact, she was really quite reserved (definitely out of character for her…)! But it didn’t take long for her to start sniffing around and become curious – soon, she was really getting into the whole shopping experience. We went up and down every aisle and she looked all the inventory over. We got the food we went for and picked out a few new toys that met her approval and a supply of chews. She watched a cage full of birds with great interest, but did it very calmly! She was really very good and seemed to enjoy herself!!!
We got in the car and she rode back to Sanford quietly. When we got home, she rushed into the house to tell Katie and Amy all about her adventure — they jumped around and discussed it all — then, we showed them the new toys and chews that Megan picked out for them! They all went outside and romped and played!!!
It was quite an adventurous day for Megan — she is taking a much needed nap to rest up from all the excitement! She had fun and behaved – so there will be more shopping trips to PetSmart in her future!!!
I went to the Temple Theater last night to see Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes – if you have not gone to see this show yet or if you don’t plan to see it — you really need to consider going!!!! It was truly amazing!!! I was mesmerized for every second of the show and in tears during most of it!!!
Jason Petty and his band (a fiddle, a base, a guitar, and a steel guitar) do an excellent job of bringing Hank Williams to life and tell his story! The show is a combination of telling Hank’s story through stories Jason gathered interviewing friends and family that knew Hank and singing the songs that Hank wrote and recorded, as well as some songs of those who influenced Hank and who Hank had influenced. The stories paint a picture of a man who was passionate about his music and tortured by life. It takes the audience from his early childhood through to his untimely death at age 29. It is funny, emotional, heart warming, interesting, and, above all, thoroughly entertaining!
I love the vintage country music and Hank Williams, in particular. Granted, Hank Williams died three years before I was born, but I still grew up on his music. My Mom was a fan, so I listened to his records and knew all the words to all his songs! So, the songs in this show really touched me!
Jason Petty is an outstanding entertainer – he looks somewhat like Hank, but I also thought he looked somewhat like Ernest Tubb – he could easily do a believable job portraying Ernest Tubb, too! In fact, he sings one of Ernest’s songs in the show! He does a great job on the songs from other country music stars, too – even a really enjoyable rendition of Elvis doing “That’s Alright Mama”!!!! He’s an excellent story teller and gives the stories just the right touch of humor!
The musicians in the band were excellent, too. I personally love to hear a good fiddle player and I was treated to a good one last night! And you can’t do vintage country music without a steel guitar and the guy who played that one last night really knew how to make it whine — it brought up the goose bumps!!!!
Definitely a MUST SEE!!! Even if you aren’t a big country music fan, I think you will enjoy the show. Go see it — I promise you will be entertained and won’t be sorry you spent your money and time on this one! It’s a guaranteed good time for all (short of those who just plain hate country music of any kind….)!