Wednesday, April 11, 2018

And so it begins....

The remodel of course!
The master bathroom.  Tub is outta there, sink is outta there.  New tub and sink and counter top will be installed next week. Then painting, then flooring!  Yay!
And this is the hall bath.  With Steph's help I got the wallpaper and border off the walls.  That border did not want to come off either.  So, once the master bath is done, they'll rip out this tub and tile, replace it, paint and new flooring. Doesn't look too bad in the picture, but trust me - it's nasty!
Then the painter will finish painting the living, dining, and kitchen.  The contractor will replace the idiotic mirror behind the cooktop with real tile backsplash, plumber will remove the garbage disposal and install new kitchen sink and faucet.
Meanwhile, the roofers have half the roof done.  They can only work on weekends, and our weather has not cooperated at all, so probably won't be done with the roof for a couple more weeks.  He has to replace 3 skylights in the process.
But at least it has all begun!
Until next time....blessings.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Spring is here

Spring is here, but who knows for how long!
I've been down with a nasty cold and cough and finally started feeling better this morning, so I actually went outside and did some raking of leaves:

 (Looking from driveway to center of yard).
 I raked under the shrubs next to the driveway and under the shrubs next to the front of the house.  Still haven't finished raking the front yard.  This pile is where there is a bald spot in the front yard - we think the former owners put a kids pool there and killed the grass completely.  
Anyway - every fall Burlington vacuums any leaves you rake or blow into the street.  Honestly, I know the former owners did not bother doing that last fall and between a messy willow tree that I had taken down last month and a few other big trees around here, the leaves are a foot deep in some spots.  I had to go buy paper lawn and leaf bags so I can bag up all the leaves and take them myself to the compost site.  It's going to be a lot of work - but hopefully look a whole lot better when it's done.
It felt really good to get outside -- it was above 50 degrees today!  I'm hoping I won't be so sore that I can't get out and at least get these leaves cleaned up and hopefully rake some more!
It's going to be fun to plant some things and clean up the rest of the yard this year.  Apparently, the former owners never planted anything - at least nothing that flowers or if they did, they planted things in the wrong place -- like beautiful burning bushes right under the eaves in the front of the house -- way too small an area for a burning bush.  We're going to try to trim them down to almost the ground to see if we can control their growth a bit - otherwise I'll need to take them out completely.
I've not done any quilting or sewing this week at all, so I'm going to be even further behind than usual!
Until next time....blessings.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Decluttering Update

I've been a bit busy trying to finish decluttering enough in the basement that I can actually walk down there and get to the business of quilting.  I took pictures last week, because I thought I was there, but found a Longaberger basket on the table that had stuff at the bottom underneath a pile of fabric and scraps!  So today, I cleaned that out and stuffed the fabric scraps back into it!
 The cutting table area -- no bins underneath, the ironing board is perfectly accessible. And I put up another of my thread racks.
 The antique table has been cleaned out (there's a shelf underneath that now has everything in its place, and two drawers that are now cleaned out and organized.)
 The pool table that came with the house is mostly used for laying quilt tops and finished quilts on!  The 16 cube organizer that my daughter and I managed to drag down the stairs and put back together is now full of backing fabrics and tops that need quilting and some donated fabric for our homeless quilts project.
 And the longarm is back up and running!  The table to the left is piled high with fabrics and scraps (and the basket that needed to be cleaned out!), which I will work on as I have time.  Most will be sorted and cut and donated for our charity projects.  The rest will be put away for stash for any project I decide to work on of my own.  I'd like to say I won't buy any more fabric, but I will!  But mostly it'll be fat quarters or specific lengths for a quilt I'm working on.

So now, I have reached the point that I can go to the basement and start working on whatever I want to work on.  I can load a quilt (I just loaded a kid's quilt) and quilt it whenever I go down there.  

I still have some paper down there to deal with, but not a lot.  I am in the process of trying to sell my pantographs, red snappers, and rulers for the longarm that I no longer need.  I also have a couple of boxes to go to the donation center again, but I can see daylight now and feel much better having gotten rid of stuff and reorganized what I'm keeping.  I am not planning on ever having to declutter again.  I am not keeping stuff I don't need or don't use.  And, hopefully, I made things a little easier for my daughter when I'm gone!

Until next time.....blessings.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Decluttering Big Time!

First, yesterday was my grandson, AJ's 14th birthday.
His grandfather gave him his first shaver!

So, today I've been cleaning up my messes. I finally straightened out the spare room and got rid of the clutter.  Still need to reorganize the closet in there, but the clutter is gone:

Then I decided to clean out the dry sink in the dining area.  I had tons of candles and candle holders and Scentsy and etc. in the spare room and in the dry sink.  I have now thrown out a lot of old candles and holders, organized what is left in the dry sink and the bottom drawer holds cards and card games, etc. (who really needs two dozen decks of cards?)
And then I went to the office and cleaned out the closet in there:
I have spent half the day shredding papers and haven't made a dent.  I fixed a black trash bag in a box and have unloaded the shredder 4 times so far:
And I still have more to shred, but needed to give the shredder a break for the rest of the day, it was getting tired!:
But that's the rest of the stuff in the office that needs cleaned up.  I have not cleaned out the file cabinets, so there will be more shredding when I do, and I know there are two more bankers boxes of paper that will mostly get shredded.
I'm getting pretty serious about cleaning out and decluttering.  Never have to move this stuff again.  I took the second car load of stuff to the Rockford Rescue Mission on Friday.  I'll hopefully not have too much more to go, but I still have some tubs to clean out in the sewing room, so who knows!
Feeling pretty accomplished today!
Until next time.....blessings.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day

I'm having a steak for dinner tonight -- that's the extent of my Valentine celebration! (It was on sale!)
But, I walked 30 minutes on the treadmill this morning, 10 minutes on the recumbent bike and did three exercise groups on the weight machine! Yay me!  
And then I finished cleaning the house.  Loaded another box in the car for donating, and pulled out a Longaberger basket that I kept on the Hoosier cabinet with little things in it.  Cleaning it out and putting it back on the Hoosier!
So, then I went to the basement after lunch.  Did not load a quilt (aren't you happy, Nancy?).  I bought a couple of patterns to make a couple of welcome banners to donate to the preschool where my daughter works. They have a fundraiser every year, including a silent auction.  This is the first one:

Here it is partially completed!:
I have the birdhouses done -- not putting on the perches on the hole that it calls for -- I didn't like it!  I have the piecing done except for the letters, and I've appliqued the bottom E so far. Should be able to finish it tomorrow.
Well, blogger is acting up, so I'll close.
Until next time.....Blessings.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

And the latest:

So, after 13 inches of snow from Friday thru Sunday, I think I can see the concrete on the drive, in patches!
I counted my 10 minutes of exercise as clearing the driveway those three days.  Yesterday, I have no excuse - I went to Pecatonica for the day -- sewing!   Last Friday was supposed to be our day for sewing/quilting, but that became impossible, so we managed to go yesterday.
So, today, I'm counting my work as my 10 minutes!  I did four loads of laundry, including a load of rugs; cleaned my bathroom, loaded 4 boxes of stuff to go to the donation place and still working on at least one more box and as much other stuff as I can jam into the trunk!
Here's the next box to go in:

I've been going thru all the magazines - cooking, quilting, cross stitch, including books for crocheting, knitting, etc.  Making sure to take my name off them or out of them.  Still have about another 6 boxes to go thru.  I took a load yesterday -- 5 boxes of stuff including kitchen stuff.  There's also kitchen stuff in today's boxes!
I dream about the day that I can just go to the basement and quilt and not be buried under so much "stuff".  
I also did a few minor things as I was going along -- finally took the hardware down for the nasty shades that were in my bedroom.  Put out some Valentine quilts -- a day late and a dollar short -- but I'll keep them up for a week or two!
There was a lot on my list that didn't get done, so tomorrow I'll have to hit it again -- clean the other bathrooms, dust, vacuum, etc.  
I need to start on a couple of welcome wall-hangings to donate to the silent auction for the preschool where my daughter works.  I only have a couple of weeks to get them done, so gotta get busy on them!
So, that was my day!
Until next time......Blessings.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Time for Celebration!

I have just unpacked the last box from the moving company.  I have put the last bag of packing paper into the garage.  I have tons of broken down boxes to haul out to the garage, but I am done unpacking!
This was the last box that the jerk movers left in the garage, marked kitchen in basement.  
I had to bring the wrapped stuff in because the box was too heavy to move.  So, there you see the unholy amount of paper they use and I need to get rid of.  It fits into a large black trash bag and I still have a bunch of those!
These are the last of the quilts I had stored in bins and I'll carry a few up every time I go upstairs.  I'm putting them in the fabric cabinet that the jerk movers refused to move to the basement, so now they reside in the spare room.

And these two pictures are the storage area.  The two clear and one lavender bins are empty for now.  The big box on the left is batting.  I will eventually go thru every bin I have and reduce the amount of stuff in them!  I have unpacked, but I have not started to put things away yet.  I'm keeping a bunch of the book size boxes to put stuff in to haul to the donation centers -- it's going to take awhile!  Also throwing stuff out or put in the recycling bin to get rid of.  This is going to be a major purge!

And, today, I cleared the drive of 8" of snow, walked a block down to mailbox and back and did a lot of bending and lifting, so I'm counting it as my 10 minutes of exercise.  My neighbor came over and used his big blower to clear the end of my drive!  The plows come thru and tear up the road, which is gravel, and dump it just past the end of my drive.  So I end up with a lot of gravel in the two feet beyond my concrete pad.  I'm afraid to ruin my snowblower with the gravel, so I shoveled a little bit of it, but gave up!  Figured I'd go out later and give it another go, but he came over and did it for me.  God bless him!
So, that's been my day and it's only noon.  Gonna eat some lunch and load a quilt!
Until next time....Blessings.