Archive for October, 2009

Updates: Feeling Like A Pig…errr Swine

All I’ve heard today have been swine jokes, “Hey Swiney!”, yes…I’m the first “official” employee to drop to the Swine Flu.  You may have noticed that after several days of posting I vanished from the blogging world (ha, who am I kidding…I’m lucky to get 5 readers in a day).  But I was the latest victim of the Swine Flu last week.  Fortunately I have survived and now most get back to life…sigh.  Life has been exhausting ever since, but I’ll eventually get my energy back. Pardon me if my posts are not as frequent as the week prior to last, but I do plan to continue to post as often as I can!

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Decor 101: The Perfect Pear

I’m very picky about what I decorate my house with….quite possibly to a fault (but that’s a whole nother story if you know what I mean).  So when on the rare occasion something screams “BUY ME!” I usually have to pick it up and head to the check out line, as the occurence is rare, and when I don’t I end up being haunted by it. (So please don’t think of me as a shopaholic…I’m quite the contrary).

So this weekend, while I was running all of those delightful errands, I ran across a wooden pear that opens to be a tea light holder, how cool is that?!  It is in a delightful warm honey color that will look so gorgeous with all my green and blue accents in the living room and upon my antique white shelving!

Isn’t it pretty!? 🙂

The Perfect Little Pair

Weekend Recap: October 19th

So I had a busy weekend and worked pretty much non-stop, here’s a recap on what I had planned, and what actually got done!

1.) Fix the OOPS! of our laminate job.  Pretty much this is an aesthetic thing…it just looks wrong to me, Miss Perfectionist and I would rather it be done right so there are no questions down the road….lets say when we sell the house.  this project will probably take about 4 hours. (after 4 hours…yes 4 hours of shopping on Saturday, (Grocery Store, Bed Bath & Beyond for wedding gift, Dollar Tree to get collar and leash for “Lola”, Old Time Pottery for sheets, Pottery Barn to replace one of my stemless wine glasses that broke this spring, VS to get a free birthday gift! ($10), Bath and Body for a free lotion, Home Depot for supplies, and goodwill to check for any great deals…) I was exhausted, so…I decided to focus on getting some things off my list like the outdoor winterizing, I have a little more winterizing left, after that I’ll post everything we’ve done to cut our electric bill this winter!)

2.) Purchase quarter round for the entire house (thank goodness its only .53 cents a foot!), trim paint, and finishing nails (2 hours)

3.) Purchase some winterizing items for the house such as plastic for the windows, and gathering the supplies we already have for the house. We are planning on getting the house ready for the winter sometime next week. (3o minutes) (I’m thinking I’m going to use my Lowes coupon this weekend between the trim job and the winterizing items!)

4.) Trim back the hasta for winter, plant some tulips. (1 hour)

5.) Finish a picture project (45 min) (ALMOST done!)

6.) Work on my business plan (2 hours) (I was bad for not working on this…I also should have worked on a freelance project, guess that’s what tonight will be all about!)

7.) Figure out where to take curtains to get cleaned or figure out how to clean them myself.

8.) Install quarter round??? (well…we spent quite a bit of time AND money at home depot, because we ended up buying our own compressor and nail gun, we have enough home projects in front of us (kitchen updates, crown molding, and of course the quarter round…to make it worth having on hand, and then selling on Craigslist later) – so that’s why we ended up not getting it installed, we just didn’t have enough time to get it done, but SOON!)

9.) 9-10 mile run

10.) Buy the hubby’s b’day gift…which I still don’t know what that is so that might present a small problem!

Although we didn’t get everything done on the list, I also managed to buy a wedding gift, run some errands, actually clean the curtains and iron them, do three loads of laundry, winterize two windows (post coming on that soon, so stay tuned!) trimmed back the hedges, helped with a political conference, oh and did I mention I also sat next to a sitting Senator??

Well, that was my weekend and how much I stuck to my to do list, not too bad, but lots to do this week! Did any of you do fun projects over the weekend?

Weekend Forecast: Oct 16-18

I have a few goals this weekend which may or may not get accomplished….

1.) Fix the OOPS! of our laminate job.  Pretty much this is an aesthetic thing…it just looks wrong to me, Miss Perfectionist and I would rather it be done right so there are no questions down the road….lets say when we sell the house.  this project will probably take about 4 hours.

2.) Purchase quarter round for the entire house (thank goodness its only .53 cents a foot!), trim paint, and finishing nails (2 hours)

3.) Purchase some winterizing items for the house such as plastic for the windows, and gathering the supplies we already have for the house. We are planning on getting the house ready for the winter sometime next week. (3o minutes) (I’m thinking I’m going to use my Lowes coupon this weekend between the trim job and the winterizing items!)

4.) Trim back the hastas for winter, plant some tulips. (1 hour)

5.) Finish a picture project (45 min)

6.) Work on my business plan (2 hours)

7.) Figure out where to take curtains to get cleaned or figure out how to clean them myself.

8.) Install quarter round???

9.) 9-10 mile run

10.) Buy the hubby’s bday gift…which I still don’t know what that is so that might present a small problem!

So my list is ambitious…but if I can even get half of it off my list, especially the laminate and the quarter round, I would be THRILLED!

Home Improvement: Conquering Pet Stains & Odor

Back when we tore up our carpets and prepped for putting down our laminate floor, the process also involved some stain/odor control.    When we started tearing up the carpets, we quickly found the stains that I had been dreading to see.  If you ever decide to undertake the project of tearing up old carpet and replacing it, and you are “lucky” enough to find these types of stains there are a few steps you will want to follow to have stain & odor free bliss:

 

Step One: Remove Remaining Moisture (Ew gross!)

Due to the lack of ventaliation that pet stains or even spills on carpet that aren’t properly cleaned have, it is advisable to attempt getting rid of this excess moisture while you have the opportunity. One method of doing this is by laying out some kitty litter over each spot and letting it soak up the moisture and some of the odor.  What a nifty trick right?

 

 Step Two: Sealing in Remaining Odor

No matter how much kitty litter you use or how much you spray your house with air freshners, those pet stains (thank you previous owners and puppy piper!) create those oh so lovely and lingering odors that will stay with your house until addressed.  To seal those stains in you should find a primer similar to Kilz or Bins that specifically addresses sealing in pet stains and their lovely odor.  Your local home improvement store will have a variety of brands to choose from.  I talked with the paint salesman and he pointed me to the one that was just right for our project and needs. 

 

Step Three: Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor

Breathe in some fresh air (once all the voc’s from the primer are gone), although you could use a low voc product too, ask your local hardware store what earth friendly or low voc product would address the odors.

Culinary Explorations: Popcorn Balls

So I’ve really gotten into the fall spirit these last few days.  Fall has always been hands down my favorite season – probably originally because of my October birthday…but as I grew up it became more about the excitement of a new school year, the refreshing weather, the sound of the leaves in the wind, apple cider, and raking leaves.  I’ve been so busy at work and church lately that I’ve barely even noticed its October!  I was reading blogs this week that talked about fall decor and I finally got my fall fever back 🙂  I went shopping at some local stores and stocked up on fall candles, and some fabulous decor.  But the main goal of my shopping trip…finding all the ingredients to make popcorn balls and carmel apples!  I didn’t get a chance to make the apples last night, but I did have a few minutes to whip up my very first batch of popcorn balls.

mmmm....mmmmm.....goood!

mmmm....mmmmm.....goood!

Overall it was a great experience…I learned a lot, like how many cups are in a quart (it called for 5 quarts of popcorn), how many quarts my saucepan held…and how HOT that sauce gets after it boils….ouch.  Now I’m not stupid enough to just dip fingers in the sauce, but the recipe said that after mixing the popcorn with the sauce to immediately form into balls.  I thought about it, thinking, oh, this is going to be hot, I should wait…but then I reread the instructions and it warned that the popcorn could harden if not formed into balls immediately.  What ensued I’m pretty confident had to be the most comical rendition of hot potatoes…because I burned my hands quite a few times (I think I yelled “holy cow” like five or six times….) thinking I was insane to be touching hot sugar with crisco covered hands.  But in the end, I was very happy with the result.  Having said that now I have about 18 popcorn balls that I will either take into work on Monday morning, or eat my self as the husband informed me this morning that he doesn’t like popcorn balls?  Now who doesn’t like popcorn balls except those who can’t eat popcorn because of a digestion problem or were ordered not to by their dentist….sigh, I don’t know what to do with him sometimes.  But I still enjoyed making the popcorn balls…inspite of the burning and the rejection from my hubby! 🙂

Campbell Humane Society???

Didn’t know how to label this one…but it does seem as of late that we are running a humane society.  Either all of our neighbors are lazy and care nothing about other living creatures…or I just have the “biggy softy” scent that all lonely pets are drawn to! 

Last night on my monday run I was grooving to some great needtobreathe music when I see a dog dodging from lawn to lawn quite irradically.  I didn’t recognize the dog which is unusual as I know most of the dogs in the neighborhood.  After letting him smell my hand I yelled at a few neighbors asking if this might be a delinquent runaway of one of their nextdoor neighbors…the answer, no, but we’ve seen him running around for the past few days.  So I reluctantly called the puppy along and he followed me all the way back to my house (during which time I had to scream at a car to slow down because she was on her cell phone and almost hit the poor thing! I’m sure I have now been labeled the crazy runner girl…but who cares I saved the dogs life, right?) After leaving him with the hubby whom I sure was thinking “Again…?” I went back on my run and asked a few neighbors who were actually out in the drizzle if they knew of anyone missing a dog about 30lbs in weight, Rottweiler coloring and about 6 months old.  Of course the answer was no since the dog is at this very moment confined to  my guest bathroom.  About that…we thought it was a he because it appeared at quick glance to have male parts hanging off of him…well, when I discovered that there was blood all over my floor and that no dogs were bleeding from wounds, we decided to flip “him” over for a more thorough check of “his” defining parts.  What we thought were male parts were actually inflamed female parts…and for those of you who don’t know, that is fairly normal for dogs in, you guessed it, in heat.  Boy I know how to pick em.  My sister rightfully asked if Matt or I paid any attention in Biology class, I chuckled, but seriously you would have made the same mistake at first glance…So after a failed attempt to get her to sleep outside we let her sleep in the guest bathroom with some towels so she wouldn’t bleed all over the floors.  Anyways….so once again Matt and I are trying to find the owners of this poor thing…they probably don’t deserve her since she chewed through the rope they had her tied with.  I’m trying to see if the Southern States Rottweiler Rescue  will take her, I’m not sure though as she is a mix.  Here’s hoping for her sake, as she is sweet as can be! And I’m hoping we can get her somewhere safe before we find out she is prego or something like that! Can you even imagine!  Take a look at her cute little face:

Sweety who has wandered from home...

Sweety who has wandered from home...


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