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Carbon Monoxide

May 1st, 2015

This was our house last Wednesday (or technically Thursday) at 2:30am… At 1:30, our smoke alarm/carbon monoxide detectors started going off.  Matt & I went through & reset them.  Only to have them go off again.  Because they are hard wired, removing the batteries was pointless.  In the course of an hour, it kept happening.  […]



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This was our house last Wednesday (or technically Thursday) at 2:30am…

firetruck

At 1:30, our smoke alarm/carbon monoxide detectors started going off.  Matt & I went through & reset them.  Only to have them go off again.  Because they are hard wired, removing the batteries was pointless.  In the course of an hour, it kept happening.  First it would say “fire!  fire!” and then it would say something along the lines “carbon monoxide detected”.  An hour later, after continuing to silence the alarms and in between both Matt & I googling our fire/CO alarms to troubleshoot…we thought “what if it really is carbon monoxide?”.   We then decided to call the non emergency line, which instructed us to call 911.  Totally lame.  “hi…I think it’s a false alarm, but our CO detectors keep going off.  Can you send somebody to please come check it out?”.    Yeah…  We needed to evacuate the house – awesome.

 

Turns out, we had a faulty detector that was triggering the other detectors.  It’s in the trash can & we’ve had no drama since.  I should probably replace it :/

 

This is Link’s recap (it was so random, he just started spouting it off)

Daddy wake me up.  I went outside &  I were crying.  The fire trucks come & saved our house!  The fire truck not scary & the dark not scary.

Right after this, I was bringing him back upstairs to go back to bed.  Matt said “Good night buddy, I love you!”

Link turned around & with pure conviction said “dada!  Don’t wake me up again!”.
Amen brotha!

 

Also…sorry to our neighbors who had the fire trucks lights shining in their bedroom windows.  Have they no courtesy?


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It finally happened

April 28th, 2014

We are back to being home owners & moved in this weekend.  I didn’t realize how great it would feel to have a lot more space, but it feels awesome.  The house is absolutely perfect and the neighbors have already welcomed us.   A big shout out to my mom who came a few days […]



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We are back to being home owners & moved in this weekend.  I didn’t realize how great it would feel to have a lot more space, but it feels awesome.  The house is absolutely perfect and the neighbors have already welcomed us.

 

A big shout out to my mom who came a few days early to help us pack and has been helping unpack.  We couldn’t ahve done it without her, it’s no joke.  I have been working 50-60 hours/week for the last two months trying to meet a project deadline (this AM, done…YAY!).  I guess I could have stayed up all night and then would have been able to pack, but why do that when you have a super mom?
Pictures to follow…soon.


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The end is near….

December 23rd, 2013

Hopefully….   Last Friday this happened: Which led to Matt & I feverishly decluttering, cleaning, & organizing our house so it could be staged on Monday.  This is what our weekend looked like.  I’m not sure how, but we did it.  And this was the end result (I wish I had pictures of every room, […]



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Hopefully….

 

Last Friday this happened:

for sale

Which led to Matt & I feverishly decluttering, cleaning, & organizing our house so it could be staged on Monday.  This is what our weekend looked like.office

living

 I’m not sure how, but we did it.  And this was the end result (I wish I had pictures of every room, because it’s awesome):

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All of our hard work must have paid off.  The house went on the market around 2pm on Tuesday, we had our first showing at 9am on Wednesday & an offer in hand by 11am on Wednesday.  Everyone told us it would go quick, but we thought w/in 30 days quick, not within 21 hours quick.

 

Unfortunately, the guy backed out on Friday, so the house is back in action.  We have several showings lined up, despite Christmas.  I am disappointed, but not discouraged.  However, I had finally moved all the furniture back to where it’s more “livable” and now we’re back to a funky layout & constantly keeping the house tidy.


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MIMI Labor

May 3rd, 2013

Mom graciously came last week to watch Link during the week while Daycare was on vacation.   As per usual, mom can’t come w/o me having a bazillion things for us to work on.  I had a list – organize Link’s clothes, toys he’s outgrown, paint the bathroom, teach me to sew something awesome & […]



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Mom graciously came last week to watch Link during the week while Daycare was on vacation.

 

As per usual, mom can’t come w/o me having a bazillion things for us to work on.  I had a list – organize Link’s clothes, toys he’s outgrown, paint the bathroom, teach me to sew something awesome & more than just a blanket, & learn the art of cable stitch knitting.  We only got to the bathroom & cable knitting.

 

The bathroom ended up being more of an undertaking than we thought.  We have an old house with no exhaust fan and 2 residents that like to take steamy hot showers, which lead to paint peeling.  The plan was to scrape the peeled paint off, patch,  prime, & put a latex/epoxy paint on – ta-da done!  Unfortunately, paint scraping became more than just a few spots – i.e. most of the ceiling, so we had to scrape the whole ceiling off, which took forever.  Not to mention, we both probably have lead poisoning from the existing 1954 paint.

 

It was a 3-day undertaking & the bathroom now looks amazing (mostly just “cleaned” up).  But now, when the door is closed for several hours at a time to keep Link out of the toilet, it smells like an old smoker’s house.  Huh.


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The Ladder Truck

December 29th, 2011

I was going to write about my awesome & relaxing Christmas vacation in WI this week.  But after last night, I can’t make it the full focus of this blog.  In short, it was awesome.  Mom showed me how to be an awesome old lady 20 something year old and knit correctly.  I whipped out […]



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I was going to write about my awesome & relaxing Christmas vacation in WI this week.  But after last night, I can’t make it the full focus of this blog.  In short, it was awesome.  Mom showed me how to be an awesome old lady 20 something year old and knit correctly.  I whipped out a hat in no time.  Its amazing when you have the right yarn, sized needles & know the knitting lingo how much more fun & easier knitting is.  Mom & I also put together a 2000 piece puzzle full of all sorts of different pretty shoes.  Both things, along with eating delicious food & seeing my family, made my trip amazing.  Aren’t you glad I summed that all up in a paragraph vs. drawing it out for a whole post?

 

I debated posting this, because its probably not nice to mock my neighbor.  But Connie (her name is changed to protect the innocent) gets the nickname “Crazy Connie” for a reason (side note – she is super sweet & means well).  The lady is CRAZY.   She runs a fine line between institutionally crazy & “I’m a wacky gal” kind of crazy.  In the short 3 years I’ve lived in my house, I probably have more than a dozen examples of her nuttiness (I could write a few blogs – or maybe 1/month for a few years).

 

Its approximately 8:30pm last night when I’m sitting at the kitchen table and got the bajeezus scared out of me because out of the corner of my eye I saw a man dressed in all dark park & walk in front of the house.  I know, you people are probably thinking “what’s wrong w/ that?”.  But when you live in a fairly safe neighborhood, but shenanigans is definitely not out of the norm & you aren’t expecting someone, it can kind of startle you.  I then saw his bright flashing lights (funny how I missed those initially).

C: Matt, a police officer w/ his lights on just parked in front of the house
M: Wha?
C: yeah, I saw him walk across the street…kind of odd

Soon this was the scene in front of our house – except it’s missing the 1 extra fire truck, ladder truck & you can’t see the ambulance (again mom, someday I’ll get to using windex on the windows).

 

C: Ohh…super drama.  I hope they aren’t going to Ada’s house! (she’s our sweet old neighbor, I was legitimately concerned right here)
M: It looks like he went into Connie’s house.

C: *chuckle* oh…Crazy Connie, I wonder what she did this time – I bet Jim (her husband) isn’t home.

C: ohh…the fire men are walking into her house all suited up with an axe & fire extinguisher

*Crazy Connie just NOW walks out of her apparently burning down house*

Approximately 3 minutes has passed & the officer is walking back to his car.

*Matt steps outside & asks him what is going on (I’ve finally trained him into becoming a nosy neighbor & getting the gossip on everything an informed member of the neighborhood).*

*Matt comes back into the house chuckling*

C: soo…what’s going on?
M: Apparently she filled her entire house up w/ smoke using the microwave.

C: That Crazy Connie!

C: I won’t lie babes, if our house is so filled with smoke that I need to call 911 – Lucy & I are calling from the sidewalk, after I grab a clean pair of underwear & socks.

M: Babes, that’s what any normal person would do, but she’s crazy…

 

You really need to hear all the other stories to maybe find the humor in this & realize that this is not surprising that she A) almost burned her house down via the microwave & B) called 911 for something that maybe opening a few windows might have solved.

 

Also, we picked Lucy up from the doggie hotel yesterday and she was so exhausted she didn’t care about her favorite men outside her house.  I even tried to tell her it was better than last time because they were in full uniform, not just fire pants, suspenders, & a t-shirt.

 


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All we got was a T-Shirt and its awesome

November 30th, 2011

Update on The Price Is Right – we went & it was AWESOME.  Matt even made it up onto Contestant Row – I think I might have been just as excited as if they called my name.  Unfortunately some grandma outbid him on an iPod surround sound stereo thing…so all he got was a T-shirt.  […]



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Update on The Price Is Right – we went & it was AWESOME.  Matt even made it up onto Contestant Row – I think I might have been just as excited as if they called my name.  Unfortunately some grandma outbid him on an iPod surround sound stereo thing…so all he got was a T-shirt.  I haven’t taken the t-shirt off since, except to shower.  I wear it under my work clothes, to bed, etc.

 

Tomorrow marks only 3 WEEKS until Christmas.  Oh the joy!  I love Christmas.  Unfortunately, I think I’m a total Christmas fail this year….  My house is to small to put up my tree, which is a disappointment in itself (note to self…next house must have large jetted tub, king sized bed, living room big enough for tree & storage).  Fortunately, I haven’t let my small house deter me…I just decorate the outside instead.  I like to have my lights turned on Thanksgiving evening, but this year we were in Vegas.  I just kept telling myself “one week late won’t hurt, you can put them up next weekend”.  I looked at the weather today – its supposed to be cold & snowy this weekend.  Matt mentioned last night that we maybe wouldn’t be able to put lights up this weekend and I almost had a full on melt down.  I hope the weather man is a liar & its a bit nicer so I can hang my lights.  I knew I should have put my lights on the house in October when I started getting into the Christmas Spirit….


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VA-VA-VOOM

September 28th, 2011

One might use VA-VA-VOOM Voluptuous to describe other things, but I’m using it to describe my tomato plants this year.  As my mother said, its a bumper year.  BAM!  Take that mother nature.   You see, almost 3 years ago I bought my house.  The following spring I planted a humungous garden with a bunch […]



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One might use VA-VA-VOOM Voluptuous to describe other things, but I’m using it to describe my tomato plants this year.  As my mother said, its a bumper year.  BAM!  Take that mother nature.

 

You see, almost 3 years ago I bought my house.  The following spring I planted a humungous garden with a bunch of produce.  I got NOTHING, except more squash than anyone would know what to do with.  Total bust.

 

The following year, last year, I made a new garden – Brown Dog Lucy B Williams needed a taller fence, which caused my old garden area to no longer see much sun.  A 4′ foot fence was no match for her high jumping skills…girl has mad skills.  I’ll be entering her into the Dog Olympics Track & Field Category.  Anyways…I made a new garden, much smaller, & more manageable (although there was NOTHING to manage the year before).  Again, NOTHING…and by nothing, I mean nothing, not even squash.  Whatever.

 

This year, I reduced my garden to only 2 tomato plants.  No need in spending a lot of money on plants when I can’t get anything to grow.  I was determined to make these things grow.  I planted them on time, watered them, & told them how amazing they were – daily.  They were off to a slow start & I got nervous.  So I asked Kent, the green thumb @ The Home.  He said I needed to talk to them more & stroke them.  So by mid summer I was not only watering, telling them how amazing they were, but I was also stroking their leaves telling them they were gorgeous.  I sort of mocked Kent when he told me that…but the guy has great tomatoes every year, so how can he be wrong?  He can’t – AND HE WASN’T.  My tomatoes were on track again, growing big & plump.  I started to get a bit cocky, how could I not, I was proud, and my ‘matoes were looking AWESOME (Kent said so himself).

 

All was going fantastic, until mid July came, and it came with hail.  I really thought Mother Nature hated me.  The hail cleaned out over half of my plants…they went from full & luscious to thin & pathetic.  My dad & the internet said they are hearty & they’d come back…I had my doubts.    I implemented more watering, stroking & patience.

 

Low & behold, my plants came back awesomer (totally a word) than ever.  They are HUGE, and taking up a lot of space…I even had to tie them to the fence to hold them up.

 

Last week, I ran into Kent when I was home over lunch, and he said “what is going on w/ your tomatoes”

C: They are crazy out of control huh?  Help yourself…I can’t eat them all

K: I help myself everyday.  Look at these monsters.  What did you do?

C: I talked to them  & stroked them.

K: *chuckles*  I can’t get over how HUMUNGOUS they are.

C: I know…thanks!

 

My farming ancestors would be SO proud of me.

Mother Nature – 2

Catie – 1

Take THAT Mother Nature, I’m back on the board!

 

Matt doesn’t know it yet, but I’ve already been looking for a farm & combine to buy.  I’m moving onto bigger & better things next year.


 

Oh – P.S. I have more tomatoes than can possibly be consumed by my household, my neighbors, my office, & my friends.  Please come to my house, say hi, & pick a basket.  And if you don’t like tomatoes, please don’t come to my house, because you WILL be leaving with a baggy full.


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Replace Kitchen Floor – Check

May 8th, 2011

Last night I started the process of replacing the kitchen floors.  Cassie came over around 5 to drop off the flooring, we then got to yapping.  Then around 6:30 Mary & Ryan (matt’s friends from the gym) showed up to help also!  I think they peer pressured Cassie to stay.  I’m glad, I needed the […]



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Last night I started the process of replacing the kitchen floors.  Cassie came over around 5 to drop off the flooring, we then got to yapping.  Then around 6:30 Mary & Ryan (matt’s friends from the gym) showed up to help also!  I think they peer pressured Cassie to stay.  I’m glad, I needed the help!  We started by ripping off the old nasty vinyl fake wood trim.

 

Then we spackled around the removed trim.  After that, that’s about when everyone went home – it was all a project in itself.

I was up & working by 6:45am this morning.  I started with sanding the spackle & then painting far enough down around the trim so it’d be presentable! Carrie showed up around 11:00 to help me with the actual floor itself.  Here are some pictures.

Mary & Ryan showed up towards the end of Carrie & laying the floor – jut in time to cut the trim, install it, & move appliances back.

Here’s the finished product!  (I LOVE IT.  Such an improvement).

view from laundry room into kitchen/back door

The view from the kitchen into the laundry room.

view from the dining room into the kitchen

view from back door towards dining room

I’m so glad its done!  It’s such an improvement from the nasty brown stuff before.  I’m so appreciative of everyone’s help!!!

Now I need to lay on the couch…


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Efficient or Old?

May 6th, 2011

Now that Matt has left for 10 days to China (for work..not all pleasure) I’ve made myself a fairly large list of things to get done while he’s gone.  Mostly things that need to get done and a few things that I want to get done.  See – I love home improvement projects, gardening, & […]



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Now that Matt has left for 10 days to China (for work..not all pleasure) I’ve made myself a fairly large list of things to get done while he’s gone.  Mostly things that need to get done and a few things that I want to get done.  See – I love home improvement projects, gardening, & tending to the lawn.  Matt…not so much.  Which is fine.  I don’t ask him to help, and I’m fine doing it myself (unless I need something that is to high for me to get or to heavy to move by myself).  I went straight from dropping Matt off at the airport to Home Depot to get all of my supplies.

Here’s my list –

Touch up paint in the laundry room
Paint around the trim in the kitchen
Install new kitchen floor
Install new kitchen trim
Fix grout in bathroom
Fertilize Lawn
Kill weeds in lawn
Clean matt’s car
Fix grass around driveway
Sew baby Seth a blanket

Notice I was able to cross one thing off my list already – fertilizing.  I woke up this morning & remembered the sprinklers went off & the ground was wet, a requirement for fertilizer.  So there I was, at 6:15 AM, spreading fertilizer on my lawn.  I’m not sure if I should be proud of myself for being efficient or bothered that the only people up at 6:15am doing lawn work are old people.


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A mismatched matching half bedroom set

April 16th, 2011

About a month ago, I bought this fabulous book shelf from craigslist (oh how I love you CL).  In fact, When I saw the picture on CL, I thought “this is in great shape”…it wasn’t, but it was $10 and i was going to paint it anyways, so who cares?   Right?  (it looks WAY worse […]



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About a month ago, I bought this fabulous book shelf from craigslist (oh how I love you CL).  In fact, When I saw the picture on CL, I thought “this is in great shape”…it wasn’t, but it was $10 and i was going to paint it anyways, so who cares?   Right?  (it looks WAY worse in person)

I now consider myself a pro at stripping paint.  Don’t mess around with other brands, Jalisco IS.THE.BEST.

So, I’ve been spending whatever free time I’ve had the last month stripping paint.  It’s been a process.  When I started, in a few spots I ran into this stuff which I thought was rotting wood.  It worried me, but it was just in one spot, so I kept going.  Once I started doing the underside of the shelves, I ran into more of it.  Thankfully, it wasn’t rotting wood.  I don’t know exactly what the black, nasty, thick, sticky stuff was, but it was no match for Jalisco.

I was skeptical through the whole process how it would turn out, but now that its done, I’m pleased  Our spare bedroom now has a mismatched matching half bedroom set w/ the dresser I finished a few months ago.