Sunday, November 25, 2012

Bridal Dress Shopping

Today Colleen, and her maid of honor Tessa, and her future mother-in-law Denise, and I went to find her wedding dress. Of course I cannot show the dress she actually chose, but this is one of the ones that didn't make the cut...still very lovely!
I love this pic...I can still see the little girl she was, and the woman she is.
Here's Colleen and Tessa sharing the goofiness and fun that has made them lifelong friends.

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Movember 19: thirty minute walk.
Movember 20: Put a rug down in my basement and moved my hula hoop in! 30 minutes of hooping!
Movember 21: 45 minutes of walking, 15 minutes stairs

Thanksgiving Eve...

Setting the table, making deviled eggs and looking forward to having the family over tomorrow.

Thursday, November 15, 2012


Movember 11: 15 min stairs, 15 min walking
Movember 12: 30 minute walk with Hawkeye
Movember 13: 2 hours washing windows at new house...up and down the ladder.
Movember 14: 15 minutes doing crunches, plank, pushups, squats...30 minutes walking with Hawkeye

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


 On Saturday, friends and family helped me move the furniture over, so it's starting to look like home. I'm using all the same curtains and rods from the rental. Yesterday my mom and dad hung some lamps and curtains, and we started hanging artwork. I even spent my first night there last night. I still have lots of things to get out of the old house, especially out of my basement there. Yuck. But it will get done. One thing at a time.
I like to buy artwork from artists I meet along the way. This quilt over the fireplace is by JoanE Lipinski, a Pontiac, IL artist. I saw it in Wallworks (local gallery) long ago, and Joe gave it to me for my birthday. The colors have faded a bit, but it's still one of my favorite pieces.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Movember 7,8,9,10...and progress on the bungalow

My workout the entire week has been at the house. Sanding and sealing woodwork, washing windows, moving day with all the hauling of boxes, moving furniture, loading and unloading trucks. I drop into bed exhausted each night.

I love it when I get to do a job where you really see a big difference like washing windows, or a couple of days ago, sealing woodwork. I'm using a wipe-on polyurethane. I gave it a light sanding with very fine paper first. The woodwork looked so dried out, and the poly makes such a difference!
 Here I've done the top of the buffet and the top two drawers.
The mantle is done except the bottom board only had poly wiped on half way across.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Movember 4, 5, 6...Moving!

So I was not going to count moving as exercise, but I've been painting and cleaning and packing for the last few days. Since I'm sore and exhausted (good signs of lots of activity), I'm going to count it as my exercise for the last 3 days.

Here are some pics of what is going on at the bungalow the last few days.

 Wright's came and installed the kitchen floor. I'd love to have done tile, but it doesn't fit in my budget right now. This is a high quality vinyl from Wright's in Pontiac. It's the same line (but a different pattern) that I had put in the back entry at the old house. Here you can see the old floor, under the new floor. It's perimeter glued. I also had them run the vinyl down the stairs to the basement.
 Here it is with the backsplash. The color is actually more like it is in the first photo.

Ron Ingram is painting 3 of the rooms. He and his helper stripped all the wallpaper off today, and painted the ceilings yesterday.
 Here is the dining room without all the wall paper.
 And my little studio minus the paper that covered its walls.
In the living room, Ron started painting the khaki color on the walls. This color is matched as closely as possible to the walls of my little rental house, because I enjoyed the color so much.

We also got the bedroom painted, and moved the furniture into my bedroom and the guest room. We scrubbed the kitchen floor when we realized that it was staying under the new floor, and moved the old appliances out. I had lots of help from family and friends on these projects, which helped sooo much! Today I painted inside the linen closet and the bedroom closet and lined most of the kitchen cabinets with shelf paper.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Movember 3

Hawkeye got his face trimmed to start his Movember mustache. I still need to neaten it up a bit, but it's a good start.

The only moving I did on the 3rd was moving my bedrooms from the old house to the new one, and I had plenty of help from friends and family, thank goodness! Maybe Hawkeye and I can go for long walk tonight to catch up.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Movember 2

Hawkeye and I went on an hour long walk. Very nice!
I decided that there is a way I can grow a mustache....I can have Hawkeye grow one! It's a look he has never sported. So tonight I'll shave down his face and leave him the beginning of a mustache. Remember, if you'd like to donate to fight cancer you may do so here. And if you'd like to see how the money is spent, it is all in plain sight right here.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Movember 1

Today I needed to get my 30 minutes in before I went home, so I walked around the building and 15 minutes of stairs in the building. The stairs lead to the Livingston County War my workout buddies were armed. This guy looks like he has a good one day's growth on his mustache!