Wednesday, August 14, 2013

More preview pictures!

Thought I would throw out a few more teasing pictures of our new place...  Just check out this hotness!  Today's feature is the basement.  It's just 2 rooms - a generous size utility room and an open "rec room."

The drab green carpet on the stairs going down.

Here's the "rec room."

There's a nice size laundry tub down there for all our paint cleanup!

See how nice size the utility room is?

There's even this sweet locker cabinet down there.  I can think of some uses for that!
We'll have real tales to tell soon!  Looking forward to it!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Eye Glue by Noah

This morning when I asked Noah if he slept well I got a story worth sharing.  It started with some eye rubbing and "yeah, I can't get the eye glue out to wake up this morning."  Then he launched into a story about how "eye glue" works for him to sleep good.  I'll do my best to transcribe it as he told and my memory kept it for the day.

When I go to sleep, after my eyes are closed, I have little pet bugs that put my eye glue in.  Eye glue comes as little tiny dots that they lay on top of my eyes.  The little pet bugs keep the eye glue in a jar with a tight lid, but if they work together they can get it opened.  The jar of eye glue is kept on the shelf in dad's workroom, so the bugs go down there under the doors and you don't see them.  They get the eye glue jar and bring it all the way up to my room.  The lid is on tight, so they work together and they get it opened.  Then they put one little dot of eye glue on each of my eyes.  The dots of eye glue are little tiny (he holds up his hand with his index finger curled all the way up).  That's how I sleep like a rock with my eyes glued shut.  In the morning, I have to rub and rub to get the left over glue out so I can open my eyes.  Sometimes that's hard to do.  And my little pet bugs are so small you can't see them.  And they help me to sleep good.  I love my little pet bugs (he closes his eyes and snuggles his blankie).

The end.

Next time you need help falling asleep, you can just get some imaginary little pet bugs to apply some eye glue for you and you'll sleep like a rock!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Tale of a travelling chest

It started something like this:
Jerry: "Do you guys have anything that needs to go up to the dump?  I'm taking this old chest up there and there's more space in the van. Or, maybe, you guys want this chest?"
Me: "What is the chest you are taking to the dump?"
Brian: "No, no, it's garbage..."
Jerry: "It's just this old cedar chest that got a little water damaged at some point and lost a leg."
Me: "It wouldn't hurt to just take a look."

I ended up saving Jerry a trip to the dump and causing my hubby to groan and complain substantially.  I think in the end, I have a nice piece worth far more than the $15 I put into it.  Heh, heh, I even managed to finish it in less than 6 months!

This is the broken leg corner. 

Here she is in all her dump-ready glory.

I peeled off the weird O's from the front and Brian helped build a new base to support it.

The handles also had to go.

Here she is!

After end shot.
That little white tag says: Cedar Chest $195. 
The inside is a very nice cedar that I was able to clean up with some magic eraser, a vacuum, and a damp rag.  Noah helped with the process, but I didn't get any pictures of him in his paint-wear.  In the end it's a pretty smooth, sharp paint job.  The color is Great Lakes by DutchBoy.

Since we're moving to a place where Noah won't have a window seat bench in his bedroom, it will probably serve as his toy chest/window seat.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Sneak peek of the new place

We're calling the next house the Granny house in recognition of it's previous owner.  It's a cute white cape cod on the outside on a cul de sac with a very tidy, flat yard that's still walking distance to work for us and school for Noah.
It's nearly 60 years newer than the yellow downtown house (we need a name for that one!), so we're excited that it won't have so many of the super old house issues.  It had an addition of a great room in the 1980s, so parts of it are quite new.  It isn't all "done" on the inside, so we've got big plans for the place!
Looking into the kitchen from the great room.

Formal dining room, looking into the kitchen
I see a wall that's begging to come down!

Master bedroom
Gotta love pink carpet and peach walls!

Main floor/master bathroom plus laundry
Nothing like swapping out laundry while on the toilet!

While we have big plans for the place, we really intend to take it slow and live there for a while before we change anything.  We want to make a real plan and do things right the first time so we don't have to re-do our work.  I'm showing you here the top candidates for improvement :)

Off to continue packing!