Project

From the moment that we brought home our travel trailer, I have been telling Casey that the ugly brown smeared-poop pattern material that adorned the windows and cushions had to go.  He was incredulous.  It was brand new, so how could I want to change it?  At the time, we were plenty busy with just figuring out how everything works, so I let it ride.  Ahh, the wonders of retirement.  When I mentioned it again the other day, he was very happy to pull down the cornices and curtainy things.

I recovered the dinette cushions with leftover fabric from my diner and still have some left to cover the gross pillows (later).    I’m lazy, but these were done very easily using those crooked safety pins.  We’ve used this method before and have had good luck with it.  You just wrap the cushion like a present.  Attach the pins on one side about every 6-8 inches apart, then pull taut to the other side and pin there.  I cut out some of the bulk on the ends, then folded it over in a triangle to the back.  Each one took about 45 minutes.

Other changes have been made, too, and I can hardly wait to try them out and share photos with you.  If this is Sunday, we are already at Dauphin Island, eating seafood and drinking rum.  Not sure on the wifi there, but I’ll try to stay in touch.

Peace

Laundry Room Re-do

I’ve been using the New Laundry Room for a week or so now, but just today got the picture of the finished product.  I’m a little embarrassed about how gross it was before we started, but we kept telling ourselves (for 13 years) that we would do fix it soon.   All done now, in 3 weeks of retirement…

Our house is anywhere from 80-150 years old, depending on where you’re standing.  The laundry room is attached to the 1931 building that was apparently built as a garage, but there is no archaeological evidence of a driveway…

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It doesn’t look like there’s been much done between 12/30 and 1/5, but that’s when all the plumbing (there was a pink bathroom in the room we tore down), electrical, and gas hook-ups got done.  You can see we heated the old thing with a cube heater, but now we have fancy-shmancy state of the art gas heat…  I do my laundry more often now.

 

Peace

 

Happy birthday, Casey…(and a week-end wrap-up)

My old man is getting to be such an old man, but he’s still nearly 2 years younger than me.  Counting the days until retirement, Casey turns 61 today.  We had a little celebration yesterday with the Jrs…

I must gush about what a great man he is, how much I love him, how much the kids and grandkids adore him, and how lucky he is that I found him…   This is the 38th of his birthdays that we have been together and I appreciate him to infinity and beyond.   Looking forward to many, many more years of celebrating with him.

We just worked and worked, all four days of the week-end.  Remember the curtains, table & chairs project?  It’s about 75% finished.   I didn’t have the proper needle and thread to finish the backs of the chairs, but I’ve held them i place until I can pick up the supplies.  I’ll need yet another yard of fabric for the curtains, so I’m headed back out to get those today.  I’m still proud of what we did accomplish…

Before…

After…

Sunday’s birthday celebration also included some Christmas tree decorating with Olivia in charge of the “Ornament Department”…

So now the countdown begins…  We’re going to Nashville, TN on Saturday with the Jrs. for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Opry House.  I fly to NYC on the 10th for the Rockettes and a whole slew of other festivities.  I’ve taken on a little accompanying job and will be practicing every Wednesday with the choir at Central UMC for their Christmas program on the 20th.  The Jose’ family is going to try to visit the week after Christmas.

Let the countdown begin…

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