Happy Week-end!!

The camper makeover continues, but we’re not ready for The Big Reveal yet…  I would have gotten farther, but we’re taking a short trip to North Carolina to celebrate my Aunt Shirley’s 80th birthday.  All of my favorite cousins will be there, plus a few I haven’t seen in decades…scores, even.  Aunt Shirley is my mom’s youngest sister, the only one still living,  Clarence and Flo Eaton’s baby #9.    She lives in Florida, but she’s driving up to her grand-daughter’s home near Asheville for the soiree’.  The Eatons are seriously funny folks and I’m hoping to laugh until I pee my pants at least once.

In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been up to…

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I’ve been away from the computer a lot for this project, sitting in front of my new sewing maching.  It self-threads, what not to love?   I’ve got 2 of 4 curtain panels finished, a little behind due to last-minute changes in the design.  We’re going to finish up early next week.

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I’m taking along some tomatoes to share with the fam in NC….there’s a glut around here…

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For more pictures of the garden click  here

Hope you have a great week-end, full of laughter (the snort-your-drink-out-your-nose kind) and fresh veggies…

 

New Project: Pop-up camper Makeover

I thought I’d have all the time in the world to write, but Casey and I started a project together and he is a slavemaster…

You may remember that we have a pop-up camper that has been sitting down by our campfire area for several years now.  We have used it for Camp Sleepovers, for SpookWalks, and just for us, but his year we didn’t have time to clean it up for camp.  It is a mildew-y mess, seriously moldy.

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Whilst browsing the internets for how-to-eliminate-mold, I discovered that there are plenty of other folks who are remodeling their campers, eager to share their pictures and advice.  What did we do before Pinterest?  I’m bursting with creative ideas and we’re off to a grand start…

We started by re-configuring the floor plan.  It’s a Jayco from the 90’s?, a light 8 ft. so that we can pull it safely with the Caravan.

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Isn’t that fun?  I am so excited that I bought a new sewing machine so I can sew cushion covers and curtains, nothing too elaborate, but clean and comfortable.

We’re hoping we can take her on the road for a week-end before I go back to NYC in September. I’m hatching a plan for her Live Launch, a trip toLexington and the Bourbon Trail in October.    Stay tuned.

Mid-week Missive…

Halfway to Friday, Happy Hump Day…images of the camel dance through our heads.

After starting the steroids on Tuesday, I felt just fine by Friday…maybe a little headache, certainly a lot of muchies, but sooo much better… Of course, I got outside on one of those sunny, 60degree days and sprung the back again.  Okay, though…if I’m going to be laying around on a heating pad, why not have the soundtrack be torrential rain?

I ordered the carpet for the bedroom and when that arrives in a couple of weeks, we’ll be completely done with the remodel.  The pictures really don’t do it justice.  It’s zehr cool to actually have a door to my bedroom.  (It’s the little things)

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check out the new pendant lamp in the window seat…

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Saturday I’ll be playing piano/organ at the wedding of Kenny Thomas and Amanda Lewis.  Kenny is the son of my good friend, Kristi, and his dad is the late (and legendary)  Chuck “Grady” Thomas.  It will certainly be bittersweet to be a part of their nuptials.  I admire Kristi so much and am so honored to serve;  however, I haven’t practiced piano this much in Years!  It’s a real work-out, as any church musician will attest.    I love the music, though, and have dragged out much more than I’ll need just because…

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Take heart:   the day after tomorrow is Friday…I think we’re gonna make it, friends.

Back home

As expected, the flight home was painful.  Thanks to icebags pressed to my back and the kindness of strangers, I managed to limp into EVV ontime, glad to see my hubby…

And look what greeted me as I arrived at Sonnystone!

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(Wow, something is way off here at wordpress…they have changed the way we insert pictures and/or edit them.  I don’t like it.)

Casey has finished the painting and trim, pulled up carpet and started on the flooring in the mudroom…

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(I am at a complete loss as to why they would change the editing program for pictures.  I can’t create a gallery or even re-size my pictures.  I hate this.  )

My back is still painful when I’m sitting, so I’ve paced, stood, and walked as much as possible.  I’ll admit, my bed is more comfortable than Melissa’s couch, but sleeping is still hit and miss.  I may have to call my doctor tomorrow…

Today I’m going to re-pot the happy seedlings.  I hope the weatherman hasn’t lied when he predicted spring temperatures all week.

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Thanks to Wink for keeping an eye on the starts…

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The Jrs. are supposed to stop by later on, so I’m sure Olivia will help with the plants.   Hope the sun is shining where you are!

home improvement…

I didn’t get a real “before” picture, dammit…  Imagine a sort of  shotgun-house where you walk through a bedroom to get to the back of the house.  When we first moved in, we lived upstairs, but the bathroom downstairs is closer than up there, and I’m too lazy to take the extra steps in the middle of the night.  It’s always bothered me that we’re so out in the open.  So we’ve built a wall, sort of a 3/4 so that we will still have some air flow…  We planned for weeks, and Casey started on it last week-end…

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We’re using a sliding door;  it’s going to create a nice mudroom-type entry from the side door…

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There is much, much more to do:  the drywall on the inside of the room has to be mudded and sanded and we’ll put new carpet in there;  we’ll use flooring to match/connect the entry with the kitchen;  everything needs to be painted.   Casey’s going to wait until I’m in NYC to do the drywall…  I sure do love this guy..!

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It’s that time of year…

The oppressive heat was defeated by an incoming cold front, breaking down the temperatures from 95 to 75, lowering the humidity and puffing up the clouds.   It’s a welcome change.  Yes.

There’s always another side, even to a beautiful day.  I began to sneeze, 3-4 in a row in the afternoon;  by evening, my throat felt like a razor blade and my head was throbbing around my eyes…that’s right..the Dreaded Snot of seasonal allergies.   It starts out thin and runny, then begins to jam up your nasal sinuses and obstruct the  eustachian tubes until your entire head is full of  thick, wet, mucous.  To make matters worse, I didn’t have any of my  personal standby, Allegra, so I dug up some old Benadryl, evidently too old to actually work. because I had a miserable Friday night.  Saturday morning,  I decided to start with the Sudafed we had around and that was a flawed decision, to say the least.  By the time I had nursed myself through three every-four-hour doses, my heart was racing, my stomach was bolting, and the headache, snot, and sore throat were as awful as ever.    I spent the night coughing, wheezing, and throwing up…ready to write my will.  This morning, Casey went down to CVS and bought some Allegra and voila!  Now I am just another clogged cranium walking around with kleenex up my nose…but at least I’m walking.

Last week was a busy one:  I took Olivia to and from school a couple of days;  Sister and I did our sing-a-long;  My school broke ground for our new gym and all the bigwigs and TV stations were out,  Here’s what else has been happening here at Sonnystone…

The 98% finished room…

We’ve got the furniture put back into our freshly carpeted room, and nearly everything on our newly painted walls.   (I have a rather inspired idea for behind the couch, but it will take a while)

The stereo is back…

The last several months I’ve listened mostly to music from my computer, using cheap speakers and/or headphones, and I’m just Not Feeling it.    Even Melissa had noticed that the listening music was a little under-represented during her visit.  Since it’s an essential component of my personal well-being, music, played loud from speakers that have some decent bass/woofers,  has made a comeback…
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I guess I’m going to have to break down and buy those CD’s I downloaded from the library…the cognitive dissonance is getting to me…(is it stealing? or just borrowing?)

Harvesting…

This should probably be over on the gardening blog…  We brought in the tomatoes and the basil before I was laid low by the Snot.  I’m feeling almost well enough to get out and pull in the sunflowers and rearrange the front perennials (that will be on the garden blog!)

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Get ready for some pesto, friend…

Sneak Preview…

While I’ve whined and swigged toddies, Casey has been planting trees!!!    We bought a tulip poplar and a heritage river birch and he’s just about got them in the ground…

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That just about catches us up…

Excuses, excuses…

In addition to the “working 7-days-a-week” excuse for not blogging, I’d like to add the “we’ve painted 5 rooms and gotten new carpet” justification.   Casey’s been working 10-hour days, 4 days/week, off Fridays, and has worked the last couple of week-ends painting the front of the house in a nice neutral “toasted almond”  (although he finished up the kitchen in white).   We figured since I’m gone all the time right now, we’d get this stuff done and be able to relax after this Last Week-end of Horseracing.

Painting in the front wasn’t too bad since we only had to move the furniture into the middle of the room and take down the wallhangings…but….we had carpet laid yesterday in the back room and had to move out Everything…Everything….   I have waayy tooo much stuff …

The unbearable heat kept most folks away from the track yesterday and I’m hoping they stay away today too—or at least stay hydrated.  While I’m manning the First Aid Station, Casey will be finishing up the painting in the back…

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I hope to have it Mostly put back together by Monday…  Have a great Labor Day Week-end!