Monday, July 26, 2021

Den Painting and Kitchen Tile 7.26.2021

Hi Everyone!  I haven't been on here in awhile because I have been painting, painting, painting.  I had to put KILZ on the trim and wainscoting in the den.  The wood was stained Black Walnut.  It took 2-3 coats of KILZ.  I then painted the trim and wainscoting with semi-gloss white.  It took 3 coats of that.  I then pick a bold color for the top of the wall above the wainscoting.  I picked Veranda Blue.  I love the way the white paint makes this color pop!  Here is the room so far.

This is what the den looked like before my paint job.  I think the change is so much better!!


The contractor came today and worked on the kitchen backsplash tile.  I chose a white subway tile and behind the stove a herringbone pattern with the subway tile.  Here is the backsplash without grout.  It will be grouted tomorrow.

I love the way this has turned out.  Once the wood flooring is put down the Refrigerator and Dishwasher can be installed.  The gas stove might have to wait because I am waiting for the gas line to be brought in from the street and a meter set.  It will be amazing though.  The appliances are all stainless steel.  The grout will be white.

My contractor also could make the windowsill extra deep so I can put mementors, small flower vases, etc. on there.  (There is a piece of trim missing under the sill.)  So happy about that!

Everything is moving along and I can move into the kitchen soon.  I will still have to use a portable burner because the stove isn't ready yet, but it will be wonderful not to be cooking in the dining room!  I have been doing this since the first week of May.  I also now have water on the first floor!

Thanks for coming along with me on the remodel so far!

Have a wonderful evening!


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

House Renovation Update and Owen's Birthday!

Hi Everyone!  I haven't been on in a while because I had so much to get done on the house and then I went to NJ to visit my family for 6 days around 4th of July.  It was a great trip and I'm glad I got to see my family and friends but I really missed my home!

Lots of things are happening at the house.  The Master Bath shower and floor is all tiled and grouted.  All but the granite sill going into the shower is done and the 2 end tiles that cannot be installed until the sill is put in place.  Thursday the countertops are coming so the sill should be done then.

Master Bath Floor Tile

Master Bath Shower (hardware will be installed soon)

Master Bath Shower (hardware will be installed soon)

 The bannister needed to be sanded down to the wood.  I did that, then stained it and then polyurethaned it.  I think it looks so much better.  Excuse the half painted wall.  I have not finished painting the blue paint yet.

Today the front door is being installed.  I changed from a metal door to a craftsman style fiberglass door with window lights.  Above the door the original window light will be put back in, they are working on that now.  I have also changed out the coach lights on either side of the door.  I can't wait to see this completed!

On July 11th Owen turned 10!  I cannot believe he is 10 already!  Where did the time go!  Our grandchildren keep getting older but not us LOL!!   

I made this collage for Owen's birthday for FB.  I thought I would share it here as well.  He is such a sweet, kind and caring little boy!  I am so glad that I moved close to him, so I can see Owen and Jack all the time!  

Well I would love to show you more, but time doesn't allow for it at this time.  I'll be back when they have the front door all installed.  I hope everyone has a wonderful day!


Sunday, June 27, 2021

House Progress, Ducks and Flowers 6.27.2021

 Hi Everyone!  Hope you are enjoying the weekend!  I painted the Master Bath yesterday and today is my "off" day.  I always take Sundays off from house projects and just rest and relax.

Here are 2 photos of the Master Bath.  I don't know why the trim in the first photo looks like it is turquoise, it isn't it is white.

Master Bath painted Valpar's Polar Star (like the Master Bedroom).  The trim is white not turquoise LOL!

I am in the bathroom looking out into my room.  This week the contractor will be finishing the tile, setting the vanity, hopefully the shower door and new light fixtures.  I'm hoping he does all that while I'm away in NJ.

The Contractors worker put the shutters I had painted on the bottom half of the house.  I think they look so much better.  They were very dull black, so I painted them glossy black.  Like that much better.

Friday I painted the front railings, spindles and posts.  Nice super white now.  Once the new front door is installed and new side lights, it will look like a new place!

The Contractor this week worked on the final kitchen cabinets they were waiting for.  Here is the results so far!

Where you see the foot of the ladder, that is where the refrigerator is going.  I love that I will have a few drawers, not just doors under the top drawer.  Then there is the corner cabinet, which will have a lazy susan shelf unit.  Next in the skinny cabinet my cookie sheets and pizza stones will go in there.  There will be dividers in there.  Then the low little cabinet is below the white farmhouse sink!  I am so excited that I will be getting one!

This is the lazy susan unit int he corner cabinet.  It isn't all together yet, but it will be this week.

Yesterday after I was done painting I went and took care of Jenny's dog, Ringo.  He had to be let out because they were gone up to Charlotte, NC for the day.  I went out an checked her ducks.  They have grown so much.  She has 2 Pekings, 2 mallards and 2 Chunky Camos.  

They are so funny, they all gather in a corner and protect each other.  She got these as little ducklings.  You think they would be used to me by now.  I should have done a video, they were all quacking away!

My roses have just been blooming and blooming this week!  They are absolutely gorgeous too.  The David Austen Graham Thomas rose is just beautiful.  At one time I had 18 buds on it!

David Austin Heritage Rose

David Austin Heritage Rose

David Austin Graham Thomas Rose.  

I really hope you all have enjoyed my photos of the reno and the other goings on in my life!  Here is to having a good coming week!!


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Summer Lights at Brookgreen Garden, Murrells Inlet, SC

Saturday night Megan, Jenny, Owen and I went to Brookgreen Garden for the Summer Lights display. As always, it was a fabulous time had by all! There is always so many things to see here no matter how many times you visit this garden. I have been there quite a few times and I haven't even seen everything yet. Here are some photos from that night for you to enjoy:
These were all empty soda bottles with lights in them.  They had 3 or 4 groupings of these at the entrance.  So pretty!!
This horse sculpture was at the beginning of one of the gardens.  Reminds me of the last horse I owned.
All the sculptures at Brookgreen are just wonderful!!
There are 2 peacock statues at the beginning of the main walkway at Brookgreen, just beautiful!

This fountain is pretty during the day and as it starts to get dark.

Diana, the Huntress

This statue was created by the same sculpture who created the Rockefeller Center gold angels statues.  Amazing work!

These lights are all wine bottles turned upside down with lights in them.  It was so pretty as it started to get dark.

These Chinese Lanterns were wonderful.  There were paths just lined with these.  So many colors.

This is a statue of a little girl playing a flute while sitting on a flower.  The Chinese lanterns and other lights were all around her.

Owen specifically wanted to see this statue again.  It is of Ben Franklin as a young man.  He told me there are very few statues of Ben Franklin when he was young.  He loves Ben Franklin almost as much as Abraham Lincoln. :)

These were all glass orbs and hand blown glass pieces.  It was quite bright so that is why the photo isn't so detailed.

Down one of the paths they hung hundreds of Chinese Lanterns in the trees, all different colors.  So beautiful!!

This was such a magical night.  I especially love to see things like this through Owen's eyes.  Children have such a way with looking at things maybe differently than an adult would.  If you are ever near this garden, I would highly recommend stopping by.  There is also some animals there for children and adults to go see.  They also have a butterfly house but due to COVID I don't think they have opened this yet.  Just a wonderful experience!

Friday, June 18, 2021

TGIF June 18, 2021 Friday

Hi Everyone!  TGIF!  I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday and weekend.  Stay cool!

I had a little upsetting day yesterday, I had to call my daughter, Jenny to take me to the ER.  I had horrible hip pain and it was so bad I was in tears.  I also had a fever (low grade) and nauseousness.  I was having a sciatica bout.  That stuff is not fun.  I got 2 shots and sent home with some Motrin and pain meds.  Today I am doing better but not house stuff for me for the next few days.  

Today is kind of sad day for me.  John would have been 67 today.  I know most of you know I lost John unexpectedly on 11/27/19.  I miss that man like crazy everyday.  I hope he is having a wonderful heaven birthday today!

This was a picture of John taken in 2019.  We were with the whole family at Lake Norman.  We always celebrated John's birthday and Father's Day together.  He had so much fun being with the family and doing things with the grandboys.  He was such a good man!  Love you to the moon and back sweetie!!

My contractor is moving right along with installing the kitchen cabinets.  He realized there were 2 cabinets that were not in the order, they are at his cabinet shop now being put together so Monday or so next week he will be able to put the rest in and start doing the crown mouldings and the fancy hood over the stove.  Flooring will be done at the end.  The flooring choice for the kitchen, downstairs half bath and breakfast room area will be an engineered hardwood.  It will also go into the adjoing next room which is the den.  Should be really nice.  Here are some photos of his progress:

This will be my laundry area.  I'll put shelves above the washer and dryer, the cabinet wrapped up is a pantry.  The flooring will be the engineered hardwood.  This is the breakfast room/butler's pantry area.  I will be painting this room Valspar's Polar Star.  This is the same color I painted my Master Bedroom.

This is the downstairs half bath.  The vanity is in, the AC register in the floor will be removed.  We had to move the entrance into this room, that is why there is a vent in the floor in the doorway.  They moved the new vent work over already.  When they put down the new flooring the vent will be removed, patched and no one will ever no it was there!

This is the part of the kitchen that will have the gas range installed.  The contractor will be making the hood over the range fancier than it is with trim.  There will be white subway tile as the backsplash.  Behind the stove will be a herringbone tile pattern with tile trim around it.  

This is part of the kitchen.  The opposite side of the room from the kitchen sink and window.  The top of the pantry cabinet will hold my microwave and coffee maker.  It don't want that on the counter.  the rest will be for storage, which I always need because I have such a large amount of kitchen items!

This morning I had to water my gardens.  Yesterday I was in no shape to do so and I forgot to ask Jenny to do it for me.  This is some highlights on my watering walk:

Yesterday when I went out to the fenced area to let the dogs out, I saw this out of the corner of my eye.  There was a turtle in my garden laying eggs!!  She is from the pond on the golf course, which is pretty far away from the house.  She had a long walk to lay those eggs!

One of my newly planted roses this year Oh Happy Days was blooming brightly this morning.  So pretty!

One of my daylilies that I brought from the old house decided to bloom today also.  I love the water drops from water on them, so pretty in the sunlight.

Pink Prelude has been my pride and joy this year!  It just keeps blooming and blooming.  Love it!

Pink Prelude up close.

Pink Prelude flower and some buds.

David Austin's Graham Thomas has been a consistent bloomer this year also.  I have alot of other buds on there getting ready to bloom.  So cheerful is this color rose!

I went to turn off the hose at the spigot and guess who was nestled down amongst the clover today,  Mr. Toad!  Scared me at first because I'm always on the look out for snakes.  I hope he eats some more bugs!

I wish everyone a happy Friday and weekend!  Enjoy the days, stay cool and have a wonderful time!



Ring of Kerry, Ireland
My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.

Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!

Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!