Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Money Pit: Target and Subtly Overpriced Accessorizing

I saw a message center at Target that I really wanted, but it was $23. So I bought all this stuff for $15 and made my own. 

Target, you are such a scam BUT I LOVE YOU ANYWAY. #cantquityou

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Money Pit: Supporting the Latest in Pony Express Technology!

Despite an awful sore throat, I made a little bit of progress on the house! Destroyed the AWFUL mailbox and put up a brand new one. Next weekend I want to plant some flowers around it (and figure out how to have the city pop by to repaint the sidewalk numbers). 

Left to do in the front: new bay window, seeded lawn, knock down the awkward wall, new porch, and repaint the whole house!!!! 


Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Moment with Boo: Rainy Day Conundrums on February 27

"Not sure if want to go outside and roll in mud.........or stay inside and roll on couch.

What the hell, I'll do both."

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Money Pit: The Man-Cave

My wonderful husband turned 30 this year.  Ever since we've lived together - gosh, seven years now? - he's always been desirous of having his own space.

...let me put it this way: my husband lives with THREE women.  Four, if you count Boo.  This guy NEEDS his own space.

Thusly, plans for The Man Cave were born.  After carefully crafting a clever cover story (how's that for alliteration?), my father and I built the framing for his office as a surprise when he came home!  It's not terribly large, but it's his, and only his.

Stage 1, complete!  Happy birthday to the love of my life and my best friend.

The Money Pit: The Side Patio Saga

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Side Patio.

Let me tell you, this part of the property has been a train wreck from the start.  First, it was covered with piles of dirt and junk from the flip that the previous owner did.  Not a really big deal, considering that the rest of the house was very well done.  But frustrating, nonetheless, when it became very apparent than I wasn't about to have aforementioned piles of dirt and junk actually STAY there.

Problem 1: Where was I supposed to put it?  Transporting dirt and junk from one side yard to another wasn't going to solve the problem.

Solution 1: I actually sifted through it.  That's right, I got down on my gloved hands and knees and went through aaaaaall the dirt, throwing away actual trash, salvaging rocks and bricks, and hefting the dirt that was left into a wheelbarrow to even out the opposite yard.

Problem 2: What was I going to put there instead?

Solution 2: Actually, this part has been pretty easy.  After growing up in a house where my father built walls and patios in our back yard only to knock them down and build new walls and patios when he ran out of room (long story, confusing childhood...but all true), I had a really good launching point.  Additionally, my father taught my husband how to do these same sort of patios at our last home, which ended up increasing the value of the place when we sold it. #highfives

PLUS, there were LITERALLY piles of bricks and pavers stacked up on the side of the house.  I'm guessing that the plan was to use them in the flip, but we ended up buying the house pre-market and it wasn't worth it to the guy to bother finishing the job.

Lucky me!

Problem 3: I have a dog.

Solution 3: There is no solution.  She sees me digging over there and she's all, "OOH, I CAN HELP WITH THAT," and every five seconds I'm chasing her away with a broom as she digs up the bricks I've only just lay down.  Because of course she does.

At any rate, I have been laying out these bricks and pavers and having a puzzle-y time of it.  The issue is ensuring that the space drains properly in the rain, but that's harder than it sounds.  Nothing a solid level can't figure out!  My goal is to connect the two already-paved areas together to make one patio that circumvents the house...and also make a nice little spot for me to set up a gardening and composting station with easy access to our trash bins.

More to come on this side patio as we go.

After the trash and bricks had been sorted out.
The pavers start to go down!  Notice the piles of them in the background?  There's an even LARGER pile of bricks behind me as I take the photo!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Moment with Boo: At the Dog Park on April 8

The other day I took Boo to the dog park and this lady was there with a red chuck-it ball she'd brought for her dog. Her dog was very good, bringing the red ball back each time she threw it.

At one point, the red ball landed among about a dozen other park tennis balls. The dog ran over and was looking around frantically for his ball. The lady shouted to him, "Get your ball! Get the red one!"

I shouted over to him, "Get the gray one!"

She didn't think I was very funny.