wolffe: (hello there!)
Here's a picture of a beautiful spider who has taken up residence in one of our Leland Cyprus trees.



I've never bothered to identify them, but we get one or two each fall. This year we have loads. I suspect because the increased rainfall led to increased insect population, ergo more spiders. That's cool with me since they give me a false sense that we could win the battle with the gigantic mosquitoes and flies.
wolffe: (house)
So my kitchen is red and white, right? And when we redo it next year the countertops will be black with white and the floor tiles are going to be white with black accents. Appliances are black and stainless.

I've always thought I'd go chickens because that's the first thing you see with a red, black and white kitchen. This morning I was thinking about art for the walls in there. I already have an antique farm sign with a calf on it and one rooster print. But the chicken/rooster thing never did sit quite right with me.

Anyway, cue brilliant inspiration this morning and I've decided I'm going to accessorize with foxes! :D

If you don't think that's as cool as I do keep your yap shut.

So now I'm looking for a fairly large print, plus a standard 8x10 of foxes.

Meanwhile my husband is downstairs trying to figure out why our freezer has decided to quit freezing and whether we have to buy a new fridge today. Ahhh, the highs and lows of home ownership.

OMG

Mar. 11th, 2013 01:08 pm
wolffe: (sleepy)
Weekend from hell is still ongoing. We spent ALL DAY Saturday shopping for a new couch. Finally got one at 7:30pm. Won't be here until the end of the month, but it's big and comfortable and awesome. We also got a coffee table and an end table. I think once I recover the rose colored chairs, that'll be it for furniture in the living room. The couch is so big that I think it'll look fine with nothing else in there.

Sunday I started the process of rearranging the computer room/bewhiskered studio to accommodate a new worktable/fabric storage system for me. That way I'm not cutting fabric on the dining room table. Plus it'll be right there where I sew so YAY. It's going to be awesome. But the work table is big (3' x 5') and it was like a game of Tetris trying to make everything fit and look halfway decent. I was about to give up but then Jason came up with a plan that's actually quite nice. He always was good at Tetris.

I wish I had funds left to get another nice, 4 shelf bookcase. That would eliminate 2 of the little ones. But that's not in the budget right now. Need to sell a few more Ruggles.

Anyway, I'm mostly done with that but I have A LOT of fabric and books.

In other news, while I've been dealing with my back issues, Mom has also been in a lot of back pain. She thought it was a result of her own bad discs, but then she felt a lump. Turns out it's a synovial cyst that is sitting near her spine and pressing on nerves. It's not cancerous or anything, but obviously quite painful and it has to come out. She's going to try to wait to have the surgery until I can come for spring break. In the meantime, I'm going to be busting my butt trying to get my current custom order backlog done and shipped so I can go earlier.

Back to organizing and moving stuff!

ETA: OH AND I stayed up until almost 1am organizing and trying to get the Wanderer's Festival turtle* and then Erik woke me up at 5am. FIVE IN THE MORNING. *iz ded*

*showed up 10 minutes before midnight (so 8:50 PST) and stayed until 12:45. No festival. Now I'm wondering if "standard time" means no daylight savings, so I should've gone at 1am. That's ... going to be rough.

Floors!!!

Mar. 8th, 2013 10:38 am
wolffe: (house)
My new floors are finally in and done. I LOVE THEM. I also love my new wall colors, and want to repaint the dining room to match the living room and foyer. But that'll wait a bit.

The before picture:



And after!









The best part is, we're not completely done yet. I'm almost finished switching out light switches and outlets, and tomorrow we're going to buy a new couch and tables. Then all that will be left is to recover the rose chairs and get new ceiling fans and foyer light fixture. :D
wolffe: (Default)
Plumber was really no help. At first he said he'd never seen a system like ours and that the entire thing would need replacing to the tune of $850. Then I got Jason on the phone who said he was looking at the replacement part online for $120. Then the guy said he'd put it in for us for $450. They went back and forth for a bit before he left. I was okay with the guy (found via Kudzu) until he went to leave. He ran out of here like bats from hell were chasing him. Didn't really leave me with a good feeling. So anyway, Jason's ordered the part and will either replace it himself or we'll find someone else to do it.

Not long after, out "gutter man" shows up. We need our gutters cleaned out so I sent him to work. He told us last year he'd be back around when he needed more beer money. LOL He and his partner look like gypsies, but they do a fair job for an incredible price.

Ugh.

Dec. 7th, 2012 10:27 am
wolffe: (Default)
Burned the crap out of my lips last night roasting marshmallows with the boys. Woke up with a migraine so now I feel like I've been punched repeatedly in the head. Jason's company xmas party is tonight and we have a babysitter and everything so I have to cowboy up but I really don't feel like it. My plan is to go back to bed after I finish this and sleep until I have to pick Jake up from school. After that I should really pick up the upstairs. Then I have to get ready.

Also woke up to a big water stain on the ceiling downstairs under our master bath. I'm hoping it's because Jason's sink is stopped up and if I can clear the clog whatever is leaking will clear up too. Otherwise I'm afraid it's going to be a very messy and very expensive repair. :( Sometimes home ownership really sucks.

Kitchen!

May. 11th, 2012 03:02 pm
wolffe: (house)
Over the past week I've completed stage one of drab to fab for the kitchen. The paint! Still to do are the backsplash, floors and replacing the stove. That'll happen later. Here's the pics:

Before:


Obviously I had already started prepping to paint.

After:


The color is a tad bit more purple than actual in this picture. But you get the idea.

I LOVE it. I did most of the work myself, including changing out the light switches and outlets. I also did the bulk of it while watching both boys. I'm not done with the trim, but I'm burnt out so I'll do that later. Plus, Erik did great with staying out of the paint when I was doing the walls, but he decided he wanted to touch the white trim and then smear it all over the red walls.
wolffe: (house)
We got our house painted! And aside from the joy that comes from having nice colors, I know it won't fall apart or (continue to) rot! Yay! They had to do a LOT of woodwork, but I can no longer see daylight through the wall next to the front door.

Here's the before:



And here's during. I decided very quickly that I hated the red. I shut them down, called the owner of the painting company and told him I didn't want to be the house where the zombies live. He helped me choose a lovely replacement color.



And here's the after! I wasn't sure about the green at first, but I'm starting to really love it.



The front door looks amazing.



While I was opening windows for them to paint, I came across a gorgeous, LARGE black widow in our basement. If you know me, you'll know that I have a no kill policy for critters I find in the house. (My husband doesn't have this policy.) I try to relocate. In this case, I can't safely relocate her. Even though our backyard is perfect with its thick pine woods, leaf mountains and fallen trees, I can't be sure a neighborhood kid won't stumble on her back there. I've contacted the extension service to see if they can use her for a display. Otherwise it's curtains. :/

Of course I took pictures. DO NOT CLICK IF YOU ARE ARACHNAPHOBIC )
wolffe: (bunny smooch)


We had fun dying eggs. We didn't do a hunt because Jake had two already and that's enough chocolate. (More pics on Flickr, of course.)

I plan a big post about the new plantings, but I have to write down what all I bought. I can only remember a few of them. But the pictures are up on Flickr if you want to see.
wolffe: (jake)
It's still in progress as far as finishing decorating but he's moved in now so I figured I'd post some pictures.

The color is a really pretty blue. Not as dark as the Disney color he originally picked out, but not as light as I would have liked. I let him pick from a few choices after he said he wanted blue.





These decals were much easier than I imagined. And a lot of fun to do. It's just white contact paper. I realized the Earth was backwards, so it's Jupiter now:



And this is his little toy area:



He also has a new 4 drawer dresser (the Circo one from Target) and it makes getting him dressed so much easier since his clothes aren't jammed into the baby dresser anymore.

I have glow in the dark paint that I'm going to use for a border of different sized stars around the top of the room. I'm also going to add some robot decals to the wall with the dresser, and a wire hanger thingy to hang his artwork (eyelet screws, picture wire and clothespins or clips). Not entirely sure when that'll get done, but it'll get done eventually.

He says his new room is really "cool" and has slept in it since Mom left after the holidays. :D
wolffe: (captain no pants - yay)
My husband is out right now buying us a new TV. A flatscreen, LCD 40" wide very pretty one with a new stand to match. His father, at the end of their visit, gave us $500 for a new TV. I guess he got tired of watching our 26" CRT model that we've had since college. Without his seed money, we'd have kept that TV until it died. But since it still works, and only has one area of a slight greenish cast that we joke is where the lead coating has dissolved we'll sell it in the neighborhood garage sale.

I anticipate much ooohing and aahing and TV watching after it's set up and all. Pictures forthcoming.
wolffe: (fear my ant)
I hate flies. Not in the way that I hate roaches and camel crickets because that's more fear based and makes my skin crawl just to think about but more in a KILL THEM ALL type of way.

I suspect this has something to do with the house I grew up in. It was built in the 1800s and showed every year of that age. Several summers things died in the attic and resulted in maggots raining down from holes in the ceiling. When you're 12 and maggots fall from the light fixture in your bathroom it tends to leave an impression.

So it was disturbing to find (and kill) a dozen flies in my kitchen last night. Even more disturbing was finding an equal number in the same window this morning. So obviously they weren't coming in from outside as I'd originally assumed.

I checked the usual places, the sink, the garbage, the cat box, the light fixtures (even though we have a second floor and this was highly unlikely) and found nothing. Which is maddening. I can't smell anything dead in the house and pregnancy has given me a damn good sense of smell so I'm pretty sure that's not it. We no longer have dog poop in the garage attracting flies, so that's out. The only dead thing I know of outside is a headless chipmunk Pilsbury brought me weeks ago but I highly doubt that's still supporting maggots and it was pretty far from the house besides.

I just won the battle against piss ants in the kitchen and now I have flies. I was obsessively cleaning in the battle with the piss ants so getting flies makes me seriously angry.
wolffe: (shiny!)
Finally downloaded the pictures off my point and shoot. Jake and I went to a nearby farm to pick blueberries this morning. We'll have to go back in about a week when more of them are ripe, but I got a half gallon. Also snagged a half bushel of cucumbers.

Anyway, on to the pictures.


Jake's first professional haircut. He was not amused. LOL He actually did really well for the actual cutting. He sat in my lap, sucked on his lollipop and watched Cars. Once I got up to take a picture it was all over though.


Playing with the bubble machine one afternoon.


Tiny tomatoes!


Jake sampling our blueberry harvest.

wolffe: (garden)
This time of the containers on my deck.


Yellow rose, not yet blooming even though the red ones in the driveway bed are. Around the stem I've planted a small height sunflower mix and about 6 packets of random wildflower seeds.


The tomato (celebrity, I think, is the variant), basil and the strawberry I planted last year.


Jake's tiny heiny. :)


Random caterpillar we played with for a bit before setting him free again.
wolffe: (ga state parks)
It's been absolutely gorgeous outside today. Jake and I went back to our new favorite fabric store and I picked up 2 more prints for skirts, plus a fat quarter for our across the street neighbor to look at. She's on the hunt for cute owl fabric.

Yesterday I sewed up the 2nd 5 minute skirt but I haven't taken a pic yet. I also painted my toes. I hate having bare toes, so that was nice. I cut the fabric for the messenger camera bag, but haven't worked on it yet.

Tomorrow I'm going to a nursery to buy pretty plants. My pansies from this winter are still hanging in there, but I'd like to get something a little more showy for the front bed. I think the marigolds are coming back too, but I don't see them being a warm weather flower. My strawberry plant is doing well and I moved it to a bigger pot so maybe I'll get more than one strawberry this year. I'm wondering if I want to try growing tomatoes again. Probably. I really want blueberry bushes but have no where to put them. If the backyard were cleared I'd have plenty of space, but right now we have a pine forest and very little actual back yard.

I also want to move 4 azalea bushes from beneath our crepe myrtles, but I have to read the HOA rules to see if I need permission before doing that. Which is ridiculous, but I don't want a fine for moving bushes. :P My evil plan to kill the hedge o' boxwoods seems to be working. Only a few of them are sprouting leaves after this fall's massive cut back. Honestly I didn't mean to kill them, but I also didn't care if they died.
wolffe: (Default)
It's been absolutely gorgeous outside today. Jake and I went back to our new favorite fabric store and I picked up 2 more prints for skirts, plus a fat quarter for our across the street neighbor to look at. She's on the hunt for cute owl fabric.

Yesterday I sewed up the 2nd 5 minute skirt but I haven't taken a pic yet. I also painted my toes. I hate having bare toes, so that was nice. I cut the fabric for the messenger camera bag, but haven't worked on it yet.

Tomorrow I'm going to a nursery to buy pretty plants. My pansies from this winter are still hanging in there, but I'd like to get something a little more showy for the front bed. I think the marigolds are coming back too, but I don't see them being a warm weather flower. My strawberry plant is doing well and I moved it to a bigger pot so maybe I'll get more than one strawberry this year. I'm wondering if I want to try growing tomatoes again. Probably. I really want blueberry bushes but have no where to put them. If the backyard were cleared I'd have plenty of space, but right now we have a pine forest and very little actual back yard.

I also want to move 4 azalea bushes from beneath our crepe myrtles, but I have to read the HOA rules to see if I need permission before doing that. Which is ridiculous, but I don't want a fine for moving bushes. :P My evil plan to kill the hedge o' boxwoods seems to be working. Only a few of them are sprouting leaves after this fall's massive cut back. Honestly I didn't mean to kill them, but I also didn't care if they died.
wolffe: (Default)
Finally got around to getting them off the camera.









wolffe: (Default)
Finally got around to getting them off the camera.









wolffe: (house)
They were quick, professional and courteous. Love Nalley Roofing. Now we need to paint the house. I may go a shade lighter or darker and I want to paint the shutters black. Or maybe dark, dark green to try to tone down the red brick. Jake and Zach had a great time watching them work. And the new roof looks fabulous.

Before:



During:



After:



And just for fun I took some pictures at Beckie's* house Monday morning. She adopted a Golden Retriever over the holidays. :)

Andy:


Stormy:


And while I was there we caught Zach in the bathroom:



*Beckie is Zach's Mom.
wolffe: (Default)
They were quick, professional and courteous. Love Nalley Roofing. Now we need to paint the house. I may go a shade lighter or darker and I want to paint the shutters black. Or maybe dark, dark green to try to tone down the red brick. Jake and Zach had a great time watching them work. And the new roof looks fabulous.

Before:



During:



After:



And just for fun I took some pictures at Beckie's* house Monday morning. She adopted a Golden Retriever over the holidays. :)

Andy:


Stormy:


And while I was there we caught Zach in the bathroom:



*Beckie is Zach's Mom.

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