Posted on 8:38 PM
We are getting close to being done in the kitchen. Here are some pictures of the progress...

These floors are wonderful. They are maple and really hide the dirt.

The appliance center; we have no counter tops yet. I love this area! Note the exposed old brick from original coal furnace/fireplace. Love it!

We enclosed the fridge and on the window side (which was enlarged by 8 inches) is the pull out pantry. On the sink side of the fridge is a pull-out trash bin.

We originally had a much smaller sink, but it was back ordered for months, so we changed plans and added this huge farm sink. We can't put the cabinet doors on until counter is on. I HAVE A DISHWASHER!! It's not hooked up yet, but soon!

This is the biggest change...the new wall with three feet of added counter-top. We haven't done any of the back-splash tile yet. Just is gorgeous. Do you like my turquoise wall?

LOOK at that ceiling! Bill spent days on it. The bead-board matches the cabinet fronts - it is really the prettiest part.

I am looking forward to the fun part now: curtains, pictures, all the touches that will make it unique.
Now...what shall "we" do next?

Under construction....again.

Posted on 7:21 PM
It has been three years since we moved into the little blue house and I will admit I am content with being here. It is an old house and not much has changed over the years, so Bill and I (the forever fixers) have been upgrading rooms one at a time. Which means we are constantly under construction. Here are some of the projects we have done:

The upstairs main bathroom needed to be completely gutted because of mold, so we built a 3/4 bath downstairs to use while we worked upstairs. It ended up taking almost a year to complete upstairs (remember Bill is home only 2 days a week).
Lovely downstairs bathroom.
Disgusting, moldy main bath.

Goodbye grossness.

Hello lovely, clean newness!
It's a small bathroom, but now functions efficiently. Bill installed this amazing beadboard ceiling (as requested). He thought I was crazy but it turned out awesome. Thanks hon.
Then we added a living room closet, refinished all the oak flooring, painted, added crown molding and put in a new front door.

We put in a salad garden and grew all our lettuce, kale, spinach, chard, tomatoes and cucumbers. Awesomeness.

Bill replaced both gate walls to the backyard. He spent hours restoring the original gates (with peep hole in them). I helped too. The man brought in a few boulders too. What would a Bill Kepsel house be without huge rocks. He the Man.

Then we got Kitty. She is 8 months old now and she is a lot of fun.
That is all the counter space in this 1940's kitchen. How did the woman ever do anything? AND what's with the baby poop brown paint...YUCK! It had to go. I hated going in this room. I avoided cooking, sorry Bill.

Out ...

with the long!

NO insulation in the walls. We encountered this in the bathroom too. There was this tin foil like sheath and then the exterior walls. The entire house has plaster walls so you can imagine the mess and layers of white dust on everything. I spend every Monday cleaning (all day), then it is clean until Bill starts again on Friday. We are going on two months of this, BUT it will be worth it...I am not complaining.

We removed this wall that was in front of the stairs going to the basement. It opened up the entire room. YEAH! We will replace it with a 1/2 wall with four feet of counter and our gas stove. We also put in a new door (not shown).

The old kitchen on its way to the dump.

NEW 1/2 wall. Note that three layers of old flooring have been torn up and await new bamboo flooring.

I want to declare before I end this post, that when I say 'we', I really mean Bill. He is amazing. There is nothing he cannot do, or will not try when it comes to renovation or fixing. He saves us thousands by DIYing.
He has been starting about 8 am and goes till after 9 pm working on these projects. AND he still takes time to help his kids with their own projects. AND be a great Papa to the kiddos. I am his #1 cheerleader and I love him immensely. Thanks babe for building a great nest for me to be happy in.
One lucky woman.

Dog days in LaLa Land

Posted on 4:29 PM

I've been trying to create inexpensive yard toys for Kitty recently and I came up with a good one! I tied a marrow bone in a rag and hung it from a bungee hook. She instantly smelled it and the jumping tug of war commenced! I watched her for a while and she was having great fun.

Then....I checked again and it had disappeared!  Sad puppy! No more yummy toy. Where had it gone?
Sad kitty! :(
I looked all over the backyard for the toy and couldn't find it. Kitty in the meantime kept jumping at the tree, so I started looking up and ....Somehow she had popped the rag toy onto the roof of the garage! 

See it up there? Way at the top! So being a good Lala, I got out a ladder, and a rake and climbed up on the garage roof!


LaLa Goes To London

Posted on 9:40 AM
You know your not in the 'good ol' USA, when people use words like...whilst.

In the middle of October, darling daughter Kate and I ran away to the United Kingdom. Whilst there we stayed in London, Strattford-Upon-Avon, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow, then ferry ride to Ireland where we stayed in Belfast and Dublin! A whirlwind trip full of new people and cultures, great accents, yummy food, lots of cathedrals and castles, museums, theater and shopping. But of course, the best was doing it all with Katie!

Here are a few pictures of our trip:
Fish and chips...For Real!
Hot Toffee Bread Pudding!
Pudding is any cake-like dessert.

FISH and chips!
London at night from the top of the Eye!

Kate did you go to Cambridge? "Sure did"!

More coming...stay tuned.

Lovely things happening in LaLa Land.

Posted on 11:01 AM
FIVE months...five months since I've posted. I am a lousy journal keeper.
So, let's start again. Lots happening and I'll start with the most recent...

We now have a Bunny and a Kitty!

Meet Kitty or officially Kitty Hawks Good Spirit. We call her Kit. She is wonderful and we are really enjoying having her in our lives. We asked that she stay with her mom until she was 10 weeks, she is now 16 weeks and she has been a breeze to start training. She is eager to please and wonderful with the grandchildren and riding in the car.
I am happy.

Of course, we still have our Bunny, she is the best cat. She is 4 years old now and she and Kitty are ....becoming friends....sometimes.

I'll post more pictures of them playing together...when they start playing together.

An honest woman

Posted on 5:48 PM
In one of my classes this past semester the teacher asked us questions about ourselves everyday for attendance. I'm guessing it was his way of getting to know his class, but sometimes I felt it was a little invasive and sometimes I would totally make up my answer. Example: "If you could have any job in the world what would it be?" Answer, "Sample taster for Ben and Jerry's." Yes, I got some looks...part of the fun. One day though, he asked about hobbies and I was caught off guard and I said gardening, which is still not true, but not near as fun as say snake charmer. I did garden once, along time ago, when we had an half acre yard and helping hands still at home, but it has been awhile. But the idea has been on my mind. I decided to make an honest woman of myself and start a garden. I cleaned up a little area, which about killed me physically (that was honest), but  when I was done it made me happy.

This is all the junk (bathroom guttings) I cleaned out of the new garden  space.

Almost cleaned up, added rocks (we have lots) as a border. It's about 4 feet wide by 20 feet long...perfect for me to handle.

Finished. I've got kale, lettuce, spinach, chard, onions, radish,  tomatoes, cucumber - all the makings for a great salad! In about 2 months.

Favorites Friday!

Posted on 4:14 PM
I know can hardly wait!
On Fridays I will share some of my favorite things. Why? Because I can.
First is this yummy new food I first bought at Costco. Bill and I really liked it.

It was our first time trying quinoa and now we have it several times a week. But we liked this brand and mix in particular. Costco never had it again. I did find it at the Smith's in Heber, not Price and stocked up. I like to saute a few shrimp or some chicken on the side and add a little chili sauce for a finishing spiciness.
It is also pretty good right from the package.
90 seconds in the microwave or 2 minutes on the stove.
Now that's what makes it a favorite!

This next favorite is a double-winner. Not only is the product a favorite but so is the person who gave it to me. "They" say a mom shouldn't have favorites - too bad. I do. I love and favor my girl. She is my first and my only girl and she is wonderful and I get teary eyed just thinking about how much I miss living so far from her. (kleenexplease) Anyway, she gives me the loveliest gifts and for mothers day this year she gave me this Lush body conditioner:
I know this stuff is expensive, so I try to be conservative with it, but it is awesome. When you are done showering,(but still in shower) you scoop it in your hand (consistency of yogurt) and rub it on arms, elbows, knees, legs...dry spots in particular - rinse real quick, then get out of the shower and PAT dry. It's not oily, more buttery. AND smells like roses. Soft, sweet, hint of roses - not overpowering. LOVE IT!


So these are my First Friday Favorites. 
If you get a chance, try them out!

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