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Friday, January 20, 2023

Weekly Wrap Up - The One Where The Dryer Died

Monday was a regular work day for Lindsey.  She got up early and completed her school work before she left.  Olivia was off work from her regular farm, but ended up filling in at another farm.  I did my usual Monday laundry day, until the dryer stopped working.  I finished up all the washing and then headed to the laundromat to dry everything.   I was floored to see that you can now use your debit/credit card to put time on washers & dryers now instead of needing to use quarters.

Tuesday, for Lindsey, was a repeat of Monday.  Olivia worked a full day at her regular farm. I had an appliance repairman come by to look at the dryer and it's a dead soldier.  Now begins the arduous task of trying to find and affordable, no frills, gas dryer that is in stock and can be delivered and installed same day.  Jiu-jitsu wrapped up the evening for the girls.

Wednesday Lindsey was home, Olivia had to be at work.  Thankfully, it was the last day of one of the dogs meds after last week's injury, so that's one less thing on my daily to do list.  Mid-day, Lindsey and one of her new co-workers went hiking.  Afterwards the co-worker came over and spent the evening and had dinner with us.   Church wrapped up my evening.

Thursday Lindsey had training at the museum that ended up turning into a full day of work.  Olivia was working as well.  I ran errands and picked up groceries.  In the evening, Olivia headed off to house/dog sit for the next several days and Lindsey went to jiu-jitsu.  Olivia will still be working her regular job Saturday/Sunday even while house/dog sitting.

Friday, I spent the morning washing laundry and then headed to the laundromat to use their dryers.  I don't mind going to the laundromat, but we were under a high wind advisory most of the day, and trying to keep the laundry in the basket from place to place was a challenge.  I also see that going to the laundromat during the day is much better than the evening.  I've got someone coming over in the evening to look at the dryer gas line.  I can't find a shut off valve and I need to know what we're doing before I get a dryer delivered, so we don't get the house blown up in the process.  Lindsey is supposed to meet Olivia at volleyball later, so the dog and I will be watching cooking shows.

Have a great weekend!

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Friday, January 13, 2023

Weekly Wrap Up - Just Life

Over the weekend, I was able to finish the great purge of 2023 and get the basement cleared of extra items.  This also allowed me to get the Christmas decorations down and put away.  I even purged some of the decorations while I was at it.

Monday I shared a tour of our Craft & Sewing Room on the blog.   Olivia and Lindsey both worked.  Lindsey got up early and finished her school work before getting to work at 8:15am.  I have to hand it to her, she's good and keeping up with everything she's got going on.  

Tuesday both Lindsey and Olivia were out the door early to go to work.  This was the last day of Olivia's 19 days straight, she was happy to get home in the evening.   Shalom managed to tear the ACL in his right hind leg.  He tore the left last March, and they'd said the other one would eventually tear from over compensating.  The poor guy is back on pain meds and muscle relaxers, and limited activity for the next 6 weeks.  The girls had jiu-jitsu in the evening.  Olivia earned her first stripe on her blue belt.

Wednesday morning everyone was home and it was a nice slow morning.  Lindsey knocked out her school work and then went to meet a friend for lunch and shopping.   Olivia decided she needed retail therapy as well, so she went shopping and grabbed lunch alone.   Church wrapped up the evening.

Thursday was grocery and errand day for me.  The in-laws stopped by mid-morning.  School work was completed along the way, as was laundry.  Jiu-jitsu finished up the day.

Friday - Lindsey had to work, and Olivia had to go fill in for the morning shift at another farm.  Olivia took Tom out for lunch, to thank him for the work he did on the floor in her room.  My friend Yvette stopped by late morning, and we had a lovely coffee and pastry snack.  I knew she was coming, so I'd run to one of the local European bakeries to pick up a couple of surprise treats for us.  The girls both have volleyball in the evening.

Have a great weekend!


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Monday, January 9, 2023

The Craft & Sewing Room

When we decided to redo the basement, that of course meant that Olivia's room upstairs would be empty.  I fully expected Lindsey to want to move, as that room is bigger than hers, but I was wrong.  Instead, she asked if it could be her sewing room.  I compromised, and we turned it into a combined craft (scrapbooking) and sewing room for both of us.

We didn't change the color of the room itself, because I loathe painting.  We need to get a couple of window treatments, since we repurposed the old ones to fit into Olivia's new room.  We also need a couple comfortable chairs for our work stations.  However, here's a tour of our new creative area without those two items.  These are the original hardwood floors that run throughout the main floor of the house.  The flooring we picked for the basement was picked to match this and pull that same color/wood tone throughout the house.



There will be a large folding table in the middle of the room that we can both use for projects.  It's currently being used in the unfinished side of the basement for purging/sorting purposes.

Sometime in the spring we HOPE to put new flooring in the sun porch and give that a fresh look as well.


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Saturday, January 7, 2023

Weekly Wrap Up - Hello 2023!!

 Happy 2023!!!!   The early part of our week was spent finishing up the basement makeover.  

Monday was my husband's birthday.  Much of his day was spent helping me moving furniture.  I baked him a triple chocolate cake, with chocolate frosting, and we ordered Chinese food for dinner.  You can tell the poor guy was worn out in this photo.  Lindsey was off work since she's a state employee, so she helped us a lot.

Tuesday, Tom headed back to work and Lindsey had her first day back to school after a long holiday break.  Olivia is still in the midst of a 19 day in a row work stretch.  I spent most of my day working on phase 2 of the house make over (post to come later).  Jiu-jitsu wrapped up the evening for the girls.

Wednesday was pretty much a repeat of Tuesday.  In the evening, the girls stayed home, and I went back to teach a class at church each week.

Thursday morning, I had a job interview. Now that Lindsey's almost done with school, and needs my assistance very little, I'm looking at reentering the work force after a 20 year hiatus.  This particular position is with a temporary agency, filling in in a payroll firm to cover for maternity leave.  I also have an interview on Monday for a bookkeeping position with a small local church.  I'm still planning to keep my part time job with the ballet studio as well.  I've been the bookkeeper there since 2015.  After my interview, I ran errands, got groceries and was home before 1.  Jiu-jitsu wrapped up the evening.

Lindsey completed the rest of her school work for the week to accommodate her work schedule.

Friday Lindsey worked at the museum (her winter schedule will be Monday, Tuesday & Friday each week).  Olivia and Tom had regular work schedules, and I began the arduous task of purging all the extra things from the basement.  I found a great "Buy Nothing" group on Facebook and was giving away things all day long!   So much easier than trying to make a run to Goodwill or other thrift store.  I still have stuff that will go that route, but the bigger items left today!  

The girls' winter volleyball league started back this evening.  Despite being tired from a long work week, and a long day they were eager to get back on the court.

I hope you all had a great first week of 2023!!  It seems like it was just yesterday that we were all freaking out over "Y2K"...and here we are, 23 years later and computers are still working, grins.


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Friday, January 6, 2023

Basement Make Over

My husband was off work for a 12 day stretch beginning December 23.   We had decided to use this time to work on redoing the flooring in our basement.  You may (or may not) recall, we had a flood in August of 2020 that required all the carpeting to be ripped out, and we lost much of the furniture that was in there as well.   We'd just hadn't gotten around to it, mostly because we just don't use that side of the basement much since we quit having our school room down there.  

Back in November, I realized how crowded Olivia's poor bedroom was, and had an epiphany that we could redo the floors and she could move downstairs to have more room.  It does tend to be a lot cooler down there all year round, so she slept on the floor a couple of times to make sure she wouldn't mind.  She actually sleeps better in the coolness, so there's that.

December 22 - we moved all of the sewing/crafting/scrapbooking supplies from this side of the basement to the storage side, where the furnace and hot water heater are.  The room didn't seem to have "THAT" much in it when we started moving things over, but we soon filled up the unfinished side of the basement.   I left a little path to the deep freezer, the washer/dryer and left a safe gap around the furnace and hot water heater.

December 23 - The tiles that are on the basement floor are asbestos, so we chose to encapsulate them instead of having to pay a company to come in and "properly remove" them.  There are a few tiles cracked and missing.  Tom and Olivia spent the day filling those missing areas in with floor leveler and cleaning the floor.  As seen in the photos, I had to leave a few tables up until I finished packing/delivering holiday sweets.


December 24-25 I'd told everyone that there would be no working on the floor, mostly because I didn't want anyone getting stressed and causing havoc for the holidays.  This is true in part, but it was also because Olivia had bought Tom and oscillating tool for Christmas, and we didn't want to risk him going out to buy one when he got to a place where he needed it.

Here are photos of the before, from several different angles.  You can see the areas that were missing tile, or had broken tile (the black is the missing area).



December 26 the flooring began in earnest.  This was a learning curve, since Tom had never worked with flooring.  The original plan was Olivia would help him, but with her work schedule and having to work the horses that were at the barn, she wasn't here for much.  Lindsey and I were the helpers.

This first photo was the beginning, and the second photo was where the day ended.  I'll admit, I was not amused with the lack of progress.  I am a results driven individual, but it was a learning curve and slow progress was to be expected.


Part of the issue was that Tom's wood working equipment is all in our outside shed. When he works with it, he moves it out onto the back patio.  This meant every time he had to cut a piece he'd have to go up the basement steps, through the house and out to the back yard.  Let's just say he put a lot of mileage on those steps during this project.

December 27 we started working at about 8:30 and got considerably more completed.  Today's biggest hang up in progress was having to cut the pieces around the fireplace corners, the closet door and the door jam.




December 28 - For the most part, the flooring was straight with no cutting in.  There was an area around the door way into the unfinished side of the basement that took a bit of time to get it fit properly.  Then the last row of flooring had to be cut to fit a strip about 3.5 inches wide.




December 29 - Tom had to go pick up the trim, transition strips and nails for the nail gun to finish out the edges of the room.  He ran to the store and picked up the needed supplies first thing in the morning, then we headed out to have our final Christmas get together of the year, with my BFF and her husband.

December 30 - The trim was installed in the main room, and the closet flooring went in.

December 31 - Honestly, it's a blur.  I don't think we really did anything on the basement.  We had folks over in the evening for snacks, games and fellowship, so I spent my day making food and cleaning the house.   No photos...sigh.

January 1 - Tom got the closet trim installed and we assembled Olivia's new rolling clothes rack and shoe rack.  She moved all of her closet items in between shifts at work.

January 2 - We spent the day moving Olivia's furniture into her new suite.  I realized that Lindsey is a little stronger than I'd given her credit for, as she helped me moved some pretty heavy items.   Olivia was able to get most of her things put away between shifts and at the end of the work day.

Here's a tour of the new "suite".   You'll notice her horse motif throughout the room, I guess you'd say it has a southwestern flavor.  You'll have to overlook her boots, they are apparently fashionable and decorative.  First up is the stairway from the upstairs, complete with twinkle lights on the handrail.

As soon as you come down the stairs, the bedroom portion of the room is directly in front of you.  Notice her t-shirt quilt on her bed.  I saved all the shirts from camps, ballet performances and sports teams from the time she was little and had the quilt made as her graduation present.

To the left, directly by the stairway is her other dresser, and the close is directly behind the wall, under the steps.

Looking out across the room, the next portion is her "sitting room", complete with a working fireplace.  

The back part of the room has a doorway that exits to the outside (beside the fireplace), and then her TV area and dining table and library/office run along the back wall.

This was a much longer process than I'd envisioned, but I'm very pleased with how it turned out.  In case you're wondering, Olivia doesn't spend anymore time in her new room than she did the old room.  She's rarely home during the day, and mostly hangs out up here with us like always. 

I'll show you what we did with her old room in a later post.

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