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free and cheap?! yes please!

Who doesn’t love free and cheap stuff?! In our town there is a facebook group that runs kind of like a yard sale with ‘admins’ who keep the show going.

Today I lucked out on two things through the fb group…one this chair. Sure it’s basic but it was free and with a fresh coat of paint it will fit perfectly into our guest room. Happy? Totally.

new FREE chair

Second are these beautiful white back painted glass tiles. My friend was looking for some for her house and when I stumbled upon these I thought they would be perfect. We picked up about 100 sq.ft. She is taking them home for her own use but I might buy some off her to put in our own kitchen…she doesn’t need all 100 sq.ft. so luckily I won’t be messing up her plans. We bought the tiles off a contractor (again through fb) for $8 a sq.ft. That’s less than half the retail cost! Sweet deal – totally!!

white glass tiles

TGIF! On to the weekend projects + strawberry picking!!


a real pain in the “cold water line”

(title from one of my followers’ comments)

— 2:30pm —

I’m drinking Tazo ‘Zen’ tea and stuffing a chocolate/chocolate cupcake down my throat hoping it will help from having my head explode. [side note: my coworker misunderstood the term ‘motor boating’ and one day used it when referring to eating/enjoying a brownie – today I could also use that term…I pretty much ‘motor boated’ the cupcake while rage was boiling inside me]

Ahh yes, the female body and rancid hormones. Nothing my husband did today, probably tonight and tomorrow would I think is right…I am in a rancid mood. I always feel bad for him cause he honestly doesn’t do anything different than many other days…but low and behold I’m a raging maniac.

We need to fix the cold water line tonight…I’m not looking forward to it for my own fear of my looming rage.

— 4pm —

Over the afternoon I had a few phone calls from my husband wondering about what materials we needed for the washroom, explaining what he figured out/did/found, and another saying he thought he could finish it up. I didn’t exactly follow everything he was telling me but thought I would worry about it when I got home. See what else needed to be done…

The zen tea helped.

— 5:15pm —

I pack it up to head home, not sure what else will need to be done…just wishing a magic fairy flew into the house though one of our busted screens (you know one of those little holes in the screen that needs to be replaced/patched) and fixed the cold water line.

I get outside, it’s starting to rain and I have my scooter…lovely. Luckily I wear glasses so the shards of water aren’t piercing my eyes like they are my face.

my scooter
[ps I love it on a sunny day]

— 5:30pm —

I’m home. Moose greets me. Everything is quiet. I can feel my anxiety level rising…and how bad I’m about to feel when I likely lose my cool – probably over nothing and most likely totally undeserved. I get a hug and wait a few min then ask “how did it go? is it all fixed”. “no not quite”.

I’m calm and cool, I can’t believe it. Probably just my hormones not at 100% peaking point…I’m fine. I ask what is left to be done and can’t quite figure it out myself given what the local store recommended to my husband to buy.

— 6pm —

Wonderful friends of ours stop by with their three beautiful daughters. They girls are collecting bottles to building up some money and responsibility to buy their dream dollhouse. They are so sweet helping to load them in the jeep. The husband is VERY handy, he basically renovated the main floor of their house from a two car garage + storage to a beautiful living space + kitchen complete with a custom harvest table and bench.

While they were here I was visiting with the wife and the husband was in the washroom with R trying to figure out how to tackle it. Our friends are awesome. He is coming back tomorrow to help R hook up both the cold and hot water lines and fix our problem. Then we will have our washroom back. I’m so happy and thankful.

— 8pm —

I’m finishing the post, so thankful for amazing friends and my rage has totally subsided (as I watch a little Master Chef with my husband).

Thank you – you know who you are. You are an amazing family.

And I can truly say “Happy Tuesday”!

ten rules for a perfect day

Maybe this is all I needed to realize all along…Happy Monday!

a clean outside

This past weekend I decided to get to doing work outside the house. Saturday I spent the day pressure washing the house (thanks to the p.washer loan from A!). I couldn’t believe the amount of dirt and brown water pouring down our white siding – yuck! Needless to say in my mind it looks a heck of a lot better!

Set up to clean!

I’m not sure if the average person would be able to tell or not but knowing it has been taken care of is satisfying.


Moose trying to help!

There are still several spots where it looks like possibly hard water has stained the siding. I’m going to get a scrub brush and soap to see if I can’t clean it up. We also got around to pressure washing the deck since the paint was starting to come off….it really does need another coat of paint. Added to the ‘to do’ list! Lastly we worked on preping the window and door frames for paint. Unfortunately we aren’t done yet but we should get the chance to start painting this weekend!

Cleaned except the huge stains I need to scrub…

fungus below/above what we got clean with some scrubbing…we got it all off the house in the end

Pre cleaning…

Post cleaning…much better!

It feels great to have a clean house exterior. Get ready for a painting packed weekend! Happy Thursday!

Exterior Trim Colour?

Decisions, decisions…

So I love the idea and look of the red door + black shutters but now I’m trying to decide what to do with the window/door trim.

Existing House

I’ve tried out a few scenarios in photoshop.

exterior trim options

Thoughts/Opinions? I’m leaning on black + black + black – black shutters, black door trim, black window trim. Like this:


Or maybe I do stick with the simplicity of all white trim…+black shutters/red door.

One thought I have is the back of the house where there are several windows and if we need to add any colour to the trim. + I never did pick a colour for the back patio door. It is the same style as the front door but I don’t want a bright red there too…I’m thinking the high gloss black but again I welcome opinions!

Back of House.

Back of House.

Thanks! Happy Tuesday!