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Monday, August 4, 2008

Remodel Day #7 and Random Thoughts

The remodel is finished - well, 99.9% finished; the decorating of the house isn't! I still have to paint it and I'd prefer to do it myself since I love to paint. Although I can't paint (walls) like I used to because it's so tiring on my shoulders and neck, this is a pretty small job that will not cause any distress on these creaky joints. The carpet needs to be stretched back in and he's supposed to do it monday or tuesday. (Now, we alllllll know about carpet installers and how notoriously slow they are so I'm not counting on it, but I'll call and wheedle and whine to the best of my ability, which hubs says beats anyone else's he's ever seen! I'm so thrilled to be perfect in SOMETHING!!) So here are the pix of the famous wall remodel now.

This view just kind of "frames" the dining area. Since it's just the 2 of us we didn't want a formal dining room anymore. It was the least used room in the house and would be now since we're empty nesters and kids are in California.

This truly does "frame" the living room when you're actually in the dining area looking into the living room.

New sink he'll install on tuesday. I love stainless steel sinks. They're way easier to take care of. Not many people have sinks in their living room, do they?!?! ;-)

And here, my sweet bloggers, is the trailer I'm going to frou-frou up. Squeeeeeal!!! This is gonna take some time though. This trailer was the ONLY way I'd go camping at all again! So for those of you who have emailed me regarding this, I'm hearin' ya, chicks!!! *Sigh*............... But I truly am excited to have the extra STORAGE SPACE it will provide! I already have a lot on my plate with redoing things around the house.

I saw this pillow on a post when I was looking for pillows to buy and the lady had it in her garage for a yard sale and it didn't sell. I thought I loved it because of all the roses fabric on it and emailed her and asked about it. Suddenly it was mine and it arrived last week. I really LOVE it! Her picture was taken in the garage with piles of stuff on it so I thought I'd show it to you in a better setting so you could see just how beautiful it truly is. It's beautiful!!!!

Now for a rare treat for y'all.......uuuhhhhh, well, maybe not so much. It's me! I finally took a pix with my hair all done for church. I did this with my iSight camera that sits on my monitor. I cannot get a good shot so close with my regular Canon camera! I never think to ask hubs when he's around and besides, he takes lousy photos anyway! Not too bad for nearing 70 years old, but why can't I look like Sophia Loren?????

I was drying my hair and putting on make up this morning and got to thinking. I know, I know......this can be dangerous for anyone within the same block of me, but I was really thinking hard. A few thoughts come to mind while blowing and fluffing this mop!

I swished my foam applicator puff across the makeup and one side of my face got a little more than the other. I tried smoothing it out but I wondered if anyone looking at me can notice I'm "lopsided" today?? Hmmmmm.

This is for all you young chicks out there. (Rachel, are you listening, honey?!?! Joyce isn't even there yet ,but she still won't tell ya these things. Trust me, Rachel!! I wouldn't lie to you, sweetpea.)Some things your mom may have neglected to tell ya: menopause and chin hairs! Yessssssss, my sweet young bloggers, we go through this about the age of 50 - give or take a few years. But it's pure torture to sit in a room while you're "glistening" (women "glisten", we don't "sweat" like jocks do!) and everyone else is wearing their coats or jackets. I'm telling hubs I'm hot and he's saying it's not hot in here. He's lucky to still be on this earth with that one!
Then like I've said before with the 15x magnifying glass that sent me into anaphylactic shock from looking at my face closeup, it's worse when you can see the black hairs growing outta your chin and lip. Just remember where you heard this - and it wasn't from your mother!!!!!!! They're too afraid to tell ya!

Last year I had foot surgery on both feet at different times - 2 months apart. I'll never ever do it again and would not recommend it to my worst enemy........well, if she was wrinkle free and flaunted it, I just might! Anyhow, I met another woman who had done the exact same thing - bone fragments, which is just another fancy name for the dreaded "bunions" (and let this be a lesson to those HIGH heel wearers - they RUIN your feet!!), and she said it took 5 years but her feet felt fine after that. So I've gotta wait 4 more years to have pain-free feet?!?!?!?! Oh, be still my heart! DUH!

Shea butter. Yes, that cream I get at WM - coconut shea butter, which is such a treat for your feet, is no longer available. I loved the coconut because that's one of my favorite scents and flavors and the smell reminds me of Mexico. But they've changed it - to coconut/LIME shea butter. I think there's a tad more lime in it than coconut and it's just not the same, sweet bloggers! Leave my shea butter for my feet ALONE!!!!!

Some of us have the tall or the short gene in our gene pool. Mine has both. I get the relative middle - average! So why couldn't I get the taller gene and be svelte? I think we all get the gene we're less likely to want: short/tall, thin/fat, blonde/brunette, small/large feet, blue/green/brown eyes. I didn't get ONE I wanted! Not one!! Oh, I've learned to adjust but why do my kids have to outgrow me before they're even teenagers. I'm 5' 4 3/4", sparkling green eyes(!) and weigh.........well, we won't go into that one! Hah....... At least I can say at my age I have NOT lost one inch to osteoporosis so take that, Gidget (aka Sally Fields)! Same height I was as a teenager! So I got that going for me.

Who in the world can resist the smile of a child? :-) I saw it in action today in church.

When we moved into this house 3 years ago we looked so sad. I think the church members who helped us unload the truck must have thought "here's the hillbillies" because 99.9% of everything we owned was in boxes. Oh, they saw the sofa (sans the pillows), the chairs (also sans the pillows), the lovely oak table all scratched up from "you know whoooOOOOooo" not listening to MEeeeEEEee when loading it and setting it right next to something with a SCREW(!) and all the legs taken off for the move, the lovely bed furniture all taken apart for the move. I tell you it was definitely pathetic! But when you view it now it all looks nice. Maybe not YOUR style but nice. That's when it hit me - my life was in U-Haul boxes and it wasn't until we opened them and put stuff out that it became our "HOME."

I'll leave ya with those "random thought"!! I'm a deep thinker, ya know..........


  1. hey sweets! The house looks fabulous ,you have been a busy girl! Love your random thoughts ,you always make me smile and laugh! And soon my dear will be practically neighbors! I love idaho!

  2. Well, I'm the first today! Your re model looks really good Connie (so do you, by the way!)
    I can see you are going to have fun deciding what to put up on those acres of blank wall!

  3. Hi there, deep thinker! LOL!! I always LOVE reading your posts.

    I love your looks bea-T-ful!! It will even look better when it's painted.


  4. What a thick head of hair you have Connie. I always notice people's hair, after being a hairdresser for 35 years .

  5. Oh Connie, You are such a HOOT!!

    I love the remodel!! Fabulous!!

    Let me just tell ya now dahling you look great too!!

    When we moved to our house 7 years ago my husband recruited any big strong man that he could find at work or friends or any man to help. They showed up with "BIG" fourwheel drive trucks, some with trailers attached and one showed up on a harley. We had about 6 trucks one behind the other for each trip. A neighbor who knew us, said that another lady asked her if she saw the "Hippies that moved in on Showalter Road over the weekend"!! LOL

    On the last trip from the other house (on the other side of the county) we ended up with the Harley on the back of a trailer strapped down!!! Hey we got it all moved and mostly setup in one evening!!

    Big Hugs!

  6. LOL ~ Oh my gosh !! You are cracking me up this morning !!
    Your remodel looks wonderful !!

  7. Connie, your rooms are looking so pretty. I will be waiting to see how you decorate it all and the trailer also.

    So glad you posted a pic of yourself you are just beautiful just like I thought and with a beautiful heart to match.

    Have a blessed day my friend.

  8. Connie, thanks for stopping by my site. Your home is lovely. I hear you on the menopause. Was just checking my chin this morning

  9. your dining room looks sooooo pretty!!!
    i hope one day i do not have to pluck black hairs out of my chin!!!
    thanks!! <3

  10. I'm movin' in here!!!!

    .....please peek at your lovely little adoration at the end of my latest post....xoxox....little chickadee

  11. Connie, you're hilarious, and your 2008 picture of yourself looks wonderful! I never thought that you were 5'4'3/4 cause the way that you speak makes you 10'tall. So, tiny or not they better stay out of your way. Yeah I know, you're a sweetheart. I love the finish of your remodel. If you came up with the plan you did great. I am *too* sorry about your Coconut Shea Butter,and I can't wait to see you on a camping trip. LOL! LOL! I love the talk you had for the younger ones, and a little kid's smile is wonderful. Thanks for the laughs Connie and have a great day of painting. Deb

  12. Connie..Youra a HOOT!!! What a cute post and of course your ramblings on are the best. I, of course LOVE the picture of the REAL Connie Now cause your Beautiful for sure!

    Your New remodel is going to make oodles of difference and I can't wait to see it a fru-frued up..cause nobody does it better than you! lol

    Love ya...Lorena

  13. Hi Connie!! Love the arch doorway! And those dining room chair slipcovers are beautiful!!

  14. Connie!! You look just like NAN!! You're a honey for sure!!

    I love the way those arches just frame the other rooms. And, look at that WALL SPACE!! I'm green with envy....we have so little with four or five windows in each room.

    Lovely post, dear.

    Aunt May's Cottage

  15. Connie!! You look just like NAN!! You're a honey for sure!!

    I love the way those arches just frame the other rooms. And, look at that WALL SPACE!! I'm green with envy....we have so little with four or five windows in each room.

    Lovely post, dear.

    Aunt May's Cottage

  16. ROFL!!!!☺

    You said...
    "with the 15x magnifying glass that sent me into anaphylactic shock from looking at my face closeup"

    Oh gal, I'm 47 just this past May and bought one of those mirrors from hell...It is my friend and enemy both!!

    Great post!♥

  17. you are too mom is thinking about having that same surgery...but she is diabetic...and would heal so much going to let her know not to do the remodel..that mans works at superman speed I tell look great for your age..I don't know why I thought you were much younger..much your hubs was robbing the cradle or something...guess its the way you write..(please take this as a compliment)...not meant any other way...:) you always make me laugh..and now I have chin/lip hairs to worry about in 5 years...and It is hot in here...I think that part is starting already...oh happy happy joy joy...have a good week...chicka! :)

  18. The remodel looks great!
    And so do you!

  19. The remodel looks fantastic. I love the way it "frames" the living and dining room. Great job!
    Well, you have me rolling off the chair laughing again. You have a wonderful way of describing things.
    Love it!

  20. Connie - you are a riot!!!! But you wrecked my impression of you!!! You are beautiful, but I picture that blonde with the dark glasses teetering around in pink fluffy high-heeled slippers and big rings on every finger and now I find you are normal - whatever that is!!! Your post was so funny. Your remodel is just beautiful and life's lessons for Rachel (and other youngsters) was priceless.

  21. Hi there love...your archway and rooms look wonderful! And so do you Connie...yup...when I turned 50(well, maybe before then), the hot flashes started, the mood swings...yuck. and the hair that grows in places I never dreamed

    Thanks for making me chuckle today!


  22. Glad the remodel is just about done. Thanks for the pic. It's nice to put a face to a name. As for those hot flashes, some of us "younger" ones are unfortunately celebrating our own "personal summers". ugh! The women in my family go through those changes very early on...I guess that was the gene I didn't want but got anyway. grr.

  23. Almost 70!? Come on! You really don't look it:>) The house is looking beautiful, I like the new doorways. Love that they arent squared off!

  24. Connie, the portrait photo of you is very pretty...just like I knew it would be!

  25. Love what you've done with the dining area.

  26. Oh my sweet chickee poo you have me in stitches with laughter my dear hubby ran in to see what's going on!
    You got it with all the wonderful dreaded (((( Meno stuff)))))!!
    I'm with you on the camper thing..only way to go!
    Good looking reno! hugs NG

  27. The remodel is looking awesome! Love your "thoughts" too! OMG! the chin hairs and hot flashes!! too funny and TRUE! I'm smack dab in the middle of all that stuff now.
    thanks for visiting my blog!

  28. Your house is looking great! That went pretty quick, didn't it?
    Your hair looks very nice too. Your post made me laugh.
    How do you post your pictures so you can click on them and make them larger?

  29. Wow Connie I can so relate to every thing you said. I am still glistening for five years now, I really wish I would stop now. haha. Hey love the redo it is so great you did a wonderful job. Oh and I have tagged you so please stop by to see what it is about. Have a great week. And you look beautiful chickie.


  30. Hi Connie!
    I think your remodel looks great and come to think of so do you!!! I am glad you posted the picture so now I can picture you in mind as you look today!!! Once again I are too always make me laugh!!


  31. Hi Connie, your house is coming along beautiful. I love that arch and your dining room looks beautiful through it. Your new pic is so cute, great pic of you! Cute post.
    Love You! Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

  32. The remodel turned out SO well! Love the curved edge of the walls, can't believe you found a contractor who showed up when he said he would AND who did a good job. That photo of your dining room from the living room looks so sweetly chic and beautiful!
    can't wait to see what you do next!

    Gosh, isn't it true that everything good has been new and improved to the point it , well...isn't very good. Seems all the lotions have a dry feel to them. For us Oldie Lockses (and I speak for myself here) there is no quality cream to lay upon these wrinkles!

    And I won't even begin to talk about the hole in the middle of the bath tissue role. Good grief, do they think we can't tell it's the size of cookie cutters?

    Those chin hairs and hot flashes, well, they can be quite the surprise, can't they.

    And don't you look nice with that gorgeous hair! You really don't look your age!


  33. It looks wonderful, Connie. Great improvement and now unexpected company can't see the dirty dishes you choose not to do or the roast for two in the crock-pot.

    The arches are just how you explained and adds more architectural charm. Can't wait to see it painted and put together.



    P.S. Funny when you think about it? Smooch...

  34. You are so funny and just what I needed tonight!
    Oh yeah...menopause is such fun. I glisten all to beat the band and uh huh. Just wait till those sweet young things notice the way hair grows where you do not want it and thins where they DO. Then there are memory interruptions (MY word for it!) and, well, we do not wish to frighten the kids now do we?

    I think that you have it all over Sophia Loren sweetie.

    Love the re-do but do not work TOO hard!



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