Thursday, June 17, 2010

Garage Sale Day

Hello dear readers,
Well I am getting ahead of my flood story, but I while it was fresh I wanted to share with you my musings on stuff. I have been collecting "stuff" for years, thinking how delighted my children would be to have this fabulous stuff some day when I am gone. Well now that my children are 37, 35 and 35 respectively--it came as a bit of a shock to find out they don't value the same "stuff" that I do (or did)! Time has a way of changing the face of what we see as cool--if you lived through the seventies, you know what I am talking about. Oak anything was about as cool as you could get, especially oak commodes, oak Hoosier cupboards, round oak tables, you get the picture. Today--not so much. What is cool today is Mid Century Modern, Hollywood Regency, pottery from the 70's and so on. Well I decided it was time to purge my children's inheritance and have the garage sale that now they won't have to have!!! It was fun, we sold tons of stuff and now I feel liberated. I have found that sometimes we are held hostage by our stuff. In the future, I will be more careful about what I buy keeping in mind to just buy what I like and not worry about what will be "in" in the future. Here are a couple of pictures of my stuff, we had a beautiful sunny two days and we had a lot of fun--what more can you ask. Let me know your relationship with stuff. I would love to hear about it. Take care of yourselves and I will be back to my remodel next week! Cheers

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Walls!!

It was so exciting to see new sheetrock go up! Gone was the old 70's paneling and up went the new drywall. My husband hired Chris, who was laid off from his drywall job a while back and they went to work installing the new walls as well as the ceiling in the family room. I really wanted a smooth finish in the family room, so they did smooth on the walls and ceiling there, but did a light texture in the remaining rooms. The texture cuts down the time and expense as the smooth walls are significantly more labor intensive, but they look fantastic. I am really getting excited at the prospect of a whole new space.
Stay tuned and see you next time!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Drying Out!!!

Well as you can see dear readers, everything was emptied out of our basement, which consisted of a full bath, a laundry room, a family room and a sort of odd but large bedroom. Everything (and I mean everything, who knew I had so much stuff?!) was loaded into a "pod" that is currently sitting outside of our driveway waiting for the construction to be done and at which time it will be unloaded into our "new" spaces! I can't wait. Now, we are in the process of making what seems to be a million decisions as we re-create our living space and bring it into the 21st Century. Gone will be the burnt orange carpet, again original to the house when we bought it in 1985. Gone, odd little closet door with a 8" step up into it??! Gone, aluminum windows which actually allowed bugs through the casings--weird, but true, and gone, asbestos linoleum tiles still in the laundry and odd bedroom where our daughter once slept. Let the decision making begin--stay tuned.

Yikes! Showing you these pictures feels like going out with no
makeup! Is that not the saddest little window treatment you have ever
seen? It was original to the house when we bought it in 1985!!!

Serv-Pro drying the place out!