Fireplace Room To Library – Part Two

June 29, 2012 § 3 Comments

Well day two of the reno means Part Two of the blog update.  I got a fair bit done today though not as much as I would have liked. It was stinking hot this afternoon so I cut my priming short before I fainted into the paint tray.  I did get the second coat of mud on the new wall seams and I’m very pleased about that.

I also got the paneling above the fireplace (One day I’ll explain about the paneling and how we have some above the fireplace and had a whole different kind against the adjacent wall – No, I didn’t put it there.) primed as well as the main wall. Keep in mind, it’s just the first coat and I have a minimum of two more to do.

Fireplace BEFORE primer

Fireplace AFTER primer

Next is the longest wall of the room…BEFORE primer

Main wall AFTER primer

Sure toned it down eh?  I still have a ways to go but progress is progress.

As well as priming and painting I also have to come up with a design for my shelves. I mean a library isn’t really a library if there’s no shelves for books.

It’s a lot more difficult than it sounds though.  Not only do I have to imagine and draw what kinds of shelves and units I want and where I want them, I have to do MATH to make sure they’ll fit.

I need to take wall measurements, both height and width, I need to decide how deep, tall and wide I want my shelves and how they will be spaced out through the room, all the while keeping in mind how much furniture I hope to have and its dimensions.

Now I know why people hire designers to do this shit. Holy Crap!  Oh well, I don’t have that luxury so I guess I’ll be winging it.  Overall though, as intimidating as some parts are, most of it is fun and at the end I can truly say I designed the room myself.

Stay Tuned for Part Three  😀


Fireplace Room Becomes Library – Part One

June 28, 2012 § 3 Comments

I’m so excited about this project. It’s been a long time stewing in my brain and I have been tucking away thoughts and ideas for over 10 ten years.  5 years ago I even did a post, on one of my old blogs, about removing the paneling and replacing the wall.

Well, it seems that’s all it took to get the ball rolling. While I was at my girlfriend’s cottage this weekend, Hubby and a buddy removed the last of the paneling, tore out the old cement glue covered wall and put up fresh drywall.  All of that, unbeknownst to me. What a sweetie! You know, some women like jewelry or to be taken on a nice vacation.  Not me, put up new drywall or fix a backed up sink and I’m putty in your hands.  😛

And this is what the rest of the room looks like…

As you can see, I’ve clearly got my work cut out for me.  We’re finishing the wall, painting the entire room, ripping up the carpet and putting in hardwood flooring, replacing the track lighting and having custom bookshelves built (We Love Our Friend Mike), which I will be painting myself.

Oh, and I’ve picked the colour, I think. It’s down to two shades of the same blue grey. What I’m going for is something soft and serene that compliments the kitchen colours as well as the woodwork.

Focus on the shadowed part of the paint chip to get an actual idea of the colour. As I’ve said a dozen times, I’m no photographer. It’s between those two for now. But as is often the case with projects like this, things can change. Right now the job at hand is to finish mudding the wall and then prime the entire room, including the paneling above the fireplace.

Then we’ll go from there.  😀

Project 52 – Week 26

June 27, 2012 § 2 Comments

By the Lake

More than two hours does it take
To get ourselves by the lake

Bluest skies, green lush forest
Nope, there’s nothing for it

Water rippling across the way
Oh how it makes my day

Sitting by the lake

Night time is as grand as day
Having a fire feels like play

Roasting hot dogs, making smores
A soul couldn’t ask for more

Being by the lake

Days go fast with nothing to do
What’s even better is finding you

To share my morning coffee with
It doesn’t get much better than this

Life by the lake

Project 52 – Week 24

June 19, 2012 § 1 Comment

Duckies in the Pool

To live in suburbia
With all it’s city fascia

To live within hedges
And man-made landscapes

I revel and think it too cool
When I find duckies in the pool

To live within constraints
Mostly without complaint

Nothing makes my day
As something so out of the way

Like duckies in the pool

Project 52 – Week 23

June 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hat tip to Cate@Moments of Whimsy for the invitation to share in this project of making it a goal to do something I love at least once a week. I’ve been lax lately. Even when the rare urge to prose struck, I mostly ignored it. But this week I’ve been inspired to jump back in.

When Good is Better than Better

Better means trying harder
Better means yesterday was less

Better means some kind of measure
Better means comparisons

But when good is good it’s great

When looking down means being content
With what is on your plate

That’s when good is good and great

Better means still holding on
To something less than fine

Better means that yesterday
Is still too much on my mind

‘Cause right now good is good
And that’s better than better

Simple Gal

June 4, 2012 § 3 Comments

Hubby is an IT consultant and is totally a self-made man. He taught himself what he needed to know in order to get people to pay to train him on what he didn’t. Clever monkey eh? For his entire career he worked long hours, spent weeks away from home and spent nearly a decade on-call wearing a beeper that summoned him into the office at any hour of the day or night.

It wasn’t easy for us as a family but the benefits increased with every new opportunity and we muddled through. We bought a house while we were still in our twenties and settled into our little piece of the North American dream. Eventually, we took out a home equity loan, a line of credit and leased a new car. That’s what everyone does, right?

Then, about 5 years ago, rather unexpectedly, Hubby lost his job and we were jolted awake into the very rude North American reality. Our bubble burst and we were facing the very frightening prospect of losing our home. We consolidated, reeled in our lifestyle, cut back expenses and ate Kraft dinner three times a week. Hubby took whatever jobs he could get and even delivered pizza in the evenings for a few months.

It worked and we were able to keep our house despite having to get a second mortgage worth 50% of the original asking price. Since then things are much better. Hubby got better and better contracts, debt was getting repaid and decreasing and we never fell back into the credit trap.

I give Hubby most of the credit for this of course because it is him out in the rat race busting his hump. But this weekend he told me that I am largely responsible for keeping us out of financial trouble. I asked him what he was talking about and he pointed at this…

It is the purse I had just bought and was gushing over, “It’s corduroy, it’s striped, it’s soooooo cute!”

I was confused. He asked how much I paid for it even though he knew full well because he was right there.  “Three dollars,” I said.

He replied, “Exactly” and then kissed my forehead.

“Oh, okay I get it. You know though, I would have paid ten.”

“Maybe, but you wouldn’t have paid more than that. You would have walked away from it, not something that a lot of people can do, especially when they can actually afford it.”

“I never look at it that way and heaven help us if I ever do. As long as we have a mortgage, in my mind, we can’t afford it.”

“And that is why we won’t ever get into the same kind of trouble we did a few years ago.”

Personally, I think he gives me too much credit but who am I to argue.  😉

Is That Paleo?

June 2, 2012 § 2 Comments

That has become the question of the day around here.  Is what we are thinking of cooking and eating actually Paleo?

You know what? It’s kind of getting on my nerves.

Mostly because I’m not really sure; meal to meal that I make, recipe to recipe that I research, article to article that I read.

And can someone tell me the difference between Paleo and Primal? From what I gather there’s a very fine line but one that still exists.  Is it about eating dairy or meat or simply a difference in philosophy?

All I really know is that I’m much more conscious of the foods we are consuming and I’m making painstaking efforts to make sure we’re staying away from refined and liquidized sugars, unnecessary starches and chemically based preservatives.

Which means I’ve been trying hard to stay away from almost EVERYTHING in the grocery store.  Because aside from fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs and nuts…it’s not Paleo.


Thank goodness for honey.

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