Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Whitewash. Done.

Our fireplace has been begging to be whitewashed for 5 years. And she's finally done.

Before=UGLY red, tired, old brick!

Whitewashing brick is fairly easy. To clean, all I did was give it a dusting. Gathered my materials. Mixed water and paint 1/2 and 1/2. I used antique white. Then I painted and wiped with a dry rag. Do it in small sections. and Voila. ;)
Aaaand, since my painting jobs usually include at least one of these. Oops! :/ part of the 2 hours that it took to do this was cleaning my mess up.

After=me happy. :D

Thursday, January 24, 2013


I found this most awesome website called HOOPLAHA Life with a smile. 
A site full of good news, for a change.
Todays "Daily Hoopla" is the video Life After Cancer. I
Watch. It'll put a smile on your face!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Over Easy Please :D

I am in the process of uploading all of my pictures to when I ran across these pics of these yummy eggs that our chickens laid a couple of years ago.

Boy, I sure miss them. Will post pics of our new chickens when we get them this Spring. Cause we WILL get some more of these most awesome of Gods creatures.
So...which came first? The chicken or the egg?
The chicken of course. ~:>

Sunday, January 20, 2013


I GOT MY PICTURES BACK. Woohoo! Praise the Lord. Answered prayer. My son in laws friend (a huge thank you to Nathan) was able to retrieve all of my pictures. I believe I have around 24000!! files. Oh man, no wonder I was so stressed. To be honest, I knew all this when I posted my last post this morning. But being the kind of person that I am, you know the kind who when I do something not on my "to do" list, I have to write it so I can cross it out. ;/ I just had to post why I am so happy that I have them all. To look at often and count my blessings. No sitting neglected in my pictures folder for those precious beauties.
 Before I picked up my refreshed old hard drive, I picked up a new one. Isn't she a beaut? I chose a Seagate Backup Plus. I like the fact that it has a "dashboard" on my desktop and I can manage it easily.
The fact that data recovery only cost one of these
Ben Franklins (this one is totally fake by the way)
was a huge plus. :D Worth every penny!!!

FYI- If you find yourself in this same pickle of thinking you lost data- 1.Under no circumstances should you ever "format" your drive. You will lose everything. When I was trying to solve this problem myself, my computer kept asking me if I wanted to do this. I learned the hard way a long time ago. Never. Do. It. 2. Before you send it to a Data Recovery Company that you find online (which I was very hesitant to do!!!) try finding a local computer "geek" like I did. You never know.. miracles do happen. :D 3. Upload all pics to a place like as just one more safeguard so you don't have to worry about malfunctions on physical devices. :D!


I am so bummed!!! My portable hard drive decided to keep all of my pictures and never let me see them again. My thousands of pictures that dummy me never backed up with another back up. Gee, who woulda thought you needed to have 2. :/! Most of them were my sweet grandbabies. Boohoo.
My son in laws friend has offered to check it out and see if it might be fixable. Please be please be please be. If not, I found a geek who can possibly, maybe do it for $350.00 and up. Wha... wha... what??? Stupidity is expensive sometimes. Still praying for a miracle cause after googling it looks like that's just what I'll need.
Well, enough of the bad news. Carpe Diem, remember? :) Seize the day!
I have an awesome camera that my awesome son and daughter in law gave to me right before I went to Tanzania a couple of years ago. So here are pics of our blue bath that we LOVE. (this time I'll have 2 backups. Or MORE :D)
My bathrooms are REALLY big. Not bragging. Jus sayin. ;) The armoire is from good ole Wallyworld about a million years ago. She's been natural, sage, red and now her forever color. White. She holds all of my extra bedding. It took a few years before I knew she belonged here. She came from the back porch holding all my pool goodies. The basket and wooden animals are souvenirs from Tanzania. They have the most amazing woodcarvers there!
This oh so lovely bench came from It was such an amazing deal that when they offered it again I bought one for my downstairs bath. If we ever downsize :) they go with me!


The vanity was a steal  at $300.00 INCLUDING DELIVERY!! Got that sweet deal from Came with the black granite top and backsplash plus undermount sink. The guys who delivered even spent almost an hour getting it upstairs for me. They were so gracious about it all. I had to call their boss when they were done and give a shout out. We all need to feel appreciated, right? She was green when I got her but paint does wonders as far as I'm concerned. The mirror came from there as well. Since this old house had no electric for a vanity light I had to find a mirror that came with.

My little "jewelry holders" came from The blue one was the inspiration for the wall color. Which btw is Schoolboy Blue by Valspar bought at my not so close "neighborhood"

 I built an open linen closet on the far side of the shower. Open, since you can't see it from the door and because I love looking at white towels.
I have 4, yes 4 awesome windows in this bath. How awesome is that?! I love everyone of my windows. It took 2 years but we finally installed the last of them a few months ago. 31 in all!

AAHHH  Finally a shower!!!!!!! The part my hubby helped with. Our first install and she's still working. woohoo

This beautiful little antiqued iron chandelier also came from I get my things from their outlet dept. $35.00 Can't beat that with a stick.

My view to the east.

Found this at The blue and purple hues match the tile floor perfectly.

And there she is. My new blue bath. If you remember the before pic from an earlier post you can see that it's a smidge more cheerful. lol
Thanks for taking the tour.