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Coming Up For Air

Well wow I sure have had a busy past few weeks here in my little world!  I feel bad for being neglectful of my blog, but I’ve been extremely busy and haven’t had the time, much less the inspiration for writing anything of value.  Not that I do now either.  😉  But I do have an update on the relocating, remodeling & readjustments front as well as in the garden.

We’re all moved in over at my mom’s house.  Not all unpacked, but moved, and man it has been an unbelievable amount of work!  I’ve decided that I really rather hate moving.  Well, I already knew that, but I am just reiterating it.  I sure would love to just be able to “be” and never have to move ever again, but I have to face the fact that the ebb and flow of life is constantly filled with change and thus my moving days are most likely not over yet.

I think because this particular move was done in conjunction with all the remodeling, and has all taken place over the course of several months is the reason it has felt so very overwhelming, especially when it’s pretty much just been myself, my daughter, and my mom doing it all.  I did have help here and there from my sis and also from a couple of good friends who stepped in along the way, and I am feeling very grateful for them.  And for having enough stamina to even accomplish it all.

My last Relocating, Remodeling, & Readjustments post was about my room and I must say that I am very happy with it!  It’s sort of weird being in my old room again that I grew up in, but because the decor is so completely different it has a whole new kind of vibe.  I love it and feel so thankful.

Once I come up for air out from underneath the dozens of boxes piled everywhere I’ll try and take a few photos to share.  Sorry, I know things are more fun to read with pictures.  😉

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In gardening news…

With the chilly temps of autumn well underway here in Minnesota, the growing season is definitely done here, but my celery still seems to be coming right along, as is my oregano and rosemary.  I am just going to leave them to it and hope that maybe my celery will eventually mature enough to harvest.  As I mentioned in an earlier gardening post, my giant zucchini blocked the sun from reaching my celery for most of the summer, so I don’t know that it will reach the harvesting point before the real cold weather comes.

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And just so this post isn’t completely devoid of photos, here are a couple I took earlier in the fall season when I managed to take a little bit of time in between all the moving to get out and enjoy some of the fall color…

This is from a day when my sis and I took a little drive up to Taylor’s Falls and I happened to have my camera along.  It’s so lovely along the St. Croix River~

And I snapped this shot one day on a drive with my mom to Annandale to bring her cat to the vet there.  I love me the color of Maple trees in the fall!~

And this is a pretty little “bouquet” of autumn leaves I collected one day when I stopped in at a local park on a whim while out running errands.  It’s taken with my cell phone so the quality isn’t the greatest, but you can still see how happy and colorful it was.  I must say that I’ve never seen such a wonderful variety of beautiful colors all in one place before, and these were just a small sampling!  ~

There are still some areas of lovely fall color in and around the Twin Cities, but it is all definitely coming to an end.  With all of the stuff we moved out of my mom’s house and into her garage during the remodeling I had thoughts of trying to put together a garage sale before winter hits, but I decided the other day that it will just have to wait until spring.  Oh spring, then it will be planting time again!  🙂

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Relocating, Remodeling & Readjustments ~ I Can See Clearly Now the Scum is Gone

Yep, we just keep going from room to room to room continually playing our game of musical rooms, and this time it was in my daughter’s future room.

As I mentioned before, this was originally the master bedroom.  And in it there is a sliding glass patio door.  My parents had planned to put a balcony or deck of sorts outside of it, but just never got around to it.  It’s not in our budget right now to do anything like that, but we did need to do something about the glass.

Over the years, the stationary side of the patio door lost its seal and a film began developing in between the glass.  Because this door faces the west and gets that hot afternoon and evening sun, my parents usually only had one side of the drape open (the side where the door opened and closed) and the filmy side was never showing, so it just wasn’t much of a priority to get it fixed.  But in updating the room, it’s needing to be attended to now.

We were crossing our fingers that the entire door wouldn’t need to be replaced just yet and started looking around for glass companies to see about getting someone to come out and take a look at it for us.  We found Double Vision Glass.  My sis had got an email from Living Social where they were offering a discounted price on glass replacement, so we gave them a call.  Come to find out, my mom had went to school with the owner/operator’s grandma and grandpa.  Such a small world we live in!  I love it when things like that happen.  🙂  My mom even had an old photo of his grandma and her sister from 9th grade so she scanned it, printed it, and gave him a copy.

Just for fun… this is the photo.

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It was a bit difficult arranging a time for them to come out and replace the glass, and it ended up being a 2 day process because of  a few “technical difficulties,” but we are so happy with the results and would highly recommend them to anyone needing glass replacement.  🙂  Here are a few photos I took…

Before.  Yuck!~

Mid process ~ the gaping hole.  I didn’t realize that the entire unit had to be removed in order to replace the glass.  What a job!~

After.  It’s so clear on that one side now that it looks like there isn’t even any glass there at all!  Nice!~

Here are more similar looking (and closer up) shots of before & after.  Boy what a difference huh?!  ~

And this is Rich (aka the glass guy).  He let me take his photo for my blog.  🙂  I took several photos of him actually, but I wanted to use this one because it’s funny.  He purposely made this silly face, he’s quite the character, and a really nice guy.  Completely drenched in sweat too ~ it was unbelievably hot during both of the days he was working on our glass. And we so much appreciate all of his efforts!~

His brother was with him the first day, but wasn’t able to come back with him to help finish up, so he missed out on the “photo shoot.”  Speaking of his brother, a funny thing happened while he was here… My daughter had been resting on the couch and thought I was coming into the room, but it was him, and she asked him to get her some Cheez-Its.  Haha!  Nothing like asking a random guy doing repairs on the house to get you some food!  Next thing you know she’ll be asking one of them to fan her off and feed her grapes in this heat.  😉  Yeah, that would never actually happen ~ she has a bit of social anxiety so the poor thing was absolutely mortified!  I don’t know if he even heard her, but omygosh it was hilarious!   Just to tease my daughter a little and try to make light of it, a friend of mine suggested that the next time she asks me to get her something I should say “What do you think I am, a home repair guy?”   Haha I’m totally going to do that!  I love my daughter so much!

We are very busy with everything at my mom’s house.  As I write this, we are waiting for movers to arrive that are coming to do some heavy lifting that we can’t handle all by our little ol’ selves.

A massive old office desk and fake fireplace that need to be moved out of my future room.

And a gross broken down dilapidated old refrigerator my brother has had stored in my parent’s basement for 20+ years that needs to be brought out to the curb. ~

Next up:  We are having more repair guys coming in the next day or two to re-spray the ceilings upstairs to cover up some stains leftover from years ago when the roof leaked.  Then I imagine I’ll be getting around to ripping out that pink carpeting in my mom’s room…

So Anyway, Moving Right Along…

I’m moving.

A short time ago it was decided that my daughter and I would move in with my mom this fall when the lease is up on our apartment.  There are a multitude of reasons for this decision, but basically what it comes down to is… family needs to be there for each other and it’ll be easier to do that if we’re all living under the same roof.  It wasn’t an easy decision by any means, but this is the first thing in 2 years that I even feel remotely sure about doing.

Not that I’m looking forward to it though…

Don’t get me wrong ~ I love my mom to pieces, we have always been very close and get along really well, but the prospect of living together again after so many years = kinda, sorta, okay… totally scares the crap out of me.  My daughter on the other hand, is so excited that she can hardly stand it.  And my mom?  Well, I think she’s excited too, but is also a bit apprehensive like I am.   All of our lives have been so discombobulated for the past few years, and we’ve each went through so many major life changes recently that to put it quite simply… it has been just really overwhelming at times.   So now to make yet another major change is a little more than scary.  But necessary.  And I do feel a sense of peace about it even amidst the “totally scares the crap out of me” part.

One of the reasons I’m sharing this tid-bit of  info here is because we are also going to be doing some updating and remodeling to my mom’s house, and I plan to live to write about it.  😉  And I’m only partly joking when I say it that way because I’m afraid it’s going to be quite an undertaking for us 3 ladies over the next several months.  Anyone who has done remodeling knows what I’m talking about…

We have already been busy at work going through many of the things in my mom’s house and deciding what to do with some of it in preparation for the updates and for our moving there.  I foresee a garage sale in our near future.  😉

But there are also many things to hold onto.  The other day for example, I sat on my mom’s bed and looked through a box of my baby clothes and outfits I wore as a child.  I’m really glad my mom held onto those, they are so precious.  And my “mini” was in there ~ a favorite little shirt/dress I wore as a toddler!

Here is an old photo of me wearing it.  Too bad this isn’t in color so you could see just how crazy my “mini” truly is with its bright pink, orange, and yellow stripped combination of colors.  Wasn’t I just the cutest little thing?  😉~

So many precious keepsakes and memories are stored at my mom’s house, and we are going to make sure there is a special place for all of those things.

She also has some awesome vintage 70’s decor that’s Dy-no-mite!  (Yeah, you won’t get that reference unless you were there ;)).

In looking through some of my mom’s old photo albums I found several photos taken of her house shortly after it was remodeled in 1976, and I thought I’d start with those as “before” pictures, but also for nostalgia sake.  I’m so glad my mom thought to take these photos…

The first room we are updating is my parent’s room which my daughter will be moving into.  She has already picked out her new carpeting ~ I don’t know why she wouldn’t want to keep the red stuff that’s already in there.  😉  Red is my mom’s favorite color…  I’m totally keeping that lamp!  I know it’s really red and kinda “out there” but I love it.  No idea where it’s gonna go, probably in the basement for a while, but we’re definitely keeping it!

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The next room we’ll be working on is mine and my sis’s old room which is where I’m moving back into.  So weird.  My mom says there are hardwood floors under the carpet and I’m really hoping she’s right!

This was my sis’s side of the room.  These leopard curtains are still hanging in this room.  What do you think… should I keep them up when I move in?  😉

And my side…I spy with my little eye what looks like a Cher poster hanging above my bed.  I don’t remember being particularly into Cher, I was more into Shaun Cassidy.  He was so dreamy haha!  Pretty sure I still have his album laying around somewhere.  I also seem to recall having multiple posters of Luke Skywalker on my side of the room, but maybe that was later ~ not sure what year Star Wars came out.  Yep, I was a nerd even way back then!  The tapestry on the ceiling is still hanging in my old room too.  There’s also one on my sis’s side.  I’m planning to take them down when I move in, but not getting rid of them.

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This next room was my brother’s and is where my mom will be.  This is the only room in the house that has been updated since 1976, but we’ll still be painting it and tearing out the carpet eventually.

More animal prints, they must have really been the “in” thing…~

The living room…

Whoa check out the fabric on this couch!   It’s totally “far out man” ;).   It’s long gone now, but that lamp isn’t (there’s a set actually) and it’s another thing that we aren’t going to rush into getting rid of ~ I think I may have a “thing” for old lamps.  😉  My mom has also informed me that we are keeping that shadow box which is still hanging above her current couch.   It was a wedding gift from her parents and is very special to her.  I happen to think it’s pretty cool too!  I asked her if we can set different things on/in it though (maybe some of mine) and she agreed.  🙂More of the living room.  My dad’s chair.  It has changed to different chairs over all these years, but this was always his spot.  I miss him being in it.   ♥ Just recently took down this macrame plant hanger and my sis says she wants it.  It’s all yours sis.  I’m sure she’ll do something cool with it, because she’s cool like that.  Speaking of cool, look at that cool old stand-up ashtray.  Our old TV.  Thing weighed a million pounds!  No remote control on that baby.  That’s my sis’s graduation photo ~ she still looks almost exactly the same.  No lie.~

The dining room.  Not sure if we’ll be updating that dark paneling or not because it might be too difficult/a bother right now to remove.  Maybe a coat of paint could go over it, but I don’t know yet.  My mom and I still need to discuss it and figure out what we want to do.  I really like that light fixture there too, so I’m not sure if we’ll replace it or not.  Maybe it’s not just old lamps, but old light fixtures in general that I have a “thing” for…~

This railing that sort of separates the dining room along with the stairway is all wrought iron and is probably going to stay that way for now, but we’ll see as time goes on and other updates are made…

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The kitchen will be the biggest undertaking.  We are planning to give it a complete makeover ~ new counter tops, sink, stove, walls and flooring.  We’re not sure what we want do with the cabinets just yet though…

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The entire house has all dark colored stain on the woodwork which along with the wrought iron really dates the general design and decor.  With new carpeting and painting throughout we’ll have to decide what we want to do about the dark stain.

This is all going to be quite time consuming and a lot of work, not to mention expensive, but I hope it can be “fun” for us too.

I want to mention here before I close, that this house was built in 1902 and was the house that my mom grew up in.  She and my dad bought the house from my grandpa when he had to go into a nursing home after a stroke, and had it remodeled.

Interesting… once my daughter moves in, that will make 4 generations of my family that have lived in this house, 5 if you count my great grandma that lived here too for a time.  Kinda cool if you think about it…