Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday Snippets: Savoring

I really miss being a kid sometimes. When I could actually savor/enjoy the fall holidays, rather than having them as placeholders for the Christmas season.

It makes me so sad that I can't get into the Halloween or even Thanksgiving spirit because I'm being smacked upside the head with all things Christmas.

Yay adoption! And fostering! I wish it weren't so damned expensive. I would love to adopt.

Whoop, there it is


*hides in a bottle of whiskey* I'm fucking scared.

Bless this man

Love this So very accurate, especially for me with anxiety

America 2016, same as it ever was.

A white police officer in Baltimore violently dragged a Black teen out of his home after he requests a warrant, and the whole wrongful arrest is caught on video.

With Standing Rock

I really hate people sometimes. It gets worse around Halloween.

No Need to Reply


Wednesday, November 9, 2016


I woke up and started shaking uncontrollably when I saw that man had been elected president.

We mourn today.

We need to put the work in tomorrow.

If you need crisis help, please please reach out. Your life is worth it.

From A Cup of Jo, good ways to nourish yourself and others right now

We’ll make big changes on a larger scale, but also here are ways to help on an individual level, as Rachel Howe pointed out: Ask everyone if they are okay and if they’re not see what you can do. Say hi to strangers. Volunteer, anywhere. Shop locally. Host people in your home. Cook for yourself and others. Speak up when you see racism and sexist in action. Protest. Donate time and money. Talk to older people more. Talk to kids more. Teach empathy. If you feel your future is in danger, start now to build a secure foundation for yourself. If you’re in less danger, reach out to those who are and offer your time and money and care to them.

And then I will tell them that I fought. That I refused to let racism and sexism and xenophobia rule the day. That I would not be fooled into complacency. I’ll tell them that I knew we had incredible work to do and that it would require unprecedented bravery. I’ll tell them of my renewed resolve to raise thoughtful, compassionate, big-hearted children. I’ll tell them of my commitment to being an ally to people far more marginalized than I am.

A warm thread from A Practical Wedding They also include some good places to donate in the comments.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Adventures in Homeownership: Office Redo-Part III

Minus needing to put full carpet in, we're done!

Kitties enjoying the access to windows

My corner of the office.

My new bookcase! It's on the left with Justin's on the right. Most of my stuff has been packed up for a while, so it's really nice to have it out again.

Justin's corner. He is a big Chessie train fan, so I found a vintage print and framed it for him.

I had to move the cat beds out of the way. Midnight was clearly brokenhearted by the change in location.

Added a shelf in the closet.

With closet doors closed

Bonus. Midnight inspecting the new bookcase.

While there will be minor shifts (and still much needed carpet), the office is done!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Adventures in Homeownership: Office Redo, Part II

At last update, our adventurers had painted one wall!

All painted! With fresh curtains that weren't old dropcloths nailed to the wall!

Awful carpet ripped up.

Putting the most important things in first: books.

My half

Justin's half

Stay tuned for the third and final update!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Adventures in Homeownership: Office Redo

We have always known we'd end up combining offices and we started on that last week.

Before-Panorama on one side

My darling husband moved during the panorama.

All clean!

We just cleaned our living room.....that lasted awhile clearly.

One wall painted!

Painting should hopefully be finished this weekend and then we rip up the disgusting carpet!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Adventures in Homeownership: Doing Stuff and Thangs

Been quiet on posting about the homestead. Between my crazy work schedule this spring and some deep talks this summer, there hasn't been much to post.

We realized when we bought this house that it wasn't our forever home. We started nailing down time frames and items to check off in terms of reselling the house during our talks this summer. It won't be anytime soon, but plans are in motion.

But in the meantime! Our bathroom needs some love.

I like our bathroom in our bedroom. It has two sinks and lots of space. But because the paint is ugly and never seems to stay clean, we decided to try Killz paint.

Ugly brown paint beforehand.

First round of paint. I was using a brush, but the paint has a different texture than other latex paint I've used, so I had to switch to a roller. This will be a slow going process because painting in there requires nearly everything out and some days, when you get home from work, you don't feel like dismantling a whole room.

We also installed drip edge (that we discovered the previous owners removed even thought it was already there?) on the back half of the house (perks of having a BIL who worked in roofing) and I trimmed the branches that were hanging too low. From this shot, I'm looking out onto our street.

Side effects of a summer storm. We also discovered that there was bark in the middle of the limb, showing that it cracked before so it was already weakened.

I rather liked the shade the branch provided too.

  • Slightly house related, we went through our closets in the past week and this week, I pulled out my fall/winter wear to try everything on and make sure it fit. I actually ended up putting some items in the donate pile and made a short list of a few things I need.

  • The last round of donating is coming up this week. There have already been two trips to the local thrift store with cars full and this time, it's A Wider Circle that's coming to grab the last of it. It will be nice to use our living room again for something other than storage!