Tuesday, September 6, 2016

On Transitioning, Pirates, and Non Quilty Things

The decision has been made.  The Ancient Ones will be moving in with us. 

In order for that transition to occur I need to move my sewing room, and the overflow which has taken over the great room, upstairs to the master bedroom.  The master bedroom would move to the old "junk room" which we were fixing for the boys at one time.  I decided that I wanted to paint the floor, and finish up the trim.  It took me about 5 days with the weather, humidity, and drying times. 

This was the last original room to the house to be updated.  In fact the room had belonged to the Ancient Aunt next door when she was growing up she is 86 years old. We didn't want to lose the beautiful curved corners at the ceiling so when we started to work on this room we took down the lathe and plaster on the two outside walls attempting to maintain the ceiling so we could insulate.  We managed to save the mop boards, painted the ceiling white, the walls are Behr Cowgirl blue which almost has a violet tinge to it, the floor Churchilll Hotel Hazy Yellow by Valspar, and the trim is Cream Delight by Valspar.  The sheers I found at Lowe's on  closeout for $4.00 per panel.  While this room is much smaller than the master I think we found a way to make it work. 

We started to move the bedroom and actually purged 2 huge bags of clothes for donations and another large bag of just garbage.  Feels nice to have it gone.  The master bedroom takes up over 1/2 the upstairs so I will have a lot of room for my sewing area, it is just trying to transition.  We pulled up the old carpet down to the bare floor, but don't have time to paint the walls, or put new flooring down, because getting the oldsters moved is priority one.  The quilter made it upstairs with the help of the youngest daughter and a bucket truck.  Several trips have been made to take sewing things upstairs, and many more will follow to get the sewing room, and great room cleaned out.  Right now everything is just piled.  Hopefully once we get the AO moved I can get that area in order.

While getting ready for the AO we have also moved one couch upstairs to a bedroom, one couch to the sunroom/mudroom, chairs have been stored, a bed taken to the dump,and we are paring down furniture.  The house is looking kind of empty getting ready for the big final push, of painting, installing a wheelchair ramp, a french door for their privacy, adding another bedroom, a pantry to the kitchen and installing carpet through the downstairs. So unfortunately not much quilting going on. 

Now I don't know about you, but watching the neighbors at times can be quite entertaining.  The McMansions have created a wee bit of a drainage problem for us when they decided they needed to be on a hill, and dug out the ginormous pond which is a stone's through from the back of the AO house.  Well then the next house did it, and so on---anyway they are higher than us, but they seem to be having lots of problems with their basements flooding every time it rains. They have been running drain lines for sump pumps all over.  To the ditch at the back of our property creating a huge swamp....told them, "Um no fix it!"  Maybe they should run it out to the ditch on their private road in front of their house instead?  But what is very funny is every time they try to fix it, they create an even larger problem.  Not counting their trucks getting mired in mud and muck in the swamp they have created and tearing up their beautifully manicured lawns.  My only comment during all of this is nature has a way of getting back on course.   So while watching the 3 closest houses fighting the flooding problems, a structure started to emerge.  I told DH originally it looks like they are building Noah's Ark.  It was finally completed last weekend and christened.

Yep there is a pirate ship in the back of one of the neighbor's houses.  They are using it as a swim and dive platform for their swimming pond.  It is complete with sails, a crow's nest and a Jolly Roger flying.  I will tell you it is kind of freaky early in the morning to see it rising out of the mist. 

Since so much work has been happening inside, my outside yard has had to take a backseat.  I had started to build a small pond with a small fountain, but was having problems with my repurposed liner (old swimming pool) so I was taking it apart when everything came to a screeching halt.  Now I have a swampy, slimey pool in my garden and it has been taken over by this guy.

I have also had a plethora of snakes, and toads too.  Oh well there is always next year if the weather doesn't hold. 

Life is never dull around here, but is always completely amazing.


  1. Frogs and toads are fine, but, I don't like snakes! The pirate ship is kinda cool. My boys would have liked something like that when they were growing up. Your house is going to look fantastic when all is done.

  2. just keep on you will get it all done one day and get back to sewing. Hope every thing goes ok

  3. It is always hard to see out when you are in the middle...just keep going forward, you will make it! I am trying to can grape juice in the middle of a sea of furniture stacked in my kitchen while the fireplace conversion continues...ugh! Maybe I will be looking forward to winter this year ;) Kinda fun to live next to pirates, eh? Isn't there even a special talk like a pirate day?

  4. Life is certainly not dull at your house!! That pirate ship is huge!

  5. Whoa Matilda! your life has certainly become "interesting"...hope you can find time to do some sewing soon....hang in there hugs, Julierose

  6. Wow! Never boring for sure! I do so love reading your blog with all the interesting things that happen. I know it's a lot of hard work but I am sure the AO's will be getting kinda excited in their own way to be coming to your house and will blossom under your love and care.

  7. dont forget to build on a room for me too! once it is all done you will be glad. and to have a pirate ship next door. ay ay matie......rrrrrr

  8. A pirate ship. That's a first. Would love to see that!


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