It’s All About Location and Laundry

Happy Cloud

Happy Cloud

If I have learned anything from the many years of watching HGTV, especially House Hunters, it is that one can change a lot of things about a house–but not its location.

I have had to remind myself of that daily (well, numerous times daily) during these past couple of months of home renovation–location–view–location–view.  I am not going to lie.  This project is overwhelming.  Some days, I think this house is trying to kill me.  Other days, I feel like it is a money pit…one rot problem after another.  Thank you, previous homeowners.

A little more rot...we have to decide if we want to replace the old windows with new windows or replace the old windows for French doors...decisions, decisions.

A little more rot…we have to decide if we want to replace the old windows with new windows or replace the old windows with French doors…decisions, decisions.  Do you see Mattie and Ziva’s laundry basket full of toys?  They love looking out the windows.

Mattie looking out at the living room windows...I am thinking that French doors would be lovely here...

Mattie on the inside looking out–She had gone inside to get a drink of water and a toy.  Hmmm, I am really thinking that French doors would be lovely here.  I am pretty sure that Mattie agrees!

Today…as I was spraying my 16th gallon of poison ivy killer (make that 18th gallon–I took a break from writing to go kill stuff)…I thought about how focused I have been on completing the house…that I have not taken the time to enjoy it…just as it is…mess and all.

Often times, we are all so focused on the daily routines that must be done, we are all so focused on perfection and how our lives look to our Facebook friends–that we forget to just be happy…like a real happiness. To be happy with the little accomplishments…to be happy with the fact that there is only one load of laundry left to do–at this exact moment…knowing that there will be two more later on this afternoon…to be happy because God has blessed us in so many ways…even the troubles and struggles are blessings.

Love the view from my laundry room...the

Love the view from my laundry room…sure, the floor moulding needs to be painted, the walls need a bit of art, and the clothes need to be put away…but sometimes there are just more important things to do…

Abby and Ziva enjoying the beautiful weather--I spotted them out the laundry room window and just had to snap a photo!

Abby and Ziva enjoying the beautiful weather–I spotted them out the laundry room window and just had to snap a photo!

We decided the day was too gorgeous to stay inside doing projects.  Ziva really enjoyed eating Abby's snack!

We decided the day was too gorgeous to stay inside doing projects. Ziva really enjoyed eating Abby’s snack!

Sure, I would love to wake up and my home renovation be completely finished.  I would love to have a laundry fairy…but what I do have is this exact moment to be happy with my location…and with where God has placed me.

View from the breakfast room--Abby traded her computer for the pool today.  Do you see the brass table feet on the window sill?  Yep, that project will have to wait another day!

View from the breakfast room–Abby traded her computer for a book and the pool today. Do you see the brass table feet on the window sill? Yep, that project will have to wait another day!

View from the upstairs landing--Note to Self:  (1) get taller ladder (2) finish painting

View from the upstairs landing–Note to Self: (1) get taller ladder (2) finish painting

View from the screen porch area--going to rip out this screen, replace all the molded and rotted wood with vinyl deck, posts, and rails

View from the screen porch area–we are going to rip out this screen, replace all the molded and rotted wood with vinyl…deck, posts, and rails

Thank you, previous home owners, for the Christmas lights...I wonder how long they have been hanging there????

Thank you, previous home owners, for the Christmas lights…I wonder how long they have been hanging there???? Do you see the 1980s intercom?

Rotted and leaning deck rails...this is the no-no zone...but the view is fabulous...and the deck will be too!

Rotted and leaning deck rails…this is the no-no zone…but the view is fabulous…and the deck will be too!  Stan brought home a little sneak peek of the material he will be using. I am so excited!

Progress on Abby's bath area...one day at a time...one day at a time.

Progress on Abby’s bath area…one day at a time…one day at a time.

It is a nice place to set up shop...all the deck will be vinyl...you won't recognize the backyard or deck when we finish!

It is a nice place to set up shop. The new deck will be vinyl.  I promise, you won’t recognize the backyard or deck when we finish!

No progress in the master bath...same as we left it two months ago...

No progress in the master bath…same as we left it–two months ago…

A little sheetrock dust art...it is a losing battle haha

A little sheetrock dust art…it is a losing battle haha

Thank you previous home owners for never replacing anything...in thirty-one years.  The deck is in poor condition...very poor condition...but I know a guy that is really talented in designing and building decks!

Thank you, previous home owners, for never replacing anything…in thirty-two years. The deck is in poor condition…very poor condition…but I know a guy that is really talented with designing and building decks!

Flooring for the master dressing room...yes, it is right next to Stan's side of the bed. Hopefully, we will be able to get to that project soon...but until then...I am going to focus on what we have accomplished!

Flooring for the master dressing room/closet…yes, it is right next to Stan’s side of the bed. Hopefully, we will be able to get to that project soon…but until then…I am going to focus on what we have accomplished!

Today, I took a little time to go outside with Abby and the dogs to remember why we bought this fixer upper, to remember that sometimes it is good to be lazy, and to remember that kids grow up quickly...and laundry will always be a constant.

Today, I took a little time to go outside with Abby and the dogs to remember why we bought this giant fixer upper, to remember that sometimes it is good to be lazy, and to remember that kids grow up quickly…and laundry will always be a constant.

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Wall art by Abby:  this piece is hanging outside her room

Even though, we are still living in a mess…living out of boxes…and living on a prayer; we are happy.  And at the end of the day, that is all that matters.

Thanks for sitting a spell with me.  Have a blessed day!

Chasidy

Two Blondes and a Stan: Feeling Rotten

Thanks to my handy dandy iPhone, I was able to document our first tour of the home and all the things that we wanted to change.

Thanks to my handy dandy iPhone, I documented our first tour of the “new place” and all the things that we wanted to change.  This is the before photo of the awkward little space with its three doors (left side–powder room, back–small deck/landing, right side–screen porch).  I knew in my heart that this house with its ideal location, amazing views, and splendid charm was the one…even with all its problems and outdated rooms.

As I sat down to work on this blog, I thought about how far technology has come in just a few short years–in no way do I want to discuss the beginnings of cell phones or computers because I know very little about such things–other than the basics.  I don’t know about you and yours, but my little family runs on the speed of today’s technology.  I would love to say that we have a “no cell phone policy” at the dinner table, but that would be an untruth.  Should we have a “no cell phone policy” at the dinner table?  Indeed, we should…but it is just not practical for my little family. Where was I?  Oh, yes. Technology–specifically my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air…I’m an Apple girl… played a huge role in the house hunting process and now, the renovating.

Before we purchased our new home, Stan was living in a hotel in Alabama while Abby and I were living at HatRidge in Mississippi.  My main job was to find houses that met our long list of criteria.  Stan’s job was to scope them out before I drove over to see them in person.  I spent countless hours on www.realtor.com searching for potential houses, I sent countless text messages and emails to our precious realtor, Joyce Tippen of RE/MAX Marketplace ( www.joycet.remax-alabama.com ), and I took countless photos  of the houses we toured.

My iPhone photos were not always the best, but they helped me to remember the things that I liked and did not like about the houses we toured.  This particular photo shows a wall that I wanted to gussy up and a door that I wanted removed.

My iPhone photos were not always the best, but they helped me to remember the things that I liked and did not like about the houses we toured. This particular photo shows a wall that I wanted to gussy up and a door that I wanted to remove.

I could chat all day long about how we house hunted…and blab on for days about all the houses we viewed…but instead, I want to talk about rot and progress.

Grab a cup of coffee, and sit a spell with me as we explore the world of house rot.

We had a thorough inspection done before buying our new place.  It was great to know what we were facing and approximate cost in fixing all the problems.

We had a thorough inspection done before buying our new place. It was great to know what we were facing and approximate cost in fixing all the problems before we purchased.

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We knew we had water damage when we purchased.  It wasn’t until we removed three layers of flooring that we realized the severity.

hello, ground below!

Hello, ground below!

Outside view

Outside view:  We removed the deck/landing and walled up the outside/inside.  No more door!  I will have an upcoming blog about the changes to the outside…as soon as Mother Nature cooperates!

Thank you previous owners for not cleaning out the gutters and repairing door seals...

Thank you previous owners for not cleaning out the gutters and repairing door seals…

This photo was taken after we removed the floating kitchen cabinets and before we removed the door and replaced it with a nice, solid wall!

This photo was taken after we removed the floating kitchen cabinets, and before we removed the door and replaced it with a nice, solid wall!  This little area was so awkward because of the three doors and long, blank wall.

Where the door used to be!  I filled the awkward wall with antique barristers...which might stay there...we will have to wait and see!  The painting is an original Christy Henderson, a talented artist from Mississippi ( www.chendersonart.com )

Where the door used to be! I filled the awkward wall with antique barristers…which might stay there…we will have to wait and see! The painting is an original Christy Henderson, a talented artist from Mississippi ( www.chendersonart.com ).  I purchased this particular one from Deep South Pout ( www.deepsouthpout.com ) in Columbus, Mississippi.

This is the view from the door we left...wishing this rotten, cold weather would go away so we can fire those power tools back up!

This is the view from the door we left…wishing this rotten, cold weather would go away so we can fire those power tools back up!

Well, there you have it!  The ugly, rotten truth about rot and our lack of a “no cell phone policy” at the dinner table.  Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me.

Have a Blessed Day!

Chasidy