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. . .but the calendar
AND my mom say so,

so what are you going to do?

Uh– pour a glass of wine!
HaPPy BirTHdaY to me!

Catherine

wine. That's all!

wine. That's all!

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I can’t wait for warm air,
looooonger sunlit days,
& sinking my teeth into a great

Summer Project!

Are you feelin’ me?

THIS could do it—right?
Catherine

I'm dreaming of a SUMMER PROJECT!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

And I’ve missed all of you!

It’s been MORE than a little tough on this end.
In fact, as I half type–half peck this out with a broken finger…
in a splint…I’ll have more to share.  But later on that one!

I’m settling into my new role as a care giver,
I’ve actually gotten to work on a few projects,
I finally took down *everything* Christmas—except the tree.
It’s sooooooooo pretty I can’t do it!

Picture this~ 900 white lights, some twinkling.
300 blue lights, some twinkling.
Varying shades of white,
tarnished silvers & golds.
Crystal & rhinestone crosses, glittered pine cones,
crystallized branches & feathery doves.
Garlands of white Poinsettia and snowflakes.
A punctuation of cobalt blue vintage balls,
and a large vintage mercury glass tree topper!
Oh!  And a sheer, fluffy, delicately ruffled skirt!

Could YOU take it down yet?

W e l l—I’m not ready.

It’s the only thing left!

Catherine

Christmas tree 2018

Christmas tree 2018 Christmas tree 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas tree 2018

Christmas tree 2018

Christmas tree 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas tree 2018

please stand by-

So- I’m finding a “rhythm”

to my newly learned nursing skills, and,
spend so much time at the hospital –I should be put on salary.
I now know my way around that HUGE place, AND even the tv channels.

But with Knowledge comes Power
and I’m much more confident in all I’ve suddenly had to learn & do.
THAT has been calming in many ways.

And mom is doing “better”___!

And as things progress and we settle in to some sort of “schedule,”
I think I can start to fit some projects into my days—for sanity’s sake!

There’s PEACE in those projects, y’know!

Christmas decorating!

But 1st comes some Christmas decor!

Catherine

W e l l- maybe the 1st project might be to REarrange
this top 20 Christmas movie list—

#4 is my favorite and a seasonal MUST!

I disagree with their order!

quite. literally.

I spent the summer in such a frenzied pace.
Brandon’s house reno AND my mother wasn’t feeling well,
so I was chasing her back and forth to Dr’s appointments.

The projects were progressingmom wasn’t.

And we now know why.  Cancer.  Bladder cancer.  Very serious,
life-threatening –the Dr said to drive home just how serious the situation is.
How those words just shake you to your core.

but-
You picked the wrong broad!BLADDER CANCER

Oh, she’ll finish this fight.  While still in the hospital, all sassy with the nurses, equating the hospital gowns to insurance—you only THINK you’re covered.
She’ll win!

So- I have a new job-
taking the best care of my mother,

’cause cancer can’t have her!

This fight is on!

She’s not ready to goand we’re certainly not ready to let her.
I know you’ll understand~ postings are going to be sporadic. . .
I hope you’ll include my mother in your thoughts and prayers. 

Catherine

fighting cancer-fighting cancer-

Oh yes– you  C A N  go!

Adding Shiplap to the back hall!

THIS is where I left you
with Shiplap closing in the stair & back door wall.

*Walls had issues-
this was an easy repair!

Since then–

the former FRONT door replaced this door for more privacy and security, and the door casing was restored.

Brandon and I hung the new handrails we created from some more of the galvanized pipes, elbows, nubs, and flanges!


And I hung the 
wire hook rack & antique mirror his mother gave him!

the Back Hall/Entry

Brandon loves the whole Industrial vibe, so the galvanized pipes are used playfully in several ways.  The shelf brackets in the kitchen, for the handrails, and also in several light fixtures throughout the house!

But be warnedthe parts are NOT cheap!  We spent a good bit of time comparing the sizes of pipe and the galvanized vs black pipe just to keep the costs down to something reasonable!
*Plus- one store wanted $8 for a flange but another charged $4 for the same thing!  So the numerous parts needed came from numerous stores.  CRAZY.

the Galvanized Pipe handrails the Galvanized Pipe handrails

the Galvanized Pipe handrails

And here’s the fun turn
we created to wrap
the end of the wall!
There’s also a 2ft rail leading up into the kitchen.

Hmmm- maybe we need to wrap
the Shiplap around the corner too!

It’s totally him!

The steps will be dealt with in the basement renovations–
and hopefully we can get that awful textured paint off to expose the cool chimney brick!

Catherine

the Galvanized Pipe handrails

BOO!

Did we SCARE you?

 

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

-a whole family of Pandas!

-at the Pumpkin Patch!This was Sunday during an
EARLY Halloween celebration!
Our plan was to make the ATV our Panda Express, but my big brother messed us up by putting the chains on the tires already for winter—stupid brother.

But Saturday-

I took my au pair from South Africa
to visit a Pumpkin Patch-
the corn maze was closed, awwww.
I think we actually had more fun goofing around taking pictures!

-at the Pumpkin Patch!

 

-at the Pumpkin Patch!

Some aMAZing selections!
-at the Pumpkin Patch!

 

-at the Pumpkin Patch!

At the Pumpkin Patch! At the Pumpkin Patch!

At the Pumpkin Patch!

 

See what I mean~fun!

But, dang-

I sure wish I’d bought this pumpkin.

Catherine

 

Happy Halloween

everybody!