Sunday, July 21, 2013

Finally. A Bedroom Makeover.

*Warning: Some of these images may be disturbing. If you are afraid of a room that looks like it should be on an episode of 'Hoarders' or you are afraid of disorganization, this may not be the article for you. Viewer discretion is advised. 

Finally. We have been homeowners of our wee abode for almost 7 years. In the 7 years since we have owned it, we have accomplished the following:
- a new hot water tank (a month after we moved in)
- a new roof
- a new shed - see the beauty HERE
- tenants - and then a transformed the formal rental suite to 'Suite B' - our comfortable little getaway to snuggle up and watch TV - that has a bathroom and big guest room for our favourite guests (you know who you are)
- gardening - lots of gardening. Cedars removed (b/c they weren't alive months after we moved in), gardens pulled, trees planted, tomatoes galore...
- a new bathroom fan
- a painted Suite B
- a painted spare room - with a new bed and armoire
- a painted upstairs bathroom
- brand new stainless steel appliances for the kitchen
- brand new appliances - fridge and stove for Suite B. Fridge needed to be replace b/c our first tenant took a hammer and screwdriver to it to try and defrost it - epic Fail.
- cabinets for our downstairs 'computer room/walk through' for storage
- a brand new furnace - we stuck with oil heat - it keeps us warm
- a painted front door
- a wedding - trust me that counts :)
- a new cabinet from The Farmhouse in Vancouver

When you put it in a list like that, it seems like we have done a lot. We need to do so much more. My current 'to do' list (or I may call it 'wish list'), and not in any specific order is:
- new vanity and mirror for the upstairs bathroom - which will need a new paint job
- new deck
- new kitchen - or just new countertops for now - with a new paint job
- living room painted
- new living room furniture
- gutters done (this should be on the top of our list)
- have a killer wasp nest removed (also adding to the top and calling the specialists tomorrow) - husband is not an exterminator... I will give him credit for trying
- organize the linen closet and closet underneath our stairs
- redo master bedroom

Alright - the main purpose of me sharing this with you, is because we just crossed one item off of our 'to do' list. A project that started in April was finally finished on Friday. There are still a few things that need to be done - a new light fixture, center the item that hangs above our bed into the center, and find some art for above one of the dressers. I had a picture that I was going to blow up and put on canvas - but it's not working for me. I am going to go with Plan B - I just don't know what that is yet.

Please move through the next 2 images if you're queazy of an untidy bedroom.

Dark - unmade bed...

Old dressers - full of stuff. 

Waiting for the dressers to be fully completed - in progress - aka pure chaos. PS - the tambourine made it down to Suite B. 

And the finished product. Hallelujah. I hear angels...

Creating some unique storage - I think about 40 pair of shoes. I have a problem.

Looking for art for above the long dresser. Hydrangeas, a red vase for a little bit of colour.

One dresser - for 'husband's' clothes and a beautiful wedding gift from my bestie Jocelyn.

Love it. 

Orchids - just for a bit of art - they almost look real. 

And the piece de resistance - a closet organizer. Hoorah. 

We purchased new dressers, new bedding and redid the closet with a closet organizer. but the most major change that we did - was we got organized. Everything in our tiny room has a place. The bed is always made and our clothes are always put away.

Before when I used to enter our room - I would have to open the door because it was never open on the chance that someone could pop over and see how awful it was. We rarely made the bed. And we had clothes everywhere because we had storage issues.

We have got rid of so much stuff. We took about, and I am not exaggerating, 6 gigantic size bags of clothes to the Salvation Army, and I have given 3 large bags of 'stuff' to Big Brothers and clothes to friends as well.

We both feel lighter. We feel organized. We feel a sense of calmness and brightness when we enter our room. And we love it so.

I just wanted to share.



Thursday, July 18, 2013

When you think that you can't, you can.

So, some of you may know, I am on a plan to change my life. A plan to be healthy. A plan to eat well. A plan to be the best that I can be. A plan to be consistent. A plan to push myself. A plan to not give up, no matter how hard things get. A plan to just do it. A plan to run for my life.

So far, the plan is working. There have been a few hiccups along the way, but for the most part, the last 9 months have been wonderful. Incredible.

I have lost a few pounds (I could lose a lot more), I have got myself into good shape - by running, spinning, boot camping, and have just started biking. I have met some wonderful people - some of who I am now calling friends, good friends. I have ran two races - one of which I ran the entire race without stopping. And I have done a mud obstacle course.

I like to remind myself from time to time - about how scared I was when I started this journey and how I was afraid that I would have to give things up. I was afraid that I would lose time for me. I was afraid that I would lose time with my husband and pups - and that he would resent me. I was afraid that my life would get out of control and would be filled with unorganized chaos. When I think back and remember those feelings - I am so gloriously grateful for what has actually happened.

Almost all of my concerns and hesitations - are only thoughts. I have had to give things up - but it's all for the good. Staying at home every night, not doing much - has been changed to only pretty much one night a week that I am home. The other nights - I am at a workout, a long dog walk, or doing errands that I can't do the other nights. The time that I thought that I would lose for me - has just been replaced with different time for me. Who would have known that I would have loved heading to a workout on any day of the week. I realized that this is time for me. The time that I would have spent with my husband and pups, is still spent with them - just in different spurts. I may be home a little later - or have to leave a little earlier. It just makes the time together, so much more worth it. I know now, and I sort of can't believe that I thought that my husband may have resented me. Instead he is my biggest fan - my hardest pusher - and he is sharing this entire journey with me. My life does have a bit of unorganized chaos - but it also has organized chaos. It has made me realize that I like being organized - and when I am organized, I do better. I am a planner - and I like to plan my week. When I am organized and I prepare - I am in my prime.

Anyways - I just wanted to share this with you. If you are scared or afraid to try something new - don't be. Welcome the thoughts - write them down - and then envision yourself taking the path that you are destined to take. Making time for you - and taking care of yourself isn't easy if you're not used to it. But you deserve it.

I feel better for sharing that.

Ok - just a quick food post. Who likes food? I do!!!


Last weekend we had our friends the Goody's over with their sweet little baby Avery. I heart her. I want to squeeze her and perhaps bite her cheek - but I won't because you aren't supposed to do that to children. She let me hold her - and let me snap quite a few pics of her - I just can't get enough of her expression.

We made this to go with dinner - if you like salad, like the barbeque - then you should try this one.


Grilled Caesar Salad

Romaine lettuce - try and get the long narrow bunches - slice down the middle (lengthwise)
Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup non-fat mayonnaise
Juice of one lemon
2 cloves of garlic
Kosher salt
Dash of worcestershire sauce

For the dressing - in a food processor - whip up the ingredients - keep cool in the fridge.

I like to bake my bacon in the oven. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil - bake in a 400 oven for about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool - and then chop into pieces.

Lightly mist the cut side of the romaine lettuce and season with a pinch of kosher salt. Place cut side down on grill - and grill for about 5 minutes.

Remove the lettuce from the grill and place on a platter. Top with generous drizzle of the dressing. Top with the bacon and large shavings of parmesan cheese (I use my vegetable peeler).


And that's it.

Super easy. Super tasty.

Alright friends. Husband is home - barbecuing some chicken and cauliflower. And then we're going to spend an hour watching a show - and getting ready for one day before the weekend. Life is lovely.



Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tickling taste buds.

Oh hi. Remember me? No seriously, do you? Where have I been? What is wrong with me?

Some may not believe this - but I have been so homesick for my wee blog lately. I think about it everyday - I think about what recipe I would post, what picture I would use, what I should share of my boring life and what I shouldn't. At the end of the day - after a boot camp, a run, a long day at work, a dog walk and spending time watering my 'farm', I just run out of time.

Being homesick from my blog reminds me of when I used to go to Vancouver every summer and visit my grandparents. At some point - either right away or midway through the summer, my parents would leave and it would be me and my sister. I would cry myself to sleep every night - it pure disbelief at home much I missed my mom and dad. Swenson's Ice Cream parlour almost every night - the bubble gum ice cream with actual gum balls - helped ease my misery and probably helped me also gain 10 lbs. Oh the pain. I am not that homesick for the blog - but I am sure some ice cream could help ease my pain. Uh - don't even try and get me to have ice cream. Oh I love that stuff.

My goal for this week is to post two more posts after this one. Dare me. No seriously, please dare me.

I just wanted to post a few pictures - something to tickle your taste buds (is that even a thing?) and I will  share some recipes soon.





I hope that you're enjoying summer and loving life.