Sunday, August 24, 2014

Evergreen.................a love post

Good morning everyone -

Hope everyone had a great weekend - I left you with quite a depressing post on Friday - feeling a little guilty about that today - really - who wants to come read about me crying?

Wouldn't you much rather read about John and I fighting?
Ok - nix that - because we're really just a couple of lovebirds ( proof HERE )

Our latest episode started with my love of built ins.

Now let's start off showing you the ugliest part of this current house we're in
( well other then the downstairs bathroom - and the mud room - and the dining room and .................)

Isn't that just lovely?  Feel free to pin it for inspiration if you'd like ( I'm not watermarking it so go right ahead and claim it as your own - I'm okay with that :)

They were built to go around the heating coils.................heating built ins - awesome!
( as you can see we haven't lifted the last layer of linoleum off the floor yet - that'll be the last job and it's the one that's filling me with the most dread because I think the floor may have to be replaced )

Want a close up so you can DIY them for yourself?

Window screen stapled on to baseboards - BRILLIANT !!!
These people should have had their own show !

( I always feel a little bad when I show this house - because people did live here - and obviously did love it and I'm looking at something that was most likely done in the 60's or 70's - with 2014 eyeballs - but still -
really - this is just hideous )

Anyway I digress..................

While we were working on the plank wall - I rested one on top of it while helping John as he was installing the last piece and noticed it fit ( width wise ) on the heating " built ins "

Suzan says excitedly - OMG - I have an idea !
Suzan says - Just put that wood down for a sec - and listen to me!

So I patiently waited until he finished the last plank and then pounced on him ( figuratively - but I should have done it literally - the day might have turned out differently )

Suzan says - I want to build built-ins over those heating thingamajigs
John walks out of the room
Suzan says - Wait - it's not that big a deal - we can just do it with these planks of wood ( which are currently on sale at Home Depot )
Suzan says - No I'm not - it would look soooo pretty - and then while we were at it we could just redo what's currently there - so it would all look like a feature on the wall !
John walks out of the room
Suzan says - I promise you John - this is a really good idea - and it won't cost much at all
John yells - THERE'S A BLOODY WINDOW ON THAT WALL !!!!!!!!!!  AND we're talking about fence planks here - not proper wood !!!
Suzan says - Well that's the beauty of it all - it's cheap AND they'll be surrounding the window !

AND so we started....................
I really don't know why they look so narrow here - they're 5 inches - which is enough for a great deal of our books ( not the large ones but we have enough bookcases for those ones )  and cd's and  lots of decor -

John professed his love for me non stop while cutting up the wood.....................and how much he adores the ideas I come up with - he even hummed " Evergreen ".
( well that's how I translated his words anyway - a lot of them were illegible )

I hung up the mirror while he took a potty break.......................

John says - OK - it's too damn much - you're decorating this NOW?
Suzan says - No - but I want to build the shelves AROUND this - so there's always room for a mirror or artwork
John says -  I THOUGHT YOU WANTED STRAIGHT SHELVES????????????????
Suzan says - I DO want the shelves to be straight
John says - Don't be a smart a$$ - you know exactly what I mean -
Suzan says - But you need to know the plan  ( this was extremely hard for me to do on pic monkey - hope you guys appreciate it because it's all I have to show for now )

except I'll be painting them white - along with the new heater covers on the bottom
anyway we got as far as this

before I ran to get a couple of books ( to see how they fit - measure twice - build once type of thing )

and then all hell heaven broke loose - with him screaming how much he adored me - and worshipped me - really -  it got so loud I was worried the neighbors would hear him !!!
In fact he was so emotional about it all that he stormed gently walked out of the room ( for the final time ) telling me he couldn't be in the same room as me ( or he'd devour me - or something along those lines )

So my built ins are on hold - but this WILL continue !

I called out for him - and there was no reply - looked all over the house

Love, soft as an easy chair - this is the easy chair he used to get away from me  dream of me.
( have a good rest honey - we've got some work to do when you wake up )
But I sat there watching him - he looked dangerously close to tipping over at one point -and I'd pay
money to see that  so I could warn him before it happened -
You see?  Desperately in love - nothing we wouldn't do for each other!

Love, fresh as the morning air
One love, that is shared by two
I have found with you......................♫ ♪ ♫

Have a wonderful day everyone !
I'll announce the give away winner as soon as the book arrives - it's usually quicker than this !
So if you haven't signed up you probably still have a day or 2 for a chance to win - you can see it

P.S. I had to get his permission to post this pic............and he said do what you want i don't give a " of course sweetheart "
You see?
He can't say no to me!!!
I'm blessed !
Love is grand !
I don't care what people say about reno's driving couples apart - it seems to only be bringing us closer together !
Give me a wood plank - and I'll find something to do with it! ( other than bonk each other over the head with them lol )
Have a great one ♥

I'll be sharing at these fabulous parties !
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

It's okay to cry.....................

By the time the Lord made mothers, he was into the sixth day working overtime. An Angel appeared and said "Why are you spending so much time on this one?"
And the Lord answered and said, "Have you read the spec sheet on her? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic; have 200 movable parts, all replaceable; run on black coffee and leftovers; have a lap that can hold three children at one time and that disappears when she stands up; have a kiss that can cure anything from a scrape knee to a broken heart; and have six pairs of hands."
The Angel was astounded at the requirements for this one. "Six pairs of hands! No Way!" said the Angel.
The Lord replied, Oh, it's not the hands that are the problem. It's the three pairs of eyes that mothers must have!"
"And that's on the standard model?" the Angel asked. The Lord nodded in agreement, "Yep, one pair of eyes are to see through the closed door as she asks her children what they are doing even though she already knows. Another pair in the back of her head, are to see what she needs to know even though no one thinks she can. And the third pair are here in the front of her head. They are for looking at an errant child and saying that she understands and loves him or her without even saying a single word."
The Angel tried to stop the Lord. "This is too much work for one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish."
"But I can't!" The Lord protested, "I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart. She already heals herself when she is sick and can feed a family of six on a pound of hamburger and can get a nine year old to stand in the shower."
The Angel moved closer and touched the woman, "But you have made her so soft, Lord."
"She is soft," the Lord agreed, "but I have also made her tough. You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish."
"Will she be able to think?" Asked the angel.
The Lord replied, "Not only will she be able to think, she will be able to reason, and negotiate."
The Angel then noticed something and reached out and touched the woman's cheek. "Oops, it looks like you have a leak with this model. I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one."
"That's not a leak." the Lord objected. "That's a tear!"
"What's the tear for?" the Angel asked.
The Lord said, "The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her disappointment, her pain, her loneliness, her grief, and her pride."
The Angel was impressed. "You are a genius, Lord. You thought of everything for this one. You even created the tear!"
The Lord looked at the Angel and smiled and said, "I'm afraid you are wrong again, my friend. I created the woman, but she created the tear!" 
Author Erma Bombeck

Montreal image - taken near the Olympic Stadium by yours truly
It's all too much - what with everything that's going on in the world right now - between Gaza - and Syria and the Ukraine - and Iraq - and Africa - even Ferguson - not to mention I'm still hurting over Robin William's death ( is that normal ? oh well if it's not, then I'm not - because it really did affect me )  and now I'm unbearably heartbroken hearing about Jim Foley - and I mean unbearably as in sick to my stomach.
I get overwhelmed from time to time - and right now I'm feeling a little like I did when Sandy Hook happened ( that post is HERE - warning - I swore in that post )
Sometimes they need to flow.
And flow they do.
Some days it's an unbearable burden all of this worldwide heartache - so much so that it seems ludicrous to bombard you with John and I's silly conversations - or a plank wall - in the midst of all of it.
Today I'm a crybaby - tomorrow the laughter will return - hopefully - that's just the way I roll.
Erma said it's OKAY to cry - and she pretty much hit the nail on the head with everything she wrote - so I'm going to listen to her on this one.
I'm sorry to be such a downer - but some days are meant for tears and a little bit of silence.
This would be one of them for me.

Have a good Friday..............and a wonderful weekend
( I'll announce the winner of the below giveaway on Sunday ) 
If you haven't left a comment you can't be picked 

Much love,