Friday, April 14, 2017

When You Have Lemons...

I know that most of you think that when you have lemons, you make lemonade.  Not me!  If I have a few lemons and some pink hydrangeas laying around, they remind me to get out the lemon-flavored pudding, some yellow cake mix and make this wonderful recipe for Easter...Warm Winter Lemon Cake. 

I know the title of the cake indicates that it is only intended for winter, but the look of this wonderful-tasting cake reminds me of nothing but spring!  I found this recipe a few years ago at  I fell in love with it immediately because the photo looked appetizing and it seemed so easy to make.  And if you've been reading my blog, you know I'm all about easy!

Give this cake a try for your dessert on Easter, you won't be disappointed.

I hope you all have a wonderfully blessed Easter....and don't eat all of those boiled eggs at one'll get worms! ;-)


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Closing, Moving and Catastrophes, Section B...

They say war is hell...but so is moving!

You would think that I would be used to it by now since we've moved so many times.  While I do have some parts of it down pretty well, others still throw how much stuff we have after we've down-sized 12 trillion times!!  I will admit that 40 boxes of books is a bit crazy; unfortunately, we love them all and can't seem to let go of them.  What is even more crazy is that I have about 7 boxes filled with books that don't have covers...I mean, really, who keeps that many books with no covers??!!

Me, that's who!  I love them!  They are a perfect neutral decorating tool and I try to use them in every room.  But I'm getting ahead of myself.

We have only been sleeping in the house about a week and a half.  My health is much better and I can do a few things without feeling immediately exhausted.  The hubster and I are afraid to mention the word w-a-t-e-r.  It has become least for the time being.

Even though it is a new house, I have things I want to change and improve.  The half bath and laundry room need personality and a new paint color.  I really want to get started, but I've learned to pace myself.

The hall and stairwell "boob" lights are begging to be taken down and replaced with cute chandeliers.  I've found several that I like...a decision just needs to be made.  No rush though.

The house is a small two-story and seems to have two different personalities.  Downstairs, all of the spaces are light, bright and airy.  It stays much cooler downstairs because of the concrete floors.  That's a big plus here in Texas.

Upstairs has carpet and is not as light and airy.  It feels heavy to me because of the carpet.  There are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths upstairs.  All of the bedrooms have windows, but it still feels heavy.  I probably just need to get them decorated to give them a different vibe.  Each bedroom has one shiplap wall.  We don't have a bonus space but the landing is large enough for a TV and sofa.

One of the areas that will see little to no change is the kitchen.  I love it just the way it is, well, except for the blue painter's tape scattered all around (marking places that need touch-up).  We will definitely be removing the tape!

The white cabinets and gray/white counter tops are perfect.  During the day, light floods this space! We did add under-cabinet lighting for night-time and I'm glad we made that small change.

While we've had some difficulties and issues we do love this sweet little cottage of ours.  I will be sharing more photos as I get rooms pulled together and organized.  Purchasing new bedding for the master bedroom has been about to drive me nuts, but I was finally able to make a decision.  I hope to be able to share that before too long.  Baby steps...


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Closing, Moving and Catastrophes, Part One...

I didn't plan on being away so long but life happens and flies right on by without even a nod in your direction.  Unfortunately, it did manage to stick it's foot out and kick me in the butt!

I'm going to give you the Reader's Digest diary version...believe me, it is best that way.

We were supposed to close on March 15th but rescheduled for March 13th.  That closing didn't make it, nor did the closing scheduled for March 15th.  Reset for March 16th...that one didn't take either.  Why all of the delays?  The builder couldn't get a Certificate of Occupancy due to the fact that no irrigation system had been installed.  Here in our city, it is mandatory with new construction.  UGH! Thankfully, the builder let us have access to the house to get a few things done.  Our appliances (washer, dryer, refrigerator) were delivered on Friday, March 17th.  The dryer had to be returned and a new delivery date/time was set.

I woke up on Sunday, March 19th with a sore throat...figured it was a result of allergies and stress.  We finally closed on Monday, March 20th.  That afternoon the half bath toilet started leaking at the base.  We turned off the water in that bathroom, called the builder and waited for an appointment with the plumber.  By that evening, I'm really sick...with I don't know what.  Whatever it is gets progressively worse each day...but we still proceed with moving.  Moving was sssllllloooowwww and unpacking has been even slower...I hate being sick!

The blind guy arrived on Thursday to install blinds, the plumber arrived on Friday the 24th to reset the toilet and replace a broken seal.  The new dryer, the cable guy, our new bed from Wayfair and our new IKEA furniture also arrived on the 24th.  The house had a revolving door that day!  The cable guy cut himself, ran down the stairs dripping blood and whining like a 4-year-old and I was still sounding like that "hello doll" chick on The Andy Griffith Show. Communication between me and the dryer delivery guy was comical...I couldn't speak Spanish and he couldn't speak "hello doll" English.

Monday, March 27th, I'm still sick...still can't eat and my weight has dropped to a very unhealthy number...gah!! As I was brushing my teeth that morning, I heard a gurgling sound from the sink.  I turned off the water and the noise stopped.  After brushing my teeth (don't you love these details?), I decided I would try to clean the tub in the master still contained some construction residue.  While scrubbing the tub, and yes, I knew I should be in bed, I hear the gurgling noise again.  I turn off the water, look over by the shower and see about 2 inches of water flooding the floor...coming out of the drain in the shower.  I grabbed every towel I could, threw them all on the floor and called the hubster.  He in turn called the builder.  Another visit from the plumber on Tuesday evening and they resolved the problem....2 1/2 hours later.  You know what else they had to come back to do??!!  Anyone? Anyone?  Yep, Wednesday morning they had to come back to finish re-setting the master toilet...another broken seal.  Pfft...lots of words were muttered under my breath!  And they were not "please" and "thank you".

I am, however, very thankful that we have concrete floors downstairs or there would be quite a bit of construction mess going on with the installation of new flooring.

This past weekend I finally started feeling better and have been able to get a few things in place.  I've also been eating everything that isn't nailed down...thankfully!  The hubster has been amazing!!  He moved us, took care of me, made sure I was getting meds and rest, installed the new chandelier in our master bedroom closet, installed the new light fixture in the laundry room, changed out door knobs, put all of the new furniture together,  programmed our remotes for the garage door....all the while working at work and tackling the "honey-do" list!

Sooooo (sorry, honey), I will share a few more updates and photos in the next post.  One big mess...that's how we roll!

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