Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
And truthfully, I had never seen so much bright, bright white. Everything was contractor primer white. And since it was the first home I had ever owned, I needed to put my mark on it. And mark it I did.... I painted, and papered, and papered and painted. There wasn't a room in the house that didn't have some color in it, and at the very least a wallpaper border. A cute clothesline with blue and yellow in the bathroom, baskets and flowers in the kitchen, John Deere tractors in the office, roses in the bedroom. Not sure why I had such a love affair with wallpaper borders, but man did I. Eight years later, I have been doing a rash of redecorating. It started with a remodel of the kitchen. My new counter top and cabinets did not go with the beautiful navy blue I had in the original kitchen. Down came the wallpaper border and away went the ragged blue-jean effect. Then I noticed the wallpaper in the entry way was looking awfully shabby. Between kids and dogs, I'm not sure who caused most of the damage (pretty sure it was the kids). So down came the clothes lines-with-freshly-laundered-country-attire border w/plaid bottom, away went the dark pink paint.
Now, I'm on to the master bedroom/bathroom. You see, my bedspread had gotten all worn out--what do you expect from a $50 Target ensemble? Eight years had had it--rips, cuts, pills. It was time to go. So I found an ensemble (complete with window treatments, sheets, and all manner and shape of pillows) on sale at Macy's.com. And, of course, it doesn't quite go with the rose color-wash that adorns my bedroom walls. You know what's next. The bathroom colors don't really coordinate either, so down came the flowers in the bathroom. Who knew that wallpaper and steamy bathrooms don't get along so well?
This really is my anti-wallpaper manifesto. I putting it here in black and white (okay green and yellow): NO MORE WALLPAPER, EVEN BORDERS, IN MY HOUSE!
I really think that they should put that in first-time home-owners manuals too. I had no idea that it was that hard to take down. You can strip the outer layer usually, no problem. Then it takes all matter of spray gel--I tried Zip (it's blue) and I tried some pink stuff(it was environmentally friendly): I tried diluted bleach; I tried plain old water which actually worked best. Then, once you get the wall paper itself down you have to scrub off all the glue, which when you use the border bond-er, is no small task. Did I mention that under some of the wall paper it was good old flat paint? Now I have to re-prime some of the walls, before I can repaint. I had no idea it was that messy either! Water on the floor, glue dripping on the floor, wall paper that comes off in pieces the size of dimes. I had no idea that the border paste you can buy is extra durable so it will bond with the actual wallpaper; it's not designed to be put on the wall itself! I think if you are extremely wealthy, and can afford hired help to do all your decorating, knock yourself out, because usually the professional decorator also has professional un-installers as well as installers.
But if you are one of those DIY junkies (which I pretty much am), be smart. Wallpaper is NOT your friend.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
I think it helped that Scott and I had a long talk about those days that women think are important: birthdays, anniversaries, and Valentines Day. It's not that we necessarily expect fireworks for gifts like diamonds, vacations, or the like (although we'd certainly take them!!!). We just expect that our other half thinks about us and makes the effort to do something special. The fact that Scott was planning ahead—he got everything for Valentine's day on Monday the 9th—made it even that much more special. We had planned to go out for dinner somewhere in Miles City, but decided to stay home since Alli was finally feeling better, and Ben was not feeling so great. We had porterhouses grilled outside with baked potatoes, green bean casserole, toast, and cake with ice cream. And I'm pretty sure they were better steaks than anywhere in town. Plus, we didn't have to drive 80 miles to do it.
Friday, February 13, 2009
So this is in part for my friend Mary--and partly good brain exercise... Here goes:
1. I rarely do anything without listening to music (mostly Christian praise/worship and classic rock).
2. I hoard all matter of magazines with recipes, yet I usually cook the same things on a two week rotation.
3. I think I could live on potatoes, if I had to.
4. Cinnamon rolls are a close 2nd.
5. I really hate the wind but I'm trying to make peace with it.
6. I like to paint (walls, not art).
7. I am a huge procrastinator.
8. I love flowers and beautiful yards, but hate to weed.
9. I love to dance (two step, jitterbug).
10. I never drank coffee until I got married.
11. I've seriously considered getting a degree in school psychology.
12. I think I'd be a great administrative assistant for some big-time CEO.
13. Spring is my favorite time of the year.
14. I love to see all the fresh new black baby calves playing in the green grass and warm sunshine.
15. I love to bake fancy cakes.
16. I enjoy road trips with my husband.
17. I love to stay in hotels.
18. I was the high school mascot for boys basketball when I was a senior (free trip to all 3 tournaments!).
19. I was on the student senate in college for three years. I was also an RA for 1.25 years.
20. I used to play spring ball with the women's bball team at EMC when they were short bodies.
21. Someday I'd love to drive a Corvette convertible.
22. I love my kids more every day.
23. I enjoy working with the cattle and operating machinery.
24. Taking a drive around the ranch alone with my husband is my idea of a romantic date.
25. I love singing praise and worship music in a corporate setting.
That's not as easy as it looks. I'm sure I'll still be thinking about all the random things about me after I post this. Maybe I'll update my post if I come up with some other things. Right now I'm off to bake my hubby a red velvet heart cake for Valentine's Day. Happy Heart Day!