Of all the things that I miss when there’s an overload of work in life, I miss just resting my brain the most. The freedom to be me again, and not feel like the walking half dead. I was thinking I could describe remodeling a house and finally being done as getting the monkey off our back, but it wouldn’t be fitting unless it was a poop flinging, screaming, sharp clawed meanie monkey that never gave us a moment of peace, and haunted our every thought. Then maybe it would be descriptive enough. There’s a twist to this story though because the second that monkey jumped off our back, we had to haul our ol’ tired bones over to the big house to get it ready for our new renter.
The Big House
We hadn’t finished doing trim inside The Big House before we had moved out a few years ago, so our next couple weeks was fine tuning lots of areas.
To trim out the upstairs would’ve cost way to much, instead I used a putty knife to pull back the carpet and painted the wall where it meets the carpet.
While I painted, Mitch completed tons of trim work
Trimming the windows
Thankfully we had the time to do all that work before our new renter moved in, and the fact that we actually already had it rented, phew!
Finally trimmed out the bathroom!
Plus, it was good just to keep on keeping on with the work until it was all done.
Even the fireplace got spruced up with trim
What are you looking at you ask…. you’re look at a newly installed transition bar!
I am beyond happy to report that we also now have renters in the Yeller Feller! After 8 months of paying two mortgages we can finally, finally release that top button on those pants that are two sizes too small, take our first deep breath, hopefully stop hemorrhaging out money and start paying down our mountain of debt. Happy days are here again! Not only are the new renters wonderful, the house is designed perfectly for their needs and they love everything about it! Definitely one of the perks of owning the houses next door, picking our neighbors!
The yeller feller is in the background of the tulip happy to have become a home
Flowers are blooming, days are getting longer and spring is in the air….ahhhh. I’ve now been able to direct my attention to doing the things I’ve been thinking about for months.
Happy to just BEE
Yes, I know, I’m still working on organizing. I’m getting there though, seriously! Now I’ve learned that there are things made in this world that really help to keep things organized.
Everything out on the counter waiting for their new officially designated container
I used to just straighten things out and hope they stayed that way, HA, what was I thinking?
Hello plastic drawers, shelves, racks, compartments, and baskets you are my new found happy place!
Happy dog treats, rubber gloves, work gloves, manuals, light bulbs and Mitch’s hats
Happy candy reserves hidden in baskets
working on being a happy closet. Decided to use shoe holder for sweaters! works great!
I’ve designated every third Saturday morning after work as papa pedicure time. Last Saturday, while soaking his feet I changed his sheets and as you can see pops was also multitasking too, getting a pedicure, napping and holding the blankets.
Sorry Felicity, Pops and my hubby are my only exception to the rule of no pedicures, but I love ya!
About a month ago we went and got his oxygen levels checked, we found that pops only needs oxygen when walking, so now he’s set up to do some Walmart laps and mosey around the block with me. He’s such character and loves to find change when we go out for walks.
Who’s the REAL cookie monster!
I convinced him a couple months ago to go into Shopko and give me his opinion on some sweaters, while we were roaming around, he was determined to find money. I decided the best way to make his day was to increase his odds, thankfully I had some change in my purse. Needless to say he left the store 62 cents richer and I found some awesome clearance sweaters, all papa approved.
That’s right world, I’m that darn cute! Milo says, “hey what am I, chopped liver? “
Taking the dogs to a groomer is pretty much out of the question, both because of price and the concerns of leaving them there with strangers.
I’ve become a pretty good groomer, trimming their hair with scissors and a grooming razor, they usually fall asleep during the process, thankfully. It’s definitely not a professional looking end result, but I get the job done.
Little dog takes big dog’s spot, the nerve!
The next day, Mitch and I each took a dog and finished them off with baths and clean dog beds. I’ve gotten so good, Pops lets me cut his hair now too, the funny thing is, he moves around more than the dogs do!
What? Who? Me?
MAKING PLANS WITH MY LOVE
Before we traveled I was all about only doing things that we saved up for, never incurring any debt and putting things off until we could afford it. So basically we didn’t do much of anything, and were always so mindful of the cost of everything. Not to say that’s a bad thing, but it became more important not to have debt than to have life experiences. We’ve thrown that out the window and went to the debt side, oh i mean dark side.
Even Milo stuck his tongue out when I asked him what he thought about us going from one extreme to the other.
Hopefully in the future we can find a happy medium, where we still do things, incur a little debt along the way and pay it off within a reasonable time frame. As for right now, we’ve taken on so much water, a couple more drops isn’t going to break us, so we decided it’s time to reward ourselves with something we’ve wanted for years, we’re going to get kayaks! We are blessed enough to live in a town with a few lakes, we love to kayak and just haven’t made time for it before, but now we will.
Mitch testing out the dry hatch on a kayak when we started look at kayaks.
We’re looking forward to sharing pictures of our future outings from a whole new perspective! wahoo!
This is the kayak we’ve decided on and will be out on the lake next month! It’s a an Elie Sound 100 XE.