Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ceiling of the living/kitchen area... aaand a sneak peak. :-)

I am behind on posting pics.  Here are the before and afters of the ceiling in the living/kitchen area.  I promise to get updated pics out as soon as possible.  We are almost finished with the interior.. we just have to finish some cabinets.  :) 
Doug checking out what to do about that hideous paneling on the ceiling. 
I said, "Paint it!"

And so he did. :)

After adding the trim boards it looks .. Pretty sweet!

I love how it turned out!

A sneak peak of a corner in my little finished living room.  It is turning out to be so cute!!!
That amazing Plaque on the wall was one of the awards given to my son for his service overseas.  It is so nice but once it was hung on the wall, it reminded me of all that year I didn't get to see him.  Such a long year.  I don't know, it makes me sad to look at it.   Proud.. but sad.  I'm just not ready to see him go again.  :/

Monday, July 18, 2011

Our cottage..The first three weeks

So, how do you you build a sweet little cottage on a very tight shoestring budget?  W-eeeell, you think outside the box. LOL

To begin with, we bought a twenty foot office trailer (to be used for out living room and kitchen combo.  Then Doug added  an additional 20x14 room to that space for a bedroom, small bath and closet.

Here is how it is all coming together..(we will be finished with the inside by the end of the week, so finished pics of the interior are coming soon.  :)

We removed the teeny window and added the
 biggest windows we could fit, to bring light into the space.

Doug added a room onto the office building.

Dark panel walls in the trailer have got to go.. Or I could paint over them for the ultimate cottage feel.

Messy work area.

Doug cut an opening into the bedroom area. 
There will be no door on the opening to open up the space.

Doug working.

My finished walls and ceiling in bedroom.

Door into my bitty bathroom.

Bathroom and closet.

Doug  working in our little shower.

Checking out the flooring.
So that was the first three weeks.  I think Doug is a super hero..Lots of work for one man in so little time.. working on this after work and on the weekends.
Progress pics coming tonight. :)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Creating my little dream Cottage on a shoestring and a prayer.. It begins

Pics coming in a day or two...

When we moved back home to take care of mom, I knew it would be hard.  I didn't realize the gravity of how hard.  Emotionally I was becoming a mess.  I seem to never have a moment for just me. 
I knew Doug and I could have done some remodeling on our house for the cost of this little house, but honestly, I needed a retreat.  Away (but not too far) from all the hustle and bustle.  My house has ample space for us and some people might think I'm nuts for moving into something no bigger than guest quarters, but I have always been fond of cozy places.  
I will walk right over everyday and do what needs to be done and if Mom needs me at any given moment, I will be right next door.  I promised her I would always be here for her.  She would not be put in a nursing home if I could provide.. and I intend to keep my promise.   She can live in my home forever.. But I really need a space to shut the door and breathe for a while.

When Jarel and Sarah moved in with us, it was a Godsend.  They do help with mom.  And Zach and Hannah are not a problem at all.  I love having my children around me, they are my life.. But I still need my own little cubby.  :o)
We will still have all family events and holidays in my bigger house and all guest will stay in the guest room here as well.  I mean, it's still my house.  I will be in here every day.  But the amazing thing is, I can walk fifty or so steps and shut everything out.  My cozy cottage is going to be like heaven. :o)  

I will still walk over and steal Skylee every chance I get.  She will be my little cottage princess.  LOL

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Love, Faith and Prayer.. then a miracle emerges...

Me and Skylee

Skylee holding tight to Daddy's thumb.
Skylee Marie, born on the first official day of Summer!  My beautiful, perfect grandaughter!  After raising 5 boys I had given up hope on ever buying little girl stuff, but at 41, I finally got my little girl.  My grandaughter couldn't be more perfect..and well worth the wait!!!  Being a grandmother is wonderful.  We get to love them, spoil them and give them back to mommy and daddy.  It's the bestest! LOL

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Goodbye kiddo...

A new friend passed away Saturday night. She was turning into the Buckhorn Bar and Grill and was hit by another car. 
We met a couple of months ago at a club my husband was playing at.  She caused quite a stir when she first came in.  I kept hearing people whispering, "Porn Star. Echo Valley"..  So me being me, I walked over and introduced myself.. and met one of the nicest woman I have known.

She had been in the adult film industry and even had a role in the second Harold and Kumar movie. 
I wasn't put off by her past.  Who am I to judge anyone.  She was nice to me and that's all I cared about.  We would chat over drinks, laugh and joke and discuss more serious issues.  Cyndi, gave me some of the best advice I have ever had.   I will always be thankful to her for that.
Goodbye sweetheart.  You will be missed. :( 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Another deployment...

Jack will be deploying again in a few months.  I don't know if I can stand another year like last year.  I wish he would have been able to be stationed stateside at least a year before going again.  He's only been home 2 months. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A little Cottage..

Doug is building me a cottage.  No, not this cottage (a bit bigger and with a sunporch) but this is the look I love.  I want pink shutters... umm, yes, I am serious. LOL  I will update with pics of the progress.  I am super duper excited!
Update!!!  We have decided to build it on the far side of our property.  Only a hop skip and jump from our house.  :o)