Thursday, May 25, 2017

Touring the National Parks

We spent a day in Moab, Utah. It took 4.5 hours from Park City to get there. We went to Canyonlands Park and spent a few hours just enjoying the sights.

We spent the night in Moab at a sweet little old-fashioned motel. The next day we toured the Arches National Park.

 I took two brief hikes---1/4 mile and 1/3 mile. The guys did harder ones---steeper and through sand.

The story behind this natural phenomenon is really interesting. All this was caused by wind, sand and water over the course of billions of years. I've never really been in to science, but I can appreciate things like this.

Then came the long ride back to Park City. Of course, when you gab the whole way, it goes by pretty fast.

Yesterday, the guys went trout fishing. The weather was perfect for them and they caught plenty of fish. We girls stayed behind. Chris stitched. I didn't bring mine because I didn't think it was worth it for just one day. Instead, I spent the day reading and catching up on blogs.

Today we're heading in to Salt Lake City to do some genealogical research on the Eads side. Then we'll see the Mormon Tabernacle choir.

I just found out this morning---Butch has surprised me with reservations for high tea this afternoon! I'm so excited! I'm a tea snob---preferring loose tea to bags. He always manages to find a place for me when we travel. I love that he is so considerate. Also, he's stopped by Starbucks several times for me. Considering he doesn't like Starbucks, that means a lot to me!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Off Again

We left on Saturday for Salt Lake City, Utah for a week with Walter and Chris. Of course, my photos are not cooperating. I don't understand why they won't transfer from my phone to my computer when I'm traveling. It's so frustrating.

Anyway, we went to Sundance yesterday and then on to Bridal Veil Falls. The scenery is beautiful, but the day was not. It was pretty much grey and rainy all day. And, considering it's darn near summer in Nashville, it never occurred to me that it would be COLD here! Luckily, I don't go anywhere without my pashminas. They are always a lifesaver. Hopefully, when the sun comes out, it will be in the mid-60's the rest of the week. Then I'll be fine.

Today we leave for a little overnight jaunt to the "arches." I don't really know what they are yet. The guys plan the trips and just tell us when to be ready. I'm good with that. I know how many hours go in to planning a trip.

I'm not bringing my computer for just overnight. So I'll have to work on my pictures when we get back. Worse case, I can email them to myself.

Well there you go. I just figured out my picture situation. When traveling I have to have my phone joined on the same network as my computer. I shouldda thought of that!

I'll be back in a couple of days.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday Memos Mail and Me

Well, it was a slow mail week. I got this from my little niece.
It's been a long time since I've had artwork hanging on the refrigerator. Thanks Evie!!

I'm sure if you visit from High in the Sky I've sure you'll find more interesting posts!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Few Layouts

Here are a few pages I've made lately for AYM and our round robin.
This year the topic for AYM (A Year of Memories) is "story starters." I give the story starter and then the group does the layout. April's story starter was: "And the I said." I finished it with "you've got to be kidding me!" This page was about the gas crisis back in September. I loaned my Solstice---which I'm very protective of---and she backed it in to Nicky's car. Luckily there was no damage.
 I was happy to have some old memorabilia for this layout. Sports were everything while growing up.
 This was the round robin page that Nancy did for me.
This month's story starter was: "Here's the thing..." I finished it with "I was always a faller." This story was about how I might have jinxed myself with falling by faking it when I was a teenager. To get out of going to school, I'd fake a little fall down the steps and pretend to have gotten dizzy because I was "so sick!" Mom bought it. You couldn't get much past her, but this worked. I only did it twice, but I think it was enough to jinx me!
 "Another day in Paradise" is the round robin page I did for Pam. She didn't have any journaling, so I wrote it for her. I sent her a list of questions. After she responded, I went with a list of "firsts" for the journaling.
This was last month's AYM: "Now that I think about it..." and I finished it with: "...the good old days really were."

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Peek in to the Closets

And then we'll get in to my drawers!
Butch really cleaned out his closet. I like to say that he took a page out of my book by color coordinating his clothes. He has them organized by style and sleeve length first then color next.
You might be thinking that his closet is only this neat because we've just done a remodel. But the truth is, he always keeps his closet this neat. His area of the bathroom is another story. He'll have clothes piling up on the chair and laid over the tub. He's already started that, but I'm determined that the new tub is not going to become his personal valet.
On Mondays, when Margarita is here to clean, I used to take the whole pile of stuff on his chair and put it in his closet. For the longest time, he thought Margarita was doing it. I finally "fessed up" and admitted my complicity. I said, "I don't understand why I have to look at this mess out here, so your closet can stay perfect!" I think I'm right on this one.
I thoroughly cleaned out the linen closet---which was stuffed. We had to move the medicine in here since the new powder room didn't have any place to put it. I organize that stuff by type (first aid, cold/allergy, stomach/bowel issues, etc.) and put everything in to labeled ziplock bags. The bags are in the baskets on the bottom shelf.
 My closet. You can tell by all of those empty hangers how much I got rid of. Plus, my shoes extended across that wall where the hangers are. I ditched all the shoes that I had been hanging on to for much too long. I won't be wearing anything that doesn't feel stable or comfortable---or if I've had a slip.

All of my blouses and tops are put together and sorted by color. I don't care that they are mixed together.
The top shelves are just storage. I'm keeping needlepoint pillows and some pictures that just too nice to get rid of. I guess if no one has a use for them in another 5 years, they can go. The huge box is Mindy's wedding dress.

Don't tell any burglars, but all of my good jewelry is here. My jewelry box is in the library on the shelf. It just looks like a nice box. A burglar would have to spend quite a bit of time in the house to find it.
Most of my costume jewelry is in this armoir. My necklaces are hanging in the closet.
Oops, the bra and underwear you see here were stashed when I changed in to my swimsuit.
These drawers  are deeper than what I had, so they are taking a little getting used to.

I can't really believe how much stuff we got rid of, but we still have so much. I'm so glad we decided to stay in this house. After Steph's move, my sister, Jeanne's upcoming move, and Walter and Chris' impending move, I can't even think of the work. Just more than I want to deal with. We did vow that we'd go through these closets and get rid of stuff. We haven't started yet and it's already May! They are all filled. I've kept things that I thought the girls might want. But, as I keep saying, they don't want our stuff. But what should we do with it? It's good stuff worth some money!

Oh well, I'll think about it tomorrow.

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Powder Room

 Here are the befores.
 The floor was a white marble with brown. The counter tops were a salman colored marble.
We gutted the room taking out everything---down to the bare walls and sub flooring. Of course, one thing leads to another. We had to have new sub-flooring.

 The "after"...............................
The tile floor is going to drive me insane. Believe it or not, it shows every little thing. Some of it is the imperfections which causes me to constantly pick at it. 
 I actually like my old mirror better, but I had already bought this one and Butch likes it. It's staying.
 I'm not planning to "junk up" the shelf, but a little greenery doesn't hurt.
I knew I wanted to add the wainscoting for interest. The paint color is exactly what it's been for 22 years. I call it grey poupon. I'm a big believer of changing colors when you paint. But I have never grown tired of this. Now---even more than ever before, it goes perfectly with the new sink and floor. I have this same color in the family room.
And then, one thing leads to another. The sink had an unfinished looking base. It was actually meant to be placed in to a piece of furniture. I didn't find anything that I really liked for that. Christy said we could just paint it. Steve said "no, you can't paint stainless steel." Then, the sink was too heavy, so a frame had to be constructed to support it. Once that was finished, Steve trimmed out the sink by making a wood box. He painted it and I love it! The guy is amazing. He can do anything.---sort of like Butch when he puts his mind to it!
And then there's this. So, we paid the big bucks for the pretty plumbing, but the top is not pretty. Something has been ordered to fix it.

So there you have it. We couldn't be happier. But I have to say, this project has made me re-think what I plan to do in the kitchen next year. You'll just have to wait and see.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ta Da

Here we go!

 Entering the bedroom.

 Here are a few "before" pictures to refresh your memory.
 Notice the black "baffles."
 After.............................such a difference.
New tile compared to the old below:

 White baffles really make a difference. It's the sort of thing that I never really paid attention to. I'm glad Butch did! (I'm short---I only see low).

Old (black baffles).............................................................



 This was the original entrance tot he shower. We took the wall out on both sides to open it up.

The shower itself is exactly the same size---it was always big---it just looks bigger now without the outside walls.
I loved the marble tile when we picked it out. But in this large space, I think it looks a little messy and confusing. When you just see a few pieces, it's hard to know what a large area is going to look like. I really love it in the tub area. We have shower options three ways---rainhead style, hand held and then the jets. The jets are set for Butch, so if I were to use them, they hit me square in the face.
We opted for a shower stool that can be moved around rather than a stationary seat.
 Tub detail.

 Those little holes are the air holes that makes the tub seem like a jacuzzi.
They look like candies and makes you think of lazing in the tub with chocolates. Actually, they are bath bombs that Stephanie gave me for my birthday. She is obsessed with a store called Lush. I haven't tried them yet.

Well, that's it. 18 weeks! It was worth it. We love it!

Tomorrow, I'll share the powder room makeover. And then we'll get in to my drawers....