Living Room Coming To Life

Slight house update –

June 2017




So not a whole ton has changed, look wise in the house due to it being mainly electrical and plumbing which have been the main focus.

(Thanks big bro and Mike πŸ˜‰)


But just because it hasn’t changed a whole lot in appearance, doesn’t mean my mind hasn’t been creating up many a design plan for each space πŸ€“πŸ’­πŸŽ¨

Picking up paint chips, purchasing tile for the bathroom, choosing a vanity color, getting the flooring for when that time comes etc.

I have the ideas all stored up in my brain but I wanted to try to put pen to paper and let them have a little life breathed into them πŸ˜‰



We have many small (and some big) pieces already, so it’s not hard to think of rooms being filled without having the literal pieces, as we have many πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ“βœοΈπŸ›‹ Continue reading “Living Room Coming To Life”

Meandering Through My Week

(Meander; To wander aimlessly) 😜

Sunday May 14th –

It was a damp, dark day and the long dresses Mom and I chose to wear, may not have been the best Sunday attire if we wanted easy exits out of the mud ridden vehicles 😏

After attending that mornings church service, Mike sold our Mazda and we went to Amy’s for a Mother’s Day brunch 😊

Yep, the Mazda lasted almost a whole month, so of course it was time to be rid of it πŸ˜‹

The brunch was fairly tasty, though the chocolate covered strawberries were probably my highlight πŸ˜‰πŸ“

Once home, the day of rest continued on the couches, sleeping between the occasional bursts of thunder.

Dad had to head back to his work location, so we said our goodbyes until the next weekend he planned to come back on and then we three headed to Becca’s for some of her amazing turtle cheesecake 😍

(No worries Dad wasn’t left out, he got some packed to go πŸ˜πŸ˜‰)

In case I foolishly forget come my birthday, someone remind, I want that cake as my gift!

Monday May 15th –

A pointless day if ever there was one.

For me anyways 😜

I priced a few items for an upcoming garage sale, made a few more cement things (it’s a slow production rate when I only have one container 😝) and ate lunch, before going back to bed… not immediately or anything. There was lots of odds and ends unmentioned between my waking and re-sleeping. Honestly.

I awoke just before Mike returned from work, which is good, because he doesn’t need to return to a sleeping wife… that would make his work day seem even worse probably.
(See how thoughtful I am?πŸ˜‹)
No, it’s just that he probably wouldn’t have brought back iced coffees had he known my biggest achievement of the day had been a nap😎

I did help with supper to redeem myself and Michiel got to BBQ the burgers πŸ”

After a mostly sunny day, hail and heavy rain poured down for a few moments and then the night turned stormy.
We got a call from our neighbour to be, telling us that the side door on our house was open.
So Mike when to make sure it was the wind and not an intruder.
The frame is kind of rotten, so thankfully it was just the wind that had opened it πŸ˜¬πŸ’¨

Tuesday May 16th –

Suite One Studio‘ makes our morning coffees even better… if that’s possible πŸ˜‰ πŸ’•β˜•οΈ

Her mugs and dishes could make me drool, WITHOUT food or drink on them so yes, I would advise you to look at her stuff just to have some guaranteed happy thoughts in your dayπŸ˜‹

I had things to do which included making a chef salad for lunch for us three (Mike was busy working on the house and needed nourishment) and then my cousin came over so I could try doing her hair for an upcoming grad.

Two hours and an updo later, we had a wavy/curled side bun and hopefully a satisfied cousinπŸ˜‰

Wednesday May 17th –

I woke with Mike gone and assumed he’d went to the house, as work is slow in the woods right now.

So I mooched off of the lunch Mom was making herself and she dropped me off at the house to deliver Mike lunch and see if I could be of any assistance.

I hauled some garbage out, took some nails and screws out of boards we could reuse and then stood around playing ‘fetch his measuring tape, fetch his hammer’ until I got sick of that and went home to wash the grime off my hands (I can’t stand dusty feeling hands) before deciding I should be a good daughter and mow the grass, even though it was cold ish out πŸ˜‹

It was still enjoyable, headphones in and sun on my back here and there.
I also got to see some of the fresh spring violets… just before I mowed over an entire patch 😬

I know it’s hard to tell, as grown up as I am and all, but there is a little girl in me still and she couldn’t mow the whole patch down before stopping to pick some πŸ˜‰πŸ˜œ

Then it was back to the house to deliver some coffee and a vacuum so Mike could lay the plywood for the bathroom πŸ˜πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸš½

And then back home to quickly get supper going for us.

Pineapple Chicken  was served along with dill carrots and a Greek/Mediterranean couscous.

(I think of Greek and Mediterranean flavours as the same things, though I know that’s probably wrong… I mixed up some stuff the box called Mediterranean and then added Greek seasonings from epicure and a dash of Greek salad dressing, so it was confused couscous😜 😬)

Mom decided she doesn’t like the texture of couscous… but Mike and I like it for a change from rice😊
What are your thoughts on couscous?
Have you tried it? Liked it/hated it? πŸ˜‹

House Renovations – Before/During


So we got this house, knowing it was a fixer upper and needed more than a little bit of work but after Mike tore through it, pulling up floors and breaking walls, it needed more than a little😏😜


The uneven slope of the floors aggravated Mike so he went to work pulling up the laminate, the linoleum under that and the plywood… and some of the main floor boards themselves, so that he could try levelling some things out a little and get rid of some of the loudest floor creaks 😬

It went from safe, to ‘proceed with caution’ real quick 😜 Continue reading “House Renovations – Before/During”

An Alarmingly Dull Day

Monday Nov 7th –



By Monday I thought my little bit of remaining head cold would be gone but instead it was back stronger πŸ™„

That was sad but a satisfying part of waking up was going to the kitchen and just pressing the button to start the coffee brewing because I prepared it all the night before πŸ˜πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Reading, writing, drawing and blogging, perfect ways to ease into a dreary morning.

Though said morning was interrupted by sirens?? Continue reading “An Alarmingly Dull Day”

Hartelijk Bedankt Opa

(Title in english: Heartfelt Thanks To Opa)


Friday Oct 14th –



Breakfast, IKEA for a bed frame Inge had spotted for us in the sale corner, Gamma for paint, apartment.

We needed paint for the bed frame as it was going to go from gray ish to gold πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

We hauled up another cart full, including our two chandeliers!

So happy we can finally utilize them πŸ˜„

Oma and Opa stopped by to check out our little place and then a bit later Opa returned to help us out with electrical stuff and some fixer upping that had to happen.

The guy who lived there before us, reeeeeally liked to pretend he was a good handy man.
Wires were hidden with plastic covers, going multiple directions, (what he considered) nifty little boxes built to hide things when really it just made it look more tacky, odd placements and lots of glue, the list could go on πŸ˜Ÿ

It was Opa’s brilliant idea to get rid of the grey boards/cupboard space the same guy had built above the actual kitchen cupboards.
I knew I wouldn’t use them but I never would have thought of removing them myself.


Continue reading “Hartelijk Bedankt Opa”

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