Sunday, September 10, 2006

Bathroom Update

We've made more progress than you can see:

the pipe underneath has been cut away and the new pipe has been purchased. The wood has been installed and sanded. The new toilet and sink have also been purchased. Soon it will be time to pick out a color for the bathroom.

Thinking of doing it either the "English Tea Party" color of the kitchen, or the "Earl Grey" of the hallway. What do you think?

Kitchen (first pic)

Kitchen (second pic)

Hallway (third pic)

Foyer (fourth pic) just so you can see my colors

Saturday, September 02, 2006


Trying to find a toilet and sink for the bathroom. Trying not to break the budget, but at the same time, I want a toilet that will actually flush. This is what I have been looking at for a toilet.

This is the sink.

Haven't picked out the faucet yet. I understand the drawbacks to a vessel sink (like water on the counter, and soap scum under the bowl). But I want a little something to be upscale in my house. I was thinking about putting wainscoting in there, but not sure how it will look with the sink. If I did that, then I will paint it the same color as the kitchen. Which I will show you after I actually take pictures of the newly painted kitchen.

Your comments are appreciated, as I haven't ordered anything yet.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006


School started for my oldest, yesterday. Wooohooo!!! If he's at school, I don't have to argue with him. At least that's the way it should be. I think in the 2 days that he has gone to school, we have argued more in the 30 minutes he is up before he leaves, than we have on any given day over the summer. I took a different approach today. I told him straight up, "I don't like arguing with you, it's not right that I should have to yell at you to get you to listen. Can we just do this without the fighting?" He calmed down after that and was a little better. I probably said some other things, but that is all that my memory snagged. I hope tomorrow is a better morning. I think it might be, because he will have the allure of the weekend.

On a further note, the bathroom is coming along. I have to pick out a toilet and sink that I want. Not sure how much money I want to sink (pun intended) into the pair. I found a pedestal sink that I like and it is inexpensive, YEAH! But the toilet to go with it, I am not sure of it's flushing power.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Water Closet

The half bath on the main floor has been reduced to a water closet.

That's it.

Nothing more.

What started out as as simple renovation, has turned out to be a MAJOR redo!!!

Not sure what we are going to do anymore. We were going to replace the toilet with a new one that will actually flush more than just, eh hem, number 1. In the process, we were also going to install a new pedestal sink (just because I like the look of them). And why not, I ask, why not? We have to refinish the floor as we didn't do it when we did the kitchen. Mostly because we knew the toilet had to come off for the job.

Well, insert big sigh after the sink came out, it revealed the unforseeable....... The floor underneath the sink was not complete!

We are on hold now till the floor dries. The toilet was actually leaking and we won't know the extent of that damage until after we sand it.

For your pleasure, here is a picture. And yes, that is all the bigger the bathroom is.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

July 29, 1991

That day changed my life. That was the day my first child was born. How different I felt, yet how the same I felt. This birth story is a short one. As far as labors can go, this one was relatively short.

I had an appointment on Monday the 29 th, one day past my official due date. I was to go to the hospital for a Non-stress Test. The check-in procedure at the hospital was that I went to the ER, told them I had an appointment and sat in the waiting room. The thing is, my appointment was scheduled for 7 am and I checked in to the ER at 6:30 am, like I was told to do. The ER, since I WASN'T in labor, made me wait and apparently forgot about me. When they were done with their coffee break paperwork it was 9 o'clock!!!! I had been sitting there for over TWO HOURS. All they had to do was walk me upstairs!!!

Anyway, since I was waiting so long, I had to pee!!!! (Not that I couldn't have gone when I was in the ER, but I was by myself and I knew that if I went to the bathroom, they would call my name and I would have missed it.) I let the OB nurse know as soon as I got up there and she led me to a bathroom. AS SOON AS I SAT DOWN, my water broke!!!!! I came out and told the nurse, and then she had to check and make sure, because she didn't believe me!!! When I proved her right, I got my very own room. The hospital's maternity ward was brand-new that year and they had LDRP's (Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum rooms).

I was hooked up to the monitor, got an IV started and sat there and waited for contractions to start. I was actually contracting every 6 minutes, but they were barely noticeable. My doctor came from the office at noon to check on me and ordered pit, since I was still not feeling the contractions. I remember being able to watch All My Children, but after that things start to get fuzzy. My contractions were building and I was unable to concentrate so I asked for something. The something I was given was Demerol. It really just put me to sleep, except for when I was contracting - so it seems to me like one really long contraction. The doctor came back some time after office hours (most likely just after 5). I was a 6-7 by then. The doctor waited in the my room and watched me to decide if I was going to be much longer as he wanted to go home. After about 20 minutes, he decided he was going home. Ha! As soon as he left the room, I said to the nurse, I think I have to push. She wants to check me first, and in doing so realizes that I am in transition and runs out of the room chasing after my doctor.

About a half an hour later, my first child, my first son comes in to this world by my husband's (my son's father's) hands. What a miraculous feeling as my husband lays him on my stomach. The doctor clamps the cord and my husband cuts the cord. The baby is quickly taken to the warming bed where he is given O2 as he is a little purple. After they are all done with the warming, cleaning, checking, weighing and wrapping. The nurse puts my new baby in my arms and I can still feel his weight in my arms, all 8 lbs. 12 1/2 oz. of him, after 6 1/2 hours on pitocin.

This was one of the biggest life changing moments for me (next to marring my husband). Every day it changes. Every day I learn from this, my oldest child, my first son. Happy Birthday Son!

Friday, June 09, 2006

What Color Green are You?

You Are Apple Green

You are almost super-humanly upbeat. You have a very positive energy that surrounds you.
And while you are happy go lucky, you're also charmingly assertive.
You get what you want, even if you have to persuade those against you to see things your way.
Reflective and thoughtful, you know yourself well - and you know that you want out of life.

Monday, June 05, 2006

My Fortune

We had Chinese food over the weekend. This was my fortune from the cookie I shouldn't have eaten the next day!!!

You are a bundle of energy, always on the go.

That pretty much describes me, lately. After having done the wood floors and painted the new trim. I said to my dh, "I think crown molding would look really nice in the kitchen." And then he bought it!!!! Well now, I couldn't see having to stare at the kitchen paint that I really didn't like. I just painted a couple of years ago and it just wasn't what I was going for!!

So, here we are a few weeks later and I have done the following:

  • Had a girls martini party (because that is first, ya know!!)
  • cleaned out hall closet
  • painted hall closet and hall
  • painted kitchen
  • painted other hallway
  • painted crown molding
  • listed my first few eBay items
  • held sick baby all day
  • took sick baby to Dr (that lasted 3 hours b/c of blood work and urinalysis)
  • held sick baby all day
  • held sick baby most of the night too!!

Baby is better now, and we have opened the pool and put in all the floor molding. Now we just need to put up the crown.

My list seems short to me, but that is because I left out all the normal day to day stuff and all the end of school activities we have been doing of late.

Will post pictures after the crown molding goes up!!!

Sunday, May 21, 2006


Coming out of Meijer last week, this was parked a few spaces away from my bus truck. My head turned!!!! Wow, what a sleek looking car. I had to come home and look it up. I knew it was going to be a lot. It sure didn't look like it belonged in the Meijer parking lot!!!

MSRP $65,675
Engine 5.0L 24-valve V-8 engine
Net Power 302 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Net Torque 339 lb-ft @ 2,700 - 4,250 rpm

That picture doesn't do it justice. I would have taken a picture with my camera phone, but in my awe, I forgot I even owned one!!! In hind-sight, I don't think the driver would have liked me snapping his picture!!!!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

The rest of the pictures



Thanks for looking, happy voting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What to Wear???

So, I have a wedding coming up and I have to find something to wear. Nothing in my closet is appropriate nor does it fit right. I have been looking on eBay for some halter dresses. I have seen a few that I like, however, I am not ready to buy anything yet. Still working on that walking thing.

Now, thanks to Carmen at Mom to the Screaming Masses, I have been perusing the Nordstrom website and have found a bit more than a few that I like. Please vote for your favorite.







There are a couple more that I am having a hard time uploading. I will post them next................

Monday, May 01, 2006

Walking, Jogging, Running......

Or a variance of all three.

I just bought these shoes. I have started walking and trying to jog..... I am up to jogging 9 houses. I have 15 pounds that I want to loose. We have a wedding in July, and I would like to look physically fit! I am hoping to stay motivated by getting this out in the open!!!

Stay tuned for more updates on my goal.


I made this on Friday!!! It was so yummy!!

How to make:

Place Ladyfingers in bottom of trifle bowl
Brush with mixture of (single)brewed espresso and dark rum (to taste)
Sprinkle on some raspberries
Add 1/3 of vanilla pudding (I used Jello fat free 4 servings)
Add another layer of Ladyfingers and brush with espresso
Add the rest of the pudding
Top with Cool-whip
Sprinkle with your choice of chocolate, slivered almonds or raspberries (or all 3)

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

An Extravaganza Post

I suppose I need to update my few readers. It has been a very busy month. There's been:

Hospital visits
Mom 2 mom sales
Teacher Conferences
Spring break
Oral surgery
An ear infection
Eye appointments
Remodeling of sorts

All in all, everything has worked out fine, but it has been rather busy. Dh ended up in the hospital overnight for what turned out to be stomach problems related to stress. They probably didn't need to keep him, but because he complained of pain near his chest, they kept him as a precaution. He has an appointment with a Gastroenterologist and a follow-up with his GP.

The mom2mom sale was horrible!! For starters, my 12 yo daughter was going to come with me and help with the table and dh was to be home with the boys. Well, wouldn't you know that his hospital stay was on THE.VERY.SAME.DAY. So............I asked his brother to come stay at the house to help. He doesn't know about babies, so I needed my daughter to stay at home to take care of him. I ended up taking my 10 yo ds to help with the table (just what a 10 yo boy wants to do!!!). As far as the kids being taken care of, everything worked out fine. The real stinker is that I only made $37. Not hardly worth my 6 hours there plus prep time.

Next was parent-teacher conferences. My dd's (who is a middle-schooler) was first and went really well, she is doing great and is self motivated. A couple of weeks later, I had the elementary boy's conferences. They were okay and completely what I expected. What I didn't expect was that I wrote the time on the WRONG date. I had it down for Thursday and my 10 yo asks me Wednesday at 1:15 if we are going to conferences and I said yes they are tomorrow at 1:30, and he calmly informs me that they are in fact on Wednesday. Well, the baby had just woken up from his nap and was having lunch and I wasn't even dressed! Somehow, I managed to get some makeup and clothes on and everyone out the door in 8 minutes. We made it to the first conference on time and it went really well. When I was done with that one, we all headed to the next one with 10 minutes to spare. Turns out I needed all 10 minutes because the baby pooped and nobody brought the diaper bag. Went home, changed a diaper and back to class in 10 minutes flat!! The last conference was the Jr. High kid, on Thursday and was completely expected.

Spring break started on Good Friday and had me at the Oral Surgeons office getting a tooth extracted under a local and NOT under-under!!! How completely and utterly horrible, but unfortunately necessary. Good dental care is a must at all times. Tooth #19 started out just needing a filling, but because I was pregnant, they wouldn't fill it. So it got left to fester for 6 months and needed a root canal when I was no longer pregnant. That was 15 years ago and the dentist, I'm assuming pocketed the insurance money for the whole procedure, because she didn't finish putting a crown on the tooth that was almost completely filled with amalgam. When I got out of the dental HMO and picked my own dentist, he finished the work, but there wasn't much left of the actual tooth and the crown kept breaking off and we could not save it. So I am left with a hole in my mouth to heal for 6 months and the decision as to what to do next - an implant or a bridge.

My allergies have been extremely bad, so I went to the Dr. yesterday and low and behold, I have an ear infection. Antibiotics and Clarinex-D for me.

Took 2 of the kids with me to the eye doctor. I need new glasses and my 10 yo got glasses. He looks really cute in them and I'm glad he can see better.

The remodeling that we did was the original wood floor that we put in when we built the house 10 years ago. It needed a refinish job. LOTS of sanding and 3 coats of polyurethane later, it is looking good. It needs to sit for a week before we can put the furniture back, so maybe in that time we can put up new baseboards.

Here are a few pictures of before and after.

New wood just for this little hallway.

And after

Friday, March 17, 2006


To all my fellow Irishmen (we are all Irish on St. Patty's Day, no?), I say Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Thanks to Mopsy over at Lifenut, I got the idea of having Lucky Charms for breakfast this morning. It was a hit and almost everyone loved them!

Since it is Friday, I think I will prepare the following for dinner tonight:


Erin's Soda Bread

Corned Beef Sandwiches and green mashed potatoes, along with some green vegetables.


So that was the plan for Friday. Also, I had planned to get my post up, actually on Friday. It didn't seem to work out that way. So here I am on Monday Tuesday, finishing up my post.

I didn't get to make the soda bread, but plan to some time this week because I did buy the buttermilk.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


The last thing I finished knitting!!! It was about 6 weeks ago, for the baby's christening.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

What a Great Shirt

This is the cutest shirt.

You can go to to get one.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Baby Proofing 101

How do you baby proof this?

And yes, he figured out how to get to the next step.

He gets up.

I take him down.

He gets up.

I take him down.

Do you see a pattern?

Do you know what I will be doing ALL. DAY. LONG?????

New Word For The Day

From my 8 year old. Going through the spelling list and finding a new way to spell - whole. According to him it is spelled W-H-O-R-E. I rolled my eyes and asked him to please not spell it that way on the test.....................hoping he remembers.

It's 8:30 pm and I'm wondering why the doctor hasn't called me back.

Picking up the phone to call the office and bitch.

Hearing a busy signal.

Steaming that somebody let the baby play with the phone.

Finding the other phone.

Embarrassment - realizing it was ME that left the phone off the hook 245 minutes ago.

Nobody will get through that way.

Monday, March 06, 2006

About me, this picture was taken about 2 years ago. I am usually behind the camera, so there aren't a lot of pictures of me. I am new to blogging and trying to figure this whole thing out. I will add more about my family soon.

A Great Book

I just finished reading this great book! It's called The Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent. You can go to to get some information about her book and some excerpts. Now I wish I could have had a homebirth. I have always wondered about it and now after reading Peggy's book, I really wish I could have. If you are interested in anything to do with midwifery, check out her book. I think you'll like it.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

The Circle of Life

Death follows birth, but today for me, birth followed death. A friend of mine lost her mother early this morning. What sadness. She was sick, but hadn't been sick for long. It opens old wounds for me. Even though it has been 12 years since I lost my mother, the pain is still near. A different friend called me to give me the news of the death. It was hard to hold it together, to get through the conversation without breaking down. I didn't know my friend's Mother, I ache for my friend. I ache for myself and my own loss so many years ago. I ache for my friend that called me to give me the news. She lost her Father 10 months ago, very suddenly. I knew her Dad. I ache.

I have always wanted a quick and painless death. Especially after watching my Mother-in-law suffer from cancer. She died 6 months after my husband and I got married. She was so sick, her death was welcomed. We didn't want to see her in anymore pain. A few years later, my Mom was diagnosed with cancer. 18 months later and her death was welcomed too. We didn't want to see her in anymore pain. Not for ourselves, but for them. They didn't deserve the pain. I think that prepared me.

When my friend lost her Dad, my first thought was that he didn't suffer. He'd had a massive heart attack. There was no saving him. Wow, he didn't suffer. But my friend................. She is still suffering, grieving the loss of her Dad. I am still sad. I think I have changed my mind. For my children's sake. I want them to be prepared. I want them to be at peace with life and death. If that means I am to bear the burden, so be it. I want to do everything I can to help my children through this life.

Life that is beginning everywhere, is beginning for my niece today. This was welcomed news today. Nine months ago it was not so welcomed, but today it was. My 17 year old niece gave birth to her baby boy at 12:30 this afternoon. We are happy that everyone is doing well. I am sad that I cannot be there, but happy still.

I went through the whole circle of life today, accompanied by a whole circle of emotions and I just have to say, "here's to tomorrow"!

Blessings to all.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Happy Birthday To Me!!!!!!!!

Today is the big day, 39 and holding now. I got phone calls and emails wishing me a Happy Birthday. That was so nice and made me feel very loved. That's what Birthday's are all about, anyway ~ feeling loved.

When my husband got home from work, we all hopped in the car to go to dinner. Little did I know that my hubby arranged for the President of the United States! to drive by and WAVE at me!!!! (Okay, not really ~ but we did see the motorcade). And that felt special to me to be able to see that on my Birthday and for the first time in my life!

We got to dinner, a very nice Mexican Restaurant with great food and I got to have a Margarita! Which I had to slam the last several ounces b/c the baby wouldn't sit the entire meal and he was getting loud, so it was time for us to leave!!! I've had my fair share of one-year olds to know that his behavoir was completely horrifiying, I mean normal!!!

I did enjoy myself and after we got home, we had cake, the kids sang to me, my daughter gave me a present, then I sent them all to bed (in actuallity, that means that they whined, complained, stomped, cried, and I gave in and let them watch the new Sponge Bob Square Pants in my room and hubby and I watched House in the living romm ~ then I sent them to bed).

Saturday, February 18, 2006

My First Post

Wow, I have my own blog. Of course as soon as I get this started, I have to go break up a fight between 2 of the 6 kids....................

Well, now that the fight is settled, I will have to get to work. More later from me, I hope to be able to post on a regular basis. I love the blogging world.