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Friday, September 12, 2014


We finally finished painting the bookshelves and doors to the "library"...
and got the floor installed on Monday...I am thrilled!!

Also on Monday our wall unit finally came. Ok, when I say "finally", I mean we bought this thing and the store ordered it back when the snow was still flying in April!!!!!!!!! There was an attack on the factory (I'm assuming somewhere in China) and the whole thing had to be re-built and shipped. Anyway...we love it!

I'm going to paint the seams behind the tv...that's just how I roll and that's OK :)

As always....

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Renovating partners?

Absolutely NOT! So, Paul loves this show Fixer Upper with this couple...

We've had our fair share of fixing up lately. We got the bookshelves in the "library" done...

We're thrilled with the way they turned out. Next Monday the flooring guys are installing the hardwood floor...YAY!

Anyway, back to my story. When Dory moved in, there were no doors in the doorway to this room. I guess it was an office or formal living room or something. Anyway, we had Harold get us some doors. We just now are getting around to painting them. The mullions were horrible! I mean they put glue all around each pane of glass that was gooped up in the was awful. So, Paul managed to get a coat of primer on them a couple of weeks ago and then a couple of coats of paint. Well I told him to leave the mullions for me.

Today I started to paint and got one side done. I turned the doors around and all around the windows were staples. Big holes that looked like ants! I could not LEAVE them just out there! So, I called Paul after searching the basement for some Spackle. He asks me what I want it for. I tell him when I turned the doors around there were all these little holes from the staples. He says he didn't know I wanted those covered! I never said anything before about them, he says. I never saw them!!

I say to him...ARE YOU FREEKING KIDDING ME? So he tells me to get the caulk gun and use that. I had to fill 200 holes!! Ugh!

Needless to say, we are so opposite when it comes to remodel and fixer upper things...we will never partner up and renovate a house together..EVER!

Ok, vent over. As always....

Friday, August 29, 2014


blessed! I've been running with my neighbor, doing the ease into 5k with her. We're at week 7 and running 26 minutes without walking. Today was a beautiful crisp temperature morning and since Debra is out of town, I ran a little later..8 am. Well, I didn't realize that an hour or so made such a big difference. The park that we run in is usually pretty quiet with only 1 or 2 people at 6:15 or 7:00 but this morning I must have seen 10 people. And..usually the fountain isn't on but it was this morning.

I'm so lucky this park is only down the street and by the time I get my 5 minute warm up walk in..I'm there!

Jenn has been a little down lately and I've been thinking of her and this song all morning so I posted it on Facebook and told her how she means the world to me..

As always...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Yes, it's sweeping the country...maybe the world! I was challenged by my sister in law, Barb Ault to take the ice bucket challenge and I accepted. I was feeling honored actually.
My friend Sandy's sister died not too long ago from ALS-Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, and I did it in her memory.

There's a lot of um's, A LOT. I wished I had cue cards because the hardest thing for me - EVER - is to talk in front of people, but I guess that makes it all the more meaningful-for me.


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Thanks and as always..

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Happy 39th Wedding Anniversary!!

Yesterday we celebrated 39 years together! I went for a run in the morning and Jenn had stayed the night on Friday, so she went with my to the "Y". I met with a trainer who showed me the machines I need to work with to help me tone up some of these flabby muscles. 
Paul and I decided not to get each other "things" for our anniversary this year since we've been spending money left and right on stuff for the house. He did however surprise me with these...
Not gonna lie...I LOVE THEM! and him :)

After our morning routines, Paul and I headed out to a small suburb of Cleveland called Tremont. Very quaint little place. Not a lot to do but we spent a couple of hours wandering. One of the 1st things I spotted as we got out of the car was this amazing statue...

So this awesome (tree of knowledge?) became our landmark. Whenever we saw it walking down a side street we knew we weren't far from the car.

We stopped in a really cute boutique and I got a pair of earrings that I just love along with a rotating stamp that has 12 acronyms...just what I need for my Project Life...

We also stopped at an antique shop and found a ceiling light fixture that will look great in our new "library". Right now there's a miniature chandelier of the one in the dining room and foyer. They're a little bit up scale for our tastes and besides, I'm not a fan of having a chandelier in a room that isn't a dining room LOL. Came upon an ice cream parlor and had a cone.

We then came home and took a nap. Later we went to a restaurant Bev had mentioned to me, The Stone Mad Pub in Cleveland. Sorry the pics are blurry, I didn't take them but googled them. 

To the right behind the tall fireplace is a fountain and more seats. 

We sat next to the fountain. I found the atmosphere very unique..I've never been to a place where all the seating was stone. 
I had an amazing sandwich...
Oh my, a salmon BLT!! With some kind of amazing avocado sauce..YUM! 
At first I wanted to go camping but I could tell that was the least thing Paul wanted to do. So I changed it and my whole goal for our anniversary was to go geocaching. Well, that didn't work out so well.  We tried on our way home and stopped at a couple of parks but had no luck. 

But, all in all we had a nice day. 

As always....