Thursday, May 29, 2014

Redoing the Living Room in The Little House

Hello, Dear Ones!
Well, here we are in the living room at The Little House. This first snap is before the mustardy color was painted over and our renter was moving out.
Aww...so much better, don't you think? I love this new Biscuit color from Sherwin Williams. It's just creamy enough to look great against the white trim. After we had it painted (I'm awesome and all, but I just didn't have the strength to paint all of this!) we needed to tackle the sliding glass doors. I just hate those linear blinds! They are so ugly. I know! I know! They do the job but they sure ain't purdy!!! So I took them down.
So we had 'Mikey' our handyman put up these 2" blinds and I love them! But I just don't think a window is complete without some fabric. So I went to Wally World and found these tan colored drapes. They were really inexpensive - about $20 a pair - but they weren't wide enough for this 6' wide glass doors. So, being my most talented self :) I bought two pairs, took out the stiching on one side of each the panels, then matched em up and sewed two panels together and then I had wider drapes! Yay me! They had rod pockets to slide right onto a curtain rod but I just ignored those pockets and bought rings. As you can see I couldn't hang them any higher and the rings allowed the drapes to be just a tad longer. They're not lined and I thought about lining them but talked myself out of it. I think they look fine, do you?

 I asked Mikey to build me a little shelf across this area!
I forgot to snap a 'head on' shot so I cropped this for you to see! I can poke all kinds of stuff up there but my stuff can't be too tall. I had all of my dogs from the dog house packed except this little couple.
Here's a peep looking over the railing of our teeny little patio. It was raining and the wind was blowing. The grounds are really lush and pretty. I'll show them to you later on.
Okay, we've moved in now! We have lots of furniture and had enough to furnish The Little House. These Lazy Boys have been lived in for about 10 years and were showing some wear. So when we do move to New York, we'll buy some more comfy chairs.
Here's looking back to the front door.
I took the antique bird prints that were going up the stair wall in our 'sold' house and hung them over the sofa. This leather sofa is really old, almost 40 years! It was in Mr. Precious' office for 10 years when we lived in Waco and he bought it from a guy who had had it almost 10 years and we've had it for 18 years while here in Galveston. It's the color of peanut butter too.
I did find some new pillows. I love the cute bird pillow but wish the pattern had been placed long ways. I know the throw is the wrong color but it's all I have at the moment.
Here's the fireplace wall, minus a mantel. I hung a shelf up there years ago for a pretend mantel but took it down before I painted the walls that mustardy color. I thought my pelicans would look great hanging out above the fireplace! There is a teeny little cardinal resting on the hearth. :) Do you see a theme developing?
We poked a lot of furniture in here! I brought Charlotte over to hold our smaller TV. What? You don't name some of your furniture pieces? :) We had a HUGE TV and got rid of it. There's a couple more bird pictures too.
 Here we're looking into the dining room.
You may have noticed that you didn't see my piano! Yes, I'm crying here. There is just no room for it and it has gone to climatized storage. They have assured me they have had other pianos there and all will be well. So I'm keyless and I guess I'll get over it. This will be the first time since I was 11 years old I haven't had a piano with me. Feel sorry for me!
Okie dokie, Pokey! We're finished with the living room at The Little House for now. Stay tuned for more...same Bat time, same Bat channel! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

You Really Got A Hold On Me

I don't like you, but I love you
Seems that I'm always thinkin' of you
You treat me badly, I love you madly
You've really got a hold on me
(You really got a hold on me)
You really got a hold on me
(You really got a hold on me)

Baby, I don't want you, but I need you
Don't wanna kiss you, but I need to
You do me wrong now, my love is strong now
You've really got a hold on me
(You really got a hold on me)
You really got a hold on me
(You really got a hold on me)

Baby, I love you and all I want you to do
Is just hold me, hold me, hold me, hole me
Tighter, tighter

I wanna leave you, don't wanna stay here
Don't wanna spend another day here
I wanna split now, I can't quit now
You've really got a hold on me
(You really got a hold on me)
You really got a hold on me
(You really got a hold on me)

Baby, I love you and all I want you to do
Is just hold me, hold me, hold me, hole me
(Please, squeeze)

You really got a hold on me
(You really got a hold on me)
I said you really got a hold on me
(I said you really got a hold on me)
You know, you really got a hold on me
(You know, you really got a hold on me)
You know, you really got a hold on me
(You know, you really got a hold on me)

I said you really got a hold on me
(I said you really got a hold on me)
You know, you really got a hold on me
(You know, you really got a hold on me
~ sung by Smokey Robinson



Redoing the Kitchen in The Little House

Hello, Dear Ones!
Well, I told you I would take you along on my journey to get The Little House ready to live in. We started by having the place repainted a soft color from Sherwin Williams called Biscuit. What? You liked that yucky mustard color? :) While our house was on the market I started working on the kitchen here in February and the first thing I did was paint over those pale yellow cabinets with a bright white.
 So here is the before and after of the painted cabinets.
 Another before and after.
We're keeping the old butcher block like countertops because they're in pretty good shape. I wanted to show you the Rooster wallpaper I put up many moons ago. I still love it.
Here's the stove hood I painted with heat resistant paint 9 years ago and it still looks pretty good. Another keeper.
Well, I just couldn't live with the yucky almondy yellowed underside of the hood so guess what? I went and bought some more heat resistant paint - white - and sprayed the underside and it helped to make it look almost new. It really was smelly, I'm tellin' ya! Almost passed out again! I probably got fumes on the brain and stuff.
I found these cute little knobs from Hobby Lobby online for $2.99 each! What a bargain and I thought they were pretty cute and Jadeite looking. Alas, I'm not bringing my Jadeite ~ it got packed.

 So the cabinets got painted white and with the added knobs I thought it was looking pretty spiffy!
I used a very shiny enamel paint. I know you're really supposed to use a satin finish for kitchen cabinets but the room is so small and the wallpaper is rather dark and I wanted the kitchen to be shiny so the light could bounce around. You can see the pass through to the living room and see how small this place really is.
See that white patch? Well, guess what was there? A genuine wall phone! Yes ma'am! This place was built in the 1970s so there it was. We had it taken out and the wall patched! I kinda panicked because I knew that I would never find this wallpaper again and would just hang something over the white patch. Well, I went out into the little storage closet outside and lo and behold were two rolls of the wallpaper I had saved!
So I patched it...
 Not perfect and the olden wallpaper had faded a little but it'll do. It does look better in person.

The only backsplash is on the stove side and was this nasty beigey colored laminate. Well, I didn't like it and decided to fix it! I painted the laminate with some primer, let that dry and then hung some beadboard wallpaper over it.
 I liked it!
I don't know how well you can see the beadboard wallpaper here but it looks SO much better and SO clean and white! Only one little lone red cow creamer. I packed the other ones!:( I will survive though).

So there you have my little redo of the kitchen in The Little House. Now I'll have to decide what to poke in here!


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Love Me Do

Love, love me do
You know I love you
I'll always be true
So please, love me do
Whoa, love me do

Love, love me do
You know I love you
I'll always be true
So please, love me do
Whoa, love me do

Someone to love
Somebody new
Someone to love
Someone like you

Love, love me do
You know I love you
I'll always be true
So please, love me do
Whoa, love me do

Love, love me do
You know I love you
I'll always be true
So please, love me do
Whoa, love me do
Yeah, love me do
Whoa, oh, love me d
~ sung by The Beatles






Sunday, May 25, 2014

Now Don't Laugh

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm going to show you The Little House, our little condo we'll be moving into. If you missed my last couple of posts, we've sold our house and are going to live in The Little House for awhile. It's here in Galveston. We own two of these little puppies and would have loved to have been in the one on the ground floor but we have a new renter and just didn't have the heart to kick him out so we kicked out our renter on the second floor who has lived there for 8 years! :)  Not really, we had a gentleman's agreement and it worked out fine. This one is on the second floor and my little mother, who is in heaven now, lived in the one right below this one.
Like I said, please don't laugh. I took these snaps with a little point and shoot and they are not too good and our renter was moving out so you'll see some of his stuff. I was getting measurements. I'll let you take a peek if you promise not to laugh. This is the entry! :) Boy, I can really poke a lot of things in here, can't I? :)
The condo has a vaulted ceiling in the living room and that helps to make it look a tad bigger. Are you laughing? I heard someone giggle. :)
Teeny tiny fireplace with no mantel. Now we've had this unit for about 9 years and we used to come over and spend weekends here sometimes. I'd also come over to be close to my little mother who lived just below - we used an intercom in case she needed me.
Well, I was in a 'gold' mood all those years ago and painted the walls. What was I thinking? Looks kinda mustardy. Are you craving a hot dog or a hamburger? I am! ;0
This is looking from the living room to the tiny dining room on the left and the kitchen is on the right.
Behind those doors is the tiny little pantry. Are you ready?
 You promised not to laugh! Attack of the killer water heater! :)
 To the right of the tiny dining room is the tiny little kitchen and honey, I mean tiny!
We bought new appliances around 9 years ago and then decided we'd rent the place. I had wallpapered the kitchen with a Rooster wallpaper and I believe I'll keep it. I loved the yardbirds then and I love them now.
I had painted the cabinets a soft yellow all those years ago and notice there are no knobs on the doors or drawers. I've got some fixin' to do.
Here's something I did all those years ago...I painted the stove hood red! It was almond colored and I didn't like it so I went to the auto store and found some heat resistant paint, taped up everything and spray painted away. Then I passed out! Not really, but the smell was something else. I guess we could have bought another one but I wanted to be awesome and that was even before I had started blogging! :)
 The laundry room! Please, no laughing!
The master bedroom! Well, the guy was moving out after all. I heard another giggle! No, I heard a lot of giggles!
Hello, there! This is the only little bathroom, A tiny little bathroom. Do you see the hairdryer on the wall? Yep, just like a hotel. Fancy schmacy, I'll tellin' ya! :) Olden yucky medicine cabinet in the wall! Like I said, I've got some fixin' to do. Guess what? I'll be the first gal to ever have lived here. The first two owners of the condo were single guys and our long time renter guy was single. So I've got to get some girly going on here y'all.

Well, this is where we're going to live for awhile. Are we crazy? Our house was 3,660 square feet and the tiny condo is 905. Needless to say, lots has gone into storage.
I do have something marvelous to tell you. I know I've told you before but I love saying it...we're going to travel in Kiki for a while and then...are you ready...we'll be buying a house in New York close to our grandbabies! Yip yip! I'm so excited about that. Don't know exactly when that will be but it will be. So, I'd love for you to come along with me on my journey as we start to fix up The Little House'.

Since our Little House was built in the 70s,

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

So Happy Together

Imagine me and you, I do
I think about you day and night, it's only right
To think about the girl you love and hold her tight
So happy together

If I should call you up, invest a dime
And you say you belong to me and ease my mind
Imagine how the world could be, so very fine
So happy together

I can't see me lovin' nobody but you
For all my life
When you're with me, baby the skies'll be blue
For all my life

Me and you and you and me
No matter how they toss the dice, it has to be
The only one for me is you, and you for me
So happy together

I can't see me lovin' nobody but you
For all my life
When you're with me, baby the skies'll be blue
For all my life

Me and you and you and me
No matter how they toss the dice, it has to be
The only one for me is you, and you for me
So happy together

Ba-ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba
Ba-ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba

Me and you and you and me
No matter how they toss the dice, it has to be
The only one for me is you, and you for me
So happy together

So happy together
How is the weather
So happy together
We're happy together
So happy together
Happy together
So happy together
So happy together (ba-ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba)
~ sung by The Turtles


Friday, May 23, 2014

Here Come the Packers

Hello, Dear Ones.
First of all I want to thank all of you who came to see me and tell our house goodbye with me and to inform you ~ I'm not leaving Blogland and will continue to post here. I felt so loved for so many of you said you would miss me and hoped I would post occasionally. Well, Dear Ones, you've got me! I'm so touched that you would care and like Sally Fields said when receiving her Oscar a few years ago, "You like me! You really like me!" Dear Ones...I just love all of you soooooooooo much!
Okie dokie...
Well, the day came and the packers showed up in this huge moving truck.
The seriousness had begun. We had already packed a gazillion boxes ourselves and our two car garage was almost filled with them! Just a little tip for you. If you're moving or just need to pack away a few things you can go buy your boxes. But I found out that Specs, the liquor store, puts their empty boxes right out by the front door for anyone who wants them for free! The boxes are on the smaller size but very sturdy and you can get the ones with the little dividers in them that held wine and stuff. Those are great for packing glasses, vases and such! Cool! Believe me, I picked up a bunch.
There were 5 members of the team and they went to work! This guy was boxing up art pieces.
The den was looking a bit different. The gal talking to Mr. Precious said she'd never seen so many dishes! :) Hmm...I told her I had friends who had much much more than I did. I don't think she believed me!
Notice all of my dogs have been packed from the dog house.
The packer who was in the kitchen said I had enough Roosters and chickens to open a Popeye's Chicken place! I considered that a compliment. ;) I left all of my curtains for the new owner. I figured if I took them they probably wouldn't work in the house we end up with anyway!
Things were beginning to look nekked (that's Texan for naked). They almost got everything packed in a day but they ran out of wrapping paper and had to come back the next. Then the boxes were all loaded and then the furniture. I was a little sad as my piano wasn't going with me to the little condo (The Little House). The Little House is just so small. The piano has to be taken apart a bit and the hammers tied down and then put on a special board. I've seen this done before and somehow it always breaks my heart so I couldn't watch.

After the house was all empty I went there all by myself and walked around. It didn't feel like my house anymore, well, actually it wasn't. I walked from room to room reliving memories. I did shed a few tears as we had lived in this house longer than I ever had anywhere. But it's just a house and our home is going to be in New York close to my grandbabies ~ in time. If you missed my earlier post about this, you can click HERE.
Earlier in the day while the movers were still there I walked outside and saw those two little Ibises in the front yard.
Aren't they beautiful? As long as we've lived here we've never had a visit from an Ibis before. So this is not common and I considered this a sign from God telling me everything was going to be wonderfully fine and we will be off on a new journey! I'm certainly good with that! :)

Okie dokie...we're moving into The Little House!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Homeward Bound

I'm sittin' in the railway station
Got a ticket for my destination
On a tour of one night stands
My suitcase and guitar in hand
And every stop is neatly planned
For a poet and a one man band

Homeward bound
I wish I was
Homeward bound
Home, where my thought's escaping
Home, where my music's playing
Home, where my love lies waiting
Silently for me

Everyday's an endless stream
Of cigarettes and magazines
And each town looks the same to me
The movies and the factories
And every stranger's face I see
Reminds me that I long to be

Homeward bound
I wish I was
Homeward bound
Home, where my thought's escaping
Home, where my music's playing
Home, where my love lies waiting
Silently for me

Tonight I'll sing my songs again
I'll play the game and pretend
But all my words come back to me
In shades of mediocrity
Like emptyness in harmony
I need someone to comfort me

Homeward bound
I wish I was
Homeward bound
Home, where my thought's escaping
Home, where my music's playing
Home, where my love lies waiting
Silently for me
Silently for me
Silently for me
~ sung by Simon and Garfunkel