Monday, May 27, 2013

Enjoying Spring

It's a great time of the year to save money by cutting off the central air and opening up the windows. I remember spring Saturdays when Mama would raise every window in the house, turn up her music, and clean. So much for sleeping in. And pollen allergies? Simply unheard of back then.

My house today is covered in morning and late afternoon shade. When the weather is cool at night, and warm during the day, I like to take advantage of it. That is, if we can survive the house's rising temperature in the afternoon. Just hold on! It will be cooling off as soon as the sun sets! But, there are two in my family who suffer from the pollen. They feel much better with the air on, and the windows down. :(

So, I move outside. To my deck. Listen to the birds sing. They are happy indeed. Pull weeds from the garden. Take a walk. How have you been embracing this beautiful spring weather?

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Things I Love #9

Nearing the end of my list of things I love is this. I LOVE it when my hubby gets in the mood for home improvement. He pours 100% into it and the end result is great. And I get things like pull-out baskets in my lower kitchen cabinets; and his most recent project - a bathroom reno.

He surprised me with this project. I was out all day and he installed drawers inside the lower cabinets; lined the shelves with contact paper; installed lights inside the cabinets; orgainzed the silverware drawers; and purged items that I haven't missed.

Gave new life to this worn out vanity. Stripped the white paint and stained ebony with a marble countertop and new sink and hardware.

Walls had been covered in flowers and striped wallpaper from the 80s. Stripped and refreshed with a coat of subtle gray. New towel rod and shelf.

A peek into the tub area. He regrouted all the tile and it looks brand new! Who knew!