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A tail of a mouse, or kid, and a cookie, or advent calendar.

If you give a kid an advent calendar, they’ll want to eat that days chocolate.
To get the chocolate, they’ll get it out of the fridge.
While getting it out of the fridge, they’ll knock over a glass of carrot juice.
The carrot juice will spill off the”spill safe”shelves all over the fridge.
While cleaning the carrot juice, mom will remember it’s been about 6 months since she cleaned the whole fridge
The mom will regret not having scrubbed it for six months. A lot.
If you give a mouse, err kid, an advent calendar, the mom will suddenly have a new fridge (with real spill safe shelves) on your Christmas list.


WordPress is a thief

I wrote a very long, witty, detailed post about (finally) oiling our butcher block counter on the kitchen island last week. And then? I did the unthinkable and proof read it. For serious. I even corrected phone keyboard typos! And then? WordPress ate it.


So now, no lovely post full of humor and lessons learned and blah blah blah. Just pictures so there is proof I actually cleaned off the island. And pictures of my cute kids. WordPress, don’t eat this, too please.

Oh, and no promises about proof reading anything in the future. 🙂




I forgot the island pictures. See what writing before dawn will do to one’s brain? Anyway, gets the pretty counter now that it has finally gotten a coat of mineral oil.



Worldly decor

Mom & I went shopping last week. Wee! In addition to getting tons of ideas for diy stuff, I got a couple of things that have been awesome.

First oh all, a wood floor in the kitchen can be a beautiful thing. A rug to catch water in front of the sink on top of the wood floor is better. I wish this one cane in a bigger size, but I love that it looks like a doily. If I find Simeon in a better scale I love, this one can always move in front of a door or to a bathroom.


Ignore the cabinets. Still hate them. Haaaate.

I also got a chicken wire basket that hangs on the wall. It might just be the best thing in the playroom now. Whenever we get library books, we lose them. Fines kind of negate the while free aspect of using the library. Sooo, I wanted a single, designated dot to keep sill of our library books. The chicken wire is kind of fantastic against the siding we left exposed near the door in the playroom. Its at kid height so they can put their own books away. Its near the bags so packing up for the library should be easy. Its even so great that Joe wants to add another above it do things look more balanced.


Note, those aren’t library books. Because the ones we have are currently missing. Of course. Which is why we needed this basket to start with…

I love shopping.

Another note. Please pardon all errors. Sleep has been in short supply. Cops knocking on the door (wrong address) at midnight, thunderstorms, kids. They all make sleep harder. I wish I didn’t hate coffee.

Simple things

We have been busy. Super busy! Too busy to blog about all the things we are doing. We spent the weekend emptying the kitchen shelves of things like sedge hammers, crow bars, ect.

Last week, Joe sold the old florescent lights that used to hang in the kitchen on craigslist! Yay extra money. I’m even more excited about the extra space it freed up. The electrical closet in the kitchen is now a took room, pegboard and all. It feels do much less like a construction zone now that we aren’t starting at tools all.the.time.

A much smaller, yet just as awesome weekend project was getting a hose reel. Our hose always snaked ask over the yard threatening to trip me at the most inopportune times. Finally we got a reel at home depot to keep the thing out of the way & prettify the front yard a bit. You know, as long as you ignore the porch full of boxes & dead plants.

Oh! Also, we have a problem in the yard. Hornets are building a nest in the huge rose bush. How to get it out? It’s in the middle, so we can’t get it quickly since we would hack the thing to death before reaching it. We can’t do it slow because  well, they are HORNETS. Pissed off hornets do not make for a good time. Anyway here’s a picture of it. And of the new hose reel.



Art? Who? Us?

Our walls are getting some love! I hung Joe’s birthday map above the sofa in the playroom. It’s scale is great. Fills lots of the available space, but leaves room for friends, maybe family photos to join it someday. It’s important to hang large pictures at an angle. That way, you don’t have to yell at the screw that won’t.go.in.any.further. Oh, and when trying to use a drill & hang breakable things with 2 kids around, always start a smidge lower than the ideal hanging spot. That way, when the drill slips & punctures 5 holes in the wall, you can just keep moving up & hide the holes behind the art! Because if hanging art alone with 2 kids around is an exercise in crazy, then attempting to fix holes in crazytown is just ridiculous. So, start low & hide mistakes. Thats my professional mom advise. 🙂

Keeping my momentum going, I decided to FINALLY hang a stinking clock in this house. We have an alarm clock by the bed & the stove clock, but that was it. Now we have a real clock that doesn’t require resetting when the power goes out. I like the simple not-too-modern style of this old Ikea one. It was a good purchase 5? years ago. I think it was either for my last college apartment or our first married apartment. Can’t remember… which makes me feel ooooold!

Finally on the watch-out-Steph’s-playing-with-power-tools-again list, I hung a neat metal star in the kitchen. It was a house warming gift from one of Joe’s old co-workers. I really like this thing. It’s so classic Texas. I know it’s all trendy to have metal stars, but this us clearly not a fancy new one. I loves it. This time I has to actually be more careful while getting the screw in the wall since any mistakes couldn’t be hidden ala my hang thee picture higher method I used on the map & clock. Lots of force, holding the drill with both hands (as opposed to one on the drill & one on the screw), and working not as high above my head actually resulted in only 2 dings and zero holes in the wall! Pardon the funky texture mixtures on the kitchen drywall/plaster. And unfinished window trim. That sulk all be solved in a future kitchen remodel. Got more, I’m just excited to have this place looking more homey & less like we are squatters.

Somebody please tell me I’m not the only inept girl punching extra holes in the wall when I hang things. Anybody else love Texastastic stars or real clocks instead of digital ones? How about huge Goodwill piles sitting in bags on your island waiting to be donated? I’m not that messy, just waiting to haul stuff off too good old Goodwill!


Another kitchen renovation must have

I already mentioned my strong dislike for lots of our current kitchen’s elements. Here’s another for the list. I hate our faucet! Well, I hate the one of the three faucets I actually use in the kitchen. Having 3 sinks very close together really can be annoying all on it’s own since counter space is very lacking. But I digress (surprising, I know). The gosh darn faucet doesn’t reach far enough across the sink at all! I’m not saying I need a huge pull out one, but being able to reach anything buy the very edge of a pot would be awesome. Also, having separate handles for hot & cold is not my favorite. I miss having a single lever, especially when trying to wash a fiesty toddler’s hands, or a teething toy with a screaming baby in one arm.


In the far in the future kitchen renovation, I dream of a ginormous single bowl apron front sink with a faucet that actually reaches at least 40-50% of the sink. Mostly, this one is GORGEOUS. Except for the price. Yikesers. It also shows it with a single lever faucet! It’s like my dish washing heaven! Except that would include somebody to wash the handwashed dishes for me. Definitely not a favorite chore. But with a prettyful sink that like? Dishwashing might just move up the list.

Tell me I’m not the only one who has a (long) list of kitchen changes years before the kitchen is actually going to be able to be changed?

Back to house business

In an effort to think about things unrelated to job loss & scary transitions, I’ve ben dreaming about things I want to change someday in our kitchen. So much of what we have is poor quality & frustrating. Heres the list of things that bug me:
-Lack of knobs/handles on cabinets. We have normal doors/drawers, not the kind designed to forgo knobs.
-chipping cabinet finish
-Doors that stick out past the counters when open. I’d so much rather they just open 180°.
-Bottoms of upper cabinets that match the rest of the exterior finish. Our short cabinets above the sink  are lighter color on the bottom like the insides.
-Shallow drawers that dont extend fully.
– Lack of durable counters. A side piece of lamenent broke off today. This is the cause of my current blog vent session. 🙂

I’ll try to take photos & figure out solutions for each problem later when remodel time is closer. For now, here is that darn corner that broke today.