Where has the time gone?!?!?! Well, I'll tell you where it has gone for me and my husband--home repair!
We live in a comfy little house that was built in 1972, and it has never been updated. We have lived here for two years, and there are plenty of projects to keep us busy! Most recently, we really need to replace some windows. Well, actually, we really need to replace ALL of the windows, but since that is currently not in the budget, we only replaced the second floor windows this year--and even that cost a small fortune! Anyhow, while the windows were being replaced, there were several spots where the wood (we have a cedar-sided house) was completely rotted. Great. That meant much more work than we anticpated. Then they discovered a huge section on the roof that needs to be repaired, and we are still waiting for the estimates on that. (Random side note: I used to be a roofer--about 100 years ago--so my husband thinks I should just replace it, and has confidence that I could do it. I , on the other hand, have no confidence as I hung my roofing shoes up many years ago!)
Also during the window replacement time came the discover that one of the porch supports was rotted. While that was being replaced, we discovered ANOTHER support was rotted, and that is being replaced as I am typing this. Kinda feels like a small earthquake here...
The windows are in, and they are fabulous! Now, it is my job to fill in all the little trim nail holes with puddy, and then paint the trim. (We decided to save $1000 and do that part ourselves!)
Next up, the trees. Isn't this tree beautiful?
We have loads of beautiful trees--but they have apparently never been trimmed. Since we have moved in, we have had the trees trimmed three times in the hopes to extend their life, and, so far so good. But tree trimming is not cheap...
And does anyone remember the hole in our kitchen ceiling? You can read a little about it here. It has been there since we bought the house. It's not that we are afraid we can't repair it--I used to do drywall, too!--it's just that we want to change the light fixtures/add can lights, etc., and we only want to do drywall once. So the hole has been there for two years. Well, this weekend, I was so glad it was there! A few weeks ago we had to replace one of our 1972 toilets, and there was an installation error. Yesterday, right before church, the toilet overflowed, and water came pouring out of the hole in the ceiling! Totally gross, but had the hole not been there, we would have had an even bigger problem on our hands! My husband was able to fix the toilet himself, and I am so thankful for him!
There are loads of other projects keeping us busy, but I won't bore you with all of them. We did finish painting the shed. We have more than 30 hours and 10 gallons of paint invested in it. Unfinished cedar sucks up A LOT of paint. I think it turned out great though!
So, why am I rambling about this? For one, because I can, and I thank you for sympathizing! And two, I wanted to let you know that if you have been missing my projects--I have too! It is hard for me to do the "grown-up" thing and work on all the projects that I know must be done, when all I really want to do is create something fun! But, I am a grown-up, so responsibility wins.
Now, even though I have limited time these days, I really CANNOT go very long without creating something. So here are a few pics from Halloween, along with a couple of simple things I was able to make!
Rapunzel and Captain America
Annual pic with Mommy. The kids only wanted to eat their candy. We only took one photo, and, even though it's not great, since I look decent, I am okay with it! ;)
Some of the neighborhood kids in the middle of their sugar high.
Peanut butter sandwiches I made to go with the chili.
Mummy juice boxes. I wrapped some white crepe paper around the boxes and made eyes with a Sharpie.
Did you know Captain America like apple juice? Lots of random info today!
And my priorities probably need to be adjusted, because even though I had little time for errands, I managed to squeeze in a record breakingly quick trip to GoodWill and scored this fantastic lamp base for $1.99! (If you follow me on Pinterest, you have probably noticed a new board for my family room. I am hopeful to redo that soon, and this lamp is one of the pieces that will go in the room.)
So, that's what I have been up to! How about you?
I imagine everyone is busy this time of year, but don't forget to make time to enjoy the Son!