Home Improvement

Spring, is that you?

As it continues to get warmer and stay warmer, I get more and more excited for spring. We started seriously house hunting in October/November, so it was the dead of fall. We looked at more than 30 houses, all without leaves on the trees or flowers in the gardens. I just know our house and our neighborhood are going to look completely different once there are leaves on the trees in our front and back yard. The flowers are beginning to pop up and our trees are getting mini leaves, and I just can’t wait. Plus, with spring almost here it means I can plant a garden soon! Mmmm… fresh vegetables!

Here are a few photos of our pretty flowers:

Daffodils
Pink Hyacinth
Purple Hyacinth (before they bloom)

As you can see, we have a lot of hyacinth! They are beautiful and I love them. I get super excited each time a new one pops up. It’s totally nerdy, but whatevs.

Any recommendations on pretty flowers to plant? I kind of want a hydrangea bush and maybe a fruit tree. That would be awesome.

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On the home improvement front, we did a few things here and there. The hubby cleaned the house today. He is awesome. Glen sanded the family room, so it’s pretty much ready to be painted. He leaves for a vacation on Saturday, so we have 10 days to paint the entire room before he gets back to install the floors, granite hearth (which we pick up tomorrow!), TV cabinet, molding…. and anything else we think of. Luckily, I have Monday through Wednesday of next week off work — gotta love working at a university and getting a few days off for spring break — so I’ll be painting a lot then.

We also went to Home Depot tonight to buy a new shower head for our master bathroom and frosted window film for our guest bathroom window.

We unfortunately don’t have the best water pressure in the house, so the previous shower head didn’t quite cut it. It had a mediocre stream of water. This one has a much better distribution of H2O. And, it’s prettied.

We looked for new shower knobs, but Home Depot didn’t sell any individual knobs that we could find. Right now we have the icky plastic ones. If we are stuck with those, I want to revamp them like one of my favorite bloggers (Becky @ Infarrantly Creative) did to her faucet knobs:

I’d label mine “hot” and “cold,” instead of using the knobs as a reminder to be clean (if we’re int he shower, obviously were remembering to be clean!). It’s such a great idea! Much classier than the typical plastic knob.

What else, what else… I ordered shower curtains today for our various showers. Here’s a helpful tip: If you install a curved shower rod, you very well might need a longer curtain — and those are a little limited in selection and you seem to have to buy them online only. I bought a white, waffle-weave curtain for our guest bath (extra long) and an ivory, waffle-weave curtain for our master bath (stall size). The neutral curtains will be great. Now I can paint the bathrooms whatever colors I want!

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This weekend I head down to Virginia Beach to see my cousin. she and I are going to experiment with taking photos of jewelry! I’m very excited for my visit. Hopefully I’ll have some fun photos to show when I get back.

I’ll try to do a blog post while I’m there, but who knows! Pictures of some of our moderately assembled rooms to come tomorrow. AND, as soon as I get my craft room assembled (it’s unfortunately rather low on house priorities right now), I’ve got some great craft ideas I will share!

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Home Improvement

It’s almost time to move

I’m very excited to actually be moving into our new home this weekend. SO EXCITED.

Tomorrow is a big day for us. We get our refrigerator, space-saver microwave and dryer. Most importantly, the refrigerator. That means we can go grocery shopping again and eat like normal people again! The hubby and I are tired of fast food, so a fridge is going to be a welcome addition to our home.

Sunday we move! We’ve actually moved most of our stuff, so Sunday’s move is us bringing over our big-ticket items, including our bed (yay), kitchen table (yay), couch (yay), etc.

I will certainly have a lot of photos to show you as we actually start living in our new place 🙂

Reno/House Updates:

  • Glen and Adam (our electrician) installed recessed lighting in the kitchen yesterday. We got CFL daylight bulbs, so it is incredibly bright! We had them put in five cans, so the light is nice and even throughout the kitchen.
  • Glen fixed the fireplace, cementing in four bricks from the hearth into the mantel area. The previous owners (or maybe the people even before them) had removed sections of brick to mount the mantel, but they placed the mantel so high up that we decided to redo that portion of the fireplace.
  • Glen and Adam are going to be busy today! They are tackling the lighting in the family room, vents in the bathrooms, a shower light in our master bathroom, and all of the other funky electrical work the house needs. Speaking of funky electrical, the outlet for our fridge works now!
  • We ordered samples of blinds so we can get some privacy in our house. Hopefully the samples will arrive today.
  • We bought paint for our guest bedroom! Yay, more painting!! We picked a color called Mocha Accent to match a beautiful bedding set that my grandma gave us! Thanks, Becky!

Tonight the hubby and I are going to go to the house to check out all of the updates, and then I’m going shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond to find curtains and shower curtains for the house. Once I pick out shower curtains, I can pick out bathroom paint! Yes, I plan on painting every room in our house. I even think I’m going to paint the laundry area downstairs!

In other news, we brought Remmy over to the house again yesterday. He loves his new yard. It was so much fun watching him run around like a crazy man. We had a great time. And, Rem met the neighbors. They’ve been so excited to meet him because they love dogs. I think he stole their hearts.

Once we were finished playing in the yard, I left our basement slider cracked so Remmy could keep going in and out of the house. It was too funny, he’d go out at the basement, then walk up onto the deck and whine at those doors to come in. Clearly, he’s still confused.

I’ll try to post updates this weekend, but I have to imagine we’ll be pretty busy with our move. We’ll see!