Thursday, December 29, 2016

Moving In!

We haven't celebrated Christmas yet, that's tomorrow, but I've already had Christmas! The addition is finished!

Bathroom is complete. I was rinsing a fake plant if you noticed the odd thing in the shower.

DH was sitting by the "fire". It's an electric fireplace, but it does have an optional heater. 

DH wants a quilt on this bed ASAP, but we'll see how that goes. For now, I'm OK with the vintage style bedspread. It's made in the USA, which is hard to find these days.

Finally, this is my new sewing area! I could hardly bring myself to sew in our last bedroom, because it was so cramped I felt claustrophobic. I'm thinking this will be better. I'll still miss having a sewing room, but with a house this full, I'm just happy for this sewing corner. I think having my ironing station up is going to make things much easier. 

I am so excited to be in our new room before the New Year! Maybe things will be better in 2017, 2016 has been a really hard year. I'm certainly having a nice start in our new addition! Happy New Year to all, may we all have a better year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Getting Closer

The closer the addition gets to completion, the more antsy I get to move into it! Waiting was easier when it didn't look like a room. 

This is the ceramic tile flooring I chose for the hall and bath. It looks like wood, but it's not so it's safe for wet areas. 

DS the Younger is in town on leave, and we got him to help DH to put up the wall mural I wanted! I just might need a sound machine to play forest sounds in my new retreat ;-)

The bathroom is coming along now. The sink and vanity are in, but the plumbing isn't connected. The medicine cabinet and light are up. The towel bars are hung. Basically we are down to plumbing, carpeting, and masonry, as our chimney needs to be made three feet taller. 

We bought an electric media fireplace to place on the wall opposite the mural. DD#2 thought it was hilarious we did that. She said we put a fake forest on one wall, and a fake fireplace on the opposite wall to burn it down! I saw her point, but I told her I looked at it as luxury camping. 

It looks like it will take until the end of next week to get the addition finished, because of the holidays.

On Sunday we had all the wives and grandkids here at the house. We were missing a couple of the men, but were very thankful to have as many of the family around as we did. 

We didn't celebrate Christmas that day, because three of these grandkids are waiting anxiously for their daddy to arrive from South Africa tomorrow. DD#1 and her three kids have been separated from him for 2 months while he was waiting for his American visa to come through. Now all of his paperwork is in order, and he'll be joining them to start their new lives in the USA! We won't be celebrating Christmas until the 30th, so he'll even have some time to get over jet lag. 

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, no matter which holiday you celebrate!

Sunday, December 11, 2016


Still no sewing in this house! Right now we've got six grandkids in the house since one of our DDIL is visiting! One two year old, two four year olds, two five year olds, and one seven year old! Let the games begin!

Who can resist a bubble machine in the backyard?

This is my living room right now. I came downstairs to blog while they are busy watching a movie!

Right now it's all about people, and just keeping up with all of that is an adventure!

We've now got a nice slab of concrete behind the addition. DH is thinking this will be a nice spot to work on his scooters!

The addition has been painted inside and out. I like the silvery gray color, and the ceiling fan is UP!

The stucco is painted now. I took this pic before they took all the paper down off the windows and brick. I chose a color as close to the siding color as I could get, that pale yellow. No more trenches though the side yard now that the plumbing is in, and they filled the huge holes in the driveway that had to be made to connect to the sewers. The addition is getting closer to being done!

I'm finished with the Christmas shopping, but I keep having to buy things for the addition. Yesterday I ordered a custom window shade, today I ordered curtains and  curtain rod. We ordered an electric media fireplace for the addition. It can hold the TV, has storage space for some DVD's, an electric fireplace to set a relaxing mood and it can be a heater or we can have the flames with no heat! We are really aiming to make a room a retreat from the chaos.

DH really wants a quilt I made on our bed, but the one on our bed currently is shredding, not to mention the fact it won't match the new room. I have one about half quilted that was supposed to be for our bed, but it's not a great match for our new room either. I give away quilts faster than I make them, so I just don't have extra quilts lying around. For now, I ordered an old fashioned chenille bedspread to go on our bed in the new room, and I'm debating on ideas for a new quilt to make for the new room. The quilt on our bed now, I'm going to cut down to throw size, and that way I can salvage most of it. It was made from fabrics I bought in Hawaii on our 25th anniversary trip. We've been married almost 33 years, so it's been on our bed for several years now. 

At any rate, I'll have to decide what look I want in our new room, and go from there on quilt design. At least I'll be thinking quilty thoughts, even without time to sew!