Thursday, January 18, 2018

Snowmagedden 2018

Snow! SNOW!!!! Woot Woot! We got snow
We love it! We've been snowed in half the week. We were out on Monday, went to school Tuesday then it snowed early Tuesday morning and school was cancelled yesterday and today. 

It has been nice though I'm not spending much time in it with my injury but it is nice to relax! I've got a lot of hobbies I've been enjoying and the kids have been in and out playing and warming up. Check out all the snow we got! It's beautiful and lovely! Where are you? Have you seen any white flakes this year where you are?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

New Roof! YES!

We've been in our house for eleven and a half years and it is our home. We love it. There are so many things we have done to it to make it home -wallpaper and border removal, changed out light fixtures, ceiling fans, insulated and dry-walled(did I make a new word?) our garage, replaced the garage door, added a glass door, a fence, framed bathroom mirrors, flooring, interior and exterior paint, landscaping, etc.

We chose this house because at the time we wanted a clean house and a floorplan that had enough rooms for kids and to change things up if we needed to. So far we have changed rooms around quite a bit to make room for different activities. After eleven and a half years we still love it!

One of our big purchases/redos in 2017 was our roof! A roof sounds so boring but we were ecstatic to finally be able to get a new roof. We filed a claim with our insurance company more than eight years ago due to hail damage because almost every other house on our street had their roof replaced from hail. We were denied though we were told by three roofing companies we had a lot of hail damage, not to mention the sludge that was flowing out of our downspouts. After that our insurance rates were jacked up because of everyone else who got new roofs. We jumped ship from that insurance company.

After eleven years we had a storm blow off a shingle that was nearly disintegrated and deformed. We finally got the courage to file a new claim and were excited to be approved and got a new roof. YeeHaw! 

Here is the day before installation.
Our old roof was gray and nineteen years old. 

Here is the new roof after installation.
We chose a dark architectural shingle. 

We love it and are so proud of the way

our house looks now! It feels COMPLETE. What is your roof like? Anyone had a similar experience?

Keep It Simple YAY!
KISY Smooches

Friday, January 12, 2018

2018 Stuff!

Hope this finds everyone doing well. I'm doing pretty good on this end. It's 2018 and I'm ready for new beginnings. This year has had its ups and downs and I'm finally on the upswing from the downs working to rehab myself from a leg injury. I've been through months of medical testing to try and figure out a lot of different symptoms. Finally I'm rehabbing my leg back into shape so I can do all the normal things I like to do. It's been quite the journey and I'm so thankful to have medical answers and a solid plan to build my strength back. It's been a mental and physical struggle for more than half a year. The physical pain has been excrutiating and debilitating so I'm very happy to get help. YAY for 2018!

On top of my physical goals I've got some house goals for the new year. I don't plan on starting them today though because I'm cold(I'm always cold), want to get under my electric blanket to read, and I've spent half the day at two car dealerships handling maintenance issues for my car and my husband's. Do you have any goals for the new year? I've got a silly little list of things for 2018. Here goes!

  1. Get computer organized
  2. Organize phone
  3. Pull out new dishes and organize them
  4. Brush our cat daily! he's long haired :)
  5. New curtains for our living room
  6. Tackle kitchen table
  7. Think about kitchen cabinets - do I want to paint or stain them?
  8. Touch up paint spots around the house
  9. Clean / paint baseboards
  10. Clean / paint back door
  11. Catch up on all the blog posts I've meant to post that I haven't. Sigh! We did a lot of things in 2017 and in years past to the house.
I think that is a pretty good list. It's long enough anyway! So what are you up to? Do you have any big plans for your home? I'm signing off but hope you have a wonderful day. Happy Almost weekend!

Keep It Simple Yay!
KISY Smooches 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
Wishing you and yours a wonderful one.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Selling Household Items

Wanted to hear from YOU! Where is your favorite place to sell household items? Craigslist? OfferUp? LetGo? Ebay?Yard Sales? Consign? OR do you mostly donate?

I'm trying to decide what the best route to go is!
I'm trying to unload some things...

Hope this finds you doing well. Happy weekend and stay WARM!


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Do You Print Photos?

Ugghhh! Trying to decide what to do with the boat load of pictures I have. I've got a lot of digital pictures. Do I print them or just keep backing them up? I can't decide. I bought several photo albums a couple of years ago and still haven't put my pics in books. I do need to still finish my youngest child's Baby Book. I started it and just have a little more to go with it but I do want to print some pics. I NEED to FINISH it!!! GRRR!
I've gone through bunches of pics and they are all organized by year on my computer. Just can't decide if I should try to put them in books by year or what. I do have a couple of photo books of each child by child so they each have their own photo albums but I also want other pics of all our family done up. :) Done up! - I sound really Southern! I don't talk all that Southern or maybe I do using some words. I don't know. I'm being silly tonight. Tonight we got Halloween decorations and lights out! I LOVE them. They are sooooo cute!

In updating some pics I did finally update my Profile picture on this blog. La-Tee-Da. 

Anyway, I'm tired and in the mood to sit and watch a movie and maybe work on some teacher kinds of stuff for school this week. Hope all is well.

Please comment and tell me what YOU do with your pictures. I'd love to hear! Hope you are doing well!

Ta Ta For Now!


Sunday, September 24, 2017

To Do and Dreams and Babble

How are you? Hopefully this finds you doing well! We had a four day weekend due to a couple of teacher work days last week. It was spent recovering from a cold, reading, watching movies and playing catch up. Very helpful!

Tonight I made a yummy dinner and dessert and am stuffed. Since I've been sitting around the house I've been coming up with some new ideas of ways to update the house. Our house is getting a little blah and I'm itching to do some things to freshen it up.

Here's a list of things I'd like to do to update it somewhat.

  • brighten up interior colors of the house
  • finish painting picture frame in laundry room
  • rethink all the pictures in dining room and downstairs hall
  • change out baby pictures of kids on the walls up and downstairs
  • redo downstairs bathroom - update pictures, light fixture, walls, sink
  • possibly repaint dining room - nope not going to do it!
  • possibly repaint play room and get rid of magnetic wall hangings
  • possibly repaint kitchen and redo wall hangings
  • paint kitchen cabinets? 
  • rethink wall hangings in kitchen. hang something over fridge
  • clean up inside of cabinets
  • change out curtains in living room
  • get bedroom set up better
  • redo master bathroom
  • possibly make a firepit out back
It's quite a long list of things to do but I probably won't get half of it done. It's fun to think and play with ideas though.
Anyway on that note, I'm going to get ready for tomorrow. Time to shut my brain off and catch some Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz's! Hope everyone has a great night of sleep. Oh my gosh, do you dream? I mean dream when you are sleeping? I have some of the silliest, craziest, most absurd and disturbing dreams. I dream things I would never think up myself. I know it's my brain when it's shut off and all but I started a "dream" book. I have started writing down the dreams I can remember. What is really wild about it is that I can't believe how fast I forget my dreams. The neat thing about writing down your sleeping dreams is going back weeks or months later to see how many dreams you've had that you totally forgot about. So wild. Anyway, on that note, sweet and happy dreams to you!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Cleaning Like A Fiend

Uggh! I love a clean house and today I've been cleaning like a fiend! I woke up feeling lousy - been sick with a nasty cold. Today was day five but I'm feeling MUCH better, especially after getting a nice shower.

Hope you've been keeping healthy. I work in the school system so now that school is back in session I've managed to pick up the first thing that has gone around. Yuck.

Now that I'm feeling better and can finally clear off my night stand, change the sheets and trash all my snot rags(sorry TMI) I want to get things back in order. Our house has been disgusting this week. Hate it when I fall behind on things around the house because it's a lot to catch up on.

So in between loads of laundry and cleaning toilets, I steam cleaned our carpets upstairs. I vacuumed and steam cleaned. It needed it. We really are ready for new carpet(ours is 20 years old) but we have a master bathroom redo that we want to do first because we'll have workers walking on the carpet carrying supplies, up and down the staircase.

Anyways, tonight I learned how to clean the steam vacuum after I used it (GROSSSSSSSSSS!) and now I'm online trying to learn how to empty our new dyson vacuum. I have to say, my hubs bought a new vacuum to try and help me around the house and I absolutely love it. I wasn't on board for the new vacuum purchase but we tried one of those expensive robot vacuums that scoots around your house and I hated it. I cringed because it was so loud as it crashed up against every piece of furniture we owned. There was way too much prep work involved and our kitten was terrified of the thing. But this chargeable battery operated Dyson stick vacuum thingy is awesome! If you are in the market for one, I highly recommend it.

Okay, I better get back to Youtube and figuring out how to empty this vacuum. Just wanted to say a quick hello. Hope all is well on your end.


Friday, September 1, 2017

Picture Change-A-Roo

How are you? I hope this finds you well on a Friday night. I'm kinda tired. Just listened to my Alma Mater lose our first football game of the season. Maybe next time. Plus listening to the rain and wind outside. Like a lot of people, we're getting remnants of Harvey.

This week has been a pretty busy week trying to get back in the school routine and it has been good. I haven't gotten the chance to watch much news on tv and honestly I try to avoid it as much as possible but tonight I flipped on the Weather Channel because I wanted to see what the weather is bringing us. The devastation in Texas from Hurricane Harvey is just heart breaking. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected and displaced by the storm and flooding.

On a lighter note I did a change-a-roo in the house today. I've had this vase plaque hanging downstairs for years and I love it. I had it and a tall, dark Ikea vase on the floor under it but I found something else today to replace the wall hanging.


Below is a new wall hanging I put it its place. It has brightened up the space giving it a more casual feeling. I love it because this is on one side of my front door and it's near a crucifix I received from my parents for Christmas one year, which is on the other side of the door. The crucifix and this wall hanging are uplifting and an awesome reminder of what is most important in life.


I'll be in touch again soon with silly updates, thoughts and schtuff! Hope you stay safe. Take care!


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Front Stoop Charm Changes Already!

Two months ago I showed you what I had done with our front stoop to help make it comfy and relaxing with a touch of a cozy, beach feeling. Well this is the stoop NOW!

elcome sign, little wooden white table with lantern and turquoise Adirondack chair all added!

So Far I love it! It adds a nice touch of bright color and a relaxed feel. I love to sit out there and burn a candle and listen to music and see my lemon plants that are growing!
What I did to help the wooden pieces was use two coats of a clear weatherizer on the white table and the welcome sign. 

What a difference color and a few minor little things does!
Happy Day to you!