Friday, July 25, 2014

Dog Days

Poor Roxie.  She doesn't realize how big she has gotten.  She no longer fits in the chair.  Hope she is resting up because the puppies are coming!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pretty Little Houses

My old house obsession continues.  I just love the wrap-around porch and the color of this house.  I had to tweak the color a bit just so you could see the detail.  It's so simple yet a bit elaborate at the same time.  Each spindle has two or three colors.  Whoever pick the color scheme is a genius. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What's Happening

In the midst of all the construction and deconstruction you will find some cool stuff. 
I was throwing plaster and dry wall into the dumpster one night and
I looked down to see this bus ticket in almost perfect condition.

This is how the sunroom looked before we really got going on the renovations. 
Mike had already taken out the middle wall before we started dating. 
And Roxie is in the background checking things out.   

This is the other side of the sunroom.  No plaster at this point - just the lath. 

And here's the room with no lath, no plaster, no nothing! 
We will add some insulation and drywall soon. 

Crazy, silly puppy is doing great.  He just loooooves his Roxie and just loves to torment the chihuahuas. 
(Not really, he just loves to play.)

Nephew playing some ball in the state tournament. 

Oldest nephew playing high school ball.  They just won a big game last night in substate. 
Too bad the temperature was well in the 100's. 
It was a blast none-the-less. 

It's been a busy summer to say the least.  Fostering dogs has been a nice surprise.  Didn't think we would be able to do it but we do.  And I love it.  This might be the thing I do after I retire.  We should be getting a batch this weekend.  And I do mean a batch.  PUPPIES!!  Eight of them to be exact.  Should be crazy and fun.  Crazy fun!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Foster Fail

Breaker - right after picking him up for the first time

Second outing with Breaker - we went to my nephew's ball game and Breaker just laid by my feet the whole time.

So this happened.  As we were sending our first foster pup off to her new home, a call came in to pick up a new pup. No other information was given to us.  We don't how old he is (although we think he is a few months), and no back story was given.  Since we were losing one foster, we figured we would pick up this guy and just keep him as our new foster. soon as Mike met this little guy it was all over. He totally fell in love and we are just big suckers - so meet Breaker - our foster failure. 

We decided to name him "Breaker" because we were in the midst of having the electric updated on the house.  I call him, "heart breaker" and my nephew calls him, "breaker breaker 1 - 9."  We tried a few other names but our rescue group kept nixing each one because they already had a dog of that name.  So Breaker it is!

Monday, July 14, 2014


Front door/Living Room

Mike took out two single doors last week in anticipation of the electrical work we are having done.  The house used to be a duplex so we had two single entry doors in this space that had originally separated the two different apartments. 

We put up a big tarp to protect the living room as much as we could. 

And here is our new front door!  We wanted french doors that let in a lot of light.  They also lead to the small enclosed porch on the front of the house so it just made sense to us to have french doors.  They also have the little mini blinds built in so we can have privacy if we ever feel the need. 

We have managed to do quite a few small projects this summer and still have a few more to work on as well.  But the electrical work was our main project for this year.  It is such a big, expensive project and really is the linchpin to everything else - it was important to get it done as soon as we could.  And since the house is so old and had some questionable add-ons through the years, a few walls had to come down - it worked out pretty well in the overall scheme of things. 
So far, I love how things are coming together. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014




I gotta plan more trips like this!  The niece and nephew and I went to the Omaha Zoo and had an absolute blast.  It was a low-key adventure but it was fun to just enjoy the day looking at all the animals and riding the sky tram.  Good quality time together.  Next year, I think we need to go to the Black Hills and see Mount Rushmore. 

Have a good weekend everyone!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Art in the Park



My favorite event of the whole year!  The Des Moines Art Festival!  What started as a small art festival in a little park is now one of the top art festivals in the country.  (On a sidenote:  Connie!  You are getting a chicken footstool for Christmas!!)