Monday, March 25, 2013

~ ahhh... springtime...?

The snow began falling at about 8 a.m.  It's still snowing...big, thick, wet flakes that are sticking to everything.

~ ahhh...springtime...?

At least it looks pretty! :-)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

~ basement stairwell project...

As promised a few posts ago -- here are photos of the painted basement stairwell.  This is still a work in progress.  The stairs and handrail still need painting.  We might even replace the handrail.  I think it looks nice enough at the moment though, so you can get the feel of it.

* view from first floor *

~ basement stairwell project

Milton would like to show you his dining area :-)

* light fixture *

~ basement stairwell project

This is a builder's grade light fixture that was in our upstairs hallway.  Rick painted the frame black.  It throws  off such pretty lighting in this small area.  In our upstairs hallway you didn't notice this reflective lighting at all.

* lovely wood shelf *

~ basement stairwell project

Rick crafted and painted a wood shelf to sit on top of the area where the concrete foundation meets the wood framing of the house.  The colorful artwork is courtesy of Miss Sofia.  I think it looks perfect here :-)

* view from basement floor showing shelf area *

~ basement stairwell project

This is the area where the kitties dine.  They now have lovely "mood" lighting during their meals :-)

* view from basement showing laminate flooring *

~ basement stairwell project

Cookie (the cat) is sitting in the foyer area of the basement.  She would like you to know that the basement stairwell tour ends here. :-)

Please accept my apologies for the lack of "before" photos, or, photos of Rick while he was painting (on the makeshift scaffolding).  This project began with unpainted sheetrock and a single bulb fixture -- pretty boring.

The landing, a.k.a. "kitty dining area" will have wood flooring, but I am not sure of what color to paint the stairs.  The builder's gray has got to go...soon!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

~ springtime...

We had sunshine this morning...and it lasted the whole day through....

~ springtime...

Hope the sunshine found it's way to you too :-)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

~ on St. Patrick's Day...

...everyone is a little Irish!

~ wearin' o' the green...

Now go wear some green! ;-)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

~ and we have shelf...

Today is a good day for little tasks.  I baked Rick some brownies...

...and he hung up the shelf I bought at the goodwill for $3.00 :-)


Because of the awful weather here today -- rain, snow, hail, thunder...sigh... the lighting in the photo is a bit off.  To remedy this, I brought in little Miss Sunshine herself to model.

Hope you can find some sunshine today too...

Friday, March 15, 2013

~ I've got a painting bug...

I haven't actually painted anything yet!  But, Rick has!  He painted the stairway to the basement, the light fixture in the stairway to the basement, and, the shelf that I found in the goodwill last summer for $3.00.  I will post photos of all of these... but this post was inspired by the beautiful sunlight streaming through the windows this morning.

The project that's first on my  personal "small projects" painting list is this vintage dresser.


As long as the weather is on my side, I can set myself up outdoors and go to work!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

~ 21 years later...

...and here we are!  The weather was just like this on our wedding day -- blustery, chilly, and, partly cloudy.


This is just a quick post to note the "occasion" and now I am off to pick up some photos at Walmart for Sofia's 6th grade graduation slideshow.  The photo above is what I found while poking through the old picture pile to find some photos for her slideshow -- and -- her partial handwritten list.  This is supposed to be her project...sigh...

Who wudda thunk 21 years ago that today I would be spending today having such fun...

Happy Anniversary to us! :-)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

~ some birthday kicks...

Sofia got Osiris sneakers for her birthday!

~ some birthday kicks...

Monday, March 11, 2013

~ silly mustache cake...

...hee...hee :-)

~ silly mustache cake...

I know it would have looked better with chocolate frosting -- but the birthday girl doesn't like chocolate!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

~ such a lovely day... celebrate a birthday!

* Happy Birthday, Sofia *

Friday, March 8, 2013

~ looking for springtime...

...if you look really hard, you'll see it out there... ;-)

~looking for springtime...

 ~ view this morning from our front porch ~
(click on photo to get a better view)