Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Potty Time!

Our house was built in 1966. So, coincidentally , was our bathroom. It's 45 years old, in case you don't want to do the math. I think it's time for a little change, don't you? I know, I know, that the peach tile with brown freckles is just lovely, but I need a change, ya know? Sometimes a girl needs a little change.

Bathroom Before Scrubbed (4)

Ok, these before pictures are embarrassing! It looks so nasty, but I scrubbed this tile with a toothbrush to try to get the black gunk off, and this is as clean as I could ever get it. I had to scrub the tub with an S.O.S. pad! Which is exactly what this bathroom was crying out---S.O.S.!!!

Bathroom Before Scrubbed

Lovely brown, peach and semi-white mosaic tile floor. Excellent for hiding peach, brown and semi-white dirt! Paint drops, not so much. Homely (though very sturdy!!) cabinet that's been painted approximately 8 times. Old metal medicine cabinet, complete with razor blade slot and knobs that will slit your fingers open if you're not careful when opening. Fun times in this bathroom! Fuuuun tiiiimmmmees.

I'll spare you all of the "during" pictures. There are tons. First big project, you see. It's like a first child. Tons of pictures taken, no one cares to see them... next kid gets fewer... you get the idea. =D

*drumroll* And now! The moment all 2 of you have been waiting for!...Meet our new bathrooooooommmmmm!!!

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AFTER! (4)

....I'm kind of scared to use it!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Dishwashing-Pioneer Style

As you may or may not know, we have a very nasty drain clog in our kitchen. Like, standing water in the sink for two days nasty. Running the dishwasher is a no-go, since the water backs up into the sink... and stays there! And since Roto-Rooter was a no-show for us today, we're still clogged, and waiting on another plumber, who will hopefully at least have the decency to call if he can't make it. ANYWAY!!!

The dishes have been piling up! Today I was off for two doctor's appointments. When I finally got home, I decided to tackle the dishes... But HOW...? Tub? Eeew, no way! Outside with the hose? Ok... maybe... but how would I keep the clean dishes clean, and how would I corral a little water and soap for the washin' up?? See below for the how. =D

Pioneer Dishwashing (4)


Pioneer Dishwashing (2)

Just like the pioneer days!! You know... if the pioneers had plastic laundry baskets... and fluffy white towels... and Dawn dish soap. Other than that, just like the pioneer days! =D Either way, it worked pretty well. Wouldn't recommend it if you have back issues, though. =p The hose water was nice and warm, and when I needed an extra burst of water power, *WOOSH* Full blast, Rudolph! I may just wash my dishes like this from now on! ....NOT! LOL

Monday, March 21, 2011

Spa Pond: The Saga

I've had a goldfish pond in my backyard since I was a young teen. Hobby ponds were pretty new back then and not much info was available to me and my dad at the time. So we did our best, and our best was pretty awesome to us. =) Josh and I decided, though, that now it's time for a lower maintenance pond, since the old one has expanded over the years, and is more work than it is the relaxing place it was intended to be. Daddy built his pond from an old hot tub shell, and it's worked REALLY well for him, so we decided to go that route. Twenty bucks and a ride out to the deep boonies later...(Dueling banjos, anyone?) our pond project had begun. This is our story. =D


A wonderful friend saved us 3+ days of work and 3+ broken backs by digging the hole for us! Woooo! To quote B, "You wrooool!"


Once the hole was dug, we (and when I say "we", I mostly mean Daddy. =D) slid the tub into the hole and added 4x4s to support and level it.

Day 1 (2)

Daddy loved not having to dig the hole in our "dirt" by hand!! (and by "dirt", I mean clay/concrete mixed with rocks.)

Day 1 (4)

We then proceeded to toss the dirt back INTO the hole it just came from. Crazy, right?? A little water went into the tub, then we washed (and by "we" I mean ME. Daddy was still shoveling dirt. I took the hard job.) the dirt around the edges of the tub down into the hole and under the tub for support. Then the tub started to float, so we had to add MORE water to it, and stop for the day, to let the water drain down into the surrounding soil.

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And it's a good thing, too, because I was BEAT!!

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Second verse, same as the first! More of the same today. Shovel, water in, shovel, water in, shovel, water in, shovel... well, you get the picture. And here's the progress! Looks like yesterday, doesn't it?? It's NOT, THOUGH! This is 3 hours of work here, people! LOOK AT IT!!!!

Day 2 (3)

And here are the muddy boots to prove it.

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Judah decided he liked the dirt pile to lay on. The picture sucks because my phone takes sucky pictures.


DAY 3... and the rest... I lost track, ok??

The weight of the tub and water started to make the 4x4s bow, so Daddy had to dig down and add more support to the beam.

Redo Support

The decking has begun!! (Hi, Daddy!)

Decking has started!

The roof, the roof, the roof is... on the deck!

Roof up!

Almost done! Daddy laid the foundation for the porch deck while we were at work. Actually, Daddy did almost ALL of this by himself while we were at work! =)

Almost done! - Copy

Judah wasn't allowed out because the kitties were having outside time, and he annoys the snot out of them. So he watched from the inside and pouted because Cassie got to be with Josh, and he did not. =)

Watching Josh (2)

Watching Josh (9)

FINISHED!!! Well, almost. We still have some detail work to do, fill in the old pond and add our banana trees and walkway, but the construction is FINISHED!!! Woot, woot! =D The fish are in their new home and I keep looking out the window, staring at our awesome new deck. Now we just need some furniture to put out there. LOL

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Monday, February 7, 2011

You Gotta Be Pullin' My Leg!

"Pulled pork this delicious from a crock pot?? Noooo way!", you'd say.

To which I'd reply, "Yeeeessss waaaayyyyy, duuuuude!"

Boston butts are on sale at Publix (oh, glorious Publix! How I love thee!) this week, so I had to grab one for some variety, since most of our meals consist of boneless, skinless chicken breasts or various forms of deer meat. =) And since I love to Rawk the Crock, I wanted a recipe that would knock your crockin' socks off =D

1 Boston butt
2 TBS salt
1 TBS black pepper
1 1/2 cups brown sugar (not packed)
1/4 c. paprika
1 tsp dried thyme
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
1 TBS (or more, if you're like me =D) ground red pepper
olive oil, as needed

Pulled Pork Ingredients

Combine all ingredients. minus the butt, until well combined. Add olive oil, as needed, to make a paste. Cover butt in paste and marinate in the fridge overnight. (Sounds more like a cure for diaper rash, doesn't it??)

Pulled Pork all mixed up

Pulled Pork Slather it on!

In the morning, before work or church, place the butt and sauce in the Crock Pot and set on low. Cook for 6-8 hours or until cooked through.

In da pot
(This is the uncooked version, just in case you couldn't tell. =D)

Remove butt from C.P. and shred, removing fat and bones, if any. Plop a big heaping helping on a toasted Publix French hamburger bun and serve with jalapeno ranch slaw on the side! (Or on top, if you're into that kinda thing.... which I am!)

Pulled Pork Yumminess

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Cowboy Up!

Happy birthday, Outlaw Jose Wales! (AKA David Tyler.) =) Our little cowboy is 3 now! He wanted me to put Outlaw Jose Wales ON the cake, but I'm not talented enough for that, buddy! This'll have to do. =) Love you, Little Man!!!!! (Click pics for a larger one.)

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David's 3rd

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