Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas 2010 in pictures

We're ready!!

How do I get these apart?

This will look nice on the dining room table.

Can you see me?

Max enjoys Christmas too.

He's a Husker.

New fish cleaning table.

Wow, Laser Tag.

She loves purple.

A new album for all those pictures she'll take with her new camera.

Clean-up crew.

Figuring out how to make the toys work. Always a team effort.

Where am I?  Behind the camera, of course. My favorite spot. And, if you look really carefully at the photo of the dog you can see my knee at the bottom of the picture.  LOL

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone!! As of 9pm the the kitchen is put back together, the house is cleaned, pies & rolls baked and the presents are wrapped & under the tree that was put up just yesterday. The Christmas decorating was much simplified this year...just no time, energy or desire for anything else.

It was 9pm, but they're under there.
Kitchen is finished, or at least as finished as it's getting for now.

And here's where we started from:
Quite a difference!!

Now I'm going to get the bird ready to go in the oven bright and early in the morning, then have a piece of pumpkin pie and think about getting to bed. I'm TIRED.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Lookin' better

Before I go to bed tonight there will be another coat of primer and a coat of finish paint on the upper cabinets. The end is in sight.

Friday, December 17, 2010


Bottom cabinets with primer.

Primed cabinet doors & drawers. So lovely in the living room.

The last two photos show what's going on in my sewing room. No sewing, that's for sure.  Since I took these pictures I added another coat of primer and then after supper. a coat of finish. Hoping I can get another coat on tomorrow after work.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A New Christmas Carol

I came across this on another blog and decided to share:

Now, doesn't that build up your Holiday Cheer....and wish you had that kind of talent?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Today's the day

Lori asked when we'd see some of my painting. Today's the day, here are a couple pictures:

The color shows more true in the second picture. It's called Nutmeg Frost and the surprising thing is that the dried color on the walls is actually a little bit lighter than the sample, which is good, since I thought it might get too dark. I really like it. The DH wants to start taking the doors and hardware off the other cabinets to paint yet before Christmas.....but I tell you, I'm tired and the walls could really stand another coat.

There's still a few boo-boos to fix too. It's funny how when you correct one it causes another. It's so much easier to just paint everything white, then there aren't any boo-boos to fix.  LOL

Friday, December 3, 2010

Life's little surprises

Anyway, on Wednesday I finally broke down & went shopping. Needed some things for next week & it's too late to order & get them on time, so off I went.  I only went to three stores but they were busy, busy, busy. I will repeat....I hate the new layout at the Wal*Mart store. I about walked my legs off in that place looking for what I needed. And, if they expect people to spend any time in there shopping they should turn down the heat a little. Since I avoid shopping whenever possible, here's a picture to prove I went.

As if me going shopping wasn't a big enough surprise the real surprise came a little later in the evening. I was on the computer and a window appeared saying I needed to restart so AVG (my anti-virus program) could finish an update. Now, this has happened before so I just clicked OK and waited for it to reboot. It didn't. And wouldn't. Windows 7's automatic fixes..uh,uh. Now I don't know if some code-writer at AVG got careless, if they got hacked or if I was lucky enough to receive a fake update, but it changed the drive letters. Drive C is supposed to be the operating system, Drive E is the Recovery partition. The "update" had switched the drive letters around so my poor computer received a literal lobotomy.....couldn't remember how to boot itself up. I knew I'd have to reinstall Windows and  I always set my personal computers up so I have a Drive D partition where I keep all my personal data & knew it would be safe. At least I thought so. For some reason the reinstall took away my "Downloads" file on the D partition. Strange. (Update: Guess what? I found the contents of the "Downloads" file in my downloaded audio-books folder. Imagine that!! So my recent experience with reinstalling the OS wasn't quite so strange.)  Reloading programs is tedious and time consuming, but all is mostly back to normal now. The whole episode has convinced me I need to subscribe to a backup service, probably Carbonite.

So that's what I've been up to the last couple of days. No sewing at all, I'm sad to say. No genealogy and not much reading either. Still piddling with the kitchen redo. Maybe I'll get it done before I hit retirement age. LOL