All because the toilet wouldn’t stop running

Our powder room toilet would not stop running.  Eh Gads!  When the water bill came, it was over 100% of our normal water bill.  Ever the lazy homeowner, we didn’t do anything about it the first month.  When the next water bill came, it was again over 100% of the normal water bill.  So, I told DH that it was time to change the innards of the toilet and stop the running.  He has never done this before.  So, where do you go to learn how to do it… YOU TUBE!!!

When I saw that you had to remove the entire toilet tank to replace all the inner workings of the toilet, I thought, well, I have wanted to paint the horribly mossy green powder room for some time, guess  it is the right time now.

So, this morning, my DD and I went to Lowes to pick up some paint.  A nice color called Cafe from Valspar.  I was worried that it would translate to off-white on the walls.  My DH took apart the toilet and we removed everything from the powder room and proceeded to paint.  Since they painted the ceiling above the sink the horrible green color, we had to paint the entire ceiling so the two whites would match.

I painted the walls behind and beside the toilet the Cafe color since the priority is to get the toilet, mirror, and new light fixture in tonight.  We decided to use the beige color from the kitchen as an accent wall (the wall with the mirror and light). I just got done painting that wall also.

The big wall on the left and the wall next to the mirror wall will get done tomorrow night.  I will also need to touch up the ceiling since my freehand “cutting in” has not been utilized in 7 years (I was out of practice).  Here is how it looks before and during.

Before:

                                    

During:

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Well, we just had a little mishap.  While re-installing the mirror, it dropped down on one side and broke.  I guess instead of buying framing for the existing tacky mirror.  We will be buying a new framed mirror.

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Travelling Woman

I went back home to help Mom and Dad clean out Grandma’s house.  She has been put in a nursing home.  At 94 years young, she broke her pelvis and could not care for herself.  Thank goodness she listened to Dad and let her begrudgingly get her a Medic Alert so she wasn’t laying on the floor for two days before anyone knew anything was wrong this time.  Gram was what we always called a “pack rat” now known as a “hoarder”.

Mom and Dad were up there working for quite some time and filled two 30 yard dumpsters with the results of her hoarding.  We have all dreaded this day for years.  We know someday it would be up to the family to clear out her home.  I offered to go up and help, a couple of days before my departure, Mom and Dad called and said not to come, they had it almost done.  I was truly torn about going or listening to them.  I ended up not going.  A few days later, I found out they just felt bad about me taking vacation time for cleaning my Grandma’s house.  I went the following weekend.

I spent a couple of days in PA with Mom and Dad.  It was nice to spend the time with them with no other distractions, ie: my kids. We went up and finished cleaning, which honestly, was nothing. I got to spend time with my Grandma.  It was so sad to see her in the nursing home.  Dont get me wrong, the nursing home is really nice, the employees were really nice, her roommate seemed friendly enough (though Grandma is not a fan of her).

My heart just sank leaving her there every night. She is in the right place, there is no doubt, she could not care for herself anymore.  However, she has not realized that.  I think that is what makes it extra hard, she does not want to be there.  It is heartbreaking since that is the only option. Mom and Dad tried to get her to move to PA in their neighborhood so they could keep an eye on her, but she didnt want to leave upstate NY.  So, truly this is the only option.  Does not make it any easier. I see how hard it is on my Dad. I cant imagine how he must feel.

My Great Aunt Grace was also put in the same nursing home just weeks after my Grandma.  My Great Aunt was 99 years old.  She was furious about being there.  Just a few days after we visitied with her, she passed away.  I was grateful that God took her home.  She was not happy, in lots of pain, and simply miserable.  Grandma was praying for God to take her home.  I was glad that Grandma took the loss very well.

Time with Mom and Dad was good. We laughed a lot, talked a lot, and got to put our arms around each other.  We need to make more time for that.

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One on one time with my eldest – 1/5/2013

I just love spending one-on-one time with my daughters.  It usually gets spent doing something good and running errands.  On Saturday the 5th of January, my eldest and I did one-on-one time.  Our afternoon was spent:

Going to Joanne Fabric and buying craft stuff.

Getting lunch003

Going to Robersons and turning in her rental trumpet, since she got her own for Christmas.  Signing her up for private trumpet lessons

Picking up the pottery we painted, the pieces we did turned out great!

Getting Froyo to take back to my youngest

Going to the grocery store

We had a great time just laughing and people watching. One-on-one time is the BEST!

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Locks of Love 12/26/2012

My youngest daughter decided two years ago that she wanted to grow her hair to donate to Locks of Love.  For two years she would not let me so much as get her hair trimmed.  We measured her hair every month for the past six months to see if her hair was long enough.  Two days before Christmas, we measured and finally the time was right.  She was so tired of the tangles and maintenance of her long hair.  We made an appointment for the day after Christmas.  I told her that because she was so sweet, I was treating her to golden highlights in her hair too.  She was so happy that her hair was going to help someone who was sick and didnt have any hair.

I am so proud of my little honey who is so caring and thoughtful.  Here are some pics from before, during, and after her haircut!

BeforeBefore

BEFORE PICS

After, look at how gorgeous she looks!

AFTER!

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Happy 2013

Well, let’s see… I tried to get everyone to take down the Christmas decorations, but hubby said the trash pickup will not come on time, so we need to wait. Our trash is totally overflowing at this point. I guess the downside of on-line Christmas shopping is the overflow of recycling from all the boxes.

We did get the house relatively clean, dustbunnies and fingerprints are still in tact though. To me, clean is everything picked up. My expectations are very low. I did get the scrapbook room cleaned. Even managed to put away some eyelets I bought at a craft resale.

I wanted to make the calendars, so I started consolidating all the pics from all the computers. There has to be a better way. If anyone knows of a better way to keep multiple copies of your pics so you dont lose them should there be an issue with your computer/network. And still maintain the ability to add new pics, please let me know. It took me over 8 hours yesterday consolidating photos. I am not done yet! Oh no, more consolidating today.

Never did make the wonderful dinner, we had leftover ham sandwiches. Never made the key lime ball, nor the seafood dip. Hoping to make the dip today for everyone to enjoy. We did play games together, clean together, eat our sandwiches together, enjoy ringing in 2013 together! It was all good.

Am I a slacker or maybe I set my expectations of myself too high, so it seems like I am slacking when really I accomplished quite a bit yesterday? HMMM… something to ponder as I scrapbook today!

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Homemade Chick-Fil-A Sauce

This is the best! I just have an addiction for Chick-Fil-A sauce. I found a recipe to make it homemade and unbelievably, it tastes just like the real thing!

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You just mix Kens Honey Mustard Dressing with Kraft Hickory Bar-b-que Sauce together to taste.  I use quite a bit of the bar-b-que to it.

Easy, fast, delicious! Just like a slacker mom likes!

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What am I “slackingly” doing today?

Today is clean the house and get it semi back to normal. I am hoping we get the Christmas decorations down. I would like to reserve the day for playing games and cooking with the Chicklettes (my two daughters). I also need to get some calendars made before my Groupons expire.  If I get a chance, I would also like to get the scrapbooking room back to normal and maybe get a page or two done.  If I get them done, I’ll post them.

Ok, I am rambling, but I am trying to get ready to go to the grocery store. I am making my menu for today, the celebration tonight, and tomorrow so I dont have to go back to the store. As a slacker Mom, I have to make the best use of my time and running to the store twice a day does not cut it.

Today (New Years Eve)

Lunch –

  • YoYo (Your On Your Own) Aka: Everyone in it for themselves

Dinner –

New Years Eve Family Party –

New Years Day –

  • If I feel ambitious – Panang Chicken
  • If I feel like a slacker – Clean out the fridge and eat leftovers

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