Thanks to this plastic bag protecting what has not been sealed we now have a working shower!!!!! It was AMAZING to take a shower in my own house for the first time in over a month hahahaha.
I am so in love with the tile. It turned out even better than I hoped.
Oh yes we did, it will go perfectly with the other décor hahahahah.
One of my birthday presents from Brandon was a new memory foam cooling mattress!!!! My mattress is now 14 years old and though it was a really good quality mattress it is starting to kill my back so new mattress time!
It takes up to 48 hours to fully re-inflate.
Now that the house is slowly coming together a steady cleaning schedule is developing which means I need a halfway decent mop. I found this on amazon, it is all reusable and refillable so I think this will be my starter mop.
Welcome to home ownership, you are constantly cleaning and take care of your house. I am slowly building weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly maintenance lists. BUT I LOVE IT!!!! It is our HOME and I want to have pride in it.
Look at that face!!!!
Oh my god she is so flipping cute!
This is how broke people trim their hair hahahaha. I have actually done this for years, I only pay for a haircut like once every 2 years. Since my hair is curly you can’t really tell if I don’t cut it totally even!
Got in a little run yesterday with the pup, it was beautiful out! I did couch to marathon day 3. It was a 5 min warm-up walk, then 7X of run 3 min, walk 2 min then 5 min cool down walk. Of course someone who runs faster is going to get farther than the 2.36 miles I got hahahaha but it was good. 1 run of a minimum of 3 this week, done!!!!!!!!
After my run I checked on my peas, beans and zucchini I had planted on Friday before the crazy storm hit here on Saturday and turned our yard into a pond. They survived!!! Everything was still upright and growing, my spinach looked a little worse for the ware so we will see what happens with that.
I got the email notification and my tomato plants and herb plants have shipped so I will probably need to plant those this weekend and I think some of my other starts are ready to get in the ground so it will be a busy planting weekend this weekend.
I also made some potato leek soup which I have a pictures and a little video but of course they are on my tablet and not my phone so I will post those tomorrow.
The BF and I avoided housework and watched a movie together. Housework piles up fast. Today or tomorrow I need to get on that hahaha.
School is done and I couldn’t be happier. I ended with a C meaning I will have to retake the class to get at least a B which is what I need for nursing but I am ok with this. The last month of class I was sick and stressed and moving and so I let myself off the hook. I also have to remember that it hasn’t even been 3 full months since my brother died, my emotions are all out of wack. I am taking next quarter off school and feel great about it. This last quarter just exhausted me, I should have taken it off after my brother died but I didn’t and I know for sure that my health and well-being suffered for it. So I am putting me first and taking next quarter off. It will give me time to settle into the new house, which is currently still a mess, and settle into a new routine living with someone and commuting and all that. So that is that for school and here are more house and life updates:
The bathroom is finally starting to really come together! we have about 1/3 of the walls tiled now and even managed a bath yesterday which was AMAZING!! We couldn’t adjust the temp of the water because the spigot isn’t on yet so it was luke warm water coming out which we combined with boiled water hahahahaha, but it worked and being clean felt amazing!
We went for a short walk around the block on Friday morning, Artemis was very happy to get out of the house, though she is starting to settle in and spend longer amounts of time exploring the back yard.
Seed starts!!!! I am so excited about these!!! And I will probably have about 3-4 more trays before I am done! If even half of these survive we will have a GREAT garden and a good amount of food. I can’t wait to see how it all grows.
That is just a quickie update since I didn’t post on Friday. More to come tomorrow on Monday Motivation!!!!
Here is a lovely picture of me from when I was in the emergency room with the flu. They take this stuff seriously now!
Moving this past weekend! Shout out to the mama! She has helped me with every move. She is pretty much a life saver.
Managed to get some meal prep in! Mojito Pork Chops from a Home Chef meal box.
Just ordered this since currently our mail gets left to the side of the front door or on the counter and days later we realize one of them is a bill. Time to organize!
The coffee bar is slowly coming along! and check out the pretty flowers from my backyard!
We planted our first tree! Yep that large twig is a tree, a pear tree to be exact. Hopefully in about 2-3 years it will start producing many pears for us.
We also got 1 fig plant planted as well as 5-6 raspberry plants.
I have biodegradable seed pot starting things arriving tonight so I can get my seed starts done and just plant the whole thing in the ground in a month instead of having to take them out of the starts for transplanting.
I can’t wait to see how my garden grows!
Artemis loves riding in the car. Normally she is relegated to the back seat or laying down in the front but we were parked so she stood up.
The bathroom no longer looks this bad which is amazing
The kitchen is slowly coming along, I got all the top cupboards cleaned
We have a tub!!!! We carried that tub back and forth several times to make sure everything would be right when he mortared it in. I got very lucky with this guy, he is amazing! Doing this whole thing himself.
she is finally starting to feel a little more comfortable in the house, coming out to explore a little more instead of staying tucked in the corner.
the floor we chose for the bathroom, its tile!
I got one of the bottom kitchen cupboards cleaned and painted. There were at least 3 different layers of wall paper/contact paper glued in there.
Free fridge from Brandon’s parents. We got really lucky with this one. Its in good condition too.
Building a little half wall behind the tub.
and step 1 for my coffee bar, a new (to us) Keurig!!!! I got it slightly used on amazon but it came in the original box and had the filters and stuff still so it was barley used and I got it for $50 bucks less than the same one new.
I have given notice to my roommates, I now need to be fully moved out by the 15th of March. Sh*t just got real!!!!!
(Image from google)
Week 3 marathon training…………well as the picture above says the only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen, so all my workouts this week were bad, because they didn’t happen lol. However I did help move a tub back and forth about 6 times while Brandon measured and measured and measured and cut the floor around the tub before we finally got it mortared in, so that kind of counts as a workout right?
And I scrubbed the top kitchen cabinets and scrapped out the 3 layers of decorative wall paper/contact paper out of one of the bottom cupboards then painted the inside of it as well as clean out the fridge (we got it free from his parents because they replaced theirs).
That all counts as at least 1 arm workout right? Cause my arms were sore at the end of the day that is for sure!
And we managed a little bit of healthy eating! I had already packed my magic bullet and brought it to the new house and saw that Brandon had brought bananas so I ran to target right around the corner and grabbed some frozen strawberries and made us smoothies for breakfast. Then we had chips, salsa and guacamole for lunch/snack. And for dinner I made us homemade pizzas on naan bread. I would say that is pretty good. Finally having the fridge in the house is going to make such a big difference in our eating now!!!
Though we still don’t have the water turned on since he is working in the bathroom so I can’t really wash dishes which means it is still pretty quick, easy, semi-processed meals but I can control it much better than in a restaurant and I know it is a fraction of the calories, no matter what it is lol!
It may suck to drive in the snow with a bunch of people who don’t know how (cough cough, PORTLANDERS!!!!) But it sure is beautiful to see all those trees covered in snow and the river lined with snow on the banks.
Trying to defrost my car this morning. And I clocked in almost on time woohoo!!!
Artemis LOVES the snow!!!!! She loves to run around in it. And look you can actually see her against the white backdrop haahahhaahah
He is replacing some of the old floorboards that didn’t hold up quite as well as others.
We spend a great deal of time wandering around Lowes and Home Depot now. That is currently our version of a date out of the house.
This was only a few days ago! Scroll back up to see the progress.
Oh look more Home Depot!!
YES we are finally finished with the taking down part of the bathroom and are starting the building back up! As is evident by him putting flooring stuff back in. I even hammered a nail and screwed in 4 screws Monday night Woohoo! Now I can pretend that I have actually helped.
We have bought the flooring already, a dark wood-looking tile. I think by the end of next week we will at least have a working bathroom and be able to move in!
So we have the new flooring, new bathtub, new sink and vanity already bought. We still need to buy the wall tiles and are trying to decide if we want to keep the old toilet or buy a new one. I guess we will decide that after we bleach the crap (no pun intended) out of it and see what it looks like. We also still need to buy a shower curtain rod, shower curtain, shelves and decorations along with hand towels and wash cloths (we bought new towels for pretty cheap at Costco but it was just the towels).
I think within 2-3 weeks the bathroom will be done and I think within 1-2 weeks we will be moved in!!!!
WOW so we thought we had at least a week but we got the keys last Friday!!! We immediately got in and started cleaning. We got some basic cleaning done, a little mopping and wiping down of things. We are borrowing Brandon’s brother’s carpet shampooer washer thing and I have managed to get 2 rooms done so far.
And we started demo on the bathroom!!!! It was pretty bad so we are gutting it and redoing it….on a strict budget lol.
Check out my YouTube for a few videos that I uploaded there but didn’t get a change to add to this blog.
I also got a pear tree ordered as well as a fig tree/bush and a raspberry bush. They will ship out to us the 1st week of March. Slowly but surely we are picking things up. Brandon researched internet companies and picked up a modem for us as well as new locks for the doors.
I have also been picking up fun but cheap decorating ideas on pinterest, can we say coffee/tea bar!!!!! Yes!!!!
I have also been working on the layout for the backyard garden. I can’t wait to see everything come to life!
I have been having a lot of fun practicing my mini-farming/homesteading skills. Last week I took the leftover stuff from the roast chicken I made and threw it in a pot, added a little extra seasoning and the tops and bottoms of some of the veggies I juiced, covered it all with water and made some chicken stock to freeze for later. I also made slow cooker dog food to mix with Artemis’ dry food and shook whipping cream into homemade butter hahahahaha! Then I split that butter in half and made some honey butter to freeze! Now I can’t wait to try and get some raw milk and try to really make our own butter, the hunt is on! It was actually really fun and a good workout.
I think with school though I am going to have to ease into the mini-farm a bit slower than I would have liked, we might hold off on chickens until next year when I have a rhythm down a little more and we are more settled. But I will still be planting a good amount.
I will keep you posted!