Monday, September 14, 2009

Life is good!

I am making a mushroom and onion quesadilla for supper, have a large glass of a very nice cabernet sauvignon in front of me and a new book to read.  Nothing in the house is broken.  I am one happy gal!

Friday, September 11, 2009

9/11 Remembered

I was living in Seattle. We were sleeping soundly when the phone rang. He jumped out of bed to answer the phone. He listened for a moment, had a very strange look on his face and then handed me the phone. "It's your mother." I said hello and my mother's first words were "It's bad out here. We are under attack. Turn on the television." I quickly hung up, grabbed a robe and headed downstairs. He had turned on the tv and was sitting in front of it with that same strange look he had when he talked to my mother. We watched, barely comprehending what we were seeing. It was surreal. It was confusing and frightening.

And then we saw the towers fall. The horror took my breath away.

We watched for hours and then he went to the Southcenter Mall as it was reported the Red Cross was there taking donations. Originally he was going to give blood but they said they didn't need that. They needed money. So we gave. And we prayed. It was all we could do.

I am remembering those today who lost their lives and those who lost their loved ones. I continue to pray for our nation and our leaders.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

It’s the little things

I really do not like the vanity,  medicine cabinet and light fixture that came with my house.  REALLY DO NOT LIKE.  I know why he put it in the house.  I used to rehab houses in a previous life.  I know that the sink/vanity top combo at Home Depot is just a little under $200.  I know that the medicine cabinet sells for roughly $40 and the light bar is $30.  We put them in several houses because they look decent and are cost effective.  (We were not rehabbing houses in high end areas!)  The difference is that I always put in the white version where we could.  I hate the look of oak.  (And I am really sorry if you love it.  I just doesn’t work for me.)  Anyway, I am taking down the medicine cabinet and putting up a framed mirror as soon as I find one that I like.  The light bar is also coming down and I want to put up something pretty more like this

vanity light

or maybe like this

vanity light 2

(I just need a little light to put on my makeup.  Not so much light that I feel like a porn star getting ready to film!)

I also want to get a much larger vanity.  The bozo that sold me the house told me that the vanity was going to be 48”.  I thought that was perfect.  I know with that size you usually get a set of drawers which I really like.  When I did the walk through, I discovered that he installed a 36” vanity (surely price was the factor as he was starting to get cheap on me!) which leaves an 8” inch gap between vanity and wall and looks stupid.  He also installed a basic faucet and drain.  No pop up.  (Can I you guess how annoyed I was about that?! )  I found a faucet that I liked and purchased it about 6 months ago.  It is now installed!  I went from this


(Notice the missing cap on the cold water that mysteriously was broken one day?)

to this


I am much happier.  I asked my brother to come over and watch me install it just in case I was doing something backwards or weird.  Instead, bless his heart, he installed it for me.  I love it.

Next bathroom project involves bead board wallpaper and some paint.  Stay tuned…