I have been slacking. Or have been so tired when I get home from work I don’t get much done. Eek. I have decided I need to focus on one room at a time in my house so it isn’t as overwhelming. I even found this app for my phone called Pendo. It’s notes but with photos. So each note has a picture of the room and the list of what I need to do in there. Well not sure that it has worked yet, but starting today I am working on the one room at a time. Period. When I lived in this house before renting it out, I had already added ceiling fans to every room. I had switched out all the door hardware to silver (I hate gold). I had painted every room (with the help of my parents). Put in some new lights except the hall lights. After the renters, before my brother and family, my parents had wood flooring put in and replaced the swamp cooler with a Master Cool (which still runs on water but more effectively). Interesting how because it is such a dry state, they like to use swamp coolers but we are supposed to be conserving water.
I am getting itchy though with these new changes. I love my house. The layout. The closets. I would stay here but I know that in order for my son to live with me I need a house closer to his school and my parents. I just keep telling myself that I am learning new things and can make my next house as pretty, even if it is older. My dad finished getting the willow tree out of the middle of the back yard. Why people put those things close to houses is crazy. They don’t grow deep roots, only invasive ones that grow towards the surface so they grow towards houses and sidewalks. He said once he got the big roots cut at the surface the stump fell right over (my son and I had already cut off all the small branches). I used to have a flower bed around the base of the tree. But my brother’s dog liked to chase birds around the circle, so the grass has to be replaced. The bricks were moved and I am going to use them to make a flowerbed by the fence where the neighbors over water and weeds grow from. I figure I might as well get free water and grow something that will cover up where they are staining the fence. Although, they must have several raised beds because I notice in this photo some water damage there too.
The room I am focusing on now is the hall bathroom. Before my brother moved in, I painted it this color I really loved. Replaced the light, the mirror and the shower rod (I really like the arched ones so you don’t have the shower curtain right on you). Oh yeah, I also had to replace the toilets while they were living here. You can see the old color next to the beadboard. Once I got moved back in, that color started getting to me. It made me think of a Mexican restaurant. Too much. So I painted the room the color from the living room. A very lovely milk chocolate. I am for sure using this color again in my new abode. I didn’t take a good before picture, so these are works in progress. I went to try and hang the large piece of beadboard myself yesterday. It doesn’t fit. My parents decided it was better to hang the wall piece first instead of the big piece. We used the baseboard and made sure it was level. See the big gap up against the wall with the arrow. That is why the big piece doesn’t fit. I am going to try to sand it down a little and see if that will work. I also had to take the toilet tank off so I could paint behind it and get the yucky baseboard out. Not sure why it had water damage because the plumber told my brother nothing was leaking. The vent in here was so rusted (mostly from my brother running the cooler all day long) so I spray painted it with Rustoleum’s hammered. It’s silver now too. I also used that paint to spray the metal plate that is up against the wall from the toilet hose. It was really rusted. Makes me think that was what was leaking onto that damaged baseboard. Slow leak so the plumber didn’t notice it. I love hammered spray paint.
I have been doing some baking, created a gallery wall and all these little things around the house. Even though it feels nothing is getting done. I found the best banana bread recipe ever. I will share more on all that later.
I kept seeing pins over and over for Muddy Buddy this or Puppy Chow that. I had not only never tried either but had never heard of them. So of course I had to find the best looking one and make it for myself. I made one with Miscoff. Then I couldn’t stop. I made more. Two more to be exact. I only made half recipes of those and also made up cute little packets of them for New Years and took them to work. I am sorry, I can’t remember whose recipe I adapted this one from. I made these earlier this month. But I just got internet (YES!).
S’mores Muddy Buddy
4 cups Wheat Chex cereal
1/4 cup crushed graham crackers
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp finely crushed graham crackers
3/4 cup mini marshmallows
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup Nutella
Mix Chex, crushed graham crackers and 1/3 of marshmallows together in a mixing bowl.
Put powdered sugar and finely crushed graham crackers in a large Ziplock baggie. Shake up.
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt chocolate and Nutella together. Once melted add remaining marshmallows. Stir until half melted. Pour over Chex mix. Keep stirring until all cereal is covered.
Pour cereal mix into prepared Ziplock and shake until all is covered with sugar mix. Pour out onto parchment paper and spread out. Let cool. Enjoy. (May be stored in an airtight container for days.)
Once again, I love Pinterest.
Goodbye 2013. I welcome this new year. I am ready for it. Lots has already changed and I welcome the adventures.
4. Winter WonderlandWe had snow early this winter. But it wasn’t a whole lot. It wasn’t even this winter to be technical. These cupcakes were a wonderland of another kind though. I will post more on them later. I made them for 2 different Christmas potlucks. Yummy Butter-pecan cupcakes with Cinnamon buttercream.
10. Summer Days
13. Autumn Harvest
21. HolidaysIt was so cold in my house. My heater would run and run and not get warm. The damper closed itself. This became Mr B’s attire. Lol. Had to go to Nana and Papa’s house dressed like that on Christmas morning.
25. Hopes and DreamsThis happens to be a picture I took at Peter Piper Pizza at my nephew’s birthday party and when I was trying to figure out what to use for this idea, I noticed the numbers on the wheel. And added the arrow. I am living my 40th year and while I have dreams bigger than I would like to mention out loud (send a man my way) my word for the year is Adventure. To me that doesn’t mean I have to go seek craziness around every bend. I don’t think I will get up on that horse. Like Walter Mitty, but again not to the extent of climbing the Himalayas. Take the adventure when it arises. So far I have been trying new recipes. I am loving Pinterest. And photographing almost all of it. Good or bad. I also made myself a list of 40 photographs I will challenge myself with to be completed by my birthday. Play along if you like and keep me posted if you come along on the adventure.
Can’t get Ashley’s button to work but sharing over at ashleysisk.com
I am sadly without internet for the time being. I have been doing anything I can on my iPhone. I think I have suffered long enough. Lol. Time to take the plunge and find a way to use the internet to make money to pay for it. Hum. I would totally advertise for you internet service to pay for my internet. Lol. Anyway. I’ll be back bloggy world. Don’t you worry.
Goodbye 2013. Welcome 2014. I welcome new changes. Adventures and experiences. Have you seen The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? Like that but maybe not climbing the Himalayas.
As some of you may know I have been working on the Divas and Dreams 40 Photo Challenge. Some of the prompts have been slightly hard for me to find so it is taking me years to complete. But it has inspired me to do my own 40 photo challenge for my 40th birthday. I have given myself a year to complete it so it will be my 40th birthday post. If anyone wants to play along here is my list:
This season only. And though fall is not near its end. It is nearing the end of the beauty. Its starting to get colder. Drier. Gloomy without rain. Windy so the leaves are falling. But what gorgeous sunrises. I was stuck inside all week at work so no way to capture any of those. Maybe in the morning. Beautiful afternoons. Still warm enough to drive with the window down. And I love being able to bundle up under the covers at night. I sleep better. I drive by this tree every day on my way home. I finally went back today and captured it with some sunflare. Not exactly how I saw it in the car, but it’ll still do. I went and grabbed my niece for a little walk around her block.
On the way back to my brother’s newly acquired house, we passed this house. I would love to have this front yard/path. It is just lovely. I will have to remember to go check it out in the spring all colorful.
Fuzzy wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy was he?
I got Mr B this hat for Christmas, two years ago I think. He has worn it off and on. He forgets about things, even if they are his favorites. He has recently decided to name his hat Fluffy. If you recall he was also wearing this hat in the picture I used for Orange the other week. I also used a picture of him wearing Fluffy for my hat prompt for the Divas and Dreams Challenge.
My first paying cupcake job. Otherwise known as graveyard cupcakes.
Funfetti Cupcake Ingredients (makes 24 cupcakes)
How to Make
Recipe adapted from Cookies and Cups
How to Make
Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy
I didn’t have Oreos in the house so instead of going to buy some I crushed up some Brownie Brittle. I then heavily sprinkled this eatable dirt over the freshly frosted cupcakes and stuck a plastic skeleton hand (washed in hot water first) in each cupcake.
Half went to the soccer party with the Mummy Cake pops and half were added to other cupcakes for my nephew’s birthday.
There is a harmony
In autumn, and a lustre in its sky,
Which through the summer is not heard or seen,
As if it could not be, as if it had not been!
- Percy Bysshe ShelleyDown along by the river there is an area they call an Open Air Space. There is a giant duck pond, complete with these lookout spots. Lots of trees and grasses. Some swings, ditches, bridges and even some buildings. I love to go there this autumnal time of year and take lots of pictures. It never gets old. Blue skies and mountains in the background. Yellow trees. Brown is never hard to find in these here parts of New Mexico but it doesn’t always look as good as it does in the fall.
Brown buildings are in abundance. Being as stucco (or adobe) is a staple out here.
Greetings from New Mexico. I live right next to and work in the biggest city in the state. But the opportunities are not out there for a double-degreed, honest, skilled, hard-working woman. And don't even mention you are a single mom and don't receive child-support. I am a very proud person, and own up to my mistakes, and it is very hard for me to ask for help. My dream is to have my own little shop, selling things I create. Complete with a small coffee bar where I also sell a home baked item everyday. I started blogging in 2009 when I learned to share my crafts. I quickly learned I needed a better camera and got my Nikon d90. I then learned that I loved sharing my photography and changed the focus of my blog to just that. I also moved over to Wordpress and became Sanukipity Photography in 2011. Recently, I started baking. A wonderful new passion. A great stress reliever. And another thing to photograph and share. Welcome to my open world of finding fun and happiness thru the lens.