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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hodge Podge

Return to Joyce's  blog here!

1. On Saturday July 4th America celebrates her Independence. (If you're not American, feel free to answer in terms of a national holiday in your own country) What is your favorite thing about the day? Your favorite food on the 4th? Do you fly a flag at your house? Fireworks-yay or nay? Any special plans this year?

I have always loved our country and viewed my citizenship here as a privilege not to be taken lightly.... I love a parade! I love fly- overs and the wonderful patriotic songs... I love singing in the patriotic service at our church! I particularly enjoy singing the tribute to the Armed forces when representatives form each branch of service march in carrying the flag of that branch,  as we sing and veterans of each branch stand when their battle song is sung. I love the typical summer fare... hot dogs, corn on the cob, baked beans, and watermelon.. I usually always left off the apple pie for another ear of corn! We always fly the flag and usually dress the house in bunting! Anymore, as much as I love fireworks,,, the crowds and the inconcvenience keep us from going but I enjoy hearing them boom across our Blue Ridge Mountains! We enjoy having friends in for the aforementioned festive meal!

2. What's something you recently got for free?At church Sunday got to express my freedom to remind the people that last Sunday was the CAll2Fall where churches all over the country were asking for people to fall on their knees in repentance and prayer.. What a privelege to be a part of a national call to prayer.. may we never lose the ability to freely assemble in God's name!

3. The Statue of Liberty, The Liberty Bell, The Washington Monument, or Mount many on the list have you seen? What is your favorite historical American monument, and why?

We have seen all the monuments in DC , the Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall in Philadelphia... But alas, Amtrak as it speeds through NYC doesn't reveal Lady Liberty.. and that is the only way I have seen NYC! My favorite is the Liberty Bell.. for the very wonderful ideal of liberty that was bought with such a heavy price and still is today!

4. When it comes to the news are you more ostrich (stick my head in the sand) or hog (they have room to take a whole lot in)? How much attention have you given the recent news reports regarding ISIS and the acts of terror they've perpetrated against those who do not share their beliefs or support their cause?

Well, when it comes to these things one would truly have to be an ostrich to miss the details... I find I still am coming to grips with the horror of the atrocities and at first they seemed so foreign to me, as we were all so taken by surprise by the scale of it all... yet we seemed to just be living room quarterbacks or spectators to the grisly news... now I try to get more vested in it all by sending support to those who are affected by these events... Samaritan's Purse is a good place to send donations almost every penny is sent to the places in most need. And, of course,  we pray for peace in the Middle East , and all places across the world where deadly persecution is taking place.... God forbid it should come here.

5. We're talking plain ice cream...vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry? Choose one.


6. Share a song you love containing the word 'stars' in the lyrics

or title?
  Sousa's "Stars and Stripes forever!"

7. Say goodbye to June by writing an acrostic.

Coming to this house so many years ago

Upon a mid July, our

Little girl was just a tot.. we loved this home, but there were a lot of improvements to

Make.... redo this.. replace that... life was hectic right from the start...

I guess you'd say.. life took first place.... the house a far second.. and things did not get done.

Never did we fuss or bicker... we just settled in

And enjoyed things as they were..

Til this merry month of June..we've  started many things.. not to their completion, but

Even the neighbors are saying, "Have you seen all the workmen over at their house this month?"

Yes, June has culminated in several projects that we have had on our wish list for a very long time....We started the month planning and getting our estimates...
last week.. we saw our kitchen remodel take shape...
all the cabinetry is at least installed.. we now wait for the countertop and for dearest to get up his motivation to start the long painting process..
and then today the aluminum siding man came to do the most hateful part of the house to paint the high end gable trim at the roof line! So glad to get that job completed!

I absolutely my new cabinets with the gorgeous maple doors... going to be hard to see them painted but alas.... since we worked in our old painted cabinets elsewhere these will be painted soon!Love my molding!

It has been grand today moving stuff back into them... so wonderful the inside doesnt need to be painted.... the marvels of the 21st century!

My new pantry holds the world... no more dragging heavy pans up out of the bottom stove drawer.

I am ecstatic to get this the neighbors are, too!

I love seeing workmen parked in the driveway... we still have a July project.. if things pan out it may push on into August, otherwise... but at least it will be done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8. Insert your own random thought here.
We're off now to join my Aunt and Uncle for a lovely dinner out on the town.... They wanted to serve us a meal during the kitchen the clock ticks and it's almost time to go.. Mustn't tarry... Life is a lovely existence ... never time to dawdle! Just time to love, serve one another , and love some more!  Bye now!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Before and After Stage 2

Today is Thursday, the day after tear out....  the  cabinets are  mainly in... except for the one over the  fridge...  I am loving  them so much already,     Our  installers a re    wonderful...  they are so meticulous about  the geometry of them...  they  work tirelessly in  perfecting each line and angle...   there  have  been a few   faux pas,     but  Jason has  been  a dear to  work through each situation and    take  things on his own to  make them  perfect!  It was   such a great feeling this morning to see the guys carry in their tools... finally,     the work was about to begin!

 These guys meant business....  yayayay!

   and so   here  were the first  couple installed....   loving my drawers...  
 I   can't wait to  utilize my floor to ceiling pantry..
   Tomorrow  the granite folks will  draw out the template....  it will be so nice on    my new desk area!
   A cubby for  my favorite cookbooks,..  soon I will  have to decide  which ones   those will be!  hehehe
 SO great to  get  my computer out of  the grand kids room  and  really organize  my paperwork once and for all!!
So  the installer  finishes tomorrow and  the template will be  drawn  and  I am praying the granite will be  installed  soon...meanwhile,  Lynn has lots of painting to do! The cabinets will be  a    warm  Rolling Pebble by  Behr... just like these!
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Before and After Stage 1

The Dedicated House
Met Monday
It's a  great morning at our house.... we have been planning and  purchasing and  downpaying on a  complete  kitchen makeover... as seen below it was  terribly outdated...  Our  painted wood cabinets  are  wonderful  in that they are solid wood and    custom  to their space,

but  not to the room and so  I was using   furniture to  make up the difference in   storage capacity.
 This hutch was  loaded to the max    with all of my  several sets of  dishes  and  serving items.
 My 1930's kitchen is  what it is. small,  so    we want to maximize the  space  with new cabinetry  while   utilizing the  original  cabinets minus their facade...  to update   and  renew the  space..
 So this morning  Lynn was  disconnecting  the sink    had moved the  stove  out of the way.. the base cabinets  and  cabinets above the  fridge  were   cleared out and  all over my  dining room

   as well, the hutch was   gone  and the stove moved to make room for  some  cabinet  tear out  ..

 Notice that there isnt  a full inch of  space above  my f ridge  which  limited me from purchasing a new  one  last  January during the  New year's  sale...  so  that  cabinet had to be  completely torn out so the new one  will accommodate  a new fridge sometime down the road...
So by 9am  the cabinet folks were here    to begin  tearing out  what will be  wholly replaced..
let you  tell you that these cabinets were built to stay... forever.....    so strong and  well designed  but  just not that  functional   for today. 
Finally,  the cabinet over the fridge was  out... 

How about this 1930   wallpaper that was revealed! 

Then   the   side cabinets were  out...  because of the  stove placement    there will be a blind  cabinet with a rectangular  pull out  shelf  that  is  commercial grade... I  can ever store my    kitchenaid mixer on it!  yayayayay!  I will also  get    a whole    cabinet of drawers...   replacing     two drawers I have lived   with  for over 20 years!

I  am  thrilled  that   I still have my sink and  countertop.. installation  will be   Thursday  and then  Lynn will  begin the painting....  I love my paint color

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I think it will look great  with the granite..  and to  help   keep the kitchen light.. Im seriously  considering  keeping  my white appliances.. at least for a while!
 OH,  and   we  ordered  the  plantation shutters    last week...

They will be like these only single  hung on my  single windows 
Oh,  and in place of the    ugly  old-fashioned  recessed lights  under the window  valances  I have  these   cute pendants..
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 But everything in its time....

Saturday, June 20, 2015

PInk Saturday Remembering DAD

Please return to Beverly's Pink Saturday here.
My dad was born in 1919  in Southwest Virginia.  He graduated high school and  soon was inducted into the  Army Air Corps  during WWII.  He married  my mother  in the early forties...

 and I was    born  in 1950. Dad loved his military days and they  helped to mold  the man he  became...
dad was  very civic minded and   a diligent,  fair, and honest  business man... he truly cared for his clients  and served them well! Dad retired in 1984  one year before we adopted our  baby girl

He was an awesome POP POP 
And MOm and Dad's  life in retirement  was  full of joy and fun as they  worked together on  decorative wooden and painted  crafts  to sell at the  craft guild shows... they were quite a team.
We have wonderful  memories of lives lived well! 
They lived to see  Amanda  grown and married and  mom lived to hold her  great -grand  baby..  On  days like these when  memories flood  my mind it helps  to  review old photos and  remember   such sweet  times together in our family!
Happy Father's Day, Dad..  you are  loved and missed so much!


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