Mission Not Impossible

The goal is to get my family in a house of our own by Christmas! I've got an imaginary board of directors to help and I'm willing to do whatever is legal and moral to make this happen! If a guy can get a house with "One Red Paperclip," I think I can do it too!

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Just recommitted myself... 3 posts a day. Then "IT" hits the fan. Kids home and doing damage to each other..... more later.... much later.... like when they go to BED! vs

Yellow Submarine Lunchbox

When I was in elementary school I got a yellow submarine lunchbox with thermos to take my lunch in. I loved it and no one else had the same box at our school. Here's an ebay listing of what it looked like: Lunch box picture I guess that's where my kids get their artistic tastes- from ME! How this came up? My daughter is singing Yellow Submarine in her music concert. I just had to google and show the kids what my old lunch box looked like :) vs

Friday, May 4, 2012

Sunset on Steriods....

Crazy busy with getting things done..... I like all the colors we've chosen but Jacob's room kind of blows my mind. Way too orange for my taste but we'll see when he starts painting the trees.... to me it looks like a sunset on steriods...
This is not really true to color but I'm lucky to even get this uploaded... always,Vickie

Friday, April 6, 2012

A Very Good Friday

Amazing. I woke up this morning to a spring blizzard. Not the most pleasant spring vacation for my kids but it's wonderful because our farmer/contractor  and staff area are all over at the new house working up a storm.  My oldest Jessica is home for spring break.  She and I removed nails from baseboards and removed the remaining old paneling.  All old carpet is removed and  hanging out in the garage until it goes to the dump or ???

Waiting at home for a call from the flooring guy. In the mean time we've boiled up 6 dozen eggs, made hot hoagie buns and a batch of breakfast bars, and done laundry.

Can hardly wait to try out that fireplace!

Have a wonderful Easter!;

Friday, March 30, 2012


Just crossed paths with our real estate agent while running errands in town. The listing agent will be delivering our keys at 2pm!
This is so different from all our other closings in the past. John was off Wednesday and when we called the title company that morning the papers were ready to go. We'd gone to the trouble of getting a power of attorney for me to sign in case everything came together and he couldn't get off work to sign documents. I was so grateful we didn't need it and we could be together for this very important moment in our lives.
Every other time we've closed we've signed papers and been handed the keys. This is also the first time we've bought a home that we expect to keep and not just turn around and move or trade up.
Now comes the hard part- fixing it all up! Something I've always wanted to do and never had the chance. I love make overs and now I'm ready to begin mine.
PS Have an Amazing Palm Sunday.

Monday, March 12, 2012

One Week Five Days....

I looked at the calendar and got a shock last Friday. It was two weeks until closing! Yikes! The main thing left is to choose some tile to go in front of the wood stove insert to protect the flooring from heat and also from the wood that will inevitably get dumped on occasion. The tricky part is matching all the flooring to the tile and the brick fireplace as well. Maybe the right slate? Another thing to consider is that later we'll be tearing into the tile raised area downstairs for a second wood stove. What tile do I want on that huge expanse of floor and wall? John does't like the cobblestone river rock look that is very popular around here. My brain just gets tired with all the decisions it's having to make lately and under a pretty tight time frame. Good thing flooring is the last major one. Paint you can change any old time but tile if done right will last forever.... always, Vickie

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Plethora of Painting Possibilities...

Our first bid for a complete inside paint job was $7,000. Our next bid by another professional painting buddy was $4,300 based basically on $1.45 a square foot. I'm assuming that's based on the rough figure of 3,000 square feet of home space I quoted him. Both are more than we're going to be able to spend. Our budget was $3,900 but I'm guessing that's closer to $2,000 after our contractor added some cushion to our other bids. Reading back over this, it is sounds so boring! Paint isn't boring it's exciting! All those fun and fanciful colors grace the displays in hardware stores and are irresistible to those of us seeking an affordable pizzazz in our lives. Cool names like Dover Grey and Wedding Veil adorned our last house with Mallard Green for the shutters. I think those were from Benjamin Moore but I'm not quite sure. After all it's been a good ten years since we've done a major painting project. We're figuring that we'll probably end up doing some painting ourselves. We're doing the carpet removal and some floor prep. I'm a pretty good masker and general painting assistant. Renting a spray gun is about $65 and we should be able to spray the house in one day if everything is taped and masked and ready to go.... The sweetest deal I've found so far is a basic paint light cream or on the brown side for $8 a gallon in bulk. This is good Sherwin Williams Paint from a painting company that mixes together all their leftovers and wholesales it to selected parties. We happen to know the right people and can take advantage of this amazing price! Even with this super sweet deal it's not cheap to paint the whole interior. Our painting buddy estimates it'll take 60 gallons of paint which comes to $480 and another estimate was maybe twice that. Looks like we might not get fresh paint on the ceilings but they really don't get very dirty and the former animal smell is fading as visitors come and the place airs out more. We will be rolling on the primer for a couple of very dark brown walls. I'd probably just do a fancy glaze on them but John can't stand that particular color so it's going to be eliminated post haste. So much for paragraph breaks that won't show up! Thanks for visiting and I can't wait start really working on things! Vickie