Family Room Before and After

A while back we decided that our family room would work better if we moved out the wood stove which we have never used and don’t intend to use and move things around to flow better.

Before we moved the wood stove out the TV sat on a corner cabinet close to the slider which was the only available spot.

 

The new arrangement. Blame it on COVID. It’s something good that has come from it for our comfort.

The recliner by the slider patio door will be leaving once we find a good home for it.

More of a straight shot to the kitchen from my end of the sofa! We are really enjoying the openness of this arrangement and the fact that the TV is tucked in nicely to a larger corner.

Fear

We are in the last three days of our August Bible Verse Challenge. Today is August 29th and the word is Fear. There are a fair share of fear and fear nots in the Bible. Hope you aren’t being fearful these days.

Psalm 111:10 (ESV)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

From my sister Vera:

“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭NASB‬‬

From Paul:

 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Ps 23:4)

From Maristella:

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
1 John 4:18 | NIV

From Patsystitch:

Psalm 34:4-5. I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed..

From Happy One Two Verses Today:

II Timothy 1:6 KJV
For God hath not given us the spirit of FEAR,
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
 
Hebrews 13:6 KJV
To that we may boldly say,
The Lord is my helper, 
and I will not FEAR what man shall do unto me.

If you have a verse to share please do in the comments and I’ll add it here. Thank you.

We are working on a better understanding of what the fear of the Lord should look like in our lives.

Here’s a project Dear worked on over a week ago.

He cleaned off the deck, fixed some paint that was peeling off of the back side of the house by scraping the peeling paint, primed the sections, repainted the sections, painted the surface of the deck and then put a bead of caulking between the deck and the house so that water would run off instead of collect. Last thing was adding the carpet runner (which is a huge help in all weather). He still needs to paint the stairs. A nice bonus in this project was that the paint was left here by the previous owners.

New carpet runner down. Now all he needs to do to finish the 2020 deck project is to paint the stairs.

 

Summer Oasis

Our sitting area below the back deck/porch is now more defined with a new patio structure that has an adjustable shade cloth/screen. The next photo shows the space wide open before the added structure. The cloth/screen will be taken off the structure for the late fall to late Spring to protect it from any harsh weather.

I’ll take some more photos soon as we have tweaked it a little in it’s position.

The following gif was created several years ago when we lived in Camarillo, California for a few years. The photo is from a walk we took in Santa Barbara along a preserve.

When we made plans to go to England September 13th-27th I wrote on my planning notebook, “If the Lord wills”. Now we know that the Lord does not will for us to go. We didn’t purchase flight insurance or a ticket that was flexible. When I called British Airways and finally got through a week ago the kind gentleman let me know that our dates were not yet included in the Voucher category and we’d lose all our money but the taxes we paid if we cancelled. He said to hold off doing anything until the middle of August or the end of August. The one way we’d be entitled to ask for our money back is if our particular flight was cancelled. I prayed for that to be the case. Well…this morning I had an email letting me know that our flight has been cancelled. Thank you, Lord.  I tried calling BA but the lines were way too busy today for me to even be put on hold. I’ll try again and ask for our money back. Hopefully they will be prompt in delivering on that promise.

July is just marching along. We are having temps in the upper 80’s and 90’s. Lots of watering going on. So happy for our oscillating sprinkler. We’ll need to hook up our little cast iron traveling sprinkler soon, too.

Have you seen one of these?

May v July DIY Project

In May of this year I took this photo. As you can see the paver section of our sitting area just below our back deck/porch is small.

In this July photo that I took on Monday it shows the space now after Dear added 40 more pavers. We still have enough pavers to make the space yet a little bigger. All the pavers were already on the property so this improvement is all labor with no cost to us except for sore muscles.

We’ve had a mild (cooler) and wetter start to summer this year and our plants are enjoying that.

Our California company arrived to our home safe and sound. We enjoyed a meal around the table and time throughout the evening catching up. Addy was thrilled to play with Avery, her “medium sized friend”.  Jaymison was very skeptical of Ryan and Jack, mostly of Ryan. He was okay with the medium sized Avery and even managed a smile at Michelle. Nary a photo was taken. Oye. Maybe I’ll remember today…

Kitchen Before and After

We decided to change up our kitchen by painting the majority of the cabinets white. Some of you might cringe but our eyes have not enjoyed oak lately, mostly on cabinets.

We are keeping the island as it was.

The pantry has not been painted yet but is next on the list.

The process is not easy but Dear found it a good job to do while the temps are freezing outside which makes it hard for him to work the construction of his shop.

We are pleased with the new look. I’m thankful for a husband who is not afraid of hard or tedious work.

I showed you the wheel barrow that we bought our granddaughter for her 3rd birthday. Her she is hard at work outside. This photo was taken yesterday by her mom.

This family works hard together and they are not afraid of dirt! Anybody else out there who calls a wheel barrow a wheel barrel?

And yes, it is still cold outside here in Northeastern Washington State!

Stay safe and keep the Faith!

Bungalow Updates

We’ve been on the lookout for a coffee table with no sharp corners. This nifty old Ethan Allen piece became available at a second hand store here in Colville. It has 2 drop leafs and will work perfectly for those over sized jigsaw puzzles. It’s also sturdy enough to put your feet up on. We are pleased with this addition to the living room and how it fills in the room.

We found this sturdy bench with a shelf at a antique/thrift store in Chewelah. It’s sturdy enough for Jaymison’s car seat and for people to sit on to take off or put on their shoes. After we added this bench the wall pieces seemed too small for the space.

We ordered this piece from Hobby Lobby. It arrived in bad shape with glass broken in the frames and all the frames had fallen off the back board. We got our money back and were told not to ship it back. We went to a glass shop and had new glass made to fit. We bought some super duper glue and glued the frame borders back on and voila for about $6 we had a new shelf.

We are pleased and once we have our family photo shoot (a present from our kids to me) in March I’ll order photos to fit the spaces. I did find temporary photos that are working well for now.

Our Master bath is getting a face lift. Dear is busy priming the cabinets and getting the walls ready for paint.

We’ve changed out the vanity lights and are pleased with the new fixtures in appearance and in the light they deliver.

Top photo are the new ones. Bottom photo are the old. Our bathroom is a mess right now with cabinet doors off and priming in the process.

The cabinets will be white and the walls will be grey.

It’s about time for me to remove all our Christmas cards and pack them away. Someone suggested instead of just tucking them away to put them in a notebook and take time in the new year to pray for each family or individual we received cards from. I think that is a very good idea.

This would be a good prayer to pray from Paul in Ephesians:

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:15-23

Amen.

And for my unbelieving friends I would pray that God would have mercy on them and that He would open their hearts and minds to the truth about who He is and what He has done for them through our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is snowing here in Colville. We are predicted to get 6-8 inches. We are driving to friends later in the afternoon. Hope the roads aren’t too slippery for us!

Happy Friday to you!

Seven Inches!

Our son helped us out on Saturday by picking up our new refrigerator from the hometown Sears in Colville.

This refrigerator came with our country bungalow. It’s relatively new and in good condition but it’s just too big for our space. I knew during the first walk through of this property that this refrigerator was too big for the space.

We decided to order a counter depth refrigerator to give us much appreciated space between the refrigerator and the island.

If you needed to move in this space you’d appreciate the extra space as much as we do.

We found a good space for the big refrigerator where we can open it’s doors with lots of room to spare. To get the monster refrigerator out of our kitchen Dear and our son Dan had to take the doors and handles off and it was still a very tight squeeze through the doorways. We even had to take the door stop moldings in the door frame to the laundry room off to get the refrigerator through the doorway!

I’m a happy homemaker.

 

Before and After…

So now all of our appliances in our kitchen are matchy matchy. Our real estate agent was happy.

We had our first container dropped off to fill and wouldn’t you know we are now going to have a weather event on Saturday so we will have to delay filling it. Lots of rain and wind is in the forecast for Saturday. The containers are water tight but if the doors are open while there is a lot of moisture, that moisture will get trapped inside. Oye. We’ve been selling items we can’t use anymore on Offer Up and have had some good results. I’m happy to put a little cash in my pocket instead of just dropping everything off at Goodwill. We’ve been working from morning to night packing and I am having little free time to blog or visit blogs.

Tomorrow while the guys work hard my daughter, DIL and sister are heading north for tea at a Camomile Farm. Looking forward to getting away from boxes for a few hours.

How is Spring shaping up in your corner of the world?

Kitchen Counters and Backsplash

Our kitchen counters before were Formica with an oak trim. The backsplash was a white square tile with a few decorative tiles above our black range top. Our sink was cream colored and slightly oval. The cabinets show up a little too yellow/green in some of the above photos. The actual colors are more true in the following photos.

First order of business was removing all the old tile. The walls where the tile pulled off more than was desired were repaired and then given a primer coat of paint.

The night before the installers were to arrive with the new quartz counters, Dear pulled off the old counters and hauled them out of the house.

The installers came and made quick work of installing the counters plus our new stove top and stainless sink. After a day of letting the counter adhesive dry, Dear started in on installing the subway tile backsplash. We chose a grey grout and a 1/16th inch spacers  between the tiles. In the end because the subway tiles we chose were slightly beveled the grout looks to be closer to 1/8 inch. We like it.

A double stainless oven could be in our future, wink, wink.

Now here’s a real blast from the past showing this same kitchen in the year 2000! These counters weren’t new when we moved into this old house in 1998 so they got plenty of wear and tear and were ready to go. I never liked how dark the cabinets were and the effect they had on the whole kitchen/eating area and was happy when Dear painted them later and added the white square backsplash instead of blue wallpaper. The old black double oven was replaced with a new black double oven later in the 2000’s. Too bad I didn’t choose a stainless one when we replaced this old one. Sigh…

Here’s Dear and me in 2017 standing right where Dan was standing back in the year 2000 with his choo choo train cake.

I am thankful for our new quartz counter tops and subway backsplash. They brighten up our kitchen even more.

So my promise to show the before and after has now been kept. I’m starting off the New Year right. Hope all is well and you are warm and cozy in your neck of the woods.

Sneak Peek

So happy to announce that our counter tops were installed on Wednesday by noon. We are still miles away from a fully functioning kitchen. Our cook top is connected to gas and ready to go. Our sink and dishwasher still need some plumbing parts to get things running well. The new sink is deeper than the old one so we have to make adjustments. Dear started the layout and planning for the backsplash and as soon as the sink and dishwasher are up and running he’ll start on the subway tile. Last but not least will be the window trim. Good thing he’s retired!

When it’s all done I’ll do a full before and after post. We are pleased with the quartz! It’s called White Peppercorn.

I’m off to a Seattle Sounders Soccer game with my kids tonight that will determine if we go to the finals again this year. Go Sounders!

UPDATE:

We won! The Seattle Sounders are Western Conference Champions again this year!

The Sounders will play Toronto in Toronto on December 9th.

These two booked their flight to the game and now all they need are tickets for the game!

What a fun time celebrating together and now we are looking forward to watching the final.

My Sister-in-law Kelly has been an educator for many years and she’s posting an Advent Series called Advent in Art. It’s free and you can sign up to receive the daily prompts by following the link. If you are homeschooling this will enrich your art history program.

The Advent Season has begun and it’s snowing on my blog again. Thankful!