Monday, April 21, 2008
Well, Sunday it had to go. My Dad took on the task of trying to put this Yucca in it's place. After about 30 hour of digging, he made the discovery. This location was a tree stump and someone in the previous owners' history decided to cover up the stump with a Yucca plant. I wonder how that conversation went?
We dug up what we could; but the plant had taken hold and the root system was enormous. I transplanted 1 large, 2 medium and 1 small piece in the backyard by the fence. Hopefully it will take hold; but if it doesn't I'm not sad. Because in all honesty, I'm not a Yucca fan.
Friday, April 18, 2008
I awoke this morning to the sound of my parakeet making the most horrible noise and could hear her bouncing herself around the cage...then it happened.
Not 10 seconds later, it sounded and felt like a freight-train outside. Afterwards, I immediately turned on the TV...why you ask? My mind couldn't comprehend that an earthquake could have happened. It must have been a huge crack of thunder or a tornado, hence why I turned on the TV, to see if the storms we were expecting on Friday afternoon came in early.
After doing a quick survey of my house, I tried to go back to sleep; but was restless whenever I heard the slightest creak, the wind blow or a car pass by.
Sufficed to say that having now experienced an earthquake (even one 100 miles away), I can say that is the scariest and most helpless feeling ever.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
On a hunt for a lock for said door, we went to one of our favorite Antique Malls and ended up walking out with more then we went in for.
I bought an old door hardware set. My Dad already started the clean up with Brass-O and as you can see in the below images, the difference is amazing. I don't want them to be completely clean as a hint of tarnish gives them character.
Here they are again, this time with the doorknobs. See what a difference a little cleaning makes.
I don't know if I ever mentioned it before; but I collect old cookbooks. While I have the usual Betty Crocker and Good Housekeeping kind, I also have some which are just fun to look at. For example, this Cutco one below which I found at the same Antique Mall.
This is the last image I had posted...
and this is what the room looks like with some furniture, in it's finished state.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
"All of the approximately 270 Madison-based employees will be offered jobs and relocation assistance. For those employees who choose to remain in Madison, Brown Shoe will offer generous severance packages...; outplacement assistance; and job fairs. In addition, Brown Shoe will continue its support of major charitable and civic partners in the Madison community for at least the next three years, and honor all longer-term commitments."
While I am sympathetic to our associates in Madison, please know that we welcome you and your family with open arms. St. Louis does have a lot to offer and I'd be happy to help anyone if they have questions about the area.
And if there are any housebloggers out there involved, just know that we do have a lot of history here in good 'ol St. Louis and homes to match.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
When the tree removal people cleared my yard last September, they uncovered a huge neatly stacked pile of bricks way in the back corner. My guesstimate would be 200 red bricks. Then we realized that under a thin layer of grass and weeds was another pile built in a fort-like fashion, maybe another 50-100.
Our latest discovery happened this weekend. I started raking the area by the timber wall, when my rake made a horrible sound. I stopped, examined the area and to my amazement...brick. After a 1/2 hour the count was 54 of the red devils. My parents took up the task the following day and uncovered another 75 or so.
What's funny is that I remember when I was at HomeDepot last, they were clearing out on bricks for 25cents a piece. Looks like my freebies total a little over $110...sweet!!!
Needless to say, I have enough brick to go around and it was ALL free.
Monday, April 7, 2008
And here is after...
We rebuilt the closet area and turned it into a little office alcove. We then painted the ceiling, walls, trim and most recently the floor. Yes, we painted the wood floor. It was a horrid shade of yellow/green and stripping it wasn't an option.
As I mentioned at the beginning of my post, I'm 98% done...but that didn't stop me from already starting my next project-the yard. I'll save that adventure for another day.