Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Twisted Red Luck

This was a super busy and miserably productive weekend. Glad its over and glad that we got so much done.
So what do you think?
And after!!!!!!
Can you tell that I'm proud of our newly painted door? I just love it. DJ was like, "so we are one of those red door kind of people now." I'm not sure what he meant and I was too tired to ask. But I think he was referring to the yuppy types. I didn't care, he wasn't running my newly painted door buzz. And I had heard that painting a door red was lucky/brought in wealth. Not so in my case but I'm hoping that it is a delayed reaction.
Den is the good painter in the house. I am willing to paint but it is best to give me the jobs that no one cares about like....................................
the trim on the back door. Den pulled the deck away so that I could paint and he could stain. Remember that the deck is away from the backdoor, it will come into play later.
You know it is always a fucking problem around here. Since we put in the new fence and paid for it, the rest of the fence looks like crap. Den power-washed the old section. Well, its not in the greatest shape and dust and wood particles got on the neighbor's trailer, garbage cans and grill. He was PISSED. He slung stuff around for hours, complained loudly about us so we could hear and scrubbed everything from top to bottom. We have never been the type of people that are disrespectful of other people's property but it really was just dust and knocking it off with a broom would have worked.  I told Den maybe he should go over and say something. Den said how about I say, asshole. Hmmmmm, I normally the one that gets upset but Den was angry. Den said, I'm going to tell him that we tore down, paid for, helped install, and stained HIS FENCE. And now I'm power washing HIS OLD FENCE and staining it.
Not a great start to our weekend. Luckily, everyone stayed on their side of the yard. But it did seem that we were cursed and the red door wasn't helping us.
We all have colds here. Not terrible ones but runny noses and I'm losing my voice. Den said it was the best weekend of our marriage since I'm wasn't talking much. He thinks he is funny. I laugh at his low IQ.
When my voice is working, I sound like a man. A man with a very, very deep voice. I later asked Den if he wanted me to whisper sweet nothings in his ear and would that do it for him? He looked a bit uncomfortable and scared. The colds are just adding to everyone's misery.
Den power-washed the old playhouse so I could paint the trim. He managed to piss off a bunch of bees and get stung. While trying to get the bee off his arm, he smacked the wand of the power-washer on the ground and snapped it in two. He went in the garage to get the spare off the wall and dropped it on the light fixture that I bought for the bathroom and broke it. You can see how this is playing out.
We found some really cute light fixtures for $5 at a garage sale so Den replaced them. It was another problem. Nothing fit right and he kept dropping things but he managed to get them hung.
I'm so happy with the new fixture. Den also replaced the one on the front of the house. And since the power was shut off he decided to tackle this mess...........................

Its a bit hard to tell but this is the conduit going to the garage. The house/cement has shifted and pulled this apart. And the wires are exposed so when it rains, we lose power to the garage. Safety first.
Den had to get under the house and pound the piping loose to get it so it would reach again. The problem with the pounding part was it snapped the wires. The poor man was at the end of his rope or would it be wire?
He works for a wire company and had not one scrap of wire in the garage to use for the project. He about had a fit in the store when he had to pay $8 for wire and some other pieces that he had at work. 
I thought he was going to start jumping up and down with the way that things were going.
Of course, by the time that we got back the sun was down and he had to fix it before he could turn the power on. He used a flashlight and one of my solar powered lights to see so he could splice it together.

I some how kept managing to find things to paint all weekend. The little play house is better than before.

That lead to the side door on the garage.

Which led to the shed by the pool. All the while, it slightly misted and the mosquitoes made a meal out of me.

Den stained the deck by the pool while I worked on the shed. The mosquitoes didn't find him as tasty as me. 
The only bright spot to the weekend was the grill that Den's mom bought him. Bless her. I think using the grill was the only thing that stopped him from going on a murderous rage.
My luck wasn't that hot this weekend either. So late Sunday, Den wanted to fire up his grill. Remember how he pulled the deck away from the house, well I forgot about that. I stepped out the door with a tray of zucchini seasoned with a ton of italian dressing, wedged both feet between the house and the deck and fell forward. I twisted both ankles as I fell and landed on the zucchini. I'm sure that was a train wreck to watch. Some of the zucchini made it, others not so much. I luckily didn't break my ankles but they are a mess. One is black and blue and the other is very swollen.
DJ overslept for work the next morning.
No one in this house went unscathed this weekend.
Its hard to believe that we accomplished so much with so much working against us. Perhaps I got the red door wrong, maybe it's bad luck.
Was your weekend cursed?
Sonya Ann

Monday, June 29, 2015

Poor Planning

This is a picture of the area behind our garage and next to the pool. It's a dead area. We have never had anything there. Well, Den had a crappy boat when we first moved in but that went bye-bye.
The middle yard(it sounds like middle Earth from Lord of the Rings. Yes, I'm a dork.) has come together and the front yard needs a bit of work but it is passable. Our yard is divided into 3 sections. The back yard, the area with the pool, needs quite a bit of work.
So I am concocting a plan.

Yes, this is what we need to do. I'm sure it wouldn't cost that much. Ha!
Don't you think this is what we need to do? 
And since I'm dreaming, I'm throwing a hot tub over there too.
Oh hell, maybe we should tear down the pool and the deck and put in an inground pool. Perhaps, I should win the lotto before I start tearing things down.
This is a picture of the side of the house. It's a mess too. We usually drag junk over there when it won't fit in the garbage cans. And sometimes, I forget about feeding it in the cans and there is junk sitting there for a while. Don't tell anyone because I would be so ashamed if people knew about it.
So I'm cleaning this out too for................................................
Well maybe a fishing boat. I think we could squeeze, half carry, sorta drag a boat over there for Den. But I think that a hot tub should come first. Right?
Hmmmmm, again maybe I should work on winning the lotto first. Do you come up with crazy things like this too? Or am I in a delusional phase again?
Sonya Ann

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Makin' It And Savin' It Sunday

This is awesome and kind of scary. Have you ever heard of Stoozing? It's brilliant but would take a lot of discipline. Run over to the Penny Hoarder and check out "Ever Tried This Credit Card Strategy? A Step-By-Step Guide to Stoozing."
This would take some planning and some pretty big balls. Would you try this? I'm on the fence.
Happy Sundaying,
Sonya Ann 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Blogger Spotlight!!!!

Here we are at another Blogger Spotlight! You guys are so devoted to me. Yes, I say guys instead of all of you. I'm from the ChiTown area, ya get what ya get around here.
Anywho, our lovely blogger of the day is $12 a day!! There is always something frugal going on over there! Pop over say hi!
Happy Saturday,
Sonya Ann

Friday, June 26, 2015

Fabulous Friday

Oh, I think I have found another project for me. Run over to Brit.co and check out all the things that they are spray painting. This would be a great think to do to all the plastic flower pots that you can get at garage sales. I have a running list of things to upcycle.
More to do,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Boxes, Bags And Bins

I'm moving right along with my reorganizing/dejunking mess. I have to say it is getting easier. I'm being a bit ruthless but we never could keep a lot just because we didn't have the space for it. I'm enthusiastic but I haven't gotten under Anna's bed yet. All my excitement may end there.
I'm really happy with my stash.
And this was the messy before!
This little pile was in the bottom of the hall closet. It is where I kept the extra pens/paper/crayons for the kids. Oh I just remembered something...............................
Hahaha, why do I always get off topic?
In the back of the closet, I found this little gem of 2 year old Anna. Not sure what to do with it, maybe give it to her when she gets a home. Like she is ever going to settle on one place!
So much better! The baggies were pretty organized but this looks better. Now to convince Den that we need to cull the game population. Dirty minds will stay, don't worry.
Anna's closet is still a work in progress plus it is storing some of DJ's college gear so it will be a while before I get it just right but it is better.
I have discovered a few things about this family though because of the dejunking....................
We are a bunch of nerds!!! I always knew it but I had no idea the extent. Most of the boxes and bins in the house contain books. There are books stashed away everywhere. I'm thinking the Goodwill is going to get stacks of written words very soon.
What are you culling at your house? Don't say children.
Boxed not wine,
Sonya Ann

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Proper Duck

Ahhh, it was another busy weekend. We managed to squeeze in a bit of garage saling but it hasn't been anything spectacular. I got that lovely mug for $.25. I also scored a few more pots to plant in. Yes, I am now collecting planters too. Damn just when I think I get one addiction under control, I find a new one.
And I bought some Shepard's hooks. It was $6 for both. It was a meh deal but you know how I love to plant flowers and then complain about the water bill. But with all of the rain we have been getting, I have only had to water twice so far this season so I won't say anything now. I'm saving it for later.

My tomato plants are struggling this year. At the end of every growing season, I take the rotten tomatoes and throw them on the ground. The next year, I also buy plants in case nothing comes up . The odd thing is, the seeds that I threw down are growing like crazy and almost the same size as the plants we bought. This has never happened before. My purchased tomato plants are about the same size as when I put them in the ground. They aren't happy here, I guess.
The only lettuce that came back is growing in my crack. Why?!?!?!?! I refuse to pull it so DJ runs it over every day. Its one tough plant! Maybe it should have a talk with the tomatoes.
Den thought this monster was celery. Hmmmm, I haven't planted celery in years. It taste like parsley so I'm going with a freak of nature parsley plant.
Our dear English friends were in town and we had them over for dinner Saturday. It was fun and I got to hear them use their proper English. My besties mother was feeling good from the free flowing alcohol and she called someone "a right proper twat." You don't hear proper language often. She never talks like that so I know it was a good party.
My husband, who is like a child, sent this picture to their 15 year old daughter that wasn't at the party. She always eats the center brownie out of the pan and this time Den got it. I'm hoping she will retaliate.
SO what is the best thing for a hangover? Having a pissed off duck wake you up the next morning BEFORE 7 AM! The little bitch eats the seed that the birds knock out of the feeder. I forgot to refill it and their was nothing there for her breakfast. She quacked loudly for 10 minutes. She then took an angry shit in our pool. LOVELY!
Father's day was a pretty boring day. We laid around and ate leftovers. We all have colds so it was nice to do nothing.
And you are caught up.
Sonya Ann

Monday, June 22, 2015

Den's Meat

Do you love meat? Does your man love meat? Well, has Den got the thing for you- A MEATBOWL!
He saw this online and had to make it.
Den was so excited about this that he took pictures of it so that I could post about it. I didn't even ask him to do it. He just said that he knew that I would want to post about it.
You smash a hamburger patty(anywhere from a half pound to a pound of meat) around a cup/glass/beer can and then wrap it with bacon.
You then fill the meatbowls with something. Den filled them with mashed potatoes and sauteed mushrooms and onions. You could put just about anything in them. Spaghetti sauce, stuffing, the possibilities are endless.
Then grill them slowly and off to the side so they don't burn. But we were talking and this would work in the oven too.
These were so so so good. And now we know why I am fat!!!! It's Den and his meat.
Lovin' meat,
Sonya Ann

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!!!

I wish a wonderful Father's day to all the men out there that stuck around. To the ones that left, fuck off. That about sums it up. My mental stability is on the downward slide.
Have a great day,
Sonya Ann

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Blogger Spotlight!!!!!

Well hello there! I'm so glad that you showed up. Hell, I'm glad that I showed up. Go us.
This weeks blogger in the spotlight is McVal from Sew Not My Day!!!! We all love her and her crazy busy life. Really, she does enough for a few people. I couldn't keep straight where everyone was much less remember everyone's names. I often wonder if she has ever lost anyone. I do know that she hit one of her kids with a car. Go ahead, ask her about it. Watch her squirm! Also, ask her about how someone unfriended her because she wasn't Godly enough or some crap like that. She is way closer to Heaven than I will ever be. Is she squirming yet?
Going to visit,
Sonya Ann

Friday, June 19, 2015

Fabulous Father's Friday

This is from Paging Fun Mums!! This would be a super quick and easy Father's day gift. It would even work on construction paper. Den still has some of the signs for Father's day that the kids made when they were little, hanging in the garage. They are old, faded and curling and still adorable.
Getting old,
Sonya Ann
PS-Let me clarify that, Den is getting old. I'm just watching him age.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dreamy Duck Diapers

Ahhhhh, bird love.
The pool is open, clear and leaking. Two out of three, I can't complain. Well, I can and will but I'll hold off until I get the water bill.
Its been cold, crappy and rainy here. So the only ones enjoying to pool are the ducks. I don't want to be a bad hostess but they shit EVERYWHERE! Den offered to shoot them and make them into dinner. With my luck, he would just injure them and I would end up having to name them and nurse them back to health. It's easier just to clean up their crap.
I've been planting away. The problem with hanging baskets is that they dry out so so quickly.
We added diapers to the bottom of the baskets and this is really helping to hold in the moisture. It's been a few decades since we had to buy diapers. Let's hope that it is a few more decades before we need diapers.
Anna called me and told me that she had two dreams that she was pregnant. The scary thing was in the same week, I dreamed twice that she was pregnant. The even scarier part was that my MIL called me and said that she had a dream that I had a baby. We were all dreaming about babies the same week. I would like to interpret the dreams as we are giving birth to something new. That better be it!

Maybe our dreams were about my little garden. I mean, it gives birth to itself every year. It replants itself with the best of them. The only thing that I threw in there was the roots off of some green onions.
Maybe we will have little duckies and not babies around here. Right, right?
Sonya Ann