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The Bathroom

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Yup, a post about the bathroom.  Actually it is about improving our bathroom….with paint.  The metal baseboard heating covers were beginning to rust.  The nearly 100 year old wood finished wainscoting is flecked with homeowners long ago bad paint techniques.  One can of spray paint and the baseboards LOOK AMAZING!  They are drying right now or I’d probably working on painting the wainscoting right now.  I can not wait.

That bathroom has looked so down and dreary for the whole time we’ve lived here, but a few weeks ago Dave and I had inspiration from a hotel bathroom.  We were staying at the Omni Mt. Washington Hotel in New Hampshire.  Very fabulous indeed.  Anyway, we had a gorgeous, huge bathroom that was painted a lovely shade of pale green and lots, and lots of glorious white.  It felt clean.  And you really do want to feel clean in your bathroom, don’t you?

Over the weekend we obtained white spray paint for the baseboards and pure white paint for the dark, dreary wainscoting.  Today was a perfect day to spray paint too.  The humidity is below 50% and the temp is fantastic.  The whole house is wide open; every door and every window.

I’ll probably have to wait a week or longer to tend to the rest of the painting project.  The bathroom being a room we use all day everyday, I need a dry day when the paint will dry in a reasonable time.  And we’re in for some more humidity and wet weather.

I’m excited though.  Now I need to be thinking about a few decorating items to make the room look pretty too.


Wonderful Memorial Day Weekend

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

We really enjoyed our weekend.  Saturday we had to run up to New Hampshire for some maple business and took the scenic way home.  We took care of a some home improvement purchases at Home Depot and went to a steakhouse for some fabulous ribeyes!  We ate at a restaurant called Dakota for the first time and were pretty impressed.

On Sunday we went to church and came home to tackle some home improvement things.  A while back, we had scraped the paint trim around a window, along the bottom of the house and around a door getting it ready for painting.  While Dave mowed the lawn and took care of a few other things, I painted.  The paint color turned out to be a brighter shade of our current trim color,  but hopefully as it cures it won’t be really noticeable.  There are parts of our house’s trim that are WAY, WAY to high for painting.  We’d have to hire a professional.  Dave is scrapping the trim around the porch for our next painting day.

On Monday we drove out to Narragansett, RI.  We just wanted to see the ocean.  John is such a blessing.  He just wanted to sit on the sea wall and watch the waves crash against the rocks for good fifteen minutes.  I’ve not encountered many almost 3 year olds with patience enough to sit and watch waves.  What an awesome kiddo!  We drove to Niantic, CT for a seafood dinner at Costello’s.

So we accomplished somethings around the house, got in some sight seeing, had some wonderful food and a great time as a family.  Awesome weekend!

One Woolly Wombat by Rod Trinca & Kerry Argent

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Great for reading to young children, especially when studying Australia.  It is a counting book featuring animals of Australia.  Maybe talk about how the Australian animals differ from locally found animals.  Field trip idea too to see any Australian animals at the local zoo.

Eating Cheaply While Traveling in the USA

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

We are planning a trip in a few weeks and Dave has challenged me to fed the family for less than $42.50/day.  That is a family of 3 for less than $42.50!  I was online looking for some options.  After scanning through the first 30 or so sites that came up when I typed in the line I used for my title, I decided something.  They all had very boring options.  They actually offered the a-duh options like packing granola bars and fruit.  Well, I already thought of that stuff.  What I was looking for were real options especially for dinner.

I am going to see what I can come up with while we are out and about.  Breakfast is going to be pretty straight forward at most of our stops because we are staying in mid-grade hotels that offer free continental breakfasts.  Thankfully, over the years these have evolved from coffee and donuts to include hard-boiled eggs, OJ, healthy cereals, yogurt, whole grain breads and some serve eggs with bacon or sausage. Lunch service is generally going to be cold cuts and cheese sandwiches with cut up veggies and fruit.

Now the challenge is going to be dinner.  I’m estimating $7/day (average) for lunch which leaves me with $35.50 for dinner.  That’s actually a lot and we could eat out pretty decently for that amount, but like I said Dave challenged me to fed us all for under $42.50/day.  And I plan to be at least a little creative.

Not all of the hotels we’ll stay in will have a microwave so I’ve also got to plan for that scenario.

I’ll update the blog as my ideas come and I’ll let folks know how we did in the end.  I just hope I can come up with some yummy and cheap dinner options!!

Beautiful Rainy Day in Vermont

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Dave, John, Dave’s father and I drove to Vermont for the day.  We left pretty early and were to our favorite cheese shop before 10:00AM.  They make a Gruyere that Dave really, really likes.  We drove through Townsend and on through Jamaica to view some of the damage from the flooding of Hurricane Irene a month ago.  Dave will probably post pictures soon, but it was amazing to see how the water just ripped out a bridge and homes as it swept through.

We went as far was Weston Priory.  We arrive 5 minutes into Mass so we missed it and we missed the bookstore too.  But it really is lovely there so we walked around briefly, took a few pictures and left.  On our way back to CT, we stopped in the town of Weston to have lunch and stop at the Vermont Country Store.  I found a little tugboat for John to play with in the bathtub that I think John will love.

So all in all we had a very nice day.

Trip to Visit Family

Monday, June 20th, 2011

We are on the last leg of our trip out to Ohio to visit my parents.  We decided to met in Canton, OH which is kind of a half-way point between IL & CT.  We left last week and stopped the first night in PA to visit dear friends of ours.  Then we traveled the rest of the way to Canton.  Canton is a pretty nice little city and offered several fun things to do for all of us.  My parents really had a ball with John.  They hadn’t seen him since Thanksgiving so he’d grown a lot since then.

Well, we’re spending the night in Lancaster, PA and John is currently letting me know he wants some of my attention.  Better get going.

Just a Few Posts Ago…

Monday, December 6th, 2010

I wrote that we were going to do a better job celebrating feast days.  I’ve failed utterly.

We got back from a long Thanksgiving vacation when it was already 2nd Sunday of Advent.  I missed my big opportunity to start out the new Church year with a bang celebrating Advent.  Yes, I still technically have time, but I’m bummed and disappointed in myself for not being better organized.  I’m such an all or nothing person.  My desire is to do it well and big or not at all.  And thus I’m mad at myself for not being better prepared and even trying to “do Advent” while out on our vacation.

Considering we really want to raise John in a Catholic environment at home and church, I’m doing a blah job of things thus far.

By the way, we had a really nice vacation and it was great to see everyone we got to see.  I am very thankful for a safe trip and awesome family and friends.

God Bless!

Three Day Weekend

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

We had a spectacular three day weekend.  Saturday we went out early and visited about 10 yard sales between our town and West Hartford.  We found a few good items, but the day and the drive was really awesome.  Sunday after church we went for another drive and found an area kind of recently opened to the public on some lumber company’s property.  There we some great views there.  Monday we kind of stuck around the house and accomplished a few things.  It was a really wonderful family-oriented weekend.  And the weather couldn’t have been nicer.

What We’ve Been Up To

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Well, my parents were here for nearly a week and did such amazing things for us while they were here.  We’ve gotten more baby clothes, which I need to wash and put away.  I’ve packed the baby bag for the hospital.  Since I had all the supplies, I figured that I might as well take care of it now rather than later.  Curtain fabric for the baby room has been picked out and my mom is working on those for us.

Dave and I have both been working on our family genealogies.  Dave’s back about 5 generations total so far.  He’s got a hard time of it because he’s been unable to tap into any one else’s work yet so the leg work is potentially going to be all his.  I’ve had a little more success tapping into other’s work and might even be back well into the beginnings of the 17th century (1620s and earlier in some cases) and still finding folks born here in North America.  Plus, I might have found leads back to Scotland, England, Ireland, France and Germany with various parts of the family.

We’ve visited the coast of Maine with my parents and had amazing lobster while staring out across the Atlantic.  Pretty awesome.

And I’m still doing really well at 31 weeks pregnant.  I’ve hit my threshold for endurance a few times lately and learned my lesson to take it easier nowadays.  I’ve also discovered that dehydration makes Braxton-Hicks contractions actually harder and slightly uncomfortable.  So staying hydrated and taking frequent breaks keeps me very happy!

Our Trip Out to Illinois

Monday, December 1st, 2008


Dave & I left on Friday the 21st for Illinois to spend Thanksgiving with my side of the family.  Friday’s drive was sooooooo long.  We hit snow in the PA mountains and then eastern OH.  So that added 2 hours to our drive that day.  Saturday’s drive was extended an extra hour because of heavy traffic.  Finally, we got there around 4:30.  Corralling my parents in one room after we arrived to tell them our news (see post below) proved really hard.  My mother flits around like a hummingbird sometimes and then once we got mom in the room, my dad took off.  So finally we got to tell them and they were extremely excited.  It was funny though because my mom seemed like she expected it.  She said that she was hoping we’d have baby news this trip.

I got to see my 7 month old niece!!  Oh, she’s beautiful.  It was so wonderful to get to see her and hold her finally.  And she’s got spectacular parents!  Her big sister is totally great.  Those two girls totally have my parent’s wrapped around their little fingers.  My mother has purchased more toys and things that I never in a million years would have conceived of her ever buying.  It is so funny.  If it lights up and makes noise the woman has purchased it.  For perspective…heck would have experienced an ice age before my mother would have purchased those things for my brother or I as children.  She’s even purchased a musical training toilet for my older niece.  It actually makes a triumphant music noise when the sensors feel warmth from waste being deposited.

On Sunday , after church, Dave & I went to the John Deere Pavillion in Moline, IL.  Dave got his tractor fix! We came home in time to see my brother’s family again!  I got to spend more time with my nieces.  Monday we drove down to Argenta to see a dear friend and her family.  What a blast it was telling her about being pregnant!!!

Tuesday I went in to see all my old friends where I use to work.  They are experiencing a huge change in the coming months so it was good to see everyone together, probably for the last time for me.  Then we met dear friends for lunch.  After lunch, we drove to the two cemeteries where my Grandmothers who died this year are buried.  My mother’s mom is buried in a National Cemetery because my grandfather served in WWII.  My dad’s mom is buried in a public cemetery with her husband and her parents nearby.  Then we met the same friends for dinner so I could spend some more time with them.  We had a fantastic fried chicken dinner and some awesome chatting time.  Boy, I miss my friends back there so much.  There is never enough time to spend with them when we are back visiting.

Wednesday & Thanksgiving Day we spent mostly at my parent’s house spending time with them and extended family that were able to come.  We had a great Thanksgiving feast and a really nice time visiting with everyone.  Another friend of mine stopped by later in the evening with her two children.  I hadn’t seen her since our wedding so that was great.  And her children have grown so much, it is amazing what two years does to children.

Friday we had to pack up and leave.  It is always sad to have to leave.  But the trip home was made even better because we were able to stop in Ohio to see my dad’s sister and two of my cousins.  It has been FOREVER since I’ve been in a sit down and chat situation with those folks.  So we sat and talked for a couple of hours which was absolutely wonderful.  When Dave & I are zipping out to IL in the future we’ll make plans to some how meet up with as many of the Ohio family as we can.   Our path doesn’t go directly past any of their homes, but close enough that we could easily meet up for a meal together some where along the way.

So all in all, we had a really nice trip.  I got to see lots of family & friends, none of them nearly long enough, but I got to spend time with them nevertheless.  And we had our own very, very awesome news to bring to everyone.

Lots to be thankful for this year!!