Monday, September 15, 2014

Diet Update

I am down exact 5 pounds in 5 days to 135.4!  It is a 30 day program so I fully expect not to lose a pound a day for that whole time and I know some of that is water weight...but a loss is a loss!

Here is one of my favorite inspiration photos: for the house... the framer no showed today...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Shut The Door!

....we have our front doors on!!!

There is a reason we took our old front doors off of our old house and brought them with us. They have been in storage for 13 years awaiting this house.

My Mom was an interior designer and she helped me redo our 1960's ranch house and these doors were a part of that redo.
This is the inside view.  I just love them!!!  Sure was a hassel though to find someone who could put them in since they were not pre-framed.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Working on Myself!

Well believe it or not, I have weaned myself off of caffeine!  It took about a week to do it, as I preferred to not do this cold turkey.. so I just slowly decreased the amount I consumed each day until that last day, where I did not drink any Diet Dr. Pepper, which was my preferred intake.  That last day I did not think my body would notice... but I was WRONG!  I felt like sleeping all day and I had a light hum of a headache that evening... but I did it.  I never cared for coffee - so that is not a temptation for me..

So round 2 begins today.  I seriously need to address the inches and weight I have gained in the last few years.  In part due to just plain eating too much... in part due to my work schedule changing and me not being able to go to my Zumba classes, and in part due to my hysterectomy and trying to get my hormones back into alignment.  The later and lack of testosterone caused my body to replace precious muscle with fat... uggghhh.  So even though I only gained 10 pounds, my body looked like I gained 20.

I am sure you have heard of clean eating, well that is the route I am going.  I am using a 'system' and I have a coach, which I think is something I will need... but I do not want to tell you about it until I really feel that this program works.  I do not want to give credit to a company if I am not fully satisfied... so here we go:

Day 1 - my weight this morning was 140.4

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

I think that if the Lord says this about my body.... I should take very good care of this gift!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Blue Porch Ceiling..

I have a friend who swears by this.. that if you paint your porch ceilings a light shade of blue, you will hardly have any insect nests (including spiders)!

That was enough for me to check it out and here is what I found:

There are numerous theories as to why – from fooling spiders and wasps into thinking the ceiling is the sky, to blue being a harbinger of good luck, to the color extending daylight, to scaring away evil spirits.

Sky blue ceilings were a popular color scheme for the Victorians, who preferred the colors of nature when painting their homes. Mustard yellow, ochres, browns, olives, terra cotta and the color blue were commonly used in exterior paint schemes. The warm earth tones reminded the Victorians of the outdoors around them, with the blue reserved for the porch ceiling to remind them of the blue sky even when the days were overcast and gray.

But many Southerners suggest that blue porch ceilings originated out of the fear of haints. Southerners, especially in the area of South Carolina, have a name for the ceiling paint used on porches – the soft blue-green is referred to as “Haint Blue.”
“Haints are restless spirits of the dead who, for whatever reason, have not moved on from their physical world,”

Okay - so while I do not believe in haints... I may be interested in detouring as many wasps, dirt dobbers and spiders as possible!  These are 3 Sherwin William paint colors that are suggested for use:

  • SW 6471 Hazel
  • SW 6505 Atmospheric
  • SW 6944 Pool Blue

I am still undecided about doing this.  If we do, I am sure I will choose a lighter shade of blue so that it does not appear to clash.

Have any of you ever heard of this? 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fireplace Solution..

..sort of....

Remember the fireplace in the library was too deep and did not fit the space allotted and it stuck out into the room?  Well, here is what we had to go with in order to not have to knock out the wall behind the fireplace. 

While I am thrilled not to have to endure the cost of taking out and rebuilding a wall, this unit is so small I know we will have to do some serious designing with surround tile to get it to work with the antique mantle I bought to use in this room.

This is the antique mantle I bought.  I may end up having to cut it down so it is not so tall, but I will deal with that later..   Excuse the mess as this is a storage room for things to be used in the house...and (ahem) for unused exercise equipment!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

French Doors

We plan to have the house painted white with black trim, but because that will not happen for a while and the upstairs French doors are exposed to the elements, it was suggested that I go ahead and paint them now.  I have only been able to do the first coat, so they look messy as the plastic that is protecting the glass is still on the doors.... but you get the idea!