DIYing

Maintenance

I Need Balance

Remember when I showed you the guest bathroom board and batten? I had left the toilet paper holder where it originally was, but that ended up being not centered in the middle of a section of board and batten. Stuff like that annoys me. It’s the small things that really add...
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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

First, an update on how the boys are managing with their super easy toilet paper roll. Yeah. That’s what I figured. When does a kid’s ability to see an empty roll kick in? Teen years? College? I don’t do everything for my children. I’d like to, because I’m very particular and highly opinionated,...
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An Outdoor Kinda Weekend

It was an outdoor kinda weekend. Aren’t they all this time of year? For us, yes! The hubs and boys started their Saturday at Lowe’s Build and Grow while I slept late. A large majority of our Saturdays start this way. Then we went to a car show where my first car...
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Boring Maintenance

We do a lot of tedious maintenance-type work around here that never makes it to the blog. Like cleaning out the gutters. After all the flash flooding and wind, we apparently had trees sprouting in our gutters. Stupid acorns and leaves and seedlings. Constant work. You know. You have a house. When...
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For Rent

If you’ve been following along, you’ll remember that last week we found mold in the second of two back-to-back evictions (affectionately referred to as E2). Last I posted about it, we knew it must be something to do with the outside water faucet, but needed to tear into the wall to...
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Shelf Paper Shortcut

Hey, I just wanted to show you guys a real quick tip today. It might be one of those things that everyone else has known since 1983 that just took me years to discover. I’m not sure. So if you’re all, “Um, duh. My grandma showed me that when I was...
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Mold!

I considered titling this “Eviction Woes (part 5,842),” but I’m trying to get a handle on my tendency to exaggerate numbers. 🙂 Plus, this is not really an issue directly related to eviction. But first, the good news. We showed E1 a few times this weekend and probably have it rented,...
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Anger Management?

I’m tired y’all. We’ve been doing school earlier than usual (we’re not morning people around here) so that we can get to the house by late afternoon. (It’s a long drive from Edmond to East Norman! Can’t believe we bought that house and lived in it when the hubs worked...
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Eviction Notices, Lemon Laws, and Lightning

We’ve been landlords since 2003. In early 2004, we had a couple of freshmen college girls renting our first rent house. One of the girls ended up doing the whole go-off-to-college-and-go-crazy thing. By Spring, it was catching up with her. Her rent check bounced two months in a row. We...
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The Post Post

So we have one post on our porch. And it was looking pretty rough. I didn’t want to replace it. It wasn’t to the point of being unsalvageable and we’re spending enough money these days already. Besides chipping paint and some cracking wood, it is still doing its job. It’s very sturdy...
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Seasonal

Dear Summer, I miss you already.

Holy cow! I have a sixth grader this year, y’all! My baby is also school age now. Well, if you count pre-k. Which you totally shouldn’t. So yeah. Never mind. He’s still a baby.

Anyway. I’m busy you guys. Like way. I’m not making any promises about the blogging schedule this...
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What Happened to Summer?

Okay…so…things don’t always go as planned when you renovate. Sometimes there are hang ups and it extends the timeline. Of course you all know that happened to us with the dumb special-order bathtub that took three tries with multiple weeks in between each time. (If you’re new around here, you...
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What in the heck were we thinking buying this house?!

Now that my Spring check list is finished (with several days to spare), I’ll be unloading the master bathroom and moving everything to the guest bath (no shower in there) and/or boys’ bath. I’m also going to try and get some dang curb appeal going on at this place. And...
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'Tis The Season

It’s getting warm, y’all! I LOVE warm weather. Like, more than any sane person should. I would take 100° for 365 days per year over “moderate” temperatures that included anything below 60°. Seriously. This is not hyperbole. I don’t even have the words to express to you how much I...
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Placemats to Pillows

Remember when aqua and brown was having its fifteen minutes of fame?

That is still a lovely color combination, by the way, but it is no yellow and gray. If actresses were colors, Michelle Pfeiffer would be aqua and brown. Still lovely but definitely not Emma Stone or Emma Roberts (who...
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I heart hearts.

I’m not exactly sure why,  but I love decorating for Valentine’s day. Maybe it’s the pink? My desire to decorate a girl nursery unfulfilled?  Maybe it’s mental?  The bright colors tell my brain warmer weather is just around the corner?

I am not a hopeless romantic. I didn’t plan my wedding...
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Tropical Foliage

I’m just popping in with a surprise Saturday post because I wanted to show you these trees I spruced up. (Hahaha. Get it? Spruce?)

See the trees in the background there? I’ve had this for a few years now, and it is showing its age. It was just cheap “silver”...
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Better late than never.

When I last posted, I mentioned our Fall break trip and told you it was time to move once we returned. I promise to get back to that, and I have a couple of posts in the hopper, but I am totally going to jump forward so that I can...
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