Thursday, April 25, 2013

A flurry of activities

That's putting it mildly!  These last few weeks, I've been feeling slightly overwhelmed and not on top of my game.  I've got too many irons in too many fires and feel somewhat scattered, for lack of a better description.  I don't do well being so distracted.  More familiar and comfortable territory for me is a clear mind, routine, and knowing what my day will (mostly) be like when my feet hit the floor in the morning.  I really don't like surprises.  And I really dislike disruption.  It makes me feel all wonky and out of control.  Maybe I am a little bit of a control freak.  Hmm...I don't like to admit that, but maybe just a little.

So, like I mentioned in my last post, we have sold our big horse trailer.  It's gone.  :)  I don't even miss it; yet.
The first time we go horse camping and I have to sleep in a tent, I'll probably cry like a baby.  I loved the bed in the big trailer.  All plump and cushy, positively luxurious accommodations for camping!  Ahh well, we can't have everything.  Anyway, cash was (briefly) in hand *sigh*, but has been handed over to the bank.  Our loan is paid in full.  House re-fi is in progress.  I have fulfilled all my obligations and the ball is in their court.  We're hoping for a closing sometime in May, I think.  That means no house payment in June.  :)  See me smiling about that?  That money will go back into our savings account.  Most of our savings will be used paying for our new hay supply, but I'm thankful we have the money to pay for it.  Occasionally, I remind myself how much more expendable cash we'd have without so many horses.  Oh well, I can't imagine life without our horses.  It's only money.  And money can't buy me love!

Our house remodel work is finished.  Yep, totally and completely finished.  They showed up in full force on Tuesday morning, April 23rd and when I arrived at home on Thursday evening, April 25th, they were just finishing up with the debris clean-up.  Seriously!  They were fast, very efficient and their quality of work is outstanding.  We are completely and 100 percent happy and totally satisfied with everything.  Everything is beautiful, and looks so much better.  I really can't believe it's all done.

But of course, like so many projects, doing one thing quickly leads to another thing, and another and another.  You know how that goes, right?

We noticed that the paint was looking a little dingy.  So we bought new paint.  We're now in the process of repainting the laundry room and the mudroom completely, including the newly replaced trim boards.  I need to wash all the windows because that's so much easier when the room's empty.  May as well pull the curtains down and launder those too...see what I mean?  Plus...we discovered that our washing machine was leaking onto our already dry-rotted old subfloor.  So, the old machine's definitely NOT going back onto our beautiful new flooring.  Ca-ching!!  We're going washing machine shopping this weekend.

The old door knobs looked positively shabby on the beautiful new entry door.  So, I purchased a new door knob set for that, and all the hallway, bathroom and closet doors as well.  They look so much better when everything matches.  *sigh*  I just had to have a new door mat too....seriously, just shoot me already!!  I need help!!

Not to mention that our kitchen stove and fridge, in the glaringly bright sunlight on the deck...did not look so good.  I swear I do clean it regularly.  I pinky swear I do!!  It took me the better part of an afternoon just scrubbing them to pass muster.  Oh my aching back!!  But, we're beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel.  We've got the stove, fridge and kitchen table and chairs back in place.  It's starting to feel like a home again.

Oh, and my husband.  You know, the one who doesn't care about anything; leaves the designing and color choices, that sort of thing, entirely up to me?  That guy decides that since our bathroom door is painted "Dove White", that the entry closet door really should be painted to match.  It would look much better. So...we removed that door, sanded it and are in the process of repainting it as well.  One thing just leads to another!  We're tired.  And every single day, I swear, the grass in our yard grows by about 6".  No kidding!!  I'm ready to let the horses come up and do some mowing work for us.  We're falling totally behind in the yard work department.  Oh ya, and our weed eater bought the farm and died, no hope for a resurrection there.  So, that's right, you guessed it!  We bought a new one!  Ca-ching!!  Our savings account is dwindling so sharply it's beginning to look like Wall Street.  *sigh*

But, we did have a wonderful evening out this past Tuesday evening.  Just Biff and I for a welcome date night..  We ate dinner at a favorite Salem restaurant and then attended the Don Williams concert at the historic Elsinore Theater.  It was wonderful!!  A relaxing evening out, away from home and all our duties there.  What a welcome treat that was!  *sigh*

Oh, and just as a quick side note...as of this past Monday, I've lost 10 pounds.  Whoohoo!!  I'm so happy about that.  Seeing some progress will further my resolve to continue towards my goal.  :)

I'm a happy, stressed out, tired gal.  And I promise.  As soon as we're finished painting and whatever else we decide just has to be done, and the furniture's back in place...I'll post the "after" pictures.  I promise!!

Blessings all,
Lorie @ Cingspots

p.s.  Almost 3 weeks ago now, we took Eagle to a clinic and he made us both so, so very proud!!!  It was a remarkably productive and positive day for him.  My boy is coming along and I couldn't be more pleased and proud of him.  :)

12 comments:

Kate said...

Sounds like a whole lotta work . . .

Can't wait to hear more about Eagle and the clinic . . .

Kate said...

Sounds like a whole lotta work . . .

Can't wait to hear more about Eagle and the clinic . . .

Grey Horse Matters said...

It does seem that one thing always leads to another doesn't it? I'm sure everything will look great once you're finished. Then you can sit back and relax and just enjoy your house and horses.

Eagle sounds like he was a good boy. Can't wait to hear more.

aurora said...

Wow, that's a ton of stuff done to enjoy!! It's refreshing to hear remodeling done right, and fast on top of it. So I have to do a ton of housework to loose 10 lbs? No wonder I keep going the other direction lol. Seriously, congrats on loosing weight, it's not easy for us older gals! I knew you were busy being wonderful you during your house remodel, and look forward to hearing & seeing all your great news (Eagle clinic included)! ps I agree with your hubby on the mismatched doors, that would drive a matchy-matchy person like me nuts.

aurora said...

*lose 10 lbs

See - I can't do it, or spell it either ;)

Cindy D. said...

As I sit here in my recently purchased jeans which are already beginning to be too tight, I say, "Good for you!"
That does sound like a lot of work, but I understand how it goes.
Just yesterday as I was thinking about how I have to get our current house ready to be rented, I find myself seeing all kinds of things that need to be done. Painting, lots of painting. UGH.
Yay for Eagle! Can't wait to hear more.

Jenn said...

Yay! I'm so glad the remodeling went well and went quickly! Word of mouth is the best advertising...pass the word around about that contractor, he'll appreciate it.

You've been busy, but in a good way. I'm glad I'm not the only one with yard equipment woes. My mower blew it's engine. Completely. Dead. *sigh* The grass is growing like mad and thank goodness I fenced in the whole property last fall so I can just turn horses out on it to keep it semi-under control until we can either get a new mower, a new engine or something. Can't have a farm without a working mower!

Cindy Garber Iverson said...

Oooo! I can't wait until you post pics of the new work. You are really accomplishing a lot. You've redefined the term "spring cleaning". ;-)

Lea and her Mustangs said...

Our washers must be on the same wave length. Mine flat out died last week and the laundry is piling up. I will take a load over to Katies tomorrow but we must find a replacement this weekend. Everything sounds wonderful that you have been doing. It is so much faster to have someone else do it. At least at my house. Rosie is about to pop her little mule baby. I will need to start checking every 3/4 hrs. by Monday. Sage is doing well. I am sagging tonight, had Justing 8 1/2 hrs. today. I know why God gives babies to young people. Blessings to you - Lea

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

You sound tired, but so happy, and that's really good. Lot's of work in store for you both, but you are getting it done.

Jen

Strawberry Lane said...

So much terrific, fantastic, wonderful news. And to top it all off, Eagle "made you proud!" Hugs to that boy! Congrats to everybody!

C-ingspots said...

Thanks so much everyone! I really appreciate all the comments, doesn't every blogger? Just wouldn't be the same without the comments. We worked so hard all weekend, I'm actually happy to be at work today, so I can rest. How sad is that? *sigh*