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The bathroom part deux

Three paychecks later, we have finally bought a toilet and had the pipe repaired by a REAL plumber! Had to share. The toilet is a High Efficiency toilet that only uses 1.25 gallons of water, compared to our last at 3.5 I think that is a vast improvement.

photoBill the plumber came tonight and repaired a pipe by cutting it back and replacing portions. The sink hasn’t worked properly in about 10 years. The culprit was years and years of gross build up.

This weekend Jesse plans on helping some friends move then installing the brand new window. Next paycheck we will be putting up wall board and installing a new fan as well as updating electrical. After that, we may be able to start tiling depending on the funds.

Its a work in progress, but its moving!


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Its been a few…

100_4894.jpgWelcome Salisbury, yes, a third dog. Literally our house has gone to the dogs, with the excpetion of our beautiful bedroom.

Salisbury was named after Salisbury Street in Worcester. His brothers and sisters each have royal names so why shouldn’t he ? He came from a litter of 16! His tail and double claws remain untouched, but who cares, we aren’t going to show him. He knows this, we talked. We said, ” Salisbury, you are going to be a family dog.”

Salisbury is 12 lbs of energy and pee. He is an 8 week old airedale terrier. Yes, that makes 2 airedales= trouble. Sleepless nights and howling… but he is our new baby so, we cope.


On the other paw, he has really added to the interesting dynamic with the other two pups. Terrance seems to have taken a liking to Salisbury with minimal barking and mean growls. Dutchess is absolutely in love with him because he has her mentality without the fear of everything unknown.

 Its been a few weeks since I have written because we have been super busy. I took a much needed vacation day on Friday and worked on painting our bedroom and generally getting the house back to order seeing as I haven’t done a good cleaning in a few weeks.

I think I need to hire someone to come in and clean the floors. I wandered to target looking for a replacement head to my mop. I picked out a swirly blue and white anti-microbal one that looked like it could do the job and low and behold I get the thing home and -it doesn’t fit my mop. It looked as if it was the only one that would fit, so now I have to go back and buy a probally fifteen dollar mop. Fab. I love it. I really do need to wash my floors. Really.

100_4844.jpgToday is Sunday and tomorrow I return to work. The pups are back on their own- did I mention we hired a dog walker? I am not even going to tell you how much it costs for such a service. They are very nice people and my dogs love them. Perhaps we should all become dog walkers.

Seriously. I don’t mind poop.

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And finally some furniture!



6 years later- we finally have some new furniture. NEW! Not craigslist finds people- I can finally say we own real adult furniture!

We headed to Jordan’s Furniture in Framingham and picked out a bed- A real bed! I am absolutely ecstatic. I have never had a real headboard and foot board of my very own. It was absolutely miraculous to be able to pick out this gorgeous metal antiquey style bed. Tall and statuesque the Kincaid garden style antique bed has a headboard and foot board made of cool heavy metal that is simply divine. I can’t wait until its delivered!I have spent the past 3 years looking for a bed like this at garage sales and I was getting no where. This bed is solid.Now we actually have incentive to finish ( moreover start) our renovations on the bedroom. We have about a week to get it all done and I look forward to late night wallpaper ripping and plastering. The bedroom will welcome the bed.

We needed a couch like you wouldn’t believe. I feel bad for anyone who has come to our home and had to sit on our big brown formal living room couch. Its not dirty or anything- but our 55 pound Airedale has her own agenda when it comes to her chewies.

We picked a small sofa and chair, down filled, in pistachio – actually Jesse’s choice! I chose toss pillows in a rich Turkish style floral pattern. I also picked a beautiful mauvey light floral for another chair and ottoman for the tv room.

Can we just talk comfort ? This set is unreal. I have traveled the furniture store circuit looking for something that would suit our taste and budget and this is the most comfy set ever. I am happy to say I own a real couch from a real store that I didn’t have to assemble. Not knocking IKEA, but this set will last us through kids and dogs for years to come.

I will post photos when the beauties arrive.

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The Tale of the Broken Deck


It’s February and its cold. I don’t mind cold, but I just need a tan.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. I hate holidays, but deep down I love them because I get to decorate the house or spread a little cheer amongst my friends.

Today I came to the realization that my husband and I need a vacation. There is a different between want and need my friends… We are both pasty looking balls of stress.

We were supposed to go away in January, but work prevented us from leaving town. What is keeping us from our beloved holiday in some exotic place now? A broken fence and a broken deck. ( To the tune of about $2, 500+/-)


 A useless story about my deck:

 My grandmother lived in this house for 50 something years and had a beautiful pool. The pool was so plush that people actually came from around the neighborhood to visit this pool. Then one day she decided she didn’t want it any more and she had a guy fill it with sand. Then she had it covered with a deck.

Rational? We aren’t so sure. But then the deck started to go and sadly her mind started to go and eventually the deck was forgotten. Poor deck.  Even when I was a child I dreaded summers on Monadnock Rd. because I didn’t want to sit on the deck because it would give you splinters.

Riddled with holes and probably infested with some sort of insects ( perhaps the family of the unnamed spider in my bathroom)  the deck must go this spring. So here we sit pasty and stressed waiting for the ground to thaw.

Oh how I love New England. A new deck that we can use for three months. Yippee!

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