Wednesday, July 29, 2009

My Old Cottage

First, I want to thank those of you who left comments yesterday with condolances. I appreciate the sentiment and the time it took you to write. I was not very close to this family member, but I everyone is shocked by what happened and my heart is broken for her immediate family. This person died in another country so we're all waiting to hear about plans for arrangements back here in the states. I'll be gone for a few days to attend the funeral in NY once we know when.

Ok, on to happier things ... I'm busy organizing shelving in my basement for toys and pictures.
I came across these pictures while I was going through the albums and stacks of photos ... I apologize for the quality. I was too lazy to scan them so I just took pictures of the pictures. This is the house I lived in before Mr. T and I got married. I loved that little 840sf house and I will always miss it. It was tiny and cozy, but it was so perfect for me. We moved to be closer to work and because we knew that it would be tough living there with a family.

This is what it looked like when I bought it ...

Kinda scary. It was a foreclosure and lemme just tell you the inside was worse than the outside. Nasty carpets (I gag just thinking of the tear-out), ugly wallpaper, and one room had some interesting marijuana leaf graffiti all over the walls (that took 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint to cover). But, I saw through the ugliness and realized that what was needed was mostly cosmetic. The kitchen and bathroom were fairly new and there were original hardwoods under the filthy carpet. I painted every room (have no good pictures unfortunately) and over time Mr. T and I painted the outside. I also added a ton of plants where before there was nothing but rocks and dirt. Ahhh, memories!

I didn't have time to scan the pictures because its been a little chaotic here today. Here is our front door ...

It might be hard to see, but up until yesterday, we had a glass storm door covering the front door. Yesterday, when Mr. T got release from jury duty, he came home to mow the lawn. When he was doing the edging, something flew up and hit the door. The door broke like a windshield - just a hole, but the entire door was shattered. Mr T started knocking out the broken glass (I didn't get a chance to take a picture, but there was glass everywhere) but I stopped him because it was very loud and the girls were napping. Here's what's left of the glass ...

Today, I made a mommy mistake and forgot to check the safety latch on the front door. The Wild One knows how to open the front door which isn't an issue normally because they like to look out. We got the safety because they were constantly slamming the door. Anyway, when I went up to put Happy Girl down for a nap, the Wild One must have opened the door and not realizing there was no glass there, fallen out onto the steps. The glass is not very sharp, but it is jagged and she got scratched up pretty good. She's fine with a couple of Dora band-aids, but she was traumatized and seems to think she broke the door even though I tried to convince her otherwise. She finally calmed down enough to fall asleep. Ugh, such is the life of a mommy!


  1. It's amazing how you can transform a neglected house into a piece of art - you've got some talent!

    Sending kisses to the Wild One!

  2. If you don't mind, I am going to share the before and afters of your first house with my love. We walked by a house the other day that is for sale. It is so scary on the outside that he didn't even want to look at it. It is vacant, so I drug him to walk around and peek in the windows and it wasn't as scary inside.

    He is still poopooing the idea, but it is a great deal for a house in this neighborhood. I need to find more before and afters to get him over the hump, so he will at least agree to check it out further.

    Take care:)

  3. Huge transformation - looks like a lot of love and work went into it.

    Poor wild girl! I'm glad she's okay!

  4. Yes, my dear, it is the life of a mommy. I had two little girls that grew up to be almost 31 & 35 come November. Had my oldest at 17, so I'm still young enough to remember it, but not old enough to quite miss it. Just wait till you have teenagers!

  5. Home renovations are so fun.

    I am starting a NEW Mr. Linky party. It will begin on Aug 10th so everyone will have a week and a half to think about their first post. I have a poll up for votes on which button should be the new button. The "party" is called The Knock Off Knock Out-where THRIFTY meets creative sensation. Go over and learn more about the new weekly event and I would appreciate if you would cast your vote and HELP pick the new button design and its the last week for the July GIVE-A-Way, if you would like to be a part of that event..

  6. That is the house that is near me, I think? Very charming! You have a fabulous eye!


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