Monday, January 16, 2017

Week 2 2017

Yesterday morning, it was 22 degrees out, so I went for a walk

I love how the rays hit the snow. It was quiet, except for the occasional dog bark. The mountain tops are amazing. Two years ago when we moved here, the mountains were bare. There was lots of thick,freezing fog. I look out in out back yard, and wonder how long the snow will stay. We plan on taking down the Chinese Elm trees in the back (there are 6-7).  I plan on planting three more apple trees, and two peach trees.
My dogs caught two field mice this afternoon and killed them. It was 15 degrees this morning, it only got to 24 today. I'm not too sure why they weren't hibernating. Two less mice I have to worry about.
The kids have had a four day weekend. They didn't want to go anywhere. They all said it was too cold (I have to agree with them).  I made cinnamon rolls today

They came out amazing. 
My plans for this spring are to go on some road trips. Idaho has several beautiful waterfalls. I want to take the kids to see them. Growing up, my parents never took us on spontaneous road trips. My kids have traveled more than I ever did. I want to make an effort to see more historical sites. The kids are only young once.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Week 1 2017

It seems strange that the first week of 2017 is almost complete.
It's been below freezing here for the week. I love seeing the sun and the blue sky, but the cold takes your breath away. This summer/fall, we will be installing a pellet stove in the basement. My new windows are holding up amazing. No drafts, no ice!

Hubby and I decided each payday we will pick up something for the house. Today I picked up trim to put up around a door we replaced in the basement. Next pay day I will get some paint for the kitchen.
I am hoping by March, to begin replacing the rest of the Windows.

Andrew and I went to Lowes to pick up ice melt. We picked up 80 pounds. I don't want anyone slipping,falling or getting hurt in my driveway or walkway. As we went in, we spotted the vegetable seed display. I am hoping in a week, to begin planting and growing lettuce and spinach in my kitchen. The area is bright, gets plenty of sun.  Andrew was pouring over the watermelon seeds. 
I love spring, and being able to plant and grow things!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Last Day of 2016

Well, here is the last day of 2016.

Jason and I are happy we accomplished most of our goals here around the house.
We got most of the windows changed out, put in a garden,took down a tree, planted another in its place.  We didnt have to spend as much on the sprinkler system this year.

Our goal for this next year is to take down several trees along the fence line in the back and plant fruit trees, expand out the garden, make an additional garden area along the north side of the house, and replace the rest of the windows (there are 6). We also need to gut the bathroom in the basement.

I am looking forward to my other son getting his license, then he can drive himself around.
The other boys are already planning on playing football, so as soon as things defrost here (it was 17 degrees when i awoke, there is still freezing fog outside. Visibility stinks). We are suppose to get hit with more snow tomorrow thru Monday. It will be interesting to see what accrues.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

trip to Ogden

Christmas Eve my oldest son was under the weather. We took a trip to downtown Ogden. It was cloud, drizzly and chilly. The streets were practically empty.

The building to the left is the Ben Lemmond Hotel. It is a historic site. The Wasatch mountains are behind the buildings.
We walked down historic 25th street towards Union Station.

This steam engine was huge! The wheels were taller than us. Union Station has a covered area for these trains to sit under, which is great considering the amount of snow we can get.
The boys spent quite a while looking at the mechanisims of the trains.

There was a small Christmas village set up, I didnt get pictures of that because my camera died. When we were done walking around, we went to Farr's ice cream It is by the Ogden LDS temple They have the best ice cream I have ever had. There was one other family in there besides us. They dont have a big eating area, so between our family and the other one it was full. By the time we left, it began to rain, and the clouds hid the mountains. We are hoping to go back this week so we can see the Christmas village at night.

Friday, December 23, 2016


Here I am at work, bored. I have all my paperwork done. There are only a handful of students here on campus. I guess it bothers me because I think of stuff I could be getting done at home. On a positive note, at least I will have a few more boxes to put stuff in to get rid of. I think I would like to move in 2 years. I want a smaller house. I am thinking a rambler. No stairs sounds good to me. There are positives and negative to both,

Thursday, December 22, 2016


From time to time, I get tired of looking at crap that accumulates.
Yesterday morning, I emptied out my kitchen drawers. I reduced the amount of stuff by half. I also went through my cups, got rid of some of those too.
I went they my closet, Jason went through his. We have two black garbage bags of clothes to donate. My kids went thru their hackers, gloves and hats. I took a decent sized box to the DCFS office. They will be given to foster kids. I have a storage space under my stairs. I found a tote with tons of school supplies. The excess also went to DCFS. They were very appreciative. I work tomorrow, and am then off the next 3 days. My goal is to finish going through the items under that storage area.we are suppose to get hit with snow ( anywhere from 7-15 inches), I figure  this is a good time for this project. I just as if we have too much stuff. It felt good to get rid of what I did. I think that with some items, I will try to sell. If I can make some money off of it, that's better than nothing. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


When we moved in here, the house had laminate flooring in the kitchen/dining room, carpet upstairs and downstairs, ceramic (smooth) tiles in the master bath, and the original linoleum in the bathroom upstairs and not the laundry room. We began changing out the flooring the first spring we were here. We purchased laminate. We installed it in our last house. It held up well, considering how hard the boys were on the floor
A year and a half later, I am not happy with how this flooring has lasted. I have been looking into other, affordable choices. I have boys, do foster care, and have 3 large dogs. My flooring gets a ton of use. I was surfing the web, looking for ideas. I found sneak diy plywood planks. I started looking and researching. I think that cost wise, it will be more practical than buying and installing hardwood flooring.  My husband would need a new table saw. It's the perfect excuse to buy one,right? I have no problems with staining and sealing. I like that I can have the floors as light or dark as I wish. We are planning on making the stairs hardwood. I feel the plywood planks will give it a better flow. I will be tearing out all the trim when we redo the floors. I have some ideas. I have lots of time to play.