Sunday, August 14, 2011

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig

I love being home! It means I can wake up and not jump in the shower, get dressed and be at work. There are not too many deadlines when we have off and are at home. The only deadline this week is that we are getting carpet on Wednesday.

Yesterday was the day I did all the things I have been putting off (well...maybe not all of them but a good many!). I grouted the small 1/2 bathroom tile I laid a few weeks ago.

I also changed about 15-20 outlets and covers. This was much easier than I expected and by the time I was done I could do an outlet & cover switch in about 3 minutes. It is just a matter of making sure the power is OFF before you start. I only poked my hand with the screw driver twice and only once did it leave a bloody mess of a hole in my finger (thankfully no stitches were required!).

If that weren't enough, I forced myself to put new doorknobs on the freshly painted white doors. I will post photos after the new carpet comes and our house isn't a wreck.

So I promised that I would post a photo of the present one of our resident's gave us. This particular resident is my husband's favorite (yes, we have favorites!) and she gave us three gifts. She gave us a box of vintage doilies that she made. They are quite pretty and we will be using them at our new apartment. She gave us a cookie jar and then a fun statue/chalkboard to go outside. Here are the last two:


Roosters! This resident did not know what has been going on at our house and I never mentioned liking roosters (because of course I don't) but she gave us two rooster themed items. The blackboard rooster is kind of cute and since we do live in the country, I put him by the front door. The rooster cookie jar doesn't match our beach-themed house and so he is going away. If he weren't chipped I would put cookies in his belly and give him to the neighbors.

For the rest of the day I baked and listed a few things on ebay. I made brownies in cupcake liners which came out pretty darn good.

And then I frosted them with my husband's favorite icing. It is made from four ingredients: peanut butter, powdered sugar, butter and milk. I melt 1/2 stick of butter in the microwave. I add in about 1/4-1/3 cup peanut butter and a bunch of powdered sugar. I use the milk to make it a bit creamier. Then I just keep adding powdered sugar or milk depending on if needs to be thicker or not. It is SUPER rich and full of calories so be warned. But everyone who has ever had it has loved it in small doses.

I photographed this on my kitchen counter. My kitchen counter was an ugly cream color from the 1980s and I painted it!

Today I am going to touch up paint and maybe watch a movie or two. We almost always go to church on Sundays when we are home since my hubby sings or plays drums or guitar but today he had off and it is rainy dreary day. Perfect day for laying in bed & watching a movie.


  1. So excited you are blogging!
    I love to read about your days.
    And I am praying for the new job.
    I put you on my sidebar!
    And I love everything you wrote about ebay.
    I hope you continue to write about ebay.
    You know so much and it is so valuable to others.

  2. Thanks so much! I am really enjoying it! As I thrift more, I will post what sells and what looks good to buy. Thanks for all the prayers too. I'm glad your surgery went well.


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