new TV!!

We have been living in our house for 10 years. It is a great house but until recently the living room was plagued by an 67 inch by 100 feet Godzilla of a television (spell check made me capitalize Godzilla.)  I felt like it was lurking behind every turn to make me cringe.  Being the patient wife that I am, I waited until my husband was ready to release it.  I wish I had a before picture.  While I was biting my tongue and surreptitiously placing best buy mailers around I worked on the new console.  Once again determined only use what I had already, I set off to make a new home for my imaginary TV. Three things I learned.  1. you need two people to cut a piece of bamboo on a table saw. 2. never start a job 6 months before it can be installed. 3. get a biscuit joiner because joining different kinds of wood just because you refuse to go buy new stuff is hard. 4. I know I only said 3,  it is hard to teach yourself to install second time around hinges. must watch more youtube.

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Now we can even operate all the crap through the pegboard!    I think it turned out great for my first shot at such a long piece. My family thinks It looks like it lives in a pineapple under the sea.  It does!!!

did I mention I only learn by messing up? and backwards?

I have moved on to more intense part of the porch renovation. I have already completed the new lamp, side tables and made the new throw pillows, like i said backwards. The porch is littered with my creations while I move them around again and again to gain access to some kind of rotting wood.  The second mistake was the first column. I didn’t realize or didn’t investigate the support structure for the porch roof fully.  After blowing 5 dead members of a mouse family that had some point taken up residence in the column into the garden, and then one by one extricating them from my puppy’s mouth (sometimes only tails)

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I started chipping away at the wood. There was no support inside this column.  When I removed the wood  I got real close with my crow bar really quickly, and slid some new 2 by 4 ‘s in.  knowing it was supported I sat down to think.  AHA moment and I started in on the other column.

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my husband steps out briefly.  Husband “whatcha doing?”

me “jacking this baby up!”

husband “okay, have fun”

me inside my head “good man”

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worked like a charm, now onto to the trim.

 

 

 

 

 

 

snuggling maggots.

Despite what the teenager might think I do not exist to embarrass her.  I only take advantage of it when it produces such utterances as “they look like snuggling maggots.” My sweet non nature loving almost 14-year-old, thinks my obsession with seed pods is weird.  For her entire life I have been attempting to convince her of the beauty and awesomeness of seeds. Well it hasn’t worked yet.

Today as we were driving along a very busy road I pulled over and told her to jump out and grab three of the gigantic seed pods lying about on the ground.

Her:  MOOOOMMMMMM! do you have any idea how stupid I am gonna look!

Me:  Well then make it fast and make sure they aren’t rotted out.

Her: Mom you are sooo weird!

Innocent bystander:  Yea I was just thinking that those things are crazy weird.

Her: I was talking about my mom.

Me: (laughing hysterically)

When she gets back in the car she is laughing with me.

Her:  But I still think your weird.

Meanwhile, on the rest of the drive home I listen as she tells me of her day.  Pretty much standard day, with a few teacher anecdotes, she had me laughing so hard I almost forgot about my gigantic seed pods. She is still entertaining me as we sit in the driveway so I pull out my seed pod. I am enthralled.

Me: feel it.

Her: ewwwwwe

Me: oh my gosh smell it. It smells so good.

Her: ewwwe no. look at this funny picture.

Me: That’s a good one, send that one to Uncle Will.

Her: I’ll send it to him on one condition.

Me: K

Her: That you never make me smell your snuggling maggots.

Me: It does looks like snuggling maggots.

Her: Oh No mom are you totally gonna blog about this?

Me: Yes dear, yes I am.

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LOOK how big they are and lime green.

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