A Little Sprucing Up


Hubby got a chance to start some of the outside work that will need to be done after the cement was poured for the drive way and sidewalks.  I think being Karl was home, it was easier to want to do as Karl was pretty willing to help out.

Our goal is to get all of our property to look like this along the street with part gravel and part grass and then sidewalk.  We like the look and it leaves nice parking if we have extra people at our house.


We had done that to the south of the driveway but not to the north.

When they poured the driveway the first thing they did was dig out part of the rock and put in in a pile.  It’s been sitting there since.


Hubby is a whiz with the skid loader and in no time he had created a gravel area on the side of the driveway and dirt in the rest.


Here’s Karl manning the shovel.


It doesn’t look like much now as the dirt will need to be seeded down with grass.  This is the south section…..


and this the north section….. [Read more...]

Goodbye Hall Tree


Hubby has been on a roll with getting projects done around here and I couldn’t be happier.  Earlier this week I told you that the microwave cabinet got finished and I showed you this picture.

This is my house if I am in the kitchen and looking towards the door that goes into the garage.  You can see on the left we have a hall tree coat hanger.  Hubby and I hang our coats on it.  The childcare kids hang their coats on the wall the door is on.


In early summer Hubby went to an auction without me and came home with a wall mount coat hanger.  He apologized that he spent $27.50 for it.  He thought it was too much.  He originally thought we could put it in the bathroom and we’d have a spot for the childcare kids to hang their individual towels.  Well that didn’t work out.  The space wasn’t right in the bathroom.

While he was walking out of the bathroom he explained that he would refinish it and sell it.  Then he looked up and saw the hall tree…next thing I knew he was taking the coat rack and putting it against the wall.  Then he asked what I thought….um, YES!!

So goodbye to this ugly hall tree…hall-tree-1

And hello to the new coat rack!!  I’m loving it….Do you? [Read more...]

A Week of Workers


The childcare kids are so funny.  They keep asking me if the workers are coming each day.  I tell them yes but today was the last day.  I snapped a few pictures to show you the progress.

Once the men started pouring the concrete the kids were so busy watching.  They had watched the day before but they couldn’t really see what it was all about until the workers started on the driveway.  Then we had big fights over who was sitting where and who could or couldn’t see.


I finally pulled the kids’ chairs out to the garage and let them watch…I teased the parents and told them that I provided “live theater” for their children’s entertainment that day!


Here is what their work ended up looking like.

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New Cement


My Monday was a pretty easy one considering I have eight kids here.  They spent most of the day like this…watching the workers outside my windows.  We’re getting new cement.


I’m so happy.  It’s been a long debate between Hubby and me trying to decide if we wanted to afford cement.  The stuff is expensive.  We finally both got on the same page and decided it was time.  I was tired of the childcare moms coming in with nice shoes only to have them covered in mud.  I was tired of yelling at the kids to stay out of the puddles.  I was tired of Hubby dragging in mud.

Today they started out small.  See the fence along side our house.  I hide the kids’ ride on toys behind there.  I requested that we cement that small area.


They did.  This is now the “parking” area for the ride on toys.


We had them pour a new back step too.  I’m loving this already.


Then we decided to bite the bullet and cement the driveway.  Originally we were only going to do from the corner of the porch back to the garage but we decided to do this instead….. [Read more...]