Holy Crap it’s a miracle…

Iz can walk!

Like, upright. Sans crutches. Sans limp and shuffle. SANS PAIN THAT MAKES ME ADD MUCHO DOLLARS TO AVERY’S COLLEGE FUND SWEAR JAR!!


So since my last home improvement project crippled me and I’m all better now I think it’s time to tackle another….

Duhn duhn duhhhhhhh…..



It’s gotta be done. It’s the only “unfinished” room in the house; bare concrete floors, un-sheet-rocked walls, bare plywood counter tops. It’s ugly. So we add to the ugliness by making it the dumping ground for all things that don’t have a specified place to go, or all things we’re too lazy to put in their proper place, OR things that should have gone to the GoodWill…..

The room remains unfinished because 5 1/2 years ago when we bought this house we had GRANDIOSE plans to install an exterior door to the backyard and make the basement a “walk out” so why sheet rock the walls when we were just going to cut a big hole?? And since the walls are unfinished, why put flooring down on the concrete?? Why put laminate on the counter top?? Because we’re lazy that’s why…

Did I mention that selling the house and buying another is back on the table???


Because we’re completely incapable of making a decision and then sticking to it we’re now weighing our options. Plus, we’ve found 2 homes on the market nearby that we’re kinda obsessed with….so our “we’re gonna renovate the house” plan is no longer set in stone. My biggest issue with renovating is that we are procrastinators of EPIC PROPORTIONS. I have zero trouble envisioning living in a house with plastic sheeting covering the holes in the walls, cooking everything on the grill because the kitchen has been dismantled and sleeping in the garage as it’s the only room that doesn’t look as if we’ve been testing missiles FOR FIVE DAMN YEARS….

Not a purty picture y’all….

We have a realtor coming out Wednesday morning to give us a market analysis on the house and hopefully a realistic timeline for getting it sold. Hubs is setting up appointments with a couple of general Contractor friends to give us estimates on what this renovation would cost and how long it will take.

We’ll hopefully make (and stick to) an educated decision after we get all the 411. In the meantime, I’m trying to spruce the house up a bit so the realtor will happily report we can totally get top dollar for it! And by sprucing up I mean doing crap that we’ve been putting off doing for 5 1/2 years….hence the painting of the front porch last Wednesday, the cleaning out and organizing of the laundry room and hopefully having a truck full of gravel delivered tomorrow to be spread out in the front flower bed (the BIG one with no flowers in it because we planned to reshape it and add a different edging before landscaping it FIVE YEARS AGO). Now it needs a thicker layer of gravel to hide the bits of ugly black plastic weed barrier (that does not in any way prevent weeds, they just grow up through the holes) poking up throughout the entire 15 square foot bed….

Oy. Trying to hastily add curb appeal sucks….

At least the front door is new and pretty, and while I was chair-bound the last few days I put my time to good use and made 36 lovely felt flowers for a gorgeous new fall wreath to hang on it so that’ll really clinch the deal….

All I have to do is actually buy the grapevine wreath all these flowers will go on, some glue that the felt doesn’t soak up like a SPONGE, another roll of ribbon and WAH LA! It’ll be stupendous and I totally have time to finish it. T.O.T.A.L.L.Y.











And, being the GLASS HALF EFFIN’ FULL kinda girl I am (shut up) I am totally thankful that all this can be accomplished expeditiously now that my knee is better. It’s gonna be fabulous! The realtor is going to beg us for the listing! We’ll sell the house on the first day it’s listed for wayyyyyyy more than we owe on it. We’ll find the perfect ranch style house and the sellers will be so charmed by us that they’ll take 20% off the asking price, plus foot the bill for all the closing costs! It’s gonna be great I tell ya!!!


6 thoughts on “Holy Crap it’s a miracle…

  1. Woman paints porch.

    Woman ends up on crutches.

    Woman gives up crutches.

    Woman begins to eyeball the laundry room for renovation.

    What part of that picture does not scare us? SUPERVISION of major projects, woman.

    And congrats on the BlogHer thing!!! (Sorry, I don’t really know what that is, just that it exists)

    • I know, I know…..but SOMEBODY’S gotta do it. I’m too short on cash to bribe anybody into doing it….And THANKS on the making it into BlogHer! It’s like finding a publisher for my book!!

  2. Yay! So glad your knee is better! I can’t wait to see the finished wreath; you’re so clever! We bought the farm house (originally built in 1910) back in 2000. The whole main floor was studs – no walls anywhere but the exterior. Hubs took a work hiatus to remedy that so while I commuted 2+ hours each way he stayed home and built walls. And installed floors. And lined the window seat with cedar. And, and, and. But more than ten years later when we lost it, it was STILL NOT DONE! Sigh.

    Here’s hoping you’ll find the perfect buyer and the perfect home for you to buy!

    P.S. What’s BlogHer?

    • Oh Bubbe, you have NOT turned on the light at the end of my tunnel!!! 10 years…..Not at all hard to imagine for procrastinators like us.

      BlogHer is a publishing network for women (they have accepted a few men) writers/bloggers. It generates massive traffic numbers to the 3000 Blogs it features, upwards of 50 millions readers per month and it pays you for the content you publish, ads you run on their behalf etc….it’s kinda like getting a book publisher. I’m super thrilled to have had Gram-Cracker.com accepted to their network! When you have a minute google Blogher.com….

  3. Yay! Grammy’s knee is better!

    And since you’re a glass is half full kinda girl….

    The Realtor is gonna just BUY your house outright and the house you like will be GIVEN to you because you and hubs are just so darn wonderful! (Take Peanut with you…they won’t be able to resist her charm!)


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