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Counter this…

I‘ve been thinking about my new washer and dryer and the little alcove it’s in since they were delivered yesterday afternoon.  There are quite a few ideas online that caught my eye.

Here is a very stylish laundry space I found on Heather Bullard’s Lifestyle blog. 

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This is a really pretty space.  If I had a window near this area I would probably mimic this idea.  My little laundry alcove is poorly lit and is already crowded with shelves.  I really like it though and wanted to share it here.

 

 

 

 

 

I liked this country curtain idea found at Southern Living.

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I really like how this looks.  Everything is neat, as well as functional.  I didn’t get the pedestal drawers so I will need to have a place for the detergent and other laundry related supplies, including the ironing accessories.

 

 

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At the Better Homes and Gardens website they had a great idea for covering up the shelves above the washer and dryer.

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I liked this idea of hiding the shelves above the washer and dryer and drawing the focus to the frames on the counter top.  They haven’t even attempted to hide the washer and dryer.  It doesn’t seem to matter though since the area on the counter top looks so nice and coordinates with the shades so well.  

 

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I definitely want to put in something to make a counter.  I like the shade idea, but fabric will match better with the decor around the laundry alcove.   I also need to think about some sort of container for the detergent and other supplies.  That may end up being a set of baskets, a counter top cabinet, plastic bins or something else entirely.  I suppose I will worry about that after Christmas.

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Perfect timing…

I got my new washer and dryer today.  I am so excited, which probably sounds a little looney, but I got to actually pick out what I wanted.  Not what was cheapest, not what would be practical, but the set that I actually wanted.   I will be eternally grateful to Sully’s mom for such a generous and thoughtful gift.  She suggested it a few weeks ago but with my brother in law in the hospital recovering from a stroke we had put off our shopping trip.  Last Friday, we decided to just get it done.  (My brother in law is still in the neurological ICU but he is stable we are waiting and hoping for him to heal and come back to us.)  It was a nice surprise, going shopping on Friday.  It turned out to be the perfect week to have them delivered.  Boo and I started our Christmas break this week so I had some extra time.  We just have Christmas crafts and general housekeeping stuff to do this week.  I had plenty of time yesterday to work on crafts and clear out the laundry area.  Definitely perfect timing, I am ready for a great week.

This is the set that I got…

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It was delivered this afternoon and it looks great.

I spent most of yesterday moving stuff out of the laundry area, which is just a 6 foot by 3 foot closet, give or take a few inches.  I had some shelves on the back of the unit that held my detergent and other cleaning items as well as a rolling cart that slid in between the washer and dryer.  After cleaning everything else out I started moving the old washer and dryer.  My old set works great and I actually feel bad for replacing them they work so well.  I am planning on donating the set so that someone that needs it can make use of it.  The dryer was easy, unplug, disconnect the vent hose and wheel it away.  The washer was a bit more complicated as I couldn’t get the cold water to turn off.  I ended up leaving it in the closet for the delivery people to deal with.

I was glad that I got the dryer out though so that I could clean the floor, there was a mat of lint that matched the footprint of the dryer exactly.  I had to use a scraper to get it all up, swept and mopped twice.  Moving the dryer and mucking around with the washer also helped me figure out that the new set wasn’t going to fit like the other set did.  The depth of the closet is 32 inches, the new set is 31.125 inches deep, I didn’t even think about the hookups in the back.  Oy…  Well, at least there is a finished doorway that adds another five inches to the depth of the closet.  Of course, that means that the ugly bifold doors had to come off.  I wasn’t exactly upset about that but now it would be an open space and that I might be upset about.

Here’s my poorly lit pic of the new set in my little laundry area.  You can see on the sides how the closet cuts back out a bit on each side. 

washer and dryer

I am looking at ideas for covering the area or at least dressing it up.  I will keep you posted.  The dryer is singing a little tune to me now.  That load must be dry.

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Cutting it close…

I love my Cricut.  I’ve done a lot of cool and nifty things with my Cricut, Christmas cards, scrapbooking, decorated picture frames to name a few.  Right now though I am so sick of cutting out snowflakes.  Over the weekend, I think I have cut out 120, 2 inch snowflakes and I am pretty sure I am not done with those.  Today I have cut out about 40, 4 inch snowflakes.  Don’t get me wrong they are very pretty and they will look great on my Christmas crafts but honestly I am over it at this point.  

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Two of the 4 inch snowflakes.

My basic plan for today is to get all of the Cricut stuff done so that I can put it and all of it’s accessories away.  I still have sewing to do and I don’t want it all to be at the last minute.  I also need to get everything pulled out of the laundry room so that the delivery of my new washer and dryer.  I will talk more about that tomorrow.

What I really wanted was a day where I got stuff done but that I didn’t feel rushed and stressed.  I would love for the week before Christmas to be happy hustle and bustle not Calgon take me away stressful.  Last Christmas I barely got three hours of sleep after several nights of only getting 4 to 5 hours of sleep.  Boo was very excited and kept getting out of bed.  I was trying to wrap presents and get ‘other’ stuff set up for Christmas morning.  I’d been in bed about twenty minutes when she came in asking if Santa had come yet.  I think I said something like, “Are you kidding me?  Go back to bed.”  Honestly, I don’t usually talk like that and I try to be really patient and understanding of the Christmas excitement but I was exhausted.   I had hope she would sleep late, the last few years she had gotten up around 8:00, give or take thirty minutes or so.   Boo woke up at 5:30, I was able to ignore her and Sully until 6:00 but I was not happy.  I was so tired that I hurt all over.  I don’t remember most of the day because I was so exhausted.  Of course, now that makes me sad because that was our last Christmas with Papa.  I’ll have to sit down on a quiet day to meditate and see if I can recall some memories.

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Different style with some flake glitter.

 

The point is this week I am not going to run around like a fool and I am going to be well rested for Christmas.  So there!

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So ready…

Yes, the last full week before Christmas.  I am ready to have a good week and a great relaxing holiday.  Sully goes into the office today and tomorrow, he works from home Wednesday and Thursday and then he is off work starting Friday until January 2nd.  Of course, he will be working from home January 2nd and 3rd and doesn’t go back into the office until January 4th.  Yay!  I love having him home.  

I am really looking forward to Christmas this year.  In past years it’s been tough, my dad passed away in December 2007 and since then it’s been hard to get into the spirit.  I think this year I’ve been so determined to make sure it’s a good holiday for Sully and his mom that I’ve reverted back to my usual Christmas crazy person.  My mom used to call me ‘Elfin’ magic’ when I was younger because I was the one that really decorated the house and got everyone together to put up lights on the house and decorate the yard.   It feels good to be excited and looking forward to the holiday that I loved so much growing up.  I’ve had the radio on in several different rooms and the garage playing Christmas music, we have a local station that plays nothing but Christmas music from Thanksgiving to Christmas night.  

Sully’s been doing pretty well and was very excited to shop for everyone.  We do most of our shopping online rather than fighting the crowds, we normally have a good idea of what to get people so we don’t need to browse around.  Every year we try to visit the mall near us, we go out to dinner and then mill around the Christmas decorations and the people shopping.  The mall usually has some fun events like live music or carolers.  Then we come home and have hot chocolate and watch some Christmas specials.

Christmas cocoa

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On my list…

I am realizing that there are only so many days left until Christmas.  That sounds silly I am sure but it’s been so crazy trying to get stuff done and my brother in law is still in the hospital.  The days are slipping by and I am just running to keep up without any regard to the calendar.  

Something we watched last night mentioned how many days left until Christmas and it hit me.  This morning when I got up I realized that I needed to make a list of things I wanted to get done today.  It wasn’t a huge list because I knew a few of them, while not difficult, would be time consuming.  

I spent the early part of the day addressing Christmas cards.  I knew that I would be running some errands later that would take my right by a mail box.  If I am going to be out I figure I might as well take advantage of it, right?  We ate lunch and watched football, Broncos vs. Ravens.  I put stamps on the cards and sealed them while Peyton and the Broncos moved down the field.  I also did some laundry and some general straightening in the house.  

After the game I ran my errands and when I got back I found out that Sully wasn’t feeling well.  He has fairly severe allergies and I think he is just worn out.  I gave him some allergies meds and told him to go lie down.  While he was resting Boo and I went out to the front yard and put up the spiral trees and the lights around the roof line of the house.  We were probably out there an hour or so but it looks nice and I am so happy to finally have it done.  This is the latest that we’ve gotten it done.  We usually have the house lights up the weekend after Thanksgiving.  This year I was behind on everything else so that was what kept getting pushed to the side.  It’s done now and I am so happy.

Sully felt worlds better when we came in, both the meds and the rest helped a bunch.  We ate dinner and spent the rest of the night catching up on episodes of Jimmy Fallon.  I worked on more of my Christmas crafts.  Now I just need to make a list of everything that needs to be done between now and Christmas.  Maybe I can map out a plan so I can get it all done and not be rushing all week.  We shall see.  Wish me luck!

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Buon Natale…

That’s Merry Christmas in Italian.  I am saying it today because we went on our annual trip to Romanelli’s Italian deli.    It’s a Christmas tradition to go and pick up some of their delicious food and groceries.  The family owned deli is a little over 4o miles away from us so we usually go just once a year.  Sully’s mom is full Italian and so Christmas dinner is always an Italian extravaganza of food.  Always amazing and always delicious.

In past years we have gone out to lunch at another restaurant that is nearby but this year we decided to pick up sandwiches from deli at Romanelli’s.  It was really hard to decide what sandwich to get.  I ended up getting the same sandwich as Sully and it was delicious.

We picked up meat and cheese from the deli as well as items from their grocery section.  We got fresh bread and dessert, tira misu, napoleons and cannoli in their bakery area.  We took the sandwiches home and they were delicious.  It kind of makes me sad that we won’t be back for another year, the sandwich was that good.

It was a fun day.  We hung out at Gramma’s the rest of the afternoon.  I worked on some of my Christmas crafts while we watched last week’s Saturday Night Live and then Cowboys vs. Aliens, which was really good.

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Newtown…

Today our world became a bit dimmer as we learned of the events in Connecticut this morning.  My heart breaks for the parents, friends, families,  students, teachers and community for their loss.

 

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