“If you are sooo into Dave Ramsey…why don’t you downsize?” You ask…

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If you are new to my blog you know that I  my DH and myself are into working to become debt free before we retire.  Well, actually a lot sooner, but it includes the mortgage.  We are on one income, so that is reasonable to extend the timeline a little bit.

We made the decision years ago for my DH, dear husband,  –to stay home with our kids.

(We love this movie!)

Darn those priorities…Just kidding.

It was the best decision we could have ever made.  He was wonderful with them when they were infants, toddlers…talk about the schedule man. He was amazing. It has been a true blessing.  So funny that you just do what you need to do.  I feel fortunate that we have been able to afford for one of us to stay home.  Many people don’t have the luxury.  Once you get used to living on two incomes…its so hard to stop….I remember getting a cash advance on a Discover card when my husband quit that first year….Ouch…okay that was before understanding debt free philosophy, but we did what we had to do!

I actually have been judged by people because I work…and my DH is the one that stays home.  But, like Mark Cuban said on SharkTank when an inventor was talking about being a stay at home dad  and one of the panel members started dissing him…saying “your poor wife…she..blah blah blah….”

Mark Cuban said, Actually, Maybe she is a really smart woman because he is good at it!  He’s a really good father.

Okay I am getting on my stepladder again…I am so grateful for my DH and everything he does to care for us, just like the women that stay/or stayed home. We all make the choice to be at home…and blessed to be able to do so.

 

Squirrel— I digressed from my original question…so if we want to be debt free so badly why not move or “downsize” into a smaller place you ask? Well, no one really asked, but it is a situation we recently considered quite deliberately.  Makes sense right? Especially with DFC, dear friend Christy being a realtor, and DFK, a house flipper–we could very easily.

This is why….the neighborhood gang.  My DS, dear 10 year old son, is in the center.

 

Can you believe that many kids around the same age in one neighborhood?  Are we lucky or what? They are all amazing kids…they have so much fun.  I know it may end someday…as they keep getting busier with their sports and activities.  They are quite the amazing bunch. (sniff.sniff)

 

Now for the other reasons…

This is the home that we have lived in the longest as a family.

We have such great memories here. A lot of  “firsts” —Birthdays, first communion/confirmation celebrations, surprise parties, holiday dinners, firsts for our kids, first job, drivers license, , school dances, dance recitals, basketball games, after game parties, bbqs, cousins over to play, of course the memories of day to day living.

It has so many of the things on our want list when we bought it…(this was our third house and we really understood our needs at that point)

  • Mud room/Wash room combination
  • separate dining area
  • Eat in Kitchen opens into great room
  • Bedrooms privately upstairs
  • unfinished basement
  • a Main level office that is separate from rest of house
  • master ensuite – bath with double sinks and tub hooked to a master closet
  • a guest room that has it’s own separate bath
  • a three car garage with a separated 2-1 so we can have a shop
  • Opens up to open space…
Now we would trade that all to live near our neighbors that have turned friends.

It is still a work in progress…we still have so much fun to have getting it the way that we want it to truly  make it ours!

So the adventure begins, working to make it ours on a DR budget. We did re finance to a 15 year mortgage and our payment went down! Are debt free but our mortgage and our cabin.

We have settled in and I am glad we did and didn’t make a hasty decision.  I want my DD to be able to come home from college to her same house that she grew up in. It won’t matter to her that it is still is forever a work in progress it is after all her HOME.

 

 

 

 

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Kitchen sink light redo…a splash of red

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I love to walk around Home Depot. I love to wander the isles and look at products and new inventions. They give me inspiration. It is amazing to me how many do- it- yourself projects there are. If you have the will there is a way at your Home Depot. Sorry for the old fashion quote but seriously true.

As much as I love it—I have to confess that “wandering” around Home Depot falls to the bottom of my “To Do” list and is often on the “I don’t have time list” of things to do.

I can’t even remember what I went to Home Depot for but I stumbled upon the lighting section. (Okay I purposely found the lighting isle- and it did not disappoint).
I found a kit that converts your recessed lighting into a hanging light by just screwing it in to the current light socket.

No electrician nephew to bother, no DH to bug. Oh wait I did get my DH to help me…okay he did it while I snapped pictures. What would I do without that man?
A few tips:
• My first kit was too small, so make sure that you measure your recessed lighting and purchase the right size. (Sometimes in my excitement I knee jerk too quickly and buy too fast).

You need the conversion kit, and you also need to pick a glass globe as well. I am into RED so here is my globe.

The picture makes it look a little too bright and orange looking but it is a mixture of true reds with dark streaks.

Here is my DH converting the light. Follow the directions to a tea. Don’t forget to turn off the power.

It is so easy- peasy-lemon-squeezy….


• Make sure to buy a bright enough bulb for the light. We had to buy a 60 watt so it would be pretty and give off enough light over the sink.

I love my new light. It is such a great change from the boring plain track home lighting that the builder put in.

Note: This is a horrible photo of the final project because of the way the light hits our bamboo shade. I am going to get dark blinds for this window…


• Have fun!!!

 

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Before you take a nap on the porch…favorite blog…

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One of the things that I love to do is to “surf” my favorite blogs. I sometimes have a hard time winding down at night and I will lay in bed with my iPad and blog surf. I noticed the other night that One blog helped me relax and left me with a warm feeling.  Okay this isn’t “weird” or take place of normal interaction or prayer…just fun. Well, I decided to feature these blogs on my blog when I get that feeling from a blog on more than one occasion.  Why not share?

This is the blog that inspired my series I am calling “Comfort Blogs”.

 

Between Naps on the Porch by Susan

I wanted to share a wonderful series that one of my first favorite Comfort blogs has–it is called “Movie Homes” . It is by Susan at  Between Naps on the Porch which  is a “Home and Garden Lifestyle” blog where you’ll find inspiration for
~Decorating
~Tablescaping
~Before and Afters
~DIY Projects
~Thrifting
~Antiquing
~Home Tours
~Gardening.

Click here —Check out Susan’s blog it is a wonderful source of information, but she is so down to earth and great place to stop for a pick me up when you need one!

Make sure that you check out this series called Movie Homes–it is a tour of homes that are in popular movies.  I have to say Father of the  Bride has to be my favorite home.

 

 

 

 

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The MANCAVE Reveal

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It was a long 3 days and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

One of the dilemmas-  I had to find a place (home) for the ‘stuff” that didn’t belong in his garage.  You know my gardening, packaging from things we bought, garage sale items, misc everything.  Well in order to do that I had to clean our 2 car main garage as well.   So I had a place to put things.  Where else but the other garage. Oh you mean my garden stuff doesn’t go in his shop? lol

There was a point during the process that I was scared. Scared I bit off more than I could chew. Like panic scared…

This is where BFFC was so helpful and encouraging. Just when I was about to stop– she would come trotting along with gloves on and a smile and just take over.

She, BFFC, by the way is also a blonde bombshell, funny, heart of gold, woodworking, gardening,  previous college basketball player…yeah I know talk about a talented neighbors….seriously? What is with the adorable college athletes on our block? Can’t a regular gal get a break? LOL

 

I was driving to get a few things at Home depot- love that place- and I stopped for a drink and my nephew drove by.  (Another nephew, not DNR). yes I know I am blessed with wonderful nieces and nephews that live close by. Austin, DNA, dear nephew Austin.

It gave me an idea. I called him and said…HELP…what college student doesn’t need extra money.  He was wonderful. He came over and helped me organize the main garage. He also planted 4 rose bushes and 3 berry plants.  PLANTS? I thought we were re-doing the garage?  (I know —yes—I actually bought foliage on Thursday morning thinking I would “plant” while I took a break from the garage re-do).  I know I have issues—but  That is for another post and maybe a short therapy session.

Isn’t it just wonderful? He was so surprised and loved loved loved it. He had such a great trip and was so homesick…it was a great surprise to come home to. I made a list of things that we did.

I have to give a shout out to everyone that helped so much. I am going to have a BBQ to thank everyone for all of their help.  I could not have done it without them!

Thanks so much!

 

 

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Garage Woodshop turned MANCAVE part 7

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I can’t tell you how much fun it was to do this project for my DH.

After many years, he finally found his passion. He loves his family.  He loves to golf.  That being said, His woodworking gives him something different. It not only gives him an escape from the daily grind, like my blogging does, it gives him a sense of pride. It makes me feel so blessed to do something for him that impacts something that he loves so much.

Here is the re do of his entry way.

 

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Garage Woodshop turned MANCAVE part 6

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Where is a guy to sit?

The final night before my DH came home to his new garage converted into a MANCAVE, my neighbor DFK were chatting and she looked down at my husband’s workbench and the finished product.  It was 11 at night and I was celebrating the finished product. She said we have to go…I can’t tell you why – we have to GO.  So if you know DFK, you don’t argue, you just follow. So we jumped in her car and headed over to her “flip”. She flips houses for a living. She is amazing by the way…seriously! Blonde bomb shell, heart of gold, previous pro golfer…seriously GOD…

The previous owners of the house that she bought left this shop chair in the garage. She gave it to me for my DH. Isn’t that the sweetest thing?

A little better than a bucket with a seat cushion on it wouldn’t you say? Thanks DFK.

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Garage Woodshop turned MANCAVE part 5

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The building of the MANCAVE continues…the boring part was the cleaning and sorting through junk.

I love the area of Colorado we live in. Such a great sense of community.  I put an entire group of items out on the curb and put free on them. They were gone by morning. Someone’s trash is anothers’ treasure.  I love that!

What is a man cave with out a TV? Here is some more of DNRs handy work. The TV and the amazing outlets! Can’t you tell I heart them?

 

 

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Garage Woodshop turned MANCAVE part 4

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Lighting and electrical were huge needs to make my husband’s MANCAVE a functional workshop for him.

As I mentioned in a previous post my DNR, dear nephew Ritchie, came over and worked non stop to

  • put in 3 outlets with 4 plugs each,
  • an outlet and cable for the tV,
  • hung the TV, and
  • run electrical for the shop light.
  • hung the holders for the ladder
  • ran the cable from the basement

Okay, my two neighbors, well they truly are more than neighbors they are very good dear friends. DFK and BFFC were absolutely losing their minds over  tool envy.  My nephew is a professional so the tools he had were really awesome.

Here is the before and after of the lighting.  Doesn’t the paint job make all the difference as well? Wow…I was so excited for my DH to see it at this point…I was so happy!!! to surprise him.

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Garage Woodshop turned MANCAVE Part 3

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It would have been fun to divide this post by “days”. If you haven’t noticed I have no pictures of myself doing this project. That is a blessing for everyone. OUCH. No shower for 2.5 days—ick.

There was seriously no time.

Well, BFFC and her son Austin built a box in the corner of the garage to hold all of my husbands Aspen tree wood pieces.  She took mdf that my DH had stored in our attic. (who knew? he had wood in the attic). apparently his woodworking BFF Cyndi.

Isn’t it awesome? If you remember the previous picture of wood everywhere this is a total Godsend.  She even made 3 separate compartments for the different sized wood.

 

 

Here is a before and after version.

Before and After Bliss

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Garage Wood shop turned MANCAVE Part 2

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I had  3 days  to turn my husbands single car garage into a workshop for him.

He left thursday mid day and was coming back Sunday mid day.

I have to give Kudos to a big unsung hero in the project. My husband’s woodworking BFF, Cyndi. We will call her BFFC.  Not only did she let me store the new TV and stand at her and Suzie’s house, but she was there helping the entire time.  I mean the entire time. I am not trying to take anything away from the work my son and daughter and I put into it—I was a crazed woman.  But, when I say she went above and beyond that sounds like so little when you consider:

BFFC did all of this:

  •  brought over her shop vac and used it a lot.
  •  swept and scrubbed.
  •  brought over plastic to cover the workbench and helped me cover it for the painters.
  •  organized the wood
  •  cheered me on when I was about ready to give up
  •  stayed while the painters were here
  •  let my dad in the house so he could watch the painters
  •  lent me tools and misc I needed
  • the most wonderful thing she did besides keep me on track was to build him a compartment for his wood

 

After removing everything from the garage and sweeping and cleaning. I was so upset by how icky the place looked. I made the very quick decision to have the painters who painted our house come back and paint the garage. It had a nice drywall finish I knew it would look so nice painted. My DFK, dear friend Kris, that I have mentioned before has a wonderful painter that she referred to us for our exterior house paint job.  I called him and he was available in less than a days notice! Can you believe how blessed I am? The good Lord was there with his blessings the entire long 3 days.   These painters are the bomb.  If you live in Denver area and need a painter these are your guys. (email me and I can forward their number).

 

 

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