Itching for some reno.

Its been way too long since I have done any updates on my home. Its probably because I am busy paying vet bills. The De-brassing movement has turned into my number one focus as it is something I can probably tackle on my own. Sounds easy enough to remove all the ugly hinge and replace them with new pretty ones, right?

The first thing we did to the home was the front door handle on move in day. It had to be changed. We almost never even viewed the home as our realtor couldn't open the front door. What would our lives be like and where would we be living if we hadn't insisted on getting into this home?

Move in day 2011

As O would say "Working like a man"

When we moved into the house we noticed that every door knob was different. All brass of course. They were all keyed locks. I am serious, bedrooms and bathrooms alike you need a key to enter and of course we didn't have keys for any of them. So first trip to Lowes we got 10 new knobs and installed them. So now we don't have to worry about getting locked out of our own bedroom but we have to worry about the hideous hinges.

Left closet, right laundry room.

You will notice the mis-matched knob and hinge

Plans are to get matching hinges. But just imagine how many that will be!? Yikes.

Here is a before picture of the brass that is taking over my home currently.
Kitchen cabinet 
Up close and personal with hinges. 

Right-Linen closet left guest bath.
The master plan for the bare cabinets is to get knobs and pulls for them and replace the hinges with matchy ones. 
For the drawers
For the cabinets
We are thinking that these will go well with the stainless appliances we have. Again, I am looking for a more polished look. Right now we basically have a generic kitchen and it needs more personality.

Dark picture of the kitchen
Other side of kitchen
Imagine updated hardware, crown molding, new counter tops and back splash. Ahh the possibilities. I am thinking white subway tile. I like the contrast with the darker cabinets. 
I like the open cabinet/ shelving but hubby disagrees
For awhile I liked the idea of bead board back splash
I found this on The Lettered Cottage and loved it. Hubby's not so into it. We are adding white bead board on the living room side of the island and he thinks it will be too much. It was worth a shot. 

For counter tops we figured that removing the tile that was improperly installed by the last owner would only be a loss of about 50 dollars. I'll take it for something nicer and done well. YHL installed beautiful Corian, we are thinking of going for something darker. 

WHen we first bought the house I googled our address and found pictures of the first kitchen. It was white tile and white appliance. I used zillow and found houses in the same area with pictures of the kitchen so, this is what our kitchen must have looked like before

I have an ugly white sink that holds stains like no other
I am dreaming of a stainless undermount when we get the new counter tops. Something deeper than 8in. Like this one from plumberssurplus.com. And of course a new faucet. This particular one has caught my eye. Those buttons underneath the nozzle? High and low flow. Perfectly good for the environment.
Alas, these are all dreams for the future. One night hubby and I sat down and made a realistic list of "Home-To-Do"
So you will notice I will not be getting these things in the near future. Savings is the key for making my dreams come true.


Oh Glory Day!

Back for a very limited time at Target is my favorite candy! My rommate in college discovered the Gobstopper Heartbreakers for her at the time long distance boyfriend. This was about 5 years ago. These candies are only available around valentines day. I always go to the Target's in the area to snatch as many as I can without any success. TamTam even used to bring them to me from Target in Eugene which seemed to be the only Target that carried them. Last year instead of going to the stores I called ahead of time and was able to locate 3 bags. This year on a whim we went to Target. The store was fully stocked with these wonderful treats. I freaked out! People were talking about me. "Did you see that girl who was so excited about the candy?" True Story. I bought 7 bags. I wanted 6 but hubby added another. Hopefully I can make them last all year, you know half a bag a month and the 7th bag for today... haha.

I love you gobstopper heartbreakers.

I even tried to hide you from myself. Lets see how long this lasts.


The Delilah Chronicles

Here is the little lady walking on Wednesday
Now that she has a splint

You can definitely see the break ;(

Yelling about her splint

So sweet and irritated

Isn't she pathetically adorable?
I fractured her Radius. Way to go me. This vet visit cost more than she did! Not only is she walking around with an annoying splint she has kennel cough. 

"I like to eat"

"I Like outside adventures!"

I a sleepy broken pup
I loves my daddy


House in Snow

Last week we had snow. I ran outside before it had a chance to melt to snap a few pictures of the house. It really wasn't much but for an Oregonian in the Portland-Metro area it was something. 


Puppy life

I have been tired and too busy to be writing and posting pictures of the new baby. Sorry. Saturday we took her to meet my grandparents and hubby's parents and B and O! She loved chasing the little kids around and they loved her (who wouldn't).

This puppy moved too quickly to get many adorable shots of her but I am trying.

She sleeps about 70% of the time and the other 30% she is peeing and playing.  I don't remember Dude being like this but we did get him at 4 months instead of 2.

Sleepy baby

Sneak picture attack from hubby.

She really wants to meet Dweet

Family snug!

On the couch

Puppy and Dude

Momma and baby

Teething ring

Dude in Delilah's bed haha

Snuggle bug!
OFOSA gives us a free pet exam so Delilah went in to meet Dr Leddy which is also Dude and Dweet's doctor. Everyone at the office swooned for this cutie. She sat there and napped most of the time. People were peeking through the exam room window and "oohing" and "awwing" at my sweet thing. 
First Vet trip!

She fell asleep
So I have a confession. Yesterday at lunch I was walking and Delilah got under my feet and we tripped. We tripped, she yelped, I dropped everything I was holding and I stepped on the poor baby. I thought she was going to die by the yelps coming out of her. I started bawling, grabbed her to snuggle but she was so pissed and scared she but my chest. Then I used my hand to get her mouth off of me she bit my finger - HARD! But I wasn't focused on me. Her paw was sitting there limp as can be. I though for sure I broke it off. I frantically called hubby who I knew was in class but really wanted to talk to him. No answer. Called mom. She assured me that if there is no blood its probably not broken. Puppies have very soft bones. Luckily Miss Delilah already had an appointment that afternoon. I called the vets office and told them the new situation and they moved the appointment up. Dude took the opportunity to eat my lunch that I had dropped. Thanks Dude. I sat there for the remaining 40 minutes of my lunch crying and holding poor Delilah. Dweet and Dude were very concerned. As my mother reassured me that she would be fine waiting a few more hours for the doctors I went to work. All I could do was hold back my tears. I kept thinking she would be dead by the time I got home because I had squished some of her internal organs. I wanted to "call" Dude and ask him if she was okay. I rushed home and took the puppy to the vet. She was so excited to get out of her kennel she must have forgot about the pain because she came barreling out. Only for a moment.

By the looks of the slightly swollen wrist the doctor thinks I caused some soft tissue damage. She prescribed some anti-inflamatories and pain meds. If Miss Delilah May isn't walking on it by thursday she wants x-rays but we are all hoping that she gets better by then. 
Delilah trying to get Dweet, even with a bum foot

Poor babies paw

So here's to hoping that today she will start using that right paw!

In other news, we canceled our cable. We barely ever used it except for background noise and its so darn expensive. It will save us 40$ a month not to have TV.  The most difficult part of the whole thing is that the customer must return the cable box. The only Comcast office is a ways away in Tigard. I waited 45 minutes for them to call my number so I could turn in the cable box which took a total of 30 seconds. This was a pretty lame process if you ask me. What a waste of my time. 

I also went to the eye doctors today and got a slightly different prescription. This is good news as it has been changing drastically the last few times. If it slows down or stays the same I will consider lasik. ooh-la-la fancy me. The change wasn't even enough for the doctor to want me to get new glasses lenses. Which bummed me out because I was looking forward to new glasses. Dweet chewed the ends of mine so currently they are sanded down and a little rough. Oh well. Next time.