The Happy Crazy House

remodeling and other family adventures

Whelp – the NeverEnding List of 2017 came to a screeching halt when we moved to ND at the beginning of 2017 and I did not make a new one for our ND abode. …Until now.  As a refresher the NeverEnding list came about when I realized that things were falling on and off my To Do list at an alarming rate and I was never sure what I was going to work on next.  Hence NeverEnding.

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2017 List – Surprisingly, before we moved we finished half of this list.  A complete change up from the year to year and a half timing we had in the past.  Basement Bathroom – Done;  Guest Bathroom – Done.

Now that we are somewhat settled in.  I have been trying to nail down what I would like to accomplish first.

  1. Storage Solutions – There is 1 (!!!!) true bedroom closet in this house.
  2. Home Office – In MT I had a whole room to dedicate to an office/library.  Not so in ND.
  3. To Rug or Not to Rug – I am waffling on rugs in the living room and my bedroom.
  4. Paint the upstairs bathroom.
  5. Cabin stuff
  6. Not sure that I would get there- but a nice place to put my patio furniture would be great.

7.  And finally – some art in the hall downstairs.

I am trying to keep it reasonable for 2018 as my work schedule is incredibly full – not to mention all the kid activities.  What do you have planned for 2018??

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I would like to start out with a recap on what I have done with Christmas decor in the past.  At our old house I went between going all out and then toned down ….which was a nice change.

Start with the all out:

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And just in case you couldn’t tell – that’s 7 trees in one room!

And here’s the toned down version:

Gives your eyes a little break but ensures that you know its Christmas.

Now that we are in the Prairie Victorian and most of my Christmas decor is still in Montana – I have had to improvise and really go low key by necessity this year.  Since I packed up all my work stuff and had it delivered to my office here – I have my office Christmas decor which I have taken home to use there, as this office has 6 (!) totes of Christmas decor already.  I find it hilarious that my office Christmas stuff made it here but not my home decor.  Seriously girl!?????

Janey setting up our ceramic tree

Outdoor lights (all that I had!!!!)

Lights flashing through the house with a glimpse at our tall and narrow tree.

Since I already have a tree in Montana, I purchased this one with the idea that it could be used in the stairwell going to the second floor or in our ‘library’. But for now…..it’s the main event.

How is your decorating going?  Are you going all in or toned down?

I updated Jules’ room before we left Montana and she was very sad to leave it behind.  See Jules’ Room in the Montana House Tour.  Now that we are getting settled into the Prairie Victorian I have been pulling together some images of what I would like to do for her room here.

Jules' Room Part Deux

 

Jules’ Room Part Deux by whitney-gonitzke featuring Arteriors

 

The most striking item is the giant wall clock.  It remains to be seen as to whether Jules would actually say yes to it – but it a super cool feature in this proposal.  also that super cute furry bone bunny is just such an out of the ordinary piece…I had to add it in.  Our family loves Halloween, its just a slight nod.  I might also switch out the pink for a teal.
Jules liked the artwork in her previous room, so I will start with those and build from there.  This is what I had in her room before

Sometimes I think to myself – my poor family, they have to put up with constant changes in the house, me always asking if they are ok with how their rooms look…secretly crossing my fingers that there is something that they want to change.  And if they don’t want to change anything, me thinking up a reason to surprise them with something new.  Does that make me a lunatic?  Probably.  I am surprised Dave hasn’t lost it, especially when he comes home from a work trip and opens a drawer in the kitchen to find hand towels instead of our silverware or has to search for the plates for the umpteenth time in our marriage.

They must really love me.  🙂

The lake cabin has been closed for the season and we have moved down from the lake to the prairie.  Our new digs is an old (+100 years) house in Dave’s home town.  you know the one…..there is only 30 people here.

It definitely needs some love and attention.  Here is a little peak at what we walked into…..

the happy crazy house entryway before

All of the carpet needed to be pulled up and this back entryway got some new linoleum to take that yucky stuffs place.

the happy crazy house flooring replacement

Even though there are still a TON of boxes in the living room and dining room, I was able to organize enough of the kitchen to have a clear work space.  Thank goodness!  Cooking at home is one of my favorite past times and not being able to do that was brutal.

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Here is another shot as I was getting dinner ready.

Jules is digging the banister.

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Behind Jules is a gorgeous leaded glass window – I will have to take some window pics to showcase them.  Below is another pic of some leaded windows.  This room is supposed to be the dining room, but for now it is functioning as my library.  Hello!  I need those books out and available for my reading pleasure.

The downstairs bathroom has been cleaned and painted.  I will have to address the floor – unless any of you have some kind of linoleum floor cleaning secret.  I have not been able to clean it any better than this ……

If cleaning is your super power….share your knowledge!

Last item – did you notice a tiny kennel in the dining room/library pic?  well……..

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Meet Thorin.

Fall is a beautiful time of year in North Dakota…especially in the Turtle Mountains.  Sigh.  so pretty.

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There has been a mass exodus of boats and pontoons from the water and it is so quiet up here now.  During the summer months the lake is a hive of activity.  Boats buzzing across the lake all the time.  And then Fall comes and it winds down slowly until that week before the first frost…..the rustle of the leaves is the only sound.

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Perfect skies.

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Cool mornings and warm days.  Love it!

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Even on an overcast evening like this – I have this view.  ↓

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I hope you are all enjoying the Fall Season.  Get your Pumpkin Spice while you can!  hahahahaha

We always knew that we would end up here.  Both Dave and I thought it would be closer to retirement, but we always kept an eye on the job openings…..and here we are 🙂  A large factor in our decision, is the proximity to the lake.  Dave and I are lake people.  He has had a dream of having a cabin on water since he was a kid.  I added that to my bucket list the first year he took me to Lake Metigoshe when I was 23.

I have posted about the lake before:

Our stay on the Canadian side

4th of July

So pretty and fun. The girls are looking forward to waking up next to the water during the summer months.

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Pics of us getting settled into the cabin for the season.

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Jules made sure we had flowers for the table.

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Evening on the lake

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And now I am off to prep for an extended Fourth of July Holiday.  Follow along on Instagram....

 

I am going backwards a bit…but I just wanted to revisit so I can congratulate myself on not freaking out.  no joke

We landed in town with little fanfare, got settled in, the girls into their new school, etc, etc, etc.  On my second day of work a giant blizzard rolled into town.  Now, normally I would be prepared and know exactly when I need to close up shop and head home BUT this was my second day of work and I was not connected to the right news stations or social media contacts, nor was my phone up to date on storm warnings in my new location.  I left work about an hour later than I should have.  That left me driving in a full on white out blizzard…20 miles to home.  I *could* have turned back to town and stayed the night with Dave’s Aunt but my girls were already on the bus headed to the house.  I was determined to make it there, so that there would be no way they would be left alone.  I turned on the GPS on my phone to ensure that I did not miss the turn south on the highway….and thank goodness I did.  You lose track of how far you’ve gone when you are creeping down the road at 2 to 5 mph.   I needed to make a left hand turn and I could not see across the road to verify that GPS was even right, I just turned and prayed.

Imagine looking into a wall of white and not seeing anything until you look out the driver side window, look down and only see a yellow line and nothing out in front of you.  And since I obviously did not stop for pics.   Here is a road pic from a town just down the road.

About 5 miles from home the girls’ bus suddenly appeared to my left and I knew that they at least made it home and were not stuck somewhere.  As the GPS announced that Kramer was approaching, I took the first entrance in….mistake.  I turned directly into an unseen snow drift and got stuck.  I called my sis in law at the bar (that she just purchased) and asked if the girls were with her (they were) and if I could leave the truck in the snow (no).  She sent a patron who was stuck in town as well to pull me out.  I will ALWAYS hold this gentleman in high regard.  The snow and wind was brutal, but still he came to help me.  We were snowed in for 2 1/2 days.  Crazy!

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North Dakota Highway Patrol: Facebook

As a result of that snow storm, I was also involved in a car fire.  After the town and roads were cleared, I drove the truck into town for work….mistake.  As I was leaving to go home for the day, the truck started acting funny, so I pulled down the street that has a truck shop.  My truck starts filling up with smoke.  The girls are freaking out and I am trying to figure out how I am going to put it out.  As I am pulling the kids out, a very nice man from across the street ran over with an extinguisher.  Fire Doused!  he was an off duty fireman…..seriously!!  Issue?  Compacted snow.  Arg.  Obviously no pic of that either.

As an added bonus my beloved Land Rover (totally vintage at 1998 hahahahaha) blew a hole in the side of the engine as I was taking Dave to the airport….60 miles away in sub zero weather.  Ack.  What a nightmare.

All in all – not the best start that I could have hoped for.  But I put on my big girl panties and kept it together.

Dave ended up purchasing a Monte Carlo to drive back and forth to the airport with and its a been a great car for commuting.

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Super cute, right?

And I now drive a White Chevy Pickup the Dave has christened Snow White.  just to annoy me

It was a dramatic start, but everything seems to have calmed down.  We are house hunting and I cannot wait to show you whats up with that.

Have a good day Peeps!

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