An Office in the Prairie Victorian

My office in Montana was very spacious, spacious enough to double as the library.  Here are some pics:

the happy crazy house library

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A couch for lounging and reading, desk for reading all of the internets i.e. watching cat videos.  It was very nice to have. In the new place, we do not have an extra bedroom that we can dedicate to a library/office.

The living room has the library now and I think that where the bookshelves used to be is where my desk will go. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen it.

I have been scouring the internet for ideas and have basically come to the conclusion that I should start looking for a small desk, leaning desk or corner table.

Here are some options.

Any of these speak to you?  I am leaning towards the leaning desk.   OMG sometimes I can’t even stand myself.

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Guest Bathroom – Finished

After long last the upstairs bathroom is done.  Yahoo!!

Recap:

Whew.

First photo of the bathroom for this blog.  ehh.

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And here we go –

to start with – the tile!  sigh.  It matches the entry landing, the basement landing and the basement bathroom.  It is so awesome to walk through the house and feel that kind of consistency.

don’t worry – that side edge of the vanity below has since been cleaned up.

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So bright- squinty.

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The paint is up, the trim is in, the vanity is in (so gorgeous and shiny white).   I also decided to go with a vintage-y looking mirror to contrast the ultra sleek vanity.

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I know I keep saying it – but seriously……2013!!!  That is when I started this thing. And now its done.  I am so excited to be able to cross this off my list.

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Have a great day Peeps!

How we live in this house

One of the things that does not happen when I take photos, is staging. Would the house pictures look better if I added some things in and moved others around in order to get a great shot? Of course! But that is not how we live in this house and it would not give you an accurate view into how we make this house work for us.  The only thing that really changes is the level of cleanliness.  hahahaha.  Seriously though.  I try to take pics after we have picked up the randoms that have accumulated over the course of a few days.

I ran home at lunch yesterday to take a few phone pics of how this place can look at any random time.  and poorly lit…sorry peeps

Kitchen is pretty good in comparison to some days.  🙂  Wine left out from book club the night before, dishes left out to dry, Jane’s glass on the counter and my glass on the bar

Jane’s room is looking good.

Main bathroom is so-so.  FULL garbage and Jane’s necklace left out on the counter.

The master is the worst.  I have a container full of old, small toys to sort through (next to my bedside table). Dave has a pile of clothes that needs to be put away….I think this is Day 3….no Day 4

As a contrast here is the same shot – but clean and lit well.

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Brutal.

If you follow me on Instagram – you see the house as it really is on a day to day basis.  Here is a pic of Jules dancing; coat on the floor, paper on the chair, etc.

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I love the pics that show the house well lit and clean…but I will continue to add in some pics on Instagram and here that represents our day to day life, mess and all.

Exterior Front Entry

In my last post, I was focusing on some of the items that we would like to complete before year end.  This past weekend Dave and I completed the last portion of our exterior front entry.

Previously:

the happy crazy house exterior

the happy crazy house front walkway

It is incredibly flat looking, right?  Did someone cut its nose off?  Oh yeah….that was me!!

That roof was a rotten mess, so out with the old rotten, yucky roof and on with the new.  I’ve said it before…what’s with the offcenter roof line????

Supplies

  • 2 4×4 – cut to 9 feet
  • 2 2×6 8ft
  • 1 2×8 8ft
  • 3 2×6 12ft
  • 4 1×5 8ft
  • 2 12ft steel panels
  • flash sealant
  • flashing
  • drip edge
  • lag screws and roofing nails
  • 2 4×4 post base

Just over halfway

The happy crazy house front porch

Right before we called it quits at dark

The happy crazy house front porch

12 total hours of work- mostly done by 1 person.  I helped a little…so maybe it could be counted as 1.5 people??

Putting on the last details

the happy crazy house exterior front entry

The best part is the day after we finished….it rained.

Totally protected under this roof

Totally protected under this roof

For a weekends worth of work and $260 we were able to get that extra layer of protection for the front door and those of us that use it 🙂

At dusk

At dusk

It has a nose again!!!!  hahahahaha

Year End Push on Projects

It’s the beginning of November and I am getting ready to plan for 2017!  Can you believe it?  2016 can pretty much suck it.  I mean that in the nicest way possible, but 2016?  You really got to me.  It’s not you, it’s me.  I love you but I am not IN love with you. I really just need to work on myself.  You deserve better.  Can we be just friends?

Enough cliches!!!  I am tired of this BS and I want out.

Dave and I are in the home stretch on our 2016 projects.

Front Walk Way Still need a roof

Back fence

Back Gate

Master Bathroom

Basement – Bathroom and Family Room

A few things that we will be working on between now and the end of the year:

1. I need to finalize the furniture placement in the basement.  When it is cold out, we use this room way more.  Winter is Skyrim and Assassins Creed time.  This is what it looked like after the new paint job.

This is what I changed it to……just to see.

I am not sure…..

The couch visually encroaches on the door to Jules’ room.   Besides that, the placement works with where the TV’s are.  I am not ready to purchase another couch for the basement.  Say What?  I know!!  I am a couch hoarder, but this couch works for the kids.  It folds out and is the perfect place for massive kid sleepovers.  Maybe if I moved the guitars?

What do you think?  Should we take a vote?

I should also let you know that THIS wall is destined for a fireplace insert.  Centered under the window.

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2.  Putting an awning/roof over the front door.

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Our front walkway is looking amazing, but I am looking forward to getting a roof over the front door.  Not just to protect us and those that use this door, but also to give us one more layer between inside and the elements.  It gets cold and snowy here, peeps.

3.  Completing the basement bathroom.  The bathroom has been fully functioning since we put in the pricey upflow toilet.  What we need to do is finish the sheet-rock and the tile work.  We demoed the tile at the bottom of the stairs in the basement, so that we could have one type of tile downstairs.

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So close, yet so far.

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That sliver of tile at the top of the stairs is what was at the bottom as well.  they will all match by the end of this!

With Dave’s travel schedule this will be a challenge, but one I think we can conquer.  Wish us luck!  Anything we do not finish in 2016, I will quietly slide over to the 2017 list 😉  you know, cause 2016 has been a b*&#@.

1:09  Oh Danny McBride, you sure know how to make a girl laugh.

Friday Wrap Up 9

Movement happening on some of our home projects. Yeah!  I will be updating the House Tour tab with the pictures below.

Jules asked to make some changes in her room.  When Jules and Jane split rooms, this is what it looked like:

the happy crazy house little girl room red black and white

Jules picked out the bedding and pillows herself, but a few years down the line, she was not happy spending time in her room.

Here is where we are right now.  Still a work in progress, but Jules is much happier.

the happy crazy house Jules young girls room shabby chic floral

  • Toy chest went from a bright red to a denim blue.
  • Bedding changed  from the red and white polka dot to a shabby chic floral.
  • Art changed to reflect the new colors.

the happy crazy house little girls room

The one thing we are not sure about is her Art Cart.  All of her art supplies are housed here – but it is very awkward.  It does not really fit anywhere in the room.  This will probably change in the future.  hahahaha – silly me.  everything changes in this house.

New Artwork:

the happy crazy house art

the happy crazy house art

Both prints were instant downloads from Etsy

Our walkway from the driveway to the house has also been improved.  Here is the before:

the happy crazy house exterior

Winter is coming.  hehe  I did not want to have another winter where I needed to pick my way through the rocks to my front door, so Dave made it a priority.  Goal – get it done before the first snow flies.  We loaded up and headed to Home Depot to get our supplies.

the happy crazy house front walkway supplies

End result:

the happy crazy house front walkway

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We are still working on the finishing touches.  If you look in the above photo the first stair needs to be completed and trimmed out.  Outside of those small details –  the Goal was met.  Snow came this week:

the happy crazy house

Have a great weekend Peeps!

Green Tomato Salsa – Canning

Our area had an early frost – and no amount of covering was saving my tomato plants …sad face…..  In an attempt to save my tomato crop – I pulled all of them and made green tomato salsa.  I had ALOT of tomatoes so this canning recipe is for a large batch.

  • 42 cups of chopped or pureed green tomatoes (I used our food processor as I like a less chunky kind of salsa)
  • 5 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 6 chopped onions
  • 6 chopped jalapenos – adjust this based on your heat tolerance
  • 2 1/2 cups lemon or lime juice
  • 2 cups chopped cilantro (this is a very polarizing ingredient – do not feel like you need to put it in)
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 19 quart jars

Here I am getting started on my food processor (I did add in some tomatoes that were slightly ripe)

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To give you some perspective on how much this is.

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and pull it back……

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Prep your water bath, jars and lids.  Simmer and don’t boil.

Combine and boil the tomatoes, onions, peppers, and garlic….once the mixture is boiling add in the lemon/lime juice and spices.

Reduce heat and simmer from 5 to 20 minutes.

Carefully ladle the salsa into the hot, prepped jars – add the lid and the screw on lid/band….don’t over tighten.

Place filled jars in the water bath and let boil for 20 minutes – depending on location.

Remove and allow to cool.  Check the lids before labeling and storing.  All lids should be down.

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Yum!