Friday, November 29, 2013

Five on Friday

Ooooh what a week it's been! It doesn't even feel like Friday! But I'll take it! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Linking up with April, Darci, Christina, and Natasha for 5 things on my mind today!
***This post is from last week and since the linkup didn't take place, I'm re-linking it this week for December 6th***

.ONE.
I wish I could snuggle up in my heated blanket in front of the fire alllll day! I love warm snuggles! Which is where I spent most of the day after I shamelessly stuffed my belly full of pumpkin pie and vodka. Instead.. I must go to work. Waaaah! {Yes I did still cook the entire turkey meal, however it didn't go as planned due to the oven breaking before the food was done and I burnt three fingers pretty bad...so I was a little frustrated and made Michael go to the store to buy some vodka and then curled up on the chair.}

.TWO.
Since it's Thanksgiving week and I love pie, I thought I'd share two awesome pie recipes I made. Super easy! 
Dutch Apple Pie - Recipe given to me from my mother in law

Mix 2C Flour, 1C Brown Sugar, 3/4C Melted Butter, 1/2C Oatmeal - place all but 1C of the mixture in the bottom of a pie pan for the crust. Set the 1C aside for topping.

In saucepan, mix 2/3 C Sugar, 3 tablespoons corn startch, and 1 1/4C water - Bring to a boil and then remove from heat

Stir in 3C of diced apples to above mixture (any kind of apple) and 1 tsp vanilla

Mix well and then spread over the crust. Top with the remaining 1C mixture of crust

Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until top is browned. 

.THREE.
In the midst of cooking Thanksgiving dinner at our house yesterday, our oven decided to take a poop. Therefore, I had to haul everything to town to my Mother in law's so that I could finish cooking. Anyways, I need a new stove. I looked online last night and never realized there were so many options! Any suggestions?! Is there anything you love or hate about your range? I'd really love something like this one! Double oven and 5 burners on the stove! I'd like stainless and Michael says black. A girl can dream right?! 

.FOUR.
Our wedding video came in the mail on Tuesday! We watched it last night and let's just say I'm SO glad we got a videographer! Michael really didn't want to spend the money but in the end, we got a great deal from my cousin and we will now have more than just images to look back on! I believe that photographs can only catch so much and the video can catch everything in between! Especially the surprise wedding dance that we did! Hopefully I'll be able to upload the dance from the disc sometime soon!
This is a previously uploaded preview of our dance taken on cellphone video

.FIVE.
Christmas cards! I've been working on Christmas cards this past week and debating over making my own or just using a template from Shutterfly. After talking with my creative friend Brittany @ 26th of August, she gave me some ideas and sent me some digi downloads she had. I wound up creating my own for free on PicMonkey and printing 5x7's through Sam's Club for only 38 cents a piece! Brittany and I messaged back and forth Tuesday night talking about everything under the sun and I managed to get them done! Thanks for your help Britt!!! I got them printed already and now all I have to do is address some envelopes and they're off! I can't believe Christmas is only a couple weeks away! Do you send out Christmas cards?! Do you design your own, use the traditional cards, and use a premade template from a printing service?!


Happy Friday Everyone! Have a great weekend!

XO, Julie

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful Thursday!

Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!

It's not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them is the true measure of Thanksgiving.

Today, and everyday, I am thankful for so many things in this life. A few of them including.... 

My amazing husband!

Friends and Family

The man upstairs!

Our home

Our furbabies

Technology - especially the FaceTime feature that allows me to see my husband when hes away at work!

That both my husband and I have good jobs

Having a job that offers vacation time - much needed!

Having a reliable vehicle that gets me from A to B

Having a garage to park my car in.. especially during the winter months!

A warm shower every morning!

Photographs & Cameras to catch many memories!

The troops that risk their lives to fight for our country

Online Shopping - It's so convenient! No crowds or driving from store to store! Love packages on my doorstep!

What are you thankful for?! 

XO, Julie




Monday, November 25, 2013

Weekend Recap

Oh Monday, it's so nice to see you {for once}!
This weekend was a short one and definitely wasn't one of the best in our neck of the woods. However, this week is a short work week for both Michael and I and we are looking forward to it!
Good news or bad news first?
We'll start with the good...
Sunday was low key and enjoyable. It started out with cleaning up the house since it was neglected for a couple days. Early afternoon, we bundled up and headed outside to get our bucks out from last weekend and snap some pictures. Since it was a once in a million odds of that ever happening again, we wanted to capture it. Sounds simple right? Wrong!!! All three were hanging in the shed so we had to take them down one by one... then load it on the four wheeler and take it to the yard in front of the woods. {Got to have nice background for a picture right?!} Did I mention how cold it was outside?! Not only were we slightly frozen, but so were the deer. Once we got all deer over to the spot for the picture, we went to the house and got the camera and tripod. Then the sun was beaming and we had to wait until it went behind a cloud.. Otherwise we would be blinded and the picture would be just silly. Michael and I each took turns setting the camera timer and running to our spot. Antlers blended in with my blonde hair, my deer was too high, Michael's deer weren't turned enough, Michael wasn't smiling, my eyes were closed, etc. About an hour and 20 minutes later.... we called for help. Thank goodness for friends! Pictures didn't turn out too bad considering the wind was strong and the air was a brisk 19 degrees! I plan to hang a picture in the house and I also would like to make some Christmas cards with our wedding pictures and the buck family picture. Our theme for our wedding was "The Hunt is Over" so the hunting theme definitely fits! This was one of our favorites...
Sunday night ended with cuddles, preparing my blog post, and watching The Grinch!
So that's the good part of our weekend... the bad part started Friday afternoon when we took our dog, Dan, into the vet for his follow up appointment. Unfortunately we had to make one of the toughest decisions, and that was to not bring our big guy home alive. The cancer had gotten worse in a weeks time and was causing additional issues internally. After looking over an x-ray and discussing his status with the doctor, she suggested we not let him suffer any longer. We took him back home, dug a hole and buried him in our backyard. Many tears were shed between the two of us and it turned out to be a quiet evening with a ridicusouly early bedtime. We know it was the right thing and we are happy to know he wasn't suffering anymore, but it wasn't easy to say goodbye. Dan lived to be 65 in dog years. Michael had him since he was 2 years old. They had spent many nights hunting together over the years. Dan was one of the top coon hunters in the state at one time. He was a great dog. He will be forever missed!   
Saturday was uneventful and the "blahness" continued on from Friday's events. Michael cleaned out the kennel and got rid of some of the fencing. We both decided we didn't want to get another outside dog and we sure as hell don't want another reason to go through that pain again. It's a little sad and weird to not see Dan's housing area out back. Again, we went to bed at an astonishing 8pm. Those emotions are so draining on a person!
Have you ever had to put one of your pet's down? What is the best way to cope with it?
I hope ya'll had a great weekend!
In case I don't make it back before Thursday, Happy Thanksgiving!
XO, Julie 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday, Friday!

As always, YAY for Friday!!!

Although, Friday's don't seem as cool to me anymore now that I have to work Saturday mornings. Womp womp womp.... So I guess I will no longer be excited that Friday is the start of the weekend but I will definitely be excited that Friday is that much closer to the weekend!

Linking up for Five on Friday! A mixture of things I'm thankful for, what I'm looking forward to, and what went on this week around our neck of the woods!

.ONE.
 I'm getting really excited for Thanksgiving next week! I can't wait to stuff my face full of delicious food! Especially pumpkin pie! Today I started making my list of what I'm making and what I need to pick up from the store. We have hosted Thanksgiving for the past 3 years at our house and I truly enjoy it! This year especially should be fun because some family is coming to stay for the entire weekend and we plan on doing some hunting as well! I am looking forward to cooking lots of food especially for my family, and I love the fact that I don't have to leave the house and heck, I could even lounge in pajama's all day if I wanted!
This was all of us for Thanksgiving last year. My Gammy's first time at our house!

.TWO.
Yay for only working three days next week! On top of the holiday, I took some vacation time off and I am really looking forward to it! Even if I spend it cleaning my house and preparing food, it still beats being at work!    

.THREE.
Michael and I sent our buck pictures into Michigan Buck Pole and they posted them on their website and their Facebook page. We were astonished at how many "likes" and comments that we recieved back! Michael's photo got over 1,160 thumbs up and mine recieved just over 1,000. Not to sound corney, but we felt like we were cool celebrities or something. Hahah! Most importantly, it gave us a great opportunity to advertise Quality Deer Management Association and how successful our hunts were due to those practices. Although there were some negative comments, the majority were complimentary and appreciated! It's so fun to share hunting experiences, knowledge, and photos with others!

.FOUR.
I've survived my first week at the new office and in a slightly different position! However, I'm not going to lie... there has been some ackward moments and some tension. Oh and the whole getting up earlier thing... that's a toughie! But, I'm making it on time and I'm adjusting to the longer drive. I know it will get better in time! I'm extremely thankful for having a car with good gas mileage and I pray for a safe drive every day!

.FIVE.
Just last week we found out our oldest furbaby, Dan, has cancer. I wrote about it here. I have had to make him hamburger and rice and givn him his medicine twice a day and he is doing really well! Everytime we go out there is he barking and excited to see us and he's finally getting some food in his belly. He still won't eat the hard food, but that's okay! I'm just glad to see he is in better shape! I take him back to the vet this afternoon and I'm anxious/nervous to see what they say. I know in the end, the result is going to be the same, but I really hope we can buy this guy some time! I'm SO SO SO thankful to see that he is doing better. It breaks my heart to see any of our furbabies in pain!

This is Jack and Sandy not wanting to get out of bed on a daily basis... too cute not to share!


Have a great weekend y'all!

XO, Julie

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Did you know...

There has been a little "game" going around on Facebook about posting things people may not know about it. I've had a couple friends give me some numbers and I had to spend some time thinking about my answer. I don't normally play games and repost stuff on Facebook, but I thought this one was actually a good one! I don't know about you, but I do have some Facebook friends that I truly don't know very much about. Whether it be someone from high school that I lost touch with, or someone that I met sometime in my life that I just don't have these random conversations with!

Long story short, I pondered it long enough and posted a couple things about me that maybe you don't know either! I added some explations to them versus what I posted on Facebook. I figured no one would want to read a mile long status anyways.. Maybe you don't want to read a mile long blog post either... regardless, don't judge too harshly now... :)

I still sleep with my baby blankie and I refuse to go to bed without it (unless I'm drunk and disorderly)! It used to have little strings on all the edges and I always played with them or twisted them around my finger until I fell asleep. There isn't many strings left on it and luckily, I at least broke that part of the habit years ago. Haha!

I have two different sized nostrils due to breaking my nose and having reconstruction surgery when I was 14. It happened at my very first football game as a cheerleader. Even though the surgeon did his best to make my nose look the same, I still to this day don't like the way my nose looks now.

I had a personal protection order against a psycho ex-boyfriend who put me through hell. He constantly violated the PPO and I was constantly calling the police and testifying in court. He finally got put in jail and I think he got the hint. In the end, I learned a lot and became a much stronger young lady.

I take looooooong showers. Michael gets mad when I use all the hot water. To be honest, I'm typcially just standing there soaking up the warm water! If I wake up late for work, there's no such thing as taking a short shower. I will skip makeup or blow drying my hair or making my lunch rather than shorten my shower!

I only wash my hair 2-3 days a week (yes, I still shower on a daily basis and yes, I still take long showers even though I don't have to wash my hair. Oh, and yes, that drives my hubby even more insane! Haha!)

Growing up my nickname was Rudy. Why? Cause I was rude!I got that name when I was about 5. Once I started getting boobs, it turned into "Rudy with the big hooties". Some people still call me Rudy.

I've had hip problems since I was 16 and had surgery on my left hip when I was 17. To this day I still have complications. The cause is yet to be determined. I don't live a day where I don't have pain. Some days are worse than others. I wish I could be a better runner but due to the pain, I have a hard time.

I'm OCD about lots of things... Such as cleaning & organization. Oh and I must make lists for everything. Most of my lists are made on Excel. I love excel!

I eat my grilled cheese with syrup.  Don't knock it 'till you try it!

I don't function well without 8-9 hours of sleep through the night. Therefore I go to bed early on most week nights.

 
My step-dad helped raise me for 17 years. After living with him for a year after my mom and him divorced, he suddenly decided he wanted nothing to do with me and suggested I leave. I have not seen or heard from him since the day I moved out. I’ve attempted to contact him several times and he refuses to respond. It’s very devastating to me. He was a huge part of my life.

At one point in time, I had 12 points on my license and paid out my ears in insurance. 5 words: I was a reckless teenager.

Enough about me… these are a few things you probably don’t know about Michael!

He doesn’t have a sense of smell due to an accident about 5-6 years ago.

Due to losing his sense of smell, Michael also has a very weak sense of taste. This makes for an easy excuse for a terrible cooked meal made by me! Lol.

Michael only has one Grandparent. The rest passed away before he was born or when he was very young.

Michael has been on many hunting trips both in the US and in Canada. In his day, I would estimate that he has hunted well over a hundred animals! 12 of which are hanging our house including fox, deer, coyote, elk, mink, and raccoon.

Michael bought the house we currently live in when he was a young lad of only 21 years old!

Throughout his career of tearing down water towers, Michael has approximately torn down over 1300 water towers and storage tanks!

Michael raised a doe fawn. She lived in the grainery out behind the house. Every two hours he would have to go outside to bottle feed her. Her name was Daisey and she came when he called her name!

The only debt Michael has is our home and our property! He’s a smart man financially!

Well I hope you learned something new about the Joy family!

Is there anything about your that we may not know?!

Both Jack and Sandy like to cuddle with my blankies too! 
 
Daisey - the fawn that Michael raised in our backyard! 
 
This is Rudy. Haha. This is about the age I was given that nickname. I don't look rude do I?!
One of Michael's hunts in Canada
 
Michael and I with his only living Grandparent - Grandpa Erv
One of the many days of water tower demolitions throughout the US that Michael's has done!
 
Happy Hump Day!

XO, Julie




Sunday, November 17, 2013

Weekend Recap: Hunting Edition

This past weekend is going in the record books. It was absolutely ahhhhh-mazing!
*Disclaimer: dead animals and bloody pictures are in this post*
 
If you read my post on Friday about having hunting on my mind... I'm happy to say that Michael wound up having an awesome day of hunting and I was lucky enough to have a great morning on Saturday!
 
As I sat at work, Michael kept me posted by sending many pictures and videos. He got two bucks! I was so excited for him and as the day went on I was getting really impatient to get out of work and see his harvest! Once he got them loaded up in the pickup, he brought them up to my work to check out. He was one happy guy grinning ear to ear!
 
After work I headed home and had to drive around to find him. Haha. He was out and about showing off his bucks. We wound up going to deer camp and having some drinks with the guys and then got some food at the bar up town. I didn't want to be up too late because I wanted to go hunting in the morning. Even though I totally thought there was no way in hell I was going to see another buck out of the same blind. We joked around about how cool it would be to show my husband up since he was tagged out! 
Michael and I in the blind Saturday morning
 
Saturday morning I woke up feeling like crap. Apparently I can't handle 6 beers and some apple pie moonshine. The alarm went off at 5 and I told Michael to turn it off. My head was pounding. For a split second, I thought about not getting out of bed. Michael encouraged me to go get in the shower and get out in the woods. As I started getting ready I was feeling really nausea. I wasn't sure if it was because I was nervous or if it was because the drinks I had the night before. Finally about 6 o'clock, we headed out. Once we got to the blind I rested my eyes for a little while since it doesn't get light out until 7. As soon as the sun started coming up, we started seeing deer. It was really hard for me to see though. Michael has much better eyes than me! So he's the spotter most of the time. First we just seen some does. Then we seen a little 4 point chasing a doe. Then we seen a spike horn chasing a doe. As we were watching those, Michael noticed a bigger buck in the woods coming towards the corn so he suggested I get ready. Sure enough, the bigger buck chased the little buck off and followed the doe into the corn. I sat with my shotgun out the window and waited for him to come back out so I could get a better look at him through the scope. I wasn't quite sure if I was going to shoot him because I didn't get a good look at how big he was. We practice QDM and pass anything younger than a 2 1/2 year old. Michael told me since it was my first buck and as long as it was a nice rack, I should shoot it. So I kept that thought in the back of my head. Once he came out, we realized he was bigger than we thought but we still didn't think he was a 2 1/2 year old. He was walking broadside so I didn't get a good look at him from the front to see how wide he was. I put the crosshairs on him at about 80 yards and followed him until he stopped... pow! He didn't jump, kick, or run... he walked 20 yards and dropped. Which made us a little concerned.... Then I reloaded quick as the doe ran towards us and a couple other does came out of the woods after hearing the gunshot. So I took a small doe too. Now that, was some serious excitement! I was shaking like a leaf! I had tears in my eyes and I was in complete disbelief. Michael was proud!
This is the view out of the blind. The buck was about 80 yards to the right coming out of the corn to the east
 
We sat for two hours before we left the blind to go track them. I was getting so impatient and my hips were killing me. Michael wanted to leave the buck as long as possible to make sure he was dead. He was a little concerned that the buck didn't kick or run so he thought maybe I got a bad shot. The longer we sat there, the more worried I got. In the meantime, I sent out some text messages to share the news!
 
Around 9am, one of our friends came to our house and walked out the trail for us as we sat in the blind in case the deer wasn't dead. We thought that way if he jumped it, then I would have another shot at it as it headed our way. Luckily, that wasn't the case. Which means I did have a good shot! He waved us over and I literally ran. The buck was actually bigger than we thought it was so that was even more exciting! He's 14 1/2 inches wide inside (which is wider than both of Michael's! Ha) and his G2's are 7 1/2 inches and 8 points with decent mass. He actually fell right in a small furrow so we drug him out and took a quick picture before we took him up to the house.
 
After we tracked him, we went and tracked the doe. She didn't go very far either. We pulled it out onto the trail and then heading up to the house to get the four wheeler. We tagged them both and took them up to the shed.
Love my doe gear license holder!
 
By now, the word had already gotten out and we had visitors stopping by to see. I headed into the house to change my clothes and grab the good camera for a little photoshoot!
 
 
 
Who would have thought taking pictures with a deer would be so complicated?! My blonde hair caused the antlers to blend in so we had to reposition many times. Then the background was blending in with my hair so we moved in front of a little pine tree. There were 3 cameras going off and I never knew which one to look at. Funny stuff! But it was fun! Had to get pics with this handsome guy!
 
I headed in the house to relax for a few (and of course post a picture on FB and Instagram) while Michael headed to gut them. No.. I can't stomach that grossness. We don't gut them at our house because the dogs will get into it and get sick.
 
When he came back, we began our journey of sharing the news! It wound up being a great night of drinking from deer camp to deer camp. I wound up celebrating a little too hard and became a toilet hugger by midnight. Sunday was a rough day! Let's just say I didn't do much and the hubby took care of me.
 
Now enough about my hunt... I'm so proud of Michael for shooting not one, but two bucks on Friday morning. We have been practicing QDM for several years on our property and passing up little bucks. This past year, Michael did a lot of work to improve the habitat and after this amazing, once in a lifetime weekend, we are super thankful for our patience and the success we finally had!
Michael and I with the bucks in his buddy's pickup. He drove Michael around all day so Michael could drink!
The first buck tumbled when he dropped and he went rear over front end which caused his antlers to get caught in the ground and break right off! The antlers stuck in the ground and the deer rolled that far away from where he first hit. Pretty crazy! He was a big guy!
Then came the second buck....
The second buck
Both of Michael's are 8 points and 12 inches wide. The one above is really tall and has 9 1/2 inch G2's.
 
All four deer are hanging out in the shed and we are planning on getting some pictures of us with all three of the bucks next weekend. We were going to do it today but I didn't look very well or have that much ambition. Haha!
 
In the end, we are so happy to have been so lucky and successful hunting behind our house this year. We have a great time hunting together and we are both very proud of each other. This is my first buck and these are the first two bucks Michael has shot in over 6 years! It's very hard to pass up the little bucks at first, but in the end, it's well worth it! My deer is a 2 1/2 year old and so is the second one that Michael shot. The other one he shot has a really large body and we believe he may be a 3 1/2 year old. We may send the jaw bones in the get them aged just so we know for sure.
 
I hope y'all had a great weekend as well!
 
XO, Julie
 
 
 
 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Five on Friday

Happy Friday! 
More importantly, Happy opening day of gun season!

Keeping it short and sweet for the Five on Friday Linkup with Natasha, Christina, Darci, and April

ONE
Top thing on my mind today is hunting. I wish I was out in the woods. Instead, I'm at work. First time in 3 years. Womp womp. It's giving me anxiety. Getting text messages and pictures and videos already this morning. I could cry! 

TWO
As I got ready for work, all I could hear was gun shots. Which made me even more upset that I couldn't be out in the woods! The first gunshot I heard sounded really close to the house so I ran {literally} from the kitchen to the bedroom to grab my phone. I text Michael "Was that you???????!!!!!!!!" He responded back, "Damn straight" Ahhhh the excitement! This is the trail cam picture of the buck he shot this morning. I can't wait to go home and see it! 

THREE
I got to work and Michael text me... 
"Your gonna kill me...." 
"What?????"
"I just shot another buck!" 
Yes... hunting is still on my mind. This crap is killing me! 

FOUR
I took pictures of my friend's little guy the other day. He's 2 months old and getting so big! He's so cute! 

FIVE
Today is my last day at work at the current office I work at. Which is the reason my vacation day got denied... We are finalizing the work and packing everything up today. Which is hard to focus due to the hunting  on my mind! Ha! It's been three months since they informed us that office is closing. Luckily, I'm being transferred to another office, in which I start at on Monday. It's exciting to take on a new role, yet it's also nerve wrecking. 

Cheers to the weekend! Have a great one! 

XO, Julie 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The "C" Word

In life we always have some measure of control... whether it be over our emotions or choices, but when it comes to cancer, the only thing you can control is how you respond to it. 

Cancer. 
No one wants to talk about it. 
Especially when it's a loved one that's diagnosed with it. 
In the past couple years, I've seen many friends and  family members fight the battle. 
Yesterday, I learned that one of my furbabies is fighting the battle. 
I realize he's not a human being, but he is like one of our kids. 
My emotions were just as high, if not higher, than when I found out my Aunt had stage 4 breast cancer.

Dan has lived a rough life compared to most dogs. 
Although, in his younger years he was one of the top coon hunting dogs in the state!
He lives outside through all the terrible Michigan weather.
We've rarely taken him to the vet.
He doesn't get much attention unless I go sit in his kennel or if we take him hunting.
He's about 13 years old.
I've only known him for the past 4 years and I've always felt bad for his lifestyle.
Michael always says, that's all he knows and he's fine. 

The last couple weeks I could tell Dan hasn't been feeling well. He hasn't been eating at all and he has lost a significant amount of weight. Michael and I have been talking about how we should take him in to see what's wrong. I haven't wanted to be the one to take him in because I was scared to hear what  they would say. The last time I took him in the vet said "Wow he's old, he's going to die soon." I didn't want to hear that again. 

I wound up calling the vet yesterday morning and they wanted to see him ASAP. I asked if we could wait until Saturday when my husband would be home from work. They didn't suggest waiting that long. So I left work early and headed home to get the big guy. Typically, he rides in the dog box on the back of the pickup. I was a little nervous for how he would be in my car but he did great! Minus the fact that I had to lift his heavy ass into the car! The whole ride he was really lovey and happy to get some attention. He was nudging my face the whole time. 

We got to the vet and he was howling the whoooooole time. Which was kind of embarrassing because he's so loud but at the same time it warmed my heart to actually see him excited. They weighed him and he has lost about 13 pounds. They couldn't believe how skinny he was. Since he's not fixed, the Dr. wanted to check his prostate. Which was enlarged. Then they took him in the back and ran some blood work. After a half hour of Dan howling nonstop and waiting for the results, the Dr. came in to show me some paperwork. 

One of the first things she said was that he had prostate cancer and he was anemic. Additionally, his kidney, liver, and white blood cell count is low. Due to his old age, there wasn't much that we could do besides put him down or "buy some time". I told her we weren't really ready to let him go and if there was something we could do to give him some more time, then we would try it. She reminded me that ultimately, there is one result with cancer and we should keep his quality of life in mind when trying to make those decisions. I realize that's the truth... but it's soooo very hard to accept it. I left with some medicine and tears. Isn't it amazing how much love you can have for an animal!? Damn you, "C" word. 

XO,  Julie


Monday, November 11, 2013

Manic Monday {Bathroom Style}

Thankfully, I didn't have to work today and yes it was still considered a manic Monday at home. I'm lucky to have federal holidays off and still get paid! Score! God Bless the men and women who serve our country! Land of the free because of the brave! Thank you!
The long 3 day weekend was great! The majority of it was spent on a bathroom project. Which I didn't think was going to take as long as it did. Lesson learned! I'll get back to the details on that...
Saturday we had a QDMA meeting and I was nominated by my fellow board members to become the treasurer! I am excited for the new duties and a challenge! I'm also thankful that they chose me! I've been on the board for the Thumb Branch Quality Deer Management for 2 years now!
After the meeting I headed to the hardware store to get some paint. Phew.. what a chore that was! Good thing I took a hand towel with me to match colors. After over an hour in the store, I headed home! Only to find Michael sitting in the house drinking a beer instead of out in his treestand. Apparently he had a bad night getting out there so he didn't go hunting. We headed to Port Huron for dinner with my Mom and to go to Kohl's to get a new coffee maker. I had a 30% off so I knew we could get a good deal on one! Ours broke and was only 5 months old. What a rip off! It was a Mr. Coffee and I've heard that they don't last long. Well it was true! This time we bought one of those pots that you can use a K cup. It has dual functions for both a full pot or a single K cup. I'm excited for that! I don't drink coffee but I like other things that they make in those cups!
First thing Sunday morning I got up and started my painting project. Took everything out... cleaned the walls, taped everything off, and began cutting in. My Dad stopped by and gave me some advice about caulking and then cutting in so that it looks cleaner. Before I could start doing that, Michael discovered the sump pump was not working in the basement. So we had to go buy a new one. $180 later... I was back home and started caulking. It definitely cleaned things up. Although next time, I will use painters caulk rather than just a random tube. By time I got the caulk done and the wall behind the toilet painted, Michael put the toilet back in. Of course I ruined the wax ring so he was mad at me. Good thing we had a new one in the cupboard otherwise the toilet wouldn't have been going back on. I continued my painting while Michael got ready to leave for work. He went in the master bathroom to take a shower and that broke. Wouldn't turn all the way on and once it was on, it wouldn't turn off or switch to cold water. So he left for work with a running shower head still on and yep, it's still going. I have to turn the hot water heater off in between needing to use hot water so that it doesn't run the electric bill up. With all that nonsense going on yesterday, I did not get my painting done. This bathroom is tiny! Or so I thought... I didn't think it would have taken as long as it did.  Luckily, I had today off and I was able to finish!
 
Maple Sugar with Deep Rose accent

This is what the bathroom looked like before....
 Old flooring, white walls, white knobs
 Now for the After pics!
New knobs - Hobby Lobby
Maple Sugar and Deep Rose, and Jack of course!
From the door...

This is an example of the before caulk... You can see the gaps in between the wall and the trim and the paint gaps in there as well.
This is cleaned up with caulk!

I was so relieved to finish this project! Although the red wasn't the exact color I had in mind and I didn't intend on painting the walls the colors that they wound up, I think I'm happy with how it turned out! I'm definitely not a great painter and I feel like I'm going to pick apart my mistakes over time. That's what happens when you have OCD like I do...

The only other exciting thing I have for y'all today is a four letter word that starts with an "s"....
Yes it snowed at our house today and yes the ground is still white!

Oh and one more thing... Happy Engagement Anniversary to the hubby and I!
11/11/11 was one of best days I've ever had in my life!

Hope y'all had a great weekend and a great Monday!

XO, Julie