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Finishing Touches on the Guest Room

I had an upper respiratory infection over the weekend so, on doctor’s orders, stayed at home. Andy says the doc probably also mentioned the word “rest” in there, but I didn’t hear it. I took the opportunity to be “lazy” and watch an on-demand movie and sit with a cup of tea each morning. I skipped […]

Painting the Guest Room

With winter here, my time to work on the house is throttling down. I shovel and clean the litter box far more (see blog) since my cats are only inside in the winter. My mom has had some surgeries and I’ve spent some nights with her. Because there is so much clutter in this room […]

Cutting in the Library Chair Rail

The holidays are winding down, and inventory here at SafetyGirl, Construction Gear, and Discount Safety Gear is out of the way. Life as we know it will soon resume. Sunday I had about an hour and a half to continue cutting in the chair rail. Because the walls were not primed for the wallpaper, they […]

Stripping wood and wallpaper

November was the month to start my dining room. I am a little late on the draw. This should be an easy room and after I am done with this, I will probably take a break to clean and decorate for the holidays. Probably. We’ll see. Friday I removed the carpet and padding from the […]

Self Defense Tips

Women’s self-defense skills is an important skill. Whether you are walking from to your car in a dark parking lot, using public transport, or trying to get help when your car breaks down on a country road, knowing how to protect and defend yourself in a dangerous situation can be critical to your physical and emotional health. Preventing these situations from occurring, however, is much more important.

Laundry Room Scrubdown

This weekend was a continuation of the last in the laundry room, so I won’t bore you with details. My goal was to scrub the whole thing down and paint it, and the reassemble it in a more organized version.  I did the floor the same way I did the bathroom. I cleaned it with […]

Ready, Set, Go!

The single bathroom is a tiny space with peeling wallpaper and dark and outdated cabinetry. I have chosen to start here because it should be relatively easy to freshen this room quickly. Call it my warmup, if you will. I propose to paint the flooring and cabinetry, remove some of the outdated accessories, and add […]

Pandora’s Construction Box

Last month you were introduced to my small world. So far we have Mo, my mom who has moved to independent living. We have me, who will be updating the old farmhouse. We have my BF Andy, who lives with his two daughters, Lucy and Grace, about five miles from my house. We all live […]

I’ll Work On It

So I take a deep breath, look around me, and see possibilities and a ton of work. I am going to update a farmhouse, in real time, myself. I intend to do most everything I can myself, excepting if I add a second bathroom. That will require someone who likes to do plumbing more than […]

Major in Self Defense

With SafetyGirl U! Your babies are headed off to college, whether for the first time, or a repeat. Whether you suffer from an empty nest or view it as a whole lot of “me” time ahead, your stress level will be way down if you send your girls to campus armed with knowledge and some […]