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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

My Office, or How I'm incapable of remembering to take Before Photos.

Ok, so in my last post I talked about... well a lot of stuff.  Sorry it was so long!  But more specifically, my office where I set up my work desk and my craft table, but I also wanted to get a comfy chair in here somewhere.  Well, last night during one of my breaks at work, I was browsing Facebook, and in one of my groups, one of the ladies who's in her late 20s was showing off a corner of her office space where she had a big cushion or futon mattress and a bunch of pillows in a corner with curtains around it and Christmas lights along the top as well which made it looks like a sweet girl cave/fort space. I was instantly inspired!  And frustrated.

I knew what I wanted to do, but the way my office is configured was making it so difficult to figure out. Like I'd said before, my craft table is under my loft bed. What I didn't mention is that there's also a ton of other stuff in here, with not a lot of room to move anything to a different place.The struggle I was having was trying to figure out how to make it work at all.  Ideally I wanted to have the "fort" under the loft.  It seemed the most logical spot wince I could attach curtains and Christmas lights to it and not have to deal with attaching anything to the ceiling, and I just liked the idea. Alternatively, I could make it in the corner of my office to the right of my desk where the bookshelf is and the closet door is. That just seemed less than ideal.

Then I had this idea to take off the closet door!  That brought all these new ideas, but it was going to mean a lot of moving and finding a space for the stuff in the closet (all of Faelyn's storage stuff from her old room).  But I still wasn't sure about the placement of anything.

But then it hit me!  I measured, and lo and behold it was the exact size!  The craft table would fit IN the closet. I'd seen lots of little closets converted into cute little office spaces before and always wanted to do that, but never had a place to do it, and now I had my chance, AND it would free up the under-loft space!

There were SO MANY boxes to move!  All of Rhiannon's storage stuff was still in a pile toward the back of the top of the loft, so I had to shove that into a semi organized stack, and then start unloading the closet onto the top of the loft. I put a big "F" on each box so I'd know which ones were Faelyn's. I knew I wanted to keep spaces up there for the cats to hang out since they love it so much, and it was like playing Tetris, but I think it turned out ok, and cat-friendly. Porchie has already taken a nap on two of the boxes, and he can walk across the whole thing, so I think it's good.

Then I had to clear off the craft table and move it in there.  Thankfully it's a 2x4 ft folding table from Walmart, so pretty easy to put in there and then set it up inside the closet. Put my craft stuff back on it and even the lamp cord reached around the side of the closet to a plug, so there's a happy glow coming from my cute little closet craft corner. I have some little shelves I'm going to put on the wall over it which I couldn't really do when it was under the loft, so I like that.

After that I still had to measure and figure things out.  I could have sworn the mini fridge would fit perfectly under the loft desk, but I didn't notice the metal bar that ran along the bottom of it as a support.  It made it 1/4 inch too low for the fridge to go under! That was very aggravating, but I did have an AHA! moment when I realize the space under the window was the perfect fit for the rabbit cage.  That helped a LOT.

So, now I have space under the loft bed for a nice comfy chair that I don't yet have, and my craft table is in a closet, and the rabbit cage finally found a home.  Not bad for a few hours on my night off work.

But of course, I didn't take ANY before photos.  BUT  I do have some from when I first converted the room to my office the last week of August.

The dresser just inside the doorway.  Microwave isn't sitting there anymore.

The under-loft desk. Before Rhiannon moved out and took her chair and other stuff, it took up some space in here.  Where that chair is sitting is basically where the craft table used to be.  It was along that wall under the loft up against the loft desk.

Looking back at the doorway from the desk. Mattress standing up on the left

And looking at the desk from the doorway. I finally just put that mattress in the shed.  If we need it, we'll just get it out of there.

And now, the "During" pics.  It won't be "after" until I get my new-to-me chair and put up curtains (maybe) and Christmas lights.   Please note, I did not clean off my desk or anything to make these pretty.  This is real life.

Looking into the room from the doorway.

Looking into the closet now.

A little close up of the closet craft area.

The wall the closet and door are on.

Porch Cat!

This loft is out of control.  I do hope to get into the shed soon and see what kind of space is available and put stuff out there.

Under the loft now.  I REALLY wish the fridge would fit under that loft desk, but it's okay sitting there.  I'll be able to reach the fridge from my new chair when I get it, and I can put a lamp on it.

And this is where the chair will go. That filing cabinet (the one Porch Cat was sitting on) can move over next to my desk if I need to make more room for the chair, but I thought having two flat surfaces for journals and planners and drinks and stuff would be nice anyway.

So, that's where we are now. I'm hoping to go to some used furniture and thrift stores tomorrow to look around.  Maybe the antique store downtown too. I saw the PERFECT chair there once.  I wish I'd gotten it.  I regret it to this day.

Well, I am worn out from all this moving of boxes and furniture and cleaning up after the rabbit, so I'm gonna go ahead and post this even though I just posted one.  I'll be ahead! I think when I get the office all done (well the fort anyway - still have painting and flooring to finish later on,) I'm going to do a house tour.  For those of you who read this, would you prefer just a blog post with photos, or a video walking through the house, or both?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

My Almost Empty Nest

So, this past summer there were 6 of us living here, and a 7th-9th here as well a lot of the time. If you';re new here, or maybe missed it before, we live in a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 16x80 single wide manufactured home. In some areas of the country, y'all know it as a trailer.  Now, even though it's sold as a 16x80, 4 feet of that length is actually the trailer hitch (which we no longer have attached anyway), so it's actually 76 feet long.  That basically gives us 1216 sq ft, give or take whatever is taken up by outside walls or whatever. I used to think 1200 sq feet was a lot of house.  See, before we lived here, we lived in an old 1978 14x56 trailer with only 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. That's 784 sq ft. So we gained a LOT of space by moving here almost 8 years ago. But, let me tell you 1200 sq feet can REALLY shrink when you have 3 college kids, a teenager, their friends and 2 adults and all their stuff crammed in it!

I wish I'd reorganized things earlier, but it was seriously a very chaotic summer, and I didn't get a whole lot of anything accomplished. Zoe had her own room which was a serious mess, and if she was camping or at a sleepover, no one wanted to borrow her room for the night.  That bad.  Then the back bedroom was Faelyn's room with her full bed and a loft bed that ended up being too tall.  The ceilings in the bedrooms in this house are ridiculously short.  If they'd been vaulted like the living room and kitchen ceilings, it would have been fine, but as it was, no one could sleep on the loft, it was just too close to the ceiling.  So it was used as storage and the mattresses were put on the floor under it on a rug on the floor which was actually quite comfy for Rhiannon since the under-loft desk ended up being just the right height to use while sitting on her bed so she used it for her laptop and as a nightstand. Unfortunately that left Ducky with just the couch.  He constantly said it was fine, but well, it kept me from being able to go sit in my living room and watch TV after work, or do any deep cleaning at night  (I work nights in case you didn't know), and basically kept me in my bedroom/office all night. It all worked okay, but it was far from ideal.

Now, however sleeping arrangements are a little better. The college kids are all gone along with most of their stuff. We finally did buckle down and organize what was going to college, and what was getting packed up into boxes.  While I understand it's important for a college kid to be able to come back to their old space, it's just not possible in this house.  If I had 5 or 6 bedrooms in a much bigger house, sure!  So, what I did was take apart Faelyn's antique bed that had been my mother's and Granny's and put it in the shed, in pieces.  The thing was falling apart as we touched it.  I have no idea how it was still bed-shaped at all.  Now it's not.  I'm considering making a bench out of it.  Not sure yet.  Then I moved Zoe's full bed into the spot Faelyn's old bed had been.  It's in much better shape. We probably could have used a dumpster to clean out Zoe's old room, but we finally got it cleaned out completely. We took apart the loft bed and moved it to Zoe's old room. Of course this also meant taking ALL of Rhiannon's stuff off the top of it and moving it as well. That was a pain. Then I used a couple of those Big Lots coupons for $10, $20 or $40 off depending on the purchase amount, and bought a twin over futon bunk bed and a really nice futon mattress with coils so it would feel like a bed and not a rock like most futons I've known. After a lot of sweat and cussing, we finally got it put together in the space where the loft had been.  So now, the back bedroom has a full size bed, a twin bed and a full size futon. It *could* sleep 5 people if it had to, and even more if they had sleeping bags on the floor - not that it would be necessary, but you know, just in case.

We also moved around some dressers and desks and all that to make the best use of space, especially for Zoe who will be the only one in the back bedroom for most of each year. The futon is her couch, the twin bunk is mainly storage for extra blankets and her giant stuffed animals, and she still has her full size bed.  She's got a dresser and a very nice desk that Faelyn got for graduation which will remain in the room until Faelyn moves into her own place permanently, and her guinea pig.  She's got room for a small coffee table in front of the futon as well as a TV which I plan on getting her for Christmas.  So she'll have a pretty nice room for a 14 yr old, and there's plenty of space for the 3 girls at holidays and summer, if they all come back at the same time.

So, that leaves Zoe's old room and Ducky...  well it's not "his room" per se, but he might be able to sleep there when things are all sorted, I hope.  First of all, the top of the loft is still too tall to use for sleeping, and it's still about half full of Rhiannon's stuff.  The other half has been claimed by my cats, which is kind of cool.  But the bed we'd had underneath it was actually two stacked mattresses to get it higher off the floor and give it a little more bounce.  One of the mattresses is really old with a hold on one side, not really usable by itself, but fine as a makeshift box springs type thing on the floor. It's currently in the shed.  But the other mattress, the good one, is on a twin bed in my mother-in-law's guestroom. Did I tell you my mother-in-law moved 3 doors down? Well she did... so yeah.  At least if she falls, we'll be closer to help, and she doesn't come here very often, so it's fine.  I think we actually see her less than when she lived an hour away, weirdly.  ANYWAY, she was waiting on her beds to get moved, so we set up a twin bed in there for her, and it's still there.  She wants to use it for guests when the kids all come home... so I guess then Ducky will be staying in her guest room instead of my office - did I mention Zoe's old bedroom is now my office too?

Since we won't be needing the space under the loft for the mattresses (at least anytime soon),  I've put my craft table there with all my stickers, and washi tape, and other journaling and scrapbooking stuff. Then on the other side of the room is my work desk with my computer and 3 monitors and that sort of thing.  I want to get a nice cushy arm chair in here to be able to curl up in and read or watch videos or whatever, just a place of my own to go that's not a desk chair.

I do have an office roommate though....  his name is Carmel. He's a bunny. A Harlequin Mini Rex rabbit to be specific. He's Faelyn's rabbit, and she can't take him to college with her, so rather than make Zoe take care of him and maybe just neglect him, I moved his cage in here, and I let him out to hop around while I'm at work. He hates carrots and is very needy.  If I don't pet him often, he paws at me incessantly.

Okay, I thought I posted this yesterday, but I guess not, sorry!  In my next post I'll talk about the changes I made to the office ALREADY like since I wrote that!  I got inspired by a Facebook post in one of my bullet journal groups. I want a fort! Or something similar anyway. Stay tuned!


Saturday, September 17, 2016

I wish I could figure out how to do more than one thing at a time!

Hello all you folks who still come by to check out my blog!  Thank you so much for being here!

My posting here has been sporadic to non-existent. I've apologized for that more than I've actually posted any content, so I'll move on.

So, no blogs mostly all summer.  What's up with that?  Well, iot's not a new trend for me unfortunately, but I had actually planned on blogging.  I can tell you my journaling also pretty much stopped altogether.  Why?


Yes seriously.  That game took up all my free time for several weeks.  But to be honest I had an ulterior motive.  My kids were (mostly) all playing it.  The college kids would go downtown around 10pm and meet up with friends or just sit on the corner where they could reach 3 pokestops at once and resupply on pokeballs and eggs etc.  At first, I refused to get into it.  I don't actually like video games. I barely know anything about Pokemon. But I did like the idea of walking around town and meeting their friends and being out on the nice summer evenings when it was finally cool enough to be outside.  (THIS SUMMER WAS SO FREAKING HOT Y'ALL!)

So, I joined in, and we had a blast. I'd go downtown with them on my nights off work, and my Fitbit got all confused.  I was actually walking!  You have to walk to hatch eggs to get Pokemon that sometimes can be hard to catch. This game really got kids out walking and interacting, and my little town's downtown area was full of life! 

During the day it really was too hot to do anything.  We didn't go to the lake or swimming even.  We didn't even go to Dollywood  during the whole summer festival time. It was miserable. I had a big summer bucket list to do, and I got like maybe 5 things done.

But now the days are a little shorter at least and the evening coolness comes a little sooner each day, but the days are still in the 90s here.  It can just stop now seriously.  It's almost October!  I want FALL!

I went from having 7 people here most of the time to now there's just the 3 of us left. Rhiannon is back for her junior year at college.  Faelyn just started her Freshman year, and so her boyfriend isn't here all the time either (plus he's also going to SNHU online). And Ducky went back for his 2nd freshman semester. Since he started in the Spring, he's sort of Freshman, sort of Sophomore. His college is in town, so we see him now and then, but he lives on campus.

Corina, my oldest is still working full time and has now also started back to college at SNHU online.  So many college kids!

Boy is my house quiet now!

Ren (you might know her as Zoe from older blogs, but she prefers Ren) is in 8th grade this year, and she's a quiet child.  She sleeps a lot too. Christopher works a ton of hours, and he has his computer set up in my old office space in the bedroom.  Meanwhile I am now in my own office.  FINALLY after all these years, I have my own space. It's nowhere near what I want it to look like, but it's getting there. It's also home to Faelyn's rabbit, Carmel, and his cage is pretty huge.  But I am determined to somehow fit a nice big comfy chair in here where I can curl up and read or write or blog, etc.

I've got some great ideas for both blogs and videos, and I just bought a tripod, so hopefully now that things have settled down, I can get back to doing all the things that used to be daily and normal for me.

Thanks for reading and I hope you come back and I really hope there's more to come soon!  We'll both find out! :) 


Saturday, July 9, 2016

June 2016 Bullet Journal flip Through

Hello everyone!

Did you give up on me?  My daughter did.  She yells at me that I never blog anymore.

Well I've not give it up completely, I just have lots of interests these days. But I thought y'all might want to see my latest video I just uploaded about the flip through of my bullet journal/scrapbook all about June 2016.

Have a good day y'all!,


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Still here!

Hi y'all.  I'm still here, I promise.  It's just been an icky week for me.  I can't I haven't had time to blog, but I usually spent that time watching You Tube videos or oversleeping.

That's my Traveler's Notebook Bullet Journal/Planner and my Lilly Pulitzer weekly planner. The journal is one of the reasons I didn't blog at all in the last year.  I was writing everything in my journal instead of posting it here. I used to be upset that I didn't journal anymore,... but I have been - all these years I've been blogging, it's been my journal.  Last year made it plain I can't seem to keep a paper journal and a blog at the same timer, so I am really trying this year to do both.  

There's so much to catch up on from the last year. I think I may actually go through last year's journal and do occasional Flashback posts to talk about things that happened last year so I have a record of them here as well as in my books.  That could really work!  

But I don't want to just dwell in the past, so here's some stuff going on recently!

My 3rd daughter, Faelyn turned 18 this year, is a senior in high school and graduating next month, and just got her acceptance letter to Berea College!  She didn't make the first round of selections, so we were stressed that she might not make it even though we thought she had everything she needed... and FINALLY!  She got the letter a couple of weeks ago.  The local non-profit she has been a part of since she was little has been really instrumental in getting her into Berea.  Rural Resources has a partnership with Grow Appalachia which is based there in Berea, KY.  They've been such a great help with the teen program and encouraged the teens to go to Berea and check it out and do the tours etc.  Faelyn went a couple years ago and fell in love with the school.  I went with the group this past year (That's a whole other Flashback post!) and she had her interview and I got to tour the campus. It's an amazing school.  The tuition is 100% free to any student who gets in and then there's even more grants etc on top of that for room and board.  Laptops are even provided! The catch is that it's a working college. Virtually everything is done by the students. There are very few staff members other than faculty and a few admins etc.  It's run by the students, so they work off their tuition. They also have paid internships all over the world,  The college pays for them, so an internship that would normally not pay or just be a volunteer position can be a paid position through the Berea program. I am really hoping she can get into something like that for the summers on the coast so she can intern in her field.  She wants to be a marine biologist/conservationist. I'm so proud of her!



Let's see... what else is going on.  My youngest daughter, Zoe is now 13 and prefers to be called Ren and is gender fluid. Her goal is to look so androgynous that you can't tell which gender she is.  She feels that's the best fit for her.  I support him/her fully.  I'm still getting used to the "they" pronoun.  I'm not against, it, I'm just hard to change my ways. To be honest though, most days she does her makeup and looks very much like a girl, so I just go with whatever feels right at the time.  She's not too picky.

 She does a really great Dean Winchester Cosplay though! 

 My oldest daughter, Corina has had a rough year and then some.  She's finally got a great job.  She's a manager at the local Sonic and just loves it.  She's supporting the whole household of her and her husband and sister in law and mother in law though.  I worry she's just pushing herself too hard, but she's such a hard worker and is determined to make it through whatever comes their way.  Recently, they finally got the eviction notice they knew would be coming since her father-in-law had passed away and then her mother-in-law had lost her disability due to a paperwork error that was the doctor's fault apparently.  So, they couldn't make the house payments and would be homeless as well, but someone heard about it and offered them their trailer since they were buying a new one and didn't need the old one.  Corina and them just had to pay to move it and get it set up.  The guy even hooked them up with a man who had a lot all set up and ready to put the trailer on for just $150 a month. Sounds great right?  Well, it's been a nightmare trying to do all of that in the winter and wet season here, and having non-trustworthy folks doing the work so they got farther and farther behind with what needed to be done.  They finally moved into it with no power on and lived like that for almost 3 weeks before they got the stuff done that was needed for the inspection to get the power on, but they're still not happy with some things and they have to get more stuff done or they'll turn it back off.  I can't believe the amount of rules and permits!  It's ridiculous.  These fees and crap are how the county is making their money! I really hope they can get it all taken care of and settled soon so they can relax a little and finally just live their lives in peace! 

This is the view out their new front door! They have a huge lot too.  I'm a little jealous lol!


I sort of adopted a son this past year as well.  I think I've blogged about him before.  Ducky is such a sweet heart.  He's one of Rhiannon's best friends and has borrowed our couch a few times before, but this last summer he was homeless so we let him move in.  It was tight, with someone always on the couch or Ren sleeping on an extra bed we'd set us in the master bedroom, but it was worth it to help him get on his feet and figure out what he needed to do.  And he sure did!  He enrolled at the local private college and is in pre-law/political science. So, since January, he's been living on campus, but in a couple of weeks, he'll be back here, and then a week after that Rhiannon will be back as well. 

 I always told my kids they'll always have a home here, and they take me up on it LOL!  Rhiannon's husband Joe is currently deployed in Afghanistan and she's staying in college until she graduates, even if it means they're still not together for a couple more years so she'll be home for summers when he's deployed or somewhere she can't be. And Ducky will likely be staying here when not in school until he graduates as well unless he ends up finding someone to move in with.  Though his job wouldn't work around his college schedule, so he had to quit and just to work study... I think most of us know that doesn't pay much. So, my house will be full of kids for some time to come at least during the summers!  This Fall is will be so quiet!  Ducky, Rhiannon AND Faelyn will all be gone back to college.  So this summer we have a lot of memories to make! And I'll try to post them all here!

Okay, I think that's it for now. Hopefully I'll be able to get my act together and get a video done soon - though I have no idea if anyone would have any interest in watching it, but I'll give it a try. 

Have a great day y'all!