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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Working Hard

Sorry, I haven't been posting or visiting other blogs very regular lately.

I've been busy doing things around the house and lazy with my blogging.

Since my son Charley got married and moved out, we've been re-doing his room. I have 3 kids and only 3 bedrooms, so two of them shared the same room. My oldest son had a room to himself. Kind of sounds like the Walton's doesn't it. John Boy was the lucky one with the room to himself. Well I won't tell you my oldest son's nickname, because just like John Boy when he got older, he hated it when his family called him by his nickname. I'm thinking by now you know what his nickname is. Wanna take a guess?

But what's a family to do when you have two people in the same household with the same name, you have to have some way to tell them apart, or else when Mom goes yelling for one they both answer.

Well back to the re-doing of his room. We moved out his bed, since we didn't need it any more. But we won't get rid of it because it was his dad's bed when he lived at home. And you know me, I'm nostalgic and won't get rid of anything that has memories attached to it. So for now, the headboard is out in the garage.

Before bringing in Andrew's bed from the other bedroom, we decided it would be a good time to put down a much needed new carpet. (The carpet in there is 28 years old, so I think it's time for a new one, don't you agree?). So before the new carpet arrives on Monday we decided it would also be a good time to paint the walls. It was very much in need of a new paint job, too. I'm ashamed to admit it, but there was a tall white spot on the blue wall in there, which my son covered with a large hanging poster. The white spot was from the last time I painted and I couldn't move the big tall cabinet filled with books and things, so I painted around it. I can't believe I did that, but I did . . . Martha Stewart, I'm not.

So we now have a newly painted room (balsam beige is the color - and I love it!) and waiting for new carpet to be installed on Monday. With the left over paint, I painted our small master bathroom yesterday.

The house is a mess right now, with furniture and stuff moved to the center of the bedroom and large closet doors standing up against the wall in the hallway. We decided to take the doors down and put up curtains over the closet opening. I had already did that to the other two closets a long time ago. I hate our closet doors. They are the ones that slide to one side or the other and you can only get into one side of the closet at a time. And they have a habit of coming off their tracks sometimes, which is a pain.

I haven't got the curtains, yet. But I already have a long wooden curtain rod to use over the closet opening. I had bought a lot of them at Lowe's a few months ago on clearance, and this is the last one I had left.

We've been trying to figure out how we are going to arrange the furniture in the room. I decided, since this bedroom has the largest closet in the house (it's not a walk-in, just long), that I would put his chest of drawers inside the closet and hang his clothes on both sides of it. This will give him more space in his room.

So now both of my sons will have their own room! Since there will be only one bed in them, they will have room for their desks, and that means we will no longer have 2 desks in our family room. And maybe I can now convince my youngest son to move his college books and laptop from the living room where he sits and does all his homework.

Well, I've bored you enough with all this. Just thought I'd explain why I haven't been blogging and visiting as much lately.

One room almost done and only two more to go.

Whew! I'm tired.


  1. Charley Boy, of course. I still call him that.

    Now, Janet, you know everyone wants to see your mess so they can see the difference when the work is done.

    Yes, you are a very busy person and have reason to be tired.

  2. I would like to make some changes, I get tired of the same old thing. Since I'm not able to move things myself I have to leave things as they are.
    I guess I will always say Charlie Boy.

  3. I love projects Janet - it's the organizer coming out in me I guess. :) I also love your idea of taking closet doors off and putting up curtains. I'd like to try that in my sewing room where I have bi-fold doors that keep coming off the tracks. blessings, marlene

  4. I'm not sure who's more excited...
    you for having projects and fixing up to do and getting more space or the boys for getting more space in their OWN rooms.

  5. Wow, Janet, I'm surprised you made it to writer's group this week.

    Some of my closets have curtains on them instead of doors too. One nice thing about curtains is you can change the look whenever you want to.

  6. Hey Janet! Ohhhh I remember raising my five whenever one would move out and all the excitement of the next one in line to get their own room! One thing always leads to gotta get new carpet and new paint...that's a rule isn't it! lol lol It is an exciting time for your younger kids! Thanks for coming by and checking on is so good to have my computer back...take care girl and I look forward to seeing the new room.

  7. Janet:

    I so well know about the mess created when you paint or carpet or even just shampoo the carpet. We are removing the wallpaper in the hall and have wiped out three rooms with stuff from the walls. The only furniture was one lone chair. I shudder to think when we hit bigger rooms with lots of furniture. Anyway your room sounds really nice and you must post photos when all done. Funny about the paint spot.

    Roberta Anne

  8. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  9. You said, "or else when Mom goes yelling for one they both answer."
    You actually get an answer? Lucky you. :-) Sometimes when I call all I get is silence.

    Good luck with the carpet installation. I hope all goes well.

  10. Just stopped by for a visit and enjoyed it so much.

  11. Hi Janet,
    My you have been busy.
    I always love redoing a room and getting it all fixed up.
    My daughter has the kind of closet doors you're talking about. They really are troublesome. I'd suggest a curtain to her if she wasn't renting.
    I loved your collections in the post below this one. You really have lots of little treasures.


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