Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Lucy's Big Escape!

My morning routine is always the same.  I get up and let Lucy out and then go take my shower, get dressed and eat breakfast.  After I'm finished with breakfast, I let Lucy back in.  It works well.

But Monday when I went to let Lucy in, she was missing.  I should have known something was up when she wasn't pounding on the back door to be let in or looking in the window while I tried to have a few quiet moments to start my day.  I guess I was just enjoying the peace.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

How to Clean Dirty Straws

My grandkids use straws whenever they drink anything.  Unfortunately, the straws can get kind of gross.  I've tried a lot of different ways to clean the straws and the only thing that worked halfway decently was q-tips.  But that wasn't ideal.  Then I got on Amazon to see if there were any other options and found these beauties.

The package I purchased came with six so I shared them with my daughter and daughter-in-law.  We all LOVE them and use them regularly to keep the kid straws and our straws squeaky clean.  If you're interested, you can find them here.

I did not receive compensation from for this post nor did I receive the product for free.  I purchased the product to make my straws cleaner and thought my readers might be interested, too.

Monday, November 21, 2016

David Built a Deck This Weekend!

Yes, that's right.  David built a deck this weekend.  The photos above are what the back of the house looked like Saturday morning.  Saturday and Sunday afternoon he did this.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Lucy at 14 Months - WHY she's still horrible!

After I wrote the last post about Lucy and how horrible she still was, I realized that I really didn't give too many details about what makes her horrible.  So that's the plan for today.  This could be a really, really, really long post but I'm going to just hit the highlights.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Bungalow: Odds & Ends

We have a furnace!  And it was finished in the nick of time because the nights are definitely getting cooler.  It is November, after all.

The only thing left on the furnace project is to cut a vent in Calvin's room and put a vent in the bathroom. Unfortunately, we won't be able to put a vent in the bathroom until we remodel that room.  I believe the bathroom is the first room that will be remodeled once David finishes a few outside projects.

We've (by we I mean David) been working on some odds and ends for the past couple of weeks.  Take a look:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Lucy at 14 months - Still Horrible!

It's hard to believe, but Lucy, my chocolate lab, is 14 months old.  And it's been fourteen LONG months!  The sweet looking little puppy I got October 2015 turned out to be the most horrible puppy that ever lived - except for maybe Marley of Marley and Me.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Weekly Recap: Never a Dull Moment

I've been saying for years that there's never a dull moment in the Gardner household and this past week was no exception.  I always wonder if this stuff happens to everyone or just to us!

Earlier in the week I heard a house alarm going off.  It didn't go off immediately, like it does if someone accidentally set it off, so I was concerned it might be a legitimate break in somewhere nearby.  I went to the window to try to figure out where it was coming from and heard sirens.  "Wow," I thought.  "That was fast."  None of our break-ins (many years ago) were ever handled that quickly so I assumed something else must be going on.  And I was right.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Bungalow: Furnace Update

Even though it's November 2nd, it still feels a lot like fall.  And I'm grateful since the furnace isn't done yet. We've had a few cold nights and cool days but nothing we couldn't handle.

David's been chipping away at the furnace project and has made a lot of progress.  Take a look: