Wednesday, May 31, 2017

My Spring Plans Update

I had made a list 6 weeks ago of the things I wanted to do before Memorial Day. I got some done and some not. The camper renovations have really taken up all my time. I ended up doing everything on the list that was seasonal or helped us to get the camper done or prepared us for our trip. The things left will have to wait until end of July or August to start. I hope I’ll have time to get the painting projects done before beginning of November. The photo boxes can wai...t until fall to start working on again if needed. I’m happy with everything I got finished and am looking forward to having the remainder done. 


1. I’ve clean up the shed, barn, and basement a couples times as we’ve worked on the camper.

2. I cleaned up my yard, set up the outdoor furniture in the back yard, planted elephant ears and marigolds in 2 big pots, and planted my vegetable garden. I cleaned my front porch, the décor, and wiped down the cushions. I bought bird themed décor for $3 at the thrift store and hung it on our shed.

3. I’ve helped with the camper my husband and I are renovating. Wow, I’ve done way more than I thought I’d do. It’s taken up all my time and my husband’s.

4. I planned and am preparing for our celebration June 4th and trip June 19th. We’re having our vow renewal at the Whetstone Park of Roses and our dinner at Mozart’s Piano Café. I filled up our Trip Notebook with all our plans for the 3 weeks along with our printed tickets. We’ve prepaid for most of our activities and 3 meals for the trip with on-line reservations.

5. Bonus: We ate though our pantry and freezer to save money and from lack of time. We were able to eat older things and dispose of a few things. I plan to finish up a few things before the trip and restock.

Didn’t do:

1. I didn’t paint our son Shawn’s empty room but I did get the primer on the walls.

2. I didn’t paint the family room. I did wash the walls and floors.

3. I didn’t paint my grandkids toy boxes. I didn’t think this would happen. I’ve put it off for 3 yrs. but wanted to add it to the list since it needs done seasonally outdoors.

4. I didn’t do anything during the 6 weeks on our photo box project. They are in good shape after working on them for the past year. I need to continue to work toward finishing.

5. I didn’t workout regularly in my exercise studio, take walks nightly, or lose weight. I do feel like I got a workout while working on the camper, and am sore most nights.

The shed is looking better. It'll look so nice once all the camper renovation supplies are used or discarded.


My front porch.

The vegetable garden is growing but needs weeded.

The décor I bought for the outside of the shed.

This is me last night painting the shelf. I look a mess.

Our Trip Notebook is filled up.

Our son's room with primer but no paint.

 My grandkids toy boxes. I need to do this or discard.

May 2017 Reading List

Waterfront Weddings: Two-In-One Collection
A Wedding to Remember in Charleston, South Carolina by Annalisa Daugherty (Read Aug. 2015)
A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island by Cara C. Putman

Friday, May 26, 2017

Clutter Busting Challenge May 2017

I'm purging 15 items.

My purge pile:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pizza Crust

3 cups white flour
1 tbsp. sugar
1 pk. yeast or 1 tbsp.
1/4 cup oil
1 cup hot water

Mix and let rise for 20 minutes. Top and Bake 20 min. at 350

For wheat crust
1 cup wheat flour
2 cups white flour

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sugar-Free Drink

1 cup lemon or lime juice

5 cups cold water
5 packets artificial sweetener

Mix all ingredients into pitcher, serve over ice.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Our Camper Renovations Update

Update on our camper renovations! It’s a lot of work but we’re enjoying doing this project together. Shawn is doing most of the work using the power tools but I did try my hand at the staple gun. :) We’re amateurs watching YouTube so we’re not doing nor do we expect a professional job. LOL

Shawn got the framing finished last week and started on the insulation. He tidied up the electric, added support to the kitchenette seats, installed a new kitchen faucet. He pulled the bac...k trim off of the outside corners to start the prep for new tape. I installed black window cling over all the windows except the main window near the kitchen table. We’ll put curtains over that window. We’re hoping the window cling allows enough privacy at night to allow us to not have to place curtains over all the windows. We’re trying for minimal as to not have the camper look too cluttery. We’ll have to wait until it’s pulled out of the garage to check that further. 

This week he finished the insulation and we started on the paneling. We are hoping to finish paneling tonight. I furnished the bathroom, a few of the kitchen cabinets, and our closet. He’ll put the kitchen cabinet that I want to keep back up next so I can start filling the cabinet with non-perishable foods. And he’ll finish the kitchenette so I can put stuff under the empty seat area. We’ve decide not to return the second kitchen cabinet and the cabinets in the bedroom. We don’t have nor want enough stuff to fill them. We will need to build nightstand height cabinets over the wheel wells in the bedroom. We bought new tires and spray painted them espresso brown instead of the safety orange. LOL I finished spray painting all the plastic parts like the light fixtures and air conditioner cover too.

The framing.

The framing and start of the insulation.

The new faucet.

The new silver insulation that we got for free. He collected it from work. It came free in boxes over the winter.

The ceiling insulation.

The start of the privacy window cling. It was $17.99 per roll at Home Depot. I bought 2 rolls and still have most of 1 left. You can see its real dark compared to the other window. It was dark outside in this picture, the front awning is down, and it’s in the barn. We shall see what it looks like once it’s out of the garage. I cut in when it was dark and could have done a better job had it been daytime. 

The pink insulation we bought at the Habitat Restore. And the tape that was half off at Dollar General.

The foam insulation we bought at Home Depot for the ceiling.

 Yippy, the back wall is paneled.

The bottom of the back wall.


The kitchen ceiling is paneled.

The bedroom ceiling is paneled.


The bedroom ceiling paneling and our skylight.

 The start of the side walls in the bedroom. 

 The side wall in the bedroom. Yep, we have one door in the bedroom and one in the kitchen.

The side wall that still needs done. And a look at the privacy window cling. We chose this type of window cling for privacy. They do have other colors and designs.

 The bathroom is clean and furnished. We'll paint the bathroom later in the Summer.

The kitchen area. The cabinet on this wall is going back up soon. 

The kitchenette got reinforced seats.

He made stop guards for the water heater and water pump.

Our thrifted dishes in the cabinet over the fridge area.

Our closet. We got the two cloth baskets on clearance this week for $2 each at Dollar General.

 Our kitchen utensils/cookware that we thrifted. We did buy the vintage Corning Ware "Spice of Life" L'Echalote casserole dishes from an Antique store this winter on our trip to Amish country. It's the only thing I could find that was microwavable, oven proof, usable on the stove top, and dishwasher safe. They will save us a lot of space. 

 Our new tired thanks to my husband's eBay sales. We spray painted the rims espresso brown.