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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Curtains and Tile and Pond Scum

I feel like I've been starting out every blog post with, "Hey, I'm still alive!"  Life has been so busy lately with swim lessons, house projects, and just keeping a big ol' house clean.  It's good, though.  I'm not complaining, just explaining.  ;)

Okay, so the major selling point of my house was this back yard (again, crappy cell phone pics - my sincerest of apologies).  I love my back yard.
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The difficult thing about it, though, is that it's a bit of a haven for mosquitoes, and if you know me, you know that that mosquitoes LOVE me.  My legs look like a 10 year old boy's legs with scabs all over them from scratching all the time.  So we got the yard sprayed and two days later were still having issues.  Then my sweet little Isaac was playing with rocks atop the old, filled in koi pond, and much to my dismay I found that it wasn't actually filled in, only covered with rocks to look like it was filled in. 
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When I took those rocks off to uncover this repulsive, stagnant, mosquito larvae-filled mess, I just thought, 'What kind of selfish a-hole does this to a person?!'  OMG, it was disgusting!  So over the course of the next few days I had to get all of the rocks and concrete out, drain it with a bucket, drill holes in the bottom, and fill it back up with dirt and rocks.
This is what it looks like now.  It's not gorgeous or anything, but it'll do for now until I have the time to do something pretty with it.  I just needed to clean it up for now.

So then this weekend I was cleaning out the wood stack and brush behind the pool pump, and I discovered this...
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Do you know what it is, because I didn't?  Well, I googled "submersible sump pump" as it says on the label, and found that it's for removing water...like from a disgusting koi pond.  Awesome.  Oh well, if I would have used it then I couldn't say today that I now know what the most repugnant smell in world is.  C'est la vie.

In better news, I have the tile for my guest bathroom picked out, and it's getting done tomorrow!!!  I love getting floors done.  It changes the whole feel of the room in such a dramatic way.
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The previous owners had put laminate in the bathroom.  Come on, people.  Can we just all agree that that's a bad idea?  Water (more specifically little boy pee) and laminate don't make good friends.  

AND!!!  My curtain project on which I sought your advice is underway.  I have to do it while the kids are asleep, so it might take a few more days.  I'm pairing these two panels to create a long enough curtain, and I'm skipping the blinds, afterall.  The one on the right is getting attached to the bottom.  
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I started sewing them last night, and they're going to look awesome.  Can't wait to show you!
Thrifty Decor Chick

8 comments :

  1. You're getting so much done! It looks great! Can't wait to see the new guest bathroom.

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    1. I'm trying! Thanks. :) I know that I have to do it all now because once we're settled in the productivity goes way down.

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  2. Yea Annie! Getting stuff done! You've inspired me to paint my kitchen -- that's my project of the week! :)

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    1. Ooh, fun, Judy! I love painting...more specifically I love the outcome of painting a room, notsomuch the work - haha.

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  3. Wow don't know how you have the energy. Looks great, love the curtain idea you are working on. PS if you have any more problems with mosquitoes you can get skin so soft lotion from Avon for you and the kids to keep them away (I love the stuff).

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    1. Energy....it comes in a large ceramic cup two times a morning and sometimes in the afternoon - haha. SSS is a great idea. Off seems to be doing the trick, too, and I found one that's not stinky. :)

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  4. Seems like exciting stuff is happening (minus disgusting mosquito cespools) and I agree..that backyard is beautiful!

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  5. I sell Avon so if you want to try some let me know. They also have some of their wipes just for mosquitos.

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