Can you believe it’s April 3rd already? I can’t even believe it’s April. Seriously. Time is flying by this year.
Anyway, in case you missed me, MacGyver and I just got back from a little mini vacay down to Nokomis. And when I say vacay, I mean we basically went down and worked on our house for 5 days. It wasn’t all work though, we had some fun too.
We saw this chrome car on the way down. Does anyone have any idea what type of car this is?
We got there on Thursday and I took MacGyver out to lunch at my favorite place, Left Coast Seafood Co.
After lunch we drove over to the pond supply place to check out some fountains and stones for our landscaping. We are determined to put in some sort of water feature in the front yard. We spent an hour or so looking at everything and got some pretty good ideas and some serious sticker shock.
All of the rock that we grew up with in Tennessee and Virginia is hella expensive in Florida. We might have to go visit the relatives and pick up some to bring back.
On Friday I found an estate sale and a few garage sales locally and I convinced MacGyver that we needed to go. It didn’t really take a lot of convincing. If you have any doubts as to how much he loves a bargain, here he is retrieving a tool that someone dropped in the middle of a busy street.
He spotted it from a half mile away, pulled over and ran out to get it. I barely saw it. Wouldn’t you know it turned out to be some German wire cutter worth around 75 bucks! Yes y’all, MacGyver is that good!
I scored some awesome vintage marbles at the estate sale but they hardly compare.
I am taking all the credit for this next find because we found it at the estate sale that I heard about through one of my sources and we got it for only 60 bucks.
Water feature, check! I added the little bird statues because I already had them and they were too cute not to add. We may change the cherub for a dolphin eventually but for now, we have a fountain.
While we were out we kept checking the security camera to make sure the animals were okay. This is how they were practically the entire 3 hours we were gone.
The two dogs cuddled in the chair the entire time and the bird ran around the room because you know, he’s in charge.
When MacGyver and I got home on Friday afternoon we started painting as we had the day before. MacGyver also started putting in new windows.
You can see the new one on the right. I love my new windows. Love them!
And here is a picture of our living room which we finished painting with the dolphin gray that we used in the rest of the main parts of the house. It’s hard to make out though.
I also painted the spare room a very pretty blue but the picture is also hard to make out. Obviously I suck at taking pictures.
I refinished this desk too.
The highlight of the painting revolved around the master bedroom which we started on Saturday. See, I had this vision in my head and I was positive it would be bright and sunny and exhilarating. So, while MacGyver and his dad put in some more windows, I got to painting.
As you can see I stopped half way down the wall. Unfortunately it was the last wall.
I literally painted 3/4’s of the room before I realized it was the most hideous choice ever. I stopped painting halfway through the fourth wall and then left and called my mom and told her I ruined my house because I turned my bedroom into an orange. I’m pretty sure I cried a little too. I should have known. I mean both of my in laws hated the color and the paint guys at Lowe’s were making fun of it, though I didn’t get it at the time. MacGyver thought it looked like pepto bismol but it wasn’t pink, it was coral. I guess that’s a mute point. The point is, it was definitely not a good color choice unless it was for a little girls room. Or a grove.
That night MacGyver and I went to sleep but I got up at 2 in the morning to check to see if Lowe’s was open on Easter, it was. And that’s where I went very early on Easter Sunday. Because we had already returned paint twice, the guys at lowe’s thought I was playing an April fool’s joke on them. I was not.
I told them we hated the color Tropical Breeze and needed to choose another one. We ended up choosing Mist on the Moor and I think we made the right decision.
It also ended up looking much better in the master bathroom.
I couldn’t be defeated though so I decided to leave a feature wall in the bedroom and I saved one of the coral walls.
I think it works but MacGyver thinks that I should put the half can of leftover ‘mist on the moor’ to work and finish the job, we’ll see. The coral is kind of growing on me.
On Easter Sunday MacGyver’s parents were over helping us with the house again and my mother in law made us the most wonderful Easter Dinner. It was so good. I have truly been blessed when it comes to in laws. I couldn’t be any luckier, I swear.
I didn’t run a lot this past weekend, only 12 miles total on Saturday and Sunday and 36 total miles for the week however, I am so sore from all the painting and prepping that I’m pretty sure that counts as a few workouts.
We got home late yesterday and unfortunately I had a migraine all day and night, (probably from paint fumes.) As we were driving in we thought we smelled smoke. As we got closer we saw it.
This house is 3 street down from us, not far at all. Fortunately the family was able to escape. I have only met them once but they seemed nice, a young couple and their mother or mother in law. Unfortunately the family’s two dogs perished in the fire. So sad. This is the third house fire that has happened in my neighborhood in the last few years. I’m definitely going to be more careful with candles and things.
That’s it for me, I’ve got some serious work to do.
How was your Easter weekend? Do anything fun?