Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bathroom Update Before and After...Amazing!

THE BEFORE PHOTOS: Wow these take me back!

Yep, that is what we started with. Fancy!

Just had to get a photo of the sink and tub. Oh, and notice the w/d hook-ups. This has been moved upstairs. Yes, the same floor as the closets. Now we don't have to carry laundry upstairs! That is a huge thing in my world.

DEMO Day. That was insane and in August!

A great shot of 007 after the demo weekend.
I think he liked it just a little bit.

Where my toliet ended up and the tub.
Nice that someone put the plunger by the toliet.

Now the After photos:

Tile going in.

The new very amazing corner shower with sliding door!

I also love how high up the shower head is.

My very own sink. 007 keep your mits off!

The future site of my clawfoot tub. It is currently in the kitchen. Doesn't everyone store their tub in the kitchen?

I owe (in no particular order) my friend Sarah a big shout out for helping pick the colors and of course a huge thanks to 007, my sister and brother-in-law, and our plumber/electrician friend Chris, and also the mighty Steve. So many folks helped with this undertaking!

Monday, April 20, 2009

It’s just another Manic Monday…

So, it has been awhile since I have posted. Way to much has gone on to even begin to summarize so what is the point. I would rather embrace spring and start fresh or at least attempt to.

An update on the remodel… well we got hot water! Then…we lost hot water. Yep, a bible quote comes to mind. Ugh. Now we are replacing the PIA propane water tank with an electric water heater hopefully on Wend. I am not holding my breath.

Although, 007 and his trusted plumber buddy mean well it is next to imposable for these two to get on the same page. Now I blame his plumber buddy more but that is just because well he is rather difficult. Great guy and his prices are perfect for us poor folk without hot water. However, I need HOT WATER, like yesterday. I don’t understand why they don’t see the urgency of all of this.

The wonderful flip side to this whole mess is construction has been delayed on our bedroom because I will not do demo work without a functioning shower! I have small standards but standards just the same. Basically remodeling is taking forever and then a day and I am sick of it!

However, it is spring and the grass is growing and turning green. Granted it has rained about four days out of seven each week for the past month but who is counting. My garden is still in the “design phase” because it is far too muddy to move the many railroad ties into place.
Here is a diagram of the garden design.

Awesome don’t you think! That is a clip art pic of what 007 thinks he will be doing regarding this project.

Okay so each of those beds will be raised about two or three railroad ties high. The ground around the beds will be some type of pebble or gravel or the like. I haven’t picked that yet but I can’t wait to add that small detail. I don’t want to pay for it though. Think English Garden and you probably are close to what I am going for.

The perimeter of the garden will be picket fencing but the gothic style pickets and scalloped. Looking something like this probably not white:

All of the post are in but we haven’t purchased the pickets yet because 007 wants to move all the railroad ties into place and my garden shed before we close it all in. Logical of course.

You will also notice that there is design for a greenhouse and a rabbit hutch. The deal is I can have a bunny if I build him a suitable hutch. That makes since right? Well, my plan is to put his hutch next to my garden shed and then allow him to hop around the garden when I am out there.

That way he’s safe from my dogs and can munch on veggies that are not exactly perfect for people. With the raised beds he won’t be able to get into them… Oh, and my bunny is already named “Weinstein” I just need to pick him out.

I am thinking a Lionhead bunny

or a Lop bunny

Yep, I do dream big and in my little dream world everyone gets along.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

What is up with me?

Yes, some of my posts have been a bit well ugly but some days I just don’t know how to explain the work that goes into running the animal rescue. It’s volunteer of course, self inflicted but it sure doesn’t make dealing with the crazy crap people do any easier.

However, one very true aspect about running the rescue is it’s REAL.

Time and time again you are forced to deal with the worst and best of humanity as it relates to our four legged friends. When it’s good, it’s really good. When it’s bad it breaks your heart. Still you dust yourself off and you try again, knowing that the battle is worth it.

Then a day will come along and you’ll connect with people. You make a huge impact in the life of just that one person and that one pet but those days tend to soften out the rough edges of the bad days. It renews your faith and it makes you smile.

It was a good day at the small animal clinic and with a little luck it’ll be another good week for the rescue.

Back in December we had another rescue contact us about a GSD in need of re-homing. So 007 went and checked it out. He found a poorly socialized, scared of her own shadow 2 year old gorgeous GSD. Those in the rescue renamed this girl, Belle. Unfortunately, as things tend to happen all at once, she came into our program when I had to go on work travel and 007 was able to tag along. We had originally thought we would place her right away. However, at her first adoption interview she totally freaked out and it was apparent that she needed extensive training prior to moving to a new home. In a panic we called two of our best foster friends. Dawn and Sabrina have a wealth of knowledge between them and a heart the size of Texas for an animal in need.

Only would the two of them agree to take a scared to death 70lb GSD that I arrived with muzzled. Did I mention they are saints? Yep and I repay them by brining Cujo over.

Since that fine evening they have worked and worked with Bella to no avail. She has challenged and pushed them and then pushed even more. They have tried everything they can think of. We have suggested everything we can think of. She has a very high prey drive and is poorly socialized to all other animals. This makes her vary dangerous in our neck of the woods. So it became apparent to all involved that there wasn’t much we could do for her.

We talked it over, everyone cried and then I just couldn’t let it go. It’s the knack I have for lost causes. I had received from her previous owners her registration paperwork and within it I found a website for the breeder. Out of shear desperation I called him out of the blue. He answered and we talked. I told him everything I knew about her and he filled me in on her lineage and what the previous owners had told him when he sent a six month old puppy to them.
To say he was horrified that she was in this state or this condition would be a huge understatement. He was beyond frustrated and wanted to help.

Now I know some of you who may read this may hate breeders. However, realize that there are some good ones out there and they are worth their weight in gold. They help to strengthen the breed-lines and they consider their pups to be their responsibility for life.

Jim was no different. He has since came up with a plan to place Bella with an experienced handler who he will personally work with to get her ready for more advance work. She comes from amazing bloodlines of police, search and rescue, and scent detection dogs. If he can redirect her drive and help mold her he will erase the harm that has been done to her. In return she may save some ones life one day.

Crazy, to think about…It pays to network even for dogs.