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Stainless steel sinks


Wish I remembered to take a before shot, my sink was covered in drywall mud, paint, sawdust, it was awful and I could not see it as a cleaning tool!! Now I don’t use chemicals as much as possible so I took out my vinegar and baking soda. 

Put in the plug, dusted it all over with powder and poured just enough vinegar in to make a paste with. As you scrub with it you can see it turns brown if the sink was bad like mine anyway. I hate that sticky type feeling stainless sinks gets on the sides. You can let it set if u need it to get through like on paint, or just scrub. I use my hands but u could use whatever u want. After just rinse repeat if u need to for spots u may have missed. 

Just a cheap, quick and non chemical alternative.


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Pre-med!!


Never will I be ready to watch you leave. The day you arrived was the day my life truly began. Never could I have imagined my boy would grow to such a wonderful young man, never because I doubted you but in doubt of myself. I am so proud of my son. At 19 he has the next 12 years planned out. God willing they will go as such, I loved having him home with us for the 4th and as usual breaks my heart when he leaves. My son, pre-med. 

Time flies


Moving time is here. My poor man is exhausted. It’s been a push everyday to get it all done. We ended up having to hire a couple guys to move all the big stuff into the uhaul but my son and my fiance had to unload themselves. 

I haven’t been posting much as I been running and moving but things will get back on track after this weekend and I will post more and more pictures from the renovation and more about, well, everything!!  Having a wedding in October, wow! Need to do that stuff. Assassin’s. Lol. See u soon.

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Tired of this body


Ever since I was diagnosed with Addisons Disease my body has been screwed up. I have had so many diagnoses that have ended up being wrong that it’s hard to keep track.

Scoliosis

Lupus

Mixed connective tissue disease

Allergy to the sun

That’s just off the top.of my head there is so much more. Every year, when it changes to summer, my skin changes, one year when I itched, they swelled into huge welts. My Dr scratched me then went to let the student in and they had swelled in that time so much he speechless at first. I have fibromyalgia, on one side of my body?? I get cluster headaches but they are totally different from what they are supposed to be. They start some were on my head and move behind my eye, then they stay for hours. I will get just one once in awhile or one every day for a week. I noticed recently if I don’t get enough salt I feel tired and sluggish.

I dread the changing of the seasons. Pain has become part of my every day life. This year I am getting strange rashes, almost like I’m allergic to my own sweat. Working on the house, packing and moving can make u really sweaty. I haven’t changed anything but still have rashes all under my arms, on my chest, along my pants line on my waist. I’m so frustrated. Today I’m noticing an area on my head is itching.

My legs turn red w blue blotches and itch whenever I take a shower or do dishes. My hip swells and makes me look crooked.

I’m just tired of it. 

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So tired of being tired


Hi, I haven’t posted in a bit with all the choas going on at the moment but here’s an update. 

We are still in the apartment until school gets out June 16. I couldn’t see moving my son with only one month left to a new school. 

The house, we took out a wall, have refinished 4 floors so far, layed down 2 more, replaced some electrical wiring that was so old it was crumbly. Took out panelling all over the place, changed out lights and put up ceiling fans, cleaned up a garden that was started in front of the house, tore out wallpaper,  and a lot of clean up. During this whole process packing and sorting through a 3 bedroom apt with full basement and 8 years of junk. 

During this whole process my soon to be has worked his reg full time job of about 60 hours plus has a side job installing decks and some windows and has been the only muscle to move me. My son being 14 and lazy only helps when necessary and I’m not allowed to do much lifting, carrying, moving , climbing, etc. Etc. 

I feel so bad all the time because even if he let me I know I still don’t get as much done on a day as a normal healthy person does. My sleep is awful, I don’t get even a quarter of the REM sleep needed for anyone never mind me. I’m always fighting a cold or pain or something that were me down even more. It’s been about 20 years since I was diagnosed with Addisons and my health has just gone down hill from there but I don’t even remember normal anymore. I’m always tired and it’s so frustrating esp when I have so much to do. I take extra vit c and was just put on a vit d regimen but, I’m still tired. 

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Kitchen floor


Finally after tearing up two layers of linoleum and sub flooring, then sanding, sanding and sanding, and sanding off two stains that I didn’t like, here it is!!! This is my new kitchen floor!!!! I love it!!!! It’s a grey wash. Not a white wash but grey wash!!! Paint was mixed half paint and half water, water based paint, and my David painted it on, then we wiped it off. As much as I wanted the mix of grey paint and the wood grain to show was not easy but after  a few tries we got it just the way I wanted!! Some poly and this is the finish product!!

Now u can’t see it in the pic but there r two diff kinds of wood were an extension was added on years after the original floor was put down. That was a nightmare!!!!!!!! I wanted the old aged look floor. I did the vinegar and steel wool method and the original flooring was so beautiful, but that other stuff just looked dirty. I put the black tea on the one side with the difficult wood and tried the vin again. Nope. Ugh, Then we got the mineral classic grey stain and did that, nope!!!! The wood sucked it up like a sponge but then it disappeared. It was a spotted mess of brown shades and grey and looked awful!!!!! The old side was great but that other wood just didn’t work. AGAIN!!!!

There wasn’t much left to do to get the look I wanted. The floor changed right in front of the stove so I had to get both sides to match!!!

Then my hubby came through again for me with the grey wash! 

So, three floors, three totally different methods. Living room, we layed the boards, did the vin and wool and after a second coat it was perfect for poly. The dining room, we redid the original floor, stained it, did make the mistake of not popping it and had to do it all again but then we got it perfect and ready for poly. The kitchen, well, it’s done!!!!!