Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday Morning Flowers and Weekend Update

Hello My People!

Let's see.

I had 60 essays to grades, 60 student blogs to visit, and an entire section of Huckleberry Finn to review and prepare a lecture on this weekend, so what better time to tackle a home improvement project?

Those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile know that HOB and I are not exactly the do-it-yourself types. However, the sink HOB had so kindly stuck a screwdriver through about a year ago finally gave out, so we went out and got ourselves a new vanity and top. Then, drunk as skunks on YouTube videos, we decided to demo the old vanity and install the new one.

I know what you're thinking. Why would you want to get rid of this lovely piece from the 70's? Dig those hanging balls! Yes, I'll miss them. They came in very handy when re-enacting earthquake scenes. I'd just swing them and then pretend to be a newscaster at the scene, reporting, my hairbrush serving as microphone.

There's HOB cleaning up after his wife had smashed up the vanity. A few years ago one of our hamsters had found his way into the base and had been trapped for about two weeks. We found his nest and HOB was kind enough to clean it up. Betty does not handle hamster poop if she can avoid it.

According to our favorite YouTube video, the installation of the new vanity would take only 30 minutes or so. Right. We did get it moved back to its corner, but have decided to call a plumber to fix a few problems we found before completing the job. I'll post pictures when the installation is complete.

Enough of this chatter. You came here for flowers and flowers you shall have!






Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
~Lord Acton

60 comments:

Steve Gravano said...

Plumbing, on the surface, should be so simple. Good luck with the bathroom. I like the middle close up photo. Very soft.

Venassa said...

Good luck with the vanity fix ups. Renos can be such fun. I remember my mom going through hers.
Love the pink flowers. My favorite color.

Gaston Studio said...

Anyone who told you that it would only take 30 minutes to install a vanity must be crazy Betty! My daughter and I've done this a few times and it always takes a few hours to do it right. It looks like hubby has got a handle on things, so I'm looking forward to seeing the new vanity... and new lights, please! LOL

The flowers are beautiful.

BigSis said...

I always love the flowers, but I can't wait to see the pictures of your redone bathroom. I always think I want to do it myself and then remember why it's not such a great idea.

Leah J. Utas said...

Plumbing's great for the invention of new, creative cusswords.

Tabor said...

Vanities and flowers...you have quite a bit of variety in your life.

Jane said...

Good luck with that bathroom! I will look forward to the pictures,

Jane

Jane said...

Good luck with that bathroom! I will look forward to the pictures,

Jane

HulaBuns said...

Looks like the demo may have been therapeutic! However, I would have loved to see the earthquake reenactment (microphone hairbrush and all). LOL

Good luck with everything (the bathroom, paper grading and all)! :)

Nat said...

Ha! I always leave plumbing up to the professionals - it's safest that way given my complete lack of skills!
Good luck with that workload and thanks for the pretty flowers :)

Out on the prairie said...

I guess the nice part of the project is that you are still friends.I take it the hamster got out and wasn't mummified.I've done a lot of this and have found some real horrors when taking out things. One house I started using a heat gun to take off paint as the paint guy told me was best, and found they used newspaper for insulation. Made page 6 in our newspaper, I had it out before the fire guys got there.Like your flowers, I have a red striped with white mandevilla I found this year.

Vodka Logic said...

Thanks for the beautiful flowers.

Good luck with the DIY, I wish I was as ambitious cuz I have a lot to do.

Madi and Mom said...

BB
Oh my stars...you and HOB are either very ambitious or just plain crazy...LOL Where are the pictures of you with a sledgehammer?

Looking forward to the end result,
Happy Monday,
Madi and Mom

Joann Mannix said...

I think you're more ambitious to undertake a project with your husband than the actual installing of the vanity.

My hubs and I cannot work together. The neighbors used to gather when we would hang Christmas lights just for the spectacular fireworks, alone.

Thanks for the gorgeous Monday flowers!

Ally said...

Ugh, I know the feeling of having a ton of "home work" to do lingering on your mind - well at least my freelance tends to linger on my mind when I'm not tending to it (like now). I have to tell you, I quite like the old school vanity. It's so cool and vintage. Renovations are cool, but watching the old being ushered out by the new sometimes saddens me. I'm weird like that.

who is ya? said...

I kind of like the globe lights, but I bet smashing the sink was quite a bit off fun!

Joe Cap said...

Yep, plumbing repairs should be easy, but they never are. Uncontrolled water inside a house is never a good thing.

Joyful said...

Forced renos....not a happy tme for me. I hope it all goes swimmingly and not too expensive with the plumber. Nice flowers ;-)

Pat said...

Plumbing NEVER goes the way it's supposed to. Fact.

Love the flowers.

Mellisa Rock said...

I love that quote at the end - makes me want to make this day one that I am extremely proud of. Good luck with the vanity!

Alissa said...

This reminds me a bit of every home improvement project I ever attempted - including the 1970s decor. Good luck with it!

Georgina Dollface said...

Yay! Renovations! When it is all said and done, you'll be so proud of your handiwork. (I actually wrote about doing renos on my post today.) I bet if you put that light fixture up on Craigslist, you'd find a taker! - G

Pearl said...

In my neighborhood, your 70s decor is the height of hip fashion!!

Pearl

Catherine said...

And lovely flowers they are! Funny, the bathroom lights look strangely familiar. :) Good luck with the bathroom renovations ~ such a big chore but oh the satisfaction when it is done. I look forward to the end results.

Have a Happy Monday Betty!
xo Catherine

Brian said...

Wow, good luck with the sink fix, looks way to complicated for our humans.

Baby Sister said...

Good luck with the sink...sounds like fun?

Pretty pictures!!

TS Hendrik said...

Came for the flowers, stayed for the DYI. Lovely pictures. The old sink is a classic so I assume the new one must be amazing. Possibly with lasers.

Sarah said...

A handyman hubby is a great hubby. And to do it with a smile? Priceless! As long as he doesn't wear low-hanging jeans...

Liz said...

i would REALLY love to see you wielding a sledge hammer.

jenny said...

You DID think about your grading workload when assigning your students the blog project, didn't you? lol

Theresa Milstein said...

With so little to do, it does sound like a perfect time for a home improvement project! And if you want to save the ball lights, my mother has a giant orange one in her basement we can add to your collection.

I do love to see the flowers when I visit.

How is this blog project coming along?

A girl needs 2 Talk said...

You dismantled that on your own??! WOW!!! I'm looking forward to your new art!

I LOVE today's flowers!

sherri said...

so cool you have assigned your students to doing blogs, I'll bet there were some great reads. sixty, though, whew! Good luck w/the bathroom and as always, the flowers are just lovely!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I tend to avoid hamster poop as well...

Sara said...

Hahahaaaaaa, my life is so dang busy, that the exact opposite of that quote is my truth :)

Aging Mommy said...

I would never attempt to install a new vanity myself and my husband would run a mile at the mere mention of the idea! Can't wait to see the finished product!

Bella said...

Beautiful flowers! Good luck with rest of the vanity installation. Those things never go as quickly as people tell you they will.

DrSoosie said...

wow...Huck Finn and a bathroom remodel all in one weekend. It sounds a bit too much for me. dI can't wait to see the final product!!

Ann said...

You had all that to do AND you started a home improvement project? I got tired just reading it all...lol Never has a project only taken 30 minutes in my house. It never fails there's always something we need that we don't have and a trip to the store is in order.

Patti Lacy said...

Betty, you must use your time very wisely!!!!

A good teacher taught you that, eh????

Good luck with the bath!!
Blessings,
Patti

blueviolet said...

Good luck on the bathroom and the blog project with your 40 students!

faye said...

I'm looking forward to the
"after" shots.

The flowers are lovely as usual.

Cheeseboy said...

As always, the flowers are great. The bathroom project is much more manly for my sake though.

Dreamfarm Girl said...

Love the flower shots and looking forward to the shiny new bathroom. If your students only knew...

Copyboy said...

Can you do my small apartment next? Love the flowers!!!

Michelle Faith said...

Wow look at you, all DIY and stuff. I've been paining my living room all summer and have one wall done. I'm more like DIS *Do it someday*

Michelle Faith said...

BTW Congrats on over 400 followers, how exciting is that!

Trisha Dawn said...

Can you believe that Eisley asked me just tonight if hamsters poop? And when I told her yes, she replied with, "REALLY!?" Now I have another source to prove my knowledge. Surely she will believe it coming from you!

Lourie said...

Beautiful flowers. I can hardly wait to see the finished product!

Susan Deborah said...

BB:

Hope you are feeling light after the 60+ corrections. It is amazing how you tube aids everything. There are also videos which demonstrate: "How to make love!" Phew!!!

Have a great remainder of the week :)

Joy always,
Susan

Shan said...

That's some weekend you had there. Makes my days seem too easy by comparison.

Hooray for progress in the bathroom! I can't wait to see pictures.

Pat Tillett said...

Thanks for the nice photos!
Okay, forget about the hanging lamps. Do you know what that faucet set costs now? About 9 bucks (less on sale)!
We better not be seeing it on your new vanity, or I'm gonna talk about you...

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

I'll take the hanging balls. I kind of like them. The flowers are nice too.
xoRobyn

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

Beautiful flowers! I like the hanging balls-very retro.

Tracy said...

Weekend Warriors. My husband decided to fix a pendant light. The shade was a little crooked. Half a day and $35 later it was good as new. Or maybe it WAS new.

Hilary said...

I know what these repairs are like.. so I'll just shut up now! ;)

Love the flowers.

Leanne said...

The hanging lights crack me up because my parents house had the same lights! My older brother used to swing them and tell me that they were going to fall on my head and I used to be scared half to death of them falling on me. Can't wait to see the after pics.

Old Kitty said...

WOW BB!! I can't wait to see the after pics of your brand new vanity and top area!!! And all from following YouTube?!?! Amazing!!!

Awww thank you for the beautiful flowers - such vivid colours!!

Good luck with your marking and lecture preparation - phew - busy busy BB!

Take care
x

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

Oh well, I came here for flowers..hehe saw the first picture and thought I would read another post.
Beautiful pictures, Betty,
and good luck on the bathroom and the blog project with your 40 students.

B xx

Lindy MacDuff said...

My guess is you'll end up doing more than just plumbing and installing a new vanity. All of a sudden there will need to be a new wall color and flooring, if not a new tub/shower and throne, too. =D

Thanks for still finding time to give us flowers to start our week. Hope the rest of your week goes well!