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The Bane of My Existence

4 Nov

From the moment we moved to The Hill there has been one thing that has driven me crazy. No matter what I do I can’t seem to get or keep these things under control and it’s more than frustrating.

No, it’s not naughty neighbors or a leaking sink.

The window candles!

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One of the rare times when ALL the lights were ON.

¬†They have been driving me crazy for more than two years and I’m sure they will drive me crazy until the end of time.

Before we moved in I really liked the fact that the window candles had their own little outlets and were connected to a central timer. They’d never always be on and they’d go on and off together. It’s a nice little feature, apparently it’s called the Christmas Light option (who knew?).

Once we moved in I would find that keeping all of those damn candles in working order, at the same time is an exercise in futility. I have found it to be damn near impossible to have all twelve candles lit for more than a few days in a row. Add to that the fact that most places only sell the lightbulbs for those candles around the holidays and the candles are just a giant pain in my ass.

Those stupid candles fall out of the window and shatter all over the wood floors. They get knocked over by an inquisitive youngster or played with until the bulb burns out. They just stop working for no apparent reason. The twenty pound cat jumps in a window to chase a bird and knocks it over. We even had one (in a window I can’t reach) literally disintegrate when the painter moved it to paint. They get rained on when I can’t close the window fast enough and short out. They never seem to last.

What I have learned is that it’s imperative to stock up on those light bulbs when I can. I also have a stock of extra candles and have been slowly replacing the original one’s as they break.

I’ve threatened to take them all down and get rid of them for good but Bill won’t “let” me. Even my parents chimed in on that one and the candles remain. Alright, part of me wants to keep them just because they do look nice when they’re all lit up together.

Thankfully we are nearing the holiday season so I can stock up on those damn lightbulbs and maybe make it through another year. Lucky me!

Do you have those fun window candles too? Have they become a constant pain in your backside to keep them all lit at the same time? No? Anything in your house that as you frustrated and ready to throw in the towel?


Falling in love all over again.

20 Jun

It was love at first sight.

From the moment I walked through the front door of this house I was in love. I loved the arched doorways. I loved the high ceilings. I loved the space up on The Hill.

We’ve been here nearly two years now and for those two years we’ve just kind of been living here. We hadn’t done too much to make it our own and it’s felt like a temporary place. It’s kind of funny how after so much time I was still expecting to have to pack up an go someplace else. I am NOT going anywhere.

But I digress.

Like I said, we have just been living here. Sure I still love my house by the initial shine has worn off and I have been feeling more like, “eh”.

We had been toying with the idea of having the house painted since last summer and have been living with color samples painted all over the place. It was kind of embarrassing to have people over to see our multicolored, splotched walls. There really wash’t much of an excuse, we even had the painter. All that was left to do was bite to bullet.

Last week we bit that bullet and had the painters come in and get started.

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They started last Tuesday and by the time yesterday came I was more than ready for them to be out and have my house back to normal.

I’m in LOVE all over again!

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From the end of the first day I was excited and wished we had done it sooner. Our house finally looks like a home, it really is shocking the difference some color can make. We went from those boring, contractor white walls to beautiful color all over the house.

I have to say that it’s taken a little getting used to since the white reflects more light than the colors do, but our house is so open and bright anyway it’s nice to have it toned down a bit.

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Dining room.

I have had to threaten the boys with bodily harm (not really) to keep their hands off the walls. They got with the program pretty quick though and started using the railings instead of the wall to go up and down the stairs.

As the painters would finish a room I would spend the next day standing in it taking in the beauty of color. I just walk the first floor looking at the walls with a giant smile on my face. Yes, I know I’m a crazy person.

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Family room & Kitchen

The photos don’t really do justice, the place looks AMAZING! Also, don’t judge me by my messy house, the painters just left yesterday and we’re still trying to get things back where they belong.

I am home.

What have you done in your house to put your personal stamp on it and make it your own?

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