Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Believe it or not, this post has NOTHING to do with the house.
But, I did want to share a bit of good news! My dad went back
to Vanderbilt today to have his first scan since his surgery and
he is doing GREAT. Bladder, kidneys, and lungs all look great!
To God be the Glory! No sign of new cancer anywhere! :)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Working in the Kitchen

Here goes...laying the tile in the kitchen. Of course, we
are still doing the finishing work in the hall bathroom.
I will have the pics in a couple of days. But, the cabinet
man is coming SATURDAY!!!!!! to measure and I am
so excited! So, getting the kitchen tile down has become
top priority.You can't tell by the pic but we were able
to get the room almost half done last night. We will
finish it tonight. We will probably grout it on Saturday or Monday
and it will ready to seal in just 72 hours. When we finish
the kitchen we will be finished with all the tile
(except for a small section in the living room at the
entry~ about 4 feet by 4 feet) We will have
laminate in there and didn't want a lot of
moisture on it, so we will put the tiles there
when you first walk in.
Anyway, here I am, getting started. My
honey like for me to do the thinset while
he carries in the tiles and all the cutting.
We make a good team!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New Woodstove

I am just sooooooo excited! We got our woodstove in
tonight. Bro. Harold came over and helped us
get it in. We went ahead and built a fire
to try it out...although it wasn't VERY cold
this evening. In fact, after a little while we
let it die down because we were getting
quite warm! :) This winter is going to
be a cozy one, I can hardly wait!
We are so grateful to Bro Harold for
coming over and helping install it.

Isn't it so pretty? We still need to get a pretty
wood box and some of those stick thingys for
pokin' at the fire! lol...( I'm not too woodstove
savvy) I'm excited to learn, though...just give
some time...and some COLD days!


Last night (very late last night), we
installed the new oak steps. We still
need to do some touch up on the paint
and put up the trim but I couldn't
resist taking a picture. I think the
stairs are my FAVORITE thing about
the house so far. They're just soooo pretty.
They make me smile every time I look at

A closer view of the oak

Side view~ Now we can finish the
trim in the hall...we had to wait until
we got the steps done before we put the trim
up. Hopefully, we will be getting our
wood stove installed this evening.
We also plan to put in the new vanity
today...IF we get done with the other
stuff in time.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Project Pallotta continues

Work continues steadily on the house. We finished
putting the grout in the tiles laid in the bathroom
but we haven't put up the "trim" tiles yet.
We still need to purchase a new vanity. Hopefully, we
will pick one up today. The painting and wallpapering
is done (mostly~except for a little touchup)
in there as well. BUT, I DECIDED NOT TO
COMPLETED! Just another day or two
and it will be finished. We have finished
staining and putting polyurethane on the
steps. They are ready to be installed next week.
(They had to dry for 72 hours before being
walked on) They turned out so nice. I can't
wait for you to see them. A friend
of my honey's came over yesterday
and they spent most of the day putting
down the backer board in the kitchen.
We should be able to put the tile down in
there early next week also. So, as you can see,
Project Pallotta IS actually winding down. I
am sooooooo thankful, more than I can say.
This all started at the end of May and has gone
on much longer than I thought it would. I will
be so glad when everything is done and we
can live in a NORMAL house again with
all our things nicely put away in the places
where they belong.... JUST SAYING...
Just the bottom section to finish now; the kitchen,
dining room ( which really only needs to be painted ~ IF
I can ever decide what color ), and then the
living room. Yay!

Bro Grady here putting down
the backer board. He has been
here several times to help my
husband work. We appreciate it so much.
He has been such a blessing to us!
Do you remember Emily's chest of drawers
that we painted purple and lime green?
It has now come full circle. It started
out white (when I was a baby ) (believe it or not!)
and it is now white again!
You can still see a couple of boxes around.
I bought her a nice, big, white bookcase
for her room but I haven't gotten it put
together yet.
***Notice the toy story stickers on her wall?
She originally intended these for the playroom
wall but decided to put them in her room.
Doesn't go with her decor...but she really wanted it
that way. I figured it's her room...

You might remember, too, that I had plans to paint
the old antique iron bed for Emily's room. But once
we got the room done, we realized that a full size bed
would completely dwarf this room. So, we decided on
a nice daybed instead. Doesn't it look so sweet and
"girly"? I think it turned out very cute.

Emily has loved reading the Mandie books this summer.
Now, you have to know Emily to get the significance of
this. She had been saving her money all summer
and one day we went to McKay's ( a used book
store where you can buy or trade ) Anyway,
we went by McKay's and she bought EVERY
Mandie book that she didn't have~something like
thirty books!!!! She spent ALL her money!
That is NOT like Emily to spend it all
on something other than a toy. But, she has so
much enjoyed those books. She also has the
two Mandie movies that is out. Needless to
say, she is on a big Mandie kick these days.
Yesterday, she got dressed up as Mandie~ beginning
with an old-timey looking dress with puffed sleeves,
a bonnet, and even a white kitten named Snowball
(Mandie's kitten in the book) We found the
blong wig at the Dollar General store for
a couple bucks. Emily has loved to play
dress up all of her life. I am so glad that
she still enjoys being a little girl. She is only
eleven, and I think it's wonderful to see her
playing and having fun being a "kid".
Too many parents these days want to rush
their little girls into being teenagers.
***got on my soapbox for a minute there***
That's it for today. Keep on checking...there
will more pics in a few days!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Laying Tile

We were getting ready to put down tile in the laundry room
when Bro Randal dropped by to see if he would help.
So, he got in on the tiling. He was here for about
half of the room and then I took over where he left
off. This is the first time that we've ever had tile.
Of course, Bret got a little experience working with
it when we built the fellowship hall last year. We had
a man come in and do the floors, and then Bret did
all the trim around the edges.
Here we go...

Going around the vents wasn't too bad... the holes for the
washing machine and dryer were a little more challenging...but
they did it!
Half done...we're getting there!

Tiled laid...just waiting for grout.

Grout in...what do you think about the trim? As I mentioned
earlier, we did the trim in our fellowship hall with the
tiles, and we decided we really liked it! So, instead of
wood trim in the rooms where we have tile, we will have
tile trim! It takes longer while doing the job (the grouting
mostly) but when you finish, YOU'RE FINISHED!
In the other rooms, you just begin to feel that you're done
and then you starting trimming...whew...that takes FOREVER!!!!
Cut the trim...nail the trim...patch the holes...touch up the paint...you
can't believe how long it takes to do that stuff!
Looking in at the finished floor...all that needs to be done
is sealing the grout. Gotta wait 72 hours for that.
Isnt' pretty? I just LOVE it!
On to the hall bathroom...then hopefully, the middle
section of the house will be complete.