Friday, January 30, 2015

Nesting and Keeping Busy

I've had a few dreams lately that our little baby was born early and that nothing in the house was prepared for him. Three of these dreams in a row has plunged me into nesting overdrive. We all know that the most logical thing to do while nesting is to head to IKEA and purchase a closet system, don't we? So of course that is what I did.
I was planning on having another post for you today but my time has been occupied with ALGOT assembling. In case you are wondering, the assembling is much harder than the purchasing process - even when three children are involved. Although there were some stumbling blocks (when are there not?), I'm happy that the closet is almost complete. Almost as in another trip to IKEA and a few more to the hardware store and then it'll be done.

It's all worth it for the sake of organization and, more importantly, room for this baby's clothes.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Vintage Cabinet, Termites Included

Two Octobers ago I came across a vintage cabinet-like piece of furniture at a thrift store. I think it was less than $10 and it was pretty awesome.

Soon after bringing home, we spotted some signs of termite damage. There was also obvious water damage. I inspected it thoroughly, even to the point of digging into the wood some. The wood was dry and I found no live termites, although the doors to the cabinet were filled with termite droppings. I discovered this by poking holes in the bottom of the doors but there was no way for me to dig all the way up the doors to empty them out.
Occasionally a small amount of droppings would fall out onto the floor, since the doors were opened and closed daily. I never thought much of it.

Then, about two months ago (or maybe one? I lost count) we noticed about five termite swarmers in our living room on a rainy night. On top of that, within a week we noticed a significant amount of termite droppings had fallen out of the cabinet doors. We tried not to panic and immediately moved the cabinet outside.
Since then we've had our pest control company check out the room it was in and he didn't see any signs of termites. He also noted that a few swarmers on a rainy night isn't something to be overly concerned about.

So, I still don't know if the cabinet had actual living termites in it or they were still just old droppings but that thing isn't coming back inside. It is kind of unfortunate, since the vintage cabinet was such a unique shape and fit in my son's room perfectly. We're still trying to find a replacement to hold all of his things that were stored in there but for now mostly everything is laying on his dresser or on an unfinished chair I brought into his room. I guess it's time to start visiting thrift stores more...

Do you have a thrift store find horror story to share?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The First Holes

It's official, our brand new addition has acquired its first set of wall holes. There's something about the new drywall factor that made it so hard to finally drill into it. But alas, our coats and bags needed somewhere to hang. Our entryway now looks a bit more filled out than it did before.
I removed our tree branch curtain rod and the curtains from above our bed. That thing was d-u-s-t-y. I won't lie to you and tell you that I dust weekly because really, ain't nobody got time for that. Okay, that's not true. I could probably find time for dusting, but I don't  - OKAY?! Anyway, that giant stick leaning against the wall in the above picture is the tree branch curtain rod.

I really don't know if I'll be putting it back up but I'm leaning more towards no. It just doesn't fit in our "bedroom nook" with our king bed and off centered window. Speaking of decisions, things for our home are moving along fairly slowly. I like it that way. It helps decisions to be thought out and not as spur-of-the-moment as they used to be.
We still have decisions to make and things to do like find blinds, maybe hang curtains, find a desk solution, and put some art on the walls. I could literally talk for hours about these kind of decisions but I'll spare you the reading material for today.

Do you waffle over decisions or are you a pretty confident decision maker? I betcha can't guess which side of the coin I fall on.
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