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Happy Valentine’s Day


Heart-shaped pancakes with bacon arrows.  By far the best Valentine’s Day meal I’ve ever had.  Nick gave me my favorite food…and he got a pillow (embroidered with some Johnny Cash lyrics).  He got the short end of the stick with this holiday.


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Budget: $45 for paint and supplies.


The “thus far” photos are below.  It’s definitely not an “after”, but it’ll be staying this way until I get the guts to start nailing holes into the plaster for the pictures…that one really high picture is just placed on a pre existing nail.  I haven’t bought anything new for this room, since I’m trying to spend as little as possible.


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a new project

I’ve decided to try to start doing a little creative work on the weekends.  I’ll most likely try to sell a few things on etsy.  The attempt will be chronicled on a new blog:


There’s not much yet, but I appreciate any visitors.  🙂

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I have an amazing commute.  Five minutes.  Two stop lights. No parking fees, no metro outages, no back ups.

Our house is located on what is called a minimal maintenance/ rural road.  As far as I can tell, this means it will be the last to get plowed, and even at that, the plowing does not result in visible pavement.  For instance, here is our road’s current state (and I just realized this is a horrible example, as one can see only about 2 feet of roadway.  Oh well.  You get the picture.  There’s a lot of snow):

Tonight was a first.  I had to pull over to let a two horse open sleigh pass.

Coolest drive home ever.  Though the horse poop does not do much for the pristine white road…

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Nick did an amazing job, not only hanging a curtain rod in the dining, but dealing patiently with me as I had him adjust the height.

And on another note, it’s still snowing.  The view from the living room a few minutes ago:

This doesn’t bode well for the spring flood outlook…

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Our 100-lb lap dog braving the winds.

And the trickle of a watefall has turned into an impressive showing of ice:

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mid west flooding

twice in one year. ouch.

Nick standing on the road in front of our house.

And we’ve still got another foot or so before we reach the crest.  Ugh.

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