The Stone House Primitives

The Stone House Primitives
A Cottage by the Lake

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tile, tile and...

more tile

 rental reno. bathroom floor tile without grout

start of wall tile.

I have to go and work on the walls some more tomorrow and then get the floor grouted before I leave there tomorrow.  I am very pleased with how it's going so far.

I'll post before and afters when it's done!


Saturday, March 29, 2014

It's Working!, Estate Sale Finds, and Tile Backsplash

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers concerning my uncle and his health.  Keep on praying my friends!  He's hearing us!  Please continue!  I got a call yesterday informing me that my uncle's tumor has shrunk to a treatable size in the last few days!  This may buy him a
bit more time.

Today I went to an estate sale.  IT WAS WONDERFUL!!!  Picture this, an almost 3000sf victorian home completely decorated with prim and country decor!!!

Here are my treasures, all purchased for $50.25 including an old table top and a Crock Pot.

 This was $1-!  It still had the $29- price tag on it!

 Sweet little pin keep on a little lid!
 Santas, stars, and sheep oh my!

As I was walking around I over heard a few of the workers say that they had heard that the gal who lived there had been a wonderful and sweet lady.  I thought "well, of course she was, she was a prim person!".  I guess she was 62 when she passed last month from pancreatic cancer.

Here are some interior shots of the house:

Hiney and I went up to The Stone House for the first few days of Spring break and did some tiling above the shower and the backsplash in the kitchen.



I was leary when our realtor suggested leaving the old counter tops but I really think it looks great!  I still need to grout and then seal the tile, that will probably happen when we go up next.

I had J and his girlfriend paint the basement at the reno after we got back on Thursday.
They did a great job and the fresh paint really brightened up the place.  I told them it should take them a couple of hours knowing that it would take me about four hours but it took then 7 hours so 14 man mil reminded me that I paint a lot more than they ever have so, yah, it would take them a lot longer.  I did make my presence known often so there were no shenanigans going on, they were working.  Anyway it turned out great!

Better go, I'm exhausted from my estate shopping today LOL!

May God bless you richly, and again, thank you for your thoughts and prayers,

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Prayers Needed

...I am not even sure where to start...please pray for my uncle.  As I have shared in the past (click here), my uncle has has many health issues in the past due to what seems to be a determination to self destruct.

I got a call on Monday from his fiancé letting me know that he is in the hospital with suspected throat cancer.  I got a call confirming this this morning.  It has spread to the liphnodes (sp?).  He will be coming home in a couple of days at which time Hospice will be coming in.

I am so thankful that my boys spent a good portion of last Summer working for him mowing his lawn and doing odd jobs cleaning his house out before he moved to Colorado in the Fall where he and his fiancé  bought a beautiful house on a mountain side.  He was finally happy after many many years of misery.

I saw him two weeks ago when they were in town...we had lunch together.  He was not well but I passed it off on the change in altitude.

I thank the Lord for the time my boys got to spend with their great-uncle last Summer.  I thank you for the opportunity that I got to see him for lunch a few weeks ago.

Today Hiney and I were driving home from TSH and a song came on the radio.  It was the song that I asked my uncle about when I was in 7th or 8th grade, I asked him if he knew what the song was and the group that sang it then I sang a few of the words for him.  He went out to his car and came back with the cassette tape that had the song...I Can't Hold Back by Survivor.  He was always a music buff...I still have the tape (granted I no longer have a cassette player LOL!).  Anyway, the song felt like a sign...

Friends, please pray for his children and fiancé to have peace in their hearts and pray for the Lord to not let him suffer any longer than He needs him to.

Thank you.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Swap, Critter Gitter, and Living Room Before and After

I recieved my pin keep swap treasure box from Wendy at Ravenwood Whimzies on Thursday and it was just precious!

I just love those teeth!  

She also sent many other treasures:
 Beautiful Easter Bunny wool applique and 
a note back (I am a paper-holic!), seeds waiting for Spring, and a wonderful friendship plaque that I will hang from a knob in my craft room!

Thank you Wendy, I love everything!

Update:  I spoke with the Critter Gitter and he determined that the critter is dead in the basement ceiling tiles of my grandparent's house.  My evil cold-hearted aunt had wanted to take all the tiles down in search of cash shortly after Grandma passed away...I told her she may not do that...maybe now would be a good time to let her go ahead :)

I got the trim and walls in the living room of our latest reno done at midnight last night.

The floor will get done after Spring break this week.

We took a good portion of the junior high wrestling team, J and his girlfriend paint-balling today.  The kids played for 2 hours and then filled up on pizza and soda as they compared battle wounds...I am sure they'll all sleep well tonight.

 J and Savanah

 Hiney all geared up in his motorcycle gear

Hiney and his "girlfriend-in-law" and J smiling goofy
I can't believe she puts up with either of them LOL!

Hope you have a wonderful evening!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

This Would Only Happen To Me...

I try to stop and check on my grandparent's house every ten days or so since it is unoccupied and has been since grandma's passing in 2012.

I stopped last Tuesday to check on the water in the basement situation which was beautiful, no water, so I checked the rest of the house like I typically do and there were no issues, perfect!  I stopped today to check on everything and when I walked into the living room I saw a mess all over the floor, my first thought was ceiling plaster but under closer investigation...

I discovered that it was wood shavings.

I continued my search and found...

Something has shredded the window sills and sashes.  I went completely through the house and there was no further evidence (feces etc.) other than the counter that was cleared off.  I called a critter gitter and the first thing he said when I described the damage was "squirrel".   So I am meeting with the critter gitter tomorrow so he can investigate further because quite frankly, I don't want to find the critter on my own LOL!

After I get the critter taken care of I'll be dealing with the insurance company because Jene said that the window is a $3000- unit...


Another learning experience.  :)