I Refuse to Say “Shiplap”

Sorry Joanna, I’m very sick of that word. And don’t get me started with the interior “barn door”!


One of Chris’s crew call this “lapping”. I’m fine with that.

So our carport is next to our neighbor’s carport and under storage. I don’t want to look at that and I’m sure they don’t want to look at our cars, so this is a good solution to fix that problem. Plus it will make the back porch more private.Β  The houses in our hood are all very close together and ours is especially so, since we got a variance to build up to the property line.


View from the back porch. There will be a privacy fence across the open area, so even WE don’t have to look at our cars.


We put some boards on the side of the golf cart bay too. These will be painted white and the shed will be green with white trim. The shed door will be red like the front door.

I got very excited to see the AC units installed this week!


Then I got very “unexcited” to learn that they’re useless until the electrician gets back out here to hook up power to them. 😦

The bird family has left the chimney, so we cleaned up the poop and are ready to install this pretty copper chimney cap.


The cap will eventually turn dark green.

Two of my favorite peeps on our building team are these two ladies. They arrive about once a week to clean up the debris in the yard and spiff up the interior of the house. They work super hard and are both animal lovers so we always have a lot to talk about.


Kat & Janet

Janet has been working with GT for fourteen years this week! Happy Anniversary girl!

And in the never-ending battle to control water flow on our lot, we had even more pipes installed in the yard to connect with the French drain.


Thanks John!

We will have catch basins in three areas of the yard which will eliminate the need for gutters. I’m not a fan of the “gutter” look and Jim devised this evil plan to make me happy. Yes, I know I don’t deserve him. Shut up!



Kitten & House Stuff

Another great title for the books! πŸ™‚ So here is the Kitten stuff…


I smell like cookies

I found a forever home for this baby and she’ll be making her journy north next week. Details in another post, but trust me, Tammy is going to live with a very nice lady who is almost as crazy as she is!


Jim will miss his little study buddy.


I don’t think she smells like cookies.

And I could not resist including a picture of our diva kitty relaxing on the porch.


Not very lady like Rowdy!

On to the house stuff…

We have bird poop in our fireplace!


A mama bird has made a nest inside the chimney. We have a lovely copper chimney pot to put on top but we have to wait for this little family to vacate. After they’re gone, no critters will be able to get back in.

Another un-lovely picture for you.


No this is not the Home Depot Warehouse.

As if the Pink House were not crowded enough with four fat cats, two humans and one tiny little terror, we’ve been storing our stuff for the new house in the living room…and on the back porch, and in the carport, and in the bedroom.Β  Since the pantry is basically finished we put a lot of this in there to get it out of the way. Jim put locks on exterior doors so the boxes don’t “walk away”.

Jim finished the floor of the closet at the top of the stairs and it looks great.


Poor baby. I really should pay him more.


Pretty right?

Big things happening this week! Air conditioning, landscaping, more plumbing and finishing the storage room/carport! Woo Hoo! Homestretch!



Tama taught me that word. But I think she got it from Archie Bunker.


Don’t worry, there WILL be a shutter on this window!

This is the upstairs potty room. Just inside the door are shelves for essentials…books, TP and a place for Mulder to sit. He enjoys potty time with Daddy. If you tell Jim I said this I will deny it.


Love this downstairs bathroom so much! We were going for a 40s vibe. The bead board is so pretty.

I was home all week visiting my parents so when I got back they had done so much new stuff!


Bill, Peg and her favorite child, Taco. πŸ™‚

So here’s all the goodies!!!




More stairs!


Carport shed!


Pantry door!


Laundry room floor!

OK I call this linoleum tile, but that’s not really what it is. It’s commercial vinyl tile we ordered from Home Depot. The official name is Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) The store stocks the boring colors (white, tan, black) but if you search the site for the commercial stuff they have about 50 different colors to choose from. We thought this burgundy/white combo would look great next to our bathroom floor. AND IT DOES! The laundry is directly off the bathroom with no door. Just the door frame so we wanted something fun to look at since we would always see it. Want to know the best part? Jim installed it. πŸ™‚ He looked at a couple of YouTube videos and voila! Jim is not just a trophy husband. The boy can do stuff!

We are aware that it’s weird to have “linoleum” in a modern day house, but we think it’s funny, strange, unusual, and surprisingly pretty. We’re also going to have a large closet done with some green stuff. Stay tuned.

Now for the Tammy news…

She grew a foot while I was gone! Well, it seemed like it.


Not quite a foot, but jeeze!

Jim had to cut a little notch in her litter box entrance for her tummy.


Mulder still can’t get in though.

She’s a happy, sweet little hellion who torments Mulder day and night. Plus she has a new favorite pastime to keep her busy.






House Stuff

See, I told you I had run out of titles. πŸ™‚

So here are some of the updates on the Green House.


All of the closet shelving is completed and I love how Bobby came up with some creative solutions for the slanted ceiling.

The fireplace is completed except for the mantle. The hearth is made from slate tiles. Zoom in to see how the tile guy managed to put all the colors together. I love this. I wasn’t here when he was doing this or I would have driven him crazy with my “suggestions”. He got lucky on this day.


I think the slate looks good with the brick too.

The wood floors are done except for sanding and staining.


Looking into the sitting room from the bedroom.


Looking into the office from the living room. I love how the boards change direction in each room.

The kitchen is coming together nicely. We did a pretty good job of matching all the wild colors.


More on the mural next time.


Pantry door finally arrived. I love the smokey glass.

We found some crazy Spanish tiles online and decided to install them on the back of the island bar just for fun. No, they have no meaning, and they don’t even really match, but they make us smile.


See the DAY OF THE DEAD (Mexican Holiday) skull fourth from the left? The lizard? Well we just love lizards. πŸ™‚

A wooden bar will be built on top of this with stools for guests to watch the master chef (Jim) cook in this crazy kitchen. No one will ever hire us as decorators. That’s for sure. The house is not “tasteful” by regular standards, but a couple of people have called it “cheerful” and “happy”. I can’t think of a better compliment.

With all the construction going on, we’ve piled lights, plumbing fixtures, ceiling fans etc. all over the Pink House inside and out. If you visit us there you will feel like you’ve walked into a tiny Home Depot. Rowdy discovered this little mirror today and enjoyed looking at the BEAUTIFUL new kitty in the house.


Das one pretty kitty for sure!

Oh Wowdy. πŸ™‚



Tammy Part Five

It is a universal law of physics that kittens attract little girls. Tammy is no exception. Two of my neighbors came over to meet my sweet foster kitten and a good time was had by all.


Kitten Smitten

Miss Chapel & Miss Maryn had a really fun time chasing Miss Tammy and talking baby talk to her.


Tammy even found a way to play hide and seek with the girls. πŸ™‚

Tammy has assimilated into the Burlingame family. Tony only occasionally hisses at her and the fat lady cats tolerate her presence.


Look Mommy! Sammy is letting me drink from the Big Kitty bowl!

I managed to solve one annoying problem this week that only foster kitten parents can relate to. Tammy has her own litter box in the bathroom because I don’t want her to have to use the one for the big kids. Her poops are tiny and cute (trust me) and the grown up kittes…are not! I like to keep hers separate but that is a problem with the other cats discover the new box and think “Oh GREAT I can have a choice for my pooping pleasure!” Sooooo…I invented a trick to thwart the unwanted invaders by taping a piece of cardboard across the opening that leaves only a tiny entrance at the bottom for a small kitten. Plus I put a warning sign on it for good measure.


Now if I can just teach Mulder to read.

Now comes the shameless begging. SOMEONE PLEASE STEP UP AND GIVE THIS KITTY A FOREVER HOME! Two possible options have fallen through. I have two more possibilities but I’m still hoping to find her a home in our neighborhood so I can watch her grow up. This is a very, very special kitten and she has carved a place in our hearts like no other foster baby we’ve ever had. I mean, just LOOK at her!


PWEASE adopt me!

Hey, I’ll even throw in the pink tiger!

Wood Floors

We decided we wanted to spurge on reclaimed heart pine flooring before we ever began planning the house. I’ve seen it in a few houses in our ‘hood and it looks so warm and welcoming. Plus, I like the idea of having a floor with a history. Ours came from a cotton gin in Georgia. It’s at least 100 years old and it has a lot of character.


They cut off the jagged edges so it can be installed evenly. But they leave all the nail holes and imperfections.

They got started yesterday and we’re so pleased with the results so far.


Sitting room off master bedroom


“Nook” in front dormer, master bedroom.


The boards change direction at the top of the stairs leading to our bedroom. I LOVE this!

I leave you today with a picture of Tammy and a tiny creature that hatched while we were visiting my parents this weekend.


Are you a chicken “nugget?”

This little chick was only an hour old. I waited til he had dried off and had some time to get warm under the heat lamp before this photo shoot. Tammy was very gentle and she just touched him and smelled him for about a minute before I put him back. All my kitties have had experiences with chickens and now Tammy is no exception. πŸ™‚



Now comes the time for the shameless begging! I had a possible home for Tammy lined up but it fell through. I am thinking of two of my very close friends who might step forward and offer her a home. (Marcie, Merrilu?) I can’t keep another kitty. I have four now and my fostering capabilities diminish the more cats I keep. Her injuries are almost well and she is scheduled for her “surgery” this week. I will bring her to you even if you live far away. Tammy is special. Not just because she survived a horrible ordeal, but because she is sweet, funny, smart and cute. Not all foster kitties are a joy to us. Some are major pains in the butt-hocks, but this little girl is a wonderful little cat. She needs a GREAT family who will appreciate her and love her to pieces.

I await the onslaught of offers. Lines are open. 334-207-9561

Tammy Part Four

Jim and I went home this weekend to visit the parents. We have an excellent pet sitter but decided that little Tammy should come with us to Mississippi. We had no idea if she would be a good traveler or not.


She was. πŸ™‚

She had her litter box, food & water in the car and she behaved better than any of our other cats do when we travel. Once home we kept her up on our room with the door closed mostly because she’s so tiny and our parent’s house is so big. We didn’t want her to get lost, plus my mom has a dog named Taco who’s in the house all the time. We had no idea how she would react toΒ  him. She did take an immediate shine to Daddy who has a LOT in common with animals.


He smells funny.

She met my sweet cousin Julie Kay who takes care of my parents during the week.


Dis lady is so nice!

Tammy had her little cubby bed and she relaxed and enjoyed being in the room even when no one was holding her.


Upside down kitty! Look at those little paws.

Jim always has a GREAT time when we go home to Purvis. Usually he does plumbing or drywall or electrical projects but THIS time he got to use a chainsaw for the first time ever.


“What I did on my summer vacation”

After we got home Mr. Mulder gave her a much needed bath to get all that Mississippi stank off her.

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Gotta make you smell like an Alabumah kitten!

So here’s a little teaser in house news. Our reclaimed heart pine flooring arrived on Thursday. It’s being installed as I write this.

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We’ve got WOOD!

(Insert joke here)