Monday, January 10, 2011

{Pets} Rugby


Today was one of the hardest days for me... we had to put down my dog, Rugby. He was sick and not doing well and it was one of those things where he could live a few more days, maybe a week, or be in miserable pain in minutes. It was definitely for the best but it was very hard to do. My dad and I went to the vet and held him and petted him as he passed away. He was my first baby, all by myself (except the last four months where he enjoyed living out at the farm). I adopted him almost 7 years ago (1-28-04) from the Humane Society when he weighed just 20 lbs. I have a pic from around that time but it's missing (I know it's on my parents' old computer, if it hasn't disappeared or something happened to it and I know I sent it to a few friends - Margaret, I know I sent it to you while you were in Scotland, do you have it?) and it showed how small he was at that time. But here are some of the good photos I have from the past 7 years. They were a great time with my big baby!! I love ya Rug and I will definitely miss you!


My baby boy as a baby....



Just a short while after I adopted him, back when he could fit in a small chair...




Cuddling with his new sister after she was adopted (2005)...




Momma and her boy, 2005-ish I think...





Jumping into my parents' lake when he could actually do this. It seemed like it only lasted one summer but he LOVED water!



Retrieving his "stick" (canoe paddle that broke), and enjoying his favorite past time, swimming...



Enjoying a car ride and showing off his big cheeks...




My handsome baby boy...




2008




Handsome fella...



Watching his little sister nap…





Rugby being so good with a baby Lily as she tries to roll over…


Good bye sweet boy, we all loved you! 


Sunday, January 9, 2011

{Upstairs} Bathroom

Our remodel upstairs is going to happen some day. I promise.

Today I decided to tackle the bathroom. It was super nasty. There had been a sunlight above the tub and it leaked, so my dad and Doug removed it. The mess of that had been left in the tub. Add in a lot of other objects, including some random tools, gloves, some spray from the spray foam insulation, caulk, shingle mess, and so much more, it is now gone. I picked up everthing, filled up a large trash bag, plus removed the shingles and the heater unit (all the metal from inside of it), and the tub is on the way to getting cleaned. After removing all the trash, I vacuumed the whole room with the shop vac. It still left a nasty bath tub, so I scrapped off some of the stuck on junk and went to work with some Soft Scrub. The water is not on in the bath tub, which would definitely help, so I scrubbed until I couldn't take the smell anymore. It's getting there! Once the water is back on, I'll finish cleaning the tub and the rest of the room. Then we will be able to put the toilet and sink back up.

This is BEFORE...


At some point, we would love to remodel the bathroom and add in a shower. It was not in our budget and so we painted the room and left everything as is. I'll add some small touches with photos, a mirror, etc., but it'll be all for now. We don't use the bath tub but it'll be nice to have a toilet and sink for when we move back up there.

As for the rest of the room - I bought outlet covers and will be putting those up now that the majority of painting is done. The whole area needs a lot of cleaning, the trim needs to be put up and painted, and some more finishing touches but we're getting closer! I don't know what we would do without the help of my dad, who has helped from the beginning and continues to help with the trim work and everything else. I'll take some photos for you as we progress.

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