Closet Improvements

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So finishing my bedroom floor into the “old” closet opened up the opportunity to finally work on the “old closet”.  The opening in the wall where you see the stud was actually the back of my house before the addition.  I had to finish the flooring before I could work on the door trim so . . .

It took me awhile to get those darn supports boards off the wall!  The support boards held a shelf over the hanging closet bar and they were in here for life – hence the holes in the sheetrock, lol.

Once I got those boards down I painted.  The pink is the same as my bedroom – Behr “Barely Blush” so pretty.  And the cream color is the perfect cream but I forgot to get the name (TBA).

My first time cutting sheetrock and it wasn’t too bad.  I didn’t have to worry to much about it because you don’t see it.  I used it to fill in behind the door jam.  And I used a 1×6 to separate the two colors and too cover up the holes I made in the sheetrock, lol.

Still have to caulk, paint the trim and add the cute stuff!  More to come!

3rd Place!!

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Annual Spelling Bee – Owen has never competed in something like this before . . . they started with 17 . . .

two hours later, down to the top 4 . . . .

things were tense . . . after 14 rounds, including a few rounds with last year’s top winners . . . . Owen took 3rd place!!  The word was “emaciated”!  So proud of him!!!

 

 

My Orchid!

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I’ve had this orchid plant at work for years.  Out of the blue last year it grew a stem, budded & flowered about 8 blooms and they lasted for a few months!  At Christmas I was taking it into the little kitchen here at work to water it but I dropped it and broke the little clay pot it was in.  I was so bummed because it had just grown a new stem with tiny buds (again!!) and I was afraid I killed it.  I repotted it and took it home.  It is blooming again!!!!  Seriously, I’ve had it for years – maybe 5 and now it’s bloomed twice in one year!! Totally stoked! And yes, feel free to notice my cute little pig picture in the background, lol.

 

Real Beer!

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I went to the grocery store last week and this sign made me chuckle.  It’ll be 24 years, this year, since I moved to Colorado and full strength beer (beer only) is NOW available in grocery stores!  Previously only “3.2 beer” was sold which means the alcohol strength was only 3.2%.  So I could go to the liquor store and buy Blue Moon with 5.4% or be lazy and pick it up at the grocery store with 3.2%. That changed as of January 1, 2019, however, wine and spirits won’t be available in Colorado grocery stores until 2037.  So crazy, lol.

WOW Me Wednesday (ok Thursday!)

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CARDAMOM WHITE HOT CHOCOLATE by Trisha Yearwood

I actually made this a few times during the holidays and wanted to share it with you.  This is super simple and super YUMMY!  The cardamom spice is used with Chai Lattes sooooo if you like those, you’ll love this!  Snow is coming tomorrow . . . so I’ll probably be making this again!  It’s the perfect compliment to a snowy, cold day!

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

3 1/2 cups whole milk (I used 2%)

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put the white chips, cardamom and 1 cup milk into a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat whisking often, until smooth. Add the heavy cream and remaining 2 1/2 cups milk and heat, stirring occasionally, until hot. Stir in the vanilla. Serve – makes about 4 cups.  Enjoy!!