Why do we keep all these things?

Why do we keep all of these things?

I’m sure this is a question everyone reading this blog has asked themselves at one point in time.

I know my house is clean and organized but also could use improvements in some areas. One day I was on Instagram and saw a lot of people cleaning and decluttering their homes because of a new show on Netflix with Marie Kondo (I think that’s how you spell it.) Anyways I learned how to fold items to get more in a drawer which I wasn’t currently doing and this helped out a lot, especially my husbands shirts (this man has every under armour shirt in all colors).

I also folded my towels, hand towels and wash clothes and realized we have kept a lot that are tattered or discolored and need to be thrown away which I did do. Later I realized that the towels could have been donated to the dog shelter because they always need towels. I will keep that in mind next time we need new towels. I did keep two or three old towels in the closet under our steps which now I am glad I did because we had a pipe burst and a leaking hot water heater last week and I needed those old towels to help clean up that mess.

I moved on to socks, I basically just folded them together which was stretching out the band of the sock. I asked myself why do we keep all these socks that don’t have a match and may have a hole? So I got rid of a ton and actually had room in the drawer for other items.

I still need to get rid of more but slowly working on it. I can’t wait to get a day off and on trash night leave the trash men a huge surprise in the morning for the next upcoming weeks. I’m sure they won’t be happy. I wish my homeowners association would have a dumpster day cause I’m sure I could fill up some of it. I just don’t feel like selling some of it at a yard sale. I also know the lady who I believe is a hoarder down the road could use one for herself. Lol

Anyways get to organizing and cleaning. I know I will be.

You can always donate used old towels and blankets to your local dog rescues or animal shelters they always need things like this.

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Planning a shrimp and bull roast 🍤🍤🍺🍺

Planning a bull roast is very hard work but we are getting there slowly. We wanted to raise money for charity because our close friend has a son who has CHD which is congenital heart defect. He will need several surgeries throughout his life and we wanted to give back the the group that helped them and provided support and resources for them during their journey. 

I am so glad we have several generous businesses that have donated so many great gifts for the bull roast to raise money for charity. Now we just have to sell more tickets to get our minimum amount of guests. 

Here are some pictures of the donations we got for the raffles and door prizes. 

I will take some gift cards and also add them to gift baskets and well as I will get a photo frame and add several gift cards to auction off. 

   
    
    
 

Paint Night 🖌🎨🖌🎨

My mom has been wanting to go to a paint night event. She actually went to one a few weeks ago and painted on canvas a painting of the three dogs. It looks really cute my sister is actually going to take it and hang it up in her house. 

Anyways my mom seen there was a pint night event right down the street from her work so we bought tickets to go, it was actually inside the local gym which includes a bar. I know what you are thinking a bar in a gym. It was the same thing we were thinking lol. Pretty weird I know as I am sitting there painting people are behind me working out lol. 

The only thing I can think is that this bar/sub shop in a gym is because they have a huge pool outside and in the summer people get hungry and needs food and drinks I guess lol. 

Pint night was fun it was a painting of a heart with lady bugs. Here is the instructors painting. 

  

Here is my painting 

  
Here is my moms painting 

  
My moms coworker Kevin this was his painting he kind of went off and added special touches to his painting but I love it. 

  

More photos from Harley’s photo shoot at Christmas 🐶🐾🎁🎄🎅🏻

Here are more photos I took with a Christmas backdrop with Harley. 

   
    
   
Harley is always funny because he will turn his head when he sees my camera lol smart dog I have. 

Backyard Oasis and the dogs this Memorial Day Holiday 🐾🐶🍷🍹🏡🌸🌹

Hubby and I were outside all day cleaning up the shed and backyard. I did accomplish one item on my to do list of home improvements. I went to Home Depot this morning and got rubber mulch and grey and white rocks to put at the front of the deck so the dogs stop digging in the mud everyday. 

Here are some pics from this afternoon on the deck. 

   
            

Here are more photos of the deck in the evening. 

   

  

  

  

   

Any Contractors Out There I Need Help!!!!! 🔨🔨🔨🔨🏡🏠

I need help with some small projects around my home. So let me explain what my plans are, I want to start getting some small things fixed around my home at a cheap price so that we can sell the home soon. In our neighborhood right now houses are not being renovated on the inside and prices have dropped a little. So using advice from all the blogs and professionals I follow upgrading and renovating with high end materials in a area that isn’t having this type of work done will not increase the value of my home and no one will purchase our home for the price we want. 

Home improvements are very expensive and placing a lot more money into this home when we wont get it back in return just isn’t in the cards, so my goal is to fix the important things at the best way I can. 

First on the list is my windows, I don’t want to spend money on new windows for my whole house even if I only have 8 windows. So I was hoping to get advice and referrals of companies that are in Maryland that could help me with this issue. 

One day I opened my window and I didn’t feel a difference but I let go thinking it would stay up and it came crashing down very hard. The latch that u push to pull the window into the house and the spring inside that went flying across the room. The metal window frame at the top that holds the latch is bent forward and I didn’t want to press on it because I didn’t want to pressure to break the glass inside the window. So now the window won’t stay closed and air is going out and air coming in. 

In order to sell our home I know we need this fixed because if a child was in that bedroom that is very dangerous. So I need any help I can get. Excuse my photos of my dusty window these were before spring cleaning happened lol 

  
This is a photo of the broken latch I placed it on top so I wouldn’t lose it and the top where it is sitting u can see that the frame is bent some. 

   
     

So if anyone knows a handyman or business that can come out to help fix this so I don’t need to replace the windows would be a great help to me. Thanks 

Garage Apartment 🏡🏠🔨🔨

We currently live in a townhouse, I love my house but there are things I wish I would have needed when we were looking at houses 15 yrs ago. We said we would only be here five years and then move and here we are 15 years later in the same home. One thing I don’t like about the house we live in currently is that we do not have a basement. 

Having a basement would give us so much more room and I don’t think I would want to move if we had a basement. Well we are thinking about getting our home ready to sell but it will take some time. We joke all the time with my mom that we will build a large apartment over her garage and live there lol. 

I was on Pinterest and found some examples of what I could build on top of the garage which is a two car garage. One example of a one car garage but I saved it because I loved the little screened in porch etc. 

I am not sure which websites the photos came from to give them credit for photos. 

Photo – Drummond Houseplans  
  
I totally wish I had the money to start building this apartment over the garage, I don’t even know if I could I am sure permits would have to be pulled and more. But a girl can dream 

Photo editing 📷📷

I love taking photos and every time I take Harley for a walk I take my camera or my phone to take pictures of plants, flowers and anything else I see along the way. Most of the time it is photos of the trees and flowers we see. 

Here is a few pics of how I changed colors it is the same photo just edited in different ways. 

   
           

Can’t wait to take more photos. I am hoping I can take a trip to a local topiary garden in the next few weeks so stay tuned for the latest photos from that trip. 

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