I went back to the new house after work today and put a few things away. I hated leaving there to come home but it will be at least 2 weeks until I can get my furniture moved. I spent about 30 minutes filling the cabinet and moving things around until I got the look I was going for. I wanted to still see the stencil design in the background.
Figuring out where to put everything is going to take time to make it easier to use the kitchen. The cabinets are very high and I have to use a ladder to use more than the bottom shelf in any of my upper cabinets. I am not a short woman but I suddenly feel the pain of short women everywhere!
Yesterday I closed on my new home and I am so happy. I will be slowly showing you what I am doing with it over the next few months. This kitchen is what made me fall in the love with it. I am going to be changing all of the colors of course.
Look at the cabinet to the far side which has glass in the front of it. I am going to put my china in this cabinet but I couldn’t just leave it white because my china is white. This picture was from when we were doing the inspection and some of the previous owners things were still there even though they had moved out.
First of all the color needed to pop. What other color pops more than orange?
This is the cabinet with doors open.
I loved it but it wasn’t enough so I used a stencil and high gloss white paint.
I love this.
I can’t wait to put the china in it this weekend after the white has had time to dry.
The orange is Olympic One Field Poppy and the white is Olympic One Silver Feather. These are my color scheme for the new house. I am only making small pops of color and hopefully making it all work out. I will share a pic of the cabinet with the china in it over the weekend.
Vivid Orange Collection by Olympic One
I have decided that with the move I am changing my style from a country type decor to a more contemporary look. I have chosen bright colors for accents and am amazed at everything that I have found to decorate with.
Last week Donna and I went shopping at Hobby Lobby and I found a few things that I dearly loved. I found this lamp but I didn’t like the price tag. I plan to do my own version of this lamp with spray paint and bright fabric. I will show it to you once I get moved.
I found this cute cowboy that would look great in Caleb’s cowboy themed room. I haven’t bought it yet though.
Today I went to Pier One with my neighbor Courtney and found so many things that I loved and hope to duplicate in some way soon. They had so many things in my color palette. Unfortunately I have Pier One tastes on a Big Lots budget. Aren’t these things beautiful?
This pillow was $40. I think I should be able to embroider something close to this. I need to think this through some more. This would look great on my couch in the living room.
This lamp would look pretty on my green sofa table or in the middle of the dining room table.
I liked these place mats even though I already have some really nice place mats already that would look great in there.
The following items all match and would look great in the dining room. I am in love but unfortunately I will have to come up with another plan and look for something similar to these. Just watch me come up with a more affordable alternative. Donna is very good at helping come up with ideas.
I had several items that I had on a list of things that I NEEDED for the move. I needed a new broom, curtains for the bedroom and a trashcan for the outside of the home. At this house the garbage collectors provided a trash can. I won’t have that option at the new home. I was able to get everything today on sale. I even found new pillows for bed that I have been needing. I only sleep on my side and I noticed that my neck is hurting so I needed a new pillow. It is amazing to me how God is providing all of my needs and helping me to afford these items. I am truly blessed.
I love to cook but lately my heart hasn’t been in it much. I have been under stress to find a new place to live and with work and the divorce. Now that I have found a home and I am packing I am excited to get into my new home and prepare new healthy meals for myself and my family.
Today I was on Facebook and I saw a link to an article on why you should choose to cook for your health if you have Diabetes. Over the years I have heard so many people say that they can’t cook or they don’t have time to cook. This article addressed that and many other excuses too. I highly recommend taking a moment to check it out.
Click here for the article.
Last night I had family members here until very late helping me pack for my move in about 4 weeks. I have about 3/4 of my home packed already. I think I only need one more day of packing and it will all be ready to go. I just need to get the inspection over with on Tuesday and then I will have the closing on March 3rd. I am nervous and excited all together. I am looking forward to getting into the new home and painting it and making it my own.
I hope you all stick around while I get my new life together and create new recipes!
For those of you who follow me over on Facebook you all know of my fear of swinging bridges and heights. Well on Friday I quickly learned of another fear. I was in Mingo County on business and when I was leaving a clients home I hit HOME on my GPS and it told me to leave a different way that I had gone there. BOY OH BOY was this an adventure.
The GPS had me go through the Dingess Tunnel that is close to the Laurel Lake Park. I had never gone through this tunnel but I saw other people driving through it so I just got in line and drove through it too. I was quickly regretting this decision and I will NEVER go through it again. I had no idea how long and narrow this tunnel would end up being.
This the description of the Dingess Tunnel from another website.
“This 100 year old, former train tunnel was converted into a highway tunnel in the 1960’s and still serves the public today. The Dingess Tunnel is just under a mile long and is rumored to be haunted by the victims of train accidents from its past. Driving through the tunnel is an adventure in itself. The tunnel road is only one lane wide so those driving through the tunnel must drive slowly, flash their lights and blow their horn to warn travelers at the other end not to enter. It’s like going on a fun house ride without ever getting out of your car. Don’t worry though. There have been very few accidents at the tunnel and its lots of fun.”
Source of information- Dingess Tunnel
This was not fun. The tunnel is so narrow that you couldn’t stop your car and open your car door even if you wanted to. The sides of the tunnel are very jagged and rough. You quickly realize that you are deep beneath a mountain and feel as if you are going to suffocate at any moment. If someone tries to enter the tunnel from the other side and you meet in the middle there is really no where else to go but for one of you to put your car into reverse through this curvy tunnel. Check out this youtube video that I found. I did not take this video myself.
The tunnel is very dark and during most of your time inside the tunnel you can’t see any light at the other end. I honestly felt ill and in a panic while traveling through this tunnel. I could tell by the people in front of me that this is a tunnel that they travel through often and had no qualms doing so. I have the utmost respect for the people who live in these rural areas. They are the nicest people who are always there to help their neighbors. They have learned to depend on each other and they have a tight knit family ethic that can not be divided.
One thing that I have noticed in Mingo County is that many of the homes are built on the side of the mountain. After I left the tunnel I had to take many back roads to get back to the main highway in order to come home. The roads were very narrow and the driveways that exited to the side definitely gave me moments of fear. You could tell that there was a home over the side of the mountain and that there was a driveway made there but you would have to go by faith that once you drove over the side of the narrow road that your car didn’t fall off into the abyss because you could not see the driveways.
So tell me. Would you drive through the tunnel?
I saw a similar recipe on Pinterest but changed it a bit to suit my needs more. I really love 1 pot meals and this fits that category. It is very simple to make. I bought a hog last year and it is in my freezer. I had a 2-3 pound smoked pork butt that I chopped and used in this recipe and it was a great choice.
Pork Roast with Cabbage
- 2-3 smoked pork roast, chopped small
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 large head cabbage, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
Add pork roast to a hot pain and cook stirring often until meat is lightly browned. Add onion and garlic powder and stirring often cook until onion is caramelized (about 10 minutes). Add cabbage and cook until tender (about 10 minutes). Add spices and stir well and simmer for 30 minutes stirring often. Serve warm.
I will be making this recipe often. I did not drain grease out of pain after browning the pork roast. I used that to caramelize the onion and cook the cabbage. This recipe will probably be very addictive for me.
I have learned a few things over the past few weeks. I have learned that everything always changes but sometimes it is good and sometimes it can be bad. You have to take the good with the bad. You never know what kind of stress you can handle until you are faced with a situation where you don’t have a choice but to go with the flow.
Of course if the flow is WV water you want to avoid it. The news are reporting that yesterday International Freedom (chemical company that caused the leak) released the name of another chemical that was also released on January 9th. It would have been nice had we been informed of this additional chemical when it first occurred. They have been told that they have until 4:00 today to release the names of all chemicals involved in the leak earlier this month.
As a consumer of this water I would have appreciated knowing what was in the water prior to them telling us that the water was safe to consume and bath in. I for one am not consuming the water. I am having my son bring me fresh water for myself and for the hounds. I have started bathing in it and using it to was dishes and laundry. I can’t help but think that the citizens of WV are going to be having long term health problems as a result of this chemical leak. I have definitely taken for granted having fresh water to drink and bathe in. It is amazing how you don’t realize it until it is no longer there.
When I got my divorce on the 9th I changed my name back to my maiden name. I had no idea how many things that I had to get changed as a result of changing my name. When I went to the bank to get my name changed on it I was told they had to cancel my debit card in order to get a new one in my new name. I withdrew some cash to hold me over until I received my new debit card but I had no idea how convenient it is to have the debit card. I missed it at the gas pumps when I needed to refill my tank. I HATED having to go into the stores to pay for the gas. I have definitely taken having my debit card for granted.
Things are changing quickly for me. I am in the process of packing for the move. When I know things for certain I will share with everyone. One thing is for sure is there will be a lot of pictures and remodeling posts in the future. I have found a home and am praying that I am able to get it. The inspectors haven’t gone yet to do their thing so hopefully nothing horrible will be found. The one thing that I fell in love with is the kitchen. I can see me making many healthy low carb meals in that kitchen. Please say a little prayer that if this home is God’s will for me to have that it works out for me. I have also taken having a home for granted. I will never do that again. I have learned that everything can change very quickly but sometimes it is for the best.