Saturday, April 28, 2018

Working On the New House

As you probably know, we're in the process of helping our son do some work on the new place before we all move in. Its been rather trying as we keep finding more and more wrong with it but slowly we're getting things ready.

My husband put new plugs in the all the outlets as they were from 1965 and a real mess. They all are fine now but would have been a fire hazard in the future the way they were. We also replaced all the old 53 year old locks with beautiful new Schlage ones.

That was just the very start. All the bedrooms had bad carpeting so that was all ripped out and the old tile taken up. New tile is now going to be installed soon. This weekend we will be tweaking the floors so they will be perfect for the new acrylic tile that looks like weathered wood floors.

The living room had dark roughed paneling on 2 walls so that was all taken off quickly. We have that room about ready to paint too. That room will have the same tile on the floor as in the hall, dining room and kitchen. A light gray.

I discovered that the cupboards in the kitchen are new! There is no sign that they've ever been used. There is also a new black dishwasher which matched the black oven. The electric cooktop is old but in good working condition so I was able to clean it fairly well. It looks much better. I found a tip on a youtube video for cleaning electric cooktops. First, cover the top with white vinegar and let it set for a few minutes. Clean it off and then sprinkle baking soda over the entire surface. Cover it with towels. and let it sit for 30 minutes. Wash that off and rinse with a damp sponge. It cleaned up fairly well but I think I'll go over it again for the third time after we move in. There was some corrison that is still there but the vast majority is gone. I think the vinegar did the best job as the top had that way for a number of years.

I did a similar thing to the stove in the condo we're leaving. I took the racks out and covered the bottom of the oven ( a few spills that happened in the year we have been here) Sprinkled the bottom with baking soda and sprayed clear water over it. put towels over the baking soda and left it overnight.
In the morning, I took the towels off and scrubbed it. All the spills and baking on stuff came off easily. It looks great now. Easy and inexpensive.

Our bedroom is the last to be fixed as we're moving in after the rest of the family.. The purple rug is gone thankfully. It will too have the wood look gray tile in there but our walls will be a pretty blue with white trim. I've always liked blue and white. My mothers collection of blue and white dishes will be hung in there too.

The painter is coming on Monday to paint all the bedrooms. I hope he's good. I've seen some painters do a poor job and go over switch plates and electrical outlets. We took off all the switch plates, etc. so hopefully that will work. Alan is so particular about painting as he was a painter for a hospital when he was younger. Painting is something he knows well and how to do it properly. Our son hired this painter.

I won't bore you with anything else but as you can see, its a big job. That's jsut the inside. The outside is even worse but that's for a different day.

I will say the neighborhood seems nice. A great park right across the street and its quiet much of the time. We have alot of traffic noise here and there is a firestaton right down the street. We saw alot of birds too which we love.

Wow, a long post with no photos....

Monday, April 16, 2018

Homemade Granola

My husband loves granola but all the packaged type has some sort of sugar in it. Honey, white sugar, brown sugar, etc. So in the past, I've made it myself. I have a very old cookbook, put out by the Mennonites with an entire chapter on granola and homemade cereal. I've adjust the recipes for diabetics and today made some.
Its easy to make and just takes a short time. It makes quite a bit too. You can adjust the recipe to suit your family. If you don't like cinnamon or vanilla, or whatever, leave it out. If there are certain dried fruit you prefer, put it in. The recipe is very flexible.
In the past, I've used agave syrup for the sweeting, as it has a low glycemic index. But today, I didn't have any so I used sugar free maple syrup that has sorbital in it. Not as good but ok. My husband can attest it doesn't make his blood sugar go up.

Simple Granola

6 c. rolled oats (old-fashioned kind)
2 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. coconut (if you can find the unsweet) if not leave it out)
1 c. wheat germ
Combine the above in a large mixing bowl.

Blend together separtely,
1/2 c. water
1 c. oil
1 c. agave or sugar free pancake syrup ( if you don't need sugarfree, use honey)
2 t. vanilla
1 t.salt

Add the blended liquid ingrediants to the dry and mix throughly.

Spread out on two greased cooky sheets (I use cake pans, less mess in the oven as you stir this often)
Bake about an hour or until its golden and dry. Cool and put in to a storage container.

Now I used a container of trail mix, which had nuts and grains in it. Plus some dried raisins, and apples.  I also added some cinnamon. I didn't have any coconut so that was left out. You can add , as I said any dried fruit you like. If you don't go sugar free, use dried cherries or cranberries would be really yummy.

I really have used this cookbook and its wearing out, sadly. Its out of print too so it will be difficult to find anywhere. Its called the More for Less Cookbook, I think it was published in the 70s but am not sure. The Front cover is gone and the front page is torn. That's how much I've used it. So many good and thrifty recipes in it. Very tasty ones too.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Everything is blooming and Another Piece of IronWood

We are definitely moving now into our sons house. Escrow will close either Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. However, we won't move in until a month from now as our lease ends then. I took a few photos outside today. The above picture is of the cactus, Century Plants that are blooming. Those tall spikes are the flowers from the plant and are just full of bees now.  Unfortunately the effort of the blooms slowly kill the main plant. They're sure striking, aren't they? This is in the merdian of the road.

We also have a bottle brush tree which is blooming heavily. Bees here also/ Its a large tree, over 30 ft. high.

    Just covered with red blooms. No scent but surely beautiful.

We've been going to estate and garage sales and guess what we found? Another little piece of Iron wood and you know we collect it.

        A cute little Angel fish...and for only $3.00.
and now for a funny...

Thursday, April 5, 2018

House and Wildflowers

The escrow on the house looks like its going through. Its passed inspections and the bank appraisal. So escrow should close before the end of the month. Our lease ends the end of May so we won't be moving in until closer to that time.
I spoke with our landlady yesterday and of course, she wants a written 30 day notice. I found our rental agreement and it started on the 22nd of May last year so guess that's what we will put down. We can start moving out before that date so will start packing and cleaning this little place. In some ways, I will be sad as its been a haven for us in many ways. God has blest us here and its rather peaceful. Although I won't miss the heavy traffic and noise of the fire trucks that come from the fire station at the end of the street!

 We've had some rain so hope we get wildflowers like we had last year. The hills are green so its a possibility.

Here are a few photos of some beauties from last year.

                                     Californian Poppies

                                   Poppies, daisy's and lupine

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sunday Relaxing

We go out during the week to pick up our grandson. He's in first grade and doing good. The school has some open land across from it and views of the mountains. It also has a area where after rains a pond forms..Alan and I enjoy walking around it and watching all the birds who gather this time of year. We've noticed many species, right now its red winged black birds, Mallard ducks and an occasonal snowy egret.
Here are a few pics I took,

The pictures aren't the best, it was a gray day as a storm was coming in. We've had several this last week.

Here is the view across from the school

This was taken on a different trip, when there were blue skies and nice clouds. The area in the foreground is where parents park to pick up their kids. We like to park early and walk. I am trying to lose some weight and get some stress relief. Hearing the bird calls,  blue skies and quiet is very calming.

I had a yearly checkup this last week and the doctor asked me how I was dealing with all the stress and life changes. I said I liked to listen to relaxing music and walking. . She did put me on a mild anxiety medication which I started taking. She said it wouldn't really taken effect for a few weeks so we'll see. I'm also taken blood pressure meds so I'm trying to get my weight down. I really don't like taking pills. I've never taken much medicine.

Jesus says to give our anxiety to Him and I do often. I've prayed and felt He wanted me to get a check up. I was not a little surprised on my weight and think I packed on a few more pounds living in this tiny condo..our cats have gained weight too. I'm eliminating carbs and eating more vegetables and fresh fruit.  No sodas or candy or anything salty (BP)  Time will tell if it works.
If you're battling anxiety, get a check up and get some help. Some times your doctor is God's messenger.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Update on House

Yesterday we went with our realtor to be there for the inspector. It went well. We knew there was alot of little things that needed to be fixed but nothing major. The roof, electric and ;pipes are ok. The dishwasher doesn't work but our son was going to replace it anyway. I don't mind doing dishes also and have been for the last year here in the condo. It comes with a nice fridge so we'll be leaving ours here for the next tenant, its really too hard to move. We had to take it apart to get it in the kitchen. I don't want to do that again!

These houses in Sun City, the old ones are all electric. Evidently, all electric was the "thing" in the 60s. I was a kid then  but I do faintly remember commercials touting all electric homes. Am I remembering right?

The condo's that we are currently living in were built all electric too but many have been converted to gas. They orginally were all 1 bedroom too but many have converted to two bedroom which is what we have. We have a very nice gas  stove which I really like. The kitchen at the house has an electric cook top. It works so guess I'll have to get used to it.

The yard is a real mess and will take several years probably to get right. The back chain link fence is falling down, mainly because the behind neighors trees and bushes have grown through the chain link and are pushing it over.Their ivy is taking over the our yard too so first we will have to have a talk with our neighbor about this. Our son has two small dogs and doesn't want them getting out of the yard. Plus we all want to have a nice yard with raised beds and a fruit tree or two.

Next week, the bank building inspector will be there so there will be two inspections done. Always a good thing to do with a  old house. This was built in 1965. I was in high school, a freshmen when these were built.

I remember driving by with my parents on the old 395 highway and seeing Sun City. I thought it was for old people (it was) and now here I am. No more 395 and Sun City is still here.

and now a funny...

Sunday, March 18, 2018

A Move?

We've had an eventful month. The big news is we may be moving again soon. Our oldest son has put a big in on a 4 bedroom home and he wants us to move in with him. We're waiting now to see if the seller accepts the bid or not. The bid was placed on Friday so hopefully we'll hear soon.

Here is a pic of the house. It was built in the 60s and does need work. We're going to help him renovate it, mostly painting and new flooring. The yard in the back needs alot of work as its a blank slate. But you know us, we do love to garden!

The two trees on the left are a tangelo and an orange tree. They had fruit on them when we all looked at the house and the fruit was really good. I rather like the design of the house. It's a little different than the track homes of today. The rooms inside are rather big and it has a brick fireplace in the living room. The garage is huge, well over a two car garage.

I'll let you know how it works out. I'm putting it in God's Hands.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Back again, new stitching and an estate sale

Sorry, I haven't posted in some time. Our grandson got sick with the dreaded flu so he was under our care for about a week with no school. Poor guy had a fever, chills, muscle aches and slept most of last week away. The doctor said to keep  him out of school. He's much better now and back to himself. lively and smiling again.
His daddy took him out on the weekend to a fire station. The firemen were so nice and gave them a tour. Does he look cute in his uniform?

While he was sleeping, I was stitching and finished a few things that I will be putting in my Etsy shop very soon. I made alot of floral cards and am working on this hanging. Its almost done and much further along then the photo. I'm going to frame in the hoop.

I really like the Urban Threads site so many cute is another one I stitched and have hanging in our kitchen.

This pattern also has one for dogs which I intend on stitching too. These are all hand stitched by the way.

I also worked and opened my other Etsy shop, The Chinalake Shop and have been listing so far some vintage cooky cutters, and old cookbooks.
We went to an estate sale this last weekend just for fun and found these darling little baskets. For some reason I just love them.
So hand for storing buttons, thread, stamps, etc.

What is neat is that the smaller one in the front, fits insdie the larger one. These are very small and cute stacked for decoration too. I don't know how old they are but the colored one reminds me of trivets and stuff that was made in the 70s so they  might be that old

We also got our cats a new scratching  post.They love it!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Happy New Year and a look back

I just decided to dress up my blog for the spring. Yes, a early spring but spring all the same. Here in southern California, winter is very mild and some of our flowers bloom year round. It has gotten colder but mild so far anyway.  No rain either which is disappointing but not unexpected.

2017 was a hard year for us, losing our house wasn't on the agenda when we started out the year but sadly it did  happen. The unsual thing that has happened is the second lein holder who evicted us now paid all the back payments to the first. Of course, when we were forced to leave, we didn't make any house payments but paid  our new rent. Hence there were back owned payments that the second. recently paid along with two months of additional payments. Very curious and never heard of if you believe our agent who has worked in real estate for many years.She is investigating to see if she can find out anything. She represents us to the mortage companies. A mystery for sure and only time will tell what the second has in mind. Frankly, I think they really don't know what they're doing. Its just a small company of 12 employees.

I am hoping and praying that 2018 will be a great year for not only us but my readers too.  wishing you health, joy and happiness!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Vintage Postcards for Christmas

I 'm sharing some darling vintage postcard graphics. I got these from some guys that I've known for some time when I had another blog and crafted with vintage graphics. I made some great memory jars using them.
They have a Facebook page, Vintage Image Craft

 Of course, as I love cats, I shared all the cat postcards!