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An ongoing series of stuff... 

Still working on this!

March 17, 2017

Still working on the site!

I realized I do not have any pictures of Alexandria, Louisiana.

I also do not have pictures of Louisiana food! Obviously I need to go to the Gator Festival

Ciao,

L


My First Blog Entry!

March 15, 2017

This is my first Blog entry EVER! My first website EVER! So you can bet I am pretty clueless. So why bother? I wanted to show how anyone on a budget can still DREAM big! Then make it happen! 

We own a home in Sicily! Technically it is two, but that is what this blog is all about.

To explain how an average couple did something totally not average!

Ciao,

L


Tornado in Alex

April 12, 2017

We have had some unusual days. Specifically, we were sideswiped by a tornado. Mother Nature had a fun time pulling up tress, screws and flashing! Miraculously the trees went right and not left onto our building! Very thankful!

Ciao,

L


Alex Getting Paint

June 12, 2017

We had a fantastic visit with our kids and they helped us with quiet a few projects. We finally painted BAY 3! Even painted the stairs for this bay. We also built an outdoor sofa from Ana White! Love it! We also made a coffee table to go with it. Then we realized it was the first coffee table we have ever owned!

Ciao,

L


Remodel

June 23, 2017

We are updating, refreshing or what ever the current buzzword is for redoing a room. This time it is the "guest room". 

Ciao,

L


Guest Room Progress

June 28, 2017

Guest room is still "In Progress". Running out of time since our guest will be here tomorrow!

Ciao,

L


Happy Birthday Furocius!

July 4, 2017

When we moved in we found a baby kitten. We found two other kittens about the same size but we believe the mother took the other two and left us with the fiesty, hissy, claw you to shreds kitten. 

Furocious is our first cat! 

Ciao,

L


Happy Birthday Furocius!

July 4, 2017

Furocious a year later! 

Ciao,

L


This Week in the Warehouse!

July 24, 2017

This week we did quiet a bit! We finished installing an interior door. Planted some Pineapples. Fixed the lights in our laundry room. Potted up gardenias. Finished a set of stairs. Power washed more concrete. Scrapped more glue off the laundry room floor. Experimented with chocolate cake and pizza made in a crock pot.

Ciao,

L


This Week in the Warehouse!

July 24, 2017

This is an attempt to help the air conditioner. We zip tied fence boards to the chain link in hopes of creating some shade in the afternoon to evening on our overworked air condition. What we did we really liked so this week we will be off to the Big Box for more fence pieces to block the whole end. Thank you Pinners for the idea!

Ciao,

L


Kitchen Remodel - One step at a Time!

August 20, 2017

This is the start of a series of small changes to remodel the kitchen.

Ciao,

L


Kitchen in Progress

August 26, 2017

Still working on the kitchen. They cabinets are partially painted and back on the wall. Now we have to add the shelving in between.

We also need to pull apart the base cabinets and build a new counter.

Ciao,


Bracing For Harvey!

August 27, 2017

Added some downspout diverters to try and get the water farther away from the building. Went to the fire department and made some sand bags. Good luck and be safe!

Ciao,

L


Harvey Update

September 3, 2017

Harvey was a heck of a lot nicer to us than he was to Houston. We received some rain and a couple of windy periods. We have been through worse weather that was completely unexpected. 

The dog, enjoying a moment between rain storms.

Ciao,

L


New Fence

September 12, 2017

Our fabulous neighbors at the Hotel built a new fence. We are definitely enjoying it. The crew was fantastic and the fence is so well built we just gawk at it.

To the crew - my BBQ is your BBQ! Any day! Any time! So is the pizza oven!

Ciao,

L


Carpet

September 18, 2017

Our guest room has had another change. This time we installed new carpet. A very unimaginative brown, but it looks better than what was there.

Ciao,

L


Aranchini

September 28, 2017

We tackled a two day Aranchini food event. These are large rice balls stuffed with ham and mozzarella or sauce. We definitely need more lessons. 

Ciao,

L


Drywall Work

October 1, 2017

We finally pieced together the drywall for the bathroom. We moved the door over about two feet out of the left corner. The other side of the wall can be seen in the kitchen pictures. 

Ciao,

L


Not Worth Drinking

November 18, 2017

First morning back to American style coffee.  Not very motivated to drink it.

Ciao,

L


Snow?!?

December 8, 2017

This is Louisiana! With SNOW!!

Ciao,

L


Kitchen Update

December 14, 2017

Finally put something between the cabinets!

Ciao,

L


Bathroom Update

December 14, 2017

Finally fixed the drywall around the door that was moved. Primed and painted! This is Shadow Play by Devoe. 

Ciao,

L


Fur Update

December 27, 2017

Seriously.

Ciao,

L


Painting the Bedroom

January 7, 2018

Happy New Years!

We started the New Year by taking apart our room in a blitz move to paint it before a house guest arrived. Unfortunately as the primer was drying I came down with a respiratory infection. So it is still primer!

Ciao,

L


Still Painting the Bedroom

January 13, 2018

Well after days of being too sick to be on a ladder, the room finally got the color painted. Devoe Lilac! It is something other than beige.

Ciao,

L


Another Bathroom Update

January 13, 2018

After putting towel bars and ugly shelving back in, this is what the bathroom looks like. Hopefully this week we can build the vanity that we started. Furocious the cat, reviewing the progress of the cat cabinet.

Ciao,

L


Another Bedroom Update

January 15, 2018

The bedroom is finally finished being painted. We put our bed back together. As always, the supervisor is on the job.

Ciao,

L


Painted the Sitting Room

January 27, 2018

The sitting room was painted just in time for family to arrive for a visit. Now we need to mount the television to the opposite wall.

Ciao,

L


In Preparation for a Dream

January 27, 2018

We are expecting a HUGE delivery. A car lift! In order to assemble the lift we needed an engine hoist. Which will be super handy for valve jobs.

Ciao,

L


Dream Come True

February 4, 2018

Our new HUGE delivery! Assembled! It is fabulous! Now to roll it over to the correct bay.

Ciao,

L


Vanity Issues

February 9, 2018

Built a vanity base for the bathroom. Then realized that somewhere in my infinite design changes the legs now interfere with the plumbing. Luckily, the base will fit in the other bathroom. Unfortunately that bathroom was not on the radar to be remodeled, yet! 

Ciao,

L


Another Rack Gone

February 11, 2018

There were two large storage racks that were just to big and blocking some windows. We deconstructed one of the racks last year and used the materials to build six planters. Hopefully we can build six more planters.

Ciao,

L


Built the Router

February 11, 2018

Our Christmas present was finally assembled! Now to learn how to use it.

Ciao,

L


New  Out Feed Tables

February 16, 2018

Built a new out feed table for the saws. One done three more to go!

Ciao,

L


New Shop Tables

February 20, 2018

We built the rest of the shop tables.  We are also building a new stand for the miter saw, router table and two shop carts. I am learning Sketch Up! As soon as I have the plans drawn up for the projects, I will post them on the site.

Ciao,

L


Bay 3 Update

February 28, 2018

The new vehicle lift we assembled is now in it's place. We built a new shop cart which is also posted to Ryobi Nation. 

Ciao,

L


New Farm Table

February 28, 2018

Almost finished with the Ana White Beginner Farm Table and Benches! This is a big table! Very easy to build!

Ciao,

L


Movable Wall

February 28, 2018

Still working on the movable wall! 

Ciao,

L


Benches Work

March 2, 2018

The Ana White Farm Table bench working hard!

Ciao,

L


Movable Wall Is Done

March 10, 2018

Finished the Movable Wall! We may paint it.

Ciao,

L


Building a Squat Rack

March 12, 2018

If there is going to be a home gym, get a squat rack. This is the start of the squat rack From Buff Dudes! 

Ciao,

L


Future Kitchen Space

March 14, 2018

Someday this space will be an amazing kitchen. In the meantime it is a conditioned area to store stuff as other rooms are remodeled.

Ciao,

L


Power Rack!

March 20, 2018

Our son finished building a power rack! We are all having some sore muscles. It is a good thing. 

Ciao,

L


Garage Floors Painted

March 24, 2018

Thanks to some really gorgeous weather we shifted gears to paint two more garage bays. Thank you to all of the gentlemen at Kinder Paint for all of the help!

Ciao,

L


More Work on Future Kitchen Space

March 24, 2018

More of the wall was removed to open up the space. We can only open so much because of electrical. 

Ciao,

L


More Landscaping

March 24, 2018

This is definitely not the biggest flower garden I have ever had but it is already not the smallest. Added nine more roses to the four azaleas. 

Ciao,

L


More Organizing

March 30, 2018

Found a place to hang the yard tools!

Ciao,

L


Still Asking

April 11, 2018

Anyone have a recipe for this?

Ciao,

L


More Furniture Building

May 2, 2018

Building furniture with the kids for the kids. This is a bed frame that knocks down to three 20" x 60" boxes. It fit nicely in the moving truck and safely held all those little boxes of stuff.

The plans are posted in Ana Whites Plan section.

http://www.ana-white.com/2009/11/queen-sized-storage-bed

Ciao,

L


Even More Furniture Building

May 4, 2018

Built four tables with the kids for the kids.Three for their kitchen and one for their laundry room. Our first project with laminate!

Ciao,

L


Bedroom Disassembly

May 6, 2018

Furocius, very unhappy that we took a bed apart. We converted the guest room into an office until we can get the office painted.

Ciao,

L