Replacing the Roof

We've been in our home since December of 2000, and it is time for a new roof. Over the years a few shingles have blown off or just come loose.  We've had several repairmen tell us that our shingles were not put on correctly when the house was built.  They are architectural shingles, and were laid wrong, looking like a ladder type pattern rather than how they should have looked.  We were also told that the roofing nails used, were too short!  

So the roofers are here today to replace the shingles.  We had been discussing that we would have to do this sooner rather than later, but what got us on the move was a leak that had come through on my dining room ceiling, leaving a large yellow circle, probably 5"x12".  Just happened to look up one morning, and there it was.  Now that made me sick!! Water was getting in around one of the dormers.  The roofer came while I was in the hospital and clear  caulked around all the dormers so we wouldn't have more leaks, and that helped.

The dormers are a problem too, because the builder didn't lift them off the roof decking.  So the water travels right down the edges of the dormers and they need some of the hardiplank replaced and need to be lifted a bit to prevent this.

They say they will only be here a couple of days!  It's amazing how quickly they work. They were right  it took only 2 days.

Today we have a huge dumpster and it is getting filled quickly.    I chose architectural shingles again in a dark color, mixture of gray/black.  I'm so excited to get this repair done.

You know I was thinking I don't remember my parents ever having to replace a roof.  Things lasted longer back then, I think.  Of course the fact that the first roofer obviously didn't have a clue what he was doing played a part in the problems. I just wonder how it passed inspection! 

The leak was around the far right dormer.


BEFORE
Roofers have to have nerves of steel.  If I had to climb on top of my house, I'd have cardiac arrest for sure!


old shingles coming off





Putting down new sheathing.  None of the decking had to be replaced!

These big repairs can get expensive! I'd like to have the interior of the house painted next, and SOME DAY have my kitchen revamped.  I know neither will happen soon.  The roof took priority, as it should.


Preparing to remove and replace a roof, sure can wreak havoc on your yard around the house.  They've been very careful, but took apart my little garden area, moved my birdbath, everything off my little stoop, and it's all lined up beside the drive.  I'll be glad to get it all put back in place!


 The main part of roof is replaced.
 Finally Completed


AFTER





So glad this is over!  We've been dreading it for a long time.

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Time-Saving Tips for Hosting a Luncheon

I'm not one to entertain a lot.  I never have been, but decided to invite a group of friends over for a small luncheon.  Here are a few time-saving tips I used that can make your luncheon easy, and can be done prior to the party.

1.  Decide on your menu. I decided on cold foods, pasta salad with grilled chicken on the side, potato salad, fresh veggie tray, fruit tray, fixings for a garden salad, and turkey or ham sandwich on wraps or wheat bread with pretzel crisps as a cracker.

2.  Decide if you will use china, casual, or even paper or acrylic type plates, cloth napkins, etc. For a small group of friends, I prefer casual, using a variety of items.

3.  Gather your dishware and serving pieces together.  

4.  I pulled out old china that belonged to my MIL, but chose to use a pretty paper napkin found at the Dollar Tree for convenience. You can mix and match, no need to be formal unless that is your choice.



5.  I used Dollar Tree glassware, as well, and a tureen from Good Will for holding the pasta.

6.  The day before, I placed the serving dishes, tureen, etc. on a side table to see how they would work, since I wanted to serve from there and eat at the main dining table.  Setting the pieces out the day before allows you to downsize pieces if space is a problem.




7. Two table cloths and a runner were layered on the dining table.



8.  My menu allowed  easy prep of the food, which was all prepared the night before, and placed in the fridge.  All I had to do was place the foods in the serving pieces when we were ready to eat.



9.  I set up a coffee bar on the island using my french drying rack, and a variety of cups/mugs.  The brass stand held a variety of yogurts, apple sauces, puddings, just in case someone wanted a bite of something prior to lunch.
Do you have time-saving tips that you use when preparing for a get together?  If so leave  them in the comments.  


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A Little Nesting

I've been home  a week now and am feeling much better.  I have been doing a few very easy things because y'all know I have to switch things around a little to survive!! You might remember some time back when I found the hutch top at Good Will and placed it on my old Hoosier cabinet that the top was missing from. 



I loved it all done up in red, so for a change it seemed simple enough and not to tiring to shop the house and go with some blue and white, since
I replaced the rug in the mud room for this bright blue one.

I had already found kitchen type tiers at GW with blue and white, so now the colors flow well in the mud and laundry rooms.

 Rug:  Lowe's

I painted the lamp shade blue, 


I decided I don't like the items on the hoosier top, so that will get changed.




Made a couple of changes to the accessories, so we'll enjoy blue and white for a while in the mud room.


Update on health issues:

I know lots of times after a stay in the hospital, you have some sort of brain fog!  Y'all, I've got it. I didn't think I would ever get this short post up.  But wanted to touch base and let you know I'm still out here.  I go to a new Doctor on Friday for my kidneys, hoping for good reports.  I'm also going to get an appointment for a Hematologist due to the TTP disorder.  I want to be sure to have someone nearby who is knowledgable simply because of the distance to my Dr. in Dothan.  I will continue to see him regularly, because I feel he saved my life, and knows his profession.  You know that just means the world when you are as close to death as I was.

I'm eating right, and with the meds for fluid retention, and the amount the dialysis removed, I am 40 pounds lighter than I was on July 10th when it all started, but this would not have been my choice for weight loss and not something I would wish on my worst enemy.  It has been an eye opening experience, and has taught me not to put off telling your family and friends what they mean to you.  I have some of the dearest friends in the world and we now have plans to not miss our lunch dates.  So tell those you love that you do, get together every time you can.  This is so important as we age, and we need that closeness, and the sharing and feeling that we always have someone there for us.

My feet and legs are not swollen now, got back into my regular shoes.  I had to buy shoes for church last week 3 sizes larger than normal so I could go.  Wouldn't gonna miss.......my church has been wonderful, I heard from our pastor very regularly, with prayers via phone.  My new church home is amazing, and I doubt I will ever go anywhere else.  I'm right where I need to be!

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Reminders of Home

Tomorrow will be a month since I've been at home at Shadymont.  I don't think I've ever stayed away this long.  Illnesses that pop up when you are away, don't get you back home in a hurry.  I go back for follow up at Dothan (50 miles) on the 16th, and hope I will be allowed to go back to my beloved mountains after that.  I am still swollen from all I've been through, retaining fluid in my feet and ankles, but am very hopeful.  My husband and I made a trip to Wal Mart for some groceries, yesterday, me sporting one of the electric carts.  It came in very handy and the outing did me a world of good.  Staying inside for close to a month doesn't keep my spirits up.  So that helped pass the day, and we have plenty of fresh veggies and fruits now.

I thought since I've been so depressed, and missing my home there, I would just share a few photos that you may or may not have seen, but will give me  a feeling of getting back there.

My daughter has kept a close check on the home, and her friend has kept our yards cut. Don't know what we would do without family and friends.  And I can't forget all the prayers, you have all been great to remember me. The gory details of this illness are discussed in the previous post.  It is called TTP and is found in 4 of a million people.  It causes clots in the very small vesels which can damage the brain, kidneys, heart, etc.   In fact I have acute kidney damage from all the high powered antibiotics given in the first hospital I was in.

No matter how nice it is, or comfortable, I am ready to leave the lake house and head back home to the mountains.

This post may be kinda long, because, I'm refreshing my memories of my nesting place.  Not that the lake house isn't one too, I'm just a little ready for a different view.


I have enjoyed my small garden so much this year and am anxious to see how it all looks now.


I had just created a new coffee drinking spot on the small stoop, goods found at Good Will. It joins the garden area.


I had recently refurbished this burlap wreath from a year or two ago.  Celestina Marie made the lovely garden sign, I had made the aqua rosettes, a while back. I love the colors on my front door.






Soon..................I miss it so much!!!  






PS:  I'll soon share photos of my grandson's wedding I had to miss due to being hospitalized.  It was gorgeous from what I've seen, and this was one heartbroken Meem to have to miss it.  I had to accept that I could not change that situation, but if I could have, I would have.

This disorder is all new to me and I don't know a lot about the outcome, treatment, etc., but I know that at times the plasma and platelets have to be worked with, and then there's the hope that my kidneys heal.

Be extremely careful of the meds you take.  A new pulmonologist had placed me on a 3 week regimen of Levaquin for bronchitis, that seems to have jumpstarted this episode, then the continuous IV of Vancomycin, finished the kidneys off almost.  They were totally dehydrated.

I think I've covered the gist of this latest health problem.  Oh, at first I was diagnosed with c:diff.  This is another superbug that is difficult to heal, and I read that the hospitals are rampant with it.

Sorry for the length, but this is why I've been absent for a while.  Work hard to keep healthy folks!


2017 Fall Decor Tour

I've made several trips to the GoodWill stores in our area, and have found some great bargains that I will share with you.  My intention...