Thursday, April 28, 2011

Somewhere between inside and out...

*google image*

Nope, haven't forgot about you all! The above image is a pretty clear description of how I would describe my state of being these days! But, that's not what I'm here to blog besides the hair raising details of my week, here's what else that has been going on at Casa de Frantz!

The results of our labors earlier this month, are springing up and bringing forth much excitement! I wasn't sure how many seeds actually got put in the holes i poked, but seems my budding gardener didn't miss a beat!

I usually look forward to the early spring hours spent in the greenhouse putting together these mossy beauties for our garden center, but I had to have a heart to heart with them this year and explain why my time with them was expected to be scarce! Unfortunately they are showing their disdain by refusing to grow very fast, and displaying their show girl qualities!

And just for a quick tease, here's a little something to show we're still making progress with the house...even though it's slowed to what feels like a crawl!

The interior is almost completely painted, and the exterior mess is turning into some sense that resembles stone & stucco!

So don't sign off yet...we have flooring suppose to come next week! I can hardly wait to trade my dirty, plaster crusted slippers for a pair of a clean new pair!

Sunday, April 24, 2011


Because HE lives!

God sent His son, they callled Him, Jesus:

He came to love, heal and forgive;

He lived and died to buy my pardon,

An empty grave is there to prove my Savior Lives!

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,

And feel the pride and joy he gives;

But greater still the calm assurance:

This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!

And then one day, I'll cross the river,

I'll fight lifes final war with pain;

And then, as death gives way to vict'ry,

I'll see the light of glory and I'll know He lives!


Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,

Because He lives, all fear is gone;

Because I know He holds the future,

And life is worth the living,

Just because He lives!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

"Real-life Remodel": Renovate Part VII

Just thought I'd show the not-so-glamorous side of this project! I think the pictures speak for themselves!

Even though It gets knocked sideways with every pound of the hammer, I've left this plaque up for a daily reminder! ;) Kind've a bit of irony, too!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Plaster Within & Without: Renovate Part VI

We we're blessed with several days of beautiful 80deg. sunshine last week, and it made for some wonderful stucco/plaster conditions! I don't think I've posted a picture of the back of the house yet, so thought I'd throw a couple in on this posting! So for you Midwestern-ners, like me, who aren't familiar with the stucco process...there are three layers of plaster that go into this process. This is just the first, which has no color tinting, and resembles concrete a bit! You can tell the difference between the existing house, and the addition by this picture!

Remember the stacks of drywall boards?! Things are getting exciting in my book, when they start to look like this....

(And if you we're wondering, this is what you would see if you walked in the new addition/back porch entry!)
Now that I'm typing explanations of location, this shot may thoroughly confuse you, but if you continued down the hall from the back porch entry, you would walk through this little doorway into the new living room!

And if I could be so priviledged to have you come stay in my home, here is where I would treat you to my most hospitable offerings! ;)

The decision making has escalated, and today I made my second attempt this week to pick out paint colors! I have this love/hate relationship with paint, but my in-decisiveness was not the hold up! Apparently taking two small children with you to make decisions on what color to paint your walls is not a good idea! In a 20 mins time, I'm more than certain every color we pulled out somehow seem to turn to "red" in my eyes! ;) I'm keeping my chin up though, cause the only thing more exciting than drywall is PAINT!!!!

The internal works: Renovate Part V

Well this post isn't gonna have much of a "wow" factor, but I must say, it sure is alot of detail that will make our home more comfortable! Plumbing, electrical, heating/cooling, etc...It's all the important stuff that, once covered up, no one thinks of again! And speaking of being covered up, this is a good start! We celebrated by finally unplugging, and removing our "space" heaters that we used to keep the chill off during the night! I won't go into detail of the amount of noise that one of the heaters created! I'll just say it this way, we didn't need to use the "white" noise machine in the boys room, for it pretty much took care of the need for "background" noise!
Yes, that's sheet rock on the floor! Didn't think I'd ever be this excited over a few stacks of boards!
This shot is looking down the hall between the new bedrooms & ending at the new bathroom!

Our favorite "inspector" with his trusty side kick, "papa turtle", who continues to make his rounds through the house daily...just looking for whatever excitement he can be a part of!

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