Thursday, July 18, 2013

Krazy Kitty

(See what I did there?)

I have a confession…I hate cats.

As a child, I had several pet cats and I loved them very much.

(My last cat, Sassy, was very mean. She tore up my mother’s white leather couch, she didn’t like to cuddle, she didn’t like to be touched and I’m pretty sure she didn’t like to be looked at. She went crazy after we brought home Kosmo and eventually disappeared. I’m still unsure of what happened to Sassy; I’ve got suspicions that my mother was involved but she denies it. I hope to learn the truth one day. Actually, I’d like to take this opportunity to shout out to my mom’s friends! Hello! She talks about you all the time…has my mom ever mentioned Sassy? Have you heard anything that could be related to her disappearance? If so, I’d love to hear from you!)

…back to Krazy Kitty.

My college town had an abundance of stray cats. I think this is the reason I’m not a huge fan. They were filthy dirty, somewhat scary and they were everywhere! Ew.

So imagine my delight when I noticed a stray kitten lingering around my house. She’s very playful, she likes to rub her body against my legs and she meows at the door all hours of the day. Her meow is like nothing I’ve heard before. It sounds like a screaming baby. It is so loud that I can hear it from any room in the house. I’ve been keeping Kosmo while my parents are out of town and he’s been very disturbed over this kitten.

Well this morning Krazy Kitty crawled up under my car. I tried everything to get her out! I sprayed water, I made loud noises and I beat the undercarriage of my car with a broom. Nothing. Already 15 minutes late for work, I decided to start the car and hope for the best.

After I got to work, I checked under my car. Yep. She was still there.

I enlisted the help of my coworkers and we got her out.

We tried to let her go in a nearby alley but she kept following us back to the office.  Finally, we decided to call our local animal shelter. They agreed to come get her.

Well…about 5 minutes before animal control arrived, a lady parked in the neighboring parking lot must have heard Krazy Kittly’s loud meowing. She picked her up, put her in the car and drove off.

I hope Krazy Kitty’s found a nice home.

Oh the joys of homeownership!
Have you ever had a problem with a pesky stray?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Doll House Tour, “Before”

I feel like I’ve been holding out on you, I took these pictures a couple of weeks ago and never got around to posting them.

I had every intention of documenting the house as soon as I got the keys; however, it didn’t work out that way. Immediately after closing, we drove straight to the house and before I could get my purse out of the car, my stepdad was hammering away.

I believe these pictures were taken on “day two” of our renovation (I use the term “renovation” loosely…we just painted and knocked out a few mirrors).
Also, please excuse the mess...we have tools and clutter everywhere! I am kicking myself right now for not taking any pictures *before* we got started!

View from my front porch:

North side of the house, view of the carport:

The bricks (above) lead into the backyard:

The bricked area in the photo below was used as a fire pit by the previous owners, I'm hoping to put a storm shelter here.

See the rocks in the corner of the fence? That's a waterfall!

This is the view from my backdoor:

As you enter the house from the backyard, you walk through the utility room. The large cylinder in the photo below is a water softener. Apparently, Ada has very "hard" water, meaning it contains a lot of calcium. I'm told this will save my appliances.
Okay, brace yourself... The kitchen is a wreck. I promise it doesn't look that way today!

The area in the photo below is an extension of the kitchen, I plan on installing built in benches and using it as a breakfast nook. Something like this or this.

The kitchen opens up into the dining room:
The door in the photo above leads to the carport.
The dining room opens up into the living room:

Originally, there was a large mirror glued to the wall above the fire place. The first thing we did was tear that sucker off (easier said than done)! It left a few holes in the drywall but a little bit of spackling fixed it.

Also, there used to be mirrors glued to the actual fireplace. In the photo above you can see remnants of the heavy-duty tape (that was nearly impossible to remove).
The photo above is of my bedroom. Technically, this isn't the "master" but I loved all the windows and thought I would enjoy it more than the actual "master" bedroom.
Next to my bedroom is the main bathroom. This room needs the most work. I am still undecided on how to decorate this space. I really love a light and airy bathroom with cool colors. I am thinking about painting the grey trim white but beyond that I'm at a loss.

*the chandelier in the bathtub is a family heirloom, it belonged to my grandmother. It will go in the dining room.

 I'm not sure how a white trim will look next to the cream tile but I really don't like the grey. If you have any ideas on how to decorate around the cream tile, I'd love to hear from you!

I'm going to replace the pedestal sink with a vanity that allows more counter space (36 inches to be exact!) I love this option from Lowes.

This bedroom is considered the "master" because it has his and her closets. Also, there is a small bathroom attached. I didn't like it for my bedroom because it is sooooo dark, My bedroom has 4 windows, this room only has two.

The bathroom is really tiny and I'm not a fan of the mirror.

I love the idea of painting stripes, something similar to this. 

I think that concludes the house tour!
I know what you're thinking, I have my work cut out for me... but we have already made a lot of progress!
The front door got a quick facelift. A fresh coat of paint and an adorable door decal made a huge difference!
Here's the before:
(of course, I didn't take a picture with the door closed, smh)
Here's the after:
I can't wait to show you pictures of the house now...It doesn't even look like the same place! If you'd like frequent updates on my progress, follow me on instagram! @orrbrittney
Happy Hump Day!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Local Favorite

There's nothing like a trip to the local farmer's market on the eve of 4th of July.

The morning breeze feels especially delightful.

Farmer's in overalls greet you with warn hands.

The grandma's and grand kids are shopping for what is sure to be a great feast.

Fresh picked peaches cause my mouth to water with anticipation...
and I can hear the summer squash calling my name, begging to be fried.
It's a wonderful place, the farmer's market.
Happy 4th of July from small town USA!