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It goes without saying that my blog has been neglected (again). Rather than try and catch up in one heavy post, however, I’m just going to pick back up as if my last post was really written yesterday and not six months ago.

So! Remember how we were stripping wallpaper to have our home painted? Yeah, well we finished that project and now we have a lovely family room and play room up front, all in the perfect shade of blue (you may also remember, mama don’t do beige). In the playroom we added a FLOR area rug, and the TV room got a large oriental rug that one of Tony’s clients left behind. I like that rug, it’s very nice, but I think I’m going to move it into the dining room and put another FLOR rug in the family room to match the one in the playroom.

You can see our playroom here as it looked on Christmas morning. A riot of sunshine, torn paper, champagne and toys. I love this room.

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Please excuse my blogging absence! Needless to say, it has been busy here. I’ll have updates soon of everything.

Tonight we celebrate Anthony’s second birthday with an outdoor picnic. How did he get to be two? I just can’t believe it.

We’ll be watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics later. Excited to watch sprinter Tyson Gay, a Kentucky native.

This weekend Tony’s playing in the Wolf Challenge, a charity golf scramble held by Fuzzy Zoeller. He’s excited! He’s been really busy with work lately and it’s going to be a beautiful weekend, I’m glad he’s getting to play.

Rosie will be starting Pre-K in a few weeks, new teacher and all. I always love back-to-school time. Back to school means new clothes, new shoes, new books, new pencils and clean new paper…. pretty much five of my most favorite things.

Check back next week for lots of pictures and updates!

Well, thank god that’s done… our porch is all put back together and looking lovely! Tony painted the floor a beautiful sea green.

Another project finished: shades in the tv room. Unbleached sheer hanky-weight linen and twenty (!) yards of grosgrain ribbon on spring rods. And you can’t even tell that the seams are not perfectly straight…..

Also in the finished category: all the wallpaper glue is now officially scrubbed from the Library walls. We are rounding the clubhouse turn on this project, with the hardest part pretty much behind us. We spent some time measuring our furniture to figure out what we’ll have in the Library and what we’ll have in the Parlor… the only other thing that really needs to be decided is window coverings. I’m tempted to make four more shades like the ones shown above, but those windows face the street, so part of me thinks they should be fully covered. Especially in the room where the tv will eventually be… I think it’s tacky to look in a window and see someone’s tv.

Last week my sister’s husband was called to fill in as an umpire for our local Triple-A team, so we spent a few nights out at the park watching him work. Both kids were completely enchanted with the fact that Uncle Nate is an “empire.” Of course Anthony loves baseball anyway, and I’ll never pass up a chance to go out to Slugger Field either, but the weather has been gorgeous so it was a whole lot of fun.

{nate in action behind the plate. i think that’s homer bailey pitching.}

{back in my day, cotton candy only came in pink. those were simpler times.}

Nate tossed Rosie a ball after the game was over. Anthony has been carrying it around calling it “nate-ball” and taking it to bed with him at night. Have I mentioned how much he loves baseball?

Everyone have a safe and lovely long weekend…

BUSY weekend. Highlights follow:

…chalk drawing… some zinnias came over and planted beer on my porch… or some beer came over and planted zinnias, i don’t know… baseball practice… tony and rosie painted our new picnic table…

So, it wasn’t an airplane taking off, or a tree falling on the house, or Rosemarie jumping out of bed and running around her room. It was an earthquake, this morning at about 5:30. Tony and I were both already mostly awake and when it started we exchanged this conversation: Me: “Humph?” Tony: “Wha?” Me:”Is that?” Tony: “EARTHQUAKE! GET THE KIDS!” So we flew out of bed and ran upstairs to grab the little people, and I think by that time it was over. The shaking lasted a little less than a minute, I guess. What are you really supposed to do in an earthquake, go outside? I’m not sure, but that’s what I did. We are all okay, no damage anywhere that we can tell right away. (Damn! Why couldn’t it have demolished the kitchen??) A letter organizer fell of the desk upstairs, but I think that’s all. It seems like the only damage in the city so far has been part of the facade fell off an older building downtown, maybe two miles from here. It seems like everyone is waking up and going on with the day. It was a very weird, very shaky, feeling. Apparently a 5.4 on the Richter.

Erin and I are taking off work today to take Marie and Anthony to the zoo, the weather has been phenomenal. More updates and pictures later. 

Don’t you love fireworks? They make me feel like a little kid. So shiny! So sparkly! Saturday was the biggest fireworks display in the US, held every year to kick off the Kentucky Derby Festival, Thunder Over Louisville. Thirty solid minutes of purty sparkly stuff blowing up, set to music. Thunder is pretty much one of my favorite holidays. There is an air show all day with military jets and the little tumbly aerobatic planes, and then the fireworks after dark. We didn’t go this year, because unfortunately the weather was horrible–cold and rainy. Shlepping two kids downtown with a few hundred thousand other people in the cold gray rain? Yeah, I’ll pass. We won’t even talk about the traffic. Apparently we were not the only ones who had the idea because the crowd was way below normal at only 350,000 people. I tried to keep Rosie up so she could watch it on TV with me, but by the time the two astronauts at the International Space Station did the countdown to launch, she was snoring. The fireworks were fabulous, as always, and now we’re only three weeks away from Derby. My other favorite holiday.

I hope you’ve found us!

In honor of the much-anticipated arrival of Miss Kyra Antoinette Shafer, and because I know that new parents really need all the help they can get, I’m posting these helpful Baby Do’s and Dont’s. Kevin, you might want to print these out and keep them handy.

Congratulations, Christa and Kevin, we’re so proud and excited! Can’t wait to meet our new little cousin.

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This is always the longest time of the year… the stretch after the holidays are over until the weather gets nice is just dullsville. After a short break, we’re back on track with our renovations.

On Sunday Tony and I stripped the top layer of wallpaper in the dining room. It took less than an hour, and we made an interesting discovery: apparently there was at one time a door leading from the dining room into the room behind it, which is now the master bedroom. We suspected there used to be a door between the two rooms, because of some awkward seams in the baseboards, and it turns out we were right! We think the master bedroom may have once been the kitchen, but we really aren’t sure. The doorway was closed with drywall, at the same time the vomitous green wallpaper went up. We’re guessing that was late sixties, maybe early seventies. Before 1978, is all we can say for sure. We also found that under the green, and under the blue wallpaper, was an adorable light pink wallpaper with airy white Queen Anne’s Lace blooms all over. A pink dining room, could you get cuter than that? I wish I had the nerve!

Last week we also met with a kitchen planner to get an initial estimate on new cabinets. Color me excited! I am more than ready to say farewell to the 1980s horror show of cheap tacky cheapness that is our current kitchen. Our initial plans include quartersawn oak cabinets, light counters, and switching the sink from the wall to under the window. I think it’s safe to say that everything in that plan is subject to change! All I can guarantee is there will be nothing beige, nothing rustic, no earth tones. Just clean, classic and new. We expect to hear back from him by the middle of this week.

Picture time! Click any image to enlarge. Let’s start with a “before” shot of the dining room, taken from the entrance hall facing in to the left. That small door is a closet.

A mere 45 minutes later, and goodbye green wallpaper! The white patch is the primed drywall where the door used to be.

Tony wanted to make sure I got a picture of him during the work, so we can look back years from now and admire how youthful we once were, and how dark our hair used to be. So I snapped this quick one. Please note ghostly orb above the drywall patch. Hopefully whoever that is approves of the work we are doing.

The pink wallpaper, hidden underneath the gross green and blue layers.

One final announcement: Anthony has joined the Lollipop Guild and would like to welcome you all to Munchkin Land.