November 30, 2012

Frankfurter Friday!

Man, oh man. I can't even tell you how glad I am that it's Friday!

It's been a crazy week around here. 3 nights this week Kota has woke us up because he had to go to the bathroom. Our dogs are literally like our children. He goes to the bathroom every-single-night-before-bed. Last night I didn't hear him but I woke up when Mr.B came back in our room it was 2 o'clock we went to bed at 10 and he went to the bathroom before he was put in bed. He felt like that wasn't good enough so he just randomly started barking this morning - really Kota? Don't you know Mama needs her sleep!

Max had his own problems this week. On Tuesday he was outside playing - it snowed here and he loves the snow. He had this stick he was carrying around that Mr.B and I joked was a log because it was not long it was just a fat piece of branch that broke that he found and would carry around with him and want us to throw.

He got it stuck under the stairs like he always does so he was barking his head off for someone to get it out from under there. While I was home over the weekend I weighed my little sausage and he weighed the most he ever has and more than we wanted. So I was happy that he was being active outside.

After he came in he was laying on the couch and I realized he wouldn't open his mouth. I wasn't totally alarmed because this happened before in the summer - he likes to bite the dandelions and grab grass so he was doing that outside and got stung by something.

I wasn't sure what happened this time because there are certainly no bees, but I knew it was probably something we could figure out. I gave him half a Benadryl which is standard procedure around here because the boy is sensitive and 9 out of 10 times it helps him and he's better.

5 hours later I get home from work and he still won't give me any kisses. Mr.B said he just ate and was barking earlier. I was trying to look around in his mouth but of course he was getting annoyed - I thought I saw something but it was a little to dark to tell. I decided to leave his mouth alone and give him another half of Benadryl.

Fast forward to the next morning he's still acting funny - I told Mr.B to keep an eye on him. I got home and he was still acting the same. By this time I was in full panic mode because I knew he had to have a splinter or something stuck in his tooth because he all of a sudden developed bad breath, but I also didn't want to take him to the vet for something I could easily take care of at home. I know that part of being a dog owner is the responsibility of paying for vet bills - but I just knew I could take care of him I'm a good dog Mom I really am.

I was really starting to panic and Mr.B told me to just wait it out that night because our vet was closed and Max is very sensitive to medicines and they know his history so if we brought him somewhere else it could really turn into a BIG thing. I tried brushing his teeth and he totally let me - I was hoping it'd help if something was stuck.

Yesterday morning I woke up and I just couldn't handle one more day. I laid down with him on the floor and was like I'm figuring this out for you! I felt all along his cheeks and all along his gums to see if there was a splinter. I felt all along his teeth and had a flashlight in there. He started to get annoyed that I was prodding him so much and yawned and I saw it!

I reached in and grabbed this big chunk of wood out of in between his teeth. Don't ask me what # teeth or the name of the 2 teeth I don't know that all I know was I felt like Charlie in the Chocolate Factory who had the golden ticket. Yeah, my week was that good that pulling a 'log' out of my dogs tooth made me feel like a real winner!

Needless to say I woke Mr.B up to show him and by time I got out of the shower Max was relaxing on our bed cleaning his feet because he had some catching up to do.

In this picture I imagine him saying, "Here's looking at you kid." (Wow, that was so good I should probably caption the pictures every week! HA)

He's got good form - wouldn't you say?

You just survived my Friday brain dump so I felt like you deserved more than one picture of the leading actor in this story.

It's been a crazy week around here, but we are hopefully going to be able to put up our tree and finally get our decorations out. We have wanted to put it up all week but just didn't have any time! Hopefully, it'll be shinin' bright like a diamond around here after I'm done.

Cheers to the freakin' weekend!

November 28, 2012


So I think it’s just about time to call this Turkey cooked! The living room turkey that is. I showed you the other day the lamps I got at Peter’s Auction barn. The wiring was old and one cord was being held together by some electrical tape.

We headed to Lowe’s and picked up two lamp kits. ( Click on the picture for source) It is a 3 way light kit which I thought was awesome – so awesome that I forgot to pick up 3 way bulbs, oops!

The Freckled Redhead - Lamp Rewiring
This is how the lamps looked before we did anything to them – they had harps on them but one was missing the finial and I don’t think they were the exact same height either.

The Freckled Redhead - Lamp Rewiring
They had super duper old wiring on them – you can tell by the tiny old plugs.

The Freckled Redhead - Lamp Rewiring
We started by peeling back the felt that was on the bottoms so that we could see the insides and have access to where we need to push the wire through.

The Freckled Redhead - Lamp Rewiring
The next step was pretty easy I just pulled the socket up and cut the wire and pulled the cord out.

The Freckled Redhead - Lamp Rewiring
The other one I had to un-screw the socked and pull it up so that the wiring was visible and I snipped that too. There was no use in un-screwing the screws and undoing the wiring because we had new sockets.

The Freckled Redhead - Lamp Rewiring
We were left with a big pile of old wiring – you can see the lovely electrical tape that was securing the one.

The Freckled Redhead - Lamp Rewiring
This is where we totally got ahead of ourselves. You are supposed to make a underwriters knot – so we did.

The Freckled Redhead - Lamp Rewiring
To properly attach the wire you need to look at your lamp cord and see which side is smooth and which side is ribbed. Pull them apart and then then attach the ribbed side to the silver screw on the socket. The smooth side gets attached to the gold screw.

The Freckled Redhead - Lamp Rewiring
Notice anything here?

The Freckled Redhead - Lamp Rewiring
After we had the wires secured around each screw we just tightened down the screws so it was tight.

The Freckled Redhead - Lamp Rewiring
Any seasoned lamp wire-ers out there notice what’s missing? The harp! Ya know the thing that needs to go underneath the socket – and the only way to get it on is to undo everything.

The Freckled Redhead - Lamp Rewiring
After that I started to work on the other one because it seemed like this could really turn into an all day affair at the rate we were going. I didn't take a picture but there are little holes on each that the wire needs to go through first and then up through the middle – on both I forgot the little hole first and had to re-do those.

Start with the harp bottom first – then screw on your socket cap. After that make your underwriters knot. Screw the ribbed wire onto the silver screw and the smooth wire onto the gold screw. Push the socket shell over the socket and down into the socket cap.

The Freckled Redhead - Lamp Rewiring

The Freckled Redhead - Lamp Rewiring
Attach the harp. Then add your shade. We got our shade from Lowe’s too they can be found here.

The Freckled Redhead - Lamp Rewiring
I originally thought I wanted burlap shades but then I saw these ones. They are linen and I liked how they married well with the bases because they had some texture and dark strands that went with the dark paint on the bases. I like that they’re timeless. I was thinking of adding some non-permanent ribbon to the top and bottom to add a little something, but for now I’ll keep them this way.

The Freckled Redhead - Lamp Rewiring
The base is pretty cool because it looks like little hearts all along the bottom. My sister told me I needed to scrub them more but its actually a gold paint used to make them look rustic.

The Freckled Redhead - Lamp Rewiring
Here is a shot of the top.

The Freckled Redhead - Lamp Rewiring

The Freckled Redhead - Lamp Rewiring
I love how tall they are – it is exactly what we needed on that side of the room. I moved the sunflower and took down the picture we had up because for right now I don’t think we need anything on the walls above them. I might change my mind down the road but for now I’m loving them just how they are.

The Freckled Redhead - Lamp Rewiring

I think it is safe to say this room is done! The lamps didn't take as long as I thought and we got some really cool ones that have character and charm. I love to find things in places like Peter’s Auction Barn because if these lamps could talk they’d have a story to tell.

I kind of wonder whose house they were in before? Maybe the Mayor of Jeffersonville's house from way back when? You just never know do ya?

2 lamp kits – $19.90
2 lamps – $15.00
2 lamp shades – $29.90
Total cost of 2 lamps – $64.80

November 26, 2012

American Picker.

I'm back! Sorry I was gone for a couple of days - Max and I went home to my parent's house for the holiday and I really just wanted to spend time with them and not worry about any posts. I had a great Thanksgiving and hope everyone else did as well.

While I was home I got to go to one of my favorite little spots to look for JEMS! It's a big old barn called Peter's Auction Barn. I forgot to get a picture - but if you click on that one you can see the source. It is quite deceiving because it really doesn't look that big but once you get inside its HUGE!

Peters Auction Jeffersonville New York

I took pictures on my iPhone so I apologize for any that are a little blurry. It was FREEZING in there and it's really dark so it didn't make for great pictures.

I loved these little milk glass bowls when I first walked in.

The Freckled Redhead - Peter's Auction Barn

This little piano was really cute too. With a little sanding and re-finishing it would be totally cute in a kids room.

The Freckled Redhead - Peter's Auction Barn

I had no intentions of even getting lamps until we got there and I saw they had a bunch. I then realized they had a lot of cool ones but I didn't know if there would  be a pair. This red one is really cool and there was a matching one in another room.

The Freckled Redhead - Peter's Auction Barn

This lamp base was also really cool but there wasn't a matching one.

The Freckled Redhead - Peter's Auction Barn

I was trying to think of something that these old wrenches could be used for.

The Freckled Redhead - Peter's Auction Barn

Here is a picture so you can get an idea of the lay of the land. It's PACKED and there are little rooms all along the way. Now looking at this picture that painting is kind of cool and the frame is awesome!

The Freckled Redhead - Peter's Auction Barn

This isn't the best picture but that table was really cool.

The Freckled Redhead - Peter's Auction Barn

I have this exact bread box ( in better condition ) but was so psyched when I saw it there.

The Freckled Redhead - Peter's Auction Barn

Awesome sewing machine in the table. 

The Freckled Redhead - Peter's Auction Barn

One of the rooms had a corner full of luggage. Nothing that I was to interested in though.

The Freckled Redhead - Peter's Auction Barn

This barn was actually used for auctions way back when so one room is HUGE and it has bleachers because the locals used to come down and buy their live stock. I happened to see this little egg in there and thought it was cute.

The Freckled Redhead - Peter's Auction Barn

They have everything there - I don't even know what was in these jars. They have tons of kitchen appliances, tools, lamps, odds and ends, silverware, glassware....- furniture you name it. When I was in college I had a furniture class that I needed some pieces for. I picked up and old toolbox that looked like a miniature chest and turned it into a light and I refinished a tiny little chair. There are JEMS for days in here but nothing is priced so you have to ask on everything.

The Freckled Redhead - Peter's Auction Barn

This old barrel was in a small back room and there were also Christmas trees and bikes back there.

The Freckled Redhead - Peter's Auction Barn

These old filing cabinets were back there also. A little paint and these bad boys would be looking good. They had a single drawer one also that was kind of cool.

The Freckled Redhead - Peter's Auction Barn

I took the picture of the wrenches and didn't even notice this little card filing cabinet right next to them. It's really neat and with some paint this would look cute on desk.

The Freckled Redhead - Peter's Auction Barn

I was ready to ask about the price of the red lamps when my sister went into the big room where the bleachers were and told me they had lamps along the top. I walked in and saw the middle pair.

The Freckled Redhead - Peter's Auction Barn

She pointed out that there were more along the other wall. They were all really big - there weren't any other matching pairs though.

The Freckled Redhead - Peter's Auction Barn

I decided to see how much they wanted for the lamps so I had the guy come look at them. He said that she usually wants $15 a piece for them. He was like "that's a lot though huh?" I told him yeah - he then said he'd give them to me for $10. He must have saw my face light up because he quickly said $10 each. I told him I'd have to think that was still a little more than I was hoping for - I told him I had $15 cash and he said he'd take it.

He got them down and we took them into the front room to see if they worked. It never really crossed my mind that the wiring was old - and I also saw some electrical tape on the one. They both worked and he gave me a harp for the one and they were also missing the little pieces that you turn the lamps on and off with.

In the end I was thrilled with my find. I went right home and washed them up. Mr.B wasn't with me so I sent him a picture and told him what a great deal I got. I was so thrilled - I really felt like I was on American Pickers.

So here are my beauties after I got them all cleaned up. My parents have a big sink downstairs so I just scrubbed them with a scrub brush and wiped them down and they came clean no problem. So these were my Black Friday deals this year and I am not mad about it!

When I brought them home and Mr.B saw the plugs he said we'd have to rewire them because the wiring was so old that it would be a fire hazard.

The Freckled Redhead - Peter's Auction Barn

We've been busy with the Holidays and just life in general around here so from now I think I'll be posting regularly on Monday, Wednesday and of course Friday. We haven't been able to do as many projects as we would like and I think quality is better than quantity when it comes to sharing with you guys.

So with that being said - I'll be back on Wednesday to show you the process of re-wiring these. It wasn't hard at all - we both made it harder than it needed to be, but we got a good laugh out of it!

What was your Black Friday score?

November 21, 2012

3 Days of Thanks!

Continuing with 3 days of thanks - I am thankful for my life.

It is very easy to get all #firstworldproblems and complain and whine about the little things. Last week I was getting annoyed because the Post Office didn't deliver my packages. In hindsight - at least I have the money to purchase things and receive packages.

I have a great boyfriend who would do anything for me and our little family. He loves our fur baby as much as I do and takes such good care of him when I'm not home. I also love and adore our little Maximus. We are home alone together a lot so we keep each other company.

We have a beautiful house that we've slowly been making into our home and we couldn't be more lucky or happy about it. To wake up in a warm bed with my lil roo baby and someone who loves me right next to me is a blessing.

I know how lucky I am because I know there are people out there who have it a lot worse than I do. Not everyone knows where they're going to sleep at night or eat and so the fact that I can buy groceries and we can do projects around the house is seen as a luxury to some.

So that is what I am thankful for: my family, friends & the great life that I have. I have my health and happiness and some days I'm human and forget how important those are.

I hope that everyone has sat down and thought about what they're thankful for this holiday season because it is so easy to forget and take the things we have and do for granted.

November 20, 2012

3 Days of Thanks!

So yesterday I started my 3 days of thanks and today I will continue.

I'm thankful for my friends. To me its quality over quantity. I think you reach a certain age where you don't feel like you need a hundred people to call, you just need those few that will know exactly what to say to make you feel better.

I remember everyone telling me I'd meet my life long friends in college and did I ever. Who knew freshmen year that I'd meet one of my best friends and we'd stick together for the four years of college - and then we lived together after saying for 3 years that we wouldn't. Things happened and we just went out separate ways for a little while - but we came back into each others lives at a very important time. My friend was getting married and even though I wasn't able to be in the wedding because my Sister was getting married the weekend before - I was able to be apart of it and made her invitations, wine bottle labels and just help her out when she needed to vent.

She is a friend like no other - we could sit and talk for hours about anything ( name that song ) and we have. Whenever we get together its just blah blah blah blah blah - for hours. I'm so glad that our lives kept us living close to each other exactly how we always talked about. Being a 'grown up' does make it hard to find time but we always have a blast when we get together.

I really think that the quality of friend is more important than the quantity. You can have a lot of friends but when you have great news to share or need to vent who would you call? I still keep in touch with a lot my friends from college but I've grown out of touch with a lot of my friends from High School. I'm not really sure why that is but I think one day we'll meet again.

Cheers to many more years!

November 19, 2012

3 Days of Thanks.

So I've seen a lot of people participating in the 30 days of thanks on Facebook. I haven't been but I decided that this week I'd do 3 days of thanks leading up to Thanksgiving.

I am thankful for my family.

I don't have a big family but I have a close family. We are always there for each other no matter what and we always get together for the good stuff: life events, birthdays, holidays....and we just pick up where we left off. I cannot wait to travel home and get to spend Thanksgiving with my family. The laughs, the jokes the food and all the memories - that is what I cherish.

I have so many good memories being home around the Holidays with my family. One year right before Thanksgiving I got a tattoo and had to drop that bomb on my parents. I thought I'd hide it but then knew my sister would rat me out so I called them and told them before I got home - I know my Mom was probably thinking I was going to tell her something much worse.

I remember the kids table with my Uncle who will always be a kid. No matter what age he is - he is a kid at heart. Him, my sister and I would sit there and crack so many jokes.

I also remember the Holidays at my Grandpa's house - there was always peanuts, m&m's, and other candy and things to snack on laid out on the coffee table. I remember his big dining room and everyone gathered around the table.

My family is experiencing everyone being far apart - but my parents house is the middle. It's 2 and half hours from my house and my sisters  - we didn't plan that it just happened but it's kind of nice because we can always go home and meet in the middle.

I haven't been home since Easter so I absolutely cannot wait - and I haven't seen my Sister and Bro-Lo ( aka Brother -in-law ) since August. I can't wait to hug my Scissor ( that's what we call each other) and just all be together to laugh and joke. Those are my best memories with my family the laughing and the jokes!!

Here's everyone last New Year's Eve - we did ugly Christmas sweaters and As Seen On TV gifts. ( Minus my Dad and Mr.B they weren't there.)

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

November 16, 2012

Frankfurter Friday!

Yesterday was the first time since I started this, that I didn't post during the week. I just had to take a break it has been a crazy week and I was just as a loss for words I guess.

I'm back today with my little Maxie boy!!

I think this picture sums up the week pretty good - long and exhausting. I absolutely cannot wait to see my family next week. Max and I are travelling home - he loves to go home because my Mom has a million toys at her house so he likes to go in the toy bin and take all the toys out and make the house a mess. 

Happy Friday! 

November 14, 2012

Reading List.

I love, love, love reading. So here is another edition of my reading list – some of these I've read and other’s I’m waiting to get from the library. Enjoy!

First up – Bond Girl by Erin Duffy – this I read and I loved it. It’s all about the stock market and while that really isn't my scene I love to read about things that are a totally mystery to me. I know nothing about working on ‘the street’ so I ate this right up.
Bond Girl by Erin Duffy
This book wasn't love at first read but once I start reading something I refuse to stop in the middle for many reasons. The way the book is setup is kind of weird and a little hard to follow for someone who likes things neat and tidy. I gave it a chance and how it all unfolded shocked me.

Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon
I love Jennifer Weiner and this book was no exception. There are a lot of characters so I felt like I was forgetting someone or something but it has a great story line. It truly embodies the it’s a small world – we’re all connected.

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
I cannot wait to read this book! If you've never read Jenny Lawson’s blog you need to. If you also don’t know who BeyoncĂ© the chicken is you need to read her blog. I love her blog and I’m sure I’ll love her book.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
I've heard a lot about this book and so I requested it from the library and apparently everyone else has heard a lot about it too because I’m like 180 something in line. Oh well – I believe in using my local library because if nobodies using the library they’ll make cut backs and I don’t read books more than once so why buy it and then just have it sit there.

Gone Girl By Gillian Flynn
Another one from Jennifer Weiner that I want to read and is on my list. I really like her style of writing and her subjects.

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner

So that is what I've been reading and what I’m waiting to read. Since the last reading list here – I've read both the Emily Griffin books and enjoyed them. I’m currently reading Joan Rivers book and it is totally not what I expected – it is just like a stand up comedy act in written form – eh take it or leave it. I also read Carole Radziwill’s book and loved it and now I love her even more. I am still waiting for Andy Cohen’s book from the library and I can’t wait!

What are you reading? I’d love some suggestions!
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