Books, Shelves, and More

20151009_121243 (Creative Cave Room, JC)

My current books on one lonely shelf. 🙂

20151008_223658 (Basement outside Creative Cave Room, JC)

This wall will sometime in the future be my rows of shelves for my books. I have not brought all my books from the Puzzle House yet. I am waiting until this is done so we don’t have to work around them. I have well over 1000 books. A few years ago I cataloged all but the paperback Harlequin novels on a phone app. I lost the app when I changed phones.

Bummer. I will catalog again one day. 🙂

I don’t think I will bring the Harlequin novels here, thinking I will keep them at the Puzzle House. After all, need books there too!

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This is my library at the Puzzle House. I miss those shelves. Hubby did a great job making them. Once all the books are off I need to sand and put a clear coat on so I can actually dust them. It is rather difficult dusting right now because the cloth sticks to the shelve. I didn’t sand only painted. I’m thinking of doing some wire doors in areas of the shelves. I think that will be neat looking.

Currently this room was our master bedroom. We are now going to make it our living, library, storage closet (to the left there which was my walk-in closet) and TV room. 🙂

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My favorite collection is my V.C. Andrews novels. I am behind on buying them and way behind on reading the new ones. 🙂 I first read My Sweet Audrina in Jr. High. I was hooked. I have only read this one and the Flowers in the Attic series. Yes, I am way behind on reading all the other series. I kept buying them because I knew I would read them someday. I think that day is coming.

Do you buy collections or series?

It’s All Ours…Puzzle Castle!

460852_10150912197852483_1370307956_o Our home back home. 🙂

We paid off our mortgage last week! It is officially all ours. What a great feeling. 🙂

It is a very old house with many issues but they are slowly being dealt with. We were living there full time until last year when hubby went active duty for the Army to finish out his time for retirement. He will have a total of 35 years in by Feb. with 20 years active time. We are planning on sticking around the area for awhile mostly because of job opportunities and so we can finish the remodel process on the house without having to live in it. We had been living in it for the entire last twelve years of remodeling and what a challenge that was.

Of course, when one problem happens another one is discovered when owning an old home. One year we had a water leak in the kitchen area which resulted in tearing up all the plumbing which then resulted in remodeling the kitchen, which still isn’t completely done. We actually lived for six months with our kitchen drain pouring into a large bucket we had to dump. 🙂 Life was interesting.

It does make for some fun and interesting stories. I have begun looking for those pictures and will post in another post later with all the progress. We do change our mind a lot on what we want a room to look like. 🙂 Luckily, we do a bit here and there before too much of it is finished. It is all with extra cash so no other loans out. I’m lucky hubby likes to do the work so money is saved there. Or is it? Just kidding. It is a learning experience.

One of the first projects was a total redo of the roof. It had not been replaced in a long time. When I moved in I rented the house from a sweet old man that lived across the alley behind it. After a few years, his health went downhill and he ended up passing on. The family lived elsewhere and didn’t want to deal with it. In fact, for a year I didn’t have to pay rent. They didn’t want any. In that year, the roof was majorly leaking, so I got a lawyer with the help of my current boss at the time, and we drafted a letter that listed all the needed repairs on the house and offered 5,000.00 for the house. They accepted the offer. It was mine. 🙂 Of course, I was young and had to have a loan, which the loan company put other debt into the loan and thus I had a mortgage debt. Not a major one, but enough for a single mom of two.

A year later, in waltzed my wonderful husband into my life, who just happened to like working on a challenge.  🙂 Me, him, several friends, and my dad fixed the roof from a generous gift given to me from my daughter’s grandparents. We tore off two layers of asphalt shingles which was attached to just the wood rafters. Underneath we saw the rafters were made out of anything and every size of wood imaginable. And talk about long nails used! We pulled so many nails out. The rafters are blue painted, pink painted and regular wood. I guess they used whatever they could way back when. (So far I have traced the house back to 1910)

Yes, we left the rafters as is and put the proper sheets of wood across the rafters to which the new tin roof was screwed down to. The tin was so much easier than all those asphalt shingles. That was in the year of 2000.

Over the last thirteen years we have had to deal with a small leak over the kitchen when the wind would blow just right it would get up under the roof line. We tried flashing and everything we could think of. Glad it was just an occasional leak. Now, this Fall my hubby decided enough was enough and set to fix the problem for good. A whole new roof line with a better roof pitch! And this is what we got. 🙂

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It is another bedroom and finally a second bathroom. I don’t know how we raised a teenage daughter with one bathroom plus me and four males. I guess now when hubby completely retires down the road and we move back to live full time he can have his bathroom and I can have mine! LOL 🙂

I have officially named our house the Puzzle Castle. I always wanted to do that. Like you read in novels with estate homes. 🙂 I can’t afford a fancy castle so why not. It is a gigantic puzzle! It is our family home that we live in part time for now. So many wonderful memories. We hope to pass it down to the kids, but of course, completely finished. 🙂

Puzzle Madness

Puzzle in pieces

This is how I spent my Sunday afternoon. I began about 2pm. It is a 3D puzzle and boy did it play with the eyeballs. One had to sometimes pick up the piece to see all the colors in it. It was a challenge. I bought the puzzle to make myself enjoy something that wasn’t electronic and to encourage my family to help as well. I can remember when I was young in grade school putting puzzles together with my Grandma Marie. It is some of the best memories I have of her. She taught me to start with the outline and to turn all the pieces over so you can see them. If you get stuck on one part look for another color to begin working on. I even had a sixth grade teacher that would allow us to put together a puzzle once our homework was done. You bet I worked madly so I could go put that puzzle together. He usually had those enormous puzzles with a million things going on it. Loved them. Grandma and I mostly put together landscapes and those were challenging because of all the close colors and many pieces of the same color. I believe both taught me a much needed skill of patience and determination to succeed. I can even look at a piece and picture it in the slot and know it will or won’t fit. I’ve played some of the electronic puzzle games and yes they are fun but there is something special about putting one together by hand. It could be just the wonderful memories I have of who I put them together with. I truely miss her.

I sat and put that puzzle together with hardly a break. I even forgot to eat. 🙂 I was bound determined that I was going to finish it that day. My boys even sat down and began to help. I loved it. They even forgot about their computers for the evening and stayed helping me. They got a bit frustrated because of the 3D part, but they soon figured it out. I told them the next one I will get a regular puzzle to give our eyes a break. I like 3D stuff but staring at them for a period of time is not fun.

We finished the puzzle about 10:30 that evening, thank goodness there was no school for the boys the next day. 🙂 We are going to glue it together and hubby is going to make a frame for it. I so enjoyed putting the puzzle together and shouldn’t have taken so long to make myself do it. I love the fact the boys enjoyed it. Now the hunt will begin for our next puzzle.

Finished puzzle board