25 Hours in a Day

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Mary Meccage – 25 Hours in a Day




Laundry/Utility Room

The last few weeks have been a blur…tearing apart the laundry room and getting it put back together in a way that is more functional. On top of that, a good chunk of my time has been spent at work in the evenings/weekends doing taxes. I do enjoy it, but it has been a challenge to get used this new schedule…a “taxing” time as they may say.

Here is a pieced together BEFORE picture of the room (picture taken from the doorway of our new basement bathroom):

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View from the opposite side of the room:


Points to address: plumbing issues, new window needed, floor to be tiled, appliances to update (they are on their last leg!), and pantry to organize….the list goes on.

Here’s how we had to finish our laundry on Sunday: (Nick always finds interesting solutions!)


Although I grew up hanging laundry to air dry, I certainly appreciate modern conveniences. My dear mother once bought an old wringer washer because she thought it would be “fun” to use. It was quite the all-day process (especially with 4 little ones running around). We ran the hose from outside into the house to fill it up and drain it. Then over again for the rinse load. Then of course you ring every item through that deadly hand squisher. And then you hang it all up to dry. It actually was kind of fun and an interesting experience as a little girl. I will never forget it. Definitely made me not complain as much about laundry. I have great admiration for those industrious women of the good-old-days!



What we’ve been up to…

As you recall, Nick is slowly recovering from a broken leg. He is now bumbling around with a cane and is getting along quite well! We joined the local YMCA to help with getting his leg working normally again. That has been great for us and we are looking forward to the playing squash again someday! I’ve started meeting friends for Pilates over my lunch hour – what a killer core workout and a energizing break in a busy work day.

So after taking a few months off from house projects, we recently jumped back in. We finished the basement bathroom – (remember the one we plumbed last summer?) All that was left was a little drywall, tiling, and installing the fixtures. Feels great to have it checked off the list! Here are a few pics of our new guest bathroom:






A story about the tile: The challenge was not so much the tiling, but rather finding a grey tile for a great price. One tile shop said, “Grey is a specialty color. We usually don’t stock it.” What! A specialty color? Interesting because all they had was beige… Whelp. It pays to shop around and be patient because we did find a “specialty” grey in our price range.



Yes! It is just about ready – just need to put up a shower curtain, towels, etc. So…who will be our first guest?

Coming up next: The Laundry/Utility Room



Put a Bird On It


Owls & Elephants - Baby quilt finished!

Finished size: 32 x 40 inches (crib size)

Flannel back for soft-cuddliness, owls peeking around the edge, giraffes on the go, bikes just hanging out, elephants lined up for dinner, and dots will be dots. It is now ready to meet the soon-to-arrive little boy or girl – J & A, you will be great parents!