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We closed on our new house! Though we still aren’t in there, lol.
We, ha, ME redid the floors. Why not, I’m on a roll! Second house and another floor. Three rooms, a bedroom, living and dining room.
You can see how uneven and worn the floors were.
Seeing the stripped product, I didn’t hold out much hope that they would look good. My daughter and I picked out an Espresso stain. It looked like I rubbed dirt on the floor. I had to re sand that portion, lol. Then I grabbed a new stain.
This looked a lot better. The living room (far room) had the most damage. I had to fix some separation in the boards in the living room. My dad told me to use sawdust mixed with wood glue to repair any separation. It worked to a point. The previous owners used that plastic wood repair stuff and it wasn’t holding. And the stuff I shoved in there took the stain too. Score!
They look gorgeous, don’t they? I ended up using Traditional Cherry.
It is not the only thing we’ve been doing. We’ve been painting. We, means my daughter and I. I still believe in child labor. She’s in her twenties, so not truly child labor. Don’t believe me? See her making an attractive face below, lol.
This is my future office. Yellow and the darker wall is ginger. The ceiling is a pale white. I’m getting it ready for moving in and for nanowritemo. I want it set up so I can write. I haven’t had a spot to do it in in years. Hit those numbers for the month and continue! I’m hunting for a desk. The one I refurbished a few years ago it too small for my computer to sit on it. My mom is not willing to give up the one she has that I love, lol. I asked!
Obviously we’re not done. The edges need doing. Along with the trim. The paint is called Brandied Pears and the other is Cactus Flower.
My granddaughter calls this her room. She helped pick out the paint. Then asked if she could move in, lol. Mean grandma said no. They only live down the block from us and would cry for her mommy, anyway.
Hubby and I call this the media room. A daybed with a trundle and a large screen TV are planned for here. The closet will have all of our DVD’s, and a toybox. We’re going to display the hubby’s Disney pin collection on the walls. Aaaand my legos and lego table will be in here. Along with all our board games and puzzles.
In the dining room, we’ll be hanging some of our overseas artwork and our Westpak jackets. We’ll be getting them framed to hang of course. I’ve one and hubby two to hang. Plus his boomerangs he got in Australia. I figured it was about time we displayed some of our things rather than have them in boxes.
This is a piece I watched the artist paint while I was in Hong Kong. It reminded me of the city there. I just had to grab it. One of the pieces that will be gracing our dining room.
Well, trick or treating is tonight, so have a good night. I’m heading out with Poppy!
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Ashes and Blood
Dalya Book 1
by Katie Zaber
Princess Megan, who never had a reason to assume she was anything but human, has been on the run, protected by her friends. With each step toward the city of Delmont, she hopes they will have time to regroup before setting sail to the Ka’Pamau Islands, their final destination. Instead, her bad luck shadows her and chaos continues to ensue everywhere she goes—including a new part of the world that most air breathers have yet to explore. Confronted with another royal family and a smitten prince whose advances turn cold, she faces another life-altering decision with ramifications she can’t possibly begin to guess at.
Back on land, Lilly reveals more of her secrets, her story, and her goals. Monumental changes and challenges are headed her way as she embraces her new role in life.
On the sea, Aunt Carmia is stirring up trouble while continuing her hunt for the treasure she most desires. She experiences upheavals, but she is always prepared for the unknown.
As their stories unfold, they remain unaware how fate connects them in the world of Dalya.
Katie Zaber is originally from Southern New Jersey. Her childhood home is just minutes from the Long Beach Island Bridge. When not writing, Katie can be found at wine tastings, sun bathing at the beach, going for hikes, screaming at Six Flags, reading, or in her favorite place, her kitchen, baking desserts and breads. She currently lives in Morris County, New Jersey with her boyfriend.
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Dawn of the Overlords
The Val-Harra Saga Book 1
by Kevin Potter
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Dragons are real.
A draconic apocalypse is poised to strike at Humanity.
Just one wyrm stands in the way.
As a young dragon living by the ideals of virtue and honor, Dauria wanted nothing more than to live in peace and harmony with Humanity. When that failed, she helped establish a pact that forced Dragonkind into the shadows.
When she awakens after millennia of slumber, she finds the Earth a very different place than she remembers. To make matters worse, upon exiting her lair she finds herself stripped of all her draconic power and left to freeze, in human form, on the icy heights of her mountain home.
Someone doesn’t want her to rejoin the rest of her kind. Someone sabotaged her from the moment she awakened. Someone wants nothing more than to begin a full-scale war between humans and dragons with the fate of the Earth in the balance.
Somehow, Dauria has to find a way to overcome every obstacle placed in front of her and make her way to the Dragon Council. Who will prevent the coming war if not her?
But how can she do that with no power and not even the strength of her dragon form to aid her?
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Power of the Overlords
The Val-Harra Saga Book 2
They exist, and have risen from their slumber to take the Earth back from Humankind.
In the aftermath of the Great Dragon War, a horrifying new power could destroy everything…
The subjugation of man should have brought an end to hostilities. It should have brought an age of peace to the Earth.
It didn’t. The hostile suspicion between dragons is worse than ever.
Since her failure to prevent the war, Dauria has all-but-lost her faith in the compassion of Dragonkind. But still she hopes. She prays that one day sanity will return to her people.
After centuries in Antarctica, Dauria and her budding family sacrifice the peace and stability of isolation to re-enter the deadly world of the New Dragon War to right a wrong she is partially responsible for.
The group travels to her ancestral home in Japan in the hope of stopping her brother’s dark machinations. But when the family is separated, Dauria risks more than just her sanity in her quest to reunite her family and stop her brother’s evil plans.
Will she find a way to thwart her brother and retrieve her family, or was the quest a lost cause from the start?
If you’ve been waiting for a series that puts dragons front and center, then look no farther! Kevin Potter’s Val-Harra Saga is exactly what you’ve been looking for.
Age of the Overlords
The Val-Harra Saga Book 3
In a future Earth where dragons reign supreme and have only each other to fear, is there any chance left for peace?
A conflicted dragon. A Prophecy. And an ancient wyrm with a dark secret…
Gravv is not the dragon he once was. No longer an innocent. No longer an idealist. Now he lives for little more than revenge. But in the aftermath of the disastrous showdown in Japan, he and his sire must meet with potential allies in the west.
Their arrival is far less than peaceful, however, and those allies have plans and secrets of their own. All is not well in this conclave of metallic dragons, and nothing is what it seems.
Will Gravv find a way to rise above his own prejudices and overcome the machinations of new enemies, or will The Age of Extinction make a victim of him as well?
Revenge of the Overlords
The Val-Harra Saga Book 4
Thousands of years in the future, dragons rule the Earth.
Though the war is far from over, the battle has been won. But at what cost?
Maalyys is mourning for the losses in the last battle, but there is so much yet to do. Without the support of the overlords, the Great Council to save and unite all Dragonkind in peace will remain an unattainable dream…
Bal struggles to correct the tyranny his island home has lived in for centuries, but a prophetic nightmare shows him that he must take an active role in his sire’s plans for the future.
Someone is working behind the scenes to sabotage the council, and Bal fears a wyrm has unlocked an unheard of power that will destroy them all.
When an unlooked-for miracle returns a fallen hero to their lives, everything changes. Hope, so long absent from the Earth, tugs at the hearts of both dragons.
But will it be enough? Will anything be enough to overcome the darkness that dominates all Dragonkind since the discovery of Essence Theft?
Though they sometimes work at cross purposes, Bal and Maalyys must work together toward their common goal lest one whom they both love will suffer all the more for it.
Revenge of the Overlords is the long-awaited culmination of the Metal and Stone sequence, the first arc of the Blood of the Dragons series that brings full circle the story of what happens when dragons rule the Earth. Longer, deeper, and more epic than any of its predecessors, this book will keep you up turning pages long past your bedtime.
About the Author
Hello, reader! (sorry to defy conventions, but I can’t stand writing about myself in the third person. It’s just weird.)
I spend a good portion of my time masquerading as dragons larger than some cities, but when I’m not doing that I like to spend my time picking people’s brains.
No, no, I don’t mean learning from their experiences, I like the taste of brain matter!
Okay, okay, I’ll try to be serious for a minute (I can’t promise for more than one minute though).
I’ve been a storyteller for almost as long as I can remember. It started when I was nine. In school, we had an assignment to write a one-page short story. That night, I wrote a nine-page “masterpiece” about a magical pair of shoes and their journeys throughout the western United States before finding an owner who would properly care for and appreciate them.
From there, my storytelling grew into DMing D&D games (and other roleplaying games).
Naturally, the games eventually led me to start writing stories.
I’m not a full-time author (yet), though I am hopeful. Professionally, I’ve done everything from technical support to restaurant management to building custom gaming PCs.
I live in Cottonwood Height, UT, with my wife and two beautiful daughters who I’m certain are much smarter than me.
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Here’s a picture of our soon to be new home! I’m packing up the old house. So many things! Twenty seven years of things! Gah!
I started by packing our dvds. Next is clothes. I’m clearing out furniture we won’t be taking with. Got rid of a couch today. I’m sorting as I box things up.
Remember the beautiful floors I just did? I have to do the floors in this house too! My husband just laughed. I’m doing them before we move in. We are (cross your fingers) supposed to close on October 16th. I’m taking a week after that to do the floors and paint. We’ll start moving stuff in after that. We should be in by Halloween.
Then, the house we are moving from is having a bathroom renovation to take care of a few things. I started the floor, painting and the bathroom before we ever thought of moving! Now someone else will enjoy the fruits of my labor.
Good thing I enjoyed doing all of it! Though I’m hiring out the tiling and drywall in the bathroom. We’re also going to put in a new natural gas furnace. Currently we have a fuel oil furnace. We’re planning on renting it out, so want it to have no problems.
Sometimes it seems like nothing but work! Our current house is over 125 years old. So, of course there is work! Our new house was built in 1946 so it is much newer, lol. Septic and well also. Something to thrill my prepper heart!
I’m all for paying for movers. I’m past the time where I won’t ache the next week if we do it ourselves. Add in the fact that the new house is an hour away from the old house and that is a lot of driving. Even if we just get movers for the furniture I’d be happy. They can clamber up and down stairs with the heavy pieces.
We’re not downsizing. That word just freezes my blood! Why should I be cramped just because we’re getting older? Don’t you know that being that close together might end up with one of us buried in the backyard? LOL. Seriously.
No open concept for us. If I had to listen to the TV all day long, I’d go bonkers.
What I will miss is my garden. As unproductive as it’s been for me, I enjoyed gardening. There are a couple of itty bitty raised beds at our new house, so that will have to suffice. Since it’s not like I produced much of anything!
Currently I have butternut squash and pumpkins still producing. One squash and three pumpkins, lol. But I’ll take it! I’ll mow everything under before we move. Or before the snow comes. Not sure which will come first here in Wisconsin!
So, my life is continually in flux. As everyone’s I suppose. We’re off to the Pumpkin Patch so have a good week!
It’s so sad.
No corn due to the squirrels and chipmunks. Ditto the zucchini and tomatoes! I got one watermelon, the critters got the rest.
The turnips, beets and radishes will get pulled next week. I’ll see how that went.
No sweet potatoes because SOMETHING is digging them up and eating them. I got about 15 strawberries and my green beans and peas produced well.
Broccoli is finally sprouting. A little late, lol. The cauliflower never sprouted the edible parts.
From 12 green pepper plants, I have harvested 2 peppers with another one growing.
The jalapeno peppers are doing awesome. My husband begged me stop adding them to everything. But they are so good!
Turnip tops are disgusting. Sorry to those who like them. I’ll never grow the seven top turnip greens again.
Carrots, well the tops never showed I don’t believe. I’ll dig just in case, but I figure nothing will be there.
Two butternut squash plants have yielded 2 squash with 2 more growing. My pumpkin plants, 9 in total have yielded 3 pumpkins.
I’m a failure as a gardener, lol. I’d have been better off going to the farmer’s market. It won’t stop me from trying to do it again next year. After all my cherry tomato plant is still producing. At least I’ve had plenty of them!
I guess it’s to be expected. It is 2020.
Next year I’ll be doing it in raised beds. Maybe that will make it better.
We bought a new house so I won’t have as much yard to garden in. I hope the squirrels at our new place won’t like my gardening as much!
I did a final sand and seal of the floor upstairs. I know, I’m dragging this out, lol. But I went up and checked the floors and they were not as smooth as I’d liked. So I took the hand sander and 150 grit sandpaper and went to work. An hour and a half later the final sanding was done.
It took longer to get the loose detritus off the floor than to sand it! Not even the dryvac worked. I ended up getting a sponge mop, and went over the floors. Once it dried, I was able to take a towel and wipe it all up. No damage to the floors at all. Then I poured the polyurethane over the floors and spread it out.
The floors look spectacular!
The first picture, the poly is still a little wet, I did a semi gloss on the floors. The second is once it dried. Not enough to start moving furniture in, but a good beginning.
I had to touch up a couple of spots, but other than that, it turned out wonderful. Now I need a drywaller to finish up the wall separating the bedrooms, paint the bedroom and add the trim. I love the one inch boards. There are a few spots where the sander got out of hand, but overall I think they look great.
The total cost to refinish two rooms and the hallway ran about $600. My brother had someone do one of his rooms a couple of years ago and it cost him that then. I’d hate to imagine what it would have cost to have someone do them for me.
Of course, they would have been done a lot sooner. And my body wouldn’t ache, lol. It hurts to move and I’m walking like I’m ninety years old. Every bit of me is sore!
But I’d do it again rather than have someone come in.
Now I have to decide what to do about the last bedroom. My granddaughter asked for carpeting so she could play on it. I have to decide on carpet squares, or having someone come in and carpet it.