It’s February 5th now and progress is slow but we are getting somewhere. Jordan worked really hard Saturday January the 26th scraping wallpaper off the walls. He has just about got all the foyer/staircase/hallway done. He is planning on taking a week off from work to complete the task…patching, sanding, priming and painting. We are hoping for that week to be in March.
As most of you know we had planned a work day earlier in January, but the refrigerator that came with the house, may it rest in pieces, died on us, right after coming back from the grocery store. That same day we made a trip to Lowe’s and bought a new refrigerator and it was delivered the next day, on a Sunday. We didn’t think they would deliver on a Sunday, but were very glad of it, since our old refrigerator was full of newly bought groceries.We have had our new refrigerator for about a month now and have grown very fond of it. It’s very clean and kept so, also I think it gives us a little more room in the kitchen, or so it seems. I would love to get a roll-out island to put right beside it for extra space in the kitchen… something with a couple of drawers and a nice wooden top for added cooking preparation space. That would be lovely. Someday - someday! :)
Back to January 26th …
While Jordan was working vigorously on removing the wallpaper I was upstairs cleaning out one of our spare rooms. We are planning on making it into our art studio/craft room. I filled about two large bags of trash and have about half of the room cleared out. It has been a great undertaking.
We have hung a bit more art in the house - two in the living room and two in the kitchen. Two of these paintings have great stories behind them. Most of all because Jordan’s father, John, painted both of them when he was a pre-teen/ teenager.
Jordan’s grandfather was a minister; he was originally from Gaston County, which is where John grew up… in Dallas, NC. The first painting shown below is the peacock. John painted this peacock when he was 12 years old. He painted it with any means he could find - mostly model car paint and charcoal. He couldn’t afford a canvas - so this was painted on a piece of an old revival tent that he then stretched over an old revival sign.
The second painting John painted when he was 16 years of age. It is called Los Colores De La Fiesta. His parents had bought him an oil paint set, his first. He used every single last bit of the paint in that kit on this canvas. John stretched this canvas himself by using canvas fabric and an old church sign. If you flip over the painting you will see the times the church held service and John’s father’s name.
These two paintings are grand pieces of history and we are so excited to have them hanging in our living room.
I never imagined them matching our living room so well until the day Jordan brought them home from his grandmother’s house. It’s like they were painted to be in this exact room. It’s pretty amazing.
The other two pieces we have recently put up are not as grand and don’t have a great story behind them - but they look nice. :D
The one below I found on clearance at Target… not much to tell there. I love a good Target clearance and this one matched well.
The second one hanging in our in-between room (to the laundry room and the kitchen) is a holder of many-a-thing…. like keys, sweaters, scarves, etc. I bought these individual hangers for Jordan the second Easter that I had known him. Jordan finally mounted them to a very special piece of wood that came from inside his great uncle Lamar’s barn in Dallas, NC. An interesting fact about this piece is that when i bought the alphabet hangers - they didn’t carry the “V” and they still don’t. Crazy, I know! So I ended up buying the “@” symbol and John painted the “V” for us. We think it looks even better than the rest of the letters. AND we are not biased - at ALL. :D
The weekend before my birthday - we had a birthday meal out in Hickory. We went to the Outback Steakhouse. It was a blast. After that we did a bit of running here and there. Then we went to go look at a piece of furniture one of Jordan’s co-worker’s daughter was trying to sell. A fainting sleigh - built of solid wood frame and woven seat. First we thought it was an antique - but we were misinformed and it was actually brand new. We were still very interested in it. It was a beautiful piece of furniture in the picture. We were on our way, not very far away from the sellers house. (Mom and dad followed in the truck, just in case we decided we wanted it.) Well, once we passed the very, very, very, very - EXTREMELY small town of Plateau, which no one had heard of, we started to wonder if we were headed the right way. Then we made it to the end of highway 127, leaving us at the beginning of a cemetery on a road named Hog Hill Road. Not a place you want to end up… if you know what I mean. We turned around - turned out we went the wrong way - - - very, very much so. We were supposed to go to Bethlehem, NC. Instead we ended up at a cemetery. How ironic. I am pretty sure there is a Biblical lesson there.
We finally made it to Bethlehem, 45 minutes later, saw the piece of furniture and LOVED IT! So we bought it. Now it is sitting in our living room in front of the window. We are looking for the perfect cushion to go on it and then to add a few pillows after that. DREAM seat for readers!! I can just imagine it already… blinds open - sitting on the fainting sleigh reading a good book. How exciting. :D
January 22nd - My Birthday
My birthday this year was pretty epic. I got all of my presents early this year. Not sure how that happened. But it was nice. After Jordan and I got off of work we met at the house - he brought me flowers!! A lovely bouquet he arranged himself. Then we went to Nick’s in downtown Gastonia. IT WAS AN AMAZING MEAL!!! That might be an understatement. We both enjoyed it so much that Jordan made reservations for Valentines day. Can’t wait. If you haven’t been there yet and you live near by, I would highly recommend it.
Up to Now
The past two weekends we have hosted dinners for our parents. This has to be one of our favorite things to do. Jordan loves to host and I love having family and friends over. It’s nice to have a full house. I got a crock pot for my birthday from John and Lou Ann. It is absolutely wonderful!!! I used it the first time for a pot roast… and the second time I made chicken with veggies for Jordan and myself. The third i tried something new Chicken Provencal. It was really good! Chicken, plum tomatoes, spices, fresh red and yellow peppers and fresh garlic. Oh! and Orange peel. YUM! I served it over angel hair pasta. I am excited to try new recipes. So if you have any that you want to toss my way - I will gladly take them. :)
I didn’t want to forget to mention these cute draft dogs! Jordan’s grandmother made these years ago and recently gave them to use. They are adorable and keep out the draft. We have two - one for the back door and one for the front door.
I believe that is all for now. Hope to have more updates soon. Thanks for reading. :)