Archive | February, 2013

Nice and Toasty

28 Feb

The small bathroom downstairs is one of my favorite rooms in the house cause it’s always super warm and toasty. Now it’s on it’s way to being even more warm and toasty cause we insulated this baby to the max. It had some insulation already lining the walls, which was a vast improvement from our last house, that had no insulation a.n.y.where. It was like an ice box.

We started by raiding the upstairs attic, that had some extra insulation just chilling in a bundle on the floor. After putting on the crucial safety gear, Jay went ahead and popped in some extra insulation onto the walls to make sure everything was sufficiently covered. We noticed that there were a few noticeable gaps in the coverage, especially where some blown in cellulose was added a few years back. Since we don’t like to pay to heat outside, and since we are big on efficiency around here, we took the bathroom reno as a perfect opportunity to make the house a little more air tight. Here is Jay, adding some additional insulation on the side wall.

Adding Insulation to Bathroom Wall

Adding Insulation to Bathroom Wall

One thing we learned as we were doing this process, is that you actually don’t want to pack in the insulation too tight, as it’s meant to have pockets where the air can get in, so that it can better insulate and capture the air if you will. So although we were adding some additional insulation in, we were careful not to pack it too tight and defeat our initial intent – efficiency! 🙂 Jay just carefully removed some of the batting in sections, and applied it to the wall where we noticed gaps.

Renovating bathroom, insulation walls

How to Insulate Walls

Adding the insulation was really pretty straight forward. It’s just like cotton candy – cept – you probably shouldn’t eat it 😉 We made sure to tear it off in sections that felt manageable, and then we were able to play with it a bit as we got it into the wall, which helped to fill all the nooks and crannies. Below, you can see an after shot of how it looked after the fiberglass insulation had been installed, but along the window seam, there was still a noticeable gap where air can seep through. Although there is some cellulose insulation in there, it was pretty gappy. And gappy = crappy.

Insulating Along Window

Insulating Along Window

When we were at Home Depot, we snagged this guy below, which is made specifically for areas around windows and doors. Sounds like a winner! We are hoping this little can lives up to his name, and that he is indeed – great stuff. We will keep you posted.

Great Stuff Spray Foam Insulation

Great Stuff Spray Foam Insulation

Since we sometimes forget this step, we thought we would take a moment to sit down and read the directions 😉 Turns out, all ya gotta do is shake it like a Polaroid picture (for the most part), and this stuff is good to go! Simplicity, I like that.

Great Stuff Spray Foam

Great Stuff Spray Foam

We started by spraying the foam in the area’s previously noted that were looking a little light on the insulation. The instructions stated that you should only spray until the area was 50% full, after that the foam expands and fills up the rest of the space. When we first started, a bit of extra foam came around the edges, but we just scrapped that off after. Better to have extra insulation, than not enough, right?

Spray Foam Installation

Spray Foam Installation

After you get it in there, the entire space should fill up with the foam. You may need to go back and squirt some more if there are gaps after your first pass through. After some touching up, our gaps were looking like this. If there is extra, just go back through and scrap off the excess.

Spray Foam Installation

Spray Foam Installation

Feels really good to know that our walls are super insulated now! I can’t wait to do this in every room we are able, to make sure that the house is as comfortable, and efficient, as possible. I’m a total geek, cause I love this stuff. 😉

This post was part of the William Morris project at Pancakes and French Fries. 

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A Banjo, Some Tacos and a Margarita

27 Feb

Jay and I, we are really bad at the date night concept. Like I can count official date nights on one hand, and we’ve been together like two hands. So we are pretty pitiful when it comes to the official date night. That’s not to say we don’t go out with our buddies and all that jazz, but the whole, let’s do something that WE want to do, with just the TWO of us. It’s as rare as …. no good analogy here … it’s just rare.

So when we were listening to some music downstairs a few weeks back, from a band we had never really listened too, but loved the minute we heard them – and I saw they were coming to play in OUR town a few weeks later – I did something crazy spontaneous and went and bought two tickets for us to go! Ca-razy town!! And I gotta tell you, I’m so, so glad I did.

We went to see the Avett Brothers at Hill Auditorium here in Ann Arbor. Started our night out with some $3 Margarita’s and $1 tacos! Yeah babby!!! Biiiiggg spenders here! We even got free chips! 😉 Needless to say, I think we started the night out right. Love Sabor Latino’s Taco Tuesday. So delicious and did I mention the tacos are $1?? Arrribbbaa!

Sabor Latino Taco Tuesday

Sabor Latino Taco Tuesday

We decided to even get dessert. We ordered fried ice cream, and I gotta tell ya, it sounded better on paper. It was like a chunk of vanilla ice cream coated in fried corn flakes! he he 🙂 I was hoping for some fried coconuts a la’ Outback steakhouse, no dice. Can’t win em all.

Mexican Fried Ice Cream

Fried Ice Cream

After finishing up at Sabor Latino, we walked on over to Hill Auditorium where the concert was being held. Here we are, freezing our tuckus off in line. We thought the concert started at 8:30, but the doors actually opened at 8:30. Did I mention we don’t get out much?

Avett Brothers Concert

Avett Brothers Concert

There was so much energy in the auditorium by the time we got there. We were up in the Mezzanine, so our view of the stage was a bit limited, but once the concert got started everyone got up on their feet – so I wasn’t the only one with a hard time seeing after that. Even though the seats were on an incline, it really wasn’t enough to compensate for the taller people up front. I think next time, I would try to get a seat in the front of the Mezzanine, cause then you still get the less expensive tickets, but you have a pretty darn good view of the stage as well. Lesson learned.

Avett Brothers Hill Auditorium

Avett Brothers Hill Auditorium

Plus, at the end of the night on our walk home – I found these cool doors just chilling in a free pile in our neighbors yard. Not sure what I’m going to do with them, but I think they are tres chic 😉 They smell kinda funny after being left outside, so not sure if we are going to land up keeping them (if we can’t get rid of the smell), but they gave me some serious inspiration for some storage in the basement. Perhaps we will tackle that sometime this spring.

Shaker style cabinet door

Shaker-Cabinet-Doors

Seriously though, check out the Avett Brothers! They are a bluegrass/folk band and I pretty much adore them.

One Tile at a Time

26 Feb

The good news, this tile was monumentally easier to rip off than the last house. The bad news, it still takes a decent chunk of time! 🙂 Here is the bathroom in all it’s lime green and square tile glory. I think the waterpik finishes off the look, right!?

How to remove bathroom tile

Bathroom Tile Before

One thing we learned the hard way the first time around – protect your tub when removing tile! We had a really nice cast iron tub in our first house that we pretty much ruined during the demo process. Cry. No actually, pretty sure I cried. We were able to find an apoxy product to recover it after, but it was never quite right again. This tub is fiber glass, but we definitely want to avoid any scratches from getting on the surface of this guy. We had some moving blankets left from our first place, and we just used some tape to make sure the blanket was sufficiently covering all the surface area we wanted to protect. Here is Jay, covering the tub with the blanket.

How to protect your tub with tile removal

Protecting the Tub During Reno

But then, Jay came up with an even better idea! He’s been reading these handyman magazines, and one of them said to cover the tub area in plywood. A la the picture below. This option was super great since it not only protected the tub, but gave us a surface to stand on while we removed the tile as well.

How to protect a tub during tile removal

Protecting Tub with Plywood

Here are all the tools we used to remove the tiles in the bathroom. Funny story, on the first house, we used a metal hammer instead of a rubber mallet. I think we still have hearing loss from it! Jay went to work the next day and was lamenting to his friends about it, and they are all like – dude – use a rubber mallet. he he. So note to anyone out there, use a rubber mallet. Metal on metal = bad.

How to remove tile

Tools to Remove Tile

We were pretty happy to find that the first tile just kinda popped off! I can’t even express how awful this demo process was in the first house. We had like 6″ of lathe behind 1940’s tile and there was so. much. dust. This little guy just hopped right off into Jay’s hands with a bit of chiseling. As we went further into the tile, it got progressively more difficult to convince them to come off, but still, mega easy compared with the first place. It’s all relative, right? 🙂

Removing tile from bathroom

First Tile!

Look how happy Jay looks with that first (intact!) tile. So we were just chugging along, chiseling these babies off. And the THIS happened. Three times. Yeah – that’s a big piece of tile. Victory is ours!

Bathroom Tile Removal

Bathroom Tile Removal

Of course, we eventually had a visitor come to check in on the progress. He’s like – don’t look now guys – but there is a big hole in the wall… Couldn’t get that bugger to look at the camera for the life of me – he was so fascinated with the new hole. he he. Makes me chuckle.

Malcolm the Cat

Bathroom Renovation Helper

Here is what the bathroom was looking like sans tile. Very messy – but it looks like progress! 🙂

Tile removal bathroom

Bathroom Sans Tile

A Horse of a Different Color

25 Feb

Unless you like your horse’s Pepto Bismol Pink, that is. With a faux finish, might I add. Now that the new storage has made the closet more functional, it was time to spruce this baby up and take it to the next level. It’s not good when your closet induces rage every time you open it up – grabbing your clothes in the early morning should set you off on the right foot for the day, and the pink party in there was just a little to much for plain jane me. Here it is in all it’s post paint glory.

Pink Closet Before

Faux Finish Closet

I mean just look at this trim. First, it’s magenta, which is like really bad, and then, it’s totally not painted to the edge. Not cool, not cool. Yeah, it’s a closet, I get it, but seriously this thing was ug-ly. My mission was to bring some cheer and organization to this hopeless space.

Trim Before

Trim Close Up

First, I raided our downstairs stash of paint samples and found one that was sufficiently neutral, and sufficiently full enough to cover the like 20 sq feet in the closet. I found a winner with our basement color (Behr Truffle White) and started slapping that good ole’ paint up. I was so giddy at the prospect of progress that I failed to snap a picture of the white trim getting all purty. As you can see, white > pink, no?

I found that using Frog tape works very well for making sure the floor looks nice and spiffy, and along the top section of trim I’m able to just carefully paint it. I do think that the darker the color, the harder this step is, so there are times I put painters top on the top edge as well, but this is the closet, and I was happy enough with how it looked so I just powered through to get er done.

Paint Triming

Triming Out The Closet

Here it is, looking a bit better. Definitely no longer rage inducing.

Organized storage closet, Painted closet

Closet Organization | Progress

The storage Jay built is already looking much improved with some new paint, and NO MORE pink! I decided to put all my dresses along this side wall as well, since I don’t wear these daily, they can be a bit out of reach.

Closet organization, closet storage

Closet Organization | Progress

Now that we made some extra room in the closet, I decided to add in my hamper, so it was not cluttering up our cramped Master bedroom. Plus, it encourages me to actually put my clothes in the hamper, since I see it every time I open the door for my clothes. 😉

Hamper in closet, organization

Closet Organization | Progress

And just look how much better the trim looks. Yummy white trim. Simply delectable. Love me some Benjamin Moore Simply White. Ben’s in the HOUSE.

Benjamin Moore Simply White

Benjamin Moore Simply White

So for now – this closet is checked. off. the. list. Plus, added bonus, it costed zero dollars. Used paint we had in the house, and scrap wood for the storage. Holla!!

This post is part of the William Morris Project at Pancakes and French Fries.

The Problem with Old Houses, Is….

22 Feb

Were people like midgets in the 1940’s? Or did they just want to be able to use the bathroom (a la the toilet) wash their hands AND take a bath at the very same time, maybe that is what they were going for – efficiency! I’m all about if it was an efficiency seeking measure, but really, our bathroom is like super duper small. Like 35 sq feet small. Like, how am I supposed to even be able to optimize this with storage, it’s so small.

Although I really want to put in a nice vanity with lots of storage under it, I’m concerned about space in here. I don’t know if a pedestal sink is the way to go, since that will limit storage, but it will create more flow in the room … atleast I think it will. Here is what the bathroom looks like right now. It’s got absolutely NO storage. Not a lick. It gets so cluttered, so quickly. Very frustrating.

Trim Before Painting

Wood Trim

I like the look of the pedestal sink below, and it’s small enough to meet the dimensions for the space. My concern however is that it does absolutely nothing to help with the storage situation, which quite frankly is dire. Also – I worry about aesthetics with a cabinet right next to the pedestal. With two counters essentially, I’m thinking it might be tricky to get this to look intentional and good.

PLUS, we only have like a foot to work with right next to the door, so we either need to build a cabinet to fit the space, or modify an existing one by chopping off the back.We have a really nice ReStore close by (with salvaged house parts), so its possible we could find something there, so I have not ruled this out as a possibility, just not really crazy about it, either. Fail. Starting to get frustrated.

White Pedestal Sink

White Pedestal Sink

Initially, I wanted to do something like the picture below, with a storage vanity flanking the tub to the side, but then I started to get concerned about the available space in here. Notably, I’m worried about how the sink area would interfere with the tub, and if it would just stick out too much aesthetically, and functionally. Since we are planning on using this room predominately as a tub (vs. a shower space), I also like the storage idea behind the tub.

Marble Bathroom Inspiration

Bathroom Inspiration

Or, if we did a pedestal sink, maybe something like this? Still doesn’t help with toiletry storage though. Pretty much have to get that basket though. LURRRVE it.

Small Bathroom Inspiration

Small Bathroom Inspiration

Any ideas out there? Working with a small bathroom space, or conquered one already? Help me out brotha! I’m scratching my head on this one! I need storage, and aesthetics, it’s an uphill climb my friend. For reference, here is a rough sketch of the space.

Closet Confession

21 Feb

My closet, oh my closet. If there is one thing I miss about our old house, it is our much larger, much more functional closet space. I know that I can work with the one I’ve got, but it’s been really tricky so far, and overall, this thing has been on overflow mode since we moved in. It’s been looking like this, cringe.

Closet Before Organization

Closet Before

Jay, was smart enough to demand a dresser for his extra duds. Once I realized how dire our closet situation was in this new house, I quickly gave him the boot to the guest room, and I’ve been using the closet in the Master for all of my clothes. Since the Master is so small, there really isn’t room for a dresser in there, so I’ve been resorting to only using the closet. Every time I pass the guest room I have pangs of envy when I see that big dresser just sitting there chalk full of his swag.

First I tried putting the tupperware guy above in the closet, after purging a solid amount of my clothes, I found that this solution worked ok, BUT I knew that the space could be optimized even more with some minor shelving modifications. So with desperation in my voice, I went to recruit the hubby, and low and behold, he had the PERFECT fix. I knew I kept him around for a good reason!

First, we grabbed some wood from our scrap pile. Lucky for us, the FIRST piece (the dark brown one) was just the right dimension in width, so we were able to us that as a template. And THEN low and behold, the larger piece we had was also the correct dimensions, so we didn’t have to do any cutting. Huzza! I’m taking that as a sign from the closet gods that mission organization is divinely ordained.

Closet Scrap Wood

Closet Scrap Wood

See how perfect that piece fits in there! I was impressed, and Jay was relieved, so it made for two very happy campers.

DIY closet storage

Closet Storage

Now that this chunka chunka burning wood was installed, we just needed to slap some white primer on it to get it ready for the final coat of Benjamin Moore Simply White, which is the paint color we have for all our trim. Since this shelf will have a decent amount of basket moving on it, we did a light sanding prior to help the paint stick a bit better. Plus, adding the coat of primer should help that effort a bit as well.

Priming wood shelf

Painted wood Shelf

Here it is after I grabbed some baskets to store the clothes in. I’m trying to put my t-shirts, sweatshirts and pj’s in these bins. So far, they have been pretty accessible and SO much better than that huge tupperware tote that was just chilling in the middle of the closet before, and preventing me from properly accessing all of the other areas of this closet.

Closet storage shelf, with basket, DIY closet shelf

Closet Storage Shelf

Next up – time to ditch the pepto-bismol pink sponge effect and paint this sucker!

This post was a part of the William Morris project over at Pancakes and French Fries. Check out all her awesome posts here!

Polish and Shine

20 Feb

How bout a round of applause. Yeah, standing ovation. I may or may not be quoting Rihanna. 😉 I gotta give Jay some classy golf-style applause cause that son of a gun went and surprised me with some stellar domestic capabilities. Darn right I grabbed my camera, because this little fix was so dang easy – and SO necessary (at least in our house), and I thought a few more people out there in the ether might have the same thing going on. Our wine glass, all our glasses actually, were like EMBARRASSINGLY grungy looking! I know it’s probably the fact that we buy cheap dishwasher detergent, but the residue on all of our glass items has been whack lately.

Low and behold, there is a super easy trick to make your glass wear look like $1 million dollars – say that like the guy from slum dog millionaire,  its much more fun. All you need is an SOS pad. No, really. And your glasses will look like this. Huzza!

How to clean a wine glass

Clean Wine Glass

Since SOS pads have a bit of soap already on them, all you need is some warm water, and to gently rub the pad against the side of the glass. Each glass takes like 30 seconds, and then you got a glass that looks super classy and ready for some entertaining. 🙂 An SOS pad is just a piece of steel wool with some soap on it, so I am pretty darn certain that some cheapo steel wool and a wee bit of dish soap would get you the same results. I was concerned that the steel wool would scratch the glasses, but it didn’t at all. Just FYI.

How to clean a wine glass

SOS Pad

The wine glasses before were incredibly cloudy and just not looking on top of their game. After seeing how great the first one looked, we grabbed all the glasses in the house and got to scrubbing!

How to Clean Wine Glasses

How to Clean Wine Glasses

It took quite a while for our glasses to get to looking this grungy. I feel like it’s a boiling frog analogy, but we caught em right before they died. Or something like that. We didn’t really notice until recently how BAD they looked, but I’m sure the issue had been building for quite some time, since we got these for our wedding almost 4-years ago. Now check out that before and after! Not too shabby, eh?

How to Clean a Wine Glass

Wine Glass Before and After

Trrriiiimmmmbeeerrrr

19 Feb

Yep, the bathroom trim is getting chopped. Actually, just the old trim is getting the boot. It’ll be back with a whole new look after we get the floors installed 🙂 Here is a lovely shot of the trim before painting. MMMMM very 80’s, no? I’m a firm believer that trim should be white. Never came across a chunk of crisp white trim that I didn’t like 🙂 I’m hoping this room can go from geek to chic with the addition of our marble floors and subway tile. EEE, so excited!

Trim Before Painting

Wood Trim

Since we wanted to keep this trim, and just paint it white to match the new look, we had to be VERY careful when removing it. So it wasn’t your typical take a sledge hammer to it demo. I want to be your …. Sledge Hammer. Bet you’ll have that in your head all day now.

Careful Trim Removal

Careful Trim Removal

Here is Jay, carefully removing each piece with a chisel and a mallet. Luckily, since the trim had not been painted over, it was pretty easy to pop off. He just worked across each piece to loosen it up, and once he started to get some leverage, he would pull a bit to see if it would come off. Each piece really only took 2-3 minutes, and through working in small sections we were able to make sure that the trim didn’t split or snap when we were taking it off the wall.

Around the door, we noticed that there were a lot of nails that needed to get pulled out of the trim and the wall after we removed each piece. Since this bathroom is so dang tiny, we wanted to make sure we got out all the nails since you could easily snag the side of one while working and that is never pleasant. Plus, I’m kind of a safety nut and I prefer to be tetanus free, ya know what I mean? And the curious orange tabby likes to mess around with stuff like that, so off they came. You can see there was a pretty considerable gap between the door and the wall, so the trim was definitely doing it’s job. 🙂

Removing nails from trim

Removing Nails From Trim

As we started to take off the trim, we did notice that the piece that was right behind the sink had gotten a bit moldy, which is always kinda gross. We will have to take some extra precautions when we reinstall the trim to make sure the this mold issue doesn’t persist. As you can see with this trim piece, there are also a lot of nails that were sticking out of the trim as well, so that was something we had to take care of before we put these pieces in storage.

Moldy Bathroom Trim

Moldy Bathroom Trim

When your trying to salvage as much as possible, demo does take a bit longer, but it sure feels nice to have less stuff on the shopping list.

Sprucing the Doors – Round Dos

18 Feb

So a bit of a confession. The FRONTS of our doors are looking mighty swanky these days, but the backs on em’. Emmmm, let’s just say I lost my steam a bit and didn’t finish all of them. The downstairs linen closet door, for instance, is one of those offending parties. It’s all business up front, and all party in the back. But like a bad frat party, with Solo Cups everywhere and a sticky floor. Yeah – you know what type of party I’m talking about…

So, I got my mind to painting that sucker. Right now it’s got really good storage on it BUT the storage is ugly and I don’t like it. So being the infinitely practical person I am (snicker) I decided to sell that thing on craigslist and go au natural. Plus, this closet is like 4 feet deep, so as long as we continue to use the baskets in there, I think this space will still stay nice and organized. In fact, even though the storage on the front did technically add more organization, it also made the closet feel really cluttered to me, cause every time you opened the door there was stuff right in your face. Here it is in all it’s glory with the storage rack, and sans paint.

How to paint doors

Linen Closet Door

We had some Kilz Primer laying around the house, so I thought I would put that on for the base coat. The wood paneling in the middle was especially hard to cover sufficiently with paint the first time around, so might as well bust out the primer to see if it helps, right?

How to paint wood doors

Painting the Linen Closet

Had Jay snag a picture of me working round these parts, so you didn’t think we was the only worker bee. he he 😉 I’ve got to admit, I am super happy with how well the primer covered. That middle section was pretty dark, so to have it completely covered in two coats felt pretty good.  Two coats later, (one coat of primer, and a coat of paint in Benjamin Moore Simply White) and the doors is looking like this! A bit of a confession, I totally had to spruce the closet a wee bit before snapping the after photo. It had gained a bit of clutter since my closet over haul a few weeks back. Overall – much better!

How to paint wood doors

Linen Closet Door | After

Ah, now that puts a smile on my face! One project down, 2 million to go!

Wagon Wheel

14 Feb

Dreaming is what I do. The present, I’m not so good at, but conjuring up a perfect future and reminiscing about the past, THAT I can do. Quite well, actually. I had a dream once, it’s still a dream that still lives in my heart. Actually, I do believe that a true dream never does leave your heart. It might change and evolve (in ways you never expected), but it stays with you.

Right before Jay and I got married, I lived and worked in North Carolina. Being the perpetually forward thinking, future scheming, girl that I am, when I found out Jay would be applying to a graduate school down in the land of the pines (NC), I thought I would proactively get a job down there, start things off for us. Jay didn’t get into that graduate program, and we never moved. But we dreamed about it. We carried that dream so high in our hearts, both of us did, this shared notion of a perfect tomorrow that we would start together. That time in our life, right before we got married, was filled with so much hope and promise that looking back, I feel so nostalgic when I think about how blissful we were about a future that never came to be.

North Carolina Trip

North Carolina

Sure, we got married, lived happily ever after. But we quickly learned that with all of life’s transitions, come some bittersweet realities. Jay not getting into that graduate program was actually a BIG deal for us. It was proof that I couldn’t plan away every detail of my (our) life. That sometimes, even though you try so damn hard, and want something so damn bad, it doesn’t work out. There was a song that Jay sent to me, after he found out he didn’t get into grad school, but we were still holding onto the dream of North Carolina (like our last hope) that makes me tear up every time I hear it. The song was sent to me like a promise, like we can still make this happen, Mary. Our dream is not dead. It meant so much to me at the time (still does) because it represented the future I knew we would make together, and the future we thought would revolve around this location that we had created as some type of mythical Eden.

After he sent me the song, I came up to Michigan a few days later for a short visit (while still living in NC), and we went with a close friend to a bar we used to hang out at when we were in school. The song – came on the radio. To us, it was this random folk song that no one else could possibly know about. We just looked at each other with huge smiles on our face with a tear in both our eyes, because we knew, no doubt about it, that the song was playing just for us. Years later I hear this song all the time blasting from frat houses in the summer, and I’m sure that the song was gaining popularity even then, so it’s probably no coincidence it was playing, just a top 40 song. But to us, the moment was magical and it absolutely meant the world. So when I saw this print on etsy, I gasped. Literally. And then I pulled out my credit card and bought it.

Etsy Print, Rock Me Mama Like a Wagon Wheel

Etsy Print

Jay was really forever changed by that rejection (it was the only program he applied to), and it startled me to see my confident and carefree husband be so bristled by an achievement that slipped through the cracks. I’m never one to let a rejection get me down long – sure it hurts – but I quickly find a new dream to hold onto. I guess that’s the advantage for us head in the clouds, looking to tomorrow folks, there is always a new dream to capture. But Jay, Jay is softer and I swear, sometimes I still see the shadow on him of this missed opportunity for an alternate reality. I think he knew in his heart, that he was carrying a dream for both of us with that grad school application. I think he knew that the rejection, actually felt like a rejection to a deep and very powerful hope that we both carried. A dream for our future. Here is the picture, a smaller version, in our new art collage. Every time I look at it, I smile.

Hallway Art Collage, DIY Collage

Hallway Art Collage

So on this Valentine’s Day, I’d like to give an offering to my sensitive, loving and capable husband. And to let you know, I’ll always keep the dream in my heart – perhaps one day, we’ll make it a reality. For now, let’s always try to remember that it’s in our hearts and that we can live that dream, in Ann Arbor, MI, or Raleigh, NC.

Wagon Wheel 

Headed down south to the land of the pines
And I’m thumbin’ my way into North Caroline
Starin’ up the road
Pray to God I see headlights

I made it down the coast in seventeen hours
Pickin’ me a bouquet of dogwood flowers
And I’m a hopin’ for Raleigh
I can see my baby tonight

So rock me mama like a wagon wheel
Rock me mama anyway you feel
Hey mama rock me
Rock me mama like the wind and the rain
Rock me mama like a south-bound train
Hey mama rock me

Runnin’ from the cold up in New England
I was born to be a fiddler in an old-time stringband
My baby plays the guitar
I pick a banjo now

Oh, the North country winters keep a gettin’ me now
Lost my money playin’ poker so I had to up and leave
But I ain’t a turnin’ back
To livin’ that old life no more

So rock me mama like a wagon wheel
Rock me mama anyway you feel
Hey mama rock me
Rock me mama like the wind and the rain
Rock me mama like a south-bound train
Hey mama rock me

Walkin’ to the south out of Roanoke
I caught a trucker out of Philly
Had a nice long toke
But he’s a headed west from the Cumberland Gap
To Johnson City, Tennessee

And I gotta get a move on before the sun
I hear my baby callin’ my name
And I know that she’s the only one
And if I die in Raleigh
At least I will die free

So rock me mama like a wagon wheel
Rock me mama anyway you feel
Hey mama rock me
Rock me mama like the wind and the rain
Rock me mama like a south-bound train
Hey mama rock me

– Old Crow Medicine Show