Friday, June 28, 2013

Christmas in July!

It is with a heavy heart that I part with my animated Mr.& Mrs. Claus animated figures.  Sadly, we just don't have the storage space for them, and they have not been used in a few years. Plus, Moob, being the scaredy cat that he is, gets a little freaked out when they are animated. I hate having to let them go, but I'm of the mindset that if I'm not using it, it has to go!

For some reason Ed really hates these and would make fun of me for having them out when I decorated for the holidays back at my old apartment....yes I would go a little overboard with the holiday decorating, and yes it looked like Christmas threw up in there, but I loved it!

So, as of today, these babies are going up on Craigslist.  I'll miss them!  *sniff*

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Weekend in Brigantine, NJ

Over the weekend, Ed and I were "cat sitting" for Ed's Aunt who lives in Brigantine, NJ.  Sadly, her home was initially ruined after hurricane Sandy and the damage was so bad that they had to replace the floors entirely, as well as half of the walls.  Driving around Brigantine, there are still many homes that are being worked on, and some that are just for sale (apparently the damage was so bad that the owners' decided to just sell the damaged house and property for someone else to either tear down and start over or fix up themselves.

I'm happy to report that renovations are complete and they are back in their home, including their cat Mindy, who we were babysitting.  Now their home is more beautiful than ever with new wood floors and tile floors in the kitchen and bathroom.  We had a great time in Brigantine, couldn't ask for nicer weather!


 Master bedroom


 Family room

 Family room


Guest bedroom 

 Family room

 Dining area

Front porch

Dining area

Mindy looking out the window

Guest bedroom

Living room (sorry all our crap is on the sofa!)

Closeup of fake flowers in the family room

 My capture of the "BIG" Moon early Saturday evening....looked so much bigger and better in person.  Also, it looked more orange that it appears in this photo and some of the detail of the moon didn't come across....*sigh*

Saw this cute little sleeping puppy underneath a table at Mad Dog Morgan's in Brigantine...a great place to get breakfast on the island!

Mmmmmm egg white omelette with spinach and onions!  Yum!

Hope everyone else had an awesome weekend!

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Recently, we replaced all our old air conditioners in our condo with new energy efficient models.  The old ones were so old, I think they dated back to the Eisenhower administration!  When you ran them, you couldn't turn on any other appliance for fear of blowing a fuse!  So if you wanted to watch TV, you had to make sure you turned off the air conditioner....won't be missing that!

New quieter air conditioner! 

After replacing all four ancient air conditioners, we did a little re-arranging of some furniture in the house.  We had to move the bookcase in the office out to the living room, because it was blocking the airflow, guess we were not used to having a working air conditioner in that room.  

Ed added the colorful stool next to the shelving and I think it looks great!

After moving out the bookcase, we also removed the small corner shelf and replaced it with this big credenza    where we keep our printer and a lamp now.  At least this little corner is looking good....just need to work on the rest of the room, which looks like a computer exploded in there!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Invasion of the U.S. Open!

This week my train commute to work has been incredibly annoying!  Mainly because the U.S. Open is in  town, and the area has been flooded by a sea of guys in khaki shorts, sneakers, polo shirts and caps....Which apparently appears to be the official uniform of  golfing fans. Even the women (of which there are very few) wear the same uniform!  Although the tournament didn't officially start until the 12th, fans have been decending upon the area since last week causing loads of traffic headaches for those of us who live here.

Look at all those khaki shorts and polo shirts!

This morning I was a little late getting into work (GRRR) because I had to wait for all the U.S. Open fans to exit the train....which seemed more like a clown car because I had to wait for over 5 minutes for everyone to get off before I could get on!   My train station is the hub where all the fans get off to take shuttle buses to the U.S. Open YAY!  Please note that my YAY! was sarcasm....because its not always that apparent when you are typing.  

Even rain did not deter these fans!

We had some rain yesterday and some nasty thunderstorms, but that didn't stop the fans!  But from what I hear, tickets are very expensive and if you do have tickets for that day, you had better go!

Everyone in my condo building has been complaining about all the people who have descended upon our normally quiet little suburban town.  One guy ranted that he had to wait in traffic, then wait in line at the store, and eventually had to wait an eternity for an elevator (Although the latter is not U.S. Open related, since our building is in the process replacing our elevators so there is only one working elevator in the lobby).  Needless to say, he is frustrated, as am I.  I'm definitely living in the wrong area of the country because I hate traffic and crowds!  

Monday, June 10, 2013

Home Alone

Ed has been out of town for a week, and what do I do when he's away?  I clean!  Yes, I'm incredibly lame and yes I  spent my entire saturday sweeping floors, vacuming, doing laundry, washing dishes, dusting and rearranging furniture, and it was wonderful!  I'm amazed at how much I can accomplish when Ed's not around, but seriously, I still miss him.  The place is looking much cleaner than normal.  The only thing I didn't clean was the ceiling fan.  I absolutely HATE ceiling fans...yes, they circulate air, but they also get so incredibly filthy and are a pain in the butt to clean!  Ours is loaded with dust and cat hair.  I'm almost at the point of wanting to just replace the fan with something I can avoid cleaning it altogether.  Anyway, during and after my cleaning spree, I managed to document my efforts.

Bedroom was probably the easiest room to clean, I changed the sheets, vacuumed and did a little dusting. 

 Living room wasn't too bad either, some rearranging of furniture (yes we have no sofa, unless you count that futon thing in the background a sofa).  But it was pretty easy to clean.  I moved a small area rug in here, since we didn't have any.

 My little corner of the home office.  This room gets HOT!  It is surrounded by windows on two sides so a lot of sunlight comes pouring in...and bringing along heat with it!  Yes, I still have a huge desktop computer...but I live with an IT expert and he is always fixing and upgrading my computer for me, so I'm not complaining.

 My office chair, which I love!

Some corner shelving in the office with my favorite things, vintage pottery and milk glass!

I love my little corner in the office.  Sadly the rest of the room is a mess with computer parts!

 My bathroom shelving with some vintage items. 

 My vintage cabinet which was rescued from the trash many years ago.  When I found it, it was in really rough shape, but with a lot of sanding and some paint, it is as good as new. 

 Love this little soap dish that I picked up in Cape May, NJ. 

Full view of my tiny bathroom.

This is the spare bedroom that serves as a dressing room/music room/kitty bathroom.  When I first moved here, this room was filled with furniture and junk.  I'm amazed that it looks this good a year and a half later! I think I spent more time in this room than any other over the weekend, because it needed the most TLC.  I took this rug out of storage and really spent a good 30-40 minutes vacuuming it, and emptying out the vacuum cannister several times in the process!  I moved out an ugly chair and brought in this cute little orange chair. 

 Decorated the piano with some artwork, plants and my grandparent's clock.  It was a wedding gift to my grandparents back in the 30s.  I've always loved it when I was kid.  After my grandparents passed away, my Mom inherited the clock and eventually gave it to me.  I've cherished it for many years.  I no longer wind it up because once, when I was living in an old victorian mansion that had been converted into apartments, this clock bonged 13 times!!! Yes, both me and my boyfriend were freaked!   That was one of the many freaky things that happened to us while living in that house, in which all the tenants were convinced was haunted!  (I'll have to share all the ghost stories in another post). 

 My jewelry tree is loaded with stuff!

 Some catty items on the dresser.

 This top shelf used to house my 8-track tapes and player, but now they are packed away until I decide what I want to do with them.  It now has a vintage coffee grinder, owl planter, alabaster mushrooms and a vintage fan.

 Cat print above the vintage hamper from the 70s.  Apparently this hamper was Ed's when he was a kid, and he cannot bear to part with it.
 Catty pillows.

Another view of the dresser.   This dresser is part of a set that belonged to my grandparents.  Sadly the mirror for this dresser broke during my move (this is a replacement mirror)...thankfully it wasn't broken by me! 

As afternoon was approaching evening, Moob informed me that he had had enough of my cleaning and it was time to eat!


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Summer is here

Finally, we got some hot weather and were able to enjoy some pool time this past weekend!  Sadly, the Moob is not quite as happy and has been hanging out in the shower stall in one of the bathrooms in order to keep cool.

Please ignore the nasty looking tile in Ed's gets cleaned once a year...maybe!  For some odd reason he doesn't like me cleaning in there.