New Year, New Goals

Hey guys! I haven’t blogged in almost 2 years. That’s a shame. I remember when I started my old blog in 2008, I was blogging at least a few times a month. I guess my life felt more interesting back then?! One of my 2018 goals is to start blogging on a regular basis again!

So, a whole 17 months have passed since I moved into my Retro Ranch. My family and I worked for weeks on end to update this old place — painting, ripping up carpets, attempting to peel 50 year old carpet padding off the wood floors, updating electrical sockets, etc etc. I moved in all of my possessions. I got settled. I was adopted by a mama cat and her six 4-week old kittens who promptly took over my lovely detached office space.

Last year I met a great man. We fell in love. He moved in last summer. I’m now a part-time step-mama to 3 kids who live here full-time during the summer, and we do the every-other-weekend thing the rest of the year. My backyard is full of toys and a swing set, and my laundry never ends these days. Life has been busy, as you can see.

We have great plans for 2018. We’re daydreaming now about putting in a garden, building playhouses for the girls, landscaping the front yard. We want to fix up the covered patio out back and put a firepit in the backyard. I still want to install a big sturdy clothesline somewhere, but I’ll have to put it inside a fence because my 2 pups will otherwise destroy any clothing I put on it!!

Speaking of pups, my beloved Scarlett passed in December of 2016. She was 16 and it was time. In January of last year, I adopted a new pup, Miss Millie, from the animal shelter. My roadside pup, Macy, really needed a new companion, and while she loved the kitties, she needed a doggy. So, Millie became our new girl. She was a 4 month old smooth collie mix and was the perfect fit for Macy. She and Macy quickly became bestest sisters. Now Millie is over 70 pounds, and poor little Macy is still a wee pup at 22 pounds. They love each other, and Millie was the perfect addition to our family!

So, that’s a quick update of what’s been happening here at the Retro Ranch. It’s been busy, tiring, exciting, and a whole lot of fun. I’m looking forward to a new year full of possibilities and experiences. What are your goals for 2018?


Dining Room Do-over

Dead Muppets

Happy Monday, friends. So, we closed on the house on Friday and immediately began to clean and prep for weeks of updating. One of the first rooms we’ve tackled was this room. It was maybe a formal living room in its past life, but it’s going to be my dining room. Check out this original ‘Wild Cherry’ shag carpet. I nicknamed it the Dead Muppet carpet though, because that’s what it looks like. Horrendous red and pink acrylic feeling carpet, backed in jute, and on padding that had been down so long, it was practically melted to the floor. 


Pink Walls?!?

Yes! Pink walls! I picked out tons of paint chips and went back and forth on whether or not the pink walls would be too overwhelming but finally decided on this particular pink which isn’t too Pepto Bismal and not too Young Infant Nursery Room but a nice soft pink which I believe will look great against the wood floors.


It took 2 coats of Valspar Premium Paint and Primer to cover white walls. We chose the eggshell finish, and used a low nap roller. The color of these walls is called Baby Blush, so maybe it is Young Infant Nursery Room pink. Haha


Original Wood Floors

We were told by the listing agent that there were hardwoods under the carpet throughout the house but the condition was unknown. After the paint dried, we were anxious to rip out the Dead Muppet carpet and see what the floors looked like. The carpet was so old, it was pretty much dry rotted, and it came out easily. The padding was equally dry rotted, and it crumbled when we tried to remove it. Thankfully, it wasn’t glued down and with minimal effort, the remaining pieces came up easily. What’s left was just residual and easily came up with a good scrubbing of Murphy’s Oil Soap.  Unfortunately, the padding left stains so at some point I’ll need to have the floors refinished, but with 3 kids and 2 dogs, I am not in a hurry to fork out the cash to refinish floors just yet.