PICTURE POST: CLARA AND RILEY GO EXPLORING

Riley: “Hey, I see some stuff up here! Now, where can I jump up on this shelf?” As soon as Riley and Clara moved to the new house, they were trapped in the basement for about half the day, letting them know this was their sanctuary and where their litterboxes are.

The basement didn’t seem to excite the cats because not much stuff was in it other than their litterboxes and a huge shelf where I plan to store my craft stuff. After exploring the basement, they both settled down on the second shelf behind some canvas totes we had moved there for temporary storage.

Finally out of the basement! Riley makes himself comfortable on a stair leading to the second floor. The little troublemaker has discovered how to open the kitchen pantry doors and pull out two roller drawers (one in the kitchen and one in the upstairs bathroom).

Riley won’t be laying on the cubicle in the living room for long once Charlie and I move the big TV there. The cats weren’t enthusiastic about being trapped in the basement for a few hours while the moving guys hauled the big furniture into the house, but I hope the familiar furniture will help them settle in.

Yeah, I know Riley is the subject of most the photos in this post, but he’s the troublemaker. He’s the brave explorer. Clara prefers to lay low underneath the night stands in the master bedroom, but every now and then, she’ll wander around the house. I’m not completely sold on the gumball machine’s placement in the middle of a cubicle bookcase and the white stand thingy (which I plan to paint brown at some point).

NEW HOUSE PROJECT: THESE FOUR WALLS

Our first house! Woot!

I had no idea a few coats of paint can make a room or kitchen a hundred times better. During the first few house visits, I definitely knew the kitchen and one bedroom needed new colors. Mustard yellow may look appealing and nice to some homeowners, but the color doesn’t belong in my kitchen. I didn’t want to analyze every single color available so I simply dialed back the dark yellow to a bright pale yellow. Beautiful! The lighter color definitely brightens up the kitchen, and I am just amazed how a couple of cans of paint can transform a room.

Sorry for the somewhat blurry photo. Charlie and I picked out two shades of yellow and bought sample paint (best investment ever) to try on the kitchen wall.

After the closing and wandering around a bit more, I didn’t like the paint job in the other guest bedroom and the master bedroom. The majority of the second room was painted white, which I remembered and was fine with for the most part, but I didn’t remember the odd uneven dark colored trim at the top. One, I couldn’t really identify the color? A dark tan but not quite brown color? I wouldn’t have minded the trim except that it didn’t line up with the door and window frames in the room. The room just looked off somehow, and I decided a new coat of paint was needed.

Charlie spackling some holes in the guest bedroom. Love the muddy brown color? Me neither.

My paint project got bigger when I took a closer look at the master bedroom. Two walls were painted a nice pale blue, but the other two walls were white. I understand the use of an accent wall (watched even HGTV shows to be an expert), but two walls were painted blue. Knowing the color scheme was going to bother me, the master bedroom was added to the paint project. I will be forever grateful to Charlie’s parents for visiting for a few days and helping us paint rooms, fix minor stuff, build some other stuff, and move some boxes and big stuff.

Beautiful! Ozone is a gray blue color that I thought would be perfect to paint all three bedrooms.

Charlie and I have been mad busy since officially buying the house with touching up some paint, finding more things to fix, buying new fixtures, worrying about the cats’ transition, and moving the big furniture. We’re tired but happy, and the place is coming together nicely now that the big furniture has been moved in. The cats are adjusting to the move, and I suspect they will be happier with more space to run and more places to hide.

WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!

Charlie and I finally found a house! I have all the paperwork in a pretty binder so if I don’t like it after 90 days I can return it for a full refund, right? We have been homeowners for a full week, and a kitchen and three bedrooms have received a new coat of paint (mustard yellow and dirty brown don’t belong in my home). Between house hunting, vacation planning, and other errands and life situations, I have been crazy busy (and tired), but I hope to get back to blogging soon!

BEATRICE UPDATE: SO FAR SO GOOD

Beatrice is looking OK, right? I have her sitting right outside the front door, which means she gets more shade than sun. Sometimes I move her to the yard, praying the maintenance guys don’t need to mow the lawn that day.

I’m patiently waiting for the rest of the buds to bloom more beautiful colors. Maybe Beatrice needs more sun and less shade … hmmmmm. I may worry about her, but seeing her when I come home makes me smile.