Utilizing my utility room

Normally I would be completely embarrassed to post the before picture of my utility room. It was a total disaster…our recent basement remodel left tons of junk in the space and it has been a dumping ground for “stuff” since we moved in 3 years ago. We couldn’t hardly get to the furnace to change the air filter! The room itself is pretty big. Maybe 9×12 or so. Room enough to work inside on wood projects or painting or whatever I want I guess. But to appreciate the after pictures, you have to see the before….so here we go!So last weekend I got bored and decided it was time for some spring cleaning. I had to cut a path back to the back room where we keep supplies and paint and stuff. I am fortunate that the owners left this little card catalog type thing on the wall in the utility room. It is absolutely perfect for miscellaneous screws and small tools. They even have a space for a label on the front so you can find all the stuff after it’s been organized.Some of the trays have these neat little sub compartments which are just perfect for different sized wire connectors or nails. The little containers have obviously not been used in years judging from the cobwebs and dust in them. But I had so much fun cleaning and organizing and I’m sooo thankful the previous owners didn’t take it with them!

This nifty little tool board is directly above the work bench in the utility room. Everything was in the room to make it totally functional, it just needed to be organized! There were actually nails already in the board; I added a few but mostly just started throwing tools on the board.

So here is the finished product. It’s nothing to call home about but is SUCH an improvement. My only regret is that I’d done it sooner in the winter so I’d be able to tackle some of my projects before the thaw. It took me two days and about 4 bags of garbage but now I have a completely functional room to use as I please! Perhaps I’m one of the few people who enjoys this kind of satisfaction(except maybe my sister and my mom) but I feel pretty good about how I spent last weekend!

Published in: on March 11, 2011 at 6:01 pm  Comments (1)  

Poor Mr. Tank

UPDATE:

Tank took his first tinsel poop yesterday. He seems to be back to normal. It’s hard to tell with him because he’s just so lazy all the time! He’s been eating his chicken and rice like it’s going out of style and still snuggling like crazy with me. He knows I’m still worried about him. This weekend I’m spending some much needed down time with him and the family. I hope this is the end of having health problems for awhile. I don’t know if mom can handle anymore worrying!

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So I’ve spent the last few days in and out of the vets office, getting x-rays on Mr. Tank’s belly. He got into a foil food container and has been puking up small chunks of it for the last two days. He got an x-ray last night and had a bunch of stuff in his belly but that was probably the bread I fed him after work to see if it would help him pass whatever was left in his stomach. So the vet recommended that I bring him back this morning for another x-ray. She said this morning that it looks like things are moving along although it still looked like he has some in his stomach. She gave him some anti nausea meds and some medicine to coat his belly so it doesn’t cause any more upset. I took the day off work to be with him and make sure he doesn’t throw up anymore. The vet says that if he does, we might have to go into surgery.

Only people who have pets or have had pets in the past can possibly understand the worry that comes with having a sick pet. It’s like having a sick kid that can’t tell you what’s wrong. You love the pet so much and just want to make them feel better and they look at you with those big loving eyes and just want you to feel better. They know when you aren’t feeling well and I think Tank has been telling me the last couple days, “Don’t worry mom, I’m gonna be fine.” He’s been super snuggly with me which makes me worry even more cause I just don’t know what I’d do without him. He was a little miracle that we adopted 3 years after we lost our first dog. I swear that I laughed and smiled more in the first week we had him than I had the previous three years after we lost our Meatball.

So if anyone is bored today, say a little prayer for Mr. Tank. He is my little angel, and I love him more every day. XOXO Tank!

UPDATE:

Tank took his first tinsel poop yesterday. He seems to be back to normal. It’s hard to tell with him because he’s just so lazy all the time! He’s been eating his chicken and rice like it’s going out of style and

Published in: on March 9, 2011 at 10:55 am  Comments (1)  

I’M AN AUNTIE!!!!!

Ok…before everyone gets excited, know that I’m a huge dog lover and my pooches are my kids. So, that being said, I’m a proud aunt of Miss Holly Ann!!! My sister and her husband adopted Holly from the Franklin County animal shelter on Saturday. From what I’ve heard she’s a lot like my Tank…likes naps and that’s about it. Although I hear she’s less gassy! She’s a beagle and she’s six years old. Jenny adopted her last dog, Bailey(also a beagle) when he was about 12 or 13 and lost him a short time later after a battle with cancer. She did everything she could to save that old pooch and after 5 years finally decided to try her hand at dog ownership again. I never got to meet Bailey but I’m hoping I have plenty of years to spoil Ms. Holly. We are all very excited to have a new member in the family!

Ok…before everyone gets excited, know that I’m a huge dog lover and my pooches are my kids. So, that being said, I’m a proud aunt of Miss Holly Ann!!! My sister and her husband adopted Holly from the Franklin County animal shelter on Saturday. From what I’ve heard she’s a lot like my Tank…likes naps and that’s about it. Although I hear she’s less gassy! She’s a beagle and she’s six years old. Jenny adopted her last dog, Bailey(also a beagle) when he was about 12 or thirteen and lost him a short time later after a battle with cancer. She did everything she could to save that old pooch and after 5 years finally decided to try her hand at dog ownership again. I never got to meet Bailey but I’m hoping I have plenty of years to spoil Ms. Holly. We are all very excited to have a new member in the family!Ok…before everyone gets excited, know that I’m a huge dog lover and my pooches are my kids. So, that being said, I’m a proud aunt of Miss Holly Ann!!! My sister and her husband adopted Holly from the Franklin County animal shelter on Saturday. From what I’ve heard she’s a lot like my Tank…likes naps and that’s about it. Although I hear she’s less gassy! She’s a beagle and she’s six years old. Jenny adopted her last dog, Bailey(also a beagle) when he was about 12 or thirteen and lost him a short time later after a battle with cancer. She did everything she could to save that old pooch and after 5 years finally decided to try her hand at dog ownership again. I never got to meet Bailey but I’m hoping I have plenty of years to spoil Ms. Holly. We are all very excited to have a new member in the family!Ok…before everyone gets excited, know that I’m a huge dog lover and my pooches are my kids. So, that being said, I’m a proud aunt of Miss Holly Ann!!! My sister and her husband adopted Holly from the Franklin County animal shelter on Saturday. From what I’ve heard she’s a lot like my Tank…likes naps and that’s about it. Although I hear she’s less gassy! She’s a beagle and she’s six years old. Jenny adopted her last dog, Bailey(also a beagle) when he was about 12 or thirteen and lost him a short time later after a battle with cancer. She did everything she could to save that old pooch and after 5 years finally decided to try her hand at dog ownership again. I never got to meet Bailey but I’m hoping I have plenty of years to spoil Ms. Holly. We are all very excited to have a new member in the family!Ok…before everyone gets excited, know that I’m a huge dog lover and my pooches are my kids. So, that being said, I’m a proud aunt of Miss Holly Ann!!! My sister and her husband adopted Holly from the Franklin County animal shelter on Saturday. From what I’ve heard she’s a lot like my Tank…likes naps and that’s about it. Although I hear she’s less gassy! She’s a beagle and she’s six years old. Jenny adopted her last dog, Bailey(also a beagle) when he was about 12 or thirteen and lost him a short time later after a battle with cancer. She did everything she could to save that old pooch and after 5 years finally decided to try her hand at dog ownership again. I never got to meet Bailey but I’m hoping I have plenty of years to spoil Ms. Holly. We are all very excited to have a new member in the family!Ok…before everyone gets excited, know that I’m a huge dog lover and my pooches are my kids. So, that being said, I’m a proud aunt of Miss Holly Ann!!! My sister and her husband adopted Holly from the Franklin County animal shelter on Saturday. From what I’ve heard she’s a lot like my Tank…likes naps and that’s about it. Although I hear she’s less gassy! She’s a beagle and she’s six years old. Jenny adopted her last dog, Bailey(also a beagle) when he was about 12 or thirteen and lost him a short time later after a battle with cancer. She did everything she could to save that old pooch and after 5 years finally decided to try her hand at dog ownership again. I never got to meet Bailey but I’m hoping I have plenty of years to spoil Ms. Holly. We are all very excited to have a new member in the family!
Published in: on March 1, 2011 at 3:56 am  Comments (1)