Thankful Thursday

I’m a pretty positive person, and usually it’s easy for me to find things to be thankful for, or happy about, even when it’s been a shit show of a day. There’s always something good, even if you have to really look for it sometimes.

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Not from today’s run…Thank you for the pic Ella!

This week though, it’s been a rough one. We all know why. Add in commentary/opinions on social media and wow. Actually it’s not the opinions themselves that bother me, it’s the belligerent, screw everyone who doesn’t agree with me, attitude that is used when sharing opinions that just gets to me.

Anyway…I’ve been feeling pretty cruddy all week. My emotions, my mind, my heart I just can’t take much more.

Thankfully Elya was free to run with me this afternoon, and you know what it was a cruddy run, as far as the run itself goes. It was just hard, and it didn’t feel good (I want to say it’s because it’s my first run after being sick for 3 weeks, but I know it’s everything else as well).

But, there is something magic about running with one of the best people in your life. I feel like I can smile, like getting out of bed tomorrow will be easier, like there is some good in this world. Even hard runs that feel cruddy are still so good for the heart and mind when running with an amazing friend.

Thank you Elya for the run therapy….I feel so much better. Your kind spirit, listening ears, and wise words were just what I needed.

Can’t wait for next weekends race with you, Ella, and my cousin!

Sky’s Tree House

This summer has been the summer of the tree house! Mark has spent so much time, all winter basically, drawing up plan after plan for Sky’s tree house. He’s adjusted, updated, and changed the plans to make it safe and assure it looks like it fits in with our house/yard.

Tree House builders! I love her little tool belt!

I mean the anchor bolt that supports the whole darn thing was a $500 bolt and it’s massive! Safety first for sure! He’s trying to make sure it will be fun and usable until she moves out. Once she’s done playing restaurant and hosting tree house sleep overs, it will be perfect for sipping sweet tea or hot chocolate while reading a good book, or just having her own space to retreat to. Shoot, I may escape up there for some quiet time and a glass of wine! Hahaha…that’s only funny because my vertigo is so bad that I can hardly stand being up there. I’m hopeful that once it’s done, and the perm ladder is installed it’ll be a little better for me.

It’s been a multi-step process building the platforms up in the tree, then bringing the platform down to our patio, and building the tree house down on the patio, then taking it apart and taking it piece by piece up into the tree and putting it back together up there.

The only thing left is roofing, door & windows, railing, ladder, and paint. We control the outside paint as we want it to look cohesive with the house, but Sky has totally freedom on the inside, and I’m predicting it will be rainbow walls with lot’s of pink and purple.

Thankfully Josh was willing to help get the walls up into the tree. You can see that massive anchor bolt in the tree, since we only have one tree to work with that bolt supports most the weight while protecting the health of the tree at the same time.

 

 

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It has the roof framing (is that what it’s called?) Basically ready for the actual roofing to go up, just have to wait for the rain to go away so Mark can work safely.

So exciting to see it up in the tree, and Sky’s constantly asking to go up there to check out the progress. Once it’s all done I’ll share final pictures.

 

New Flooring

Of all the home projects we’ve done flooring was the probably the hardest from a decision making perspective and being patient. It’s a project we talked about for a long time, and decided to put it off until after Sky was past being a toddler, and after our dog Bishop had passed as he was having a lot of accidents towards the end. Obviously we were not in a hurry for either thing to happen…kiddos grow up too fast and man we were dreading letting Bishop go when the time came, so were happy to keep the worn out carpet for as long as needed.

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Fist Step, new sub flooring for a smooth surface to lay new flooring down. Best little helper ever!

 

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That’s a lot of flooring!

When the time did come to look at new flooring options boy was it hard! It’s not like paint, if you get it wrong it’s a lot of money to do over, and a ton of work. It took us over a year to find the type of flooring we wanted, and then find a color/finish we were both happy with. We tried samples in every color you can think of. We were open to something different/funky, but in the end went with a neutral wood finish look that would make selling (some day) easier.

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There are some house decisions that I really wish someone else would just make for us. It’s really hard when we are looking at thousands of dollars for a project. The commitment to the money along with wanting it to be perfect at that price point is just a lot of pressure for me, and I sort of freeze. Several times we thought we were close to having a decision and then one or the other of us would nix it and we’d be back to square one. Very frustrating! I was even willing to just pull up the carpet and have it be ugly unfinished flooring for however long it took to make a decision, but thankfully it didn’t come to that.

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We settled on Drop & Done Vinyl Planks that are supper easy to install. You literally drop them in place, we only glued down the perimeter of each room & the heavy traffic section down the middle of the living room, it’s easy to cut with a box knife, and once we got to the point of putting the flooring in it went really fast. I could hardly bring the planks to Mark fast enough he was putting them down so fast.

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Lots of measuring!
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Lots of cutting!

I had to put my patient home owner hat on since this project required moving furniture all over the house, multiple times, to prep the floor, and then to install. The hardest part about this type of flooring is making sure you have a totally smooth surface to lay it on top of. Any dirt or bumps in the sub flooring will show through the planks, so we spent a lot of time putting new, smooth sub flooring down, and sweeping/vacuuming the flooring before laying the planks.

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Geometry for the win!

The requirements for us were durability…kid/dog proof (getting another dog is going to happen!), waterproof (putting it in the bathroom/kitchen/and laundry space meant it had to be waterproof…plus we’ve dealt with a flooded kitchen before, no fun!), something we could install on our own, and replace individual planks if there is damage, plus we had to be able to afford it, and like the way it looked in every room in the house (minus the master sweet). That’s a tall order I know, but we managed to pull it off.

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Time saver…laying right over the top of the kitchen & guest bath vinyl. We glued all of those planks down in both rooms due to traffic and water. It’s another barrier before water would get through to the sub flooring. 
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You can see a few of the boxes of flooring we have left. Mark hasn’t decided if he’s going to do his office or not (flooring in there is only a few years old and not carpet), plus we haven’t made room in the garage yet to store it, but that’s going to happen soon! Ready to get those boxes out of my dinning room!

We love the final results, so much so that we haven’t even bothered to look for an area rug, which was part of the plan for the living room. It’s so nice to see seamless flooring through the whole house, it just looks much cleaner and cohesive, and bigger. All the time spent picking it out and installing were totally worth it! The only thing left to do now is the trim, but we took a break from that during the summer months to work on outdoor projects instead. Now that it’s raining and cooler we’ll get back to the trim and finish the project.

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From The Kitchen

I have a confession…I receive 5 magazines a month that are dedicated to cooking, and 2 more magazines that while not cooking magazines always have seasonal recipes in them…that’s a lot of recipes to read!

My recipe backlog is embarrassing really. I’m sure I could cook 3 full meals a day and it would take months to work through all the recipes I have piled up. I mean I love to cook…but…that’s a lot! Plus I have 5 new cookbooks I’m diving into. Good think I like reading recipes and finding the ones that spark my interest!

Mile stack of recipes to try, not pictured the new cookbooks I’m working with as well.

We eat a lot of new to us meals every week, and most of the time they are pretty great, but I have had a few misses as of late. Thankfully there was a standout in a string of just ok meals from Cooking Light Magazine. Total side note, but I don’t even know how I started getting this magazine…I didn’t subscribe to it and have never renewed the subscription, it’s not a magazine I get much out of, but it just keeps coming! I usually just glance through it without much thought, but I did find a keeper of a recipe in the last issue.

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Ginny Branch

The Louisiana-Style Chicken Soup was so good that Mark is still talking about it days later and it’s going on the next two week menu cycle (I plan our meals two weeks at a time) and I’m making a double batch next time! I wanted way more leftovers than we ended up with.

:With the food allergies in the house I gave up on gumbo a long time ago, it’s hard, if not impossible (for me anyway) to get a good roux without gluten and/or dairy involved. But, this soup packs in all the gumbo type flavor without the roux, we didn’t even miss it. So good, and so worth giving it a try!

Check out the recipe for Louisiana-Style Chicken Soup I don’t know if Fall weather has kicked in were you are, but it is here and this is sounding like the perfect meal to warm up with!

 

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful to be a Happy Runner again!

I ran a 10K Trail Race a few weekends ago, and you know what….it felt pretty great! Now, that’s not to say it was easy, because it’s not an easy race, but it is one of my favorites, and I was doing it with some of my favorite people. Seriously if you are local to the Tacoma area check out Evergreen Trail Runs  specifically the Dash Point March & Sep races. One of my favorite courses ever!

Barbie arms! Thanks for the pic Michelle!

For a while now (like the last few years…yikes) running has been stressful between dealing with lingering car accident issues, and dealing with a knee injury/surgery from HS. I was starting to feel like running was going to be over for me. The car accident stuff is what it is and I can deal with it, but my knee that’s another story, and the two issues combined…forget about it. The constant pain was really starting to get to me, and it was keeping me from running the way I’d like.

Michelle, Ella, Elya and Me…thanks again for the pic Michelle.

Enter a visit to an Ortho Surgeon…who after an x-ray and exam recommend PT. Now, I will admit I had a cruddy attitude about PT. It’s not what I wanted to do, I really just wanted an MRI to assure I wasn’t doing damage, but turns out Ortho Surgeons are pretty smart, and sending me to PT was exactly what I needed. I have learned so much about how my knee and body are (or aren’t) working, what to change to make every day, non-running, life knee-pain free, and what to do while running to limit the wear, tear, and pain in my knee. I still don’t love the time or money commitment to PT, but every visit I’m so happy with how things are going, and the things I’m learning to assure I’m treating my knee (and body) the best I can to keep everything functioning for years to come.

And finished! Felt good!

My first visit to PT I was asked what my goal was and my #1 goal was/is to be able to run pain free, and sign up for any race I want to without having to consider if my knee can handle it or not. And, I’m getting there! Most runs are pain free now, and if the knee does start to hurt it’s because I’ve gotten lazy and let the form/muscle control go. A quick re-focus and reactivation of certain muscles and the pain is instantly gone! It feels so good to run and not be worried the entire time.

Sisters who run together…have a really good time!

Even though running is going so much better I’m still sticking to trail running only. Long term I just feel like it’s a better option for my body, plus I’d much rather run through the trees than past cars on the road. Trail runner at heart over here!

 

Life Around Here

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Park Time

Just a few pics of what we’ve been doing around here the last few weeks. I kind of like life once school starts. We tend to be home more, and a little less busy, which is nice for Team Yeatman Family Time!

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Rainbow nails for the first day of school!
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Ventured into T Town for splash park/playground time.
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Burned out tail light replacement crew!
Big batch of pigs in blankets for kick off Sunday. Sky and I have been eating these for days….so yummy!
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Enjoying some scooter time at the park.