Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How To Make Your Rug a Non-Slip Rug

I am enjoying my day off with open windows, running errands, and crafting/organizing around the house. I was out of town for a week and then worked 4 days in a row. To me, it felt like Friday was Monday, Saturday was Monday, Sunday was Monday...and then finally Monday was Monday! I am glad to get things back in order! Hubby is in the field this week, so now I have some quiet time to get stuff done.

It's definitely obvious when school gets out around here - the neighborhood practically erupts with LOUD NOISES! Lots of shouting, giggling, doggies barking, and lawnmowers. I saw some middle school-aged boys walking around with a weed whacker and a rotary grass cutter. It made me laugh! I hope they come back this way; I will gladly pay them to mow my backyard! We have some grass that has shot up to almost knee-height!

Ok, onto this "rug" business!

We all have this problem:

This rug moves and slides around no matter what I do. Mainly because we have two wild kitties who use this rug as a spring board of sorts to leap up the stairs. Their track is the hallway, and then they follow the U-turn and sprint up the stairs. When the rug slides around like this, you can't even open the front door!

And then there's this remedy that doesn't work:

Those non-slip mat thingies. Mine always end up in some sort of lump under the rug, acting all useless.

Then I had an idea. I bought a hot-glue gun (I don't know how it is possible that I didn't already own one) and got to work!

Here's What You Need:

Your rug (mine is approximately 3x5)

A hot glue gun

A bag of these (I only used 10 sticks - I have a "mini" gun):

Here's What You Do:

Flip your rug over and put it near an outlet. 

Plug in that hot glue gun!

You will start at the farthest edge from the outlet to help avoid dragging the cord through the glue before it has a chance to cool and harden.

And now, start gluing! That's it!

Working from one end of the rug to the other, make glue lines across your rug.
You really can't go wrong with this project. 
Straight, curvy, zigzag...it really doesn't matter!

You will want to press the nozzle into the rug so that the glue gets a good bond with the material
My rug is 100% polyester.

Continue to glue all the way around your rug!
If you get done and realize you need more "grip power", no big deal - just flip it over and add a few more glue lines!
A close-up of an itty bitty glue line:

All better!

This has to be the easiest, most fool-proof DIY project ever!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Easiest. Mexi-Mac. EVER.

This post will be straightforward and to the point.

You're hungry.
And you just got home from work.
You're tired.

The maid didn't show up to clean your house, nor did the personal chef to prepare your dinner.

Well crap

Here comes the age-old question: what's for dinner?

This is what you're going to make for dinner.
Right now!!
It's delicious, I promise.

Mexican-Style Macaroni & Cheese

Here's what you need:

Just these guys. That's it.

Black beans.
And your favorite box of macaroni and cheese WITH A SAUCE PACKET. 
Not the powder kind. It won't work as well.

Now cook the mac & cheese according to package directions.
Drain your corn and beans.
I know it's hard. 

You can even drain your pasta on top of these two and then dump it back into your pot
That's what I did:
After adding the cheese packet and Rotel, stir until combined.

Now eat!

So good.
If you really wanted, you could add taco-seasoned ground turkey or beef.

But for this recipe, if you ask me, ain't nobody got time for that!

I can't help you clean your house.

Goin' To Kansas City...Kansas City, Here I Come (and there I went)

So I drove home to visit my Kansas people a few days ago. It was a great time! I decided to schedule people during my visit this time, instead of trying to wing it like we did around the holidays. That was hard. We got back on the road to Tennessee again feeling like we didn't make it around to everyone. 

Scheduling in advance was definitely much less stressful. Chris was supposed to come home with me, but there was a training mission that got scheduled last minute...and then canceled even more last minute...oh well.

So it ended up begin a solo trip. Which I guess was okay, but we were supposed to go to a wedding and a baptism together. So I ended up spending every meal with my family and friends. It occurred to me that if we both went home, we'd probably have fought over who got the car for the day!

I spent the 6 days eating.


And talking.

I got to spend time with my chubby niece.

Lookit those thighs, girl!

Just love those baby blues!

My step-mom and I went on the Parade of Homes, but we didn't make it very far. Apparently is was "closed for judging".

But we got far enough for me to find the kitchen of my dreams:
And it had a walk-in-goes-around-the-corner pantry TO DIE FOR.

I got my Kansas City milk.
Root Beer flavored is the best.

I got my Kansas City Beer.
Boulevard Wheat!!

I got to see this adorable doggy face.

I got to meet my Goddaughter. :)

I had dinner with my dad and we watched Haley giggle and throw herself back repeatedly.
RED ROBIN (yum!)

It's tough to say what my favorite part of the trip was. I wish I would have taken more photos with people. I'm not used to this "living away from everyone" thing yet. I have to say, I truly enjoyed visiting my preschool (I still call it my) and reconnecting with some kids, staff, and parents. I even got a few treasures to take home:

And of course, I had to visit every maurices store in a 15 mile radius.

And then it was time for my trip home.

First, I left my Rolos in the sun.

They melted.

Then, the interstate was shut down.

I was detoured back to the interstate via a loooooong line of cars and semis.

It took 2 1/2 hours to go about 10 miles.

That's me, the little blue dot, about an hour into my detour.

The road I was on should have been red, too.

I guess they didn't expect a 2-lane back country road to be so terribly congested.

It was terrible.

The good news was that there was a Jimmy Johns at the end of the detour!
So I stopped for a much needed pit stop.
I ordered the Turkey Tom.

11 hours after leaving KC, I finally arrived home to a happy husband and two kitties who flocked to me as soon as I sat down on the couch.

I think they missed me!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

First Raised Flower Bed

I've been itching to work in our yard since the day we moved in almost 9 months ago. 

Not a SINGLE plant existed in the whole yard. 

Just a bare yard:

And then we began our gardening project!

It took us about 6 weeks total, mainly because our work schedules didn't align very often, and when they did, we only worked on it for a few hours and only 1 trip to Home Depot each time. 

So we really could have knocked it out in a weekend or two if we really wanted to. 

And it snowed once after we got started (the only snow we got this winter), and we had a few rainy days that set us back, too.

We started the outline of the flower bed. 

We were limited to a 3 foot depth due to the existing termite traps ...what are those called?

We thought it would look nice to have a little focal point at the end:

At this point we had already hauled one tarp-full of dirt/clay and dumped it in the back yard. It was incredibly heavy.

First and second layer of stones down:

...and we had to dig all of that out and haul it to the backyard, too. 

I was not looking forward to it.

Third and final layer of stones put in:

The neighborhood kids were drawn to our activity. 

We offered them dirt and rocks and we had a quick biology lesson including worms and rolly pollies!

Filling it in with "good" dirt:

All 36 bags of it:

Some plants are in! 

We chose Japanese Holly bushes. 

I like the dark green foliage. 

NO berries!

We spent awhile trying to figure out what plant to feature here; I went back and forth between a local nursery and Home Depot trying to find the perfect one.

I settled on a White Azalea.

A little spot for my birdbath:

I love this little birdbath. Except one of the birdies broke off, so it's just sitting there.

All finished!


The front of the house looks SO much better!

I really wanted some hostas, but the front of the house faces almost due east, so that was not going to be a possibility since they are a shade plant.

So I settled for planting a little one in a pot in the shade.

We took a break and walked to the backyard.

We saw a kitty in the window begging us to let him come out (with the sidewalk that leads to nowhere, haha!).

I think our next project will be fixing the backyard.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: The Cat-Dog

What a beautiful morning! It's 70 degrees here at 9:15 in the morning with a nice breeze running through the open windows. I don't work until later today, so I am having a nice, slow start to my day.

This is my second "Wordless Wednesday" post.

I'd like you to meet the Cat-Dog, Zorro.

He is part dog. 

I have a leash for him; he knows when I call his name by the back door to come over so that I can put him in his harness and we go outside. He tries to act like he doesn't want his harness put on, but he never fights it.

And then we go outside. Enjoy!

He found a bed of new grass. I only wish our whole yard had such nice grass in it...

Had to sample some grass.

Oooh, a squirrel...

...aaaaand I'll eat some more grass.

He hides so well. He is also part lion.


I can't get it...

Maybe I can lick it.

I'm gonna get it. Because I'm part dog.

I'll try harder next time to make this wordless. :)