Fosterhood

Remember when I used to sleep in until 8:30 every day? Sometimes even 9?

Ah, those were the days. I’m writing this from the hallway floor with one puppy in my lap trying to chew my fingers and the other using my feet as a jungle gym. 

Oh, sleeping in. Those were the days. 

Last Wednesday our photographer came back from a shoot at the animal shelter with a picture of two little guys she was going to try to find foster homes for. Since they were tiny and young, their risk of getting sick was extremely high, which increased the likelihood they’d be put down. 

We couldn’t have that, now could we?

So I asked my editor if I could go get them — only one of my pages wasn’t laid out, after all. He didn’t see why not, so off we went to nab some puppies. 

Lincoln, the brown one, and Coral started off their adventure in my guest room/office. I laid down a vinyl tablecloth and surrounded it with furniture. Fort Puppy was breached a few days later. I was alerted by Coral’s barking — a rare occurance — and found Lincoln happily prancing around the room. 

So I began barricading the doorways. I put the pups in the hall to give them more room to run and play, which tires them out very quickly. That’s a HUGE plus. 

They leapt over one barrier Saturday, and Sunday as I was in bed trying to catch some extra Z’s, I heard a whine followed by scratching followed by a flop. After the pitter patter of tiny feet sounded too close, I rolled over and saw Lincoln headed my way. 

Oh, brother. 

I grabbed the puppies and headed to the couch. They tend to not whine when they’re with me and they’re too chicken to jump off the couch.  Claws came and snuggled, too, which is CRAZY since he’s scared half to death of the little nuggets. 



The Journal’s photographer — who got me into this mess — is bringing me a baby gate so I can lock them in the bathroom. Hopefully that’ll work because they try to eat everything in sight. This includes everything from fuzz to wallpaper to Claws’ food. 

I am still trying to make progress on the house, but I am continually distracted by the adorableness of these two. The fridge is in the middle of the kitchen so I can scrape the walls around it…but I’m maybe 30% done. Whoops. It’ll get there. 

I’m supposed to have the puppies for three more weeks, and I’m sure they’ll get adopted fast since they’re so dang cute. They’ve met other dogs — including Ava who drooled all over Coral and Luke who couldn’t care less — and been around several small children. They’ve been to work, girls’ night and not the living room. They’re hilarious outside because the grass is so tall and they’re so short. 

Their favorite toy is an empty paper towel tube or a sock, despite me buying two $5 ones at Petsmart. 

They’re also big fans of leaves. 3/5 times they potty on their puppy pads when I’m not looking, they’re getting better at climbing stairs and when they get sleepy, they go to their kennel. 

I have been awake around 7:15 every morning since Friday. Bet y’all never thought you’d see the day, huh?









Their names are based off The Walking Dead, and I have decided any future fosters will have tv names as well. 

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Snow days are slow days

Technically all Seneca really saw was a nice layer of ice, but it’s enough to put the entire county on pause for a day…which means work is really slow and I can post new pictures of the house!

I (finally) decided on a color for the kitchen walls. I’m down to three choices for the bottom cabinets, which will be a fun aqua/teal, and the top will be white. Ish. Off-white. Not quite cream.

It’s a work in process.

I went with the paint on the right. I was scared it was too light, but it actually looks OK on that wall. I've got more scrubbing and scraping to do before I paint the rest of the walls.

I went with the paint on the right. I was scared it was too light, but it actually looks OK on that wall. I’ve got more scrubbing and scraping to do before I paint the rest of the walls.

The hallway has been painted, thanks to leftover paint from Claire’s house. I mixed a few from its previous owners and came out with a generic hallway tan that was roughly the same color as the top. It was pretty painless, I just hate cutting in around all those dad gum doors.

The only part that sucked was it was suuuuuper hard to tell where I had already painted. Whoops.

The only part that sucked was it was suuuuuper hard to tell where I had already painted. Whoops.

Shout-out to Claire for the free paint! It needed a bit of stirring...

Shout-out to Claire for the free paint! It needed a bit of stirring…

Mid-mix. So pretty :)

Mid-mix. So pretty :)

Alas, it’s done, the toe molds have been removed and I’m hoping to paint the trim and lay the new floors this weekend. They’re the same ones from my room and will eventually be in the kitchen and bathroom as well.

Just as a reminder, this was the before...

Just as a reminder, this was the before…

Aaaand the after. Crazy different, right? Not. Oh well. At least it looks clean.

Aaaand the after. Crazy different, right?
Not. Oh well. At least it looks clean.

I’m so pumped to have covers on those light switches. Y’all don’t even know.

I haven’t taken any pictures of the living room, but I’ve gotten all the boxes out of there! Now it’s just a matter of decorating the bookshelves and the walls. Truth be told, after all the time I spent patching, repairing and painting that stupid paneling, I don’t want to risk messing it up…

While I’m contemplating kitchen things, the countertop paints are on my radar. I’m thinking the actual “countertop transformations” kit will be a bit much, but the $30 plain paint doesn’t seem awful. So we’ll see. If I decide soon, I may end up painting the kitchen and laying all the new floors at once. But for now, I’m iced in at the office :)