Working out My Brain – 2018 is Gone Baby!

Hello friends and Happy New Year!  When I look back on this past year, I think of what I accomplished and what I wish to accomplish next year.  I think the biggest thing for me in 2018 was climbing all those Sierra Peaks!  I made 12 trips to mountains as high as 11 thousand feet!  Yep, next year I hope to make it at least 15 if not 20!  I also plan on doing a back packing trip in the High Sierra in 2019.

I also decided to learn new things in 2018.  I started studying Geology, Astrology and a little Sciences of the Cosmos thrown in.  Hefty subjects, I KNOW!  But as my mind ages, I figure I better do some heavy lifting to keep it in shape. Rocks and stars have always intrigued me as I hike mountains and see ancient lava flows and look up at to the vastness of space on my ranch where there isn’t much light to obstruct the view of our galaxy.  Just what else us up there?  What the heck is going on down below?  I have so many questions!

And in the very end of this year, I am re-learning how to pencil draw. I’ve been painting in acrylics since 2012, but this year I thought I’d go back to where it all began as a high school student.  Pencil. I was so good back then, but for some reason, I stopped.

 

So, in the video below is a timelapse video of me drawing Legendary Actor, James Dean and the story of my re-learning something with something special thrown in at the end.

Have a Happy New Year, and I hope you do something you’ve NEVER done, or Re-learn something you used to do!

 

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My Big FAT Laundry Room Makeover!

We’ve lived in our house for 18 years and the laundry room was NEVER finished! It was one of those projects that I wasn’t motivated to get done. I was busy working, having fun on the weekends and that laundry room was just a place to wash clothes. BORING!  Well, I GOT MOTIVATED and after I tackled a bathroom and a toilet closet, it was time for the next big fat makeover! The Laundry Room!  Now I can’t wait to do laundry!  Well maybe that is a big fat lie… but the laundry room turned out GREAT!

Check it out and please let me know what you think!

 

My Big Fat Bathroom Makeover

When I decided to tackle a long over-due makeover of my half bath, I decided to save myself a few coins and do it myself!  Trouble was…..I had NO idea how to remove a sink, how to take out and replace a toilet, AND I wanted to put up wainscoting! So I do what everyone else on the planet does… I turn to YouTube!  There I found a gazillion videos on how to do just about anything and everything in home improvement.  My favorite was a channel called “See Jane Drill.”  I LOVE her channel. If you are a women who wants to do your own home improvement projects, I highly recommend her channel. She does everything!!!

I have to say the one thing that worried me the most was changing out the light fixture. I really didn’t want to get electrocuted!  I turned off the main breaker switch to the house so that there was NO QUESTION as to which switch went to the correct area I was working!  After I did that, switching out a light is extremely easy.  Home improvement isn’t complicated, but it is hard work!

I hope my little bathroom makeover gives you some ideas and the encouragement to get things done!  🙂