unexplained tragedies, unexpected life happenings and rental property to-do lists

Hey, hey! How are you?  I know, this whole Sunday post is not normally my thang, but there have just been so many weird and crazy things going on in the world I thought I’d take a few minutes to get my thoughts in order.

First, is there anyone out there who can fathom the tragedy of the school in Connecticut on Friday?

I, for one, am just never able to get my mind around those things.  I can’t imagine being in a kind of situation like that, I can’t imagine being personally affected by such a situation, I can’t imagine being one of those child witnesses and growing old with that experience on my brain.

But that which I can’t even imagine is now the reality for so many.  My heart hurts for them and my head grasps for reason.  And it just never comes.

And late last night I found out that an old friend of mine has stage 3 rectal cancer.  She is my age with 2 young daughters.  There are no words.

What I am extraordinarily grateful for is the perspective that it gives me when a totally out of the ordinary experience happens with Joel’s work in Curacao.  Just yesterday we learned we may not be on the island much longer … or we may.  I know, confusing right?!?!

We’re the ‘take it as it comes’ type so that’s all we’re going to do and I’ll definitely keep you posted when I know more.  It does get you day dreaming about where we may go next tho, doesn’t it?!?

But, with so many little details up in the air all I can do is try to get it all in order.  And I’m still in Maryland trying to get a bunch of home improvement accomplished.

So what is a girl to do, you ask?!?!  Well, who’s ready for a good ol’ To Do List?  Let’s get some of what we’re trying to accomplish on paper, shall we!?!

Luckily, thanks to my sister-in-law, I have the perfect notebook.


We were last in Maryland in August and since then I have been working with a contractor long distance on a few of the more major projects.  And let me tell you, working with a contractor long distance is similar to scratching your eyeballs out while swallowing nails and walking barefoot on fire.  Clearly, it’s totally awesome.  😉

The long and short of it is that I’ve been a master procrastinator on a few of items and it just made more sense at this point to have someone else help us along.  Let me tell you ‘out of sight, out of mind’ is one of the truest expressions evah!  It’s been my motto.

Rental houses in Maryland?  What rental houses?  (Tilting head, furrowing brow, looking quizzically at you.)

Well, it’s time to get into action and make this sh!t happen.

And because I love a good list, here’s a little run down of the 2 week schedule.

The Taj Mahal … more about her here.  She is a project.  (That’s an understatement.)  But she’s ours and we’re taking her down one step at a time.  AND, I may have gotten a little giddy about pulling out the power tools again.

  • remove upper kitchen cabinet doors (here)
  • repaint kitchen cabinets (here)
  • resurface back of cabinets (here)
  • attach new cabinet/drawer hardware (here)
  • refinish kitchen counter (here)
  • paint bathroom
  • paint bedroom (here)

The Tank … I’ll have to introduce you guys soon.  I would say one of our favorite before and afters is from this house.  The kitchen, tin ceiling and all.  :)

  • paint house numbers and mailbox (here)
  • winterize if we don’t have her rented
Update:  We got her rented.  Woo Hoo!!

Somerset … she’s like the unplanned third child.  She was never intended to be a rental, but when you move as the housing market is tanking there’s only so much you can do.
rental property to-do list

  • paint front door (here)
  • paint front door hardware (here)

Welp, that’s the plan … and then there are many friends I’m trying to see and get caught up with and possibly even a side trip to make some other fun stuff happen.

So tell me, do lists help you stay sane as much as they do me?  Have you ever scratched your eyeballs out while swallowing nails and walking barefoot on fire?  How do you cope with unexplained world tragedies and unexpected life happenings?  I’d love to know.

And take a minute to …



  1. says

    I agree that I just can’t wrap my mind around how some one could do this.
    Your rental house is so cute. I think working with a contractor in person is like scraping your eyes out so I can only imagine doing it long distance. Have a great day,

  2. says

    Oh my goodness. I can’t even think about what happened on Friday, but thankfully blogland is full of other, more fun things to take my mind of of it. Moving or not? such big changes, good thing you and Joe are on the same page with your attitudes! Work hard and no eyeball scratching:)

  3. Kristy says

    My Curacao friend…can’t imagine ever having to deal with a tragedy such as Ct parents are dealing with. Losing a child is something you never want to experience…I have been there and don’t want to go back. I will so miss your posts from the island if you have to move but will always check in for the next event!!! Love to the furry babies !!

    • says

      Oh my goodness, I can’t even imagine losing a child, and I don’t have any. I am so sorry to hear you have experienced that, the heartache must be overwhelming at times. Thank you so much for the love, you know we will do our best to make the most of the next space we’re in. :)

  4. says

    Wow. There’s a lot going on in that post.
    I’ll sum up with, “Sending good thoughts and prayers for your friend, glad you are a glass half full gal re the possible move, and can’t wait to hear about the before/afters on the rental’s” :)

  5. says

    Yes, I have scratched my eyeballs out while swallowing nails and walking through fire. The way I deal with things like Sandy Hook is going silent for a while – when there are no words I figure it is better to say nothing. These things remind me that the things we worry about never happen and sometimes the things that actually happen are beyond our worst imaginings. Good luck with your chores and have fun with your friends.

  6. says

    These things are so senseless and hard to understand… I’m sorry about your friend too. Seems like everytime we turn around we get hit with another bout of bad news. I hope whatever is in the air passes quickly. I’ll be waiting to hear what your next move is!!


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