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I love popcorn! Especially when it’s hot and buttered… however, I hate popcorn on my ceilings… so can you guess what I’ve been doing??

That’s right… getting my scrape on! Well, as I mentioned earlier I was hoping this would be a very productive week… floors, gas, & granite! Well, the gas guys said they wouldn’t run the gas to the house and the fact that it’s JUST for a range didn’t help my case at all! The good news is that there’s always PROPANE! So, now rather than NG we’re getting LP! For those of you not up with the flammable ignitors (not sure this is a word)… that would be natural gas and liquid propane! I have to admit, I’m not terribly upset about getting propane… they fill a tank and bury it (don’t worry, it’s not bad for the environment!) and so with the messed up logic that I have, I think “Great… one time fee… you fill it and forget about it! And how much propane do you really use on the stove?!” So, now I’ll just have to get those beautiful GAS (I mean PROPANE) LANTERNS that I’ve been wanting for the front of the house! Well, maybe not now, as the budget is dwindling… but maybe next year!

Back to the popcorn… The floor guys informed Justin yesterday that they would be starting TODAY! Which is very exciting… unless you have popcorn on your ceiling that you would like to get off before the floors are installed! First, I will say that my husband is a trooper. He was not on board on scraping the ceilings but somehow managed to bite his tongue and let me insist on this last minute project. So, my wonderful MIL comes to watch the girls and I run to Home Depot for a pump sprayer (the kind you kill weeds with) and the biggest scraper you’ve ever seen. I got to the house and jumped on the ladder to attack that popcorn, as I knew the time would pass very quickly! I began by spraying a small section with warm water and then about a minute later I’d start to scrape! I was absolutely AMAZED at how easily and quickly the popcorn came off…. just one PROBLEM!! A HUGE MESS everywhere! I was very glad we did this before the floors went down. And in addition to a huge mess… now we have to caulk and paint the ceiling. Thankfully the rest of the house (with the exception of the den) is popcorn free! I stayed as long as time allowed and my very dedicated husband hauled his tail back to the house around 9 pm and scraped until 12:30 am. The popcorn is now gone in the kitchen and family room… now, only one room left! I think instead of pushing Justin really hard on scraping the den today, I’d rather have those 4 chairs for the living room… so, I’ll let the popcorn stay in the den… I say this through clenched teeth as I great despise the stuff! Now, if you have popcorn on your ceilings, I hope you are not offended, please understand, this will be the first house (of many) that we have owned that we have actually scraped the stuff off! (Robin, Although I fully intended to come by this is why I didn’t make it to your house yesterday, is it too late now?! As you can probably imagine, I would have much rather shopped than scraped!)

Erika and Chance paid us a visit last night and it was so much fun to see them. Of course, they never come without bearing gifts! Much to my delight, they came fully outfitted with 3 large antique school house pendants that they bought at an antique store in Appalachicola! I can’t tell you how stinkin’ excited I am about these little gems, I love them so much that I can’t even smell the dead fish on them! 🙂 Two will hang over the bar in the kitchen and one in my sewing room! They need a little TLC and some new wiring… nothing that a quick trip to the Home Depot won’t fix! Thanks, sister, for the wonderful lights and for visiting with us! We can’t wait to see you next weekend!!

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  • Jennie-Marie
    October 11, 2007 at 7:39 am

    What a project, but how great to know NO MORE POPCORN! Except the den. I saw the pendants last weekend, they are wonderful! i can’t wait to see more pictures of the house!

  • erika
    October 11, 2007 at 8:03 am

    Rock on sister! Thanks for not telling about my run in with the wood blind salesman! 🙂

  • Dona
    October 11, 2007 at 11:15 am

    I can’t wait to see your lights! I know they are great!!! Right up my alley!See you soon-

  • Household6
    October 11, 2007 at 11:32 am

    Your house looks amazing! I’m jealous, I’m so sick of living in Army housing….we can’t wait to own our own.

    Off subject but…we love popcorn too! Do you guys ever get the popcorn combo at Target. I get it for the kids and I every time we go. It is the best $1.00 I spend in there!!

    Good luck on your continued home renovations!!

    Heather (Leppert) Spencer

  • chilly
    October 11, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    Love the Sticklers.
    Love reading the blog.
    Love the fun and interesting posts.

    Not a fan of the music that comes on every time I check your page.

  • Robin
    October 11, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Darby, I missed you but POP CORN ceilings have to go!You can go online and look in about two weeks. I loved your music and Dona’s. I am wanting to see the lights! Robin