February 20, 2018

Random and Weird

by Janie Jones

My left shoulder has been exceptionally itchy for the last several days.  I’ve tried craning my neck and peering at my shoulder through the mirror, but I can’t notice so much as a pimple.

But.  It.  Is. Driving.  Me.  Insane.

I just might have to drive down to the local dollar store and buy one of those long handled back scratchers.  You know, the ones you make fun of thinking, “Who would spend their money on something so dumb.”

On account of the lack of a real back scratching device, last Sunday while building my china cabinets (which turned out pretty well for cheap, laminated build it yourself crap), I used the claw on the back of my hammer.  Which actually worked pretty well.  So, thinking back on that, I am now seriously contemplating going in search of my toolbox.

Anyway, it’s probably just the dry winter air making it so itchy.  I would prefer to hope that it is not something so mundane but instead, like they say about itchy palms, that I am due to come suddenly into a large sum of money.

I suppose if I won the lottery I could hire someone to come in just to scratch my shoulder for me.  Or apply lotion.

Crap.  Now I’ve got Silence of the Lambs on my mind.

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February 18, 2018

I am not dead, I just bought a house

by Janie Jones

Greetings to anyone still out there.

I did buy a house last June.  Not the one mentioned in the previous post.  That first house ended up having some issues with the inspection that I didn’t want to deal with.  As it happens, I found something I liked better a short while later.  So even though it was stressful, it worked out well in the end.  How often do I say that?!?

This is the house I did buy:

New House w All 1

Janie, the spud and Rupert on the front steps of our new home

Built in 1919, it’s a traditional two storey with 3 bedrooms and a partially finished basement with a 4th bedroom.  There is a large kitchen with a fairly open concept living room-dining room.  The yard is very small, but out back the home has a nice big deck, a detached garage and extra off street parking (a big must in my area).   While in good structural condition, it was lost in the 80s and needed a lot of cosmetic upgrades.  Most urgently the rooms all needed fresh paint and to ditch the 30+ year old carpet.  Underneath most of the nasty old carpet was maple hardwood flooring.  It has been a laborious, stressful and expensive process getting the floors re-finished, but they are finally done everywhere except the stair case (which my contractor was supposed to have done before Thanksgiving, but that’s another story) and the kitchen.  I have new tile for the kitchen, so hopefully I can look into getting that re-done soon as well.  Eventually I also want to paint the exterior.  I am not fond of that brick red color and, though you can’t really tell in this blurry, enlarged photo, the paint job was pretty shoddy.

This is not my first house reno, but it is the first time I had to do a whole house by myself while working two jobs.  It has not been a pretty process; I have broken down and hired contractors for a lot of the floor work and while it saved me personally a lot of time, the dealing with people who don’t give a rat’s ass about what you want even though you are paying them to work on your house has been very frustrating.  But I am almost done (conveniently I am also almost out of money) and I am really looking forward to having a home to be proud of again.  Lately I have been, what do they call it?  Oh, yes.  Happy.

I still have a massive pile of unpacked crap in my basement.  Mostly it is stuff for the kitchen, dining room and decorative fru-fru (such as my wall hangings, decorative glass and pottery) but as I haven’t decided what to do about the kitchen, which is in much need of new, well, everything, and I am still working on finishing painting and wallpapering some of the interior rooms it hasn’t made sense to unpack it all.  However, I did go and set up all my Christmas decorations.  Some of which hadn’t seen the light of day since December of 2013.  When the spud arrived home for the holiday, she said, “Momma, our new house looks like a movie set.”  I knew then that all was right with the world.

My second job, being seasonal, is over for the winter, but the reno work is still slow going.  Most projects have to happen on the weekends and be woven in between other mundane things like grocery shopping and laundry and the occasional fun times with friends.  And, after the holidays, I deflated upon putting away all the decorations and got nothing done but sofa surfing during most of my free time in January.  But, I am trying to grab my motivation by the scruff and shake it back into action.  I do really want to get stuff done, it’s just boring and, well, exhausting to work all week at the JOB then work on the house.  Plus, I don’t really like sanding, and staining, and painting and wallpapering, I just want the finished product.

Things got really bad a few weeks back until I had an epiphany:  Audio books.  I got myself a subscription to Amazon’s Audible, and listened to a Jane Austen spin-off while painting the dining room.  *Cue corny music*  Ahh-ahh-ahh!  I actually started to look forward to painting so I could listen to what would happen to Elizabeth and Darcy in the next chapter.  So, hopefully my new subscription will help keep my nose to the grindstone.  Today’s task awaiting me once I am done here, is to build my new china cabinets and listen to the sequel to the book I listened to while painting.

Anyway, I appear to have digressed.  Those last few paragraphs were probably very dull reading.  The point I was trying to make was, while I am happy, I am getting a bit tired of always being on the job with the house reno stuff.  I want it done so I can just enjoy my new home in my free time.  Eventually I will get there.  And, I will probably be pleased as punch and foist before and after photos on you all.  You might not want to come back to my blog at that point….

Thanks so much to those of you who have always been such an amazing support network for me.  I don’t know if it has been because of the craziness of life, or what, but I just haven’t had the blogging muse despite missing you all.  It has been a tough decade, but I think I might be able to say I’ve finally made it through.  Even though I don’t write much anymore, I do think of you often and how honored I am to have had you as readers and friends.  Hope 2018 finds you all well and enjoying the best life has to offer.

Hugs,

Janie Jones, homeowner

 

April 18, 2017

Please cross your fingers for me

by Janie Jones

I have officially started the house hunt.  I have already picked through several dozen houses online and physically visited 11.

Last night I found one I like!  It is a little farther out from work than I had hoped but, in reality, my budget sort of prices me out of my most desired neighborhoods.  Still my commute should be under 20 minutes, which is quite acceptable.  I’m just spoiled by living seven minutes from campus these past three years.  It has well preserved hardwood floors and wood-work trim on the main level and a very grand staircase with a solid wood banister.  The home is a little outdated color and interior design wise, but everything appears to be in good shape.  It comes with all the standard appliances; washer, dryer, fridge, dishwasher, stove.  The bathroom is a little small, but it has a charming claw-foot tub.  And there is a lovely little fenced in yard with what looks like a new deck and a partial view of the harbor down the hill.  In short, it has everything I need and many of the things I want.

My realtor is going to put together an offer today.

If the sellers accept the offer, I will order an inspection.

If the inspection goes well, we will settle on a closing date and my financing will go to underwriting.  I have been told I am “pre-qualified” so now I have to cross my fingers and hope that nothing unexpected gets between me and my potential future home.

I will write more when I know more.

Please send any good wishes you can spare my way.

December 5, 2016

Happy Birthday To Me

by Janie Jones

Greetings, all!

This is not a real post.  It is a pseudo post, a post disguising as a post, with the intent of referring you to the real post at:

http://janiejonesgreatwhitenorth.net/

I hope you will join me there, if you haven’t already.

I could not figure out how to make the subscription app/widget thing work at my new blog home, so to help folks catch my vastly entertaining material when it’s hot off the blog press, I thought I’d put a link here where the old subscription widget actually works.

Hope you are all well.

September 19, 2016

It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day

by Janie Jones

Yes, this made up holiday has been quite over done.  But, still it’s a great excuse to tell your favorite lame pirate jokes.  Mine?  Can you guess…

pirates favorite amino acid

July 4, 2016

Change of Address

by Janie Jones

Well, blogosphere. Here it is.

As my loyal blog friends know, the free blog site hosted by WordPress.com has just changed too much.  And, as I’ve been threatening to do, I moved.

*Queue melodramatic soundtrack*

It has been a time of great trial and tribulation.  First I sought a different free blog site provider.  And I absolutely love using blog.com, when it works. I especially love the look I can get with the customization tools. Unfortunately, I just have too many problems with my visitors not being able to access this site.

So, I have made the difficult decision to move, again. If you have been trying to follow me at my blog.com site or hoping I’d re-appear here, please look for me at my new blog home. Just think of it as Janie 3.0.

http://janiejonesgreatwhitenorth.net/

I will continue to monitor this site for a little while in case visitors have trouble accessing me at my new digs.  Please let me know if you can’t find me, either by commenting here or by email at janiejones.greatwhitenorth@gmail.com.

Thanks for all the years of support and friendship!

June 20, 2016

Drum roll please

by Janie Jones

Although I have just said that I was going on hiatus, I did realize that I have big news which I would like to share with all of you who have hung in there reading my drivel and providing words of encouragement through out the torture of higher education.

“Here ye, here ye:

Let it be known far and wide that this is the formal announcement of

the graduation of Janie Jones

from Stickittoyou University College of Science and Engineering

on the seventh of May, two thousand sixteen, with a

Bachelor of Science degree in Cell & Molecular Biology and a

Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry.

With hearty congratulations, unto her may all the honors of debt, continuing joblessness, and over qualification now be conferred.”

Thanks to all my bloggy buddies who followed me along through the train wreck of my educational journey.  It feels marvelous to be done.

Now I must find a job.  Currently I have a temporary job, still working with the Lyme disease research, but it will probably wind down to just part time in July before it dries up completely at the end of the summer. I have been collecting, photographing, cataloging and extracting DNA from ticks.  Then I test the DNA I’ve extracted for DNA from the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis.  I’ve also been doing some community outreach presentations of Lyme disease and teaching incoming sophomore and junior level college students.

I really like the work and am thrilled to have it, it pays pretty well and is flexible with scheduling, so it is a shame it won’t last.  Being extremely loathe to leave Big City, I am hoping something else more permanent will come along in the area soon.  Now all I can do is be patient, apply for jobs, and hope my hard work will be rewarded with something resembling a degree utilizing job.

And that is all the news.

This is Janie Jones, signing off for a while.  It has been a pleasure to be a part of the blogosphere.  Best wishes to you all until we cross paths again!