Monthly Archives: February 2013

First Storm Photos


We had a ‘historic’ snow storm this last week, 2nd largest snow fall in a single snowstorm in recorded Wichita history. That’s pretty exciting!

The amount of ice building up with the sun shining down on us makes for some pretty formations but it’s more than a little dangerous. It’s a good thing we have lots of experience in ice management.

I love the icicle shots. They don’t get quite as big as in Idaho but they are so beautiful with the sun shining through.

More snow, wind & ice to come in just a few hours lasting through Tuesday. I am so excited!!

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City bracing for historic snow storm, part two – KSN TV, Kansas News and Weather


City bracing for historic snow storm, part two – KSN TV, Kansas News and Weather.

Up until now we have been really rather disappointed with this winter. No rain, not even a threat of rain. And up until this last week no threat of snow either. Well I can now eat my words.
We have 14″ of snow on the ground and now we’re expecting another round of at least 8″-14″.

Historic proportions. And I love it. My family is well schooled in the arts of snow; snow shoveling, snow angels, snowball fights, snow sculptures, snow tunnels, snow Pokemon battles. You name it, if it can be done with snow my kids do it.

So far so good as far as health & safety. House is good. Car is good. Kids are good. Josh’s work is super busy with flats, spin outs that hit curbs, snow banks, etc. It must really suck to take frozen, wet, icey dirt filled wheels & tires off. But hey, he’s a fixer, a doer.

I keep crossing my fingers that this flu will end soon but every morning I wake up and it’s not going away! Ugh. At least the snow storms can now be a valid reason for staying curled up, reading, knitting, enjoying the wintery weather.

My Little Jar Kitchen Garden

Left to right: Green onions, celery, kids strawberries & forget me nots, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce.
It’s been fun watching these guys grow in the windows. Once I am sure we won’t have a hard freeze & the temps are in the 60’s I plan on putting them out on the west side of the house. It seems to be a decently protected side and I have quite a few bulbs out there that grow well without any extra watering. Fun experiment.


So Facebook is still asking “How are you feeling, Chauntel?” in the status update box.I am not sure the almighty Facebook is qualified to be my therapist. Mostly I don’t tell but today I wanted to share that I am grateful.

I am grateful for a husband that works his hiney off to provide for us & he actually likes to do it. (As you can tell in the photo the flu has taken him down a yucky road…going on 6 days down.)

I am grateful for our fun little house that we all love.

I am grateful for my sister & brother in law that offered us the house to rent.

I am grateful for the talents of my family. My kids are brilliant, funny & pretty darn easily entertained. They work hard to get along, they work hard & understand the importance of school; socially and academically.

I am grateful that I have kept myself from sinking in to what could be a dark, sad place. I enjoy my days, I enjoy my life, I enjoy my time with my family more than anything else.

I know being in the lower income class means we cannot afford many of the extras but you wouldn’t really know it by how happy, functional & blessed we are as a family.

We have what we need & when things get tough we make it through. I know I will be going back to work as soon as we have a second car (crossing my fingers it’s the Mercedes) and while I am torn about it I know if it doesn’t work for my family then I can always be home and we can financially make it. We don’t overextend ourselves.

I am grateful for my kitties.

I am grateful my son has a burial site that I love visiting. Sometimes I am afraid I will blow across the plains from the extreme wind but hey, it’s Kansas.

I am grateful for family & friends that a lapse in time cannot change our love & relationship.

I am grateful I have in-laws that love us, love me, love my kids that are now their grandkids. Receiving Valentines from Grandma & Grandpa Ensey this year was really fun for the kids.

I am grateful my body is healthy.

I am grateful I don’t give in to my baser urges and do harm to myself and others. (Makes me sound like a closet mass murderer. 😉 )

I am SO grateful for my fiberly family. Sometimes it’s just the best escape; yarn, yarnies, & geekiness.

Some days all I can say is that I am grateful I wake up to 3 living kids & my husband.

Today and many, many other days I see so much more to be grateful for and I am grateful for that too.

Gratitude sometimes doesn’t come easy so when it blindsides me I pay it close attention.


Yes, they are my kids. I totally claim them.

With a hectic week of long work days for Josh, and difficult academic week for the kids we decided that we needed basement wind down time tonight. Sadie got home from her babysitting job and to wind down her favorite thing is Guitar Hero. Trevor, Tyler & Josh were playing Godzilla Unleashed on the wii, I was knitting and enjoying the back and forth between them all when Sadie said to “watch Momma!” So I did, with the camera.
Guitar Hero has been the one rare game that Sadie & Tyler can play together or even just be around each other without fighting. It’s a rare, rare find for the 2 of them.

Do I have dust bunnies in my hair?

So I stepped downstairs to the basement to grab a couple balls of yarn & start a load of laundry but somehow I ended up organizing the corner of the basement that seems to be a neverending mess. It’s the end of the basement that has a ton of potential as well. Unfortunately it’s had a history of leaking & even flooding. Luckily we have only had one incident since moving in and nothing since. I think (knock on wood) that I fixed the window well that was the issue.

Anyway, I ended up down there again today for a couple of hours and I am pleased to report PROGRESS!!
And I even took a few photos before I got too much completed to show before & after.





Big difference in the before & after picture quality. Not sure how that happened, sorry!
That there mess in the before photo is actually after I had worked for a bit. Mostly I just organized glass jars that were piled and not arranged by size, style, etc.


This old chandelier has been down here for who knows how long. I don’t have the heart to throw it out, I see potential there, maybe spray paint it a dark glossy gray and do a “mercury glass” treatment on the globes that are a champagne color now. It would hang nicely in the living room but I think it would be fun at the top of the basement stairs, add a little fun interest.



While going through jars I found this beauty! If I have not mentioned before, we live in a house that was occupied by the same owner from the 1950’s until she passed away about 5 years ago. One Sandra G. Collins. I have a large stack of piano books all marked with her name.
We have found some very interesting things in this house, this is now added to the list. A jar with a shopping list inside. It looks like she got everything on her list too! I cannot bring myself to open the jar and let the air out that was captured with the list. We have a receipt from Kmart from the 1960’s, records found behind a wall, a wig that I found on a top shelf in the garage in pristine condition in it’s original box, and a few other fun items.

Below you can see a 40lb litter box filled to the brim with lids to the random assortment of jars. You can also see that she loved coffee just about as much as I do! I don’t care for instant but I think it’s fantastic and want to use them to decorate the kitchen I just haven’t decided how yet.



Here is another fun little gem that Sandra left me, housewife to housewife. A bag of random (odd) clean lids (covers) from 1997. They are not clean any longer, I opened the bag and found a few had spots of mold. I just dumped them in with the rest of the lids that I will go through soon enough and try to fit to jars. That will be a serious OCD day and lately there have been a few of them.


Once I was able to get all of the jars put away I went ahead and sanitized the hell out of the countertop. Butch immediately felt it was his job to claim it as his own. I do believe he rolled over every inch of that 8′ long counter.
Below I did a series of pictures instead of a panorama shot of the area I got cleaned up. Butch, once again, had to be right there in it.
You can see to the left in the first photo the original clothes dryer that is still functional but we don’t use it. I need to have it taken out for scrap. But it’s so 50’s and fabulous I don’t really want to part with it! I just wish I had some use for it other than a dryer and dust catcher. Right now my sweater drying rack is sitting on top & that’s good enough. I have a piece of peg board that I want to spray paint, frame & hang in my bedroom for accessories to hang from. And hanging from the ceiling are an assortment of pipes, wires, hoses that I have randomly found and/or walked in to. It’s a an adventure in this basement!


You can see in the photo above is also the corner that we have had flooding issues with. The wall in the corner has old mold. I have sprayed it on a number of occasions but never took the time to scrub the mold off. It will take all of the lovely pepto pink paint off the wall and I don’t look forward to that. I also don’t look forward to trying to prep this paint to ever paint it a different color!


The area under the basement stairs already has 2 large shelves built in that go the 4′ deep to the wall. It’s a lot of space. Dark space. Dusty space. So I did a half ass job of cleaning it out so I could store bins & sealed bagged items.
Underneath there is a nice big space where bins & boxes can stack. In this photo there are 21 boxes & bins stored under the stairs. That includes the 2 Christmas trees in their boxes.


It’s good. Not perfect by any means. I have a lot of space to work with and get thoroughly cleaned but for now storage is organized & functional. Yarn is in bins marked and memorized. I have a great grasp on just how many jars I have, how many canning lids I need, and eventually I may use them for food storage if I can get my hands on a Foodsaver.


Now if I could just get the opposite corner of the basement to look as nice. Shower stall that is rotted out, broken plumbing, useless toilet that runs…there is so much potential it kinda drives me nuts!!