Cat Bedroom Remodel

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There was an addition put on to our house many years ago. It was originally  a hair salon that a lady ran out of the back of her house. But the last few years it has been the bedroom for the cats. They need their own bedroom at night because otherwise they race around the house like maniacs, party under the bed and sit on my head, which is not conducive to a good night’s sleep.

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This room was not pretty. With wood paneling floors, beat up, stained walls and an ugly blue door, it was not a room we were excited to show off. I had dreams of it one day being home to not only our cats, but a washer and dryer, and maybe even a desk.

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Eventually we ripped out the ugly shelving, the old closet, and painted the dank stained walls a nice light grey. It took a while to decide on what to do with the floors, but we finally decided to paint them with high gloss dark grey oil paint. This was the worst part of the process because the cats had to stay out of this room for many days while the paint dried. Which meant I did not sleep well for a while!

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After the floors were primed.

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Another tricky part of the process was the washer and dryer. The only hookups we had for such equipment was on the enclosed back porch, so we had to hire an electrician and a plumber to be able to install a washer and dryer in this room. During this process the cats stayed in our room with a sign on the door that said “Cats inside, do not open!”  But it got opened anyway and the cats nearly escaped for good!

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We traded out the old carpet cat tree that was falling apart, with some slick new modern cat furniture.

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When the walls and floor were down being painted, we took a trip to Ikea to get a new desk, a rug, some cabinets and a few other things to finish the room. The car was so stuffed we could not have bought one more thing!

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The cats love their new bedroom, and I love my new office/laundry room! A room that we never spent any time in, is now one of our favorite rooms.

Train Bridge

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I have always loved trains; I find them mysterious, and intriguing. I like to dream of where they’re going, and where they came from. I wonder about what they’re carrying, and who’s riding them. I live close to the train tracks, and most nights I can hear the lonely whistle of the train, and I try to imagine where it is headed as I fall asleep.

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Sometimes I dream that I am on that train, headed to some far away, unknown town.

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I always have the yearning to travel far far away, and train tracks always make me dream of distant places.

Long Branch Trail

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A new Greenway is coming to the city!  And this one runs right through downtown.

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The old industrial side of town that has been crumbling for years is finally getting a new life, and this trail will help to connect everything together. The old tobacco factories are being converted into loft apartments, businesses, research labs and classrooms for the local medical school. It’s getting hard to believe this whole area was nearly abandoned just a decade or so ago.

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It was a chilly, foggy Sunday afternoon that we ventured out and walked along what would soon be the busy new trail. The Greenway will run along some old railroad tracks that are no longer in use, and include many bridges.

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Click here to see what this area looked like back in the summer, right as construction started. I kind of liked the overgrown look of what it used to be, but I am also excited to see what it changes into.

First Flowers

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The weather has been unusually warm this year, so the flowers have come out earlier than usual! I was annoyed at the lack of winter this year, but once I saw the flowers popping up everywhere, it was hard to stay mad.

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Hyacinths are one of my favorites. I planted many more last fall and was excited to see all the new colors come up this spring.

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Another one of my favorites are these white and orange daffodils. I was happy to see so many of them in my yard this year, especially since I don’t really remember planting them. What a surprise!

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Every day more and more plants seem to begin to poke up through the ground.

Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry is a free ride between Manhattan and Staten Island in New York City, and has some great city views, so we couldn’t pass it up!

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This was my first real glimpse at Manhattan. It’s hard to tell just how tall the buildings are when you’re standing right next to them, but it was pretty incredible to see them from afar!

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It was a dark and cold winter’s day. About 30 degrees without the windchill, so who knows how cold it really was out on the water. But my camera and I braved the cold and stood out on the top deck to scope out the best views.

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The ferry takes about 20 minutes each way, and has great views of the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan and Brooklyn. And it’s completely free!  It has space inside and out, so it’s great any time of the year.  I definitely recommend it if you ever find yourself in NYC.

Night Snow

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Most of the snow fell at night during the big snow storm that come by last month. I love snow so much, I couldn’t help but race around outside late at night, taking pictures of the pretty snow.

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I purposely left the Christmas lights up, in case of snow. I love the way Christmas lights look in the snow, but it almost never snows here before Christmas.

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I love snow. I feel like winter has no meaning unless there is snow on the ground. It’s such a magical sight.

Skyscraper Search

I’ve always been a city child. The landscape of the countryside is pretty, but the wide open spaces, the lack of humans, and the absence of buildings, all makes me feel unsettled after a while. I had never given New York City much thought until recently, and when I visited, it seemed obvious that I would like it there.The city I live in only has a few skyscrapers, but I have always loved being downtown, nestled in between the tall buildings. So I felt quite at home, wandering the New York City streets, looking up, and admiring all the skyscrapers that put the ones in my city to shame.

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