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CheckMouse

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  1. We put in an Acorn Stairlift for my mother when we first got to our new home in NE. The upstairs bathroom has only a tub, and the downstairs one has only a shower. There's no way she was going to use a tub, and it was less expensive to add the Stairlift than to remodel the upstairs bathroom. She's gone now, but I find that it is a lifesaver for my knees! I love it! We had the first annual inspection today (free) and it got a good report - no problems, nothing looming in the foreseeable future. Very happy to hear that. And I had to renew my website today, which involved switching to a new format. I'm not sure how it happened but I had a substantial chunk of credit on file which knocked the price down about 2/3! After all the expenses and upheaval we've had lately these two things really brightened my day!
  2. Ok, I guess that's the problem. I wanted to go back to some old posts and remove pictures. Back in 2014 or so. I wanted to clear my % of usage of my picture quota but I guess I can't. I can never put a picture in a post anymore - only a link. And now I can't find my own gallery albums either. The only thing that comes up when I look for my pictures are the old ones embedded in a post.
  3. I've been gone for awhile, and I see there has been another upgrade -- did we lose the editing option? We used to be able to edit something we posted - you know, when you've already posted it and then you see a stupid mistake? Is that no longer an option, or have I just not seen where to do it?
  4. I knew it would be hard, as we were so close (single mom / only child) but I didn't realize it would be this hard!
  5. I think I tend towards accuracy. I like the tiny replicas of real things. I also seem to prefer public buildings to personal houses. I have a Garden Bistro with Mom 'n' Pop owners' quarters attached. I have a Bed and Breakfast, a Mountain Retreat, and a Publishing House. But I also have a couple houses - one is a 120-year-old rehab. I love that one, and I tried to keep it close to the early 1900's when it was originally handmade. I also have a big house that I haven't had time to work on for a long time. One of these days ...
  6. Hi Holly, Yes, I'm okay. Still learning to adjust to life without my dear mother. You'd think that by this stage of my life it wouldn't be so hard. We're almost all settled into our new home - took much longer than anticipated. And I'm very busy trying to build the mini business to supplement our retirement. I miss everybody over here in Greenleaf land; must stop in more often now that my life has calmed down a bit. Do you remember the dollhouse I put in our garden window - The Garden Bistro? Here in this house we didn't have a garden window - I don't think anyone here even knows what they are! However, not too long ago my son-in-law closed his store and had a lot of fixtures stored in his garage. He gave me 2 large display cabinets, about 6' long by 2' deep by 3.5' tall - glass top, mirrored ends, glass back. I have them back-to-back in my workroom and my Garden Bistro just fits in one of them! Oh, and there are fluorescent lights inside, also. One of these days I'll try to update my Gallery - if I can find it again.
  7. I've been gone for awhile and am battling with my latest Windows10 update. Just came on here because my shortcut icon disappeared, and was trying to figure out why it looked so different! Now I understand! I resisted Windows10 until the absolute last minute - and now I just got an upgrade. What a mess! I've spent hours trying to get things back the way I like them. Fix Item#1, go to item#2 and get that set - only to realize that the second fix ruined the first fix. Aren't computers fun? Anyway - Hi everybody (glad to see our delightful emojis are still here!)
  8. Hello, everybody! Been missing you all. I can't remember when I checked in last, but it's been too long. My sweet mother died December 3rd, after our move to Nebraska. She loved our new house, loved being closer to her grandchildren. We had a huge family reunion in November, with our son and family joining us from Mississippi. After they left, on a Friday, Mother's hospice nurse came by and helped her with a shower. Mother took a nap after that - and stayed in bed until Monday. She declined rather quickly after that. It's as if she closed the book on the last chapter - she had seen and visited with all the grandkids and great-grands, including the oldest one home from college - and she was ready to say goodbye. She lived about 4 years longer than the doctors expected, and we just sort of figured she would go on indefinitely. I'm still busy getting this house in order. It's bigger than our last house, but we don't have the same cupboards and the same layout so it's been a challenge to get everything organized. And I have been very busy making up for lost time with my miniature business. Starting to see some progress, so that is encouraging. I kept telling people we were looking for a nice basement with a house attached - and that's what we got! One-hundred year old Craftsman and I love it! My basement workshop is 477 sq. feet. There are three more rooms in the basement, plus a bathroom. And some news on DH, who some may remember was in a car accident as we left WA last summer. He was in a rehab hospital for 3 months, but has now completely recovered. His crushed foot and broken wrist have healed well. He now wears a larger shoe size since his foot sort of spread out as it healed, but he's okay with that. We're just very thankful that he can walk normally with no pain. (every bone in his foot was broken in two or three places). However, he shows no desire to ever drive a car again. But that's okay - we are now in a very small town, no longer out in the country far from everything. He enjoys walking three blocks to the grocery store to pick up a few things as needed. Well - enough rambling. So good to be back "home" with you all!
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    Later view

    1920. The town was founded in 1866
  10. Thank you, Samantha. Yes, he really did a number on himself! I'm just thankful it wasn't any worse. It was almost a head-on collision - headlight to headlight, not quite straight on. I was right behind him in the van we rented for our trip. He was driving his pickup which he was giving to a friend - he was blinded by headlights coming around the corner - and ka-boom. They had to use the Jaws of Life to get him out of the vehicle. He has a broken right wrist, both bones; and a crushed left foot. All 5 metatarsal bones were each broken in 2 or 3 places. He had surgery by the best physician at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. After a week there, he was flown to our town in Nebraska, to a facility that is a rehab center and a nursing home. His older sister has been a resident there for the last 5 years and the staff put him in the same wing, just 4 doors down from her room. And this place is a mile and a half from our house! There was an opening for him (in his own private room); his insurance was accepted; and he and his sister eat all their meals together. God is good! The Seattle hospital staff was looking for a place for his transfer, including Omaha, which is about 100 miles from us. So very thankful they got him in this local facility. Our daughter, a nurse who used to work there, says it is the best in the county! He's gaining strength, has a walking cast on his foot now, but can't walk alone yet. His wrist is really bothering him more than his foot right now. There is an internal rod to keep the wrist straight, after the regular cast was removed.
  11. I am totally captivated by this house! I called the county courthouse and found out that I can bring my title and any other info I have to their office and get information from "day one" of the house! I'm trying to fit that into my schedule (a.k.a. get a sitter for Mother for a few hours). After the inspection the seller had to upgrade the electrical system - it still had the fuse box with those round glass (?) fuses in it! It also has a full basement! I have wanted a basement all my life! It has 2 bedrooms, a workroom, bathroom, and a huge room almost the full length of the house. That will be my workroom and dollhouse domain. Of course, now that we have a house with a stairway, my knees are giving out. I will have to have them both replaced, I'm assuming, but I certainly can't take time for me right now. Caring for Mother, visiting DH, unpacking and settling a new house by myself - no way I can have any surgery now! However - we did put in one of those Acorn Stairlift chairs on the stairway to the basement. Absolutely a life saver - or knee saver! And with that I no longer had to wait for someone to have time to help me haul stuff to the basement - I just (a) carry it on my lap or (b) strap a box onto the seat and send it down the pike! The basement bathroom has a big shower, and the upstairs bathroom has only a tub, so now we can get my mother down to the nice shower since she can definitely not use a bathtub anymore.
  12. Thank you, Sable. I'm on the Internet a lot on my phone - just hadn't thought of going to the forum that way. I haven't yet unpacked my whole computer - only found the CPU so far. I do have a laptop, but it's a miserable Chromebook and I really don't like it! I now have the little Greenleaf icon on my home screen
  13. I just posted a few pictures. We shopped online for months before moving - I was on the realtor website every day. We saw a lot of nice houses, saw a lot of blah houses. It's tricky buying a house unseen, and selling a house while you're still living in it! Someone suggested we just move into a rental and then shop around. But with my 96-yr-old mother needing round-the-clock care that just didn't seem like a good idea. We had an excellent realtor (third try!) and she would call our daughter and they went through each house while I was on the other end of a Facebook Messenger video call. Gotta love modern technology! I spotted this one within the first few hours of its posting - and it was love at first sight. And DH loves it, too. He's not out of rehab yet but we were able to bring him in a wheelchair to at least see it. We had an inspection done, a few things were fixed up, and it was given a clean bill of health. A lot of the rooms have wallpaper and everyone asks if I'm going to rip it out. No, I'm not. Don't mess with my dollhouse!
  14. Long ago they said they would not have a cellphone app for the forum, as Facebook does. I can access it if I go to the Internet and log in from there, I guess. If they do have an app now, I would love that!
  15. From the album: New Home in Nebraska

    This is the flooring that was under the carpet - oak hardwood - 100 yrs old! We are getting all the floors refinished - sanding, then a stain, then a polyurethane sealer. Our contractor uses Minwax stains - says it's the best!
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    New Home in Nebraska

    In August 2019 we sold our home in Washington state and moved to Nebraska. After shopping online, from far away, and looking at dozens of houses, we found our jewel. It is a Craftsman, built in 1920. It needs a little TLC but the inspection showed that the bones are sound and it's in good shape. The previous owner was a widower in his 90's who had lived here with his family for 57 years! I feel like I've just moved into my own dollhouse!
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    Backyard BBQ

    From the album: New Home in Nebraska

    DH is looking forward to trying out this delightful BBQ
  18. CheckMouse

    Front Porch

    From the album: New Home in Nebraska

    The porch swing came with the house - and my 96 year old mother likes sitting out there.
  19. From the album: New Home in Nebraska

    My SIL and grandson removing the carpet, which was old and stained.
  20. CheckMouse

    Later view

    From the album: New Home in Nebraska

    Taken after we moved in. I'm planning to make a trip to the county courthouse, where they tell me they can give me the history of the house from day one!
  21. From the album: New Home in Nebraska

    This was the first picture we saw of the house, less than 12 hours after it was listed.
  22. I've been off the forum way too long! Here's my story in a nutshell sold our home in Washington DH was in a car accident as we left the house; still hospitalized for rehab - now entering week #11 moved to Nebraska - DH by plane from Seattle Harborview to Nebraska hospital; Mother and I went by car. still caring for 96-yr-old mother with stage four kidney disease and rapidly increasing dementia busy setting up new house - Still haven't found the box with the rest of my computer in it, but I do have a laptop - hate it but it works, sort of. I can't access the Greenleaf forum by cellphone so I've been out of touch. My overworked cellphone has been doing everything - bill paying, email, Facebook, internet searches for shopping - EVERYTHING! I'm very thankful for an efficient smartphone, but I do so miss my big computer monitor! Anyway, just wanted to pop in and say HELLO - I'll post pictures of our house when I get my computer hooked up. We purchased a 100 year old home, which I believe is a Craftsman. Not a Victorian this time, but it has a lot of charm. We ripped out the carpet in the living and dining rooms - and are getting the beautiful oak hardwood floors refinished. That has seriously slowed down the unpacking process, but it's worth it. Underneath all the nasty carpet is a completely perfect and unblemished floor! There are two patches which look like places for floor grates for the heating system - and an old chimney in the basement that fed them! But the patches were well done and with the refinishing will be almost undetectable..
  23. Hi Julie, Ironically, I just moved out of WA, but I was over on the coast. I have a couple kits that I don't have time to build. Could you pay the shipping? No charge for the kits, but I'm afraid the shipping is pretty high. Send me a PM if you're interested.
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