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Monday, July 9, 2012

Let’s Get This Party Started

You’ve been so patient and have waited long enough. Let’s join Jenny and get this rocking new house party started.

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My dear friends tried to arrive at 8:30 am. They rang the doorbell and heard crickets chirping. (More on that story later.) At 9 am they finally called me on my cell and asked “When are you going to be here?”

I replied, “I am here.”

“We rang the bell.”

“Oh, yeah, the doorbell (among 500 other things) is broken. I’ll let you in.”

Julie got right to work tackling a large bathroom. It was SO good to see her. She also just moved into a new home.

(Please note the lovely pea green walls.)

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My dear friend and next door neighbor Miss Phyllis (from the old cul de sac of kindness) was in charge of removing 500 million switch plate and outlet covers. They were pretty grimy and covered with paint from previous paintbrush mishaps. Phyllis spent a couple of hours scrubbing to get them clean and shiny. 

(The mud brown walls in this bathroom were at the top of the “must go” list.)

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Miss Marty is the whirling dervish of housecleaners. I learned SO many great housekeeping tips from her.  I would love for her to do a guest post on DTA to share her secrets.

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The house had pretty much sat vacant for over two years. It took five ladies over four hours to remove all the layers of dust and grime. We worked up a big appetite. The grilled chicken and baked ziti were a hit.

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There was also Italian olives and a mixture of greens.

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I arranged several different rows of toppings so each guest could design her own salad creation.

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It took Miss Marty and I a few minutes to figure out how to turn on my new stove to bake the hot garlic bread.

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The table setting featured bright and happy paper goods.

(Don’t worry, I plan to correct the variety of window coverings with one unified look.)

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The plates were found at T J Maxx, the straws on Etsy and the limonata at Fresh and Easy.

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We all filled our plates and happily talked for over an hour.

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It was then time to say goodbye. There were of course goody boxes to thank my dear friends for all their hard work.

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Because I really couldn’t have met our moving deadlines without them.

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For those of you who sent loving thoughts and well wishes from far away…


…I am sharing the graphics I created for the party if you decide to host your own bucket brigade.


My friend Jenny dressed in her Rosie the Riveter ensemble (image shown at the very top) won the cutest apron contest. Her prize? A box full of Mrs. Meyers cleaning products.

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She also received a darling vintage apron. Here is the graphic for you.

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Up next, car wash window covering and narrowly escaping a black widow.


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