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Our 1st year anniversary for both the blog and us!

Sep 09 2016 -
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Looking back I wrote and posted our first blog post here on August 19 of last year, so we just passed our blog’s very 1st anniversary! We also just passed our 100th blog post on August 18th – amazing that that landed within 1 day of our blog’s 1st post! And, just two days ago Joe and I celebrated our 1st year wedding anniversary! Lots of firsts around here lately 🙂 Joe and I also started dating in September and we also got engaged in September so I guess its only natural that all of our firsts will be close to it. Joe’s been bringing our anniversary up over the past month, “What do you want? What can we do? Anything you want, what do you want?!” I kept thinking of those buzzards in the Jungle Book sounding like The Beatles, “What do you wanna do?” “I dunno, what do you wanna do?” And I just kept coming up with a big blank. We’ve been working really hard lately (so I’m pooped) and we had just gone camping so I didn’t really want to go anywhere. I’m also worried about our finances right now because Joe just started working for himself so I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money. I also felt guilty because I still feel like I should be like a “normal” girl and request a sexy dinner out and jewelry… but I just wasn’t feeling it.

UPDATE: December 15th, 2017. Joe and I are now divorced. I will not be deleting blog posts like this one as it is still a diary to some extent of my past and that still matters to me. I wish I had been more honest about how things were going to you guys here on the blog… I thought things would get better. There was always something: once this happens then he won’t be so angry… But, eventually, he ran out of excuses and I had to face my reality that I was wrong about Joe in every way possible. Grandma’s house is completely mine so now it can actually become what I dreamed it would be on all those late nights alone when I was renovating it. Happiness does not always come the way we expect it to, sometimes it even takes a broken heart to get us there, and I still believe in happy endings!

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So, it finally dawned on me what it is that I REALLY wanted to do for our anniversary. Absolutely nothing! Ok, not quite nothing, no I wanted to continue tradition. On the morning after our wedding we got everyone up early to watch us open gifts then we kicked everyone out by noon, locked all the doors, shuttered all of the windows and proceeded to the couch where we stayed all day watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy – it was awesome. This is what I wanted more then anything else: just us. I told Joe and I really don’t know if I’ve ever made that man happier. I told my mom and she said, “How on earth did you two find each other?” I guess our ideal perfect day isn’t everyone’s cup of tea! My only request was wine (and as much as I wanted) and my VERY favorite pizza (which I NEVER let myself have) and Joe’s request was shrimp and crab for supper 🙂


So, it all started Friday night, we ran into town to grab my perfect pizza from a local joint (you can’t get it anywhere else but here) with pepperoni, sausage and green pepper and we picked up crab, shrimp and extra butter for Monday night. It is pretty darned awesome our anniversary got a four day weekend! I wish I could say that we turned off our phones and took it easy all weekend but that just wouldn’t be our style, there are animals to take care of and wood to split, a chimney to sweep and about a thousand other things. (I will tell you guys about the real horror and stress and work I’ve had in my life lately in another post but it is almost over now!) But, all in, it was a weekend of wholesomeness where the work was the good kind, the work that will keep us warm and safe, the work that was just for us and our home. We watched the first two Hobbit movies Friday night, the last Hobbit movie Saturday night, the first two Lord of the Rings movies Sunday night and then the last Lord of the Rings movie, after our crab and shrimp feast, Monday night. It was perfectly us and it was awesome. During the last movie, with the crab settled and our glasses full of cold wine, Joe and I dug out of the freezer the desert I saved from our wedding – we’re not traditional in any way but we enjoyed it! I can’t believe how fast that year went and it was NOT without its stress and problems but, the truth is, it was the best year of my life and I can’t wait to have him in my next one. Out of the archives: here’s the last picture taken of us on our wedding day, the last dance of the night.

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This little blog of ours has come a long way since I moved it over to our new site design (from the renovation diary) in August of last year. I have a lot of hopes and dreams for Grandma’s House DIY and though I know I’ve made mistakes over the last year I can honestly say that every day, every week and every month this blog has been growing. In a year we went from 100 page views a month to averaging over 23,000! It has been a lot of work and a serious learning curve. I’ve been a web designer since I was 16 and I’ve been designing WordPress themes for clients since 2008 but this is the first time I’ve actually been behind the blog myself. My dream one day is to replace my day job and blog/refinish furniture full time. So, after a year and 100 blog posts, do I still think that’s possible? Yes I actually do, if Grandma’s House DIY keeps doing what its doing I will reach that goal in three years *fingers crossed!!* My biggest worry? Running out of projects! Right now I am publishing a Tips & Tutorials or a Before & After once a week EVERY. SINGLE. WEEK. It is absolutely the meat and potatoes of my blog and, so far, I’m not yet scraping the bottom of my proverbial creative barrel yet (lol) but it is something I worry about. (Honestly if I was able to post more content the blog would be growing much faster but I can’t post just for the sake of posting.) Someday soon you can expect some posts from me about how I got the site to where it is today (my mistakes and what seems to be working) as well as more frugal living tips and, of course, more DIY projects!

I sure hope to see you guys this same time next year – let’s see what her second year has to bring to Grandma’s House DIY!

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  1. September 9, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Congratulations on both anniversaries!

  2. Candy Walsh
    September 11, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Congratulations my friend! And Happy Anniversary! It really does seem that you and Joe were cut from the same cloth, lol. And your weekend sounds great, I’m a huge homebody myself so it sounds perfect!!
    I’m so glad I ran across your blog on Hometalk, it’s been so great following along and you’ll meet al of your ambitions I sure~If you can dream it, you can do it!!
    By the way, I went back Friday and the Cosco stool was still there waiting for me!! I can’t wait to get it done!!
    Blessings and many many years of happiness and success!

    • September 12, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      Thank you so much Candy, sorry I haven’t got back to you yet via email!

  3. Sherri
    September 13, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Congrats on your blog success and your 1st anniversary! I read a lot of blogs and you are one of my favorites, keep up the good work, I know you will succeed! By any chance was that pizza from “Rockys”???

    • September 13, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Thank you Sherri, yup it is in fact Rockys 🙂

  4. September 14, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Happy anniversary to you both and of course your blog. May you have continued success.
    Love your makeovers.

    • September 14, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you so much Linda 🙂 *hugs*

  5. September 23, 2016 at 3:17 am

    Congratulations on your anniversary (both of them)!!! I love all of the projects you share on your blog. Keep up the good work. And that’s an awesome picture of the rain.

  6. Ann Seabolt
    September 27, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Happy Anniversary! I too discovered your blog on Hometalk and started at your beginning and have loved seeing the journey to what you have today. I love seeing someone restore and renovate an old house. I wish I had the know how to tackle some of the things I’d like to do around my home. I love seeing how you restore or renovate old furniture too. Hope you find a way to fix up your barn.

    • September 27, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      Thank you for coming by 🙂 It has been a very long journey but I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

  7. Sue
    November 27, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Just now reading this (have been trying to catch up on all the stuff you’ve written, I just discovered you a couple months ago!!) but I wanted to say happy anniversary to you two, and you and Joe sound SO much like Sid and me… Stay at home, no muss no fuss, one Christmas I asked for a vacuum cleaner~ This year I asked for a set of steak knives. I’m not talking those expensive things either, just something at Walmart.Practical, practical. Don’t get me wrong, Sid bought me a fur coat one year for my birthday, which I LOVE, but would never have asked for…So, take heart, Hunny. Y’all are not Alone in your Weirdness, there are a few more of us out here….. And we tend to gravitate towards each other… Keep on Keepin’ On….

    • November 28, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Sue, that’s SO great!! Right now my xmas wishlist includes sand paper and a good pair of work gloves lol! I already have too much jewelry that I rarely wear though I do understand Joe in his desire to get me something special and not necessarily practical. Honestly, he just replaced my brake light for me and I told him that that was such an amazing gift to me!

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