Saturday, May 29, 2010

Home Improvement

So here it is - Spring. The season of renewal. Out with the old, in with the...well, you get the picture!

Carpets need cleaning. Windows need washing. Toilets need repairing...what? The toilet thing...that's just in my house? Oh.

Anyhow, off to Home Depot I went to try and stumble through an explanation of how my powder room toilet was misbehaving. Wow.

Now, I can talk medical terminology all the live long day. But I do not speak "toilet." I do not know the names of the parts. I do not know how they work, only that they do. Or don't. I do not know the parallel "hip bone connected to the thigh bone" song for the toilet to try and identify which area is malfunctioning. So I am quite sure that the Home Depot person was wishing they had not asked how they could help me or better yet, that they had just called in sick altogether! (Ever had one of those days? I can relate!)

Miraculously, I somehow - through pantomime and the use of sound effects - managed to convey what is (hopefully) wrong and I am now the proud owner of two brand spanking new Toilet Fill Valves! Why two, you ask? Because my Sweet Hubby had already replaced one! One down, two to go!

Should be fun! Right?? Maybe?? Pray for me and my toilets. And Valerie, if by some small chance you're reading this...NO - I do NOT need Robert to come over and do it for me. But thank you. And yes, I'm sure. And yes, I know I'm stubborn. We've already established that. (Umm, Val - how much does Robert charge for an emergency visit? I'm putting him on speed dial.)

I know I'm not the only one that will be in the bathroom this week. Huh...that didn't quite sound right. Anyway. My friend, Kimberly, has taken the week off to tackle her own list of home improvement tasks and that includes some bathroom remodeling and redecorating. I think hers will be a lot more exciting than mine. With a prettier outcome!

How about you? Have you been up to anything around the homefront lately? Painting? Rearranging? Deep cleaning? What exactly is it about this season that drives this "need" anyway? And is there a pill we can take to eliminate it?!

Whew, that's enough excitement from me! How about a little for you?

If you've been following my blog for a little while, you may recall a giveaway sponsored by CSN Stores a couple of months ago. Well, I was recently contacted by Jessica at CSN Stores asking if I'd like to host another. Uhhh...yeah!

If you're like I was, you may not have heard of CSN Stores. But the reality is that they have more than 200 online shopping sites! Isn't that wild??!!!! And in perusing what they have to offer, can you imagine my surprise when I came across bathroom vanities, of all things?!! (Note to self: call Kimberly.) But they also have a store for practically every thing you can think of, need, dream of or drool over...hello, my lovelies! And believe me...that's just the tippity-tip-top of the iceberg!

Where was I? Oh yeah, sorry! I'm such a sucker for a pretty coffee machine!

That's's *GIVEAWAY* time here at ItTR courtesy of CSN Stores! And this time, I'm not picking for you! The gift will be a $40 gift certificate redeemable in any of the more than 200 CSN Stores online!

For added excitement, I've cooked up 4 chances to win! They include:

  • leaving a comment telling me about YOUR home improvement plans! What's that? You don't have any? Then feel free to leave me a comment like, "Gigi, I'm kicked back on my deck with a freshly squeezed lemonade and the latest Martha Stewart magazine." I won't cry...much.
  • mentioning the giveaway in your blog along with a link back here and then leaving a comment that you've done so.
  • a mention of the giveaway and a link to my blog on your Facebook page.
  • following me and then leaving me a comment that you've done so. Already "follow" me? Thanks!! Just leave a separate comment saying so and I'll count that one too! Easy, right?

In one of your posts, please include your email address as that is how CSN will contact you with the gift certificate details if you're the winner. If you'd prefer not to post it in a comment, feel free to email it to me through my profile.

And for those of you that may have "won" something here in the past...YAY!!! But please feel free to enter again! I truly believe if it's meant to be, it will be! Remember Proverbs 16:33 ~

The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.

I'll close this post to comments at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 EST and will use the random integer generator thingamabob to determine the winning comment(er)! Look for the announcement post sometime Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

In the meantime, get to posting and thinking of how you'd spend that $!


Random Integer Generator

Here are the numbers, generated with randomization based on persistent identifier 6/2/10 21:50 EST:


Congratulations to katiegfromtennessee!!

And my thanks to all who posted!


nitewrit said...


Home improvements, hmm, I don't know. Speaking of toilets remember a bit ago I wrote about those screws on the toilet seat? I put in bigger screws, but now they have pulled out, so maybe I could try to improve that.

I thought I was getting a tax refund, but Uncle Sam just wrote me and said I made a mistake and I owe money. That doesn't help.

Things have actually been a little ragged lately.

I see changes in your blog. Was that part of the Spring cleaning?


Dawn said...

Of course I would love to win $40! What fun! You know I follow you. And I'll try to do the other stuff, too.

But what not fun - working on your toilet. You are a brave and gutsy lady. I detest trying to explain things to men who think we're ninnies. Good luck!!

We recently acquired a new flat screen t.v. (way too big, but hubby's dream for watching sports), which necessitated a new entertainment center. What a job it has been getting everything back together.

I absolutely hate spring cleaning - or any cleaning for that matter. I never get that urge, though I definitely should. I much prefer the sitting on the patio and enjoying the nice new air.

We're excited about having our brand new West Point grad with us Monday - what a perfect way to celebrate this particular holiday! I'll be sharing more about that on Monday or Tuesday's posts.

Have a wonderful week-end!

nancygrayce said...

I'm already a follower! :)

nancygrayce said...

Well, you've already seen my home improvements! Also hubby did a little painting on the wall he hung my photo on, even though the paint doesn't match 100% yikes! So, I guess one of our summer projects will be painting which we need to do anyway!

nancygrayce said...

I linked to you on my blog!

Needled Mom said...

There is nothing like a perfect running toilet!!!!

My home improvement project is making pot rollers to move the heavy pots on the patio.

Mami2jcn said...

I'm a new follower.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Mami2jcn said...

I'd like to do landscaping, fence our yard, and improve our curb appeal.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Jess said...

HI dearie....home about to actually own my own home! LOL

Love you


Jess said...

and you are on my facebook as wellllllll

thank you for the opportunity to win!

Love, Jess

Jess said...

I already follow.....religiously! LOLOLOLOLOL


Diane@Diane's Place said...

And I already follow you. ;o)

Diane@Diane's Place said...

I rent, so no home improvement plans. ;o)

And I regret to share that the kitten I was nursing died during the night. :-(

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Linked to this post on Facebook. ;o)

Anonymous said...

Gigi, I so understand the knowing of the medical terminology and then going into the hardware store to describe the thingy that I need! Ask me about heart valves not toilet valves.LOL Right now I am scrubbing walls and getting ready to paint I'm already a follower. Good luck with your toilet valves!

Krissie said...

I have a million things I need to do -- updating the bathrooms, getting new area rugs, etc. etc.--but I need to get some energy to do them!
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Krissie said...

I follow you on GFC -- Kristine Michelle
AllMyCrazyCats @

Krissie said...

I blogged about this
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Jennai said...

Our home improvement plans mostly center around the yard and patio
HobartsMama {AT} AOL.COM

Jennai said...

I follow on GFC as Jennai
HobartsMama {AT} AOL.COM

Jennai said...

I blogged
HobartsMama {AT} AOL.COM

Unknown said...

Hi! I found you on my sisters comment section of her blog. (The Jungle Hut0. Your name struck a chord with me as that is what Rita's grandbabies call our mom. GiGi. (As in G.G for Great Grandmother) I enjoyed perusing your blog. You're a gifted blogger!

katiegfromtennessee said...

Hey Gigi:) I'm getting ready to clean out all my closets so we can have a huge garage sale and give the proceeds to my sister-in-law towards her adoption of a child from Ethiopia:) We are excited for her and her husband! And, oh yes, I have to clean my bathrooms, BOO:(

Blessings to you today Gigi,


Matt Walentiny said...

Over the past weekend, we did a major spring cleaning and several weeks before that we donated several bags of old clothes to goodwill. Our next big project will be tackling the 2nd bedroom, which has largely served as a storage/catch all. Ugh!

Dawn said...

Fingers crossed here!! Love winning!