August 16, 2017

Happy 8th

It's our 8th anniversary today.
Happy 8th, Yangkyu.

We always said our anniversary day was family day because it was the day we, Yangkyu, me and Piri, officially became family. And so on this day we miss him a little extra.

And we miss you too Mr. Bartles.

And we're so lucky to have you Lady.

August 15, 2017

A new bed

This was us for about a month. Sleeping on the floor on top of our flimsy full sized IKEA mattress.

I had been sleeping on our couch from December to July when Bartles was with us. He got up at night time to pee and go potty and I wanted to be there so that he wouldn't get into a pickle. I didn't want to disturb Yangkyu during weekdays when he needed to go to work and so it was Bartles and me downstairs. During weekends or days when Yangkyu worked from home, he joined me downstairs, but couch life was a bit tough for Yangkyu and so during the last couple of months before Bartles crossed the rainbow bridge, Yangkyu slept mostly upstairs on the bed. For me, even a couple of days after Bartles passed, I slept downstairs. 

A few days after I finally made my way up to sleep in our bedroom, on our bed for the first time in a long time, our bed frame broke. This bed we had since we got married in 2009, the bed that started in NY then made its way over to Silver Spring (MD), Fairfax (VA) and now Centreville, finally gave out. 

We contemplated on a new bed to buy and took a while to mull over it (because we wanted to buy something a bit better than IKEA). Also, our budget wasn't doing too well (had gone over a bit) and so we thought to go on a spending freeze until we could balance it out. But then I started to develop morning back aches and it was really time to just get us a new bed.

We ultimately went with Casper. We bought their Queen sized mattress, foundation and metal frame. And we love it. Miraculously, I woke up without morning backaches and have been getting sound sleep. It's a bit high, which we are not used to. We always had low furniture so that it would be easy for Piri to get on and off of them. The height also makes our room a bit smaller but we'll get used to all that, I'm sure. 

I'm looking to add a nicer comforter and a quilt too and we both thought to try the Casper pillow next . (they also have dog beds!)

August 14, 2017

Lately at Piri's Place + About Us #4

About Piri's Place #4
DogVacay has merged with Rover!
You can find our profile over here on the Rover website.

On August 12, we also celebrated 3 years of Piri's Place.
Happy paws everyone!

August 9, 2017


Today is day 300 since Piri crossed the rainbow bridge.

 // About Flowers for Piri
 // Flowers from across the rainbow bridge
 // An old blog hop -- Floral Fridays

August 8, 2017

DIY with Hairpin Legs

After Bartles crossed the rainbow bridge, I thought to make a simple table for both Piri and Bartles' ashes and some of their things. We had some unused boards that were once used as shelves that could be repurposed into a tabletop and all we needed to do was to invest in some hairpin legs to give it a nice touch. 

I found some on Amazon and ordered them (height 24 inches). This particular seller sells hairpin legs in single quantities so that you don't always have to buy a set of four (some people use three, etc.). Silly me, I thought I could make a table using only 2 (since our board was long and not wide - sort of could pass for a bench if you ask me). 

The order wasn't qualified for Prime but it arrived in a timely manner nonetheless and I was excited to get started working on the table. Only... Yangkyu was a bit stumped. He didn't think the table would stand only on two hairpin legs. And we ran into the trouble of the board being too thin. The nails to hold the hairpin legs to the board would go straight through to the other side. We had multiple spare boards and thought to maybe glue and then nail them together so it would be thick enough but I just wasn't prepared for a project to turn out messy and sloppy especially when we paid for a good pair of table legs. 

And so, I ordered two more hairpins and patiently waited for their arrival. Yangkyu bought a new thicker board at Home Depot (around $25), cut into several pieces (we of course only used one piece and perhaps we'll use the leftover boards for some other project). I sanded the board down (all the boards actually in one go so I wouldn't have to bother later) and my arms and hands felt numb for a good hour. And we were finally ready to put the whole thing together.

I was scared that maybe the table will end up being wobbly or that it wouldn't look as nice as I had imagined. I didn't stain the board or paint it in any color. I like the natural wood. And everything turned out nice. It's become a favorite quick project that we did together. And I am in love with the hairpin look that I want to make another for downstairs. I even said, let's make our own eating table. But perhaps too many hairpins and it'll start to look a little ridiculous. And perhaps an eating table is a bit too ambitious.

While this was supposed to be an economical project and we were only supposed to pay for two hairpin legs, we ended up paying for four and a board. So it is kind of a bust when it comes to amount spent, but I really do like how it turned out.

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