Friday, August 21, 2015

Moved Away: Nobody Lives Here

I've lived at this blog address since 2007. I'm sad to move away but people keep telling me I need a website, a landing page—something more, so I've taken a step in that direction. You can find me at:

Big plans in the works: I’ll be sending out a quarterly newsletter so if you have any interest in keeping up with me, hop on over to my new abode and sign up for it. I promise not to pepper your in-box—just a little news now and then, tips, markets and words of encouragement.

My friend Heather K. Duff at Oxblaze Media and Marketing did my website. She's also a ghost writer, copywriter, songwriter and so much more. I'll be posting with her periodically at

I'll have to educate myself with WordPress. That doesn't excite me at all but I'll give it my best shot. Hey, don't be surprised if I decide to move back here someday.

It’s been fun, my peeps. I hope you’ll join me at the new digs.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Only 99 Cents

I wrote The Last Daughter while living in Yukon, Oklahoma.
I met a friend at the Mustang Library and we would write for four hours at a time.
Libraries have great writing vibes.
Until Friday of this week, The Last Daughter is only 99 cents.

If you read The Last Daughter,
please leave an honest review on Amazon.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


Today is IWSG Day because it's the first Wednesday in August.  IWSG stands for Insecure Writers Support Group and was founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh.  You can follow other IWSG members here or on twitter using the hashtag #IWSG. We also have a Facebook pageThe purpose of IWSG is to share and encourage, so today I plan to encourage.

I want you to take a look at what you've accomplished since our last IWSG day. Maybe you should jot a few notes to organize your thoughts. Accomplished a lot? Great! But what about all of you who have done nothing because of vacations, kids being home, sickness or surgeries? Don't feel bad. Life gets in the way sometimes, but honestly, we shouldn't let life get in the way ALL the time.

Ask yourself this question:

What do you truly want to achieve with your writing? Be realistic when you answer. Being a best selling writer is a realistic goal for someone who writes daily, wins contests and is actively studying and learning, but being published by one of the top five might not be  realistic for someone who only writes a few times every few months, never enters or wins a contest and doesn't revise according to critiques or feedback. We always need to learn and grow.

I'd like to suggest a writing/learning plan for those of you who aren't accomplishing anything.

Settle on one goal. You might want to finish your novel. When you reach the end, go through it again, do a little tweaking, then find beta readers or someone willing to critique. You can revise according to those comments you get from your readers. Oh, wait... you don't agree with any thing they said? Then Houston, we might have a problem. Put your pages away for a few weeks or even better, a few months while you delve into a really good how-to book. When you go back to your critiques, I'm certain you'll view them differently.

Or, your goal might be to write a few short pieces and get them out there. That's great: Identify your markets--print magazines or online literary journals. Study them by reading several months of back issues, including their guidelines. Then write. Find someone to read and give you a critique. Believe me when I say feedback is helpful. Revise accordingly.

I know I've said this to you a thousand times: making up our mind to do something is half the battle. We can be our own worst enemy or we can be our hero. We just need to decide on what we want to accomplish and let nothing or no one stand in our way as we plod toward our dream.

Here's an interesting quote from Natalie Goldberg. Take it to heart.

This is your life. You are responsible for it.
You will not live forever. Don't wait.

~ Natalie Goldberg

On another note, I'm speaking at the Texas Gulf Coast Mini-Conference on Saturday. Here's the link if you'd like to check it out:

Also, my novella, The Last Daughter, is only 99 cents. If you haven't read it, I'd love for you to grab a copy and then leave an honest review.

Good Writing!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

IWSG Day: Catch Your Dreams

Don't you just love IWSG Day? It comes around the first Wednesday of each month and we get to visit hundreds of blogs that are filled with encouragement.  IWSG stands for Insecure Writers Support Group and was founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh.  If you're interested follow other IWSG members here or on twitter using the hashtag #IWSG. We also have a Facebook page.  Hey, we even have a tee shirt!

What have you accomplished since our last IWSG posting? You know, don't you, that if you actually write down your goals, you'll come near achieving them. At least that's what I've heard. I'm a list maker so I've always written down goals, right along with my grocery list and things to do. Unfortunately, sometimes I don't look at my list.

I've accomplished a few things during the past few weeks. I've always wanted to write a series of books about friends. A few weeks ago, I started my series. Every morning I crawl out of bed, grab my coffee and go into my office to write. I've finished rough drafts of Book 1, Book 2 and tomorrow I start Book 3. My intention is to write three 15,000 word stories and wrap up the series with a 30,000 word novella. My four friends will show up in each stand-alone story. 

I'm pretty excited about this series, but even more excited that I've been able to keep my momentum and write. I hope I'm not disappointed when I go back through and read these rough drafts. A couple of times I've sat for a moment or two, wondering what was supposed to happen next, but as real writers do... I just opened a vein. Okay, I'm kidding. I opened my heart. I love my characters. Their problems are real. I'm doing the Camp NaNoWriMo thing too--trying  to hang on to that momentum.

Another thing I'm excited about is that I'll be speaking at the Texas Gulf Coast Writers mini-conference in August. More about that later.

What are you working on? What have you accomplished since last month's IWSG day? We need to get busy and catch our dreams. Let me hear how you're catching yours.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

IWSG DAY: Unfinished Business

Today is IWSG Day because it's the first Wednesday in June.  IWSG stands for Insecure Writers Support Group and was founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh.  You can follow other IWSG members here or on twitter using the hashtag #IWSG. We also have a Facebook page

The purpose of IWSG is to share and encourage. So today I'm wondering ... have you ever started something that you never finished? Whether it was a novel, a knitting project or a jigsaw puzzle, I've read that the number one reason we quit a project is because our motivation fizzles. I must be queen of the fizzlers because I have a lot of unfinished projects--from jewelry projects to journaling to braided rag rugs to novels!

When it comes to my writing, I often give up when I hit a rough spot. What I really need to do is focus and plough through the brick wall I've created. I've noticed that usually the reason I can't go forth is because I've taken a wrong turn, put my characters in a predicament that isn't conducive to my plot or the story, creating an impossible action/reaction--or next scene.

When I wrote The Last Daughter I never had such a problem. You know why? Because I brainstormed and outlined; I had a plan. First I identified all my characters and wrote character sketches for each one. I knew my theme, what the word count needed to be and had a deadline. I followed the "breadcrumbs" I created to the end of the story and successfully completed it.

I wish I could train myself to immediately go into outline mode with each new project, but I don't. I tell myself that each book has its on personality and therefore, its on birthing process. That's true in a way but it only takes me so far. If I know beyond a doubt that I write better and to completion by outlining, why don't I just do it?

How about you? How many notes do you make about a project before or during the writing process? How extensive are they? Do you have any unfinished projects? Any plans to finish them? Share.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

IWSG DAY: Ever Blog A Book?

Today is IWSG day-the first Wednesday of each month. IWSG stands for Insecure Writers Support Group and was founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Our purpose is to share and encourage.  You can follow other IWSG members here or on twitter using the hashtag #IWSG. We also have a Facebook page

I have a question: Have you ever blogged a book? If so, what kind of book--fiction or nonfiction? And how did you go about doing it?

I have several nonfiction book ideas and I'm wondering if I'll accomplish more if I start blogging about them. Not sure what avenue to take. Or exactly how to do it.

One book I'm writing is about the experiences of a woman who went blind for many years, then God restored her sight.  I have hours and hours of Q&A with her. Her life as a blind woman is amazing but I can't figure a way to blog about her in short posts without writing the entire story. And I'm not even sure I should blog her story.

Any ideas? Would love to hear your thoughts on blogging a book, and any experiences you've had doing it.

Monday, May 4, 2015

A to Z Reflections

I love the A to Z Challenge. Believe it or not, I think about it all during the year and wonder what I should blog about. This year was a no-brainer since I'd just been through renovation hell. But, I never jot notes or plan posts ahead of time. I figure I'll learn more if I write off the cuff, like a newspaper reporter who just happened onto a story, and writes it five minutes before they put the paper to bed.

For anyone who has never tried the A to Z Challenge. Do it! Make a plan to participate next year. You can plan your posts or you can write "off the cuff." Either way, it's a blast!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Z is for Zealous

We've reached the end of our A to Z Blogging Challenge. I made it! It sure got tedious reliving my renovation experience. I'm glad it's over! For more information on the challenge and its creator, and to read other bloggers please visit:

My Z is for zealous. I remember how zealous my contractor was when he began our construction, and how that enthusiasm tapered off after the first week or two. That describes me too when I start a new writing project. I jump in with energy and excitement, but then I reach a tough spot and put off dealing with it. Procrastination sets in. Often I never pick up that project again. I start a new one.... only to do the same thing.

Sometimes you hear writers compare writing a novel to building a house. I see the similarity. When it comes to finishing my projects, I'm as bad as Mr. Contractor. In our case, we had to let our contractor go--he couldn't be trusted to do the job right. We hired others to finish the project.

I'm wondering--should I turn my many unfinished projects over to another writer...? Mmmm.

I've enjoyed the 2015 A to Z Challenge. I hope you have. See you next year?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Y is for YouTube

We're closing in on the end of our A to Z Blogging Challenge. For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:

Today I'm honoring YouTube because that's the one place you can find the answers to anything and everything. Seriously, if you want to know how to lay flooring, pull up flooring, build shelves in your garage or kitchen, connect your toilet, you can find instruction on YouTube. You can even post instruction on YouTube if you want to share your expertise with others. 

Let's take it a step further: Even if you aren't planning to do these renovation jobs yourself, watching and listening to the YouTube presentations will give you knowledge about how the job should be done and the right questions to ask a contractor or handyman.

Want to make a pretty scarf: try YouTube.
Interested in making jewelry: it's on YouTube.
Want to plot a book: yep, go to YouTube
Want to learn how to fold fitted sheets: it's on YouTube
How about demolishing a house? Need I say more? It's on YouTube

Monday, April 27, 2015

X is for Xenophobia, I think

We're closing in on the end of our A to Z Blogging Challenge. For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:

For X I've chosen the word xenophobia. That means an unreasonable fear, distrust, or hatred of strangers, foreigners, or anything perceived as foreign or different. Someone who is xenophobic might distrust a neighbor he's never met, or someone who lives halfway around the world. He might distrust people because they seem — foreign.

Okay, I realize this is a real stretch, but renovation was pretty foreign to me, and because I've been through a traumatic experience with our renovation, I now have a fear and distrust of contractors, builders, handyman types and anyone who comes to perform a service for us. Unreasonable? I don't think so, but whatda I know?

We're almost finished with A to Z! Aren't you glad you don't have to read but two more posts about my renovation? I am!

W is for Wood (or not)

We're closing in on the end of our A to Z Blogging Challenge. Boy, April has gone by fast! For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:

If you've kept up with my postings, you know that we just completed a home renovation. Supposedly, our job would last four to six weeks. Yeah, right! It lasted a year. Mr. Contractor didn't show up for work half the time, he postponed things and lost cabinet doors, lost his truck keys and a number of other things. Unfortunately, he didn't lay our wood laminate floors right. There's a procedure--and he didn't know it.

In all fairness to Mr. Contractor, not EVERYTHING that happened to our wood floors was his fault ... but almost. For sure our concrete wasn't treated or prepared correctly. Because of problems that would take too much space to explain, we had the moisture level in our concrete tested (especially when it started growing fuzz) and this was AFTER we had to take up our beautiful wood laminate! The risk was too great to put down wood laminate again. Such a long, horrible sad story, I won't bore you with it.

We investigated ceramic tile and even concrete floors, but because we're getting older, we didn't want to risk falling on a concrete floor. I think concrete floors can be beautiful, but I'm not sure they would be comfy if I stood at the kitchen sink for two or three hours.

There are so many things to consider when renovating a house! Or maybe we just drive ourselves nuts trying to consider too many things.

At any rate, we ended up going with the wood plank vinyl flooring. It's very similar to the wood laminate, it comes as planks that are joined together with a tongue and groove cut. You just click them in place. The good thing about them is they're easy to install, very durable and water resistant. It won't chip or warp and it's easy to remove. It's considerably cheaper than wood laminate too. Still, I prefer wood laminate.

If you're thinking about new floors, consider all your options. And if you're like me, you'll also consider your age, the age of your home, resale value, potential falls, spills, and ... well, my list goes on and on... Don't be like me! Get what you want, enjoy your choices and live with the consequences.

Happy Monday!

Friday, April 24, 2015

V is for Voices (and other things)

I'm hanging in there with the annual A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:

Can I just tell you that a whisper sounds incredibly loud in a house with no carpet? Voices... I'm always hearing voices... among other things. We had carpet everywhere, even our bathrooms were partially carpeted. Believe it or not, our baseboards in our sunken den were carpeted too.  (I love my new baseboards!) I suppose wallpaper in the kitchen and halls buffered sounds too.

What's weird is that it's not only inside sounds that echo and seem louder, its outside sounds too. Neighbor's music and voices, birds tweeting and cooing, and the ice cream truck sounds like it's in our driveway waiting for us to run out and choose a flavor.

Maybe things will change once we finish the furnishings--chairs, curtains, paintings on the walls. I hope so.

If you plan on getting wood floors throughout your house, you should know there's going to be some echoing. And certainly more dust. Sweeping is a daily thing these days so you might do like we did--invest in a dust buster to chase those dust bunnies.

Any tips on how to buffer the sounds in our house? Have I overlooked anything?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

U is for Undo

I'm hanging in there with the annual A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:

If you're just tuning in to my A to Z postings, my theme is home renovation. We just renovated our house--a job that was supposed to last from four to six weeks.

We've spent a lot of money on our renovation. Unfortunately, we have less storage space (and more boo-boos) now than we did before Mr. Contractor got started. So, that being said, I have to admit that I'm not at a place--mentally/emotionally--where I really love what's been done. With the exception of the bookcases and my dining room, I'd UNDO much of what was done. I'm trying to be appreciative and thankful. Maybe later--once I've licked my wounds and forgotten the name of the contractor.

Is there anything you'd UNDO--that really can't be undone? How'd you deal with it? Share with me.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

T is for Terra Cotta

I'm hanging in there with the annual A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:

I love terra-cotta...terra-cotta everything: the color, the flower pots, and anything else terra-cotta might describe. So it wasn't too odd that I'd want a terra-cotta room. I just didn't know what shade of terra-cotta. I kept going back to the cover of this magazine but wondered if it would be too much.

If there's one thing Mr. Contractor did right it was to show me a room that had been painted terra-cotta, and I loved it. So here's my dining room.

When we started our renovation, we got rid of a lot of furniture. We had planned to buy a new dining room table, but after looking and pricing, I couldn't find anything I like. Thankfully, I still have my dining room table and plan to chalk paint it. Any suggestions on color? Below you'll see a picture of the rug I purchased so please visualize a color that will be neutral enough for the rug and the walls ... but still pop.

And then Mr. Contractor told me that I need to have at least one thing in the living room that was terra-cotta, just to sort of carry over and tie the rooms together. Right or wrong, I walked into Home Furniture and fell in love. Believe me when I say, it called my name. Doesn't it look beautiful just sitting there in the middle of all those drab colors? What'cha think?

We're still buying furniture. I need a couple of chairs for the living area, dining room chairs for the table I plan to paint and I'm going to paint a huge coffee table too. Wish me luck!

S is for Shower

I'm hanging in there with the annual A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:

Today is S day and S is for shower.

Mr. Contractor was a force to be reckoned with in our bathrooms. To recap: He busted the toilet and used gorilla glue to repair. He tightened the faucets so tight that he stripped them and they leaked. And ... and... he took it upon himself to raise my shower head about a foot. What possessed him?

I didn't call his hand on it until he started work on the second bathroom. Remember, I'm not a confrontational person so all I said was, "Don't raise the shower head. I like it where it is." He proudly stated--yes, proudly: "I raised the one in the master."

I said: "I know, and really, I don't like washing my hair every time I take a shower."

Mr. Contractor, laughing. "You're just like my wife."

What did that mean?

If you're getting your shower retiled or updated, and you don't want the shower head raised, you'd better be smart and say so.

Monday, April 20, 2015

R is for Roughing it and Roughing it in!

I'm hanging in there with the annual A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:

Mr. Contractor made renovation sound so incredibly easy. Oh, yeah, easy for him. He could go home to a clean, organized house, while hubby and I holed up in the back bedroom, trapped like rats.
For months, we ate every meal out. It sounds like a woman’s dream to not cook but it gets old. Eating out is more fun when it's my choice—not mandatory.
As for clothes ... we couldn’t find a thing. Everything we owned was in boxes, piled in a stack on a bed, or in the middle of a floor. When Mr. Contractor was ready to demolish a particular room, we had to move all our piled up clothes to another room, one he’d finished. To date, I haven’t even found all my clothes because we still haven't unpacked boxes or organized our closets. Maybe my missing items ran off with my washroom doors!
While we were roughing it, Mr. Contractor was roughing it in. He built walls and tore some out. He had a good laugh about how my dining room had a weird opening that led into our den, and talked me into letting him enclose it. Do you think a contractor should make fun of his client's home?
I guess his enclosure actually made the den and the dining area seem larger--though it wasn't on my list of things to do. But neither were a few other things. Our little contractor took some liberties, and I'll tell you about one of them on S day.  See you then!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Q is for Questions

I can't believe we're on Q already. As you can see, I'm hanging in there with this annual A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. And believe me, it hasn't been easy! For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:

I've covered this in all my posts I think, but Q can be for nothing other than Questions. No matter whether you're renovating a house, interviewing for a job or determining where you're going on vacation, it's imperative that we ask the right questions. I believe communication has diminished considerably. Why are people so lackadaisical about asking questions these days? Do they feel they're prying? Maybe they feel all the right answers will be forthcoming. Not so. If you don't ask ALL the right questions, you will not get all the right answers. What do I mean by right answers? The answers that matter to you--those that directly affect you.

Example: I know a lady who's dad was in the hospital. She noticed he didn't get a particular medication that he'd been getting days before. If she had assumed the doctors had changed his meds, hadn't bothered to ask WHY, then she wouldn't have learned that it was an oversight on the part of the staff.

Another example might be: you're signing with an agent. You're thrilled that one is taking you on but you haven't asked many questions. If you don't ask if there are hidden fees, charges or up-front costs, then you'll probably be surprised a little later down the line. 

When it comes to asking questions, don't worry about stepping on toes or sounding like you're hard to get along with. We can't expect our doctors, lawyers, contractors, dentists, agents, publishers, editors, nursing home staff, wedding photographers, caterers (and the list goes on and on) to actually remember to tell us all we need to know. ASK QUESTIONS! If you don't know what to ask, get some advice from Facebook friends or Google "What to ask a contractor?" Knowledge is power. Don't be caught off guard.  

Friday, April 17, 2015

P is for Paint

I'm hanging in there with the annual A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:

If you're just tuning in to my A to Z posts, I'm blogging about my home renovation. It wasn't easy.

I'm a pretty lousy decision maker. One of the most difficult things for me was choosing paint colors. I knew what I liked, but I sure didn't know how to pull it all together.

I go from one extreme to the other. I either like extremely neutral colors, or outrageously bold. 

You probably know that paint doesn't look the same on the wall as it does on that little square of paper. Visualizing how a room will look with green walls ... or blue ... or yellow is beyond my capabilities. I wanted to say, "Paint the walls, then I'll tell you if I like it!"

Painting a wall is a lot like cutting hair. Hair grows back and you can paint over the wall. With paint, there's always a do over!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

O is for Oven

I'm hanging in there with the annual A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:

I got a new dishwasher, new stove top and a new oven. The oven is the problem. It's incredibly LOUD! It blows air...though I'm not sure why. Something about a cooling fan inside. I didn't choose the oven, Mr. Contractor did. Because he could get it at a great price and we were trying to cut expenses, we bought into this so-called dream oven, as he described it. Sadly, our oven came with no how-to book. There's no doubt it was brand new. Here's the tale we got about the missing booklet: Mr. Contractor had truck trouble. Because his truck was his office, he had the booklet to my oven there and somewhere between his son's house, the towing company and the auto mechanic, my oven booklet disappeared.

Oh well...

The point is, there are buttons on my oven I don't know how to use. Of course, I'm not a fancy cook so it does what I want it to do. I just wish it was a little quieter.

Anyone have an oven that sounds like an idling 18-wheeler?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

N is for Newlyweds

I'm hanging in there with the annual A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:

I'm so tired of talking about our renovation that I thought I'd use N for Newlyweds. After all, while the renovation was going on we were planning a wedding. Talk about stress. Here are some pics of the newlyweds--a cheery break from renovation!

Don't even think about planning a wedding and renovating a house!


Happily Ever After!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

M is for Monkey

I'm hanging in there with the annual A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:

When I made my notes for what I would write about during this A to Z Challenge, I wrote M is for Monkey Glue. Well... not far wrong. M is for gorilla glue but it sure made a monkey out of us.

Before we started our renovation, we purchased two new toilets and had them connected by a licensed plumber. During the renovation, Mr. Contractor disassembled them several times. In fact, he disconnected our guest bathroom way sooner than he should have. I mean living with one bathroom is definitely an inconvenience! I know, we're spoiled, but I put toilets right up there with cell phones--a necessity!

During one of Mr. Contractor's disappearing acts, our guest toilet started leaking. We tracked down Mr. Contractor and asked him to come fix it.  He did. This happened two different times. The third time it leaked was right before our bedroom flooded so when we had the real plumber in the house, we asked him to take a look. Guess what he found--our brand new toilet had been cracked and glued back together. Oh yes, Mr. Contractor had broken it and tried to hide it. That's when we made the final decision to let Mr. Contractor go. He did not finish the job. He put us through a lot, but this was the last straw.

This contractor would NOT make a monkey out of us ever again.

When you renovate, you need a plumber for the plumbing. An electrician for the electrical work. Painters for painting. Expert floor people for putting down the floor.  When we hired Mr. Contractor, he told us he had an excellent crew. We didn't know that crew was  him and his son. Of course he had to hire out the cabinets and stuff, but I'm sure he purchased the cheapest of labor.  Do your homework and know who will be working in your house ... and their qualifications.

All day I've been singing:
"Hey, hey, we're the Monkees and people say we monkey around
But we're too busy singing to put anybody down
We're just tryin' to be friendly, come and watch us sing and play"
Don't monkey around when it comes to plumbing!


Monday, April 13, 2015

L is for Living Room

I'm hanging in there with the annual A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:

I'd like to tell you about my living room. It's a sunken living room and that in itself is a whole new set of problems. Contractors seem to get pretty confused on what to do with a sunken living room. Don't ask me why. It's like any other room, except it a step down. Right?

Problems were pretty evident with our living room floor long before the actual flooding. The wood laminate buckled. We learned after the fact, that there were some obvious reasons why. Our contractor had stored our wood laminate in the garage. When he brought it inside, he didn't let it acclimate to the house temperature. Did you know that was necessary? We didn't either. But any contractor worth his reputation knows or should know that flooring has to acclimate, so make certain your contractor (or your husband) doesn't bring it from outside and start putting it down immediately. This is a crucial step. Some manufacturers suggest 24 hours while others suggest a couple days longer.

You should also test to see how much moisture is in your concrete. Wood laminate
can not get wet--on top or beneath. Believe me, we know from experience.

Also, make certain your concrete is relatively smooth, doesn't have gouges and chips. Those holes and low places need to be filled in. Here's a good website that will give you information on laying wood laminate. I wish I'd read it before Mr. Contractor entered my life. Read it. Even if you don't do the work yourself, you should research and read about the procedure so you'll know if your contractor is doing it right or wrong. Don't hesitate to call his hand on things.

The pictures here are before the floor buckled and had to be removed, and hubby stacking the floor we removed, trying to salvage it for daughter and her husband.

I know I'm painting a real horror story about my renovation experience, but only because YOUR experience doesn't have to be.