Bertha: From Bomb-shelter to Bombshell (and other updates)

Hello Everyone!

We’ve had a strange and busy few weeks at the Upcycled Ugly house!

Bertha got a MAJOR update and she is lookin’ fine!!

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EYEBALLZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Dare I say she’s on her way from “bombshelter” to “bombshell”????

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But she’s not quite there yet… Don’t tell her I said so!

We hit a major debt payoff goal and gave ol’ Sallie Mae the boot! 

Hit the road, Sallie, and don’t you come back no mo’, no mo’, no mo’, no mo’!!!!

We celebrated in typical A&E fashion by staining and sealing the fence and adding a section of fencing around the tree!  We used Ready Seal’s Natural Cedar Stain/Sealant and we are pumped with the results.  Not to mention Ready Seal is a family owned business from the great state of Texas!

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Something about the fence staining even brought Bertha’s beauty to the next level- a neighbor even stopped by to say he thought the trailer was a piece of “art”! I’m laughing so hard I’m crying!
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And, because that wasn’t exciting enough, the city not only poured a curb where our old driveway was in the front yard, but then brought a whole truckload of dirt and the guys to spread the dirt!   Our tax dollars at work (*wink)…  Aaron said, “I’ve never been so excited about dirt!”  It was definitely like Christmas morning.  Aaron and I were in our PJ’s (with the Airbnb guests.. haha!), drinking coffee, and watching the city guys spread dirt instead of doing it ourselves.  I could get used to this!
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Coming soon, GRASS!

We know our Upcycled Ugly followers love to watch grass grow (yeah, right), so, as always, we’ll keep you posted!

Bertha: Still Stripping

Since we last spoke, Big Bertha has been big-time into stripping!

She’s still seeing her boyfriend, Mr. Aircraft Paint Remover, and although the relationship has been degrading to her morals, has been wonderful for her appearance.

Her top half has had a “rough strip” on all sides:

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This part of stripping revealed a whoooooolllleee lot of cellulite (on her forehead, no less…huh?!). [Bertha…. I feel your pain, baby!]

She even got some “up close & personal” stripping on her door side.  She had some old gunk, like two day old mascara in color “dingy white”, on her j-rail (pictured below) and her “peepers”:

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…but they’re looking much better now. [Plays Hallelujah Chorus][cue light from heaven]

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We even got her to reveal her front “peepers” with the help of surgery (aka a saw):

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Revealing only the most lovely of scenery (just teasin’ neighbors)!

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All things considering, Bertha says her confidence is high and she’s feeling like “a rose amongst the lilies”!
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Yep.