Highs and Lows of 2018

Today is the last day of 2018, So, I figured it was time to write an article all about the highs and lows of 2018.

Highs of 2018

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  • Trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. I rented a car and road tripped down the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco. That entire trip was all possible from starting my blog in 2017. Thanks to Hofsas House for my wonderful stay there!

Things to do in Monterey County, Bixby Creek Bridge
Bixby Creek Bridge
  • Mother/daughter trip to New
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Lessons Learned after a Bathroom Remodel

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Next up is the bathroom. I knew I needed to get some work done in there prior to moving in so I could use the shower/bathtub without water leaking all over the floor. Here are my lessons learned from a bathroom remodel. Hopefully, you will learn from my mistakes and not do this with a bathroom remodel.

Lessons Learned during my bathroom remodel
Before photo: The wall had vinyl tile boards and a tiny vanity/sink.

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How to renovate your first bedroom

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After closing on my house in mid-June, I stayed there the very first night there! I set up an air mattress, had a bottle of wine, and downloaded some shows on Netflix to watch. After getting all set up and after having a couple glasses of a nice Malbec, I decided to get to work on renovating my first bedroom. I stepped into the room and the first thing I was see was the one … Continue reading here.

What’s new with Ruud Attitude

Hello to all my readers,

It’s been several months since I’ve posted to Ruud Attitude. But, I’m ready to start again on this journey of sharing my stories. Since my last post, I have had a major life event occur. And that was… buying a house!

I closed on my very first house in the middle of June! It’s a cute, 100+ year old bungalow and I am in love with it as my first fixer upper.

Since buying the … Continue reading here.

Book Review: The House Always Wins

The House Always Wins: A Vegas Ghost Story follows a young reporter in a dead-end job. When she falls in love, the couple pulls up stakes and moves to Las Vegas, into a big fixer-upper. The couple soon realizes that they’re not the only ones living in that old, historic home — it’s haunted by the ghost of a famous Sin City racketeer. Despite this unusual and unexpected extra resident, Anna pours her heart and soul into renovating the home. … Continue reading here.

Life Happens and Now I’m Back to Blogging


Other than a couple of posts on social media here or there, I honestly haven’t done much with my blog. After my trip to Carmel in January, I had no idea what to write about as there wasn’t much going on in my life, at least not travel wise. It was mostly going to work, survive the drive home on ice/snow covered roads (hello winter in MN), and that’s pretty much it. I’ll be honest, this winter has been … Continue reading here.

Day 3: Things To Do In Carmel-by-the-Sea

Third and final day in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Sadly, it wasn’t a full day, I was only there in the morning before driving back to San Francisco to catch a flight home to MN. If you’re looking for things to do in Carmel-by-the-Sea, here’s a short list of things to do.

Picnic Lunch from 5th Avenue Deli

Walk over to 5th Avenue Deli from Hofsas House. They offer both breakfast and lunch. What’s even better is that they offer picnic box … Continue reading here.

Day 2: Things To Do In Monterey County

In case you missed Day 1 post, I took a solo trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea and had a fabulous time. I had never been to Carmel or even Monterey County before. I wasn’t entirely certain what all to do, other than tasting wine and going to Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey. I posted on my Twitter and Instagram accounts asking for some recommendations. And, my followers suggested some great things to do in the area. I also spoke with Carrie, the … Continue reading here.

Day 1: Pacific Coast Highway to Carmel-by-the-Sea

I went to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California this month for a short trip to get out of freezing Minnesota. After booking with Hofsas Hotel (read more about them on my post), I researched which airport to fly in to. My research found that flying into San Francisco was the least expensive way. So, I decided I would do that and then rent a car to do a mini road trip down Highway 1 South (Pacific Coast Highway) to Carmel-by-the-Sea. This was … Continue reading here.

Where To Stay In Carmel-by-the-Sea: Hofsas House

I had the opportunity to go to Carmel-by-the-Sea this month. I was very excited for this trip as it has been absolutely freezing in MN the last few weeks and I was ready to get out. As part of this trip, I was offered a hosted stay at the Hofsas House. It is a charming, Bavarian styled hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

My Room at Hofsas House

I loved my room at Hofsas House! It was nicely furnished with an antique vanity … Continue reading here.