Thursday, October 30, 2014

Now You See Me....

You know the rest, don't you?

I have to head out early this morning so I'm making this brief.   Have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

We Have Walls

There was good progress on the remodel yesterday.   On Friday the plumbing and electrical were both finished after a couple of adjustments had to be made for framing details.   The window was installed and now the new siding is finished on that side of the house.   Time to get the painter back to cover up the ugly yellow color.   Why did they make the siding yellow?   *shrugs*   Yesterday the sheet rock crew came in and were finished within an hour.   They had a crew of four because they had done two larger jobs yesterday.   Ours was quickly done and they were gone, leaving a trail of dust in their path.   Oh yes, sheet rock dust has settled in to every nook and cranny.   Today the drywall guy will tape and texture.   And we'll be ready for cabinets!!!    Woohoo!

I spent the morning at the barn and then drove to the coast to avoid being at the house while the sheet rock was going in.   I got home about 2:30 and the sheet rock crew showed up about 15 minutes later.   So much for my plan.   The drive was easy as there weren't many people on the road.   I went to Cambria, to Moonstone Beach, and walked the wooden path with my camera.   It was still warm enough that I didn't need a sweatshirt.   

I've mentioned this before, but part of the beauty at this beach is the brown sand that sparkles when the tide goes in and out.   The colors of the water are so beautiful, it's mesmerizing.   I stand in awe every time I'm there.   A few people were on the beach hunting for pretty rocks, but the tide has been covering the beaches and makes it a little tricky for walking when it's rolling in.   Getting caught in a little cove and clawing my way up a bluff isn't my idea of fun.  

I hope you have a nice Tuesday.   I'm hoping once the drywall guy is finished, I can uncover my furniture again and start doing some cleaning.   The rest of the project won't be nearly as messy.   Wish me luck!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Where Has October Gone?

Good grief, it's almost over.   I looked back through my Lightroom files to see what was happening last year.   Besides some rain and falling leaves *sigh*, I took a drive up Highway 1 to Ragged Point and beyond to the south end of Big Sur.   What a beautiful day that was.   I haven't been back, mostly because it's quite a winding road and not the most relaxing drive.   Still....I need to go again.   I'm sure the monarchs are fluttering about at Ragged Point and that's a sight to behold.

Remember this?   I'm sure I posted them last year.  

It's quite beautiful, walking through the grove with these orange butterflies all around.   You can't help but stand there and smile.   

Orange is a color for October.   Orange pumpkins, monarch butterflies, San Francisco Giants.   Wait, what????   Oh yes, I slipped that in because I could :-)   Go Giants!

The contractor will be here this morning to (at last) make some progress with the kitchen.   The window finally arrived and framing can begin.   There's been nothing to show you so perhaps next week I'll have an update.   I can take photos on my new iPhone 6.   I was due for an upgrade and so far, I like it!

So yes, October...woosh and it's almost over.   Have a great orange weekend.   And Go Giants!   Oh yes, I already said that, but it bears repeating.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

It's Here!

Autumn!!!!   It's here, at last!   There is always one day that marks the change, when the temperatures cool down and you can feel the change in the air.    I get up in the morning and put on sweatpants and a warm shirt before stepping outside to feed the donkeys.   I find my Uggs and sweatshirts and start moving things around in the closet and drawers.   I would think about putting something in the oven but of course I have no kitchen!   Nevertheless, I will buy some pumpkins to place outside and eat pumpkin foods and consider making some soup in the crockpot.   I will celebrate Autumn.   It's the change I've been waiting for.

Last evening's sky changing over approximately one hour.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Soon, Very Soon

Autumn isn't really here and neither is October.   It's still in the upper 90's, some days reaching just a little over 100.   And it's dusty.   So very very dusty.   Everyone is over it.   Over the heat, over the drought, over the weather.   

I'm also over the kitchen remodel because on Tuesday I learned there is a window that wasn't ordered that is a 3-week lead time item.   That holds up the framing which holds up the drywall which holds up everything else.   It also holds up being able to close up the hole that used to be my kitchen ceiling.   Today the plumber will be here and the electrical is supposed to be done.   Other than that, I have no photos to share because everything looks the same as it did last Friday.

Is there any good news?   YES!   I ordered my quartz countertop yesterday and it came in about $700 less than the estimate.   And I also chose my travertine for the floors.   The remaining items are the faucet, backsplash tile, and pulls for the drawers and cabinets.   

Soon, very soon.   

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

What's Going On Out There?

With so much going on, my sleep has been less than deep and dreamy.   I find myself really tired by 8:30 or 9:00 so I fall asleep.   Then, of course, I wake up sometime after midnight thinking it's about 5:00am.   12:15, 1:30, 3:00.   Those times hardly represent a full night of sleep.   If I'm lucky, I fall back asleep and don't wake up again for a few hours.   If I'm not lucky, I make the coffee and see what's going on around the Internet.   

You can add to that the outdoor activity that can disturb my dogs' sleep at any hour.   And the big bright moon lighting up the entire property and all that wander there in the nighttime hours.   Bark bark bark bark.   Mom, come quick and let us out so we can chase away the (fill in the blank).   Believe me, when my dogs are barking, ain't nobody sleeping.   Well, except their papa.   Men have that ability, you know.

Hey, at least I was up at the exact hour to watch the blood moon.   I rarely take moon photos because I don't have success with them.   I am not setting up a tripod outside the house so I can try to get that one photo that I really really like.   In the middle of the night, I would undoubtedly trip over the tripod and that would be another reason for not sleeping.   

Can you see the stars?   I think that's my favorite part of the photo.   It was a beautiful night, a beautiful sky, and I was happy I was awake to see it.   zzzzzzzzzz