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

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


I have moved my two horses back to my previous barn home.   I decided I couldn't be friendly with my former friend as she had been hot and cold with me for a few years, then exploding at me in a way I would never be able to get past.   Too much water under the bridge, over the dam, whatever.   I don't trust her to be kind and genuine with me.   Sometimes we think our source of stress is one thing, or two things, or three things.   Then we find out it's one person.   Trying to be careful with my words, figure out whether it's the public or private face I'm seeing, do with my horses what she thinks is best, it's all exhausting and stressful.   I don't need it and I don't want that in my life.   I paid my remaining board, left a few things that she had given or loaned me, and drove away.   I realize now that this was no longer a friendship on any terms that I value.   Too much control, too much judgment can wear away at your spirit until you have to get away.   

It's so very nice to be back at Cheryl's where everyone is so genuine and warm and welcoming and supportive.   It is the biggest breath of fresh air I've taken in months.   

Soar on your own wings, alongside people who truly care and will always have your back.  

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Pelican Files

I need to add a separate file in Lightroom for pelicans.   I have so many pelican photos, it's kind of funny to me.   And I have probably deleted as many as I've kept.   I don't set out to take photos of them, but sometimes happen upon dozens or hundreds or maybe just one all by itself.   I can't resist their dinosaur-like selves.   They look interesting when flying, when standing, when floating on the water, and of course when they dive down to catch a fish.

I've not yet mastered capturing the dive because you can't know which one will dive, or when, or where.   Suddenly there's a splashdown.   And another, and another.   I happened upon another such pelican-palooza in Cambria last week with dozens feeding in the surf coming in against the rocks.

Pelicans in Cambria from Denise Groom on Vimeo.

How can you not enjoy pelicans?   

Have a very nice Tuesday and I will be back soon with more pelicans (!) and an update on the kitchen.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kitchen Progress

Today will be Day Four of the kitchen remodel, still in the demolition phase.   Here's what's happened so far.

We set up our temporary kitchen and thought everything would fit, but the measurement for moving the refrigerator into this room was a little off.   The refrigerator is sitting in the living room.   This will be our pantry with the sink now connected.   We will put more white cabinets in here and a tile floor.   

Our kitchen before demo began was a typical 30-year-old kitchen.

End of Day One

End of Day Two

End of Day Three.   The ceiling is gone, open to the roof.

                                                    The closet on the right is gone                           

                                        Looking into the kitchen from the living room

                                                The living room with plastic sheeting

                                                                    The dining room

And so, here we are about to begin Day Four.   The contractor and his cousin are the nicest guys you could ever want working on your home.   There have been no surprises....well, except for the little snake that Chad found yesterday morning sitting on the closet shelf as he was removing it.   It must have slithered in with the open doors.   SO GLAD he found it and removed it.   Right after that, a bird flew in.   I asked Chad to stop bringing his friends to the job site.

I'm not sure what's in store for today but it may involved tidying up the electrical that will be changed for the new lighting.   It may involve the plumber coming in to start working.   I'll know in about 45 minutes, so I better get started with my day.

More to follow!

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