Friday, June 29, 2007

uh oh

Yesterday was laundry day and my dryer broke. During the "whites" load, as you can see. So my husband quickly strung up this temporary clothesline. Good thing it's June and not January! Another reason to love summer. :)

My dryer is less than 2 years old. And it's GE. Isn't that something? It tumbles but no heat. Oh well, we'll see what the problem is. The tech won't come until next Friday. That's right, next Friday. There must be a lot of broken dryers out there.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

property ladder

I love Property Ladder on TLC...and since getting our dvr, I've become a regular viewer. This show is addictive! It seems like no matter how organized the people on the show are, something always goes hideously wrong - schedules, budgets. It's like watching a car accident. Every time!

There's a flip down our street, it went on the market about 3 weeks ago. All eyes are on it to see what will happen, when it will sell. I should take a picture of it to show you. The market around here has gotten so soft. Just imagining what it must be like to be the owners and trying to sell makes me a little uneasy...

across the street - week 5

Making lots of progress every day on the new house, and I'm going to (try to) keep up a regular post on this. There's some more teardown action going on in the next block down, and I will show you that, too.

Have a good one!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

more nostalgia

Ok, last post for awhile on "remember when". But a friend just passed this site on. If you were a saddle-wearing gal in your school days like I was, take a walk down memory lane as you peruse their vast selection.

As I just said to my friend, I remember thinking that these shoes were so comfortable. Clearly that was before I discovered Dansko clogs!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

new old space

Finally, finally I am showing you the "after" version of my back porch. This was a long project in the making. Remember me bemoaning the paint job last year? I may have fallen behind on other projects, but at least this one has at last been crossed off the list. Oh, I haven't yet gotten around to painting the floor in here, and no, haven't yet spray painted the second pair of wicker chairs. Come to think of it, I still need to hang up my little sparkly star that's there in the corner (thanks, Brig!) But, close is good enough. Time to show you something other than house construction!

I'm not sure...but I think in the end I needed a deadline to get this room done. If I hadn't committed to hosting my Mother's Day party last month, I very well might be telling you right now about how long it took me to paint the second coat of paint last weekend. As it turned out, I spent 3 weekends committed to painting 3 coats on the paneling & trim, and then another week or two scouting around for seat cushions and pillows, a rug, lamps, bar stools, and accessories (major luck and success at the Crate & Barrel outlet, Target, and Sur La Table.) In the end, getting it all done in a short amount of time was the best motivation. It always is. For me, anyway.

And, as always, I'm glad in the end that I worked so hard. It was worth it. You may have noticed the little booster seat at the table there....we are enjoying all of our meals out here these days. And the boys - when they are playing indoors - are mostly out on the porch. It's a nice change. One of the biggest perks for me is discovering that our wireless connection works out here. So I can blog to my heart's content as I drink my coffee in the morning or listen to the sprinkler at night. Mostly I think we just appreciate being in a different space, and finally enjoying space that was right under our noses all this time.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

happy audience

So much to see across the street!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

house update

Here's what's happening in the lot across the street. The old house was torn down 3 weeks ago. It took 2 days for the demolition. The foundation is coming can see it pretty clearly in the photo. We don't know the couple who owns the land and is building the house, we've just met them briefly. But I see their car drive by in the evenings so they can see the progress. Can you imagine how excited they must be?

Monday, June 18, 2007

home again

Hello! My travels are over and I am home for good. It is nice to be back. So nice!

I took 3 separate trips over the past 3 weeks. First, a trip to southern California for business. Interesting work....and bonus because I was able to see my youngest brother, who lives out there. From there I took a direct flight to Ohio to see my parents (and meet up with my husband and kids) for a week. We drove back here with the last of the 2 wicker chairs (yep, there they are) for my porch. Then, it was back to California last week to finish up on the project that I had flown out for earlier. I got back late Friday night.


How are things with you, fellow bloggers and readers? Have you been enjoying the beginning of summer as much as I have? I hope so. I'll be back soon to talk more about what's going on here. Until then, I hope you're doing well in your little corner of the world!