Before and After

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The front landscaping was finished today! It took a bit longer than we thought because we had rain, then we had to wait for the fountain and trellis.  We’re just waiting for the light transformer to come in then we’ll be adding some lights to the small half round planter boxes up near the house to highlight the fountain, and trellis.


I had carpet roses put in the two big spaces lining the walkway, and there are azaleas in the two half rounds with the trellis, and fountain. I’m going to plant sweat pea to grow up the trellis, and in the little space between the lawn and upper courtyard area I’m planting bulbs of Daffodils, or Tulips. I’ll decide when I go to the garden center.

Next Spring I’ll have a little Bistro table in the courtyard up by the door.

I LOVE the fountain! It sounds lovely.

It’s probably hard to tell in these images, but we added just under 500 sq. ft to the house. It feels HUGE now.



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OT- My CS6 was somehow turned into PSCS6 Extended Trial, and I’ve been trying to get Adobe to reactivate my CS6 without success so far. I’m waiting for a Senior Technician to call me back since the lower levels of technical help couldn’t fix the problem.  It’s been very stressful trying to learn a new workflow in the meantime.

More to come…

This and That

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The Feeder is busy again with House Finches. The females look like they’re molting, but the males are dazzling with their vibrant red heads.

House Finch

The Black-capped Chick-a-dee makes daily appearances too, but I’ve not got a decent image of it so far this season.

The Mockingbird has a mate and they’ve been busy bullying anything they can.  I caught one with a nice, fat bee last week. Since it didn’t eat it straight-away I’m guessing it went back to the nest with this meal.

Snack time!

A new visitor to my yard this year is a Black Phoebe. Isn’t he handsome?

Black Phoebe  Adult

The female Anna’s Hummingbird prefers the Lantana to the feeder this year so I try to catch her there when I’m out back. She’s lovely when the sun hits her back.

Anna's Hummingbird Female

Here’s a macro image I created sometime ago that never made it to my Project 52. I used to set up this engine and a several cars around the Christmas Tree when my kids were little. It’s been buried in the garage for years, but I rediscovered it while cleaning out the garage. It’s a Bachmann Union Pacific Diesel Engine. Now that we have a little one (#1 Grandson) I’ll have to start setting it up again.

P52 18 of 52 Bachmann Union Pacific Diesel Locomotive Engine

Speaking of the garage, that reminds me it’s been sometime since I talked about our remodel.  It’s coming along very well. They’re right on schedule.

April 29th: Ground-breaking day. It was fun. We had a little digger in the front yard digging out the place for the foundation. #1 Grandson loved that! This is how the front of the house looked before the digger arrived-the foundation’s been planned out-

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The digger

It's official. We have Ground-breaking!
It’s official. We have Ground-breaking!

A lot has happened between then and early June- The foundation was poured, the framing went up, and June 2nd this is how the house looked at the end of the day.

Adding a bedroom, and a small sitting/office area in the Master Bedroom.
Adding a bedroom, and a small sitting/office area in the Master Bedroom.

Next week our new front door, and front windows will be installed, the plywood for the roof will be put on, and the following week they plan on breaking through the walls to the house so we need to move to other rooms while the work is being done.

There’s a lot of changes in the Master Bedroom, and bathroom that I’ll share in an upcoming post.

I’m feeling better. I hiked up the steep hill yesterday. It was tough! Probably more than I should have done since I’m still coughing and having sinus issues. What was I thinking? 🙂 Other than that it’s been a quite week-end.

I hope you all are having a great week-end!

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More to come…

Home Improvement Phase 1, Update 2

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When we bought our house there was a partition between the Living Room and Family/Dining Room. It was made of 1×1’s spaced an inch or so apart, and there was plywood on the Family Room side so you couldn’t see into the Family Room.  Oh, and they were stained in a Natural Burch or something. Brown.  I detested it so, I asked He-Man to take it apart to remove the plywood then put the 1×1’s back and open it up. Being the good guy he is he did it. Then I painted them in Dover White.

The most recent image I have of the Partition is Christmas 2014.

Partition  separating Living and Family Rm and Kitchen

It’s very 60’s, and we really wished we had sound proofing between rooms. There were two more smaller sets of the same slotted partitions in hall way where  two bedrooms and the hall bathroom are, but years ago I had those removed and had the walls extended to replace them, and we enlarged the hall closet.  I’ve loved having the bigger hall closet, and have never missed those partitions!

When we started planning the bedroom addition in September I ask to the contractors to also include removing the large partition and build a wall with a pocket door in its place. Thankfully it was in our budget.

Here’s how it looks finished.


Pardon the chaos in the Living room! I love that Queen Anne Pocket Door! Unfortunately, the large glass pane was scratched either during delivery or while the painting was being done.  Hopefully we’ll get something worked out so that piece of glass is replaced.

We’re loving how much quieter each of the areas is when the Pocket Door is closed. I can sit in the Living room working on my computer and not hear the TV in the Family Room, and they can’t hear my computer when I’m watching movies or Photoshop Tutorials.  We’re wishing we had done this sooner!

Phase II should start sometime in mid April. The new bedroom addition, total remodel of our Master bathroom, the closet in the Master bedroom has to be moved to the other side of the room to accommodate that, and the room will be enlarged a bit because we have to add entry hallway to be able to access the new bedroom.

We’ll be moving our entire Master Bedroom into the Living Room and sleeping there, and Baby Girl and #1 Grandson will be moving to the back bedroom that I now use as my Retreat. Baby Girl’s bedroom is getting a little bit bigger too.

I’ll be documenting the work with photos.

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More to come…