Saturday, March 25, 2017

All Clear

The pool company guys came out on Wednesday to get the pool back into shape. One new pump and plumbing upgrade later, plus a tile patch, and we're back in the swim of things. Now we just need to cut down that nearest tree hanging over the pretty blue water to help with the hassle of keeping it clean. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Prayers for London

I was so sad to read about the maniacal driver that purposely hit folks on Westminster Bridge today in London, crashing into Parliament Square and stabbing a police officer. Such senseless violence. 

That bridge holds special memories for us, and not just because we walked across it every time I took visitors into the city for some sightseeing. It's iconic, and so of course that's why it was a target. The grad student had her senior year high school portraits made on that bridge. Sigh. A sad day, indeed, for this wonderfully historic area we once called home.

A Work in Progress

We were gone eight days for spring break and returned to see quite a bit of progress with the remodel house. I'm loving all of the light in the kitchen and custom banquette area now that we opened up that space by removing the wall. 

The remodel, AKA our own personal money pit, is really taking shape. I'm not looking forward to throwing more cash at it, but I am looking forward to moving in and enjoying it this summer. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Cement Pond

When we did our walk-thru with the purchase of the remodel house back in January, the owner mentioned that he was pretty sure the pool pump has a small leak. Just to be on the safe side, and not wanting to burn up the motor if the water level got too low, we erred on the side of caution and turned it all off. The recirculator, Polaris, everything.

Thanks to all of the great oak trees shading the pool area, a mixed blessing to be certain, we've now got a big mess with the spring leaf drop in full swing.

Reps from two different pool companies came out to give the pool and equipment a look-see this morning. One guy said the pool plaster is an upgraded finish that's still good to go. The other company said it feels "soft" (whatever that means) and needs to be replastered. There's no denying the tile and coping have to be addressed. Plus any leaky pump issues. 

And thus we'll have to pour some more hard earned cash into our own little real estate money pit since this has become one big domino fall. If you do x, then you have to do y. And if y is upgraded, then we also need to address z. It's gonna look great once the remodel is complete if we can reno A-Z without having to sell our plasma down at the local blood bank to pay for our real estate dream home. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Learner is Loose

That's right, folks. The sophomore is now armed and dangerous with her learner's permit. But not really a threat to others on the road. She's actually a really careful driver with good judgment. Still, I prefer to sit in the backseat and let the husband be her co-pilot for these little local errands she takes us on in her sister's car. That's the sacrificial vehicle since the grad student already banged it up the past couple years. She can take her driving test on August 9, so I imagine we'll be there bright and early that day to see if we can get her fully licensed and ready to drive herself to school solo for the start of junior year that following week.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tumbling towards spring break

This is it, the week the sophomore tries out for varsity cheerleader at her new school. Lord have mercy, there are over 20 girls wanting a spot. It will undoubtedly be an exciting conclusion to the end of the first grading period on her new Texas campus before we kick off spring break. So Hawaii will either be an exciting location to celebrate. Or a sweet little diversion to help keep her mind off disappointing results. I'll keep you posted!


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Kicking off the collection

Thanks to all of the cute little antique shops in a nearby hill country town, I've got a good start on a collection of depression era glass to give the open shelving in the new built-in banquette of punch of color. And there's the pillow that started it all. The red is the current saltillo tile in the home. No more playing up that, for sure. I love the rest of the pillow... the greige, blue, green, gold and creamy white. That's the palette for every room in the house, with the exception of the sophomore's bedroom. As of right now, she's wanting grey and blush with copper accents.