Saturday, November 15, 2014

a little bit of this, a little bit of that...

and another week bites the dust. 
busy, busy, busy.

happy 70th anniversary granny and grandpa!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

getting ready to slow down...

i made a decision to tackle some last minute projects before the cold sets in.
i warned nick this would take us through the end of the month.
but they are lifestyle altering projects -
such as cleaning out the garage, pouring concrete, clearing out the grass/debris, 
cleaning the lockers, building out the laundry room, moving the laundry plumbing...
and on and on and on and on.

i have managed to get through most of our list, enlisting nick's help here and there.  
we still have to tackle some planting in the front and get prepped and ready for the trees in January,
and there is a closet to build out so we can feel like normal closet having people again.
i would love to snap my fingers and have it all done -
but after the last three years, i am well aware everything good in life takes lots of hard work.  

my mind is a bit blown at the amount of hard work we have done.
we were always busy and always working hard all of our marriage (it's our way of life), 
but this remodel put all of those years to shame.  

so as soon as the nesting is finished,
i plan on tucking in and settling down for the winter -
and getting busy with normal life again. 

normal feels good.  
like writing, gardening, writing some more and traveling here and there.  
or maybe we should just spend the christmas break on the couch watching old movies and napping.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

it's a sumo-jitsu kind of a day...

have a silly one yourself.

Monday, November 3, 2014

anyone that knows me well, knows of my love for day of the dead.
i find the artistry breathtaking, the candlelight mesmerizing and the intent poignant.
it reminds me so much of my grandmother and her tradition 
of bringing buckets of flowers and a truckload of grandkids to the cemetery -
where we would make bouquets graveside and tell stories of those that had passed in our family.  

traditions mark our time on this earth, move us through the years, tie us together as a family, a community.
what traditions mark your community?  what traditions bring your loved ones close?
as the holidays approach, what is your favorite tradition?  what tradition do you want to start?

i hope everyone had a wonderful happy halloween.

Friday, October 31, 2014

happy halloween...

i hope it is random.  
ours will be.
we have a crew, day two of three, working in our yard -
mostly to remove the evil-yet-awesomely drought tolerant zoysia grass outside of all the new concrete.  
they will also be hauling off the last of the construction debris.  
i feel a big sigh of relief coming on.

there may also be a bit of pumpkin carving, costume wearing and candy collecting going on.
and i hear a bit of rain is coming our way -
that's a lot of awesomeness for one day.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

with over 600 exhibits, the exploratorium is overwhelming at the least...

we made the most of it,
spending hours and hours going from one thing to the next -
and finally i cried uncle and went to apply our ticket price to an annual membership.
the kids have been begging to return ever since we got home...
and since we are in the bay area so often to visit family (so much family)
we know we use this membership a lot!

and bonus, for those of you who remember going as a kid -
the move to the wharf,
didn't tarnish it one teeny-tiny bit.
if anything, it is cooler.

okay, another trip recap down.
only a couple more to go!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

picture(s) of the day...

keeping busy in the evenings...

so much to do, a bit of progress made.  
this room is the catch all of the house/remodel -
and needs to become the kitchen overflow/laundry room of sorts.  
plus it is the major pass-through to the backyard and next door...even to the garage -
so add mudroom to the list as well.  

and to complicate matters -
the space is very visible from the main part of the house,
so aesthetics are an issue.  
now that the waterfall edge counter is in place,
i am leaning towards staining our rolling cart a dark ebony.  
we'll see.

baby steps.  
(so many dang baby steps)