Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy Spring!

Hi, I'm still here!
These past few weeks have been interesting.

Let's start with the First Day of Spring,
which began yesterday, and I'll backtrack 
to what's been happening since my last post...
oh, my gosh... that was March 5th!


"Our Lord has written 
the promise of resurrection,
not in books alone,
but in every leaf of springtime."
~Martin Luther~

Red Oak

Red Oak

Red Oak

Bur Oak

Bur Oak
Pine

These trees are in my backyard.
The pine especially has filled the air with yellow pollen...
and it, among other things, sent me to the "Doc in the Box"
for a breathing treatment and steroid shot on Saturday.

I'm better, AND I'm staying inside.
However, I did slip out earlier today to get these pics above.
It was a beautiful day, mid to upper 80's, with a gentle wind...
Hearing the wind rustling through
the pine trees is one of my favorite sounds.

NOT like the wind we had last week!

My very own "Whomping Willow."

This video was taken last Monday.
Also known as...


We celebrated this special day with this:
Caramel Pecan Silk Supreme Pie

...because I could not bake this requested dessert.
Boston Cream Pie
You see,
twenty-five years ago on March 14th,
I fell in love... 
once again.
~Kathryn Elizabeth Anne~
4 months old
Keepsakes...
I look into your room and see
All the memory gifts God gives to me.
The child you were I still can find
Among those things you'll leave behind:
Your favorite doll upon the bed,
The hand-smocked bonnet from your head;
A tennis shoe, now scuffed, once new;
The birthday dress I bought for you.
How fast those hours and days have passed;
Your childhood years just couldn't last.
But though you've grown to find your own way,
The love we share will always stay
Forever, in my heart.

Happy Birthday, Kate!
Love, Mom
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As windy and blustery as it was on Pie/Pi Day OUTSIDE,
it was just about as bad INSIDE my house.

More kitchen demolition took place on that Monday.
The remainder of the tile countertop and 
the tile backsplash was removed.



And if that wasn't enough,
prior to this, the broken tiles in front of the sink
were chiseled out
plus the remaining grout and thin set was
ground out from that area.
(I think outside air looked a bit better.)


The above pic shows the space ready for tile.
And did you notice the rather large area
of curing concrete?

This is how it looked prior to being patched.
(backing up another week)
The trench got a bit bigger...

When the plumber returned to fix this damage....
(after he had fixed the leak the week prior)
his hammer drill slipped so he had to jackhammer
all the way back to the footer of the house...
He could not find good pipe to sweat.
Actually, this was a good thing!
The pipe leading to the supply was bent and twisted.
BUT...
it then resulted in this!
He punched through to the outside!
Outside wall under kitchen window.
DH noticed it when he went out on the patio.
It's been patched,
the tile in front of the kitchen sink cabinet reset,
and the new sink cabinet is set in place, too.

But, there's more!!!
On Tuesday morning,
a window rep will be here to measure for
five new windows in the kitchen/family room.
After the tile backsplash was removed,
we were able to see this...
Somehow, this just didn't look right...
blocks of wood and wads of paper?
I just don't understand this being done
in a house built in 1998... maybe 1898!

Everyday I am reminded of this!

The windows will take about three weeks.
About as long as the counter top...

So last Friday,
the counter top guy came to measure.
He couldn't get an accurate measurement because 
where the tile backsplash had been removed,
the drywall was...
unstable.
All of the drywall in that area needs to be replaced.
Are you remembering images from The Money Pit now?
Great movie if you haven't seen it.
I just don't particularly like "living it."
Moving on...

The counter top has to go in before
the new backsplash is put on.
My new kitchen sink has not arrived yet,
but I don't have a counter to put it in anyway...

We are now looking ahead to   a t   l e a s t
the third week of April...
maybe I'll have a kinda/sorta kitchen by then...?

Oh... and DS/DDIL are planning to arrive 
April 8th from Cali.


How are things in your world?

...Karen

Saturday, March 5, 2011

kitchen update... but first!


My latest backyard visitor!
A Ruby Crowned Kinglet!!
I was so excited snap these pictures.
(click all pics to enlarge)

Such long legs...
and quite a busy little bird
flitting around the yard 
and through the trees!

I  ❤  back yard birding...  

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So, on Thursday
the plumber finally showed up with 
a jack hammer...
made a lot of dust,
made a lot of noise.
Think....
MRI of your house without
the earphones and nice music
they have you listen to.

Here is the result.



And here is the pinhole leak...

New copper installed.
So, the plumber turned the water back on,
hung around a bit and then left.

Upon closer inspection,
I found this...

  to the GC who then 
came by today... not happy at all.
He said he will make it right.
So, the plumber is supposed 
to be here Monday...
sometime.
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Have a great weekend.

...Karen

Thursday, March 3, 2011

trying to keep calm...

A cup of tea and a biscotti helps.

I enjoyed tea this morning
(and I'd already had two cups of coffee earlier)
in the living room because 
this is how I had breakfast...

We are trying to NOT use dishes to wash.
The work here is going slooooooowly.
A miscommunication resulted in the
plumber showing up late Tuesday afternoon.
Tools are another problem...
but I won't bore you with that.
Here is where we are this morning.
This is a four-inch square cut into the slab 
at a depth of about nine inches.
This is only the hot water pipe... 
not where the leak is located.
And there is water coming in from 
a different direction, as well...
to the right, still concealed under the slab.
That's where the cold supply pipe is.
The jack hammer has yet
to make an appearance.
The noisy hammer drills have been enough.

I may leave today.
We are having beautiful weather...
temps in the low 80's.

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Moving on....

Isn't this the cutest honey dispenser?
I purchased it at
in Mill Valley
last year while visiting DS/DDIL.



Water is ready for another cup of tea...

Hope your Thursday is going well,
and thanks for stopping by.

I will try to visit later... after the dust settles.
Who KNOWS when that will be!
Everything is covered in plastic,
and doors remain closed throughout the house.
Taking a deep breath makes me cough!


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I am retreating with my tea to my bedroom.
The plumber called... he's on his way.
Catch up with you later...

...Karen