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New Living Room

We’re finally knocking out some of the long pending renovations to the downstairs at Casa.  There’s still a bit more to do before Thanksgiving, including a new light fixture from Mission Studios for the dining room, but we knocked out the bulk of the flooring yesterday.  Engineered hardwood Bamboo Toast (horizontal).

There are plenty of ‘before’ pictures floating around here and elsewhere, but here is the ‘during’:


My bobble-overlords are supervising today’s hardwood flooring installation. #canonrebel #homeimprovement

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And here is the ‘after’:

Hardwood is in; trim and stairs to come when the pain subsides. #homeimprovement #selfie

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Chuck posted this on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at  8:48 am.   Comments Off on New Living Room 

We’re Back

The family (two humans, one dog, seven fish and a lot of plants) is back in Casa with the fishies finally rejoining us today.

Everything that was supposed to survive the fumigation did.  The things that were supposed to die either escaped or had the good manners to die in the walls.  We actually never saw much of a problem, but we know that other units had issues, and we were in no position to stand in front of the condo board and fight for termite rights when it was decided to tent the whole neighborhood.

The only thing close to drama was when the aquarium filter refused to restart after the move back to Casa Saturday afternoon.  We don’t weep for replaceable tech though.  We celebrate the opportunity for an upgrade with gusto and use the opportunity to make certain every piece of electrics and electronics here knows that they’d better behave to survive.

Chuck posted this on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at  5:56 pm.   Comments Off on We’re Back 

Making Light

Randy’s away, the house elves will rip out fixtures. Isn’t that how the old saying goes? Oh well, let’s make it the new saying.

One of the eyesores at Casa has been the kitchen lighting. Big old-school flourescent tubes. Either the ballast or the transformers were going bad in the fixtures, but they were so ugly it wasn’t worth diagnosing their issues. Much better just to let them ride out to the recycling center in the sky.

So gone it is.


Chuck posted this on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at  9:13 am.   Comments Off on Making Light 

Still Free

Skipped the fireworks shows and beaches for the long weekend this year to do the suburban homeowner stuff.  Got a little behind schedule when I lost Saturday to attend the funeral of a friend-of-the-family-in-law.  I never met the honoree, but based on the eulogies I wish I had.  Sunday was spent scraping the popcorn ceiling out of my office, then drugging up my left shoulder to the point of nirvana.  Finally, on Monday, I slapped a couple of coats of fresh paint on that same ceiling and installed a very pretty ceiling fan smack-dab in the middle of it.  Then drugged myself back to nirvana.

Someone seeing a picture of the new fan on Facebook commented they were jealous.  Not of this weekend, I assured them.  I was sore and tired and sweating like a pig (especially on Saturday when the plastic sheeting to catch the dust was blocking any chance at all on a cross breeze).  Next weekend you can all be jealous, because I will be rested and ignoring my domestic responsibilities in favor of watching Netflix stuff in my comfortable little upstairs cave.

We did wind out the weekend with some great Tri-Tip and corn off the grill cooked by Master Chef Bestest Husband Randy, and drinkees on the porch while the dog cowered in terror at the noise from distant explosions.  Despite not driving across town to watch the explosions live, we’re still free, and very happy to be here/

Chuck posted this on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at  7:27 am.   Comments Off on Still Free 

Homeowner Bullets

Chuck posted this on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at  12:04 pm.   Comments Off on Homeowner Bullets 

Big Changes

Many of you have probably heard the news elsewhere, but we’re moving.  We’re in escrow on a townhouse in nearby San Marcus and hope to complete the move by the end of the year.   There will be more details and more photos down the road, but as a teaser some shots from the inspection yesterday have been posted over at the photo gallery.

While the place is in good shape, there are certainly a lot of things we want to do to make it a home we can really be proud of.  A perfect example is the lighting.  Sure, this works in that utilitarian sense that it provides illumination and prevents people from falling down the stairs.  But something like this would be so much more fabulous, wouldn’t it?

Chuck posted this on Friday, November 12, 2010 at  8:33 am.   Comments Off on Big Changes 

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