Thursday, May 30, 2013


Without great progress, I've been slowly making my way around the house, occasionally "decorating" a bit.

When we first got to the new house, I unpacked a few boxes of pictures and things that we hadn't had out since Tucson. I placed many of these things on our fireplace mantle to keep them out of little hands that might break them.

Yesterday, I was rearranging things on the mantle and, of course, I broke them. All the ceramic frames from Mexico, the glass in the photo frames, and our hand-painted wedding plate we'd been given (which was already cracked in a few places but epoxied back together) crashed in dramatic fashion on the brick fireplace. NOTHING was spared and nothing was fixable. Ceramics and brick are like the Hedron collider: Whole new worlds may have been formed in the shattering.

Ada, hovering nearby watching a little TV but out of harm's way, had a look of wonder, bewilderment, and "haha! it wasn't me!" on her face as the pieces crashed to the ground. I told her it was a HUGE MISTAKE and she said, "MISHTACK!" and I said, "Yeah! What a mess!" She agreed.

After vacuuming up the pieces and tossing the shards, we went about our business.

This morning, she picked up a little art glass night light from a box I was rummaging through. I told her, "That's fragile. It's glass. ... so be careful."

She looked at the object in her hand, looked at me, and then pointed at the fireplace mantle.

Point taken, kid, point taken.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

It's Official! We bought a house!

Approaching the house.

The house, front and left
Mr. Homeowner

"We're going into our new house!"


Looking into the dining room.

From the dining room out to the main area.


Running ...

Across the room! Live it up kid, once we put all our crap in here it won't feel so spacious.

Dining room, front entrance and coat closet, living room front window.

Looking into the kitchen.


Undermounted sink! Yippee!

View into the living room from the sink. That's a pantry there, friends, a PANTRY! A place to store food!!!

Looking into the master. Under the bound remnant is lovely dark tile. Curb alert! Free, giant blue bound remnant, very clean! You pick up! 

Looking out the double doors of the master to the ... linen closet! That's right! A place to put your linens! The other door in the shot that is open is the hall bathroom. Not pictured, laundry room door to the right of the linen closet.

Bed wall in master.

Master bath. Jeffrey can see his whole head in the mirror when standing up. Not many people probably have that on their "must have" list when shopping for a home...

Laundry room. It's quite nice!

Ada checking out her closet.

Blankie in the closet. She's moved in!

Jeffrey standing around in Ada's new room.

The other bedroom. This will be the den, toy overflow, and guest stashing room.

Another shot of the pantry!

The garage.

Trying out the patio levels.

Boulders above the patio.

Ada found a shady seat.

Ladies with their new keys!


High fives!

The view out my front window, the front deck, and the garage.