Thursday, March 15, 2018

Getting Ready

For the good stuff. The mantles have been removed from both sides of the fireplace. It will be tiled with very large tiles.

And the drywall has been completed.

Giant mirrors have been removed from the master bath.

And lots of clean white LED lighting has been added to ceilings in most rooms.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Demo in progress

In early January, the next level of demolition began. We have decided to make a few changes in the house that we think will open it more and give it a lightly contemporary look.

Removing walls:

and columns:

and debris:

What a mess!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Craft Napa

“If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.”
~Dr. Seuss

In January, Caite and I took a girl trip to Napa California and attended Craft Napa. We stayed at the Embassy Suites, where the classes were held. She chose one class: Indigo Dyeing and i chose another Finding Symbols in Art. We ate out each evening at some very nice restaurants in Napa. For our finale, we treated ourselves to massages at the Silverado Spa. We laughed as we left town. We never once went to a wine tasting. Huh!

I loved this time crafting with my girl. We used to do that all the time when she was young. She's back at it. What a very fun girl trip!

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Good Read: A Gentleman in Moscow

In other words...

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov has never worked a day in his life, and must give up his luxury sweet and belongings to live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

The first half of the book creates a thorough and gorgeous visual of the hotel and it's occupants. We are being immersed fully into this setting. Nothing is without purpose. Each moment and person is leading somewhere.

Full of  humor and philosophical wisdom, this book has a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another. I have tagged all the things I wish to remember and there are many. Here are a few of my favorites.

"If patience wasn't so easily tested, then it would hardly be a virtue."

"When fate hands something down to posterity, it does so behind it's back."

"Some might wonder that the two men should consider themselves to be old friends, having only known each other for four years.; but the tenure of friendship has never been governed by the passage of time."

 And finally "What matters in life is not whether we receive a round of applause; what matters is whether we have the courage to venture forth despite the uncertainty of acclaim."

This is a revelation of a life well lived. It's a smart book about a wise man. It starts slow but builds delightfully. do not put it down.

Trust me, he can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.

Monday, February 12, 2018


In October I received an email that no one ever wants to get. It was from the Homeowners Association in the desert. They saw water seeping from our home. That is not good.

Come to find out, a connector between a water line and a toilet cracked and water flowed for days.
Insurance has been awesome. A crew was on the job with 3 hours of notification but the damage was done. Here are some photos of the mess.

The kitchen. There used to be cabinets and an island.

 The bar area.

 The fridge and a desk were here.

The master bath as seen through the walls of the bedroom. 

If there was a toilet, you could sit on it and wave to people in the back yard. I show you these because I am going to show you over time how my house is being put back together. They say the reconstruction will be complete by May 1. I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

It's a Repeat

For this year, I wanted to try to do something for 100 days straight. Somethings require that you are home and we travel. Some things require a specific piece of equipment and that is not always handy. I didn't want to take a photo a day or do an art project a day because I really didn't want to end up spending time on something I really didn't want. So, I decided what I needed most was to stretch.

I play golf maybe 4 times a week and the left side gets tighter than the right. Age has also found me and that makes for tight joints. I am sure most of you can relate. So first thing...even before I get out of bed, I stretch. Then I stretch again when the coffee is brewing. And last thing at night. I've been at it since the first of the year and it's working. I am slowly seeing results. Forty one days now but who's counting.

My Word for the Year

Sunday, October 08, 2017

This was a great week. Two concerts and a lecture.

The Piano Guys were in Portland at the Schnitz on Friday and their concert did not disappoint. Their music is so full and commanding. It fills the hall and fills your soul. Simply breathtaking.

I share this video with you so that you can experience it too. Well sort of. It's better up close and personal. But do have a listen.