A Journey of 1,000 Miles

We are making progress, but it’s at a snail’s pace. There is so much to do and we really need to be about 15 years younger for this. We are tired. Everything you want to do you have to move two things in front of it before you can get to it.

I figure if I waited until everything was ship-shape to show some pictures, it might be several months before I checked in.

This is the dining area (duh), we actually use it every day now. Before, we just walked past it. You can see the island, which is more like a continent. You may remember the granite story; we ended up taking the standard granite upgrade and, while it ain’t a show-stopper, it’s nice enough and we’re fine with it. We bought three barstools at Pottery Barn yesterday (to be delivered).

I like the new Samsung 3-door fridge, it wouldn’t hold enough for a family but it’s plenty big enough for the two of us. Is it shiny or what! Lordy! When we shopped for it I was more interested in its inside than its outside and paid no attention to how shiny it is. Someone told me to watch out for that but I didn’t remember it at the time.

Moving to the right, this is the laundry room. We upgraded it (size). The extra cabinets here are so welcome because there isn’t that much storage in the kitchen. We upgraded the kitchen cabinets: All the shelves pull out so you don’t have to get down on your knees to find what’s gone missing in the back of the cabinet. It’s a great concept but you give up a lot of shelf space for it. I love the new Samsung washer and dryer; very efficient and quiet. What you can’t see to the left is a pantry. It is full with kitchen equipment that wouldn’t fit in the kitchen.

Here is a wider angle shot of the kitchen. IMG_1197

This is our backyard barbecue, LOL! The window you see is the dining room. I’m going to sketch out some landscape ideas next week. The houses on both sides of us are still empty. The house you can see, they have issues with their tile floor and have not closed yet. The house on the other side, behind me, fell out of escrow. Too bad—they were a delightful couple. The house was decorated really weird (IMO)—all white. White walls, white cabinets… So far they haven’t been able to sell it. I hope we don’t get creepy neighbors—a woman who was looking at it the other day was a real nut job. We know this because she was asking US all kinds of questions about it…and arguing with us. WTF?

This is the view. Or at least a part of it—it’s practically 180 degrees of wonderfulness. We are going to plant grasses at the fence (which the camera lens is poked through) to camouflage the houses below. There is a major intersection down there, you may be able to see it, and traffic will increase exponentially over the next few years as the area to the east is built out. They have graded two of the “corners” for retail, which will be both a blessing and a curse. There was a time I would have been majorly upset about the growing traffic noise and light pollution, but that’s civilization. There is a streetlamp on the street below that shines directly into our bedroom, but nothing can be done about that either—thank goodness I ordered blackout shades for the bedroom (if they ever get here we will get a good night’s sleep), but it will make climbing in and out of the [future] hot tub interesting. Just a little privacy issue that needs mitigating. NBD.

Finally, here is the studio/guest room. It is a nice space, plenty big. I have a LOT of work to do in here. We made huge progress yesterday—everything that belonged in the closet was in the room, and everything that belonged in the room was in the closet—at least we got the big items in the right places. The big shelf units we brought from the desert house don’t fit. In fact, we have a lot of things that don’t fit, not only the quantity but the furniture is scaled about 110% too large for the house. It’s like trying to fit six pounds of shit into a five-pound bag.

In other news, I lent Bud (my big SUV) to SIL Chris, who wants to buy it. Which means I can get my new car soon (as soon as he pays me)—and that’s kinda fun.

I joined some clubs; I joined the women’s golf club at San Juan Hills, and here at Gavilan I joined a book club, a quilting/stitching club, and a yoga class. All of which I have yet to attend.

Another club I joined as of July 1 is Medicare! Yep, I am officially a card-carrying senior citizen! Where DID middle-age go… The government is supporting us both now! Ha ha!

We are still watching our diets—for the most part—a couple of celebrations got in the way, but we are vigilant and we are losing. We are progressing at a snail’s pace on that too, but making progress.

That’s about all for now. I hope all is well in your world, I haven’t had time to check in with any of your blogs. Sorry about that. I’m on a Facebook diet, too. I have added a lot more time to my day since I stopped doing FB. That’s another habit I can do without.


  1. Enjoyed reading this blog on moving in to your new house, not because you are doing a lot of hard work, but it reminds me of all the moves I have been a part of and in your mind you are planning things to do when all the moving stuff gets done. Then the day comes to start on the plan for relaxing with a craft you've had in mind for quite some time. I feeling is wonderful. Congrats on your dieting! Middle sister.

  2. I've been waiting and waiting for you to show and tell on the new house. It all looks so filled with possibilities !! Once you get the "stuff" put away in some semblance of order, then you can take your time and do fun things you've been waiting to do. I hope it all works out as well for you as it has for us !!

  3. Looks splendid in lots of great ways!

  4. :) It is a lot of work, isn't it? Amelia wants us to move to her neighborhood (I mean who doesn't want a baby sitter close by?), but when I think of the work entailed, I cringe. You are so organized and skillful at this. Just so you know, I've been impressed with your last couple of moves and the skill with which you've managed them.

    But...15 years younger would make it easier!

  5. Looking great! Glad you're making good progress, but wow, what a lot of work! I got tired just reading....

  6. Thanks for the update, been looking forward to it. House is looking good.All the best with your new home!

  7. Things are looking great, but lordy, the amount of work makes my head spin. Congratulations on moving in.

  8. Your new home looks beautiful. Once you're rested from all the chaos you'll be SO happy you did this.

  9. Loved seeing and hearing how things are going. I've been wondering how it's turning out for you and hoping for the best! It all looks great.


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