And I’m happy to report the moving is just about done. We only have a few little things left to do; we can actually relax and goof off.
For one thing, we are going to replace this puny pip-squeak of a chandelier. This is a “production” house, and they give you builder-grade (read: cheapest shit possible) everything and it all pretty much needs to be replaced. Like the cheesy plastic TP holders that I replaced with pretty rings that match the faucets. Very shi-shi.
This is the replacement chandelier below. I assembled it yesterday. We are waiting for the ceiling fans to arrive and be assembled and our handyman will put them up. We have a handyman! Yay! J is brilliant with numbers and finances; installing and fixing things are not where his talents shine. I’ve got the knack but I can’t reach the ceiling.
We laid the sisal rug (Pottery Barn). We like it, it gives the room a casual, beachy air, which is what we’re going for. We need to reposition it a little, which requires lifting the sectional, and then we’ll stick it down with rug tape so we don’t trip on the edges. It’s a loose weave, so it tends to shift a little, and the tape will help with that too.
We had the blind guy come and take back the horrid blackout shade from the bedroom window and we are replacing it with something softer and so much nicer. The glass doors span practically the entire wall and there is a bright streetlight on the street below, perfectly positioned to blast us all night—you could read a book by that light. Then the rising sun blasts in. It will be 5 weeks before the new shades arrive, but it will be worth it in the end. The first one….oh, it’s a long story.
When we plant grasses along the fence, you won’t see the houses on the street below. I completed the landscape concept-drawing and as soon as the HOA approves our plan, landscaping will begin…in about six weeks. Three is space for a small hot tub—I am jazzed about that.
There is art happening in the studio! I have a great spot for a quilt over the fireplace, and I am getting my groove on. Well, trying to, anyway. I discovered yesterday I can’t quite remember how to do it! Once I get started it’ll be fine, but it has been a long time since I did this particular procedure. The design wall is up and still has threads on it from previous projects. Fabric is screaming to come out of storage! Can you hear it?
This is the view out my studio window, hence the screen marks. It is cool and peaceful here in the morning, the workers are up on the hill clearing sagebrush from the trails. There are several trails that wind around our little enclave. I haven’t gone hiking yet, but I will. It’s been pretty hot lately. But nights and mornings are cool. I love the air here. LOVE IT! We can hear the coyotes at night.
In spite of all the upheaval we have stuck to our diets, except that wine seemed to find it’s way back into the program and it really slows the weight loss. I weigh once a month (today) and the official count is 16 pounds. In August I will get back to boot camp and kick butt—I have committed to lose 6 pounds this month, which is pretty aggressive.
We are starting to take daily morning walks around the ‘hood and the hip is 99.6% better. I haven’t found time for golf practice yet, but I will next week. I’m getting the itch. My handicap card says 00 now—too much time elapsed since I played (February). I have to start over and establish a new handicap all over again.