Wednesday, June 18


We spent the day up at the new digs today signing papers, doing the walk-through, getting the lowdown on how things work, getting the windows measured for shades, getting the water purifier installed…it took all day.

I love everything. I’m very happy with how it all came together. Until you see it all in place, you can’t tell how it will look. The wall paint is quite a bit lighter than I had envisioned, but you know what? I really like it. Everybody that came in today said it turned out great, but of course they are going to say that.
The fridge and washer/dryer will be delivered next week. We went offline and got Samsung.

Here’s how the fireplace turned out. No phony logs—glass chips.DSCF1325
I love the floor. Down that hall are the office, powder, studio, and front door, in that order.

Let’s go down the hall and have a look. Studio/Guestroom on the left. It has big windows and I can keep tabs on the comings and goings on the street.

The master suite is on the right and the dining area even further right.

Here is the master bath. The floor turned out a LOT different from the sample tile, it’s more gray and doesn’t match anything, but it’s really okay and a big rug will go down anyway.

This is the powder room. Those walls are not white, but there is a window in here. I’m thinking wallpaper in here. Glam it up a bit. DSCF1333
I’ll be back with more pictures when we get the furniture in and it looks like home.

In other news, everything is good.

Sunday, June 8

Down the Rabbit Hole

That’s seemingly how so many of my days are lately. I have been learning way too much about food—specifically what is being done to our food in America and how we have been deceived. Every morning it seems I learn something new about the government’s role in our nutrition (if you can call it that), and every evening I dig into another book about the politics of our nation’s food. One thing leads to another, then another, then another. But I did say I needed a hobby. Be careful what you wish for…

Did I tell you we have been dieting? This was in front of me last night. DSCF1321

I tasted it. It was soooo sweet. Whoa! It was our friend’s 65th birthday and we drank champagne and had a lovely lobster dinner at a swanky restaurant in La Jolla to celebrate. Diet or not, life’s milestones happen.

Speaking of diet, we went up to Dana Point to meet up with my cousin Jim for lunch. When I looked at the photo I could actually tell we’ve lost weight. Compare this photo with THIS one taken in April. We don’t have a scale so this is the only evidence I have of success so far.


Here we are a few years younger. We were playpen-mates.SCAN0052

Since Dana Point is only six miles from the new house, where do you think we went after lunch… You guessed it!001

The house is nearly finished. We were delighted to see that the appliances are in. Except the fridge and W/D, which we purchased elsewhere. I have a stove!


And sinks! Last time I was there I noticed the grout in the backsplash was a shocking sandstone (orange) color. I am not sure if they changed it or maybe it just dried, but it looks okay now. Hey, I didn’t notice that the sink is oval—I thought it’s supposed to be rectangle. There are so many nuances to stay on top of. IMG_1184

We go for our initial walk-through June 18, and closing will depend on what tweaks or touch-ups are needed. Moving day is the 27th. Less than 20 days! The waiting is agony—I will be so glad to leave this little apartment by the railroad and the nerve-jarring train horns 24 hours a day, and the bed with the giant sink-hole in the middle.