More from the weekend

We got a lot done this weekend.  With two full days we got all of the touch up painting done, the sealing of the grout and lots of odds and ends.

One of the things we did to make this space have a little character is put different knobs on the kitchenette counter.  None of them match the others and it is something very subtle but when you notice they really stand out.


We also put some glass tile in the bathroom as an accent.  We originally bought the tile to use as baseboard but decided against it.  So I applied the mastic for Lori because of the boss frosting skills and she placed the tile.  The tile made a great frame around the window.  Next week we grout the tile, move the mattress into the room and change locks and the studio is officially complete.

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We put up a window treatment in the window above the kitchenette but it was hard to get a photo as the light was behind it.  The final touch was adding a stainglass film to the door window, adding a little more privacy and fun.

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Weekend ‘o Work

We headed up to the house to work on Saturday morning, on the road before 7:00 and unloaded and working by 9:00 am.

We had quite a list to get through.  One of the more challenging things were the door thresholds and re-hanging doors.  Not that those tasks in general are super difficult but there is nothing standard about these doors.

We were about an hour in when Debbie and Doug from across the street came by to say hello.  Doug is a door man.  He is a carpenter that does a lot of finish work and specializes in doors.  So it only took him a moment and answering one question before he went and got his truck (containing all the proper tools for this task), backed it into the driveway and put in the thresholds and hung or fixed all four doors.

It still took him several hours to complete while we worked on other things on the list.  I can’t imagine the amount of work and frustration he removed from our day.

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We worked well into the evening, stopping at 9pm and going to Denny’s for dinner.  We had decided not to drive back home because of the rain.  It certainly didn’t rain at our house were it was needed but it was pouring in Calimesa and although I have no problem driving in the rain most of the other people on the road are not that great.

We slept on a mattress on the floor, and were up and working again in the morning.  We got home about 8:30 Sunday evening.  We got a lot of the list done, more to come later on the weekend progress!




Happy Birthday Katherine

It’s my dear friend Katherine’s birthday today.  Happy Birthday my friend.  Miss you!!SAMSUNG SAMSUNG IMG01380 DSC01390 SAMSUNG SAMSUNG

Updated List

Well there is an updated list.  A list that is more inclusive.  A list that seems daunting but this will all get done….doggone it Read the rest of this entry »

Weed Abatement

IMG_2335Yesterday started off with two dump runs.  This was on our list, our shrinking list of things left to do.  Actually it was the last thing on the actual list itself but we got a letter from the city regarding weed abatement.

Because it is fire season they are pretty strict on weeds and anything flammable.  We had cardboard from toilets, fixtures, fans and a dining room set all stacked up along with the carpet we tore out of the studio last month.

Needless to say the dump run and weeding stepped up on the list.  We started by loading up the water wasting toilets and added in all the carpet and other items.  We took two loads to the dump and by then it was nearly noon and way to hot out to be outside.

We moved into the studio and I put the last coat of paint on the bathroom while Lori caulked all the base boards.  We still have the trim to paint, the grout to seal, hardware to install on the cabinets, light fixture to replace and a hand full of other things and the studio will be done.

We then headed back out about 4 and pulled weeds and cleaned up the yard until we had zero light.  The garbage and weeds cleaned up made the property look huge and it felt so much closer to finished because it was all cleaned up.

We have two more weekends of work and we should be all done.  For sure the studio will be done and Daniel moved from the house into the studio.  He is on board and knows its coming.  The girls will be coming down about the 6th of May and furniture and cable/internet should be scheduled by then.

Rock and Roll Half Marathon

If your interested in a pre-holiday trip to Los Vegas come run the half marathon with me on November 15th.

When I finished the Rock and Roll last October, Mark asked Lori and I if we wanted to do the Vegas one this year.  He has done it before and likes the course.  It runs right down the strip but its at night so it is all lit up and cooler.

We agreed and Lori registered me this week so for sure I am in!!!

More on Falconry Class

DSC_0042More on the Falcon Class because I’m still pretty high from the experience and I realize I stopped mid thought and nearly mid sentence last blog.  I was exhausted. Once I got the photos loaded I hit publish.  I didn’t even proof read the thing and I fell asleep on the couch within ten minutes of hitting publish.

We were quite impressed with Kirk and Denise, they hold the permit from the federal government to run their business they clearly LOVE what they are doing.  They are so very passionate about what they are doing and it all comes through in their presentation.

The first half of the class was lots of information.   They presented in a way that was more like a performance and not just a list of statistics and information.  In the class before our the Hawk they were walking actually caught a bunny.  It was not on the plan but the hawk has does have natural tendency of course.  Because of this, the class before ours went over and Denise and Kirk were both pretty excited from that class.  I think this just played into the presentation.

The second half we all put on a glove and spread out in a big circle.  One at a time we all called the hawk to our glove and then turned him toward the circle.  The person across would then put up their glove and call him back.  We went around the circle a couple of times.  It was awesome. We all lined up and Kirk and Denise put little bits of food on our shoes and he ran up and down the line of us.  It was so incredible to be that close.  Lastly one at a time called him to our glove and took photos.

Sky Falconry holds a federal permit to work with the hawks.  It is illegal to do any of this without the permit so they ask that we tag any social media with Sky Falconry to maintain transparency. Here are a few links if you’re interested in more information and conservation.


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