Thursday, May 18, 2017

Glimpses of Mother's Day

Ok, so I am so spoiled!
I got to have my whole family together for a BBQ on Mother's Day!
And...the girls said they don't have any pictures of me with them...so we did a photo shoot....how sweet is that??




I don't normally show anyone what I look like...but, here it is, the real me...and those are my precious girls...who are grown women.
And the sweetest of all is Hubby, who was behind the camera the whole time...
He also gave me a new sweet seat for my sewing room...now my back isn't so sore .....
It says "Bernina" but I have a Babylock....these chairs are so so very comfy.....




And these guys are putting it together for me.....
 Royce and I rolled down the hall to the sewing room....
 This is my chair...it's pretty spiffy.....
 Yeah, I guess I could say I have a Bernina...a chair....ha!
And this is the old chair....which never went up high enough so I always hurt my neck....and no support at all....
So, there you have it...
Pictures of me and my family, except for Hubby who stayed behind the camera....
Have a great day!
Nancy

Friday, May 12, 2017

In The Week Before Mother's Day

What a week, (actually three weeks, but who is counting??)we have had!
Seems like it was non-stop with workmen or installers.....
Our oven combo we ordered to replace the old oven finally got delivered and installed....
It was backordered as not many people want white on appliances these days. But, I'm old fashioned. My kitchen was all white....once.
They managed to put chrome and stainless on it after all....but, I am happy it fit in the same "hole" and didn't need any adjustments there. And....I have a microwave! We haven't had one for 12 years!
Truth be told...the design is a bit different..and yours truly has to stand on tip toe to reach said items in the microwave....but it's all good.
But, it was delivered on Monday, at exactly the same time that our new maid started work!
So, she had to work first in the bathrooms etc while they tinkered with the kitchen area....
It is a funny oven because it is so computerized that I might have to take classes! (LOL) not really....
After our new maid left, our house was so clean! All at once!
I am getting old and broken and haven't been able to clean the whole house at one time...so she is wonderful.....
While she was cleaning, I finished up the quilt top for our anniversary....now I have to quilt it.

I did a totally different border than I have ever done..."piano keys"....
I will definitely show it to you when I've quilted it....
We also found out that we are going to be Grandparents again to another boy!!
She had the blood test done to find out, she was so hoping for a girl. But, God has decided she is a great mom and deserves another boy....so around Nov.14 we get to meet this little man!
Meanwhile, Royce found the doll his Mom was saving (in case she had girls) and was practicing holding a baby!
Then, he put the baby down for a nap....

Who can resist that face?? Another darling boy?? Sure!! Now Royce will have a playmate.....
Anyway, I hope your week has been good and that you have super plans for Mother's Day!!
Don't forget to shower Moms with hugs and good cheer!
Nancy

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Just a Few Things

Now that the dust has settled (literally)...I found time to do a few other things....
Yesterday we had our youngest daughter, our grandson and son-in-law (who was working nights an awful lot) to dinner. Tues for the last couple of years has been "movie" night. At first, it started being just regular TV that she wanted to get caught up on....and the little guy would fall asleep. Then he got older and falling asleep wasn't in the schedule, so we developed movie night with movies for him to watch.
We always start with a dinner and last night because our Son-in-Law was coming Hubby smoked fantastic ribs! And I made a peach pie with the last of our peaches!
It isn't terribly pretty, mostly because I thawed two frozen pie crusts and used a bottom crust flipped over the top to make the top crust....it tasted awesome....
But aside from our dinner, I have been playing with a few things....
Like this centerpiece thing I got from Goodwill.....
It's kinda cool, which is why I got it....It has 5 different sized bottles strapped with a cast iron piece and screwed to a wood base. It is very heavy. The bottles had corks, which I removed and I had a lot of red roses that I cut to different heights to play with this centerpiece....
It isn't "perfect"....I had ideas what it should look like...but we will see....
Has anyone had something like this???
Ideas???
Anyway.....
I have been sewing like a little busy person to make us a quilt for our bed...a gift to us for our anniversary. That is like 6 weeks away....
I want to unveil it at our party....
It will be made up of a center area with "road to oklahoma" blocks and then a little frame of navy and then surrounded by a big border of another pattern....yet to be determined.
The design has changed several times since I started....so I hope it turns out ok...
Even though I have been quilting for 40 years...I am still learning and improving my techniques...I am currently taking another Craftsy class by Edyta Sitar and learning little things along the way. I hope one day to make the quilt she making in the class, but I mostly took the class to get ideas on how to use the scraps that pile up when I make a quilt......
Here is the quilt stack of squares I have so far....5 more to go and I have to get some fabric to finish....
The corners become stars when stitched together....These are 12" so 5 across and 6 down make a good size center....The entire quilt is blue and white and I even have the backing already!!
I think I even have batting...most amazing.
Well, I am off to the gym this morning...I have started going again...even if Hubby won't go...
Nancy

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Complete!

Having workmen day after day is tiring. You need to be up and dressed and ready to go yourself....
So, I am happy to report I am still in my PJs today...at almost 8! Yup, no workmen! They finished!
We have a brand new driveway and front path!
They tamped the whole thing, then tamped it with sand after brushing it fully into the pavers. Dust got everywhere! So, I will be dusting today....and vacuuming...
Shall we see?? Let's take a look at the before....

And before I get to the "TA DA!"...here is the final stage.....



Wow...it was noisy...actually all week...but that tamper machine vibrates through the house....
Hubby said they used for 2-3 hours when tamping the road bed stuff....
So, ready for the great reveal??


Ta Da!!!
You can see we widened the driveway by 2 feet to the left side of the picture...
What do you all think??
The response so far from neighbors and friends has been an overwhelming kudos....
Course, we haven't even driven on it yet....
They told us because it is a driveway to wait a couple of day to let the polmeric sand set up and the cement that is on the edges....so...I am being patient.
But it is very nice I think....
I'd love to hear from you....
Nancy


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Driveway Continues

So, this is day three.
Yesterday, they started the digging for a new drain that will be cored to the street...no more flooding between us and the neighbor!

There are a lot of roots from the carrotwood tree and the hedge....but that is where it needed to go.
And I knew that some boxwood would be disturbed, and some valerian as well. They were told not to touch the apricot pot. Then, I left Hubby in charge as I went out with a friend.
They did move the pot.
I was distraught about that...it was a 7 year old tree that I miniaturized by having it live in a pot. It was lovely. They moved the pot, severing the taproot....it immediately started dying.
So far I have several plants to replace...and I had figured that may be the case. But I have told both foremen that they owe me for that tree....It was a specially ordered Blenheim apricot...
In any case, aside from that....the driveway is HUGE!
I kinda woke up stressing that maybe I shouldn't have given up two feet of grass....and widened the path too....
Oh well, it will make it easier to take out the garbage cans....
But they laid about 3/4 of the driveway yesterday before they left....


Pretty sweet....they are lovely and its amazing how fast these guys lay pavers! They can stack about 20 heavy pavers in a wheelbarrow at time!
The other things I stressed about at about 3 in the morning was, since the driveway and "porch" area are really all one and the same, how do I make it warmer and more welcoming??
I'd love input from my readers!! Just make comments so we can all hear since I may not be the only one with this problem.
For those that want to know.
The pavers are by Belgard a company known as the "cadillac" in the industry and they don't just have any company put them in.
Go Pavers is excellent in what they do (with the exception that don't understand garden pots).
They are predominately a LA company, but do lots of work all over Southern California.
Their work is guaranteed for three years....
Why pavers?
We have adobe soil....so if something moves or shifts it can be fixed.
We have both sewer and water that run under the driveway as well, so if there is a problem (and always could be with a house that is almost as old as me!!)...it can be fixed fairly easily, just pull out pavers and fix the problem then replace. Go Pavers said they can always coordinate with such a problem so that pavers are replaced correctly.
We chose these pavers out of the multitude that can be a driveway (not all pavers are durable enough).
These are not the same pavers (sadly) that we have on the patio due to that very problem...the ones on the patio are just patio pavers.....
We like the texture of these and color....
These are called Catalina Slate. Slate refers to the texture and the color is Victorian. Just in case you might like to know.
I will show you the final results.
Today they finish laying the driveway and start the path.
Then they use the tamp it down with a machine and then spread special sand that seals it up.
Want to know the best part of pavers??
Unlike having cement where you have to wait for it to cure up to 14 days....
You can drive on it right away!
Isn't that awesome??
Once they give the all clear its done.....and leave, cars can go on it....
Pretty sweet......
Are we happy with Go Pavers? Yes.
Are they reasonable? Oh yes! It is still not cheap but it was only $1,500 more than cement. Truly.
This company's quotes came in several thousand dollars less than System Pavers.
I am sure there are other companies that are just as good, we liked working with them. Good guys and their website shows the prices right there. How much each paver is per square foot. The other companies see your "fancy" car and the price goes up.
Just thought I'd fill you in.
I will show you the final final.......
Nancy

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Design Under Way

It is destructive. It's intense. It's messing with the way things are....
But...it's design...under way.....
The driveway and path reno began at 7:30 yesterday....I took off and went to my daughter's the whole day. Glad I did.
Hubby said the noise was bad...the tractor, the sledge hammer, the jack hammer.....
But he also said it was quickly removed...then the tractor got busy putting in roadbed....
So, that is where we stand today. And we have to go out the back door and around the side and slip through the hedge to get to the car....
Today, they will tamp and tamp and add the sand base....and perhaps start putting in some of the pavers.
They also are installing a drain, well, actually three drains down the other side so that rain water will no longer collect like a lake....always a good thing....
The design was a concept developed by us over the 26+ years that we have been here, and then modified or enlarged by the coordinator on the project. It has roughly 8 pallets of pavers out front....Not to mention the oh so glamorous outhouse.






So, the driveway itself has been added to by 2 feet (into the lawn) on one side only. This makes it better for cars to park and to back out of the garage...
Honestly, if I ever buy another house....I would not buy one with this kind of driveway! Our Master is on the driveway and therefore the street....it gets noisy or smelly with a car backing out...
It is going to be a great number of pavers....
Most definitely will need to do some gardening after all is said and done......
Well....I will keep you posted....
Nancy

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Driveway

Once upon a time there was a young couple who bought a house...even though his parents thought we were crazy...the house was fine except it needed lots of "updating" and paint and more paint...and that driveway!
The driveway over time has taken a beating through teenage years and cars and basketballs...
Today, that is going to change.
With herbal calmatives and a gulp, I will go spend the day with my daughter and grandson as it is all coming out. Even the path around the side is getting a "do over".....
Hubby is manning the fort.
It will be reduced to rubble with tractors and bulldozers....
How will it look....?
At this moment I have that "buyers remorse" with "what have we done" "it doesn't look that bad..."
Or does it??



You see in 1959 when this house was built, it had an asphalt driveway.
Somewhere in time the owners poured a concrete driveway. If this driveway is anything like the back patio was....there is no reinforcement. Between the lack of support underneath and the adobe soil in this area....it really does look pretty bad.
So, that is where we are today...26 almost 27 years later after we bought the house and have been working our way to updating it.
Of course, by the time the next people get this house, it will be outdated again....
Oh well....for us, it's home. It's the place where the "crazy" lady lives and grows tomatoes in boxes out front, and peach trees in pots out front and lots and lots of flowers.
It certainly will not look like this when I get home today (planning for about 5 or so)....
Nancy