Oh, how I love beautiful fall days. The leaves are changing every day.
I am feeling much better, but the energy levels are still not up to par yet. There is much to do this fall and so I hope I can dial it up from the slow mode to a faster pace soon. So far, I feel like the laziest of the lazies.
The signed book that I won in Susan Branch's giveaway on her blog arrived in the mail last week and I was thrilled to get it and since I was sick and couldn't do much else...I read it in one day. It was wonderful! Handwritten and illustrated with Susan's beautiful watercolors and personal photos, the book is the first of a two part series.
I especially loved this book because it called to mind so many things I had almost forgotten. Little Latin Lupe Lu, anyone? Susan was born just a year after I was, so we both grew up in the 50's and 60's. I loved her story of meeting the Beatles. Let me just say, she was a brave girl! You can find out more about The Fairy Tale Girl here.
This is the view into the dining area from my recliner. See the wall on the left? It's still awaiting being transformed into a gallery wall. I have the stuff, just haven't had the motivation to git 'er done. See the stack of books on the chair sitting in the dark? That is only one of several stacks of to-be-read books. Oh, I may have read one or two, but that's about it. And there is Stormy waiting for me. That's her way of telling me that it is time to go to bed. Pretend there isn't a box in the corner, that is a favorite thing for cats. Those that have cats know what I'm talking about. When a box is brought into the house the cats love to curl up in it and when they start chewing it up out it goes. The box, not the cat! Although I have to say that some days they sure can push my buttons and I threaten to open the door and look the other way! I'll be glad when daughter moves and takes her 2 kitties with her. And speaking of moving....
It's way past time to share another before and after. The first photo (click on photo to make larger) was the deck as it looked when we bought The Project. We weren't happy with leaving the deck the way it was. It just didn't seem safe enough and there were sagging issues, the stairs needing shoring up and so we hired a carpenter for this job. He also put a new roof on top of this section of the house.
The middle photo is during the overhaul and, lastly, the finished deck. Sorry that last photo is a bit dark. There is still some painting to be done around the deck, top and below, and the concrete needs a good power washing, but we now have a sturdy, safe deck.
BG took off a couple of days and worked on some wiring and did some painting. We are not far from being able to do a clean up and paint so daughter can get moved in. The spare room still needs some work. Her BF is going to help with that. BG still has plenty of wiring to do, but he said that he can do that a little at a time and she might as well go ahead and move in. The basement still needs work, but it's not going to affect the upstairs. So, we're beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. At least as far as a move-in date. If she waited until everything was perfect, she might not ever get to live there. Is a house ever finished?
Mine is still a work in progress, too. I want to repaint my bathroom. It's a shade of tan that my children picked out. Not my color at all. I'm changing it! I think I want a light shade of aqua. Tell me, what is your favorite color for a bathroom? I welcome some ideas. I've looked at online photos, but I would love to know what you like, if you care to share. The downstairs bath is a blue that will be changed to a lighter shade, perhaps even white. You need all the light you can get in a basement.
That's all for this post. Take care, everyone. I'm hoping to get out of the house this week and capture some of the beauty of this fall. I'll see you soon!
PS I hope my Canadian friends had a nice Thanksgiving Day!