Friday, August 8, 2014

Happy Friday!

I suppose somewhere down the line, I made some sort of silly rule that I could only post updates on the remodel.  Duh...what was I thinking?  My sissy tells me, how she always checks my blog for new info and there never is any.  It's not that I'm lazy, (I'm really not), or that I no longer have anything creative to blog about (we KNOW that's not it), it's just that I am so content with this life that I have carved out that I tend to sit around the house/porch/deck and bask in the beauty that surrounds me.

So enough basking.  I wish I could promise you some busking, but alas, my talents net me little profit, therefore I resolve to spinning a yarn, at no charge to you, the reader.

How I Spent My Spring and Summer:

Some of you may remember that my sister came for a visit in April...


While she was here we laughed like the goofy sisters that we are.  We laugh over the silliest things, like her trying to fix the mini blind in the kitchen, that had me stymied...

We had fun and visited with friends, but another reason she came in was to get everything going on the remodel.  As you may remember if you do still read this blog, that led to a trip with the contractor (and good friend) and his daughter Chelsea back out to Cali in May...

It was more of a pleasure trip for us gals, with Dad along to do business.  He humored us though and we did fun things like the Wild Animal Park where we got up close and personal with lots of animals.

Chelsea will not soon forget the encounter...



with what her dad dubbed "that big blue chicken" which wanted to peck her brightly painted toes.  The polish was the same color as the birdie's kibble, so we understood, although Chelsea was more skittish than the bird.

We then went on a guided tour through the Safari Park and saw animals you just don't see everyday.  We fed the giraffes...

and observed lots of other animals.

It was a warm day with a pretty blue sky,

It was an interesting day and we had fun, you may be able to tell from this next shot that it was hot as Hades, and even with the benefit of the canvas roof on the truck, we were starting to wilt.

So, it's off to do something else while out on the left coast.

Sister's home is so nice and we took advantage of pool several times...

We went out to eat and went to LA, Beverly Hills and other fun stuff.  As we all know, fun stuff finally comes to an end and we get settled on the plane and come back East.

It was a rough flight back and they chose to try to sleep their way through it.  Not me, I'm rocking this first class experience all the way home...

I'm not above having a beer whilst in the air...Lord knows we needed it.  What a bumpy flight.

Well we got back home safely and it was time for me to have some more remodeling done at my house.  I had them add a deck and sliding glass door to my kitchen, to complete my outdoor living space.

It takes a brave soul, to voluntarily have the windows taken out of the kitchen (remember that picture of Peri and the mini blinds) and replaced with glass doors...

But it was exactly what I wanted and I'm so glad I did it.

So the rest of the summer has consisted of sitting either on the deck, or slipping through the screen door onto the porch that I had screened in last year.  It's been wonderful.  So that was June.

In July, I was ready to get back in the art studio.  I hadn't done anything artsy since the palm tree painting that you saw here, and I wanted to do something different, so I decided on paper mache.

I started out using a disposal turkey roaster as a form, and proceeded with the usual technique of pasting strips of newspaper to the form, I finally ended up with this...



Had a lot of fun doing it, even though it's a sample or prototype for the larger piece I really want to do. It will be much bigger and will hold lights.  In other news...

I saw ring tailed hawks on my fence and

I made some i-phone speakers out of Styrofoam cups...

I'm hitting it off with an old friend and...


I think I'm getting in the mood for fall.  I'm already thinking about Autumn decorations and waiting for it to snow.  Life has been good for me and I'm not taking it for granted.  I love my sisters and my friends and I know how important it is to surround yourself with good people and (guess what else?) I've learned to say no.

So how's that for an update?  Pretty good, if I do say so myself.  We'll talk again soon. Till then...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sorry I'm such a slacker...

The windows are being installed, I'm just too trifling to update my blog...



Not much else to say...except they are doing a really nice job.  Good things come to those who wait.

Until then...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Just a quick post...

Sorry it's taken so long for another progress shot.  The plumbing and electrical work has taken up the last month and it's really boring to show....but it's done now and waiting for the inspectors.

The exciting thing that is happening now is .....wait for it....




WINDOWS!!!!

Yep, that's what I did this morning, went to Buchanan and took pictures of the brand spanking new, custom made, wooden windows that are almost identical to the originals.  Sister Peri is going to LOVE them, cause they are FABULOUS!

As I was leaving the contractor said "take a picture of this one, it is so heavy we may have to get a crane to put it in." So with that said...

TAA DAA, I bring you a shot of the dining room windows.  They will replace the ones you see at the left side of the photo.  See the difference a custom made window makes compared to a replacement vinyl one.  Much more expensive, but so worth it.

Next week I'll have more pics of the windows installed and maybe insulation. 

Until then, I remain,
Sincerely yours
Peachy Keene

Sunday, June 8, 2014

It still looks like this...

Continuing with the theme of the remodel, it still looks like this...


Still bare bones at this point, but all the debris from the demo is gone and framing is in process...


Looking through from what will be the new kitchen to the front door...

Photographic evidence that actual work is being done... (just kidding, they've been busting their butts)

I even ventured down into bowels/basement of the house.  It never occurred to me the amount of work that has to be done in this area...

The old furnace was removed and you can see all the way back into the other "rooms" under the house.  It reminded me somewhat of going into a cave.  When I was a child, I was never comfortable going down into the basement.  Grandmother stored her jars down there (in a glass mountain that was quite precarious) and other than that it was only accessed when maintenance had to be done.  Quite interesting to see this area as an adult.

These openings were probably for the coal storage area.  Sister would know more than I, as I just don't remember much about the basement.

While I was looking around, TD (the contractor) said "you need to take a picture of this mess" and just shook his head.  Apparently, as the years have passed, the house (like so many others) has been the victim of jury rigging.  If fact when he was doing the demo on a room upstairs, which had been intended for use as a kitchen, he said it was just by the Grace of God that the house hadn't burned years ago.

Well, everything is being brought up to code, and I know it will be a lovely house again.

I hope you are enjoying this remodelogue.  I'll keep you posted and we'll talk soon.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Just a quick post with a few pictures...

I'm acting as go between/designer on the remodel of my sister's house here in Virginia.  There was some talk about the contractor going out to the West Coast to bring in some supplies and such, but we decided that's waaaaaay too inconvenient.  I think I can act as liaison between all the parties involved and come up with a killer project.

So as is my usual style, I'm starting us off with some before pictures...


Here you see the living room and the front hall/foyer before demo...

Here is the living room fireplace after demo...

I took this shot of that same fireplace, to show how you can see all the way through to the back of the house...

It's really not easy to get good before, during and after shots sometimes, but at least you get the gist of the size of this project.  The house which looks like this from the outside...


is basically a skeleton on the inside.  It's interesting to see this type of remodel in progress, and you can only imagine the debris that resulted from the demolition.  See that board on the front steps, well that was how they wheeled the downstairs trash to the dumpster...they brought the upstairs materials down the hall staircase by hand and in five gallon buckets.  Those guys were totally beat after it was done.

The contractor, TD, told me that it took eight loads to remove everything.  That's not counting what people removed from the dumpster, which wasn't a huge amount, but they did take wood and other items that they could use.

Well, that's it for me today.  Hopefully my pictures will be better next time, but until then we'll use our imagination as to what might be going on.

Have a great day and enjoy life...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I've been back quite some time...

Yeppers, I've been back a while and keep wanting to make a clever post and show tons of pictures and all the fun we had, but all I get done is listen to Kid Rock and paint.  So with that in mind here is what I painted after I returned, while jammin out to my favorite recording artist...


I used one of my favorite photos from one of my recent trips and decided to go larger than I usually do.  It is done on a 24 x 36 canvas in acrylic paint.

And to close this really quick post, I leave you with a duet by Sheryl Crowe and Kid Rock called Picture.

We'll talk soon, I promise.

Monday, April 28, 2014

She's off gallivanting again...

Yes, by the time some of you read this I will be back on the big silver bird, headed to the left coast.  In the spirit of creativity and imagination, I leave you with this sepia ink drawing...

I'm working on an idea for a picture and while this is not it at all, it did help me to loosen up some so I can go in the direction I want.

So until you see something new here, let's assume I'm either in California, recovering from the trip to California or planning another trip to California.

Have fun and see you soon.