Monday, April 14, 2014

Grandson visit!

I was so happy to have my little grandson come and visit for a few days during spring break.  He's an action-packed bundle of fun, and we enjoyed having him out!


The things that grandma and grandpa let him get away with!  Here he is treating the fridge like monkey bars.



At home, one of his favorite things to play with is a paint roller, since his mom and dad are painting the living room.  So we cut one down so Parker had a Parker-sized paint roller!  he loved rolling everything with it.  He also dipped it into the pool in the backyard so he could drip it on everything.

We also cut down a swiffer to a Parker-sized swiffer, because that's one of his other favorite toys, but somehow I didn't get any shots of that.

He figured out that the table had a perfect perch at just his height!

He's such a happy little guy, and we had a ton of fun with him!

chasing bubbles around the backyard --
and of course, a visit to the beach!  The time sure flew by way too fast -- can't wait until I get to see him again in June!

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Finally found a door for my kitchen....

I've been stalking Craigslist in order to find a good 10-lite or full view door for my kitchen - I needed one 30" wide.  The door we had in there (it was the door I turned into a dutch door), was 32" wide, and just barely cleared the island.  I wanted someting that would let a lot of light into the kitchen, give me a view to the backyard, and fit into my budget (as cheap as possible).  I've seen a couple on Craigslist free, but I've always missed out on them. But finally I struck it lucky and we picked one up yesterday. 








It had a few dings in it, but  nothing I couldn't fix with a little bondo and filler, lots of sanding and general all-around touchups.  For my favorite price (free!), I don't mind at all putting a little work into it.











All we had to buy was a 2 x 6 to cut for the hinge side.  I removed all the trim carefully, and we reused the hinges from the old door.  Other than leveling the door, it went pretty quickly. 




It looks really great, even though I still have to paint it and patch the wall on the right side.







Just that extra 2" of space, a quick coat of plaster and a new coat of paint and it'll be good as new.







On the outside, Dale will have to fill the stucco and blend it in to the existing wall.  This would normally be a big deal for me, but since that's what he does, it's nice to know it'll look just fine.  He still has the bump out for the pantry to stucco, so it's good he can get this all done at the same time.











The cats, of course, were very interested.  They can now spy on things in the backyard and when we go out to do something, they have more choices of where to sit and meow at us.


So this week, I will get the inside patched, painted and get the door all painted.  I want to get my little curtain rehung as well. 

I do have a great post that I'm working on with my adorable grandson - we had 5 great days playing with him.  Spring break was a success around here!


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