As you all know my mom is moving into the apartment above our garage. This is the place that we lived when we were building our house. It is also the place that had become the rec-room when the older boys were highschool/college age. Then it became the storage area for unwanted and unused but couldn't get rid of things...you know...a junk room.
Here is a reminder of the before...
Here is what it is beginning to look like now...
The next photo is taken from the exact same position as the above photo.
The junk is gone and the flooring is ready to put down. The new wall is up and the end wall is painted a deep red...mom and I both love red!
We have torn out the old wood stove surround and put in one that is larger and is floor level to make it easier for mom to load the stove. Besides the old one didn't go with the new warm colors we've chosen.
Mom wanted a flooring that was warm looking but at the same time was kid-proof. As opposed to real hardwood like we have in our house which scratches and dents (which is one of the things I love about it!) mom wanted to go with what she has in her current house...wood-like laminate flooring. No scratches...no dents...Pergo it is!
Still on the 'to-do' list...carpet, tiling the countertops, finish outside ramp, new kitchen shelves, appliances, paint doors, and new door hardware.
And the bathroom?
Well we've decided to go some fun colors in there too...
Eggplant and artichoke heart anyone?
Its getting close...we're hoping that in another couple of weeks we will be ready to move mom in!
So is there anyone else out there in the middle of a remodel?
We went to the beach this weekend...Longbeach Washington to be exact. They have a trail there called the Discovery Trail that is for bikes and pedistrians that runs right along the mighty Pacific Ocean. I will get to more of the tomorrow. For today I'm just doing a little 'reflecting' on the weekend!
Come back tomorrow for a bike trip, a little rock climing and some beach combing!
(Note this was first published at almost this last time last year...considering this weekend I had to spend 3 hours fixing the fence I thought it would be a perfect re-post since spending 3 hourse fixing the fence left me so far behind that I didn't have time to post anything new this morning...darn camel!)
You know you're a farmer when the expression "I have some fences to mend" has nothing whatsoever to do with apologies, grovelling, or admitting to being an arse...
No when you live on a farm mending fences means...well your fence is broke and before everyone escapes you better go fix it.
It also means in my case that the #&%! camel has broken it...again!
This is what an electric fence insulator looks like when it battles a 1500 pound camel...yep busted clean in half!
It is a battle it will never win, even with 2000 volts on its side, Gizmo always wins!
But at least I had good help along...
Another way to tell you live on a farm is when you ask your two year old to hand you the long fence insulators...and he knows exactly which ones those are.
Sweet Girl is not so much into mending fences...she much rather stand in the middle of the field and direct traffic!
"HALT...this is a goat crossing, you are a camel, you must halt!"
Baby Boy went and played with his sister for a while but ran back needing a hug...
As we were sitting together in the grass and singing 'Bob the Builder' Sophie our young female llama came up to let us know we were off key!
She is such a lovely girl!
Her parents were two strays I took in not knowing anything about them...turned out they were male and female...
In fact they liked each other so much that we have had three baby llamas produced from them so far!
Anyway we got the fence fixed and it was time to go in and get dinner on...
This was the response I got...
"NO mama...me no want to go in. Me no like go in house. NO!"
"Mama make me sad"
So what did we do?
Well we stayed outside of course...
Until the llamas...and camel...and goat came home!
Then had a very late dinner and went to bed...
As I was drifting off I sent up this prayer...
"Dear God, I know Gizmo is one of your creatures and I certainly wouldn't want to break one of your commandments by killing him...so could you just keep him from breaking the fence for at least a couple of days? I would surely appreciate your help on this, thanks...amen."