December 4, 2013
Thanksgiving was spent with friends, an unusually small but very delightful celebration of thankfulness for the bounties that we have. This blog is to poke fun at ourselves and each other about the conflicts that arise as two people attempt to navigate decision making with different agendas and “vent” in the process but we are aware that we have it pretty damn good. And we really do love each other although mostly when we’re not maneuvering through remodel resolutions.
July 7, 2013
Southern California is known for endless sunshine, moderate temperatures, surfers and Hollywood. While it is home to all those things, the sun doesn’t always take center stage. “June Gloom” is a little known fact outside of these parts but is a harsh reality. Oh, how you in Minnesota scoff at us but there’s a reason we live in our little slice of paradise and it isn’t because of the cheap housing or light traffic. Some of us wilt without sunshine, our hearts dry up and shrivel just a bit with each passing dismal day, longing for rays of glory to break through the clouds.
Beach dwellers are a seasonal species. While outdoor activity is accessible any time of the year, we, for the most part, seek shelter in our toasty homes like the rest of the country; it’s just too cold and dim to go out but when the sun bursts through, the inhabitants immerge as sand crabs from the ocean, greedily inhaling the salty air. I just can’t get myself motivated for a walk or bike ride I until I see sunbeams. Lewis doesn’t need illumination motivation and it drives him nuts.
It has been balmy for the past week but the day before July 4th was overcast and I was worried that the main attraction would not make an appearance. As an annual tradition we host a small bunch to celebrate our nation’s independence and The Sun is a requirement. A couple years ago fog was so heavy that the thunderous firework explosions were heard but not seen, a very sad day indeed. The sun gods were happy this July 4th, The Sun gave a spectacular performance and all was good.
People assumed that we wouldn’t entertain during the remodel but our holiday and summer Booze Cruises stop for nothing. Friends invite their friends and one evening we had twenty people partying in our temporary living room at the foot of the master bed. The jokes were dirty, the decimal level high and some people thought it was odd but we didn’t care, we had a good time. We hosted gatherings in our bombed out bottom floor, a portable garage lamp rigged in the corner of the room the only light. No one cared. Laughter, cocktails, good food and great friends, that is what a home is for.
It is true. I have met many people whose mood is dependent on the weather. I’m just an all weather person and enjoy any day for what it is…. another day to party!!! It has been harder entertaining during this ordeal but we enjoy sharing times with friends. Can’t wait to have all the food and drinks in the same room. We still have a mini fridge and the coffee pot in the bathroom (we’re waiting until the floors are installed), a mini fridge in the kitchen and our old fridge in the garage. Mixing a cocktail is sometimes a challenge!
July 22, 2012
A fantastic by-product of not having a kitchen is that we have been guests of friends for dinner. We haven’t had to order much pizza or take out as it seems every night that we have a dinner engagement. John and Cindy made homemade pesto pasta and tri tip, Todd and Joan prepared a wonderful summer BBQ, Linda and Rainer hosted a creative pizza party where I reconnected with old friends and met new ones and the invitations keep coming.
I saw a post that Gordon Ramsey, the foul mouthed and bad tempered British chef’s latest target for his “Kitchen Nightmares” program would be making over a local restaurant. I managed to get on the guest list and since Lewis was working, headed out with a couple girlfriends, Kathy and Val (My Gal Pal Val as Lewis calls her).
The food was horrendous. I’d been there a couple times and while it was never anything special, this time it was inedible. Ramsey has his work cut out for him.
You hear reality stars say “After a while you just don’t see the camera any more” and you think, “Right”. We had a camera focused on us for two minutes and after one, forgot about it. Maybe there is reality in TV after all! Or, maybe it was the wine….
There is a slim chance that we will be on the show but it doesn’t matter, we had a super fun evening. New friends, old friends, girlfriends.
Janelle’s “Will work for food” email she sent out is working. Many people thought it was a joke or spam, but we have been getting invites from friends, both new and old. The email went like this:
Subject: Will Work for Food (This is not a joke)
We have no kitchen. We will work in yours for our dinner. Dine in or dine out, your choice. We’re available!
Janelle & Lewis
June 26, 2012
Remodel commencement dates are ambiguous. Contractor schedules, vacations, and LIFE all come into play when determining when to begin such an endeavor. Summer, however, is for parties. Warm evening, outdoor barbecue centered, summer parties. While the remodel trigger date hadn’t yet been determined, we were certain that it would begin soon and planned an August Tagging Party.
“Taggers” were invited to bring a felt tip marker and graffiti away on our pristine white walls. Who knew our friends were so talented? Mary Ann free handed murals in mere minutes, Debbie drafted 60’s era art and Tracy Metro, TV host and designer, went wild with a fluorescent orange spray can. An unnamed party got a little crazy and spray painted a body outline in the carpet, complete with a wine stain for blood. Seriously!?!
Mortgage interest rates dropped and refinancing the house was a no brainer until our loan broker informed us that the house must be “made presentable” for the appraiser. Our beautifully defaced walls needed covering. After a couple of trips to Home Depot to cover the markers that had soaked through several coats of paint the scribbling was a distant memory. Most of it anyway.
The appraiser made his rounds, unaware that the Christmas wrapping paper strewn on the floor covered the life-sized body line, re-hung paintings covered holes in walls the contractor had cut for structural discovery and the strip of doodles remaining on an aqua wall went unnoticed. Whew! Our refinance concluded without a hitch.
There really is not a good time to start a project. Just do it and get it done. You can try to plan but just let it run its course and start when you’re ready.
The party was a blast and everyone had fun. Too bad we had to cover all the artwork but we have plenty of photo documentation. I wasn’t worried that we would be able to disguise our artwork although concealing the body on the floor with Xmas boxes and wrapping paper was pure genius. Of course, it was my idea.
Tracy Metro (famous designer!) graffiti
Lewis 3:00 AM
Someone didn’t make it home. Can I keep the wall?