Spring Catch-up

5 05 2010

My folks were in town for the past week and boy did we have a great time.  We did everything from hanging in LA, betting on some horses and watching around 250 dolphins play.  Here’s our fun rundown: we went to a taping of Price is Right and, unfortunately, we didn’t make it to the stage but it sure was fun to watch the taping.  Plus, the lady who won the whole showcase and all was seated just behind us so we might be flashed on the big screen!!  We also took a trip to go whale watching, but it was in between blue and gray season so we were only able to see a pod of dolphins (but boy were they cute!)  And finally we each picked a strategy for the Kentucky Derby and put money in the pool.  Too bad that John was the only one that took home anything and it was a whooping $7.40!!  Talk about big spenders! 😉

We also worked on my household to do list that had been back-piling for quite a while.  They graciously offered to do a few of the things off the list and before the end of the week the entire list disappeared.  Talk about a weight lifted off my back.  Thanks for visiting and helping us out!  We had a great time and can’t wait for you to come back.

Here’s a glimpse at what we completed:

Dad and I cleaned up the workbench, reorganized tools that never found a home when we made the peg board wall and installed the vise.  Here my dad, Lee, is just finishing up the installation.

Meanwhile, my mom, Kathy, was putting some spar varnish on our new patio chairs from IKEA.  We had this same version before that are not intended to be outdoor chairs and the finish quickly came off (less than 3 years) in the sun so we put a marine grade lacquer on this time to protect the chairs a bit better.  Trust me when I say these chairs make a fire-pit so comfortable.

So while mom was finishing up dad and I got the idea to create a new house number plaque since John had bought me new numbers for my birthday a while back.  I know very romantic gift but I asked for them!!  Anyway, we ended up cutting a new board, staining it, mom put a couple of coats of lacquer on it then we attached the numbers and installed it.  Now our front really looks great since all the items are in brushed nickel (the light, mail box and number plaque) and match!

That afternoon we also installed a new clothesline with a retractable cord on our patio.  Since we live near the beach we are always bringing home beach towels that need to dry off before they track sand in the house so it will be nice to have this cleverly designed clothesline for the future.

To finish off our afternoon we planted the planter garden I had been planning.  First, the planters didn’t come with pre-drilled holes so we made our own with a concrete drill bit.  Next, we filled the bottoms with river rock for a better water flow, then filled them with dirt.  I am now in charge of keeping a lime tree, a strawberry plant, grape tomatoes, radishes, tiny cucumbers, basil, cilantro and mint alive.  I will keep you updated if I kill anything or if they start producing like they are suppose to.

Lastly, we had an old stump that was part of the original planter the home builder put around the garage.  We intended to remove it with a chainsaw but dad kicked it a few times and the thing came right out.  Guess it had been dead for longer than we thought.  Talk about an easy removal!  So we poured on some more topsoil and planted some wild flower seeds.  Hopefully, they grow as well.

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5 05 2010
angela

To-do-lists are so much easier and much more fun when you have help! I want to come visit!!!!! I’ll put tat on my to-do-list! haha! xo Everythings looking great!

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