Thursday, May 31, 2007

Bathroom Remodel

21 years in the making, the countdown clock is ticking for the bathroom demolition day. We've met twice with the contractor and gone over all aspects of the project. I've checked his references, and our financing is in place.

Here's the current view of the bathroom with it's 60's yellow tile. Not long after we moved in, we had a tile floor installed. I had hoped for a blue bathroom and instead ended up with the UCLA Bruins look. If you look closely, you can see the "horse's patoot" scar on the toilet.

The new bathroom will be Euro styled. Think gleaming white. Cleaning should be wipe down easy. This for Himself as he cleans the bathroom. The walls will be white tile. The wall with the sink will be 8" deep cabinets from the ceiling to where the tile is now. White, wipe down, no grooves, dentil work, or ridges to capture and hold powder. The Young One makes it snow with powder. No cabinet handles, but finger grooves on the underside of the door.

The sterile, hospital look will be broken up by a white tile floor with cobalt blue accents. The sink and stall shower will be Swanstone Artic White, white with small, dark blue speckles. The tub will be removed. The washer/dryer will be brought upstairs. Laundry area near the door. Stall shower next to that and a small linen closet.

The dollhouse size of the bathroom is a big problem. To gain a bit of space, the door to the bathroom will be removed and a pocket door installed. To solve the problem of a shower door swinging open, we found a hinged, folding shower door. The window will remain with new clamshell and stool.

Towel bars will be removed and decorative towel hooks will be used instead. I'll post the fixtures and tile as we get them.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

I've Been Tagged

I've been tagged by Erica so here goes.

Five books in your To Be Read pile:
1. A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
2. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
3. Eldest by Christopher Paolini

The last four books you read:
1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
2. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
3. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
4. Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
5. I’m almost done with The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
This is my second time through the Outlander Series

The last three books you borrowed:
1. Outlander
2. Dragonfly in Amber
3. Drums of Autumn

The last two non-fiction books you read.
1. The manual to my cell phone.

The one book you wish everyone would read:

The Little Prince by Antoine de Ste. Exupery

So, what's on your bookshelf?

Tuesday, May 29, 2007


I thought Dido, the gargoyle, looked cute peeking through the weeds so I snapped a picture before I yanked the weeds. Soon Dido will be shaded by a hydrangea. It was an Easter gift from last year, that didn't do too well, but looks like it's making a comeback. Hope if it flowers, the flowers are blue.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

May We Never Forget Their Service

The Minstrel Boy will return we pray When we hear the news, we all will cheer it, The minstrel boy will return one day, Torn perhaps in body, not in spirit. Then may he play on his harp in peace, In a world such as Heaven intended, For all the bitterness of man must cease, And ev'ry battle must be ended. - The Minstrel Boy words by Thomas Moore. This verse added after the Civil War.

Saturday, May 26, 2007


Spent most of the day playing at The Compost Heap. Found a 3 column Blogger layout that I can live with. Looks a bit more like the 360 site except it's easier to add toys. Feeds work too! I still miss my blue, cowboy bandana background, but I'm happy with these colors and I love the layout.

Now, if I can just get emoticons to work. I downloaded Smiley Central. Yeah, I had problems with them a couple of years ago. Hoping those bugs are worked out. Here goes. PonyCan you see Heath's horse, Charger?

Friday, May 25, 2007

Mowing the Lawn

Self portrait.

Blog Moving Day

I've moved The Compost Heap from 360 Yahoo to here. Yahoo has lots of gremlins that sometimes make the joy of blogging frustrating. I can also reach more of my friends and family here. They don't have to join Blogger to leave a comment.

I will miss the more flexible template ability at Yahoo, the fun emoticons, avatar, and the quick comments.

Hopefully, the smoother programming here, will make up for the loss and maybe, those things will be added here in time.