Monday, April 6, 2009

My Town Monday: home renovations

I thought long and hard about what I'd like to write for this week's My Town Monday. Should I offer up the Chula Vista salt plant? How about the Ramona camel farm? Or maybe Mission Trails Park? And, while all these places would make terrific MTM posts and will no doubt be featured in the future, I decided just to stay home. I'm in a staying-home kind of mood.

Because my house is in a GREAT BIG HUGE HONKIN' state of FLUX!

Isn't this a beautiful green wall? It used to be white French doors. Apparently, I neglected to tell anyone about this upcoming change. You can imagine the shock of my little family when they returned home from school/jobs to a solid wall.


Welcome home, honey! The steps are gone.
(Our rickety old steps were built of railroad ties + bricks. These are the railroad ties, all dug up and waiting to be hauled to railroad tie heaven.)


New dusk-to-dawn, energy-efficient, motion-sensor lights. These went in on Friday. Thank goodness! We were just a dinner guest away from being sued for a broken leg or neck due to a fall caused by substandard walkway lighting!


I would show you my pride and joy: a lovely adorable arch painted in Behr satin Calm Air (a yellowish-beige-ish color). However, the room behind it is too messy still, and I think you'd focus on the mess and not see the arch at all. I'm very excited because I've wanted an arch for AGES and now I have one. I may sleep under it tonight!

Poor dh says he doesn't know what to expect when he comes home anymore. Here's a hint about today: two syllables, starts with "w", ends with "w". Hmmm....although in this case it ends in "s" because we're getting four regular-sized ones and 3 skinny ones!

Oh, it's all so EXCITING!! And will be so party-worthy when it's done! (Of course, we'll only be able to afford to serve hot dogs!)

Please visit Travis' blog where he'll have a fun post and links to other participants.

29 comments:

Kristina P. said...

That must have been quite the shock to come home to!

Beth said...

How do you manage to run a household, write, undergo renovations and still maintain your sanity??

Barrie said...

Beth, I don't maintain my sanity. It's been gone for years. ;)

Kathy Holmes said...

Now that's hilarious. I suppose it's been a nice distraction from the book or have you managed to write as well?

We also built a wall to enclose the loft overlooking the entry - to save the kitties' lives.

Barrie said...

Kathy, I'm at a point where I have to write (looming deadline). So, I work in the midst of it all. If it gets too noisy, I go to my favorite coffee shop or the library.

Jenn Jilks said...

It's good to keep them on their toes! We had renos while my mom and dad were in palliative care. A little distraction...

And, yes, having a son who is an actor is a lot of fun! I cannot fathom the audition process, though. You work a couple of months, then another audition. I guess it keep him on his toes!

His girlfriend is an actor. They are both doing the same show (Midsummer Night's Dream) in two different casts in two different cities near Toronto. Bizarre twist!

lyzzydee said...

I love to change my house around but pressure of work is taking its tole and I haven't done too much for ages. I have managed to talk my hubby in to a new bathroom and Loo, whoopee!!!

Travis Erwin said...

I wish my wife would get this kind of stuff done without my involvement but sadly I'm the one pouring the sweat into this kind of stuff.

Teresa said...

Barrie, you are too funny!!! I love your renovations. No wonder you say my teacher would have despaired of making you a good Chinese daughter-in-law. I'm beginning to think you're right, but you never know... If she had gotten at you young enough... :)

Sarakastic said...

I've always wanted an arch in my house too. You are living the dream!

Charles Gramlich said...

Cool. I love the idea of railroad ties as steps, though.

David Cranmer said...

I just bought some motion-sensor lights and they are working like a charm.

Patti said...

I would love to tear down a few walls, but we are a townhouse so I better not.

Vodka Mom said...

you are gonna LOVe it when it's done! And I'll be over with the cocktails.....

Keri Mikulski said...

Wow.. :)

ARCHAVIST said...

I'd like those railway ties - ahh well

Linda McLaughlin said...

Glad you're so pleased with your renovations, Barrie. The arch sounds like a lovely addition, and the motion sensor lights are a great idea. Let us know how it went today with the new windows.

beckylevine said...

I think my husband will want to know your secret-i.e., getting ME out of the house & just changing things while I'm gone. Of course, I'm not so sure I want you to share that secret with him! Have fun with your arch!

gabe said...

Hot dogs under a Calm Air painted archway - I wouldn't mind ... :) and getting another novel done? You're amazing!

Vivian said...

Wow! It must be so exciting to see your home transform with the renovations. Hope you show the after pictures! Good luck!

Sarah Laurenson said...

Wow! French doors become a wall and the railroad ties go bye bye. Lots of work going on there. Hope it turns out exactly how you want it.

debra said...

You sure have been busy! We're going to paint our living room. I never knew how many variations of sage green existed until now!

JaneyV said...

I have so many plans for our house but it involves the spending of many thousands of £s which currently I can't seem to find. I'm sure the universe will provide!

I'm a big nest-builder. I'm always thinking about it. One job finishes and I'm thinking about the next. Good thing Hubby is so handy.

Stacy Nyikos said...

You are brave to undergo renovations. My husband and I swear if we had to renovate a house, it would end in divorce. We can only agree on one color! Yellow. Guess what color - aside from white - dominates our house. Yep. Yellow. So even if we renovated, we'd just be repainting yellow :-)

laughingwolf said...

uh... ok

but i'm with dh, totally in the dark as to what to expect next ;) lol

Bina said...

I love looking at pictures of other people's houses. Not only does it give me ideas on my own house, but to see how other people live and what they like; I just love it.

Sarah Laurence said...

The green is fun. I enjoyed having a look inside your home. How do you find time for renovations on both house and MS? I see others asked that already. Impressive!

Marilyn Brant said...

I'm thrilled for you that you've been able to do all this home renovation and, more importantly, that you're really enjoying it. My tendency with big changes like that is to get stressed out...so I'm in awe!! Congrats on all the cool new features, especially the arch!! (I'd love to have one, too. :-)

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Hey! I haven't been over for a while and look what you've been up to! It sounds like you're having an exciting Spring :-)