Wednesday, August 26, 2009


We knew there were azaleas behind and amongst all the scrub brush!

Sharing is good for you. Or so they keep telling us.

We've replaced the ballast (spelling?) and bulbs on one side of this two sided monstrosity. Guess which side we've replaced! We will replace the other side sometime this coming week.

I cleaned part of the deck off with a scrub bush and bucket. I just couldn't stand anymore how disgusting it felt beneath my bare feet. Ugh what fun! But what an amazing difference between where I've scrubbed and where I haven't. We'll try and borrow or rent a power washer or I'll just scrub the rest of it.

I made Andy put in new blades on the 80's throwback ceiling fan in the family room. The old blades had this lovely (NOT) wicker inset in the middle of them and the globes, you will note, are smoked glass prisms. Nice (NOT). Those have also been replaced and I'll grab a picture of that later. It really looks like a brand new ceiling fan, thank god!

He really is ready to whack me, I'm sure.

I spent two days trimming the bushes in the front of the house and what a difference. You can actually see the window to Tad's bedroom now. It looks so much nicer. Andy has planted a lovely Japanese maple tree in the front - will grab a shot of that later as well.

The back yard. It's really going to be fabulous when we get everything done. In a zillion years. Heh. But it is already a massive improvement over what it was when we first got the house and it will be even better next year.

While I absolutely love sitting on the back deck and listening to the birds (We have pigeons!) I discovered that the spot we had the deck furniture was poorly planned. Turns out it was directly under a favorite roosting branch for the birds. We've since relocated it to a more protected spot on the deck and all is well.

We've been in the house a week now, I think. Yes, a week. There is still tons to do but we've gotten a lot done already. Andy is delighting in having a yard and a garage. Super Truck came home a couple of days ago and spent his first night in a garage. He appears to have taken to it just fine and Blu is glad for the company. Ok, that's a lie. Blu is used to having the garage all to his self and is having to adjust to the notion of sharing his space.

Much the same as Andy and I are having to adjust. Neither one of us has lived with a significant other in over a decade. We've been very independent and used to having our own space and making our own decisions regarding that space and our lives, for that matter. So we are adjusting. I imagine that will be just like this fabulous house.....a constant work in progress but also a labor of love.

Still wiped out and as I speak it's 9pm and Andy is out on the deck working on fixing the screen door that sticks. I think it's time to call him in and just relax a little. We hope everyone else is doing more relaxing and less working.

Love on!

Morgan and Andy


  1. Wow Shupe... We're neighborhood neighbors (Gulley Park/Rolling Hills).
    You're so suburban all of the sudden.


  2. Wow! An old Toyota Land Cruiser! You guys are so cool!

  3. Dad said to let you know how much he liked what you have done, and in such a short time!

  4. OMG...that looks like my old house!