12/15/08: Goodness, it has been too long since I updated.
Things at work have been absolutely crazy and the year end rush is upon us.
Bill and I have been busy around the house getting ready for Christmas.
You can check out his decorations on Bills Bits
We also did some painting last month. We were getting tired of the white
walls, and I had some vacation time to use. I took a Friday off, and spent
the day taping off the rooms to be painted. We did the
living room, dining
room, stairs, and
upstairs hallway. I even had enough time to get about
1/2 of the downstairs
On Saturday, Bill and I tackled getting the painting done.
I worked on finishing
the ceiling, while
Bill started on the walls. It took us all day, but we were able to get
all the painting done on Saturday including the
dining room, and
We love the results, but they don't photograph very well. The
pictures look much more golden than the paint actually is. Here is the
dining room, and
We also had some fun with the kids last weekend. Jessica, her boyfriend
Trent, and his daughter Morgan came over for dinner and cookie making.
Here we are rolling out the
dough for baking. We made royal icing, and everyone had a
good time decorating the
cookies. I think
Bill had as much fun as
Morgan and Jessica.
Even I joined in the
11/3/08: Here are some project pictures. For you loyal readers,
you will remember that when we moved into our house last year there were some
problems with the pool. We made a few repairs, but I did not do a complete
enough job on fixing one of the plaster blisters. Therefore, this summer
we had a rust stain that kept coming through the plaster in the pool. To
fix the problem, and update the pool, we decided to repaint the pool using an
epoxy based pool
The first step was
draining the pool. You can see the rust area in the center of the
picture. Once the pool was empty, I
chiseled out all the
old plaster. It appeared there was a rebar wire in the gunite that the
water was getting to via the bad plaster. I
created a cavity
that I then filled with hydrostatic concrete. I then used the same plaster
repair process that we had used previously to finish off the repair.
The next weekend we began painting. Of course the hardest part of painting
is the prep work. We spent a few hours
taping off all of the
tile areas. A roll of blue tape later we were
ready to start
priming. The primer was easy to
apply using a
roller just like regular paint. We started in the deep end,
and ended at the
steps, so we didn't paint ourselves into a corner. Just adding the
primer made the
pool look much nicer.
The next day we began the painting process. This paint was much thicker,
and very sticky (not water based). We thought the primer made the pool
look bright, but the
white paint just
about blinded us. After the paint cured,
it was very shiny.
We used some sand on
the steps and seat to keep them from being too slick. It took 3 days
for the paint to cure, and then we
filled it with
water. We decided to use the white paint, because we didn't care for
the shades of blue available. We are happy with the way the
white goes with the
tile, and existing 'grout' lines. Hopefully with the thorough repair
job, and new epoxy paint, the pool will
stay sparkly for
several years to come.
10/27/08: Woo-hoo finally an update! Bill and I took a trip with
our best friend Jay to Key West a couple weeks ago. Jay had a big birthday
this year, and he has done so much for us over the last few years, we wanted to
celebrate it in style.
I didn't take my camera, because Bill has a nice new digital. You can
check out his pictures on Bill's Bits - or go
directly to the photo album. Jay also got some
amazing pictures which you can look at on his
Kodak Photo Album.
I really enjoyed Key West, and the oppressive heat and humidity didn't bother me
at all. We stayed at a
gay only resort that was
comprised of 3 1890's homes that have been converted to guesthouses.
When you stayed at one of the properties, you had access to the activities at
all 3 locations. For the most part everyone congregated at the Oasis
House. We met some nice people there, and had a good time just hanging out
The highlight for me was a trip we took on the
Blu Q catamaran.
We did the Island Time trip. It started with a 45 minute sail to the skin
diving site. Key West has the only living coral reef in the US. It
is also the 3rd largest in the world. We spent about 45 minutes diving
around beautiful coral, fish, turtles, dolphins, and sting rays. Then it
was of to kayak around a mangrove island. The island was within a bird
sanctuary, and was a very different ecosystem. The skipper and first mate
were very knowledgeable, and made the trip thoroughly enjoyable.
On Monday we rented bikes to tour the island, and take care of all the 'Tourist'
destinations. One of the things I liked about Key West was that it was
very compact. However, all the cruise ship and touristy shops were limited
to one small corner of the island. Once you were away from that area, you
could really get into the local feel of the island. We made it a point to
avoid all chain restaurants, and try to stick to local cuisine. We did
stop at Hemmingway's
house (which for $12 a person was a big disappointment), the southernmost
point in the US, and the
Butterfly and Nature
Conservatory (which was very enjoyable). We finished the day watching
a beautiful sunset at Fort Jefferson State Park.
Tuesday was a kick back and relax day. We spent a lot of time by the pool,
and walking around town. We needed the down to to prepare for the 4 hour
drive back to Ft Lauderdale, and then the 9 hour flight back to Sacramento.
We finished out the vacation by starting work on refinishing our pool. I
will post pictures in a few days on how that turned out.
8/5/2008: I been working on the website to try and accommodate
non Internet Explorer browsers. Because I use a crappy web publishing
tool, the text that was in these lists did not show up. I have modified
some of the code generated by FrontPage, and I think it is working for Safari
and Firefox now.
To make the transition easier, I moved the recent postings to the
Past What's New folder. Also, Bill's Bits has
its first posting, so make sure you check it out.
Other than that not a whole lot has been going on. We have been enjoying
the summer weather, and getting a lot of use out of our back yard and pool.