Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Morning Flowers and House Update

Hi Everyone!

Sorry I have been so scarce around Blogland.

Home renovation is still going on, but this past week there was a lot of progress!

Loved this scene!  Six trucks all there at once!!

The kitchen cabinets went in.

So did the bathroom vanities.

The shower enclosures were completed.

(Still no door on the bathroom.  

This makes life interesting!)

The dining room is still a mess. 

The granite counter tops are installed now!

Let's all just sit here and stare at this field of flowers and forget about making decisions.

  Shall we? 

Happy Monday to you all!

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long 
at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.

--Helen  Keller

Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Morning Flowers and Weekend Update!

Happy Monday!

Hope you had a good weekend.

The good news is that I checked out of the hotel on Friday and am back home.

I also got out of town and went to the Hollywood Bowl to see A Prairie Home Companion.  

It was a beautiful California summer night.

The next day it was back home to the renovations.

This is the master bathroom at this point.

Here is the patio area.  I found my drawer of silverware out there.  Bonus!

We have a toilet in the hall bathroom now!  Whooooo!  Still no sinks, but I am getting very good at brushing my teeth in the bathtub.

I love eating out as much as the next person, but I am a little sick of it.  Since I have no kitchen to speak of, I dug the toaster oven out of the garage and brought the microwave in from the back yard and actually made a meal for myself!

Speaking of the garage, conditions there are not much better.

However!  A Certain Very Nice came up from his home (he lives about an hour away) and helped me move some furniture and now I even have a bed to sleep in!  Hurrah for normality!

OK, OK, now that I have forced you to view all those pictures,  you finally get your flower!

Thanks for all your encouragement as my house undergoes big changes.

Hope you have a great week ahead! 

Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.  

            ~Albert Einstein

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fixation Station

Someday I will post pictures other than those of my home in various states of disrepair.

Look forward to it.

I know I do.

Yesterday was kitchen demolition day.


Remember this hallway?

Now it looks like this.

Ahhh!  Progress!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

It's All In The Way You Look At It....

It's not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts. 

                                                                    --Zig Ziglar

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Uncharacteristically, Betty Simply Shows and Tells Without Many Additional Comments OR Home Renovation Has Done Worn Me Out and Made Me Sick.

Still living at the hotel.

I've caught some sort of bug and have been hacking and coughing up some pretty chunky stuff.


Here's what's happening at the house. 

Master Bedroom

Living Room


Dining Room

(Note the progress.  New Floors!)

Evan's Room.  Floor halfway done.

Ah, my people.  

I am hanging in there but also going slightly crazy.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday Morning Flowers and House Update

Good Monday, My People!

Are you ready for the week ahead?

I picked up some flowers for you at Regent's Park in London.

Hope you enjoy!

First, a gratuitous picture of me at the park.

(Did you really think the vacation photos had ended?)

OK, so after my vacation, I came home to my house which is going through extensive renovations.

Ah yes. 

Dreams of crawling in my own bed quickly crumbled.

Well, at least there's a toilet.

Oh wait, not one that is actually hooked up.

Here's Evan's room.  The boy had been floating from house to house the entire time I was gone.

So, on the advice of my fantastic brother-in-law, I high-tailed it to a hotel where I have been since the 4th.

I am eager to be in my own house again though!

Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.

                                                                                                       --Ekhart Tolle

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Vacay Pictures Continued: Scotland!

After London we headed to Edinburgh, Scotland.  

It was fabulous!  What a wonderful city!

My ancestors came from Scotland so I lost no time in finding my family tartan and throwing those colors around my neck.

Do I look like I have come to reclaim my lands?

This is not a great picture of the Walter Scott Memorial, but climbing to the top was one of the highlights of the trip for me!

This was such a special trip for me!  

I will never forget it.  

I want to thank a Certain Very Nice Man for inviting me to go with him!

Coming Soon:  Betty's Home Renovation Update.  

(Hint: I am currently living in a hotel.)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Betty's Back from the UK!

Hi My People! 

I had a fabulous time in the UK!

Our first stop was London.

I absolutely, positively LOVED London!

  (Can you tell by my stance and attitude in this picture?)

The Royal Albert Hall was very impressive.

We went to a symphony there!  

Loved the British Museum too!

The English Major visited the Globe and was in heaven!

Thanks London for a fabulous vacation!

Tomorrow:  Betty's report from Scotland.

Some of you may be curious about my recent home renovations and how things went while I was gone.  We shall get to that soon, but for right now let's just relax and look at Betty's shiny vacation photos, shall we?