Wednesday, December 21, 2011


the red is carpet pad for spacial reference
The day before Thanksgiving, the basement leaked.
There had been a huge rain for 2 days straight. I guess the soil just could not drain it away fast enough and the split along the floor-wall seam didn't help.
We pulled up the carpet and put down a bunch of old towels.

The next day I cooked while Mark pulled the wood slat siding off the wall.

Then, we enjoyed a great Thanksgiving when my sister and her hubby came up from the Salem area for an over-nite visit. It was so good to see them!

The day after Thanksgiving we said farewell to family and got busy on the repairs.
Cracks were sealed with hydrolic cement. Paint was scraped, sanded and chemically peeled. That was the hardest part.

The wall was cleaned, which took forever. Then he sealed it with concrete sealer (white). When he decided on the color, we went out and got tinted primer and red paint. Little did we know that although you need 2 gallons of paint, you only need a gallon of primer. Know anyone who wants pepto-pink primer?

Red paint is up and so is the shelf and borders. Just the details are left.

Here is a closeup of the wall and ledge all done.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dear Santa


...before I go on, this is the chance to get the kids out before you scroll down.

The following is for "adult" eyes only.
 Dont worry...

It's NOT like "THAT"!

I got a letter from Sabrinas' school adressed "to the parents".

We had Parent teacher conferences recently so I wondered what it could be since we had all the report cards and such.

I opened the envelope and found a purple sheet of construction paper, tri-folded and decorated "To Santa".

The other side had this very cute letter glued to it.