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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Checking in with updates...

Hello everyone!

I can't believe how fast the time has flown by since I last wrote... we have been busy doing things around the house, traveling and having lots of company.  Some of our home changes were because we wanted to and some because we had to...like blown CFI circuits.  We also need to do some exterior painting of the house.  We are in the process of finding out the the colors we need from our community center, then get on the hunt for a reasonable and reliable house painter...

We were debating on putting in wooden floors, but decided instead to clean the carpets, tile, grout and then reseal the grout.  We took some of our old furniture and sent it to the consignment shop.  They pick up for $35 but take that amount out of the first sale.  We split the price of the furniture and they send us a check at month's end.

We found a nice round table with three legs at the consignment store which will become an end table in the corner between the couch and the new entertainment center.  Since my husband relented and agreed to get rid of the TV console we bought three or four years ago, and purchase the entertainment center I wanted all along, we agreed he could pick out the new coffee table and end table.  He has scratched up both his legs below the knee from walking into the corners of the old coffee table...so he wanted an oval one with smooth edges.  He also bought two bar stools and we both helped in putting them together...

New entertainment center (hubby watching Apocalypto) with round end table in the corner... we needed an entertainment center no wider than six feet and no taller than six feet and this one filled the bill nicely.

Oval coffee table with smooth edges... (memory jar we started, writing down all our happy, fun and grateful memories)

End table beside my rose recliner...

Our "do it yourselves" bar stools...

We took a trip to Tucson, Arizona to visit our good friends.  We had so much fun.  While sight seeing our "old haunts" and my old apartment complex, we were caught in a typical rain/thunder and lightning storm.  I even caught a pic of some lightning... We saw the memorial for police killed in the line of duty, which started with my former fiance who was killed October 28, 1974.  Four other officers were killed since his death, the last one in 2008.  I had not been back to Tucson since 1975, when I moved back to California...


My husband's cousin and his wife came to stay with us for a week from their home in New York.  We took them up and down the Strip, to Lake Las Vegas, and to some restaurants they had never heard of.  The wife wanted to zip line above Fremont Street, which is a new, very popular activity for downtown.  We also took a bus to the west end of the Grand Canyon in Arizona and walked on the Skywalker at Eagle Point.  The glass u shaped structure extends from the edge of the canyon 70 feet and rises 4000 feet above the floor of the Grand Canyon.  It was spectacular! It was also my first time seeing the Grand Canyon...

 Sitting on the see through walk way of the Skywalker above the west side of the Grand Canyon...called, Eagle Point (see it in new header photo).

 Last week I was in California visiting my family. We celebrated the 7 year olds birthday, my Dad's 91st, Trick or Treated with the grand kids and my sister and I took Mom to lunch.  This weekend we are spending Saturday night at the MGM to see the Eagles in concert.  It is our tenth wedding anniversary gift.  There will be fourteen of us.  I fully expect to be hoarse from singing the next morning...

Now that the weather is cooling off, it will be easier to go through all the rest of the stuff in the garage to donate or sell.  We are really on a roll.  I have room in the garage to exercise with my hula hoop and jump rope.  My husband and I have decided to go up to the gym and work out together.  I am taking daily walks with Izzy, and so far, no coyotes...

That is all for now...we are busy beavers these days and it feels good to be so productive. I have found it is a real challenge to keep up with both creative pursuits, house work and staying in touch with family and friends. The more I eliminate the easier the upkeep giving me more time blogging and painting...

I look forward to getting back in the groove and visiting my blogging friends, seeing what you all have been up to....

7 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

Hello Donna - looks like you have been incredibly busy - no wonder you aren't posting. Missed you. sandie

Jeanie said...

It's good to read this catch-up from you Donna. It sounds like all is good and that you are staying very busy. It is so nice to get the things done around the house that you have been doing.
I'm glad to hear that you got to see your grandkids in California and even got to have Halloween with them. I hope your mom is doing better..

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

wow - you have been very busy! sounds like you're having a blast. hehe - love the glass walkway at the grand canyon but not sure i could do it. would love to try. mgm to see the eagles - wow! great anniversry gift. happy anniversary to you.

glad to see you back.

That corgi :) said...

I bet that was cool at the Skywalker thingy at the Grand Canyon! I haven't been there since they built it. I like all the things you are doing, Donna, traveling, decluttering, getting ready to go to the gym for exercising, neat!! Seems like things are heading in the right direction with getting things accomplished; I'm sure that is a good feeling!!

We had rain today too!!

Love the new furniture!!!

betty

DJan said...

Your mood sounds so much better than before! You are also very productive. Such a fine looking house, and I LOVE that oval coffee table!

Glad to hear how well you are doing, and thanks for the virtual visit to your lovely home. :-)

Thisisme. said...

Hi there Donna. Good to see you back again. I agree with Chatty - we've missed you my friend! Gosh, what fun you have been having. Always good to get the house sorted out isn't it? Wonderful to have seen the Grand Canyon too, and on that viewing platform. I saw it when it first opened on the television, and thought it looked really scary!! Great that you and hubby are going to go working out together and that you're going on daily walks with Izzy. Hopefully that will all make you feel better as well. Good to hear all your news. Take care.

gayle said...

Wow you have been really busy! I love your pictures! Everything looks beautiful!