We are enjoying the back porch while it snows. It is not decorated for Christmas as much this year, just haven’t gotten things out. Maybe it is in the back of our mind that we leave on the 10th of January on an eleven day cruise. Whatever we get out will just have to be put up so soon. It is also another year I didn’t do cards. The world will not end! Usually the porch is where the Santa collection is displayed, this year the Snowmen have moved into their place. The new fire pit is making the porch nice and warm. It easily up the temp by ten degrees in about 10 minutes. Makes it toasty warm. Steve can really crank the flames up giving us heat and light. We, meaning us and Dee, usually go to what I call the Underground for dinner on Wednesday night. It …
Last winter we started talking about changing up the living room by getting a new TV and doing away with the cabinet that surrounded the TV plus all the “stuff” over the cabinet. It was just talk, just couldn’t make that commitment at that time. Finally a couple of weeks ago, Steve started checking the prices of 75 inch Samsung TVs and found some good prices. A trip to Nebraska Furniture started the search for the TV and recliners. While comparing the TVs, it became clear that it wouldn’t cost that much more to put up an 82 inch Samsung Q60. And it was not that much bigger to go larger. On a trip to the PX, we found the same 82 Q60 Samsung from Nebraska to be $400 cheaper and we didn’t have to pay sales tax. Next thing was would it fit in the van . . . …
On December 10, 1954 my parent purchased the house at 509 Silkwood Ave. It was a single family home with 904 sq ft. Across the front of the house was was a living room, dining room and a kitchen with a washer and dryer behind louvered doors. Today this would be known as an open floor plan. The living room had a very large picture window, with smaller windows in the dining room and kitchen. There was a small T shaped hall way created by walls from the living room, the laundry area and the bathroom. In the T part of the hallway, a cedar chest sat where the telephone was located. The chest was also used as a place to set while talking on the phone. Across the back of the house was a bedroom, bathroom and the second bedroom. The house was a small square with an offset …
Our hot tub broke. We went out one night to get in and the water temp was 54 with the air temp around 40. Don, the hot tub guy, came out and said the heat pump was bad. So a new tub was in our future but first Steve decided to have a new concrete pad put down. The area where the old tubs had sat was not level and Steve was always trying to get it level. We went off on a cruise and when we got home the new pad was in place. We were really pleased with Tony’s work. So now we are ready for the new tub to be delivered.
After shopping every spar company in Kansas City, we finally found the hot tub we both like. It was funny how we search and search, there was a tub here or there that we liked for different reasons. But neither one of us were “sold” on any of them. Then we arrived at Above and Beyond and both of us agreed this was the one going home with us. It seats six and is 94″ X 94″ X 36″, holds 370 gallons of water and has 54 jets. The pumps are incredibly quiet, making the Fusion Air Sound System great for listening to music. I still haven’t figured out the Bluetooth yet but I will get there. One of the positive points to buying this one were the molded cup holders located around the tub. The spa’s lighting has a kaleidoscope of colors and the water features, waterfall and the …
Today the guys returned to finish up the fence. It seemed to go up very fast and is a beautiful fence. I didn’t get out there to take a picture of the finished fence but will post one later.
Today they delivered the lumber for the new fence around the pool. After off loading the lumber, they started taking down the old fence. Once the sections were removed they started removing the post. At one point the worker must have gotten cold. They built a fire in the can, burned the wooden steps and were huddled around the can. Once they got the post up, put a string line for the new post and started digging the new post holes.
Our burning bush finally started turning in the backyard. As the days went by it became if bright red. We went out to a pumpkin farm the other day. Kristie, Samantha and I picked out pumpkins to paint, the guys didn’t want to paint one. I just got around to taking pictures today. Kristie took pictures the day we painted them but I never got copies to share. We have been asked several times if the wine bottle in the basket on the bike was real. The answer is yes it is.
We are putting new flooring in the kitchen and dining room and it was delivered today Steve felt bad for the delivery guy and helped him up the drive way with it.
Holan found this light for Steve for his Birthday. Since we are leaving for New York and the Southern Caribbean Cruise two days before his birthday she decided to give it to him early. On the box it said “Shower your home with thousands of dazzling lights with the Star Shower laser light! The plug-in laser light that projects stars everywhere. Illuminates your home in red and green laser stars covering over 600 square feet. He was really excited and took it outside to try it out. He placed it on the ground. Then thought it might work better if it was up high, say from the gutter. He gets it placed just so and takes another look. It was just right so he reached up to adjust it. The light then fell and hit his face. This is what it looks like on a house, but we think they …
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