Saturday, December 21, 2013

On This Day Of Christmas....

my true love gave to meeee,

One Roofer Roofing

Two Tilers Tiling 

Three New Water Pipes

the red line added a festive touch

A Sheet-rocker behind plastic

Fiiiive Gollllden Rules!    (of home ownership)

1.  Live as if you're moving.  Weed out regularly or never keep the crap.  Make all repairs and updates to enjoy while you live there - why just do it for the buyer?

2.  When a pipe leaks take measures immediately to dry out all areas nearby. (and a bit further... water is sneaky)

3.  A roof is only as good as the application of the felt and metal channels over the plywood and under the roofing material.  (that's the pretty stuff you see but it's only function is to protect the felt from sun damage and to shed rain)

4.  Love thy neighbor and make decisions along your shared property line that will benefit their property as well as yours.  (they might will decline to pitch in financially, and then bitch about critique the changes during construction, but in the end they shut up calm down)

5.  And this too shall pass.  (when your subcontractors see you smiling and taking "it" all in stride they will go the extra mile for you)

Our 12 Days of Christmas song ends here with some photos of the decorations despite the chaos.

the long view of the living room
god that guest room holds a lot of decor!
more guest room furniture and the outdoor cushions
suspends pool table play

blurred lines (and focus!) between construction site and family room

and just as Mary and Joseph found room in the manger 

our guest room carpet will be laid and cleaned and decor replaced (on the 27th)
in time for our guests arrival on the 28th

a pretty blue christmas 

My favorite winter cocktails have helped me connect with the spirit of the season - join me!

The classic Old Fashion

  • 2 maraschino cherries
  • 2 slices of orange
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or 1 small sugar cube
  • 1 or 2 dashes of angostura bitters
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 ounces rye or bourbon whiskey

Muddle 1 cherry, 1 orange slice (my mom uses a 1 inch slice of lemon zest), and the sugar, bitters, and water in a chilled Old Fashioned glass. Remove the orange rind. Add the whiskey and (load with) ice; stir. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice.

Martha Stewart's Cider-Bourbon Cocktail

Cheers to a very Merry Christmas for All!     Linda   ;-)  


  1. Love all your decorating despite the chaos around you! And I'm completely impressed you're having guests to stay as well?! But I do think you do need to try to continue living as normal when you're in the midst of a construction zone. Have a wonderful Christmas Linda! xx

    1. Heidi, thank you! You are an inspiration for successful living in a home under construction. It makes me so happy to know you've made time to visit. :-)

      Dear Reader, you must check out Heidi's blog about her home in Adelaide, South Australia!

  2. Linda,
    So missed chatting with you. It's been nutty. I didn't know you were doing construction, but sounds like it will be done soon and you have the right attitude about it. Like your tips too. So true. Head problems off at the pass!

    Your home is beautiful and I love your eye for decor. You need to post more photos! Love to see when you are done with the changes too.

    Wishing you a wonderful holiday my friend and thanks for all your kind support through the year.
    p.s. going to make an Old Fashioned with your recipe tonight!!

    1. Kim,
      Landscape and pool retile and "plaster" aka quartz were scheduled projects. The pipes (2 slab leaks) and subsequent sheet rock, carpet and hardwood floor damage were unexpected. Roof repair was denial and procrastination (we tend to be ostrich like when a project is out of our abilities to fix it ourselves).

      I need to learn how to light our interior to take better photos. The natural light is strong, but windows only on the north and south sides of the house. Suggestions? :-)

      Your holiday busy-ness is at a child age related peak - enjoy because in a blink.... They're on the brink of adulthood! Cheers to you dear friend. XO Linda

    2. Good luck with the Reno Linda, hopefully your holiday season is only enhanced by end finish! :) merry xmas

    3. Merry Christmas to you Naomi!
      No amount of deconstruction will take away from time with friends and family (and food and drink!) !!!

      Happy Happy Happy


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Cheers! Linda


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