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Friday, August 9, 2019

Friday Miscellany: Family and home TO DO list

Our decision not to move night now changes my mindset in several ways. I haven't been very committed to this community or invested in this house but now - well I'd better be.

Also we made the decision to spend more time both with family and away from home and to spend more money doing so since it is no longer earmarked for purchasing a much more expensive home.

FAMILY
Sunday we drove to Pasadena to take our older son and DIL out for lunch and have a good catch up chat before they head out on their summer vacation. We also brainstormed ideas for spending more time together as a whole family. They liked the idea of renting a place that was half way between (Paso Robles anyone?) and also thought a trip to San Antonio would be fun.

Our granddaughter loves to play with legos and loves horses ... so I sent her a small lego pony stable set. Approved in advance with her parents as I agree on the not too many toys approach.

HOME
We picked out the accent tile for our small bathroom update. This bathroom is the only part of the house that wasn't completely renovated when we bought it, but we are able to keep the parts that were done: flooring, vanity base, toilet and new paint on walls.

The rest is originally from early 1980's and shows it. We are redoing the shower and vanity top/sink, changing out the heat lamp for a fan & light combo, and having the ceiling painted. We started this project to help sell the house, but now that we are staying for a while we can enjoy it ourselves.
Dark is vanity top, white large subway is shower and mixed is shower accent
My FIL's painting finally got hung! I'm so glad we got it framed as Hubby commented that he is so happy to have the painting and have it displayed in our home. It is in a narrow room so it is hard to get a straight on wide view photo though.


I cleaned out the garage storage and came up with a small pile to get rid of.
I found half a can of paint in a color a shade lighter than the garage walls so I painted the worst wall just below some high shelves. It looks much better and now.
Removed!
Now about those boxes we were saving in the attic in anticipation of moving again .... another project for another day.

I feel like we are nesting all over again 2 1/2 years after the flurry of our move.

10 comments:

  1. Sounds like great plans and proves you can change direction in the middle of the stream, so to speak.

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    1. Yes - more like put dream on hold. I asked my Hubby how he was feeling about the decision and he said he had simply stopped spending time looking at options and possibilities for moving so spending more time elsewhere!

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  2. I think you have come up with a good compromise. Living 9 hours away from our oldest, we keep in touch on Facebook, by texts and phone calls. Not really my way of keeping in touch but the best we can do right now. Youngest only lives 2 hours away so we get to see him more often.

    God bless.

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    1. I think many of us are in similar situations. It is the almost 3 year old grandchild who tugs at us to move because we want to be a regular part of her life.

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  3. When we had an unexpected offer on our previous property nine years ago, we decided to take the opportunity to move near our daughter and her family. We were only an hour and a half away before, but with her 5 kids all involved in activities, it took major planning to get together. We are now a mile away, and I'm glad we've had time with them, and could be handy to help with kids at a phone call, but I've never loved this community. Now that the youngest will be in high school next year we are contemplating whether we want to stay or make a change again. Hard decisions.

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    1. Your experience of being just a quick drive away is what we were hoping for but won't be happening at this time. Sadly we don't love the community either but then that may be more the shock of thinking of moving twice in less than 3 years!

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  4. It sounds like a good plan. I didn't think Sacto or Davis was going to work as that's still a commute. I like the idea of the long term AirBnB as an option though.

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    1. We will have to give the Airbnb a try. Our next trip we are going to be there 2 weekends and take a 2-3 day trip elsewhere mid-week while they are all at work & school

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  5. Glad you are shifting mindset and beginning to make this current house feel more like home. The painting looks magnificent in its spot. And your plans for the bathroom, your tile and counter top colors, are going to increase the value of your home. San Antonio, Texas or California for a meet up?

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    1. I am definitely thinking about a trip to San Antonio. My parents were married there right at the end of WWII.

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