Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Darker Change - Door

Sometime back I saw a link on
Pinterest where the doors were being
painted black. I loved it.
All my doors are white but I
started with the front door.
I really like the look. I just
need to do that side strip.
Second coat.
Now once I get all doors changed
out in the house (they are
stored in the shed) I will also
do them in the dark color.
I did not go with black but instead
I went with a expresso brown.

I really like the white trim and
dark door look. Plus, the
dark does not show hand prints!!
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Back to California

California is just a different world from Tennessee.

I saw some really cool things each time I have been out there. And I have seen some strange things. This outfit being one.

Or this place.....No, No, No....I do not own this...
Sorry, had to throw that in.
Or the nuke plant up near LA...
Yep, it looks strange and my daughter in
law knows the guy that designed it...

Our mountains in Tennessee are green and lush and Southern California is not, it's more brown bush and dirt look. Not a lot of lush green trees growing on the Mt. tops. But, they are a lot of really different flowers I have not seen before.

Plus they have flowering bushes that grow between the opposite lanes of the highway.

 Bushes between lanes on interstate.

I will tell you what I love about the San Diego County area, those people love their dogs! I see dogs on the beach, and in the water with their owners. Now there is NO WAY my dog would get near the water! I have seen the dogs skateboarding with their owner and some even pulling their owner while he is on the skateboard. This time I saw a couple riding bikes and on the front of the ladies bike there was a medium sized dog in that basket. I saw a couple about to get on a motorcycle with their dog, a large dog but they had a crate on the back of the bike with a pillow cushion in it and there is where the doggie rode. They walk, they run, they shop, they go just about everywhere the owner goes. I love it. Big dogs, little dogs, dogs on a leash, in their arms, on bikes…..it is a amazing!

But my question, how does a young couple or any couple for that matter ever pay a home off? Wow….the prices out there blew me away. My home out there would go for a lot…..I mean a LOT more than I gave for it. Homes on the sides of hills, tops of mountains, in the city, out all by its self……they are everywhere. And beautiful, so beautiful.



And then there were the trees that bare fruit.
This is my son's in laws house. They have
two kinds of peach trees, plums and avocados.
Beautiful place.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Bathroom Redo

Okay, I am not Gail over at My
Repurposed Life...it takes me
a lot longer to do projects and turn
them out. But....
Over 4 yrs ago I started on my bath upstair.
I had a friend flying in from Ohio so I took the
day before off. I painted the walls, laid a floor
and painted the cabinet white. I was worn out.
The doors to the cabinet did not get put back on.
Yes, I said yesterday.
But it was an on going project cause last
yr. I had a new counter top, faucet, and
new lighting put in.
It went from this:

To this:

But shortly after having that done, I decided that
the mirror needed to be framed out.
And the white cabinet just did not look right
with the dark counter top.

so....the cabinet went brown.

Since the sides of the this counter did not
go up as high as the old one I had some
wall repair that needed to be done.
I was not up to sanding and repairing
so....I went with this fix.

Had the same issue with the front of the
counter not coming down as far as the old
one did....I used corner round to fix
that issue also.
Finished deal. I love the mirror
framed out like this and I
love that this project is finally done.

I have lots of projects that have gotten started
and for one reason or the other not gotten
finished....so I feel good that this
one is finished.
Now to work on others.
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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Birth Place

When I was younger and raising kids
I never thought I would return the
California, where I was born.
My dad was stationed in Port Hueneme Calif.
when I was born. Shortly after that we moved
to San Diego.
My dream was to go back to California.
In 2007 my son moved to out there. He
met and fell in love. In 2011 he married
Britney. I flew out to San Diego to attend
and also photograph the wedding.
My sis in law Lori went with me. On that trip there
was not a lot of time for sight seeing but one
day Lori and I drove around. We went to
North Island and I was able to photograph
the sign for the street that I lived
on when I was a baby. That was
cool to me.
But the biggest dream was to go to
Port Hueneme.
Since it is 3 hours north of where my son
lives I never saw myself driving that
far just to see where I was born.
But on my trip the first of this month I was able
to go by there. We had to go to Santa Barbara
to pick Britney up at college.
I looked at the map and realized that Port Hueneme
was 45 mins from Santa Barbara. We would go
right past it.
It was late once we got Britney, had dinner
and started back but my son made sure
that I would go by there.

My dream come true.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Sunset on Del Mar Beach

Enjoyed my time on Del Mar Beach.....but this was really nice at the end
of a day........


Love the birds in the bottom of this last pic....neat.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

July 4th- Fireworks in Del Mar California

I have never shot fireworks before-
I was a newbie at that this July 4th.
I was in Del Mar California spending the 4th
with my son, Cory and his wife Britney.

We walked out the condo and down about a block
to over look the Del Mar Race Horse Track
where they were shooting fireworks.

There were folks everywhere!

Check out the smiley face below.

I loved it.
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