Monday, May 9, 2011

Great Mother's Day

Wow, what a great group of ladies!

Another section of the pier

We had some great help this past weekend. Tim, Cherie, and Jessie came down and enjoyed the weather and gave us great help. We are very excited to get to the next section of the pier.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The hummingbirds are back!

We probably had between 15 and 20 hummingbirds in the backyard this afternoon. They are fun to watch and photograph.

Pier Progress

We are about half-way to the main part of the pier.

New visitor at the bay

This awesome sea otter was swimming out around the pier on Thursday when we got to the bay. I am really getting into the wildlife at the bay and at home.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


The first fish off our new pier!

Time to watch sunset and fish

Since it looked like we were going to have another great sunset, we grabbed our chairs and sat to watch. We had enough pier down to get us out over the water so I pulled some shrimp out of the freezer and got my pole.

15 ft down, 240 ft to go

We ended up with 14 and a half feed done. We still have a long way to go!

Headed West

Once all the brace boards were nailed in place we were able to get the first top board screwed down.

Preparation for top boards

We had to get all of the braces put in place before we started putting the top on the pier. Those are 2 x 8 x 20's. They were heavy and not so easy to get all the way to the other end of this pier. Once the boards were pulled to place, we put in a water line and an electrical line for later.


We went down last Wednesday and started putting down the pier boards. This is the before picture.

Our Awesome Birds

One of my favorite things about our new bay house is the pelican population. Every morning when I wake up with my coffee, I can sit on the porch and watch them out on their perches. The gulls are lined up on the pier. That may become a problem.

Beautiful Bouquet

I sent Morgan out to the yard to bring some of the beauty indoors. Everything in this bouquet was picked from the yard!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Flowers that survived the Winter

These gerber daisies haven't looked this good all winter. The pansies are spreading like crazy.

The Biggest Rose I've ever seen

When we got married, Mike told be I had gotten the last dozen of roses that I would ever receive from him. He lied, because right now I have thousands and thousands of roses in my yard and hopefully they will bloom all summer long......So much better than getting roses from a florist.

Some of the better individual ones

Rows and rows of Roses

My prettiest roses yet

Today the roses are all open. They are absolutely beautiful.

Back to the Garden

Yesterday I was drinking my coffee on the backporch, watching the birds, and enjoying all the roses that are blooming. Pictures of the roses are coming next.

Monday, March 7, 2011

A kitchen faucet, garbage disposal, and a couple more pieces of trim are all that we need to finish the kitchen. Tomorrow the carpet will be installed and we will start moving in. It is really almost finished. Mike and I figured out that we have always had a building project working since we got married. I am voting for a break in that streak. Coming soon yard updates! In the middle of all this I have gotten the yard in shape for Spring.

Countertop is in, another ceiling fan and washer and dryer are in place. The stove, refrigerator and dishwasher are also ready.

The weather was really awful Saturday morning after the cold front moved in. Mike was actually holding on and pulling himself onto the porch against the wind in the picture. The waves were splashing over the bulkhead and the pier. It makes it easier to work when there is no possible way that you could fish.

We went down over the past weekend and met the countertop installers. While we were there, we installed doorknobs, ceiling fans, plugs, switches, and plate covers....all the finishing touches.

On Wednesday we worked on the porch and stairs while our painter was inside the house.

Doors and trim got installed last weekend. We worked Friday night, all day Saturday and all day Sunday, but we finished. It took us all week to recover, all that crawling around on the floor putting down baseboard, I'm getting old. I couldn't wait for the painter to see how the color I picked out looked. We call it tropical blue.

Bathroom cabinets and tile in bathroom and kitchen. We are getting close to being finished. I am ready to start enjoying and stop working.

Another beautiful sunset.....

The kitchen cabinets are installed, now we can get the floor in and we can work on the trim.