Saturday, November 29, 2008

501 posts

Just noticed that I've posted 500 times here. That seems like a lot for a little project that I was just playing around with to learn more about blogging.

We have enjoyed a wonderful holiday with family. I am filled (to the point of unexpectedly overflowing with tears of gratitude and thankfulness) with love for our family. Sharing pictures in an album below.
Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Rails to Trails

Yea for a great idea that is actually being put into motion. Carl and I walked for an hour on this lovely trail today. It is right beside our house and is part of the Rails to Trails Project, although I can't find any details about this specific area on their website. It has been mowed and widened and cleaned up and they (?) have placed plywood over the old trestle to make that portion of the trail a little less scary. When we first bought this barn, thirty years ago, the train was still running. Let's just say this is a much better use of the land. We were use to the house shaking twice a day but it was pretty disturbing to some of our guests. We thought it was kind of funny and had been told that the train wouldn't be in service for much longer when we purchased the house. Much longer turned out to be about twelve years I think.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Good Luck, I mean break a leg, to all the musicians involved in Palatka Palooza today. Cool that you are using your talent to help others.


Cold Saturday morning in Florida. I love this weather! Hope it hangs around through the holidays. We're usually in t-shirts rather than sweaters this time of the year. We have drywall men in today repairing a ceiling upstairs that was damaged as a result of the demolition and they are finishing some of the stationary windows that are installed already. The roofers are here and will be able to complete most of that today I think. The new roof line threw that schedule off a little but I am more resolved about our delays than I was when we started this process. CC has done a great job of finding good people to do the work. I don't find myself wanting to cry as often. That's progress I guess. After seeing all the problems that are being addressed now I am glad that we are doing all this. This old barn needed a face lift and some structural shoring up. We knew we had termite damage on the porches so that wasn't a surprise, although it was surprising to see just how much they can eat, but the sagging rafters and dry rotted boards elsewhere are being systematically replaced. The floors are filthy from all the traffic - no walkways left, so rich black Florida soil is all in our house. I'll just have to deal with it when it's all over and shovel it out as I can. The family is all coming in next week for Thanksgiving. Yeah! So we're trying to maintain some sanity in the kitchen,bedrooms and living area but "it" keeps encroaching. It is the demolition / construction chaos. But I have faced that beast and overcome my fears, sort of.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Window egress is important. Minimum net clear opening height dimension shall be 24 inches. Who knew? Not the inspector who granted the permit evidently for all our windows that don't meet the code. Starting over now.

Sunday, November 09, 2008


Another week in paradise here. The demolition continues and now Carl has a front end loader. He is a menace. Pictures later. Got to go save a tree.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

lavender Christmas soap