Minor Adjustment

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Had to make some minor adjustments to the limoncello, but it is done and ready now!! It's got a kick and tastes great. Can't wait for the next batch to be ready.

One Week Left

Monday, March 23, 2009

Before I can try the limoncello. I got it bottled on Sunday, so it needs one more week to set up and have the sugar and alcohol meld to perfection. I hope it comes out good.

Birthday Extravaganza

As you all should know, my birthday is coming up. So, in celebration of this all hallowed day, I decided to have a bbq with all of my besties over for fun. Tate agreed to smoke some ribs, and my only request was for people to bring side dishes.

Corrie & Orrie, Lisa & Zachary and Emiley & Kelsey came to have fun and eat and laugh, and that's exactly what we all did. The day was total chaos with me having to go to 3 different stores that morning, go to Woodland to pick up Em & Kels, then also pick up a puppy they had to babysit, and back to Sac. The noise level was crazy in our house between all of the dogs, the kids, people talking and laughing, and just pure fun.

Emiley and Kelsey ended up staying the night and making it a slumber party! By the end of the night, I was tired, drunk and ready for the peace and quiet of my bed, but I had a great time and was happy that I could share the day with my friends. I was bummbed that Jen couldn't make it, but I'll make her pay me back one way or another! LOL!

Friday night fun!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Friday was designated the day of the doors. Tate and I had got these really nice solid wood French doors off of craigslist several weeks ago, and he said that he was planning on installing them on Friday.

I get home Friday evening after stopping at the store and picking up something for dinner knowing he would be hungry when done with the doors to find that he hasn't even put the doors in yet. There is just a big hole in the family room, and he's drilling into the concrete to put the threshold down. Now, let me first remind everyone that this is an older home (over 50 years to be more precise) and this is swapping out the sliding door in the family room, which is an add on to the house. This being said, floors and walls were found to be not the most level things in the world. So, after many adjustments, trims and wiggles, Tate and his amazing skills were able to get the doors in. I helped when asked and could provide some actual assistance, but mainly I stayed out of his way and just observed with the dogs.

There is still some drywall that needs to be put up, but they work and they are pretty. Now, we don't have to see the workshop from the family room unless we want to!

Tate putting the final touches on the doors.

The pretty new doors.

It's happening one step at a time.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It looks like we are all set to do a major change to the bathroom at the end of the month. We have ordered the new tub and picked out a new surround and faucet to be changed out as well. I leave for OptoWest on Wednesday, April 1st, and return that Sunday, giving Tate 4 days to have the old tub and surround out and the new one in. I know that it will be a rush job for him and I hope he can pull it off in that time. We are both very excited for the new tub because it's a whirlpool tub and much deeper than the one we have.

It will be nice to have another project checked off our list and be able to really focus on the kitchen remodel. We have to finally decide on tile for the floors and start getting the paint off of the shelves then we can really begin! It's so much fun making all these changes and putting our "stamp" on this house!

Zappa Plays Zappa

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Last night, Tate and I went to see Zappa Plays Zappa at the crest theater and it was amazing. The basic premise for the show is Dweezil Zappa and his band are playing all of Frank Zappa's music. I have appreciated Frank's music since being introduced to him by Tate, but I have to confess that I have never truly enjoyed the music. Last night, I can truly say that I enjoyed the music and have an even deeper appreciation for his music.

I think my biggest problem, is that listening to Frank Zappa's music is hard to listen to. You have to actually listen to his music, and pay attention. Once you stop paying attention, you lose any enjoyment you were getting out of it, and it turns into noise. But seeing it live, is just something that blows you away. The musicianship of everyone in the band is amazing. They have so much talent and skill that you are just blown away at the everything they are presenting.

All in all, a good night was had, and Tate was finally able to see Zappa in concert!

In da dirt

Tate and I spent the day digging in the dirt out front. Between my obsessive weeding and his skills with a shovel, we got the front garden partially done. Tate unclumped the canna flowers out front and after trimming them, re-planted them as a line along the back of the front garden. We planted a new lime tree out front as well.

I spent the day spray painting the plant stand from the mudroom red to match the door and the trim, potted the new fern we got for the mudroom and weeding the front garden. Tate found mystery bulbs when he was digging out the cannas, so I planted them along the right-side of the garden, and we'll see if they bloom. *fingers crossed*. The next plan is to take all of the iris plants that Tate has in a container, and plant them in a row in the front of the cannas. If everything works out all right, it should be very pretty out front.


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

So, randomness for this week is this... the old fridge has finally sold on craigslist as of today, the kennel we bought for Woody when we first got him is supposed to go tonight, I have another batch of limoncello brewing in the pantry and the flowers are blooming at the homestead.

When I was walking out the door this morning, I noticed that our camellia tree out front that has had a couple flowers, but mostly buds on it had exploded in red color. There is also a small camellia tree next to it that has exploded as well. If it's not raining I'll take some pictures when I get home and post the pretties. We also have a "tulip tree" that is in full bloom - light purple tulip looking flowers that are so delicate and pretty on bare branches. I've never noticed these trees around Sacramento before, but now I'm seeing them everywhere and they're gorgeous!

Edit - I was able to take some pictures, so here you go...

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