Tuesday, August 14, 2018

We haven't been "on the Road" but we have been busy

I was reading all the blogs that I follow and decided I would do a little catch up.  It seems that is all I do on here.
Even though we haven't been traveling, we have been busy.  Our motor home is still in the shop.  It's been 7 months!  Harvey really did a job on her.  Everything is just about fixed except for one part.  Ron Hoover RV in Houston, took the rv to the Freightliner shop for some of the repairs that they couldn't do.  Freightliner is now telling us that one of the parts, the ICU cluster is discontinued and they can't get the part.  Our speedometer and gauge lights flash on and off.  Because of this we can't pass inspection to get our tags renewed.  Now what do we do?  We have searched the internet and so far have had no luck.  Our insurance (Good Sams by the way) is not being helpful at all.  They basically have said, sorry, tough luck.  Just about everything electrical was knocked out. TV's, radio, refrigerator, transmission gear buttons ? (those buttons on side that change gears) and some of the plug ins.  All of this has been fixed.  Now what do we do?  Any help is appreciated.

Now I will show you what I have been doing.

This is my first watercolor.  Since we moved south of Houston, we are not far from the gulf.  I wanted some beachy pictures for my new house.
            This is acrylic.  I used to paint with oils.  It's different and will take time to adjust
                  Here is my second watercolor.  I'm still trying to get the hang of it.
This mixed media is a painting my sister saw in Italy this year.  She wanted me to paint if for her. It's different from anything I have ever done but I think I love it!
Painting is very helpful for releaving stress.  I probably should paint some more.  LOL

Friday, March 30, 2018

Trip to Buckhaven Ranch

                           We were lucky enough to get to spend a week at my cousins ranch.
                        The beautiful creature below is on the neighbors property.
 One day we went into Fredricksburg.  There are a lot of neat shops downtown.  There are a lot of handmade items and even an old five and dime.
                           I fell in love with these lazy susans.   Some were inlaid with turquoise.

                                                      Beautiful cactus about to bloom.
I looked out one morning and a couple of male turkeys were trying to impress the girls.  The girls were walking ahead of them out of the picture.
                                         Here are the girls.  Look on the left side of the picture.
It was a wonderful week.  Thank you Bill and Camie!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Where do I start?

Let's play catch up.  I haven't posted since thanksgiving.  We spent Christmas in Louisiana because we weren't in our house yet. 
We moved into our new home on Dec. 31, 2017.  There is a lot of work to be done, when moving and it has been taking a long time to get settled in.

Our first project was to get a sidewalk put in connecting our house with Michaels.

Next we had sod inatalled.
                                                      We hope to add even more sod soon. 
                           Look real good.  This is $4500. worth of sod!!!!  This has really helped with dust and dirt problems in the houses.
On the inside, I got my shutters installed.

I am still decorating my house and hopefully will have it done soon. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Amarillo for Thanksgiving and early Christmas

We left on the 9th for Amarillo.  I haven't seen my Amarillo grand kids, son and daughter in law since July so it was time for a visit.

 One thing I will say about Amarillo, it has the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.


We are here until first of December.  We are going to celebrate two holidays at once.  That is because this lucky family is going to Disney World for Christmas!
Of course, we leave and they install our granite counter tops and sinks.  This is the picture Mike sends me.  As you can see, you can't see much because everything is covered up so they can paint.  Mike is just teasing me.
Christmas tree is up but so are the pumpkins and thanksgiving decorations.  We are ready for both holidays!

Off the subject and back in Houston, we came across this setup at the resort.  I have never seen this type of hook up on  a fifth wheel.

                                                                  Well that's different!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Progress on the house

It's starting to look like a house.  Cabinets were installed today.
 Look at those kitchen cabinets!  We don't have electricity, so it's dark but the cabinets have a grey stain on them.  I know they look brown but they are a brown/grey.
This picture is of the living room standing at the bar.  You can see the crown molding in this picture and all the dirt from the rain.  The front doors are not the ones we will have when it's finished.  These are just temporary ones.
 Another view of the kitchen.  The granite has been ordered and should be in next week.
                                                                 This is our pantry.
                                          This is the view from kitchen to back door and mud room.
                                                  Our bedroom.  I love the five panel doors.
                                                                       This is our bathroom.
                                                                This is our closet.
                                                   Guest bedroom
                                                         Guest closet
                                                    Guest bathroom.  I didn't get a picture of tub/shower. It's to the right.
Next pictures should show granite, flat work (concrete outside) and flooring.  Electricity should be hooked up by then too so that pictures wont be as dark.
All the dots or what looks like dots on the walls, are the texture that has been applied. Paint is a-coming soon.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

More pictures of house and a very bad oops, on my part

 This looks like some kind of monster but it's just the septic system.  It keeps growing!
 This is a view from the laundry room through the kitchen and mud room to the back door.
                                               part of our bathroom...mostly the shower            
                                                   the living room, bar and kitchen area
They are ready to tape and mud the drywall.  I am picking out appliances now.
Did I mention that I lost my small coach purse.  The little one that hangs off my arm.  Well, I guess it fell off, I left it on a table or Doug threw it away with the trash.  I have cancelled all my credit cards and tomorrow I will go get new drivers license.  What a pain!!!  Insurance cards should all be in the mail too.  I hope I haven't forgotten anything.  I think I am going to take a picture of everything in my new wallet so I will know what is in it, if there ever is a next time.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

more pictures of house

Here are some pictures inside our house.  The guys were discussing the broken tractor.  It seems operator got a little over zealous and broke the hydraulic lines.  oops

We have a ceiling now
                                              working hard... I don't know how he walks around on those stilts

           This is the mud room entry looking into the kitchen and then laundry room

                                                          Another view of living room.
                   They should finish my little house tomorrow.  They are still working on Mike and Kaitlyn's house.

More progress at the house

 We sat outside most of the day today on this back porch.  Though there was a nice breeze,  I wish the ceiling fans were up to help when there was a lull in the breezes.
There was a lot of sheetrock going up today.  It amazed me at how fast it was going up.
Then the guys showed up to put in the septic system.  Things sure have come a long way in that department!
                                     After digging a 6x7 ft hole they installed the first tank
                                              Then they lengthened the hole another 5 ft.
                                              and put in another tank
                               Then dug out another 5 ft. and added the third tank.  Tomorrow after inspection, they will cover these up and dig the lines.  Don't fully understand how but from the time "it" goes from tank 1 to tank 3, "it" will be "clean" water that will water the back field. 😅
Now back to inside the house....
                                                 There were 4 guys working sheetrock today.

                                     This is a nook in the walkway to the master bedroom.
                                                            one of the guest bedrooms    
                                                        master bedroom, trey ceiling still undone
They should have Mike's house completed tomorrow and will start on ours.  Ours should be done in one day at the speed this crew works.  For some reason my pictures didn't all upload.  I will add more tomorrow.  Doug has a doctor appointment tomorrow so it will be late.