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 MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 9/21/16 11:54 A Hi Tina, not gaining is a good thing! I gained 5.8 lbs since summer vacation and it's hard to get back in the swing of things. But I need to buckle up and do it cause those pounds have a tendency to creep up on us real fast. Wow it is hot over there. It will be so great this winter when you don;t have to deal with the snow and cold! What are the winter temps over there? Have a great time with your friend, so nice that you are already getting a visitor. �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)
SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059
9/20/16 6:12 P

Well, i didn't lose any weight while in WIsconsin, but at least i didn't gain any. I'm back in TN. It's so hot. We are close to breaking a record of number of days over 90...the record was set 80 years ago! We are at 72 days over 90 degrees so far this summer!

I have been working on the stream in the back. It's looking good! I will have to take some pics and post them on here.

I have a friend coming from Milwaukee, WI this weekend (long weekend...Thurs to Mon), so will finally get out and see what else there is around here besides Walmart, the grocery store, and Home Depot! We want to do some day hikes while she is here. She also eats healthy, so that will work out. Then we will probably sit in the back yard and have some wine (not on the diet, but, hey, she's company!!!)...

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 MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 9/9/16 9:04 A TGIF!!! Tina, good to hear you are making progress on getting thing fixed and enjoying your time in WI. Hope we do see you again on the challenge board. I regained 5 lbs over summer vacay and it is hard getting back to the routine. I know you will get back to where you want to be. Most important thing is that you started. 7 lbs is a big deal. So far nothing special for us this weekend. Guess I will do some yard work and stuff. Hope you all have a great one! �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)
SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059
9/8/16 12:13 P

Hey there you two! I'm glad I'm not alone in the house fixing area! We will all have wonderful homes and yards when we are all done!

So, the air conditioner is working, the toilet is fixed...then the built in microwave stopped working! The soonest appointment I could get was today, so, my Mom and Stepdad were there to let the worker in. They called a little while ago and told me it is fixed. It was something with two door switches or something like that. Oh well, as long as it works now!

Now I'm enjoying being away and not having to do any of that for a little while!

Beth, I hope you are right that the change of area will make my sinuses better. I do notice that being back in the apartment it is much worse. I wonder if the air conditioning here has mold in it... Anyway, I will enjoy not having to do much while I am here.

I spent most of the morning cooking so I will have healthy food to eat for the time I am here. I also plan to do LOTS of walking to help get these pounds back off. I started back on the Fast Metabolism Diet three weeks ago and have been sticking to it religiously. So far I've lost 7 pounds (not as much as I had hoped, based on the last time I did the diet, but, at least I'm losing). I sure do hope I can get rid of the 20 pounds I gained through all this moving/house stuff. I suppose I should get back into the weigh in game with you all when I get back home and have a scale again.

Well, that's about it for now! Hope you all continue to have a wonderful summer! Michela, your get-away sure sounds like heaven! Lucky girl!

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 MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 9/8/16 10:45 A Beth, happy to hear your summer was great. It looks like it still going to go on for awhile. We are having really hot muggy weather for September. I hear you on the manual labor, it sure is tough work and you have a big property to tend to. I can't keep up with our small square footage.2 weeks ago we pulled every single weed in the back yard, it was becoming infested with crab grass and creeping Charlie. Anyway they are gone for now (keeping fingers crossed). We seeded the bare spots and it is coming up nice but those damn squirrels keep digging holes all over the place . Now we want to tackle the front lawn and I am not feeling that motivated. I got the drysuit so that I could extend my diving season but it is a learning curve. Even with the thermal undergarments I was still cold. Like you I am just not cut out for it. No point going through all that effort for something you don't enjoy. T on the other hand is winter diving and he is loves it but he loves the more extreme aspect of diving. We had a wonderful Labor day weekend. At the last minute we decided we needed a break from everything and managed to find a room in a lodge style hotel a couple of hours away in the mountains with the most beautiful lake. Our room was lakefront with a spectacular view. It was so awesome. We hiked (happy we did not come across any black bears) and we canoed and had wonderful gourmet dinners. We really splurged on this one but it was so worth it. I will also be sad to have summer end. I don't mind the fall, it's the winter I can't stand. And we will have to pick up our renovations where we left off. UGH! �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)
 BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 9/7/16 9:22 P The "Nightmare house?" Oh Tina, I hope you end up loving it when it's done. It does certainly sound like a nightmare renovation experience though. I didn't like this place when we bought it, but I love it now. I hope it goes the same way for you. I'm also hoping that living in a different area of the country reduces your sinus issues. (Allergy related? Maybe a different locale will be better??) By now you are probably back in WI with your husband and friends. Cheers to you! Relax for a change, you've certainly earned it! Dennis, great to see you out here. I hope you had a great vacation in Hawaii! Michela, I don't dive locally anymore either. I didn't have a dry suit, so any dives around here were not only dark and murky, but too blasted cold for me! I considered getting a dry suit, but for the visibility/effort here, I decided it wasn't worth it. I'm a vacation diver now. (aka - spoiled. I don't mind lugging my own gear, and/or doing shore dives, but I want to be able to SEE stuff, and not be frozen solid in 15 minutes.) Things here are great...have been enjoying the pool, and having lots of BBQs. The past two weeks we've been working on the front yard renovation. Wowee...I don't want to be a landscaper. I'm exhausted. I am not a fan of shoveling stone...or dirt for that matter. We figured it would be cheaper to do it ourselves. Now...I'm not so sure. If we had been working (earning $$) instead of working in the yard...I suspect we'd have come out further ahead. We're slow...and don't have the right equipment. Oh, and we're too old for this s***! :-) Aside from that, it's been a really great summer! Fall will be a bit depressing, but I think I may be ready for some down time. I hope you are all having a great week! -Beth  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 9/2/16 11:56 A Happy Labor Day weekend to all! �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 9/1/16 1:49 P Hey Tina, great to see. Sounds like you sure had your hands full this summer and still with lots to do. Taking some time to go back to WI will be a much needed rest.Double bonus that you will fly there. Can't wait to see your pics when you are done. �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732) SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 8/30/16 10:01 P Hi everyone! Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. I am still having issues with the "nightmare house". The shower is finally done, but now one of the toilets is leaking into the crawlspace because it wasn't set properly. That will be redone tomorrow. I turned on the bathroom light and one of the lights went out (of six). I thought it was the bulb, but after changing it with a few different bulbs, I knew it was the fixture. Argh. It's a new fixture! So, I called the place I bought it from (in WI) and they are going to make it right by sending me a new one and I can send the other one back after installing the new one and repacking in the new box. Good ol' midwest business people...I miss 'em!!! I'm also having some issues with the Air Conditioning, and have a person coming tomorrow afternoon to check it out. I finally have a loveseat to sit on in the living room. I bought a loveseat, couch, and chair, but only the loveseat was in. Oh well. I have started making the dry stream in the back yard. It's going pretty well. I will post pics when I get it done. And the bonsais seem to like it here. Next week I will be going to WI to visit Todd and some friends. This time I get to fly instead of driving 12 hours each way. Yay. Well, I'm beat. I'll try to drop in more often! Have fun in Hawaii, Dennis! Glad your vacation went well, Michela! I know what you mean about not doing local diving anymore. I just hope I have a few more dives in me before my sinuses do me in, but I might be at that point all ready. I guess we will have to go to Bonaire one last time to try it out... I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 8/30/16 1:32 P It's been awhile and man does time fly by. Dennis so good to see you and thanks for the laugh! Hope you had a great time in Hawaii! Lucky you! Tina I guess you are most likely moved in to your new place. I hope the work got done in time and that you are enjoying the new house. Beth, hope you are enjoying your summer by that lovely pool of yours. Well of course you are! August has been so nice here so I i imagine you also got great weather. Vacay was nice! We had a great time camping and enjoyed the days we went diving. BUT I have decided that I am pretty much done with local diving. After doing it for 10 years I really don't get the appeal of it anymore. I will do a few here and there to stay on top on my skills but I am going to hold out for vacation diving where there is something worthwhile to see. Looks like I may as well sell my drysuit if I am not going to be doing spring or fall diving. Anyway catch me up on what you have all been up too. �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732) 45AQUA-MAN SparkPoints: (116,957) Fitness Minutes: (90,871) Posts: 11,722 8/11/16 2:57 A Hi everybody, I'm still here. It's still Wed. here in Ca. and I saw this joke, thought I'd share it with you. Enjoy. By the way, we're going to Hawaii Monday morning for a week. I dought if I'll be doing any SCUBA diving though, I will be free diving. "Some Old Men Can Still Think Fast!" Monday, August 08, 2016 "Some Old Men Can Still Think Fast!" An elderly man in Louisiana had owned a large farm for several years. He had a large pond in the back. It was properly shaped for swimming, so he fixed it up nice with picnic tables, horseshoe courts, and some apple and peach trees. One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn't been there for a while, and look it over. He grabbed a five-gallon bucket to bring back some fruit. As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee. As he came closer, he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond. He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end. One of the women shouted to him, 'we're not coming out until you leave!' The old man frowned, 'I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked.' Holding the bucket up he said, 'I'm here to feed the alligator...' Some old men can still think fast. Nothing tastes or feels as good as being fit and slim feel! I buffet my body and make it my slave! When I eat healthy I enjoy my food all day!  current weight: 22.0 over  25 12.5 0 -12.5 -25  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 7/24/16 11:36 A Michela, be nice to that snake of yours...he's likely helping keep the grub and slug population out of your garden! I promise, he won't come after you asking for a hug or anything. Bet ya needed THAT mental image, eh? I don't worry too much about snakes, unless of course they're the venomous kind. Fortunately, there's not a lot of those in the northeast. Otherwise, I suspect I'd be a heck of a lot more frightened of snakes! Bugs too...if we had poisonous spiders or scorpions...I'd be a whole lot more afraid of them. As it stands, I'm the one who tries to scoop the spiders outside before my HEU sees them...and crushes them with extreme prejudice! Tina, I hope you get a chance to do Appalachian Trail! And if you do, please let me know if you get this far, I'll come meet you guys somewhere! Okay, time to go outside and play! Hope you all have a great day, and M...have a great vacation! -Beth SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 7/22/16 11:40 P Well, snakes outside don't bother me as much as spider INSIDE!!!!! I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 7/22/16 9:59 P Omg run girl run as fast as you can! �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732) SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 7/22/16 9:36 P oh, speaking of snakes, when I was in TN last time, there was a snake wrapped around the porch light by the front door! I looked it up, it was a rat snake, about 2 or 2 1/2 feet long... I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 7/22/16 12:13 P Beth, UGH snakes creep me out. We have one (I think only one) in my plant bed around the deck. It scare me when I see it when I am cleaning out those beds. Happy to hear you are enjoying a nice summer with just enough work without being overwhelmed. It is going by too fast. Tina, it is a bummer that this summer is all about work. We just put the brakes on everything since June 24th to enjoy what we can of it. Once you are there it should be easier for you and hopefully you and Todd will do that hike. Sounds fun. Well today is my last day of work and we are off Sunday morning camping 6 nights then diving 3 days and a few days before and after at home. for now! �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732) SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 7/22/16 1:00 A BETH, yes, I am very aware of how fast mid August is coming! I'm not looking forward to the permanent move, as I will REALLY miss my friends here. I have a hard time making friends (it takes me a long time), and I would rather just keep the ones I have! We haven't done anything much fun this summer. Just Todd working and me going back and forth to TN to work on the house. When I go in August, I will start working on the yard. I will be glad to have my bonsais all settled in on their new benches, and seeing how they adjust to the hot, humid summer down there. It will be slow going, but I will post pictures as I get things done in the yard. It will be slow because I will be working slow (too hot and humid not to!) and, the soil is so hard to dig into, it will take a long time. Also, cost is a factor, with getting amendments for the soil and acquiring plants that will grow in it! I've been doing some research, but still haven't come up with much. I think there will be lots of trial and error! Todd and I have been talking about hiking the Appalachian trail...hmmm.... I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 7/21/16 7:32 P Sorry...yes Michela, I'm out enjoying the summer instead of looking at my computer any longer than I absolutely have to. Such great weather we've been having. I hope you're out having a great vacation right now! Tina, I hope everything is coming along well with the new place, and the new garden. Hopefully putting Bonaire on the back burner doesn't hurt too much. We've been doing the same thing with vacations the past few years...seems putting money into the new space is more important to us. At least for now. Wow, the middle of August is rapidly approaching! I was thinking that was still a good way off...but no...it's right around the corner. Something I bet you're acutely aware of! So, no more bear sightings. But we DO now have a growing collection of snakes living in our filter shed. It started with a large garter/gardener snake - which I think is a pregnant female. Then a smaller garter/gardener snake. Followed by a really brave frog, and today a new medium sized milk snake showed up. Good thing I like snakes. :-) However, if this grows to a much larger family...I'll have to scare them out of there and fill in the spaces where they're coming in. (We built the filter shed without a floor...since it houses the filter and gets wet during cleanings and such.) Aside from that, all is well here. I've been getting a steady stream of small (work) projects, and just enjoying the summer. We've been having family and friends over regularly...which I'm enjoying. We've not had a place fit for entertaining for a very long time...so nice to have that again. That's pretty much all I've got for now. Just a nice relaxing summer. Woo Hoo! EDIT: I'll work on the Wine PB CC pairing. Edited by: BIONICBETH at: 7/21/2016 (19:35) -Beth SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 7/18/16 3:11 P Hey there! I am here, just kind of in and out a lot lately. I will be moving the middle of August, and Todd will be joining me down there the end of October. We have put the Bonaire trip on the back burner...maybe we'll find something else to do instead. I have to go water my bonsais now, but will try to remember to come back and chat some more. Have a great time on your vacation, Michela! I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 7/18/16 2:20 P Hello...anyone one here??? Where is everyone ? Out enjoying summer I hope. Anyway hope all is good. We will be on vacation starting Saturday. �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 7/7/16 12:27 P We do have quite a bit in common don't we? Diving, wine, home reno's and I am sure there is more. Tina, what an awesome garden you will have. No you did not mention making your whole yard into a Japanese garden. I thought just the benches for the bonsai's. Can't wait to see what you do with it. Can you believe you move next month? Time went by fast. When Is Todd planning to join you there full time? Tough call on the trip to Bonaire. Not sure how much a week there will set you back, you manage to get good rates. It is way more to fly out from Canada and then the exchange rate UGH! Not much to do in Bonaire if you don't dive unless you want to pick up kite surfing. Since you been a few times already you must have done the whole island already. If you don't mind a week to just relax and recharge it could be worth it if the diving does not pan out. Maybe you can plan a local dive to see how your sinus feels and take it from there. Or go somewhere less expensive that has a bit more going on. But if I knew I would not be able to dive I don't think I would go to Bonaire.There really is not much to do and the beaches are a little rough for my liking, �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732) SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 7/5/16 8:28 P I'm with Michela, there has to be a wine out there to go with peanutbutter Cap't Crunch! I love wine, I love peanutbutter, so, I feel they go together! Besides, red wine and dark chocolate peanut m&m's go together...so....wine, peanuts....!!!! So, we did make it to the fireworks on the 4th. But Todd was upset because they started so late. Like I had anything to do with that...Ugh. Some people.... I think most of the reno is done at our house. At least the hired stuff. I will do the baseboard, and Todd and I will do the crown molding when he moves down. And there is tons to do in the yard, but I like doing yard stuff. When I go back down for good in August, I will start working on the dry creek in the back yard. Did I tell you that I'm going to make the entire back yard into a Japanese garden? I can't remember what I told you and I'm too lazy to go back and check to see. Michela, I'm sorry to hear that your diving was a bust, but, it sounds like you had a great time anyway. You Canadians know how to have a good time! Todd and I were talking about maybe going to Bonaire one last time to see if I can dive or not. I called to set up the resort, but they were out to lunch, so I said I would call back, but never did. Todd and I talked more and we are on the fence about it. Spending that much money to go on a vacation that I might be able to do a few dives on (and then what do we do with the rest of the time), or, just wait and do something else. I dunno. A part of me wants to go and try, but, the last few trips I was only able to do a few dives and then the rest of the week was a bust. I still have all kinds of sinus issues, even when I am not diving. What would you guys do? I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 7/5/16 12:52 P Tina, hope you made it back for the 4th as planned. So sorry to hear about the estimate going up that much. UGH that is major$$$. Some homeowner should just stay away from DIY renovations. We found some screw ups too, A good one was a live wire inside a wall. If that wall never came down... well scary thought. Also some cray cray plumbing work. What are people thinking! Beth, happy to hear your block party was so much fun and hope your 4th BBQ turned out just as fun. Well our dive was a bust. The park where the shore dive we planned on doing doing was closed to divers due to a regatta race all weekend. We backed tracked to do another shore dive site, geared up and in the water and by the time we got to the wreck, or I think we got to the wreck but the vis was so bad we could not see it or anything else. We got quite a bit of rain last week and with the current all the slit got churned about. So we turned around and went back to shore. At that point it was too late to try to get on a charter so we just enjoyed the Canada festivities going on, went to dinner and went back to the park for more Canada day celebrations. There was a rock n roll band playing and T & I got into the groove and started dancing on the sideline. It was so much fun! We just wrapped up our vacation plans. We have the last week of July and the first week of Aug off.we will be camping 6 nights then back home for 2.5 days and out to Brockville diving for 3 days, then we are back for the last weekend before being back at work on the 8th. It should be fun. We are not bring the dogs camping this time so we will be free to canoe and stuff and not worry about them getting too hot etc... I would rather to going on a dive trip to Coz but hopefully we will be able do that pn our Christmas break. Our renovations are on hold for now. We want to enjoy summer and will do what we can on rainy weekends. Oh and Beth I am sure there is a wine out there that will compliment peanut butter Capt'n crunch very well! Edited by: MICHELAR at: 7/5/2016 (12:54) �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 7/2/16 7:25 P Oh, and with regard to "wine o'clock"...it's a great saying! I always say red wine goes with everything, except maybe peanut butter capt'n crunch. And I'm not even sure about that, as I haven't actually tested it! -Beth  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 7/2/16 7:21 P Happy to hear you had a nice camping trip Michela...I'm glad the weather was nice! And of course the wine. ;-) Funny, as I read your response to Tina's "dust" meltdown, I realized the dust was probably on the INSIDE of the house. **blush** We had no grass for the past three years, so I'm accustomed to dust covering the outside of the house, and being tracked in...and coming in through the screens. But dust originating from the INSIDE? Unheard of! Perspective, eh? Tina, it stinks to hear that your reno budget is skyrocketing...I know they pretty much ALWAYS go up, but that one sounds as though it's going up a bit too significantly. Our block party went really well - and we very much enjoyed having our neighbors here...but we REALLY enjoyed having our neighbors two little girls having so much fun jumping into the pool...a thousand times. Now THAT'S good use of a pool. They were incredibly well behaved kids, and I can still hear them giggling! And oh boy, do they have daddy wrapped around their tiny little fingers. Very funny to watch! We have a low key 4th weekend planned. We took a motorcycle ride today...and decided there are far too many people out there...so we're staying home the rest of the weekend! We'll have a small BBQ gathering here on the 4th, but mostly, we're laying low. I hope you all have a great 4th of July/Canada Day/Weekend! Regardless of where you are and what you celebrate. -Beth SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 6/30/16 8:23 P Same back at you, Michela! I'm looking forward to getting back to WI and celebrating the 4th of July there. It's been very stressful here in TN. Things are getting done, but the cost has skyrocketed since the original estimate. They keep finding stuff the last homeowner did that was wrong. Ugh. The estimate has gone up by a third. I'm ready to be done with all this! Remodeling is such a pain! Well, I'm really tired. Gotta get some sleep.... I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 6/30/16 12:12 P Happy Canada Day and Happy July 4th to all! Hope you have a great holiday weekend. We are off tomorrow for 2 days diving. Weather is supposed to be crappy Saturday so not sure how that will play out. Have fun everyone and be safe! �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 6/27/16 12:37 P Hello everyone, hope you all had a great weekend! Ron so good to see you. We do miss you and hope you drop by more often.Awesome pic. How did you like Grand Caymen. Better than Coz? Looks like diving has taken a back seat for most of us. The house is keeping us busy and I just really am not enjoying the local diving anymore. It is also keeping us from going away this summer since we spend all our vacay money on the reno's. But we will be going to Brockville for 1 night this coming Canada Day weekend so may get one long dive in just to keep it up until the next trip south. Hopefully you don't to long to go on paying off your truck and you can retire soon. Beth, that is one gorgeous pool. Hope you had a great block party. Sounds like fun! BTW there is no set time for wine drinking but I did adopt a saying from a neighbor who calls it "wine o'clock". Tina hope it is going well in TN and I totally get the meltdown moment especially about the dust. Had many of those already! Camping was fun and it was really hot! Had lots of wine for each of you too. �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 6/24/16 8:54 P Ron, awesome to see you out here! And happy to hear you're getting some diving in...for now, we may have to dive vicariously through you! I know I/we won't be taking a vacation this year...so here is the closest we'll be getting. (My HEU relaxing in the pool) Yeah, okay, your picture is better...and your diving too. I'm envious. Happy to hear you're doing well. I don't blame you for wanting to retire...I'm not of age yet, but I'd really rather be playing outside than working! I hope your difficulty working is due to the same kind of reason! Tina, bummer to find so much stuff "not right" when you got there, but hopefully everything that's off is easily fixable. What's up with the dust though? You were there not THAT long ago? Has it been really dry there in your absence? -Beth SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 6/23/16 4:24 P Ron! So good to hear from you and that at least SOMEONE from our group has been going diving! Yes, all three of us gals have been busy wielding hammers and drills and whatever. So much to do! When I got to the house in TN, I noticed the utility room vanity stuff was all hooked up in a way that I can't use the drawers! That's NOT acceptable! So, that will be getting redone. I also ordered a rain barrel that came just before I got here. Today I was going to install it, only to find out it has a huge crease and crack in it about half way up! So, I called the company and they will be sending me a different one and deciding if I need to send this one back. Of course it will come AFTER I go back to WI...bummer. My entire house was coated with dust, a thick layer, when I got here. I was so overwhelmed with the dust, vanity wrong, a light fixture put too high on the wall over the other vanity in a different bathroom, and a few other things, that I had a mini melt-down. Good thing my fixer-upper dude wasn't here....So, anyway, he came this morning, we talked things over, and he's working on it. Right now he's at the chiropractor (hurt himself on his last job before coming over). Ugh. I hope everything gets done on this trip. I'm only here a week and a few days. Then I won't be back until the end of the second week of August, when I will be moving down here for good. Well, I'm not getting anything done sitting here...I'll try to pop back in later. Oh, Michela, have a great time camping, and have a glass of wine for me! And Beth, I like your office...and I love that you can sit at the desk and see out that big window!!!! Very nice! I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  TIMBREGUITARS SparkPoints: (26,564) Fitness Minutes: (33,863) Posts: 591 6/23/16 3:48 P Hey all, hows everyone? Just popping in to say hello and let you know I'm alive and well. So what do we call this forum now? How about, "Three Girls with Hammers" or what about "The Remodeling Remedy"? I'll work on that! ;) Hope everyone is doing well. I've been doing well but finding it harder to continue to work. I've been eligible for retirement for a couple of years now and will likely do so as soon I pay off my dive truck. Speaking of diving - do ya'll do that anymore? ;) I'm a year out of knee surgery and have been on 2 warm water trips but only 1 cold water trip. I've recovered from the surgery pretty well and will get back into cold water diving this fall when the water clears from the annual algae bloom. BTW, my last trip was to Grand Cayman (my skin is still peeling). I'll stop back by soon and post pictures and a links. What the heck - here's an Grand Cayman eel. Hope your all well! Ron Cheer's! Ron Feel free to check out some of my dive pics www.facebook.com/GreenSeaPortal/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums (no need to be a facebook member) Cozumel 2012 - A short movie with slides and video's. www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjuiDbswM6c ... there's always time to be caring, kind and considerate - it's the right thing to do! What if...The Hokey Pokey...is...what it's really all about?  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 6/23/16 11:56 A I think the split stone will require some dusting for sure, but you're right, wiping down would be pretty darned difficult. (The ledgestone fireplace we have is easy to vacuum the dust off/out of...but it really only sees dust. No water or soap being splashed onto it.) I know they use them for kitchen back splashes...I wonder if those panels have an easier to clean surface finish. ?? Or if people just really regret putting it in. Fortunately, the cat doesn't like wine...so I don't have to fight for it. And I'll have you know that was poured after hours. Okay, here's the last picture of the office. I couldn't do a decent panoramic, so just a view from behind the desk. During the day, so no wine glass. We're hosting a "block party" on Saturday, which is actually a farewell party to our neighbors who just sold their house. They aren't moving far, but it was a good excuse for a party. The weather does look like it's going to be beautiful. Here's hoping that forecast is correct! Have a great time camping! Edited by: BIONICBETH at: 6/23/2016 (12:00) -Beth  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 6/23/16 9:11 A Don''t work too hard Tina and hope that the contractors did a great job while you were away. Beth, the split stone is actually a panel. I love it but am worried because it gets put on around the vanity and I am nervous about it getting scratched. And also the cleaning aspect. \it must be a dust collector and the surface is so rough that it would be impossible to clean. not something that can be wiped down. I am going to look for alternative cause I really want to do something with that wall to play it up. The weather is looking rel good for the weekend here too! Yeah! can't wait to be there, camp fires, lots of vino and nature! I looked back on your office pics and something escaped my attention last time. Just spotted the wine glass. lol! Office work and wine do go hand in hand Or was that for the cat? Well have a wonderful weekend everyone! Enjoy! �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 6/22/16 4:06 P Michela, great that the drywall (and dust!) are complete. Oooh, a split stone accent wall sounds awesome! I think they make panels of them too, engineered stone of course. So you wouldn't have to put each stone up separately. I hope you have a great time camping! I also hope your weather is as good as it's predicted to be down here. Yes, next up is putting pictures and stuff on the walls. They really are as bare as they look in the CAD layout, which was done in Solidworks by the way. Tina, I hope you have a safe and productive trip! -Beth SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 6/21/16 10:32 P Heading back to TN early in the morning. May be a little while before I get on here again. Talk to you...when i can! I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 6/21/16 3:05 P Hello everyone! It's quiet in the lounge! I hope you are all out there enjoying the summer weather. It was a scorcher last weekend and will be nice this coming weekend too. We have a long weekend so we will put our home reno's on hold and go camping for the weekend. It will be a nice break. Tile work started but again a slow process. Hope to be done by Thurs cause we are leaving Friday morning but not holding my breath. �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 6/15/16 12:56 P Awesome desk Beth! Wow you built that yourself? And no more wires anywhere! Looks really nice and organized. I love the idea of blue and sand walls. All you need are some diving pics on the walls. Oh wait, I think I did see one over the dresser. And you also look out the window. I am guessing at your wonderful woodsy view. Cute pic of Tucker claiming some real estate! What program did you use to create the cad drawing? Tina I agree with Beth on nerves of steel. Hope they are sending you pics of work in progress. I checked in on my basement bath shower tile when the tile went out for a bathroom break. Don't know if you remember my shower tile has a stripe pattern that need to be matched. Well A couple of tiles were installed upside down. Good thing he was not gone for long and the mortar did not get a chance to dry. Kept watching him like hawk after that. He comes this weekend to install the ground floor tile. That is the wood look tile. I can't wait for it to be on. The drywaller finished on Sunday as promised and we spent the rest of the day cleaning up the dust. T started priming the ground floor. We will have to finish painting after the floor is done. Powder room vanity is on order. That will take a few weeks so can't really finish that off. I am thinking of tiling the vanity/toilet wall in a split stone but not sure if its going to be too much of a hassle. Going to see what other easier options I have to create a nice accent wall. Our weather last weekend was crap! UGH felt like late fall. But it is looking great the rest of the week and weekend. Can't even enjoy it or the pool with the tiler here. �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 6/14/16 9:56 P While I typed the last response...Tucker claimed a piece of the pie. -Beth  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 6/14/16 9:47 P So a fairly quiet weekend for both of you? Hopefully a nice one! The weather here has been unusually windy for the past several days. Sadly, that means most of the blossoms on the shrubs, and trees have been blown all over the place. Oh well, spread the wealth I guess. Tina, you appear to have nerves of steel. I'd be freaking out if tile guys were working on my home...and I was nowhere nearby to check on it. Sparkpeople does NOT have a "tearing one's hair out" emoticon! So, the desk is IN! And it took longer than expected to install...of course. Isn't that the way it goes. The keyboard tray isn't in yet - the slides that I ordered won't be here until the end of this month. (I have no idea why, they aren't a special order.) Below are before and after photo's from the vantage point of a visitor to the office. I have to take a series of pictures and stitch them together to get a view from the users standpoint. There's just not enough room to back up and take a photo of the whole thing. (Big Freaking Desk!) The walls behind the person seated at the desk are blue, the two other walls are the color of light beach sand. (I guess you know where i was going with that.) Before: After: CAD Layout with walls behind desk cut away: This was a pretty fun project...I think my HEU wants to do his office over now. I keep finding him sitting at my desk. :-) Edited by: BIONICBETH at: 6/14/2016 (21:59) -Beth SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 6/11/16 12:16 A Wow, Beth, you have been really busy with that desk! I bet it looks awesome! Michela, glad things are coming along for you, too! I did get a text from our guy in TN, and it sounds like he is almost done with the tile work in the common bathroom. I wonder if he has started tearing out the tub in the master bath.... I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 6/10/16 4:46 P Beth hope you post a pic of your desk when it done. Not much we can do on our projects this weekend. The guy doing the mudding and sanding has to finish first , he should be done by Sunday. Then we get to prime everything . The tiler come s next weekend so not sure we can get that done before. Good time to get T on some unfinished outdoor chores. �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 6/10/16 1:58 P We do live a bit off the beaten path. We like it that way. And because of that, today, I'm running ethernet cabling from basement to second floor - inside the walls...to connect the security cameras to. They're too slow on WiFi. Tomorrow we will start assembling my office desk. I finally have all the pieces cut, stained, and polyurethaned. Why does that always take longer than I expect it to? I have managed to use three types of polyurethane on ONE desk. (All were Minwax Clear Satin.) I used the traditional brush on poly, for the most visible part. Because I knew what to expect from that, even though it's a PITA to apply. I used the spray on polyurethane, for the vertical panels. (The back of my desk faces the middle of the room, so those panels are visible.) And I used the rub on polyurethane for the computer cabinet, and the trim. They all came out great. Though I needed more layers of the wipe on and spray on than the thicker brush on version. But spray and rub on are SO MUCH easier to apply, it was worth it. (Just in case you guys had seen that stuff and wondered if it worked. Yep, it does.) Michela, I hope you guys make lots of progress on your projects this weekend. Tina, I hope you manage to take a break! Have a great weekend! -Beth Edited by: BIONICBETH at: 6/10/2016 (14:04) -Beth  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 6/10/16 12:34 P Yeah, I thought so Beth. Geez you really do live out in the wild! Hope you all have a great weekend! �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 6/9/16 3:02 P Yes, bears definitely can climb fences, and trees, and decks...but black bears are pretty shy. And this one was really calm, and just seemed curious. Though if he had tried to climb the fence, I'd have gone inside. Quickly. :-) I'm actually pretty excited that I finally got to see one around here...AND that I managed to get a couple of phone photos. But I can tell you that I've been kicking myself for not having brought my camera outside with me! Oh well. Maybe I'll get another chance someday. I will say though, I want nothing to do with ticking off a momma bear. They're fast. -Beth  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 6/9/16 2:03 P Wow Beth! Scary stuff! That cub looks a lot bigger than you describe! Can't bears climb fences if they wanted too? Hope momma bear stays away. �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 6/8/16 5:57 P Funny image, toe nibbling black bears. I was pretty happy that momma wasn't with him. He was only about 2 feet tall when standing on all fours. So, the size of a large dog....just past being a cub I guess. And definitely more afraid of me than I was of him...he took off when I shifted in my chair to get a better photo. Bummer. I didn't know about the Technu spray, please let me know if it works. Though, hopefully I'll never need it! Nice of the doctor to give you a bit of extra! And again, I hope you don't need it! -Beth SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 6/7/16 10:42 P Holy cow, I mean bear! Good thing you have a fence, or you might not have known he was there until he was nibbling your toes! I saw the Technu wash at Walmart, so got some for the next time, they also had a Technu spray that is supposed to help with the itch and to dry up the blisters. We'll see how that works... I also got in to see the doctor today, and she prescribed prednisone, and gave me enough that I won't have to come back the next few times I get in "touch" with poison ivy! Hopefully the Technu will work good enough that I won't have to use it, but, it's nice to have "just in case". I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 6/7/16 2:46 P Those benches came out really nice Tina! I'm looking forward to seeing them full of bonsai's! And major bummer about the poison ivy. If you've never tried Tecnu or Zanfel, I'd recommend both. Tecnu helps as preventative and also for cleanup of poison ivy/oak/sumac oils shortly after contact - including washing clothes in it. And Zanfel helps remove the itch and clear it up if you've already got the blistery rash. (I always have both on hand! I hate feeling like I need to do a bugs bunny "zip out of my skin" routine.) Michela, happy to hear the drywall is up! I bet you're just itching to have it all done. So, today is nice out, but I really had to get some work done. So, I took my laptop outside and I'm on the patio, under the umbrella, working away. And when I turned my head for a moment, this is what I saw: I had no idea how quietly those guys get around. I didn't hear him show up, and even as I watched him leave through the woods, I couldn't hear him. (I've added the photo to my page too - it's pretty small posted within the thread.) Okay, back to work. Hope you're all having a great day! Edited by: BIONICBETH at: 6/7/2016 (19:38) -Beth  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 6/6/16 10:47 A Beth, the drywall went up YEAH!!! making progress. yesterday they started the taping and mudding. that will be done throughout the week and we should be done by Sunday. Then we prime the whole thing and take a break from the basement, and we will tile the ground floor area and start putting it all together eventually. Nice for you to be doing yardwork , hard to get behind a computer when it's nice out.Totally get that! Tina UGH poison ivy?? Poor you . Your benches are awesome and great idea on the watering system. You have many talents doll! Too bad you did not get as much done as you wanted too. So frustrating when dealing with others to do the work. We have had our share too. Workers coming for half days and leave, why can't they schedule the whole days and get it done already. �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732) SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 6/5/16 10:34 P oh, and by the way, I have poison Ivy blisters all over my right arm, and both legs. Guess I will be seeing the doctor soon for prednisone...I hate that. there is so much poison ivy all over our property. I try so hard to keep it from touching my skin while trying to get rid of it...but...ick....nasty blisters all over... I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125 SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 6/5/16 10:32 P Beth and Michela, I just got done driving for over 12 hours to get back to the apartment. Yawn! I have posted a few pictures of the bonsai benches that I built. The sprinkler system I will build goes on the top rails of the benches. There will be sprayers that spray down from the front and back of the benches. I will put pictures on when I do them the next time. I am making my own system. Well, at least one of the handymen are handsome. But, that aside, I didn't get half the stuff I thought would get done on this trip. bummer. I definitely voiced my opinion on that. I guess I will be going back in another 2 1/2 weeks to do more. This sucks driving back and forth... I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 6/5/16 3:32 P Well, good to know I'm not the only one to go MIA. I hope it's because we've all been outside enjoying the nice weather. I've been avoiding my office and computer for a little while. Doing yardwork, here and at my mothers house. And building a new desk for my office. I still have a few rounds of sanding and polyurethaning to do, but it's getting closer! Tina, it sounds like you're getting loads of stuff done! The watering system. Are you installing your own irrigation?? Or is that part of getting the "handymen in line?" Michela, I hope your drywall installation went well. I hope you're all having a great weekend! It looks like lousy weather in this area for a little while, so back to my office I shall go. I suppose I really ought to get some actual "work" done, instead of just yardwork. -Beth  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 5/27/16 11:18 A Tina, what do you mean exactly by getting the handymen in line? In line for what?t..LOL! JK doll! Anyway I hope they're cute! Sounds like you are getting alot done. You will be able to finish off once you live there. it will make it easier. What watering system are you using? I am using soaker hoses for now in my plant beds. Hoping when we redo our front hardscape we will intall a sprinkler system. Beth hope you are done with your gardening and enjoying that beautiful backyard. T will be finishing off some odds & ends this weekend. The drywall people will be here mid to end next week. Will be nice to see some wall up finally but we will be far from done. Have a great Memorial weekend everyone! �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732) SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 5/25/16 8:15 P Hey all, I'm in Tennessee, working on stuff and trying to get the handymen in line. Things are moving extremely slow with them, but i got my bonsai benches built, and now just have to get the watering system set up. I'm so tired! Only a week and a couple of days left...then I head back to WI. Beth, yes, I will be putting landscaping fabric down to prevent weeds. I don't think I will get to starting that this trip. I got the bonsai benches built, and want to kill the grass underneath and put pea gravel under them to prevent weeds. I will be moving here permanently the first or second week of August, so will start working on all that. I need a truck, and my step dad has one, but they will be out of town all next week, so I can't use the truck. So, I will have to wait until I'm here the next time to do some stone hauling for under the bonsai benches and the dry creek. I also have to have diggers hotline come out and mark the yard before I start digging for the creek. Ugh. I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 5/24/16 2:45 P Hello everyone, hope you all had a nice weekend! It was a extra long one for me. Had to stay home Friday for the electrician and yesterday was our Victoria day holiday. The weather was just amazing the whole time and still going strong today! Got all my annuals planted and moved and replanted some perennials. T was busy in the house Sat & Sun but we spent yesterday chilling out in the pool. The water was a really nice 88 degrees. Beth, it's a good feeling when something you work so hard for makes you smile like that. I know I will feel like that when our indoor projects are over and next year if all goes well we hope to work on the exterior. It needs a lot of TLC of the expensive kind. Tina, hope all is going well for you. �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 5/19/16 8:09 P Thanks for the wine Tina, and Michela, of course we're sharing with you! As she said, wine is better shared! I've never built a dry creek. Judging by the photo's I saw when I looked it up, I would think it's fairly straight forward as far a layout and assembly steps go. And a HECK of a lot of work. You will undoubtedly be getting exercise on that project! I'm guessing you put weed block cloth under the stones. ?? Michela, I have to say the yard and pool area is a paradise to us now. We are both really happy with the way it's coming along. Now it's just a matter of getting some plantings in around the fence line, and waiting for the grass to come in thicker. I think both of those items will take a year or two. But it's already so darned beautiful now, I can't help but grin like an idiot every time I step out there. Good thing nobody can see me. :-) Bummer that your project is going slower than you had anticipated, that does seem to be how they ALL go. For me anyways. But in the end, I'm usually so happy with the results that the frustrations quickly become a distant memory. I hope it works that way for you too! No more stressing out over the tiler. Here... ...I popped open another bottle for the three of us...this ought to help. Cheers! -Beth  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 5/17/16 12:53 P Tina, I would def spread the weatlh if I won but only thing is to win I have to play the lottery. I never make the time to go buy them but T does so I am counting on him winning one day! I hope! Thanks for explaining the carry class. Carrying or even owning a weapon is not in our culture unless its for hunting. Have to admit it would make me nervous having one in the house. T used to have hunting rifles but he gave up hunting and his rifles and I was happy about that. That is a long drive especially on your own. I admire you being able to to that. I hate driving mostly because of such reckless drivers out there so I could never bring myself to do that. These days I hate even driving to the city for doctor appts. I make T drive me. I am sure you will get lots done and I look forward to seeing your pics. Our work seems to be going slow. T only has the weekend to work at it and our tiler did not come yesterday, maybe this afternoon? Who knows. He is stressing me out. I just want it done! It should have all be over by end May but I do not see that happening. It will be awhile before we will put in our new fixtures in the basement bath. Once the floor tile is grouted we will put our old toilet temporary so whatever worker is there has a bathroom. I guess a door would be a good idea too. I don't want anyone in my upstairs bathroom. �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732) SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 5/16/16 2:14 P Michela, if you win the lottery, I expect you will share....!!!! A carry class is just short for concealed gun carry class. I hold two licenses to carry a concealed weapon, but when you become a resident of TN, you have to take the class over, since they don't accept my training there. Kinda dumb, but, rules are rules. It is about 800 miles from our apartment here to our house in TN. A VERY long drive, especially since I will be doing it alone this time. And with a very full packed car. Sounds like you are getting stuff done at your house. I'm hoping to get lots done this trip, and then when I go down again, I can start working on the yard. It's the pits that it will be in July, when it's hot and you really shouldn't be doing any planting then. So, I will probably start working on the dry creek bed, since that will be a lot of work, and I don't have to involve plants right away. I will take pictures as I get things done. I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 5/16/16 11:40 A Tina, we just crossed posts! Hey where is my wine! Come on, hand it over! �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 5/16/16 11:38 A Hello dolls! Beth WOW your garden pool looks like paradise! You have so much land! That is so rare here unless I live way in the country. We actually do own 2 acres in the country fronting a small lake but not planning to built anymore since we bought in the burbs and trying to sell that property. Your mother's day sure was an adventure! I used to do the same thing with my mom :( sure do miss her. Your re-do in 80 degrees sounds nice. Happy to hear the hosta's are happy campers! I got some annuals to plant yesterday but it was also so cold here and I said "no way". So took them in and will plant them this coming weekend. We have a 3 day weekend and weather is supposed to be really nice. Going to get the pool heated so we can take a break from reno I hope and enjoy the weather. T & I don't work well together. I ask a lot of questions and he hates it. I just want to make sure it is being done as I planned. I am also the designer and he is the muscle. ;) Tina, what is a carry class? Bet your anxious to have all the work done and you can enjoy your new place. How far a drive is it from where you are to TN? Sounds like you will be putting in lots of mileage. My basement bathroom is 1 step closer to being done. Had the shower wall grouted yesterday . The tiler did not bring enough grout so the floor did not get done. UGH!! He should come by today to finish. He also got the order wrong for the quartz trim & shelves for the shower niche so that will be another day I guess. T demolished our ground floor area and built new walls for the powder room. My house is a big mess! Dust everywhere. can't wait to be done but it will be a couple of weeks before we are ready for the drywall people to come and then I have more dust to look forward too. Then I have to order all the cabinetry for the laundry room and mudroom area! I need to win the lottery. �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732) SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 5/16/16 11:26 A Beth, here's your wine, and, of course, a glass for me, too! It's better when shared! Sounds like you worked hard in the yard, but after the aches go away, you will appreciate your landscaping so much more since you did it your self! I will be making a dry creek bed through my back yard to help take water away from the house when it rains. I've never made one before, so am looking forward to working on it and seeing what it will look like when it's finished. Any pointers would be appreciated. I've been reading some stuff online about making them, but nothing helps more than input from friends! Well, I better get off my butt and go for a walk. I am so lacking exercise when I'm at the apartment in WI. Ugh. I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 5/15/16 8:53 P Tina, it sounds like it may be easier to "work on your own?" And I mean that in the "couples" sense. (We do some work very well together...other times...um...on my own is just easier. Landscape design, and interior color selection...both high on that list.) Bummer that you need to take another class for your license...which if you remained a non-resident would probably still be good there. But I guess good that it's easy enough to obtain a local license. I suspect that you will be bored out of your mind for that class...except for the "people watching" of course. In which case...you may just end up being terrified by your surroundings. (Funny, I had looked up whether my carry license would be valid there, and it would be. Unless I became a resident, then I'd need a new one. Crazy rule.) I spent today...a cold windy day here...planting. I'm cold and tired, but I "installed" 6 Heather Plants, 1 Astilbe, and 2 (potted) Citronella's today. The Heather sites all had to be dug by hand...with a spade, because they were going into an existing bed with irrigation and drainage lines. I had not expected that to be such a Pain In The ... Arm. My right arm, and lower back are not amused. (They were planted into an existing "river rock" bed. I will post pictures in a day or so...it was getting dark when I finished, so .... no pics. So, at the moment...I'm thinking those expensive landscapers might actually be worth the money. I'm sure when I can use my right hand again, my opinion will change...but for now...um...please bring me wine and (handsome) muscular landscapers. Edited by: BIONICBETH at: 5/15/2016 (21:04) -Beth SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 5/13/16 9:58 P Beth, yes, Todd did come with me this last time. It was a quick, long weekend trip for him to see the progress. Thank goodness he trusts me enough to not do this all the time! I will be going down later in May for about two weeks by myself. Lots to do this time! Besides the bathrooms, windows, and building benches for my bonsais, I will be taking my concealed carry class (bummer they don't just transfer the two I all ready have). I'm glad your hosta splits are going well. I have never had a problem doing that. Never lost a hosta! I will be posting pictures when I start getting yard stuff done. It'll be a little while. I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 5/13/16 7:50 P Oh, and I forgot to mention, the Hostas are ALL coming up. So, they apparently don't mind being split before they sprout. I am not expecting them to look all that fabulous the first year...but I'll let you know once they're actually open. Assuming the dear don't mow them down first. -Beth  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 5/13/16 7:45 P Geez Tina, you've already been down and back again? I misread an earlier post, and thought you weren't going to Tennessee again until late May. You are a BUSY woman! Bummer that your Mothers day was spent driving home. I believe your efforts will all be worth it in the end...but right now, it must feel like just too much. Did Todd come with you for this past trip to the Tennessee house? And yes, the second try for Mothers day was awesome. The first one is a fairly funny story looking back on it, so it has its own good points for that. But I was sure happy to get home and get warm and cleaned up. -Beth SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 5/13/16 3:03 P Beth, your Mom's day escapades sounds like a horror show! And I thought mine was bad, driving back from Tennessee all day! I'm glad you got a redo on that. The second try sounds much better. I've been crazy busy getting things together and ready for another trip to TN (this time by myself for a couple of weeks). So much to do and so little time to do it! I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 5/13/16 10:55 A Michela, that's a heck of a way to learn about the hay bales! Yes, I still ski...which only proves that I'm about as sharp as a marble. Pinky Winky Hydrangea....now there's a funny name! I hope you all had a nice mothers day weekend. I took my mom out plant shopping (which is pretty much what we do every year) but the day got cut short due to miserable weather. At one of the nurseries that we went to, we were totally swarmed with may-flies the moment we got out of the car. Mom ran in to buy insect repellent...which we smeared on. The repellent caused my rosacea to flare, so I was bright red and my face felt like it was burning, and I was trying to scrub it off with my coat sleeve. Then the wind kicked up, and actually tipped over some of the potted trees at the nursery...the skies opened up and Icy Rain poured down on us. The repellent rinsed down moms forehead into her eyes, so then she was trying to wipe it out with her jacket sleeve. It was great fun. We decided to call it quits for the day, and both went home to our respective warm showers. Mom's Great Adventure for mothers day. Sheesh. Yesterday it was beautiful and 80 degrees out, so we had a "Mothers Day Redo." We hung out in the pool all afternoon, and had grilled steak tips and wine for dinner. Much much better! Perhaps that should be the new tradition. Here are the before/after pictures of the back yard. I didn't post one from the garden side of the yard because nothing has leaves/blooms yet. The photo I took just looks like patio, bark mulch, and vertical "sticks." Okay, well the after picture is from the same perspective as the before picture, or as close to it as I could get, but with a wide angle lens. Apples to Oranges. It's hard to see the pool and patio from that perspective. I'll have to take a photo from an upstairs window I think. It's raining again today...so that'll just have to wait. Happy Friday everybody. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! Edited by: BIONICBETH at: 5/13/2016 (19:54) -Beth  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 5/6/16 12:41 P TGIF everyone! We are having such a beautiful day her today I can't wait to leave the office! Beth cute little tree is my Pinky Winky Hydrangea on a standard. The Peach Blossom is the astible. This is the tree in bloom late summer. I love hydrangea's and have a few of different ones I want to keep it on the small side so I pruned it back a bit. The garden filled out even more by late summer and that is why I have to move some things around. I have some perennial near the tree that got too tall for it's location. Going to replace with some low growing plants . I would love to see your pics! I have tons of pics in various stages of growth. So fun to see the garden develop. Holy cow Beth, yeah I totally get the bionic reference now! That is crazy and glad that you healed from that. Are you still skiing? I trying it many years ago but never got good enough to feel comfortable so just gave up after I landed spread legged around a bale of hay that was placed in front of a tree. before that happened I always wondered why the hay was there. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and a Happy Mothers day to all mothers including mom's of 4 legged babies! Edited by: MICHELAR at: 5/6/2016 (12:45) �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 5/5/16 9:04 P Tina, I hope you're right about the Hostas being happy about being divided and replanted...otherwise we did a heck of a lot of digging for naught! Nothing coming up yet...we shall see. And hopefully transplanting the before they began to come up wasn't a bad thing. I'll keep you guys up to date on that. The bonsai garden sounds great, and the Buddha sitting in the garden sounds cute. I can envision that. :-) The Japanese Maple that we transplanted hasn't died...yet. It does have more dead branches than it did when I first found it in its original wooded location...three years ago. It's going to be a pretty anemic looking tree for a while...if it lives...but I'm hoping it can thrive. Time will tell...lots if it, since they're slow growers. It appears the humans (or something else) won, as I haven't seen hide nor quill of our resident porcupine. I hope he's okay. I don't want him chewing on my garden plants, but I hope he's okay. Michela, great photo's, thank you for sharing those! That cute little tree (Japonica Peach Blossom?) filled out pretty quickly! Actually, the whole garden did, but the flowers filling out didn't surprise me...the tree...that really filled out over the course of the summer. Nice! I've got a couple of before/after pictures I was going to post, but I'm going to wait until Monday (when it's not supposed to be raining) to try to get a better "same spot" comparison viewpoint. (The "after" shots that I took the last time the sun came out...FOREVER AGO...aren't the same vantage point. I'll try again.) As for the 1999 Bionic episode...I may have already told this one...but I was skiing the day after Christmas 1999, and went Thump-bang-whack-whack-smack-thump-smack-crack-bang. The doctor told me I need to learn how to slide. I broke my femur in 5 places, broke the ball off the hip/femur interface...it was ugly. They installed a titanium rod and some scary looking self tapping bolts. BUT...as they say, it made me stronger. I really didn't lift weights or do "intentional" exercise before that. I was always active, but didn't "work out." (And here began my interest in medical technology. OMG am I happy that others beat me to it!) The hardware has since been removed and is now sitting on the bookcase in my office. It feels much better there. Hope you all have a great evening! -Beth Edited by: BIONICBETH at: 5/5/2016 (21:06) -Beth  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 5/3/16 1:27 P Thanks doll! I can't wait to see what you do with your garden. �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732) SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 5/2/16 10:21 P Thanks for the yard pics, Michela. Awesome! I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 5/2/16 1:01 P Just planted last May. hate sideway pics last summer - may need to move some things around this year. My astilbes Diamant & Japonica Peach Blossom ! have 2 more on the other side of deck. Edited by: MICHELAR at: 5/2/2016 (13:02) �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 5/2/16 12:50 P Hello ladies and everyone else that may be peeking in! Hope you had a great weekend. Beth, Astibles are not invasive and no issues that I know of. Hope they work out for you cause I do agree they are pretty. I did not know you can transplant Hosta's before they come up. I usually wait until the plant is all out before I move them. Another plant that is attractive for the leaf is Huchera, they come in may varieties and leaf colors but like the Hosta they have as you call them antenna's. You might want to look them up to.They are nice to border with. Sounds like you will have an enjoyable summer by the pool. Do you have an inground or above. Ours is above ground and it came with the house. We also heat it and will probably start end of May or as soon as temps go higher. I can't imagine what happened to you new years 1999 yikes! Tina, looks like you are doing just about the whole house. Did you buy a fixer upper? Hope you are taking before and after pics. Oh and I also have a Buddha in my back garden. I will post pics. �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732) SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 4/30/16 9:33 P Hey ladies, sorry I've been AWOL lately! I've been so crazy busy here in Wisconsin, getting ready for the next run south. I wish I could be working in my yard and getting it all ready for plants. Gotta get the inside stuff done first, though. If I'm lucky, I will be able to work on the yard later in the summer...get some resculpting of the ground done and get the dry creek in for directing water away from the house during our frequent downpours. Then I can start figuring out where to put flowers and such. My next trip alone down there will be later in May, and I will get the bathrooms remodeled and the new windows installed. I also hope to get my bonsai benches made so when I am ready to move down permanently later this summer, I can bring the bonsais down and have somewhere to put them. I can't wait to make my little bonsai area in the yard. I got a really cute buddha to put near them. He's about two feet tall, sitting down. I think astilbes are very pretty, too, but have never had any. Hoping to have some in the new yard. I have had lots of hostas in my day, and they will be a big part of my landscaping since I have lots of shade in the new yard. Ya gotta love them...they take no care at all, and when they get too big, you dig 'em up, hack 'em apart, and replant...and they act like they are happy you did all that to them! They just keep growing! Beth, I would take you up on your offer to help if you would want to help in the yard! That's where I will really need some muscle and patience! Heck, I think Michela should come, too! I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 4/30/16 8:21 P Hello Ladies...and gentlemen...if you're still checking in sometimes. Michela, I've added Astibles to my list of plants to really check out. I searched them and found them to be very pretty, so I suspect that unless they have an odd issue (invasive/birds hate them/ they hate NH...) there will be some in my landscaping before the summer is out. Thank you! The Hosta's have been transplanted...they haven't started to come up yet, but I'm hoping that they all survived. I gave them great soil to transplant them into...and they're typically pretty resilient, so hopefully, I've got a bunch of happily relocated hostas on my hands. And I totally agree on the ridiculous flowers. The plant itself is so nice looking....but the antennae flowers look ... well silly and messy. Tina, I think it would be a blast if we lived closer. Actually, when you told me where (what state) you were moving to, and that you were pretty much doing the onsite work on your own...I checked the mileage...and haven't yet ruled out such the idea of helping...assuming it'd be welcome. It's not easy driving distance from here...but it's a close flight. (Okay, it's drive-able too...except I fall asleep easily while driving on the highway...dotted line...dotted line...dotted line...zzzzz...) Diving in our near future...um...no. I wish I could say yes, but no...our new backyard will be our "stay-cation" for a wee bit. And I'm okay with that. We opened the pool this past Thursday, and it was crystal clear by Friday. Of course, it's only 54 degrees, but it sure does look nice! (No point in heating it yet, the air temperatures are cold enough to prevent me from wanting to jump in anyways.) Prince's death was a bit of a surprise...and while he wasn't my typical type of listening, he certainly did have a large influence on music! And I sure listened to him on New Years Eve 1999....from my hospital bed. (The unexpected surgery that caused me to pull "Bionic Beth" as a name.) Somehow, I thought I'd be partying a bit hardier that year. I hope you're all having a great weekend! Edited by: BIONICBETH at: 4/30/2016 (20:24) -Beth  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 4/22/16 8:48 A Sad day RIP Prince. So sad really, thinking that his music was always part of my life from as far as I can remember. �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 4/20/16 9:05 A Tina, yes it would be a blast. Seems we evolved from a scuba diving team to home improvement. We have enough material for our own show. Now that would be fun! Speaking of which, does anyone have any diving in their near future? Looks like local diving for us this summer :( Our vacation money is going into the reno's. We also plan to do some camping for about a week I think. Sticking close to home. Awesome on getting the vanities and tiles selected. I know how hard that is. Men will be men always with restrictions. Party poopers they are!!! lol! So besides the obvious cost restrictions were there any others? Do share what you ended up with! I would love to see! I have to say T is pretty flexible. We do come to a compromise on cost depending on what it is. Sometimes I am the one who puts on the breaks as in the vanity selection versus what we were going to buy. It's a basement after all. But when we eventually redo the main bathroom upstairs all bets are off! We picked up the vanity yesterday, I can't wait to get the drywall up and start tiling. Then we move on to our ground floor area. That will be a mess with the demo. And I still need to find a vanity for the powder room on that floor. I need a small 24" vanity and having a hard time finding one I like. And my tile for that space was a special order and has not arrived yet. Then my tile guys goes on vacation for 1 month (not sure when yet) so I am hoping we can do all the tiling before he goes. Fun and games! Can't wait for it to be over! Have a great day dolls! Wonder where everyone else disappeared to? If you are out there guys do pop in and let us know what you have been up too! �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732) SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 4/19/16 7:53 P It's amazing all the things we are all going through together! Too bad we don't live closer together, it could almost be fun! I have finally chosen all three vanities for the bathrooms. I picked out tile for the master bath shower, but still need to pick out tile for the common bath floor. When I go pick up the tile for the shower, I hope I will be able to pick out tile for the floor at the same time. I'm so tired of it all right now. Todd has put restrictions on me, so it makes it not as much fun, since I can't pick out exactly what I want. I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 4/19/16 10:27 A Beth, happy to hear your weekend was amazing! Let me tell you I would have loved to see a video of that tree being moved. Sounds like it was quite a feat and I also hope it is happy in it's new spot. At least now it has a chance. We also had a beautiful day here Sunday and I did a lot of yard work cleaning up my plant beds. Felt so good just to be outside and we got to see most of the neighbors again. Everyone crawled out of the woodwork. I was really trying to soak it all in, good thing cause yesterday was yucky again. T even opened the pool already. Astibles are pretty and they come in a variety of colors and bloom times so you can have a few different ones throughout the season and always have some bloom. Awesome getting some hosta's from your mom. I just love them and have quite a few plants. T's dad grew so many of them and when he passed and they sold the house T made sure to dig out as many as he could. I like them mostly for their leaves and do not care for their blooms. I find the long stems make them look messy and I am always tempted to just cut them off. I extended my front yard plant bed Sunday and have to figure out some low growing perennials that will give me blooms through the season. Any suggestions? We planted the whole front new last year and also a in the back along the deck and some plants grew so high already that I will have to relocate a few this year once they come out of the ground. Oh Beth btw the snake did survive. What I meant by it not being his lucky day was that he got robbed out of his meal that day. :( I was just kidding about designing the swivel arm doll but thanks for the offer. We are going to wait until the vanity is in place. The bottom of the window is apx 5' from the floor and the wall space we have is apx 22-23" from the side wall to the window trim so we can fit a mirror but it will not be centered to the sink but if we are standing at the center we still will have part of the mirror on top. but if you want a full face on then you have to scooch to the left. Not a deal breaker and we did save quite a bit with this vanity. The whole 40" vanity top is ceramic with a build in sink so not too worried about water dripping on it. Hey Tina how is it going. Firmed up any decisions lately? �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 4/18/16 8:35 P Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. The weather here was absolutely perfect this weekend, so we got lots of yard work done, had friends over, BBQ'd....it was a good weekend. We're exhausted today...but it was a good weekend. One of the yard work items involved transplanting a Japanese Maple. It must have been planted by bird originally, since there's no way somebody would have spent the money on a Japanese Maple, and then plant it in a barely visible spot that it had no chance to thrive in...surrounded by large hemlocks. We tried to pop it out using a shovel...but ended up having to pull it out with the tractor...down a hill...through other trees...using a strap because it was too densely wooded to get a tractor INTO the area. A video of the experience would have looked like I was playing a heated game of twister with the local saplings, trying to guide the tree through the maze, bending small stuff out of the way with one foot, one hand, and guiding the tree with one hand...trying to anchor myself with my remaining foot. Yeah, I'm so happy there were no camera's nearby. I hope the tree lives. It really didn't have a chance where it was, and some branches had already died off...one of them got broken when a neighboring tree landed on it. So, it's a bit anemic looking...but hopefully will be happier in its new location. Michela, I had to look up what "Astibles" were...really pretty. I have lots of shady spots...so there may be some of those in my future. I am about to inherit two very large hosta's...which are actually going to be broken into eight hosta's. They're too big right now, and far too large for where my mother has them planted. (She thought she had the smaller variety when she bought them...but nope, they're enormous.) I'd have saved the frog too. And the snake. I like them both. :-) We end up fishing out about 3 to 4 frogs a day from the pool during the summer. I may have to create a frog pond just so they have a safe place to go. (They don't fare well with the salt water and the skimmer.) And yes, we can design a mirror swivel arm for you. Or depending on the size of the window, mount the mirror on a rail so it moves like a sliding barn door. :-) The "predator scent" is non-toxic, but smells bad (coyote or fox urine) and will likely attract coyote and/or fox. Not necessarily better than squirrels. :-/ Of course "they say" the best way to deter a porcupine is to put up a fence. We didn't HAVE a porcupine until we put up the fence. He he insists on being INSIDE the fenced area. The lawn outside the fence simply won't suffice. Ugh. Tina, I'm also looking at a ground cover for a shaded area...and we have clayish ground here too. I'll let you know if I trip over anything...I'll be asking some of the local nursery's about that within the next week or so. Okay, enough blabbering. Hope you all have a great evening! -Beth  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 4/15/16 10:26 A TGIF! Hope you all enjoy your Friday! The weather is nice here today and will be all weekend! YEAH! Tina, sounds like a lot of coordinating with all the stuff you need to buy and get to TN. We had nothing but weeds when we first moved in. It was horrible but the the last 2 year T has been trying to get it looking decent and for what?!!! So many nice thing you can do with a shade garden. I have a real shady spot on my side yard that I planted hosta's & astilbes, a few rocks in between. I would plant ferns too but they grow everywhere and would not want my neighbor pissed at me for them growing on his side. But if you are in the woods you may already have some native plants growing there. Beth, your are right your options would not work for squirrels unless maybe the spray. If it is not toxic to dogs I just might go for it and maybe it will keep Abby away from lying on my garden. I need to create a spot just for her and hope she will take to it. I also would feel bad taking an animal out of its home. I too have a soft spot for animals. One time I rescued an injured pigeon from a grocery store parking lot and brought it home. It was not able to move and I was afraid someone would drive over it so I went back in the store and asked for a box with a lid and was able to get it home. Kept it in the laundry room overnight with food and water. The next morning when we checked on it, it was doing better and moving about. So we put it out on the balcony where it stayed and hopped around a little and then it just took off. I was so relieved cause I was not sure what I would have done with it otherwise. Last summer T saved one of our resident toad from being eaten by a garden snake. The thing was half way in and T just pulled it out. it was his lucky day but not so much for the snake. :) I told T he was messing with the nature of things but I did not really mean it. Seems like we are spending more than we are taking in these days! We bought our vanity yesterday at a liquidation center. It comes with a ceramic counter/built in sink so that also saves money on a sink & the quartz counter top we were going to get and it is the same grey barnwood look like the one that we were going to have custom made. The compromise is the sink being centered on a 40" vanity instead of off center to the left as we wanted. Oh well c'est la vie. The mirror cannot be centered to the sink but it will be usable. I was think of having a bracket made to mount a mirror on so the mirror could swivel. Beth you are an engineer , can you design something for me. ;) JK doll! I saw some ideas of people who got around this problem of a window right over the vanity so we'll figure something out. Beth at least with the delay of your bathroom reno you have time to shop around without the pressure. When you are ready you'll know what to get. Have a great weekend and hope you all have some sunshine to enjoy! �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732) SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 4/14/16 10:25 P I guess I'm a step behind you two on on the lawn stuff. the grass is not growing in our yard. If we killed all the weeds, we wouldn't have a lawn. We are in the woods, lots of oak trees. So, I have to find some grass that will grow there, and some flowers that will grow in the shade. I also need ground cover for the hill in front by the road (in the shade and in clay with lots of rock in it). I am taking on the challenge.... I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 4/14/16 8:43 P Tina, sometimes boring is what you need in a tile. It really depends on the room...we are also going for mostly boring for our shower tile. Our floor already has character...no sense in making the walls fight with the floor. The tile we THINK we'll be going with is a neutral beige color, with a small amount of veining in blues/greys. I'll try to get a decent picture this weekend. While we know exactly what shape/style of sinks we want...we haven't even begun on the counter top patterns. We've seen stuff we like for vanity cabinets...but we haven't tried to size any of it yet. I suspect we still have some headaches to come. They're just on hold for a bit. Michela, you have it exactly right. If money were no issue, the decisions (and shopping) would be SO MUCH easier! I do love a lot of what I see...until I hear the cost associated with it. **choke** Unfortunately, our options to keep George (the porcupine) out may not work so well for squirrels. They tend to show up in bigger numbers! (Porcupines tend to show up as solitary visitors.) Our next step is to add anchors to the bottom of the chain link fencing that is running around the woods line. Since the ground was uneven (woods) to begin with, there were gaps under the fence...that the porcupine found. Once we closed off the gaps...the porcupine didn't care. He knew there was a way in, and dug under. So, 18" re-bar hooks in those sections are the next option. We'll be installing those this weekend. After THAT option, we COULD spray with deterrent - which is typically something like fox/coyote urine. I think we'll skip that step though, as it also deters the animals we like, but does attract some of the "hunters" we'd like to NOT attract. So, then, we are into trap and re-locate. (Which I really don't want to do. He's got a home...I really would rather not have to upset that.) Yep, I'm a sucker. I like animals more than I like most humans. For squirrels though...yikes. I don't know a good way to deter them. Maybe also spray with nasty smelling fox urine? You guys have to be pretty frustrated with the destroyed lawn. We were surrounded by dirt for the past three years...this will be the first year with a "lawn" since we got here. I'll be really angry if stuff starts destroying it. Stay tuned. :-/ -Beth SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 4/13/16 4:41 P I am buying some things in TN when I am there, buying some things here in WI and bringing them down there, and buying some things online and having them shipped there. Lots of spending going on! I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 4/13/16 9:42 A Good morning! Beth, I am pretty sure it's the squirrels digging the hole I caught one of them in action on the weekend. Funny thing is it is mostly our lawn and not the neighbors. We have a large pine tree front & back and T thinks they are digging out the pine cone that may have dug into the ground. I am not sure but they made a mess of the lawn.T did so much work on it last year putting down earth and seeding and weeding but now it looks worse than ever. And over the summer we have a resident toad that like to dig into our flower garden in back. Also have my own baby girl Abby that likes to sleep on the flower garden so I am ready to give it up! Tell me what options you have for George, they may work on keeping squirrels out too. What kind of tub are you thinking of? There are so many nice ones out there today. Especially the free standing ones if you have room for one. But when the time is right for you it will get done. Tina,I hear ya doll. I would hate to have to build a house from scratch and face all the decisions on what to buy. I know what I like if cost was no option it would be easier but it gets hard when compromising as to take place. Hopefully you will have it all picked out in time. Are you buying online and having stuff shipped to TN? �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732) SCUBAHONEY Posts: 3,059 4/12/16 10:33 P Beth, I know what you mean about not having the tub picked out yet. Ugh. It's so hard to pick things out and try to be aware of budget. We are doing an entire bathroom and part of another, and I am stressing about having everything picked out in time. I will be back in Tennessee from 23 May for about 10 or so days to be there when the bathrooms are being remodeled, but don't have everything picked out yet. The big problem is the vanities. Trying to find ones that will fit into the areas they need to go, and then fit the idea of what I want...ugh. I tried taking pictures of the tile, but the colors just wont come out right. I hate when that happens. I will try to take pictures when the remodeling is going on. Right now I don't have anything to show you. The tile I picked for the shower are pretty boring. I also still have to pick out tile for the common bathroom. I would like something kind of dark, but not real dark. Mostly browns. I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.  current weight: 139.6  147 141.5 136 130.5 125  BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 4/12/16 10:10 P Funny how time flies now...my grandmother warned me about that. :-) George appears to be alone, and quite resourceful. Current score: Humans 0, Porcupine 5. I'm embarrassed to say, I'm not sure the humans are going to win. But the war is not over yet. (I know we can have him trapped and relocated, but I don't actually want to do that. I just want to keep him out of the fenced back yard section. He can have free reign to the rest of the property...but veggie gardens won't survive him.) So, we have a few more options...prior to relocation. Squirrels digging holes? Looking for their lost nuts? (No, I didn't mean that dirty. Okay, maybe a little.) You're sure it's not moles or voles? (Which apparently like to move in to the nicest, most ph balanced lawns they can find. Grrrrr!) Yes Tina, please post pictures! :-) Our bathroom remodel...well, we decided to pass on a three-ish year contract that we thought we'd be signing up to. With the decision to pass on it, we also decided to put the bathroom on hold. Which is okay, since I still haven't selected the danged tub! It'll give me a bit more time to do that dreaded shopping thing. Hope you have a great night! Edited by: BIONICBETH at: 4/12/2016 (22:12) -Beth  MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 4/11/16 12:45 P Wow I did not realize how much time went by since I lasted posted. Beth, sorry to hear you were under the weather and yeah the nuts to butts thing with strangers is a bit too close for comfort. But good news that the concert was awesome. George is so cute! Is there only one of them?Hope he does not destroy that nice lawn you have there. We are having issues with squirrels digging up holes all over our front & back lawn. Not sure what they are looking for but T worked so hard to get the lawn decent but we can't win this war with these rodents. How long will you be postponing your bath remodel? Tina, can you post a pic to the tile you chose. Are you remodeling 2 bathrooms? Sound like a lot of work going into the house. Any idea of style you are going for with the vanities. I had no idea how expensive they are. We were going to have one custom made because we need an offset sink since there is the basement window we have to deal with that will be part way over the counter. Only way to put a mirror over the vanity. But we do have a 22-24" space we can put one and it would butt up against the window trim. Not ideal but it is what it is. Anyway we may not get the custom vanity since it is too much$ for a basement. I found one at a liquidation center for half the price. The sink is centered but it's a compromise. Part of the sink would still fall under where the mirror will be. Anyway it will be awhile still before we are ready to tile. T is still working on installing the subfloor. Our concrete basement floor is so uneven. He has to level everything and we lost a few extra inches of ceiling height. :( �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)
 BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 4/11/16 10:28 A Wow Tina....you really are CRAZY BUSY! I'd wish you a vacation...except it seems like every time you go on vacation, you get sick. So, I guess I wish you could take a nice Healthy, Relaxing vacation. I'm anxious to see your bathroom remodels too. Gotta say, given all the work you're doing, it almost sounds like it may have been easier to buy land and build your own house from scratch. (Which I suspect you have the skill set for!) -Beth
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4/10/16 11:26 P

Hi Beth! Sorry, I just got back from Tennessee yesterday and have been getting caught up here. As for TN, I got three rooms and a hall of crown molding up, had three estimates for the bathrooms, and picked out tile for the master shower. I also mowed the lawn and sketched the back and side yard so I can figure out how I want to landscape. Very busy! Now that I am back in WI, I have to get groceries, go to the laundromat and get some laundry done, get to the bank, and pick up a baby shower gift for my niece. Holy cow, life is crazy.

I will be going back to TN later in May for two weeks to supervise the bathroom remodels and to hopefully build my bonsai benches so they will be ready for me to move the bonsais and me down there. Whew!

I'm also busy trying to find new vanities, vanity tops, and faucets for the bathrooms. Seems to never end!

I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams.

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 BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 4/10/16 8:50 P Okay, where did everybody go? I've been sick for a bit over a week, so not out here much...but where did YOU ALL go? (Also not working out, or eating right...or eating much for that matter.) We are putting our bathroom remodel on hold for a wee bit. The bright side of this is that we may benefit from all the awesome photo's you upload of your new bathroom(s)! The first Halestorm concert was awesome...it turned out to be a very small venue, so not a bad "seat" in the house. Actually, no "seats," it was standing general admission room only...so "nuts to butts" with folks we don't know. Which is probably why I got SICK. Oh well, it was fun. So Country, Oldies, and Pop. Urban? Church? Feek? Got specifics? (I'm always open to new-to-me music...so what are your top two or three bands/artists?) Easter here was good...quiet, but good. We had my mom and uncle over, and watched the newly acquired resident porcupine pet squeeze under the fence and feed on the back lawn. Gotta find a way to prevent that before I plant my vegetable gardens. So far though, the score is Humans - 0, Porcupine (named George) - 4. Now, why is the fenced back lawn so much more appealing to George than the front and side (non- fenced) lawn? It's the same darned grass seed! As you can see, George is quite shy. Got lots of great photo's of him (her?) so far. I hope all is well with you guys. Please come baaaaaaack! Edited by: BIONICBETH at: 4/10/2016 (21:23) -Beth
 MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 3/29/16 12:49 P Thanks dolls, I am really looking forward to getting the tiles down. Yikes Beth when was the house built? Scary thought to have it leak for a really long time. Hope it's not that bad. Hard rock is not my thing either but I like most music depending on the situation and mood. Mostly the radio is on a popular pop station at work and in my car. At home it could be anything from Indie to jazz, you name it. I have the google play music app on my iphone and listen to a good variety of music categorized by activity & mood. It's a really cool music app and it's free! Hope you all had a great Easter. We were at my brother's and ate a bit too much so hope the scale is good to me on Thursday. �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)
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3/24/16 2:21 P

ooooh, I like your choice for tile! Thanks for posting the pic, Michela!

I am also not into hard rock. I'm more an oldies and country type person, but will look them up anyway.

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 BIONICBETH Posts: 1,843 3/24/16 2:16 P Michela, I think that bathroom is going to come out beautiful! I'm not ruling anything out yet...like floor replacement. I suspect we're going to have to rip it up to mitigate mold. That shower stall has been leaking since the house was built...so I just can't imagine there's no damage beneath it. I suspected rock wasn't your first choice in music...or Tina's...mostly based on the blurb about the "loud, angry sounding music" that was on Tina's cruise. :-) Which was also why I suggested a few songs...just in case you decided to see what those bands sounded like. They both have some songs I suspect you wouldn't like, and/or aren't good "introductory" songs. What do you listen to anyways? Or are you much into music at all? -Beth
 MICHELAR Posts: 22,532 3/24/16 10:52 A This are all my tiles together. The shower floor is the lighter 2 x 2 tiles that are 6 together. The single square tile is the quartz counter top. Going for the "Ocean foam" which is the speckled one. The wood sample on top is the vanity cabinet color. Edited by: MICHELAR at: 3/24/2016 (10:55) �Energy and persistence conquer all things.� We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous) From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)
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