New house, vol 3Posted: January 31, 2014 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: building an new home, double oven, GE Profile, micro-mini pigs, mini pigs as pets, mini potbellied pigs, moving house, new construction, new house, potbellied pigs 14 Comments
Things are really coming together, and the countdown is on!
We have a closing date of February 14. I can’t think of a better Valentine’s Day present than to be in our new house.
The latest progress: the air conditioning system, carpet, appliances, and fencing.
The AC isn’t too pretty, especially without the grass around it, but it is a necessity. It’s hard to imagine needing it right now, with the brutal “winter” we’ve had in Houston (yes, all you Northerners can laugh. I know we are winter wimps).
Brown carpet to hopefully hide all the dirt that will inevitably tracked into this loveliness.
Another shot of my favorite feature — the curvy banister. The dark wood compliments the Kilim Beige paint and the brown carpet just as I’d hoped.
An aerial shot of the downstairs tile, now that it’s uncovered. I’ve no idea what the black tubing on the left is; if anyone knows, tell me.
Guys were installing the side fencing as took these photos yesterday.
Hopefully the fence will contain this naughtiness.
The back fence will be shorter and wrought iron, to give us a view of our bayou and woods. Once this brutal “winter” ends and the trees leaf out, we won’t be able to see the houses on the other side of the bayou.
One more feature almost finished: the seat in the shower. Cute, huh?
The much-anticipated kitchen appliances are in! Hooray!
My favorite girl, aka The Little Chef, was uber excited about the ovens, and in her excitement she didn’t realize that the blue color comes from the plastic shield covering the stainless steel. She thought we were getting blue ovens! That’s her, on the left, reflected in the ovens. She has already claimed this spot of the kitchen and will spend many hours baking up deliciousness.
Something tells me we will see more of this flour-coated pig in the new kitchen:
Come on, February 14th! We can’t wait!
Winter wonderlandPosted: January 24, 2014 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: ice in Houston, ice storm, winter 2014, winter wonderland 3 Comments
We don’t see this much in Houston —
The camellias were brave in the face of ice.
The pansies were sunny despite the freezing temps.
The aloe vera has seen better days.
A few icicles clung to the pine tree.
Beads of ice dotted the other pine.
The lime tree is probably wishing it had a coat — not a coat of ice.
The windshield was covered, too.
School is out, the kids are thrilled, and we’re awaiting the thaw.
new house, vol 2Posted: January 23, 2014 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: building a house, moving house, new construction, new house 9 Comments
New house update — finally!
I’ve been remiss in posting pictures but am remedying that now. Things look a lot different than they did in this post.
Without further ado…the staircase. We’ve been very eager to see the wrought iron. Love it!
The curvy balcony is my favorite part of the house.
The downstairs tile is looking good!
Aerial shot of the tile all covered up neatly. My favorite girl got nervous when I pulled up some of the paper to take a picture of the tile. I keep reminding her that this is our house and we’re allowed to do such things. She’s still nervous.
Kitchen cabinets are hung and the backsplash is in. Oh, and the countertops, too.
Close-up shot of the cabinets. Love that cocoa glaze.
Here’s where the stove and microwave will go.
The island before the countertops went in.
Love that rope detail on the cabinets.
Countertops in the master bath.
The frame for the driveway and walkway.
The TMI saga continuesPosted: January 13, 2014 Filed under: breast cancer | Tags: Bill Keller, blogging about cancer, breast cancer blogs, Emma Keller, judging cancer patients, Lisa B Adams, mothers of young children with breast cancer, New York Times op-ed, Sloan-Kettering Caring Canines, tweeting about cancer, twitter, young women with breast cancer 20 Comments
After blogging about Emma Keller’s article in The Guardian about Lisa Adams (read my thoughts here), I felt better. Reading the comments that came in response to that blog made me feel better still. But now I feel bad again. And mad. Really mad. As if Keller’s article wasn’t bad enough/mean enough/hateful enough/out-of-line enough, now her husband has gotten in on the hating.
That’s right, her husband.
He too is a writer, for The New York Times, no less. He joined the fray, I can only assume in an attempt to defend his wife, for whom the fallout has not been kind. His article misses the mark as much as his wife’s article did, IMHO, and he makes a really lame comparison as the basis for his point.
He compares the way Lisa has handled and is handling her cancer to the way his father-in-law succumbed to his cancer. Lisa is in her 40s with three boys to raise. Bill Keller’s father-in-law was a few weeks shy of 80. Can we really compare the situation of a still-young mother to that of a man nearly 40 years her senior, who also faced kidney disease, diabetes, and dementia? I think not.
Mr Keller chooses to break the same rule his wife broke; the one rule that should remain forever unbroken in talking about a cancer patient and how s/he chooses to handle that cancer: don’t judge.
Mr Keller judges, right alongside his wife.
For example, he writes that “every cancer need not be Verdun, a war of attrition waged regardless of the cost or the casualties.”
Like his wife, he wonders aloud, in his column, about the cost of Lisa’s treatment. Which is none. of. anyone’s. business. He even calls into question her partaking of Sloan-Kettering’s Caring Canines program, in which “patients get a playful cuddle iwth visiting dogs.” He whines about neither Lisa nor Sloan-Kettering not telling him how much “all this costs and whether it is covered by insurance.”
Really?? He begrudges a critically-ill woman’s choice to pet a dog and is pissy because he’s not privy to how much it’s costing her?
He characterizes his father-in-law’s choice to stop pursuing life-extending measures as “humane and honorable” and calm and enviable, while Lisa’s is the opposite, in which she is “constantly engaged in battlefield strategy with her medical team.”
Again, this is none.of. anyone’s.business.
Perhaps the worst part of Mr Keller’s piece is this: “Adams is the standard-bearer for an approach to cancer that honors the warrior, that may raise false hopes, and that, implicitly seems to peg patients like my father-in-law as failures.”
If Lisa Adams wants to be the standard-bearer for one-eyed-one-horned-flying-purple-people-eaters, it is none of Mr Keller’s damn business. If she wants to wave a flag, Braveheart-style, it is none of his concern. If she wants to depend on hope to endure the hell-on-Earth she’s currently living with, he is the last person who should be flapping his gums about it. If she considers herself a success for doing what she felt was best for her and her family in her particular situation, why would any of us take umbrage? Shame on both Kellers.