Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Kitchen remodel in progress

Last week, quite a bit of remodeling was done.

The workers had to rewire the kitchen to meet the new building codes.

They had to make huge holes in the wall and add more outlets.

They patched up the holes, a few days later.

Now we have recessed lighting!

The electric company decided we could not use our existing electrical box.

It was too small, and since we built a patio, it was now considered to be indoors.

Here's where the box used to be:

We had to relocate the box to the outside of the garage, by the gate.

Just moving the box took two whole days.

People were in and out of the attic, hammering and walking on the roof.

The hardest part was keeping the dogs in a back bedroom all day, and having to take them out for walks.

Here is a more recent picture of the patched-up kitchen.

The outlets are kind of hanging out, so the work can be inspected by the city.

This week, we were unable to get that inspection, because the city is on vacation.

The work can't continue until an inspection happens.

Maybe on the 27th.

The cat, however, is a professional inspector of everything:

Pretty much how I feel about it, too.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Demolition derby

On Monday, Dad settled on a company to remodel the kitchen.

He had several people come in last week to give estimates.

He was eager to start as soon as possible, so Thursday morning (which is now today!)

At 7am, they will show up to demolish the old cabinets.

Tuesday was my day off and I spent the whole day taking everything out of the cabinets and putting it in the patio. And today, too.

(I also put up my Christmas lights. I'm tired.)

We haven't remodeled the kitchen in my whole life, but I didn't find many surprises.

The cabinets are still lined with this contact paper from the 70's.

There were a lot of things that I remember from my childhood, but some that weren't there any more.

There were absolutely no cookie cutters, and I remember making cookies as a child...

In the end I was pleased and surprised that there wasn't as much crap as I thought there would be.

Mom was pretty good at getting rid of crap.

We did throw out a cabinet full of redundant pots and pans, and I took some cookbooks to the Salvation army, (cookbooks that I inherited when a cousin passed away.)

You can get all kinds of recipes online now, anyway.

I was too busy to take pictures, but I remembered to take pictures of the empty kitchen.


The cat is happy because there were boxes to play in, and a maze of furniture in the other room.

Here she is sitting in bubble wrap.

The kitchen is not big, about 8' x 20'. It is not going to be very modern or trendy.

Dad did all the planning. I was OK with that.

He used to work in the building materials industry and he even built his own first house.

I don't really know a lot about interior design.

The company let us look at a lot of samples.

So far, it looks like we agreed on wood cabinets, a light gray faux marble counter top, beige ceramic tile for the floor to match the patio.

The company suggested a very light blue color for the walls.

Anything will be an improvement!

I'm very excited and I'm sure dad is, too, because this is something he has wanted to do for a long time.

I have another day off on Friday, and will try to take pictures..

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Car Show

This weekend was a very special car show.
It was for 80's and 90's cars only!
At last, a show for our cars!

(This is the first time I've heard of it, but they held one in June also.)

It was held at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, (on the grounds outside at least, and in the beer tent.)

There were about 200 cars, food and beer, and a DJ, and a BMX show.

Everyone was encouraged to dress in 80's attire.

There were a lot of Don Johnson clones, and a lot of hipsters trying hard to imagine the 80's.

I wore a flannel and jeans and some LA Gear sneakers, and it was very warm!

It was about 75 degrees today.

I regretted not fixing the interior of my green car in time to enter, (NOT PICTURED ABOVE)
but I still had a whole lot of fun.

I thought about putting the red car, in too, but it has a lot tiny stone chips on the front.

I would have had to spend all day with a red crayon, filling them in, and I didn't have the energy.

I also thought there would be a lot of Ferrari's and Porsche's, because most of the 80's themed car shows that I've been to, only want the exotics.

There were Ferrari's and Porsche's, but not a majority.

There was all kinds of everything, and even some cars with a little wear and tear.

This 1980 Nissan Z definitely didn't have any wear and tear!

The Z cars are my second favorite car, besides Firebirds.

I saw a lot of my friends there and everyone said I should have entered...

Well, there were a lot of other red Firebirds, too, so they didn't miss just one.

My friend Alex (who has at least 4 or 5 cars)  entered this Firebird and a Camaro.

It was the only Camaro in an 80's themed car show! I couldn't believe it.

I had to leave early and go to work, but I hope he won a prize.

This is Steve's car, he recently had it painted.

Next time I hear about this show, I'll sign up right away for either one of my cars.

If the next one is in June that would give me time to fix up the green car a little more...

It was cool that I knew almost everyone there, who had a Firebird.

It was a little weird that our cars are finally classics.

And that our generation is getting old now.

Stuck to the towel dispenser in the women's restroom:

Thursday, November 23, 2017

I know why it's so warm this winter

I figured out why it's so warm this winter.

It's Mom.

She hated the cold, so now she is making us all suffer.

At work, lately, they are dealing with maintenance issues.

Mostly because the previous pastor didn't.
Gas leaks, water leaks, termites.

I'm getting bit by mosquitoes so much, I have to spray myself with OFF every day when I arrive.
If the weather was cold, they would surely die off...

The new pastor is a little disgruntled at the maintenance he inherited.

We had to raise the price of weddings and things like that.

I'm a little worried that there might be other cut-backs, after the holidays.
We'll see.

After Mom passed away I received all of her jewelry.

There was a whole lot of beaded stuff I had made for her.

I spent a lot of time reminiscing. The older things I made, weren't so great.
Also her style was completely different from mine.

I have been spending some time dis-assembling and making things over.

Here are some things I made over recently.

The center part of these earrings looked like the Sun.
It didn't go with the dark purple beads.

What was I thinking?

I made it look a little more Southwestern with "coral" and "turquoise"

When I inherited Mom's things, I found a lot of stuff that I had made for myself, that she had rescued from the counter top or the laundry room and stored them away.

I also spent a whole day going through her box of missing-pair earrings, to find their pair in my own missing-pair box.

These earrings were a cheap pair of mine.

One time, I added the glass beads to make them more interesting.

Now I have better beads, so I replaced the glass beads with crystals.

You can't really tell from the picture, but they are more sparkly now.

These were some that I made for Mom that I hadn't seen in a long time.

These turned out nice, I wasn't going to re-do them.

I like black, and I thought I could re-create them more refined, so I did.

Here you can see the difference.

The new ones are not as clunky.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Is it winter yet?

Today I went outside, which I haven't done much lately, except to go to work.

I discovered that the water lily in the goldfish pond, still has a bloom!

Usually they shrink down and become dormant roots, in the cold weather.

The koi fish are doing well, but they have eaten all the plants in their pond.

The color of the sky suggests that winter is near, but the air is still creepy and warm.

Here is a picture I took when I went to the Huntington beach pier, about 10 days ago.

There wasn't much going on as far as clouds.

The tide was out pretty far.

Every other day or so, I have made a little jewelry.

I made another pair of sequin earrings.

These came with two holes, which led to a different design.

I had to put a little bead in between each sequin, because static was making them stick together.

I made these necklaces out of painted glass beads.

Today I made this chain with some faux crystal beads.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Made some earrings out of sequins

The past few weeks, I haven't done much, but my phone is full of pictures.

I plan to go to the beach later today, but I need to make room on my phone camera.

While I archive my photos, I might as well blog about the last few weeks.

Hopefully I finish my blog before the sun sets!

One of the things I have been doing lately, is making jewelry with sequins.

My favorite pair of earrings are these old earrings made from sequins.
I have had them since the 80's.

They used to be longer, but they got damaged.
I added the bead on the top and an another sequin at the end.
You can't tell by the picture, but it is an angel.

The other day I got out my bunch of sequins and thought about remaking this earrings.

These sequins and confetti come assorted in a bag for about $4.50.

You can find them anywhere they sell crafts.

I discovered that I had already started a chain of iridescent angel sequins.

(The ghost shape didn't work, because the eye holes were too small to fit a metal loop.)

I think I used about 18 sequins per earring.

They came out looking awesome!

I really like the abstract shapes the angels make.

A few days after making the angel earrings, I went to a Jo-Ann craft store.

I was still thinking about the earrings, and saw a similar bag of random sequins.

This sequin assortment had some very specific, long shaped sequins that I liked.

I bought a whole bag just for those sequins.

Now, I have enough random sequins to half fill a shoebox!

I sorted out the long sequins from the rest, and sorted them by color.

I started a chain of pinkish, translucent earrings but the project stalled when I ran out of each color:

I barely had enough black and dark sequins to make a longer set of earrings.

The sequin package also had a lot of  large, round sequins.

(Large, round sequins are easy to find in their own package at the store.)

I haven't found a way to string them together in a way that hangs nicely, though.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Short trip with the 3rd Gens

There was a meet-up and lunch today with people who have similar cars as mine.
It was organized by Kevin, who is the son of Don the mechanic.
I saw a lot of people I haven't seen in awhile!
Also some people I saw at the picnic this summer.

We met at Canyon high school in Anaheim, drove up Santiago Canyon road, and stopped at Fuddruckers on El Toro road for burgers.

I expected to see a lot of fire damage, but most of the damage was back and east of there.

It was a nice drive and not a lot of traffic.

Here are some pictures, (of the high school parking lot because I was  busy driving during the scenic part...)

There were 8 or 9 cars. 

Camaros outnumbered the Firebirds, stick outnumbered automatics this time. 

(The pictures are a bit smaller because I am going to share them in the car forum.)

The green car is still completely undone inside- wires every where and no interior door panels, so I brought out the red car.

Polishing a car (and its rims) is a good workout!

Red car was happy to get some TLC this weekend.

The green car will have its day in the sun soon.

Meanwhile I enjoyed other friends cars, some who have also recently been restored.

The best thing I like about the group I hang out with is that we all drive our cars regularly.

They all have a little wear and tear...but they are too fun to drive, to leave them in a garage.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Flowers and earrings and not much else.

Not much has been going on.
The fires and other disasters have been pretty depressing.

Nothing exciting happening at work, except that it's still hot.

Today it was 90 degrees.

It's disgusting.

All the flowers around the office are blooming.

There's been a mosquito problem at the office for awhile.

I got bitten again this week, about 10 times on my knees, even through my jeans!

I now have mosquito repellent on my desk.

I didn't do any drawing or any work on the cars for two weeks.

There is a car club meeting on Saturday the 21st, and the interior of the green car is still in shambles!

I did make a pair of earrings early last week. (I got the idea from an online catalog.)

It was supposed to be some pearls and gold beads, in order descending in size.

I gathered some beads together but I didn't have enough faux pearls.

I did have some clear acrylic beads that were the right size.

Here is what I ended up with.

Very fab!