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I came home Monday – which seemed like I was gone forever.  I woke up super early on Monday and couldn’t go back to sleep, so I ended up leaving Seattle around 5:30 a.m. Home before 9. Unfortunately I brought a horrendus cold along. bleh.

I went to Seattle to see ‘Phantom’ with my sisters . I had seen it years ago in San Diego and loved it, so I was excited to get to see it again. But, I thought it was a mediocre performance at best. The costumes were incredible though.  Mom and I went to a few quilt shops, and mostly hung out and relaxed. We went to breakfast with the boys, and Sarah, her mom and sis, Megan, and Richard. Justin did all the cooking – everything was wonderful.

Yesterday we spent the day installing the new stove, and finally last night I was cooking with gas! Today we’re ( Richard ) is working on replacing the dishwasher. And, the mason and crew is here working on the fireplace. I think they will finish tomorrow. Then, its just waiting for the insert to arrive in a couple of weeks.  
We did do a color sampling on the house; I painted a section with the new color, the trim, and under the eaves to try out the whole combination and am pleased with it. The paint is all ordered and waiting to be picked up. Now, we just need to wait for the weather to cooperate.

I downloaded stuff from my emusic account on Tuesday, and I’m thinking somewhere in there my computer picked up a virus. Or something. Things are working correctly only intermittently. Makes me crazy, and I have no idea what to do. yuck.

Busy, busy. On top of it all, we’re looking at trying to purchase a business. More about that later.
Sometimes I think my head will explode.

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 I’m enjoying a day of quiet as all of the Richards are taking a day drip to Mount St. Helens.  The Richards arrived here a couple days early, on Sunday, so things have been somewhat hectic around here. 

And (my) Richard has for the most part finished the water project. After two whole days, the acid neutralizer and iron filter ( which also filters out a bunch of other unwanted stuff ) tanks are in place and plumbed in.  There are a couple things that he need to do to finish it, but as of yesterday we had better than bottled water quality with nearly normal ph levels. So, yay! Maybe the rust staining and the weird smell will end now.

We also had another company come and measure for just windows for the whole house, and when the bid comes in we’ll make a decision on which direction to go. The new doors – all five sliders – will be installed just after we return from the San Diego trip. And, the fireplace guy came to measure for the new insert. If all goes according to my plan, we’ll have the fireplace insert ready to burn before we need it – by mid September!
We began to pressure wash the house on Sunday – using a cleaning agent – and wow, it worked so well, that I kinda can’t wait to do the rest of it.  Oh, and to begin painting. 

Tomorrow, I’ll drive into Seattle, spend the night and pick up Lauri and Aidan from the airport and drive back here on Saturday. Today I have to finish some sewing, then I’m set to go. 
And, Happy Birthday

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So, today is the first day of Summer. About darned time. Though we have yet to see the sun – we are engulfed in a layer of fog so far today. I have hope that it will burn off and we’ll be in the mid 60s before the day is done. 

Last weekend Ryan came to visit and was here for a few days. He helped us with the latest project: a set of stairs, of sorts that go from the patio below the deck out towards Richard’s garage/shop. 
        They are ‘floating’ steps, which is a series of 2 ft. by 4 ft. long platforms anchored togegether and shifted from side to side as they go down the slope. Now we can plant that slope, and hopefully it will mitigate some of the sand that inevetibly makes its way into the house. I plan to put something kind of clumping right along each side, then grass of some sort beyond that. Of course one thing leads to another, and now we need to replace the steps that go up to the deck on the west side – the bottom few are totally rotten. Always something. 

Yesterday we made the big decision to replace all of the doors and windows in the whole house. I have to equate it with buying a new car – except that there will be no gas or insurance, and we’ll never have to do it again. This house is thirty years old, and though all of the windows and doors are dual pane ( except the high ones in the living room ), they’re certainly from another era, with the aluminum frames and such. All the doors need replacing, and its only a matter of time before the windows are really bad, and it seems like it will only get more expensive to do this five years from now. 
We’ve begun to do the work to fix the well. Found a local guy who seems to be a water guru. Richard will be helping him to install the tanks and such; if all goes according to plan, we should have good, rust-free, non acidic water in less than two weeks!
 
Ryan gave Richard a hammock for father’s day, along with a huge stack of cedar planks to use on the new bbq. There is a learning curve to the hammock, as illustrated by someone who’s had one for awhile:
    vs. a newbie:  I’m sure he’ll get it sooner or later, if I can ever get him to just hang out and read ( pun intended).

We’ve now seen “No Country for Old Men” and then the other night “There Will Be Blood”.  I liked the latter much more than the former. 

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