Feeling very South Beachy

Our back patio faces west.  In other words, we get beamed every afternoon by the very hot sun.  Plant some trees and give yourself some shade you say?  I wish…The layout going east to west goes like this: Sliding glass door, covered patio, open patio, pool, fence.  There is no space between the house and the fence to…

Finishing the Fence

This past November we had to rebuild part of the fence.  In February I finally got to staining the remainder.  However, there was a last bit that wasn’t complete on our side. One could say it was the hardest part, the part behind the pool pump.  When my mom came to visit in March she…

Summer is Here!

It hit 100 degrees last week! The shade sails went up!  Dave and the girls were in the pool three times yesterday!  Summer is officially here!I feel like I’m in a new house! The house debuted it’s new stucco and paint back in October, but I hadn’t really experienced the house outside in summer until…

A Red-Orange Umbrella

We’ve been making many little changes and/or additions around the house this summer.  They’ve all had big, positive effects on our comfort level. For the first time, since moving into our house, I’m happy to be here during the summer. This is huge!  I really dislike the heat! I bought an umbrella for the back…

The Great Outdoors!

I’m so glad I started this blog.  It’s good to get in pictures how far we’ve come with the house.  There are many details that go into making a house feel like a home. Often we forget how much it is those very details that affect our lives in a big way.  Surprisingly it’s not…

Drying Rack

Summer is officially over but the weather in Southern California doesn’t play along with the official Labor Day notice.  We’re in high swimming season in our heat.  With daily swimming comes a daily 10 pounds of wet towels and suits. They inevitably end up draped all over our patio furniture or on every door, towel…

Shades of Green & Blue

Remember last Monday’s post? Remember our beautiful pool, “the green lagoon”? Well…. One week later and Dave has the pool looking AMAZING! It went from murky and green to clear and blue. I must admit that if we didn’t want to swim in it I would have wanted the pool to stay green. It was…