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December 13, 2010

random recent

Filed under: Christmas, house, Molly, Mountains, Santa Lucia, Uncategorized, UTR, vacation — mgcg @ 7:35 pm

Well, we managed to make it out to UTR this winter. But it was hardly winter! We went the weekend of December 6. That winter I was caretaker must have been an extreme. Or these past 2 have been extreme in the warm direction.

Last week we got ready for Christmas by getting a tree (a beaut if I do say so, decorating it and the rest of the house.  Cate is really good at putting little smell-good accents of fir tree around.  I can never get the right setting for this point and shoot.  Let the blurry pics give you an idea of what’s it’s like.

And to celebrate the holiday of different stories, Santa Lucia Day.  Cate’s story she remembers is far different than what i read on wikipedia.  Then again, who said wikipedia was the end all be all authority on santa lucia?

-mg

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August 18, 2010

yard and pizza

Filed under: food, house, yard — mgcg @ 7:56 pm

we got inspired to get out and swing the mattock over the weekend and move some dirt.  and cate made some perfect personal pesto pizzas with provolone and Parmesan cheese.  booya!  their is more dirt to move but you can see the outline we’re going for with the circular shape.  oh yeah, click the pictures for the full size version.  this new style of blog is weird.

and the opposite view.  the circular (slightly distorted for max surface area) patio will go from the corner of the house toward the front door across to the blue/white cooler sits.  neato.

PIZZA!

mg

July 5, 2010

compare

Filed under: house, update — mgcg @ 4:02 pm

thought i’d find some old pics of the kitchen from when we first viewed the house.  we saw potential!  what a difference some paint makes.

mg

July 3, 2010

kitchen

Filed under: house, IKEA, kitchen, Molly, repair, update — mgcg @ 5:02 pm

cate is a master.  that’s why she does the painting.  new hardware courtesy of ikea. upper cabinet doors are in the process of being sanded.  but it may be awhile before we can finish and reinstall.  enjoy!

mg

nice guest room and view

Filed under: climbing, guest, house, IKEA, repair, update — mgcg @ 4:54 pm

here’s the guest room almost finished but ready for sleepy guests.

and a great view from the conley roof in the highland neighborhood just NW of downtown.

mg

June 6, 2010

wall 1: kid wall

Filed under: climbing, guest, house, IKEA, update — mgcg @ 2:13 pm

one more item off the list to completing the remodel in the back rooms of the house was checked off this morning.  the kid climbing wall in the guest room.  aaron and i look forward to much fun setting problems and dreaming of when we can get the garage filled with more wood and holds and overhangs.  noah had the FA (first ascent) and will be back to climb more soon.  even though it’s only 8 feet high, it gives a good pump in the arms!  yes!

fitting more holds:

from the hallway:

GET IT!

-mg

March 19, 2010

awning, etc.

Filed under: house, Molly, plants, repair, update, vehicle — mgcg @ 9:50 pm

got the awning up!  i wish the long awnings were the same shape and dimensions as the small one over the door.  jim made a good suggestion that i think we’ll take…paint the lowest slat around each side in the dark “iron ore” paint color to replace the stripe that is now covered.

some of the great succulents that look soooo old.  they’re spread over about 8 sq ft in a corner of our front yard.  we plan to transplant some of them around.  so cool.

finally got an outside handle for the sliding glass door that leads to the backyard.  the thickness of the wall of the “wire pull” was too thick to fit between the glass and screw coming through to attach the handle.  good thing i had an old set of files to take down some of the thickness.

time for some recent molly…

miss high and mighty inspecting my handle installation.

this blanket is comfy.  get out my face.

check out the ear standing up!  sorry for the fluorescent lights.

and the snow that’s been going since midnight or so last night.

mg

March 8, 2010

camera: unload

Filed under: fire, food, guest, house, IKEA, Molly, Mountains, office, repair, update, vacation, yard — mgcg @ 7:53 pm

so, i have lots of pics that have no home and have been stuck on the camera.  so, enjoy these from the past not sure how many weeks.

ikea bed frames = 2 singles or a king!

vail and cate doing what she does so well.

the caulkins’s (one of the founders of vail) front door.  🙂

dryer repair.  busted heating element.  thanks jim!

we ventured to estes park (first time ever) to see what it was like.  just so happens a snow storm blew in.  felt like i was back living at UTR!  as we came into town there was a gathering of people off the side of the road.  then we saw dogs.  BIG dogs.  and sleds.  and you can figure out the rest.

haha…now if only that temp was right, then it would feel like gunnison.  however, my temp sensor has been screwy for months.  it was probably about 10˚f.  🙂

the only pic we took in town was this silly reminder of home.  so tourist-y.

molly is a smart one.  durn blurry!

presenting!  the always willing to help, and ask a billion questions, noah!  aaron’s cool too.

this past weekend’s project.  well, one of them.

removed the edging.  hello scrap money!

cate.  master painter.

it’s like a burn pile, only smaller and more in the city.

installed!

taking advantage of the burn pile coals, cate, amazing me once more, improvises and makes some fish and veggies hobo-pak style.  YEAH!  that’s the old crawlspace hatch frame burning.  heh

the office is taking shape.  closet primer NO wallpaper!

mg

February 6, 2010

dreams dashed…

Filed under: bathroom, house, repair, update — mgcg @ 9:05 pm

well, we attacked the floor in the half bath tonight to try to reveal the original grey vinyl with flecks of yellow, pink, grey, and aqua.  the carpet tiles aren’t horrible, but aren’t even really glued down.  the tan vinyl tiles with whispy looking weeds on them are bad and are up.  i would show a pic but i can’t find my usb drive my memory card plugs into.  so, cliffhanger it is.

mg

edit:  here it is…

so cool!

and uggh…

shotty patch job with new subfloor.  NOT level with existing original subfloor.

more old more recent tiles removed.  more of the original flooring ruined by the patched subfloor job.

the replaced subfloor was so uneven with the original that the new tan tiles they put on cracked and broke because of the drop off.  lovely.

now what?  for now put the maroon carpet tiles back over it all, then when we can actually do it right, perhaps find a similar floor to the original.  that will have to wait.

mg

January 5, 2010

ikea run!

Filed under: house, IKEA, Uncategorized, update — mgcg @ 3:50 pm

so, we hung our first curtains.  these are temporary until we, err, cate can get the curtains sewn and taped.  but yay!  the tv room now feels more secure and should be a little warmer.  also the table and pendant lamp look wonderful and we’ve been using the table, along with cate’s previous purchase of the gilbert chairs, to eat dinner at while watching tv.  crazy!

and now for the light that went in perfectly AFTER i found 3″ #8 junction box screws.  the max length home depot carried was 2″.  thank you ACE!  we have another hung in the tv room but it won’t sit flush against the ceiling.  gotta fix that.  :/

all lit up

mg

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