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The mountains are calling and I must go...Got the t shirt in Georgia one year and this is our calling! We'll see y'all down the road!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Water Supply hooked up..

Yesterday we stayed home..Ken got the water supply working in the RUDB and he screwed under the tin in the vanity.  Looking so good! Now I have to admit this all looking so good...actually the tub and tile look so good I don't even want to put up a shower curtain..hahaha.. Ken knows me..and I don't want to use anything until it's all done..otherwise progress might stop...so carry on!!

Last night (Friday) we sat on the porch of the bunk house and he had a beer, I had a glass of wine and we decided that we needed a fire pit area in front of the bunk house.  

Saturday..we took off in the Tundra looking for rocks..we found some!  Went by a couple of mines and BLM and came home with quite a few..Ken washed them off and we put them where we want them..and we love it.  Got to get some gravel delivered and it will be a nice area to have a campfire.  
Our campfire area in front of the bunkhouse..we'll gravel it
hopefully soon...

Adam is going to the Junior/Senior Prom tonight so here's a few pics...

Adam ready to head out...
Hannah..putting on his buttoniere..
The whole group ready to head out!

The prom is being held at the Capital Ballroom in Sacramento..the kids (well parents) actually went together on a Limo..so no one has to drive..

Tomorrow we are heading out to attend the graduation of our niece, Christine and her husband Ryan from college.  The graduation is at Sacramento Convention Center at 1300.  Very proud of both of them, as they are raising a family and working hard to make this happen.  We got a room in Placerville on the way home, figuring we'd rather not make this a one day turnaround. 

Next Sunday we'll be at my sister Linda's house as it is Mother's Day and then we'll go by to see Ken's mom. Of course she's invited, but doubt that she'll come.  The following Saturday, I'll be coming over to watch Jacob play basketball and get to hang out with my grandsons..life is good! 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A day at home and now we're headed out for the day

Spent the day at home yesterday getting a few things done.  Weather is back to cool so a fire was needed.  That means getting more firewood on the porch.  

Ken got the faucet installed on the vanity.  Have to hook up the water supply, so that means a day trip today.  We're heading for Reno and Sam's Club for a few things.  Then to Carson City Lowe's and by Batteries Plus to pick up the ATV battery we ordered for Bryan.  Raleys in Minden for our prescriptions and the day will be shot!  

Here you go..the vanity top with the faucet and sink installed...I am in love!  Shiplap will go on the wall directly behind the vanity..corrugated metal on the right wall.  The left wall will have chair rail size corrugated metal and shiplap on top..can't wait!!  

Cheryl made this flag out of wood..think she did an awesome job!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Have no clue how I got so far behind...Happy Birthday Bryan!!

Well, I have absolutely no idea why it's taken so long to update.  Last Friday, we went to Fernley to Big R and Lowe's.  Our mission was to get Bryan a 14 foot gate for his Birthday.  Didn't like anything at either place so we headed for Carson City and Cal Ranch Supply.  Of course it never rains in Nevada, except when you're looking for a gate, and they're outside.  It poured and Ken and the sales person spent quite a bit of time looking for the gate.  I ventured out when they found they one we ended up buying, but it was pouring!  

After that, lunch at our favorite Chinese place and then time to head towards home.  
My beautiful drive along I80

Saturday morning, I left here just after 0600 to head for Eric and Christina's place. Took I80 because of the weather.  It was beautiful with the snow all over. Got to their house just before 1000.  They left for Berkeley and the Chris Stapleton concert. 
Eric and Christina on their way to Chris Stapleton concert

The boys and I left for Pollock Pines and Mason's baseball game at 1330. We were about 5 mins away (we were going to have lunch first) and Christina called saying the coach called and the game was cancelled due to wet fields.  She was upset, but I didn't mind it was a nice drive anyway.  We stopped in Pollock Pines and had lunch and then headed back.  I dropped Seth for a quick visit with friends and Mason and I went by Bryan's to drop off some of their tax stuff I had.  

Picked up Seth and headed back to Cool.  Adam stopped by and visited later in the evening.  Seth's friend Maddy came over and I visited with her mom, April.  It was a good night.  

The next morning, Seth left to go to the races with April. Maddy races so they were going to watch her.  

Bryan had said the night before about having lunch Sunday to celebrate Adam's birthday and of course Bryan's too.  Linda and Bobby, Chelsea, Dusty and Owen met us at Garcia's for a nice lunch.  Linda and Bobby go out quite a bit on Sunday so we were hoping they were available.  

I thought Eric and Chris would take their time and visit some breweries, but as we were having lunch got a text that they were home. :(  Otherwise would have had them come too...

After that we headed back up the hill, we stopped and visited with Eric and Chris for a bit, dropped off Mason and then headed to Georgetown, where we spent the night.  Bryan cooked up some really good chicken breasts and Cheryl made one of her awesome salads. Yum! 

Yesterday morning before leaving I made biscuits and gravy, because Bryan had asked me too. Very good if I do say so myself.  Don't eat it very often, but no way could I resist!  

Stopped in Minden at Carson Valley Inn for a later lunch and then headed home.  

Our sprayer arrived last night so Ken was going to put it together today.  First thing is to put the axle on...uhoh..no axle?!  Really, this is the 2nd one, first one never made it here because got damaged in transit..this box was mangled a bit, but Ken and the UPS guy determined it looked ok..well guess the axle slipped out or was never put in the box.  Ken called Northern Tool and guess what?! They're out of stock right now..so hopefully in a week or so they'll 2 day expedite it.  They should just go to the box of the first one that got sent back and pull the axle from that...guess not!  

Ken put together what he could, and it looks like a nice piece of equipment.  So hoping it doesn't take too long to get the piece. 

Ken was able to put the top on the vanity and I love it! Just exactly what i wanted!  

Today is our oldest son's birthday!  I can't believe I have a 43 year old son! Seems like just a few weeks ago he was born and everyone was at the hospital waiting!  How time flies..love you Bryan! 

Just a quick note...we're at lunch yesterday, and Ken says "well, I didn't want to ruin your nice weekend..and I'm thinking what the heck...he noticed a fuel leak on the 97 Ford..he investigated and can't determine where the leak is coming from ...hence the name "Money Pit"..so another trip to Dynamic Diesel in the near future. OH well, you can't take it with you..and we're not..haha.

The metal for top of the vanity before I aged it..

Right after the process...

The vanity top before the tin

After...love it!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I don't even know what to call it anymore ...it's looking so good!

Yesterday we worked some more on the RUDB..it's looking so much better..I love the room!  So coming together! 

The tile is done, the tin above the shower and tub area is almost done! Looks awesome!  
Yesterday I played with different pieces of the vanity top to see what would dull the surface the best..clorox blue gel and then clorox blue gel and baking soda..easy! 

Ken worked on the galvanized metal above the shower, and then we decided where we wanted the shower rod to go.  

I put a couple of coats of paint on the cheap medicine cabinet we bought..

We talked with Eric last night for his 41st birthday..still can't believe he is that old..of course in a few days Bryan will be 43..really?! Yep...

Today we worked some more..Ken stained and figured out where we want the shower rod to go and cut the tin to finish the area..I really like it!  I put a varnish on the plywood top of the vanity to get it ready for the metal top.  He cut the top, and I aged it out in the sun with the clorox..easy peasy..looks good!  

It looks so awesome I really can't call it the RUDB anymore, guess that's a good problem! 

Linda posted this pic of Adam 16 years ago on Channel 31..
hard to believe he'll be 17 tomorrow!

Some of the tin and ceiling above the shower

The white cabinet from Lowe's 

Finished medicine cabinet

Eric, Seth, Mason and Christina..River Cats game...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Quick trip to Fernley, Lowe's

Got up and got ready to head for Lowe's in Fernley.  Luckily, Ken was cleaning out his wallet and found a reminder that he had a dentist appointment at 0900..boy that was close.  This dental office starts about a month before calling with reminders but since last week there was no reminder.  We had it on the calendar too, but why should we look at that :)

After he got back we headed out.  Got in, got our stuff and out we went.  Bought some more wood for the ceiling, another sheet of plywood, some tacks for the tin and a couple of other things..all good right?!

So it's close to 1300..which means lunchtime at this house.  Pioneer Crossing in Fernley.  They have a good salad bar, one trip $2.95.  I had that, Ken had that and a cup of chili..yumm..out the door for $11.00.  So we headed home.  

We got out to about the high school and Ken remembers, we forgot the shower rod...the main reason we went, so he could figure how he's going to do the bar and tin and everything else ...really?!  So back to Lowe's ...

By the time we got home, late enough not to start any big projects.  

So hopefully this am we'll get started!  

April 19th...Happy 41st Birthday to our middle son, Eric!  Can't believe it was 41 years ago in the middle of the night that we welcomed this bundle of joy!  Love you Eric!  See you this weekend! (Well, at least I will)..Eric and Christina are going to see Chris Stapleton, in Berkley on Saturday night.  So i'll head over Saturday morning, they can go..and i'll do the Baseball thing, both boys have games.  Seth at 1200 at Golden Sierra and Mason later in the day.  Be great to spend a little time with both boys!  

Sunday, Ken's coming over and we'll spend the night at Bryan's to celebrate Adam's 17th birthday and Bryan's 43rd!  Monday, am we'll head back home. Should be a great weekend.  

Today, our niece Tara is re entering the Army! Congrats and good luck to you!! Love you!  

Grandpa Don was teaching Devin how to fly a kite

Tara and the little one, Tyson..

And a few of Baby Owen...

Owen and his Daddy, Dusty..

Owen with a new do...

Monday, April 18, 2016

Carson City on Saturday...over the hill and back on Sunday

Saturday morning we headed to Gardnerville and Walmart..gotta be done.  Then over to Carson city to track down US Bank that's open for Ken. Lowe's to return some concrete board and a box of tile.  We bought the medicine cabinet and some wood for the ceiling. Over to Home Depot for our new faucet and the sheet metal for the vanity top. By then it was close to 1400..so we decided to have a  really late lunch and went to Carson Valley Inn in MInden.  Because we had such a late lunch, no dinner was needed.  

Planned on going to bed early as I was hitting the road on Sunday at about 0530 for Shingle Springs.  Our neighbor, Joe came over for a bit so it was closer to 2200 before we went to bed.  

Actually got out of Yerington at 0530 and ended my beautiful drive down Highway 50 at basically 0830.  Linda didn't make it as she was feeling badly the last couple of days, Christina didn't either as she got sick at the baseball game the day before.  I really thought it would be just me, but was really happy when Wendy said she was coming!  So went spent a happy couple of hours catching up and visiting Under the Arbor and the swap meet.  Lots of stuff, but nothing really jumped out at me, and prices were pretty high on some stuff.  But still a beautiful day.  

On our way out to the car, Wendy spotted a cement rabbit pushing a cart.  Well, that had Linda's name written all over it.  We got it for $40.00 and when I told the seller that we were getting it for our sister who wasn't feeling well, she gave us a beautiful plant to go along with it.  What a sweetie. It's a really nice piece of yard art!  

We decided to go find a thrift store and look around. I knew there was one over the freeway, well except it was at another exit!  So we followed this road and ended up in Lotus, drove to Placerville and ended up on the road I wanted to be on in the first place! Beautiful, unintended drive!  So we spent a little time at the Thrift Store.  Wendy showed me a beautiful print by Thomas Kinkade, signed in 1988.  She has always loved the prints by him, and she would never buy it herself. So I bought it for her.  She was so happy, even though she didn't want me to do it...I love my sisters!  

After that we had a quick lunch at Shotlzkys or something like that..never been, probably wouldn't go back, but it was handy!  So time to say good bye and head home.  

Got home just about 1700, Ken was outside bar b q ing. Sat on the front porch for a bit and then inside for a wonderful dinner.  

Ken worked a bit on the RUDB.  Finished grouting the 3rd wall!  Started a bit on the tin and ceiling, but today we're headed for Lowe's in Fernley.  Time to figure out what shower bar we need and other things.  It's getting there!! 
This is looking at the ceiling in the corner of the shower wall.
The ceiling is going to be wood and then the tin will surround the

The tub is tiled!

Friday, April 15, 2016

More work and the vanity is in..topless still

Well, we thought we were getting our sprayer this week...saw Tuesday it was on the truck for delivery.  No sprayer, so I followed UPS again and Wednesday, on the truck for delivery...later I looked again and UPS had followed up with..your item was damaged in transit..on the way back to sender...Geezz.   So hopefully another will be enroute soon.  Spring has sprung here in NV and the weeds are growing.  

Worked on Wednesday aging the vanity and we like the way it turned out.  Hard to getting used to not caring how you paint things, after so many years of trying to get it perfect.  

We were about to give up on finding a piece of metal sheeting large enough to cover the vanity top, but think we've got a close one at Home Depot, we'll have to buy 2 sheets but Ken can seam it in the middle of the sink, so we're thinking that'll be ok.  

Ken got the area for the vanity ready, got the vanity ready for the plumbing and yesterday we got the vanity in its space..yayyyy!  Looks really good. 

I spent the afternoon, sanding and staining some more shiplap, so this morning i'll varnish it and then more can go up.  Ken's planning on getting the rest of the tile up today...know he'll be glad when that's done.  It's really looking awesome in there! 

It looks like tomorrow (Saturday) we'll head for Carson City, got a concrete board and probably a box of tile to take back. We'll pick up the metal, a faucet for the sink, and medicine cabinet.  

Sunday, I'm still headed over the hill for the day.  Looking forward to a little sister time!!  

The vanity in process of being "aged"
More stained Shiplap!
The vanity in its place!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

And more work on the RUDB!!

The beginning of the day went wayyyyyy too quickly.  Ken suggested (and I loved it) that we put tin on the top of the vanity.  Well, that would make it old looking and we were talking about that anyway for a table top for a cabinet we're putting in the bunkhouse (next project).  So let's get on the internet and find where we can purchase tin, or galvanized metal or something to the fact..couple of hours later I am so frustrated I can't stand it!  Looking for a piece that's 3x5 foot..should be easy...NOT!  Found places in the east that will cut and send..so for $26.00 I could get a piece, then you do the shipping cost's and it's $167.00 just for shipping...are you kidding me!!???  That's not happening!  

We made a few calls and found a place on Florin Perkins Road in Sacramento that has something..not sure we'll like it but if we can't find anything we'll take a look at it.  Uhhhhh!!!  Maybe try Lowe's and see if they can special order something.  But now that we've talked about this, I don't want to do tile anymore...enough about that!  

So when I got done with that..went out back and worked on a little project, which I love!  We got this when we were in TN a few years ago.  
Flowers and flower boxes ..these boxes daddy made back
when we were kids..love them..
They were red..but I like the contrast with the dry paintbrush method

Then I did some work on the vanity.  Painted lightly 3 different colors, then later today I will sand it lightly and brush on, brush off stain..so we'll see.  
What it looked like before

At the end of the date

Ken worked in the RUDB taking the marllite crap off the walls..that stuff is nasty!  He wore his particle mask as that dust is horrible ..why anyone would use that stuff is beyond me..but he got it gone!  He put up the rest of the concrete board above the tub..and before you know it the day is gone! 

After the marlite is off..

He put the paneling on the bottom of the vanity wall..I'll paint it today
with the open concept of the vanity..you'll be able to see the wall..

It appears at one time they had a recessed medicine cabinet..we plan on getting a surface mount  cabinet.  That wall should be shiplap when it's finished..

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Quick trip to Lowes and Ken made the vanity for the RUDB!

Set the alarm so we could get out of here early and get home before lunch...we did it! 
A pretty ride to the Lowe's in Fernley, picked up a few things (one of our cheaper visits) and then back to the house. 

Lunch and Ken went to work on the vanity for the RUDB!   A few hours later, I was talking to daughter in law, Cheryl on the phone and he motioned me to the garage!  There it was, exactly as my vision!  I know it won't appeal to everyone, but it does to us, perfect!  

So now I'm testing a couple of ways to stain, or age the wood and then it's up to me to get that part done.  Ken will be tiling the top of the vanity..I really like the look of the plywood (I know, I know, simple things for simple minds..)...but tiling it is really the way to go..so we will.  
Two walls done and half tiled..

Beautiful morning here in Yerington..time to get going! 
1 large towel done..

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Friday in the Big City and Saturday getting a little done

Left here on Friday about 0915 and didn't get back here till almost 1700.  That's what happens when we have to go to the Big City..whic is over 70 miles away.  The joys of living in the country...we'll take it!  

Went by Walmart in Gardnerville first just to get it over with.  We were probably there over an hour, but go was needed on our list (yes for once i actually followed the list)..

Then by the bank and on to Lowe's in Carson City.  That took some time as well but we got everything on that list!  Got some more grout, a ceiling exhaust fan, the bathroom sink and some wood for Ken to build the vanity.  Definitely enough to keep him out of trouble for a few days, weeks, maybe a month or more to come.  Gotta admit we're both feeling the camping itch coming on..but actually enjoying getting the RUDB to exist NO MORE!  

Had a quick lunch at the Chinese place we really like in CC and then on to Michaels and headed home.  

Yesterday, Ken started tiling the last wall of the tub and it's looking great. He's going to need a new diamond blade so there will be a quick trip to Fernley in the near future.  He's got other stuff to keep him busy till Monday or Tuesday.  

I was all set to head over the hill to a place in Shingle Springs called Under the Arbor.  It's an antique, collectibles type store  (never been)..they were having about 35 vendors come in to their parking lot for a sale day today.  The weather cancelled it until next weekend so i'll head there next Sunday for a quick one day turnaround.  Hoping to meet up with my sisters and it looks like Christina wants to go too..so should be a good day! Ken doesn't want me to take the truck, can't imagine why?! :)

So yesterday I started a little project, simple but it dresses up towels, just a bit.. and yesterday I made up a steel wool and vinegar mixture so i'll try that on some pine, just to see if I can age it a bit..so we'll see..

Plain brown hand towel

With a little decoration..today is the bath towels...

Friday, April 8, 2016

We've got grout on 1 3/4 walls!

A beautiful day in Yerington, NV yesterday!  78 degrees and a small breeze...

Ken got started on grouting the tile..figured he'd have enough grout to do the two walls that are finished..well, the grout said it would do 50 square feet..we figured about 37.5..and it covered about 3/4 of that.  We bought the stuff ready mixed and it has sealer built in..He said it was really sticky, but in the end what is done is beautiful!  Dried a little lighter than what we thought, but that's ok..

I'm so loving this bathroom!  Never thought i'd say that the way it looked for the last 3 years.  Only went in to clean (and that was tough)...

Today, is a visit to Gardnerville Wal Mart and then on to Carson City Lowe's and Kohls..they have some towels on sale so I have a project in mind....

Pretty much means nothing will get done here at home, but gotta have those days once in awhile!  

Happy Friday!  

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Got some shiplap and tin up in the RUDB!

Got going this morning after a restless night for me.  I hate it when that happens!  Ken sprayed some weed killer in the yard, as it looks like our friendly dandelions are coming back.  They took over last year, looked pretty and then they died..Our sprayer from Northern Tool shipped today, so I know he'll be happy to get that!  

Ken got the tin and shiplap up today in the RUDB! Well, he got it up on the wall as you enter the bathroom, I'm in love with it!  The pictures don't do it justice as the bathroom is small and the pics look overpowering to me..but it looks awesome!  Tomorrow he's planning on grouting the one wall next too the tin and we'll see how it looks!  He hates grouting, so one wall at a time!  

We've been talking about what to do with the ceiling, so right now we're thinking we're going with the same wood we put up in the hallway.  We thought about the ceiling that's in the other parts of the house, but really doesn't work for me..and Ken agrees!  

So here's a few pics of today's work....

Above the tile area of the bathroom, I'm thinking we've decided to go with tin..

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

More work on the RUDB!

Yesterday and today we got some more work done on the RUDB.  Ken worked on the tile and then actually cut the first sheet of tin!  Again with a remodel there's always something that doesn't fit right or has to be rethought...

Pretty much the finished job..I did fine tune and sand a bit this am..

I worked on the cabinet for the bathroom and we really like how it turned out. Yesterday I stained the Shiplap and today it got a coat of satin varnish..Can't wait for it  to go up! 

Piece on the left is Shiplap in it's natural state and the others are
after I stained them..

Today Ken finished the second wall of the tub / shower!  Love it!  

Yesterday he got within 3 rows of finishing the second wall


He's cutting the first piece of tin

Bryan and Cheryl worked on their garden today.  They took down the huge doughboy they had for many years and decided to turn the area into a garden. Bryan used some of the metal from the pool to make some raised beds..looks like it's going to be a really nice area and yield tons of veggies ....

Don sent this really cool picture..he and his neighbor Bobby Bills were working a field and Bobby brought this cool pull behind..it was built by a blacksmith in Lynnville, TN over 50 years ago..

And a few pics Adam sent from his trip to see his friend Daniel in Laguna Beach...

Yeah it was a tough week for him....