Thursday, March 27, 2014


Celebrated a little anniversary with the Mister this week.  Feels like I have known him forever.  He brought home two dozen of the most beautiful roses and took me out for a fabulous dinner.  What more can a girl ask for?  Did I mention that Life is Good?  Well, it is. Have a great week everyone. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Life is good

So... life is good.  Not much happening right now, other than workworkwork. Renovations and house projects are on the back burner until the Mister is healthy again.  (He is presently recovering from rotator cuff surgery.)  And let me tell you - It's amazing how expensive a little procedure is even with health insurance.  That means everything else is on hold until we have a fix on what the bottom dollar will be.  Grown up problems for sure!

Just wanted to leave you with a little Arlo for the day.  He is such a poser!  And very content in life.  Oh to be a dog. :)   Have a great week everyone!


Friday, February 28, 2014

Good things come in small packages

As we are finshing up with the big condo renovation and the owners are moving in to their new place, Mike and I became the property managers for the smaller condo that the owners moved out of.  This is a great place and it is truly somewhere I could live in myself.  It's small but the use of space is awesome, not to mention it is bright and clean.  I had to take some photos after we cleaned it up and repainted a few rooms.  What do you think?  Cute, isn't it?  Have a great weekend everyone! 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Not quite an After - but close

Mike and I ended up doing the moving part of this renovation project over the weekend.  We looked into hiring a company but it was too hard to turn down the money.  Not to mention, we know the owners and they trust us immensely, so why not just do it ourselves.  Mike did the big stuff and I did the unloading and unpacking part.  The husband had moved some stuff already so it really wasn't a hard job at all.  None of the art work is hung, there are still boxes to unpack. so by no means is this job complete but the owners can function in the new place and not feel like they are living in a sea of boxes.  I absolutely love how it all turned out.  I think the new owners will be very happy in the new place.  It is so bright and full of light and tons of space - what's not to love!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Last Things

It's amazing how paint and carpet can transform a place.  Granted, this condo has a lot more than just paint and carpet.  Seriously - What a difference!  We are working through our punch list  at this point and there are just little things to do now.  I even think some of the furniture will be in place after the weekend.  The owners are just going to flip when they see it! 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Odds and Ends

The condo is ALMOST done.  It's a the point where we just need to clean and get all the tools out.  Carpet and the fireplace insert are scheduled and then the movers can start moving in the owner's furniture.  And when I say movers I mean - my fiance, his cousin and me.  We'll see how that goes.  I am pulling for us hiring a company for the owners instead, someone who shall remain nameless would rather do it himself.  I can't wait to really show some before/after shots.  If you can hang in there just a little while longer - it's a pretty amazing transformation. 

And I had to throw a photo of my niece in there - just so you can see that not all of my life is spent at the renovation and work.  My niece had her very first gymnastics tournament.  And she did great!  So proud of her. 

Monday, January 6, 2014


I'm not sure how the fiance and I will function on the weekends without the condo project.... Oh, I guess there is our own house to work on - but maybe just a little break before we start our renovation. :)

Just a few more weekends until the condo is complete - we are guessing by the end of the month the new owners can move in and enjoy their beautiful new space. 
Hallway - DONE!
Light fixtures are going up and there are still lots of odds-and-ends to do but we are getting closer to the end. 

Second bath is almost done too.  New glass doors are scheduled for next week. 

Second bathroom - 
This little bath might be my favorite.  New outlets and a mirror this week. 

Linen closet in the hallway.  DONE!

Storage Room - DONE!
This room got a new tile floor, paint and new handles. Nothing fancy but what a difference.

Master Bathroom - still a work in progress but it's coming along.

Dressing Room - this room leads to the Master Bath and Master closet. 
And as you can see tile is started and should be complete by Wednesday. 

MORE DOORS!! I hate doors now - too many and too many coats of paint!!  lol!

Office is DONE!  (minus and outlet or two) 

And last but not least - one tired spoiled puppy.  I'm guessing all the dogs will be cuddled up in blankets tonight with an actual temperature of -11 degrees F. Stay warm everyone!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Step by Step


More condo updates:  The fireplace, which is one of the main focal points in the condo, was once covered in mirrors.  It will soon be a show stopper with this gorgeous marble tile. The fireplace update will take this once drab and out-of-date (1980's) condo definitely into the new millennium. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

It's a Snap!




Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!  I know I did.  Lots of gifts were given and the time off from work was the best, but alas there is no rest for the weary.  The condo project is nearing the end and Mike and I are working non-stop because we can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

Plenty of fun was had on vacation but there was plenty of work to do on the condo as well.  While on break, I spent a handful of days at the condo - totally worth it to see the whole place starting to really look like the final product. The office now has a new floor and the master bath is getting a new tile floor today.  Most of the painting in the condo is done  just a little touch-up here and there) so all that is left are the little things to do, with the exception of a couple big projects to cross off the list. 

The last of the major projects are the fireplace and the carpet.  The fireplace will be gorgeous with a new marble face.   Otherwise, lots and lots of little things to do but the overall space is almost there.  I can't wait to see the end result! 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Las Noches de las Luminarias


While on vacation we were very lucky to see the Dale Chihuly art exhibit at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, along with 8000 luminaries.  The art installations by Dale Chihuly were truly magnificent and the luminaries were incredibly beautiful. One of the highlights of vacation!