September 12, 2010

And Then...And Then...And Then...

"And then..." it seems like those two words are the mantra for all construction projects!

The work on my sister Bee's new patio, aka THE CATHEDRAL, continues...
{ HERE is the "before"}...but let's take a look at where we are now...

First you make holes...

and make more {and then you have to dig to China to find the sprinkler
line that was severed by the making of said holes...}

and start to frame it up...

and then...more framing...and then you add really big beams...and right about then
you are wishing that you knew several Amish-barn-raising-types to help you with
the the really large beams! Alas, Amish in the OC...are as rare as unbleached {hen's}

and frame the roof! Woohoo! {are you noting the heighty
altitude-inousness of this roof line? Yes, like a "cathedral"! But
it will not be finished with glass and Rev. Schuller will not be there on

and build this squirrel ladder...I think it's a tad over-the-top,
don't you??!! ;}

and see then absolute grodiness of the bank...something must be done!

and get a really cute idea!

and know this is the perfect time to put a plant barrier
between you and your neighbor aka "the watcher"...not sure if it's
perviness or just nosiness...but he watches...a lot!

and decide that the Silver Sages that you were moving from the
front yard might just be the solution, but it's the hottest week of the summer
and they get a bit "shock-y"...and then...they die! Ak!

and then...they patch up all the holes and add cement accents to a few
other things! {Or maybe my sister is going for a really industrial look?}

and draw a circle on your patio to see which size table you'll need.

and have to decide which pavers you want...tumbled or not?
{They're going with the "not"}

and then...all this gets jack hammered & noisy!

and need lots & lots & lots of wiring done...

{...for the flat screen tv...}

and then...the inspectors come...

{man alive are they worthless!}

and measure the actual roof height so you can finally decide on the
massive light fixture you will need to fill that space! {fyi...the one they chose
is 48" high! Yeesh!}


and ponder the efficiency of the fruit rat, to hollow out this
grapefruit so cleanly! {little buggers!}

and ponder why this bucket full of manly a shabby
chic make-over?

and ponder why my nephew uses this headless golf club to go out on
his nightly "black widow stomp"?
{the wiffle ball must make it more aerodynamic!}

So, there you have it...
Coming along nicely isn't it?
The new furniture came this week...
and a million other things, so there's still
a lot to be done....and then some more.
AND will be ready for the reveal!


  1. Wow, what a major transformation. I'm sure it will be stunning, it looks fabulous so far. Hugs, Marty

  2. oh, I know all about the "and thens". They seem to be ever present with any home project!

  3. The shabby chic bucket is too funny.. wow you have all been busy!! ;)

  4. First of all....LOVED YOUR POST YESTERDAY! Thank you...very well said and very well posted! You are my hero today.
    Love the add on and all the guy drama...noise, drills, saws, cement know...can't wait to see it all completed! It looks so great.
    Hope you are doing well!!!!

  5. And then...the beautiful princess fell into a deep sleep that lasted for 100 years...which was almost enough to make her feel completely rested...laughing at your post...and sending you a hug! Diana

  6. My goodness, what a lovely back yard transformation!! I would certainly spend as much of my time there as I could.

    I wanted to thank you so much for your visit the other day to my blog. I always love running into others that love Anne of Green Gables :)



  7. I just wanted to leave my comment on Pink Saturday. In your list of names in a young man that gives a New York address. He had just moved there 1 month earlier from my hometown of Gorham, Maine. He had just started a new investment company job and was thrilled. A senseless waste of life. No we never forget.

  8. OOoh, I can't wait to see how it all comes out! It's very exciting to watch.

    And, wonderful post yesterday. Well done.

    ~Angela :-)

  9. WOW.. good look darling with the end and end projects :-) They will just turn out beautiful.


  10. Oh, I'm so glad it's her and not me! We'll all enjoy the end result, though! Those hard working inspectors deserve a doggie treat! ♥

  11. Wow! Now that's a project! Can't wait to see it when it's all done:)

  12. the shabbified bucket comment made me literally LOL.

    it's going to be pretty amazing!


  13. With all that preparation, I'm sure the house will turn out beautiful. Kellie xx

  14. it's looking awesome! i loved the "and thens"! that cement bucket cracked me up! how wonderfully feminine on such a masculine thing!

  15. So true about the "And then!" I feel like that is now how I explain my days.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!


  16. That was so much fun! Thanks for sharing, and I can not wait to see it all finished, it is going to be divine!!!

    Loved the inspector, that has been my sentiments over the years to ours as well!

  17. One of the best posts EVER... love those inpectors and the shabby chic cement bucket...

    Thanks for the :)

  18. Wow! That is a chore to say the least. But, I believe it is going to be beautiful when it is done. Hang in there! Blessings, Martha


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