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Big Sur - Hiking Andrew Molera State Park

One of the great delights of living in the Bay Area is the proximity to the natural beauty of California and it's hard to beat the stunning drive down Highway One to Big Sur. This is certainly one of the iconic American road trips, but for me the joy of being in the area is getting out of your car and hitting a trail, so you can be "in" the landscape rather than just looking at it from the asphalt. 

Renovations - Week Seven

Yesterday I thought I would lose my mind and D turned to me and said it would be good when the renovations were over so we could talk about something else! I admit I'm a woman obsessed. I'm a slave to the general contractor and spend my days running from tile shop to various other exciting places like the lumber yard or talking to people on the phone about the difficulties of grouting around a mirror!
With everything  piling up seeing this half upholstered chair helped a lot. Renovations are all about making aesthetic judgments one after another, making snap decisions and living with the consequences. It's great, I'm learning a lot and I'm looking forward to the end results but when you're going through it it's stressful. It was great to go to the upholsterer and to see that the fabric I thought would look good really did look good, thank you Carlos! One chair half done and several rooms to go...

We sent three door to The Stripping Workshop to have the paint removed. The collect your old doors and return them after dipping them in vats of paint stripper. It costs less than buying a new door, but at $95-150 it's not cheap. However given the layers of lead paint in our 1911 house this seemed the most effective way to revive the doors. There are only two places left doing this in the Bay Area. Overall  I'm glad we saved the doors. Unfortunately we weren't able to save the trim around the window but they striped the sills and the baseboard and we ordered a custom matched poplar trim which has just gone in. I was fascinated to see the weights for the sash windows which were revealed when they removed the window trim, you can see them on the left in the picture below.
So, I thought I would lose my mind but it still seems to be there and the sun rose this morning so all's well. Finally I have all the bathroom tile and I spent this evening pulling out glass tiles from a mosaic and replacing them with another color. Hopefully this will all make sense and look like it was worth the trouble when I post pictures after it's finished.

Back into the breach tomorrow! 

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