Sunday, April 30th, 2018


I love it when the hotel room we’re in matches the projects I’m working on. Even better than the reverse.

Saturday, April 28th, 2018


Some lovely times this last week. Jen unearthed her wedding quilt from its 2. 1/2 years of storage and it survived, washed and ready for their new home when they move mid May.


Meanwhile, the kids, old and young, are all adjusting. Here Astrid is helping to scrape the paint off a “someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure “ find. It will be perfect for her once we finish all the work on it.


All the kids enjoyed working on a 1000 piece puzzle, especially Asa who doesn’t bother with the photo on the box…he goes by shape and colour, and leaves us all starring at the box, way behind him!

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018


The N.Z.landers arrived…5 a.m. . After sleeping in the daytime, Forest awoke…shivery…


Then Asa awoke, too shivery to feed himself!


Astrid was “chilled”…and Kaia clearly delighted to have her “peeps” back with her.


These three arrived on Sunday…with balloons saying “Welcome Home” and “Happy Anniversary”…today was our 48th anniversary. Lovely way to celebrate. Noah was a little shy at arriving here and finding 3 cousins and an aunt and uncle…none of whom he’d seen for over half his life!


It was warm enough to eat outside, and celebrate both events. You can’t see Asa nor Astrid..


..but here they are, wearing my old sunglasses…a great day. On Monday it all gets “real” again. Frank will have Will helping with the  basement, Jen will be planning for their new house move in a few weeks, I’ll be busy….but today was about being together.

Friday, April 20th, 2018


Well, the N.Z. crew arrives after midnight…and the basement isn’t ready! here is plan B. Five sleeping spots in my studio, and three surfaces tidied for five suitcases.  From this photo you see part of bed 1, then on to bed 2, then 3 and 4 are beside each other, and 5 is the top of the couch. Each spot has its own little reading lamp. By 4 a.m. or so when they arrive, this should still feel good.


Looking towards bed number 1…  So, the question is, should I start a camp? Sleepovers in my studio? A retreat?



Meanwhile Frank is still working in the basement…maybe till he leaves for the airport.


You see drywall, pot lights…


Frank is installing a bathroom sink. Now perhaps he’ll have a helper! So close…but it’s all good, as they say, and as I like to say.

April 15th, 2018


Frank has been working feverishly to get some semblance of an apartment for Jen and family’s return on Saturday from New Zealand. Here he is kneeling against the wall between the soon to be bedroom and the soon to be kitchen, with the bathroom behind that. That was last week.


Today Frank has rented a dry wall lifter and has so far done the bedroom ceiling and is now on the kitchen ceiling. See the lighting for over the future sink? And the pot lights?  Frank has done everything…the electrical and plumbing and exhausting work, the plywood, the walls, after first removing what did exist. More to follow as we get closer to Saturday. We’re pretty psyched about the return of the family! They even have a house of their own ready to move into in a few weeks after they arrive. Exciting times.