Sunday, January 06, 2008

2008 Resolutions

Ooh boy.

1. Windows. This includes finishing painting the new windows (no, not done yet); screens (scheduled for March); removing & repairing & replacing the trellises outside the bedroom & cat room windows (needs to be started before the screens); removing the blinds mounts from the insides of the dining alcove windows & repairing the plaster, touching up the paint etc; curtains as needed (includes installing hardware & finding/making/ordering curtains).

2. Paint the deck.

3. Continue yard stuff. Bird bath/water feature?

4. Paint the kitchen cabinets

5. Paint the breakfast nook. Contain the computer cords.

6. Paint the dining alcove (can get fancy with stencils on the wooden beams)

7. Tile the dog run (as practice for tiling the porch)

8. Tile the porch

9. Bathroom -- replace the vanity w/ the pedestal sink (which has been sitting in our garage for oh, almost a year)

I know there's more, but these are the major things.


Tree of Life Nursery

Yesterday we stopped at Tree of Life nursery, near San Juan Capistrano, and of course bought more plants: a Baja miniature rose (okay, one of the few plants I've bought just because it is SO DAMNED CUTE -- one had a rose bud and I'm not kidding, it was at most .5cm long) to put near the 'dry wash' area; another iris & a woodland strawberry for the shade garden; a blue fescue for Dave; and a bluff strawberry for the sunny/near fruit trees area.

The nursery had a nice selection, including some plants from Baja California, and good prices. The staff was very welcoming (on a rainy muddy day to boot) -- both employees, on separate occasions, pointed out they had fresh hot coffee, tea, and cookies inside their book/gift store "Casa La Paz". The latter is a strawbale house, really lovely, with a wonderful fireplace (did I say it was cold and rainy?), stocked with a very good selection of books on native plants, California natural history, green architecture, and more.