Monday, July 6, 2009

Rob's Bicycle Route Tuesday, July 7

I am trying this out to see if this map will embed into my blog. This is a bicycle route Rob will ride tomorrow as a "training ride" for the Hottern' Hell Hundred.

Rob is planning on riding his bicycle in the Hottern' Hell Hundred next month down in Wichita Falls, Texas. This is where they ride their bicycles 100 miles in 100 degree heat in ONE day....Yeh, and Rob is no the ONLY crazy one...This ride hosts over 10,000 bicyclers! It is quite a party.

Rob's been riding this ride (give or take a couple of yrs missed because of previous bicycle accidents) for over 15 years. This year, both of our sons-in-law are riding in this event. All three boys are staying in a host church the night before (event coordinator and corporate safety son-in-law set that one up!...complete with showers after the ride).

I cannot tell you how excited Rob is to be able to share this weekend with his two favorite men. Well, actually, Rob cannot tell you, because he is a BOY, and boys do not gush, you know. That is the female role, and they Depend 0n us to spread the news with our delight and over-abundant joy....

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Office

For the past week and a half, Rob and I have been re-doing the Computer/Workout/Bicycle room. We started by clearing everything OUT of the room (and storing it in the guest room), then ripping up the old berber carpet, exposing the plywood floor underneath. Our "plan" was to install laminate flooring, but we kinda got off-track a little......Looking at the walls, we decided that it would be best to repaint before we laid the flooring. The baseboards had been taken off, and we did not need to put down any tarps to protect against paint spatters, so we headed to Lowe's to choose the colors.

Rob picked out the colors---yes, we used TWO colors! It looks really good (tho I was a bit skeptical at first regarding the "terra cotta" color), and we are "accenting" with black furniture.

After the painting, we began to lay the laminate floor. We could not purchase any more of the Formica brand flooring (that is in the hallway, kitchen and dining area) because they no longer manufacture it. I did find some that matched in color pretty well, so I was pleased with the segue. This took us about 3 days, on and off, to install it, and it looks Beautiful!!

Rob and I worked Very Well together, much to every ones surprise. It has been lots of fun and quite an education in building our relationship. After 38 years, seems like we would be further along, but we are still working. Marriage is hard work. Continual work. Most of the time, it is rewarding work. When two such stubborn, passionate souls are paired together, the result, most of the time, is fire and rain and Great Discussion.....

Next came the baseboards and quarter round (What kind of name is Quarter Round?). I'd decided that I wanted "taller" ones, and Rob agreed to cut them with his new table saw. He did Great on the angles! I painted them cream to match the rest of the house.

As we have begun to move things back in to the room, we are also de-cluttering, and down-sizing. It almost makes one feel quite "holy" to purge this way.....

New black bookshelf. New black wooden file cabinet. Kept the same black desk. Spray-painted the baskets that were on the desk cubbies a gloss black.

We might hang pictures today. I'll post photos of our progress later.

Right now, I am heading outside to repot a water lily to take to a friend. Outside is Best. Always.

Happy Independence Day!! Be brave. Speak your mind. Be kinder than necessary.