Feb 20, 2013

Stripping and Flashing

guest bath re-painting in process
There's been a lot of activity this past week at the House of Good Living's auxillary address.  We officially took occupancy of our little grass shack seven days ago and the fun started right away with an inaugural dinner party followed by stripping.  Tinted window film stripping, that is.  It was thrilling to rip away at the bubbly, scratched and peeling window film.  It was much less exciting to find the adhesive underneath had bonded with the glass.  Many hours of solvent application later we now have window tint-free, if slightly smeary, views from the living area.

Simultaneous to my stripping activity, Greg got busy destroying the water leak-damaged wall in the guest bedroom.  It didn't take long to discover we possessed the same pipe problems that created the leak from above - a 3" cast iron water line which burst into a thousand rusty pieces upon contact.  Okaay ... what was to be a simple sheetrock replacement just got a little more complicated.
Something else complicating our life was the un-convertible island car that came with our new address.  It's Greg's favorite model and color of that particular automobile BUT the top was stuck in the boring "up" position.  In Greg's words: "It's NO fun going to the hardware store!"  I found an on-line forum and discovered that the mysterious fluid seeping from the visor hinge was likely hydraulic fluid leaking from a roof cylinder and voila ... we had lift off!  Greg's converting like crazy now.

Speaking of mysterious ... several nights in a row we awoke to the sight of the lanai ceiling fan whirring like crazy and were unable to turn it off.  Cue theme from the Twilight Zone.

Aside from these mysteries, there's been scraping, painting, flooring consulting, spackling, picture-hanging, much tossing out of silverfish-infested items in the storage area .... and, oh yeah ... a fair amount of celebrating!  Helping us with that important work have been beloved mainland visitors Bill & Libby and Joe & Brenda with whom we've enjoyed several extended pau hanas.  Cuz'n Cyn came for a (way too short) sleepover.  We managed to slip another House of Good Living poolside pupu party into the mix of activities and it just wouldn't have been a proper weekend without Sunday Dinner at Shirley's.  All good, good, celebratory times.  We are so blessed.

One last note about the past week ~ of all the unexpected pleasures of this new place, this probably tops my list: We're visited almost daily by sea turtles who pull up on the sandy beach below our lanai for an afternoon siesta.  They'll surf in on a wave, settle just above the water line, close their eyes and snooze for an hour or two while astounded beach goers stand around and stare.  I love it!  These creatures serve to remind me how important it is to take a moment and let the sun warm my stilled shoulders before the opportunity slips away.

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