Home port- Port Orford, OR
November 6, 2013
It's been a long time since my last posting and I fear I may have lost a few loyal readers in the lull. I worried that people tuning in for a travel blog, may grow weary about this turning into a home improvement blog, with our efforts going towards updating and repairing this old house. My fears are most likely ungrounded, as I've noticed quite a few of my fellow bloggers digress from time to time. Suffice to say, this posting is to wrap up our summer's remodeling efforts and set the stage for a new season of travel.
We have finished the new floors on the whole down stairs- including a tile entry at the front door, which was a last-minute change
Joan is quite the tile expert in this family- this is, I believe, her 6th tile floor, and it turned out fantastic!.
We removed all the cabinets in the kitchen and hung the new ones that have adorned our living room for over a month now
Joan installs the door and drawer pulls on our new cabinets
We installed our own granite tile counter tops, with assistance from Oregon Tile and Marble.
I think we nailed it!
I am very pleased that Joan was able to find LED light ribbons to replace the old fluorescent up-lights for the tops of the cabinets. We also now have a set on the bottom of the cabinets. Both are wired into a set of wall switches- and are dimable. Still to come is the crown molding which will finish this off nicely.
Last weekend, our good friends Marla and Kermit visited us and the distraction, was very welcome, as were the gifts of a table and area rug they brought for us. Marla and Kermit rented a room in Bandon, and got a free upgrade to a vacation house on the bluff with spectacular ocean views! It was a great place to hang out when we weren't off seeing the sights, shopping and (of course ) eating. We conned Marla and Kermit into taking a drive up to Coos Bay, where Joan and I bought the flue pipe for our gas heating stove, which Blue Star is in the process of installing for us. We took the "back way" through Shore Acres state park, and Seven Devils Road on our way back to Bandon. The arboretum at Shore Acres is nearly all wired up with colored lights for their spectacular winter light show. We were there in the late afternoon in the sunshine- so we missed the lighting effects- but the plantings and landscapes are beautiful.
November 2nd was our 36th wedding anniversary, and we celebrated with Marla and Kermit- lunch at Bon-Appetite Deli in Coos Bay, and dinner at Tony's Crab Shack in Bandon. Great fun!
I'll leave you with this bit of whimsy-
Anyone know what this is- does? It appears to be a watercraft, fabricated completely out of aluminum plate. We found it sitting on this trailer in the town of Langlois 14 miles north of Port Orford. Hmmm.
Jeff and Joan