Spring is Here

Well Spring is here, and home improvements too. Tracy’s Bonsai seem to have made it through the winter mostly intact. Her Cherry Tree is in full bloom. Thanks in part to the record temperatures the last 2 days of 86 and 87 degrees.

Cherry Bonsai
Cherry Bonsai

And with the holiday season over it was time for more home improvements to the house. This time we upgraded the kitchen. Some new lights, kitchen counters, faucet, and plumbing (still fixing those leaks actually). It came out really nice, and Tracy did a terrific job with the painting. Before and after pictures…

Kitchen Before
Kitchen Before
Kitchen After
Kitchen After

A little less noticeable is that the breakfast bar area has been lowered about 4 inches, and there is some lighting put in over it. We also have replaced a light that would be over the head of the photographer, with a sweet blue glowing light. New sinks too.

New Patio

The walkway to the house came out so good that we decided to have the cracked patio removed this year too. Here are some photos of the work. The concrete that was removed had no layer of rocks to prevent frost heave damage. It is surprising that it actually lasted as long as it did. You can see with the new patio that an area several feet deep was excavated to support the new stone patio.

Original Patio
Original Patio
Concrete Patio Removed - Day 1
Concrete Patio Removed – Day 1
No More Patio
No More Patio
Excavated, and start of packing stone
Excavated, and start of packing stone
End of Day 2
End of Day 2
New Patio - End of Day 4
New Patio – End of Day 4
Patio Complete - 4 Days
Patio Complete – 4 Days
Its very nice...
Its very nice…
Landscaped and Ready for Grass
Landscaped and Ready for Grass
Grow - Grass - Grow!
Grow – Grass – Grow!

Doing Our Part

Well, tracy and I keep doing our part to jump start the economy, so here’s some photos of the new floor we had put into our front room and dining room.

Front Room Before
Front Room Before
Front Room After
Front Room After
Dining Room Before
Dining Room Before
Dining Room After
Dining Room After
Living Room Before
Living Room Before
Living Room After
Living Room After
Dining Room Before
Dining Room Before
Dining Room After
Dining Room After
Living Room Before
Living Room Before
Living Room After
Living Room After