Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

We had a lovely Thanksgiving and hope you did too!  Here are a couple of photos from our day with family.  It was a small gathering this year, and fairly quiet... but that was nice for a change.  Just relaxing, and eating and visiting and eating...

 Our niece and nephew - Erin and Joe

Richard's sister Kelly - her husband Jay - and Richard

The men standing guard by the turkey!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

My New Front Door

Our home was built in 1946.  It was the first home in the neighborhood.  We replaced our front door when we first moved it.  To that point it was a double door.  Cute - but not my style.  We replaced it with a mahogany door with fan light on the top... but that didn't help the glass block that were in the wall on either side of the door.  I've never liked the glass blocks installed in this way, as they looked "just stuck" there.
So, I asked our friend Robin Wengert - owner of Green Rising Construction - to take a look and see if he could come up with a design that would transform my entry hall.  We discussed framing the glass blocks, but then Robin came up with an idea... here he used painters tape to show me what he had in mind.  I was sold!
Green Rising Construction believes in recycling, re-use, and sustainable building.  Robin carefully removed the trim from around my front door so that we could re-use it in the house if ever needed. 

I could have never imagined the amazing transformation awaiting my return home from work one evening!  Using mahogany trim he created a frame for the door and glass blocks.
It's like a completely different door... and definitely a spectacular entry way! 
In the space above and below the glass blocks, a blank space was created.  We discussed different options for the space.  Together we decided that glass tile would complete the look - and he helped me choose a color combination that would compliment the color of my door, and the entry hall. 
The glass tile is partially made from recycled glass - which I thought fit in perfectly with Green Rising Constructions belief in sustainability. 
I couldn't be more thrilled.  I keep walking into my entry hall and staring at my gorgeous front door.  What a work of  art!  Thank you Robin for adding beauty to my home!  (Check out Green Rising Construction on the web -

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Genealogy - Sentimental Sunday - No. 59

This is my Dad and his Mom, my Grandma Julia.  Based on when my Dad was born, I would say this photo was taken in late 1920 or early 1921.   

Been thinking about both of them a lot lately.  My Grandma Julia's birthday would have been last Friday - so she's been on my mind. It would have been her 108th birthday.

So, Happy Birthday Grandma... and I love and miss you Dad!

Friday, November 12, 2010

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I'm not quite sure where the last two weeks have gone.  We've been crazy busy - and I feel a little like the Tasmanian Devil above.  Life is good - we're still alive - but all of sudden we're almost halfway through November and I haven't updated the blog since Halloween.

Can't believe that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away - and Christmas will be fast on her heels.  I am so NOT ready for the holidays this year.  Haven't even started to think about our Christmas cards, and by now I usually have about half of our Christmas presents purchased.  Oh My!

Well, I best get off the computer and get my rear-end in gear.  Happy weekend everyone!
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