Motorcycle Wanderings, General Travel, and a Weird Mix of Other Stuff

And in Other News…

Lots has been going on around here of late. And we had some excitement in the family, too.

I’ll share the family excitement first. I’ve dubbed the event…

A Proud Moment in Family History

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Shannon on her first motorcycle.

Our eldest kid, Shannon, who lives in San Diego, just bought her first motorcycle. It’s a 2009 Honda Rebel. She passed her motorcycle safety course with flying colors and got her license within the last couple of weeks.

I think a trip to San Diego will be in order soon so we can do a family ride.

Under Contract

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After just 18 days on the MLS.

The WV Place is under contract. We got the offer exactly two weeks after it hit the market. It was a bit low, so we countered. The contract was accepted two days later. Now we just have to get through the home inspection. We don’t anticipate any major issues, but one never knows…

Another Furniture Makeover Done

I bought this piece at auction over a year ago. There was some termite damage to one of the back legs, but I loved the look of the old oak and the large glass front. After getting it home, we realized it stunk. Bad. The old-people-house smell was oozing out of its pores. Is that what “musty” means? It sat in our garage for a while, coated in baking soda. Finally, we took it down to the basement.

That handy Hubby of mine gave it a new back leg. The shelves were particularly stinky and quite banged-up. I covered the whole thing in a couple coats of Zinsser’s Shellac (per my friend Janet’s recommendation), sanded it lightly with very fine steel wool, cleaned it off with mineral spirits, then hit it with some paint. I wanted to preserve the look of the nicely-aged exterior, so I just painted the base of the interior and the shelves, using the Old Ochre color in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

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Display Cabinet Re-style

Now I’m in the process of finishing that ugly seafoam green pie safe…

He Just Can’t Sit Still

Hubby has been busy, too. After a long break post-Grandfather Clock, he’s back at doing some more home projects.

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Installing a Door

He’s been wanting to add a sound barrier between the family room and kitchen since shortly after we moved here. All those folks who just LOVE “open floor plans” must never have experienced trying to watch TV while someone else is doing something, anything, in the kitchen.

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Relocating a Light Fixture

The light in our breakfast room is centered on the ceiling, which is just dumb. It should have been centered over the area where the table can sit. The table can’t possibly sit in the middle of the room, or you would be able to get out the back door. Well, you could get out the door, but you’d have to squeeze past the table and chairs.

On the Road Again

Later this week, I’ll be heading back to Texas. It’s just another short work trip to Austin. Of course, I’ll try and squeeze in some fun, too. So, if you don’t hear from me for awhile, that’s why.

I can’t wait to re-visit Rudy’s BBQ…

Yum… Texas BBQ. Smoked Brisket.

I REALLY wish I could have some of that for breakfast… brisket and eggs. Yum.

9 Comments

  1. June 23, 2014    

    Kathy:

    Nice about Shannon getting her M/C license. Now you’ll have to ride to SD

    It’s great to see your WV place being sold. Kind of sad with all the work you have done to it but one less thing to worry about. I am sure the next owners will enjoy your efforts

    Mike is so handy . . . wished I knew even a fraction of what he knows. I can only admire . . .

    I think of your road trips as a visit to Rudy’s BBQ. Going to the office is just a formality, seeing that you are in the area anyway. And it’s warmer now, hope you find another nice, sandy beach

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

    • ToadMama's Gravatar ToadMama
      June 24, 2014    

      Thanks, Bob. I’m lucky he’s handy. There’s always one project or another underway.

  2. June 23, 2014    

    Congratulations on the quick sale of the second home. That must be a load off of your mind!

    And have fun in Austin (can’t have too much food and music!)

    • ToadMama's Gravatar ToadMama
      June 24, 2014    

      Thanks, Richard. I’m looking forward to revisiting Texas. I had no idea a second chance would come so soon.

  3. shan's Gravatar shan
    June 23, 2014    

    Woot woot, motorcyclin’ baby! 🙂

    But with all of MY news, I had no idea the house was under contract. And so quickly, too! That’s awesome, yay!

  4. ToadMama's Gravatar ToadMama
    June 24, 2014    

    Shan, I hope you enjoyed your ride. Now I’m really itching to get back to SD!

    • ToadMama's Gravatar ToadMama
      June 24, 2014    

      And, yes, our little house went fast!

  5. June 24, 2014    

    So many things in one post. Hooray and congrats to Shannon. Welcome to motorcycling.

    And congrats on the contract on the house too. I am sure you’ll be a little sad to see it go, but at the same time less of a worry about what could be going wrong during the winter. I bet the dogs will miss going out there.

  6. June 27, 2014    

    Congrats and welcome to the badass moto chicks club, Shan! 😀

    I can’t believe how quickly the WV place got snapped up. ::crossing fingers:: hope everything goes smoothly from here on~

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