We had a great time celebrating (now) J15's golden birthday. Per her request we had Chinese take-out. It's a family tradition that the birthday boy/girl gets to choose what's for dinner that evening. She had a fairly low key evening. Dinner, cake and presents. She got $ from my brother, my parents and Vs' mom. From us she got some iron-on appliques that she wanted to customize her denim jacket, a book and an IOU for a cat. She has been asking for a cat for a long time. I grew up with cats and love them and we had a cat, as well as dogs, for a while when she was younger. We're going to wait until we're moved into the new house before we get it. I don't want to stress the poor thing out too much by bringing it home and then promptly moving. Also, with as much as the doors will be open carrying stuff in and out I don't want it to run away. I really hope the one she chooses will be a good mouser. We may need it. She wants to go to the animal shelter to pick one out. While a tiny kitten would be fun, she wants a slightly older one that would be more able to defend itself against the dog should he decide to play rough.
We were out at the house this afternoon in the rain. The basement is still leaking. And while checking out one of the window wells, we found this charmer:
Isn't it beautiful!
And speaking of beautiful...
J15 says we're bringing sexy back to the kitchen!
It is sitting where it will be but we don't have the island built yet. V and my Dad will be putting in the gas line tomorrow afternoon. I love the little side door. It is a space to store the cast iron griddle that came with it as well as cookie sheets, baking stones and other stuff like that.
But now for the bad and ugly:
We tore into a suspicious wall by the basement stairs- one we weren't initially planning to remove but I found a mouse tunnel leading into it when I was pulling down the ceilings the other day. This isn't even the bad spot for mice although you can maybe see along the bottom where they have been. The bigger problem is that there evidently was a leak in the roof at some point- which was patched- but they never repaired the water damage to the wall. There is plywood that has begun to de-laminate. If that is even a word. It will need repaired but we will probably need to take off the siding to get to it from the outside as well. Sigh, one more project to add onto the list.
But now, to round things out on a good note... We have a winner in the family! Since this was bike to work week. The schools have been having a 'Ride, Walk, Win!' contest this week. Every day that a student bikes or walks to school they have a ticket with their name on it put in for a drawing. Earlier this week K9 won a nalgene water bottle and I11 won a bike headlight yesterday. But today was the big drawing. From all 6 local elementary schools participating, there were only two winners of bikes from a local bike shop. Guess who was one of the winners!!!
K9 with his certificate for a new bike!!!
YAHOO!!! He has been complaining that he needed a new bike but that got put low on the priority list. What a great way to wrap up the week.
Now- I'm off to throw in a load of laundry and box up some books.
Have a great weekend!