I promised pretty things a while back. Here we go!
We're getting ready for a very exciting Christmas: hosting David's
family at our house over the holidays. It's five people more than we're
used to, but I am thrilled to have our house a-buzz with festive fun and
activity this year. To make room for everyone, the hobby room is now a
It's been a bit quiet around here, since we've had a tough couple of weeks, sad and frustrating at the same time. I've been coping by working on the house, tuning things up here and there, aggressively painting at times, and purging junk. And after a nice weekend visiting with friends, my mind and heart are feeling much more settled now as compared to last week.
So: closet doors! (The unofficial, never-ending theme of this blog.)
As part of having our house painted, all of our original closet doors got a fresh coat of paint ... along with their original slider hardware (oops). The painted sliders were sticking in their wooden tracks, making the doors nearly impossible to slide. The wooden track-and-slider combo is an original Eichler feature and, sadly, one that is not terribly durable. After a few weeks of frustration, we decided to make things right.
My love for this neighbourhood is huge. And now that we've been here for nearly four years, the block party has become a real pleasure. I remember going to the first and not knowing anyone. Fast forward to this past weekend: we've made lots of friends and even took on introducing new neighbours to others (hi Ben and Rebekah, Sudarshan and Aditi!)
Over the years attending the block party, I've found Eichler people are actually remarkably easy to talk to. All you need to ask is how long they've been in their house and what exactly are they fixing right now. Because there is always, always something. Hacks for preserving original kitchens, candid exchanges about contractors, and discussions about paint choices are shared along with food and drink here.