Sometimes a Cactus

Family, food, travel, other obsessions.

Concrete thoughts from Commencement Bay

This morning, and for a few days this week, we were just a few blocks from our house but in a lovely little world on the water that felt miles … Continue reading

April 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

Moved back in—sort of

Remember our pretty hardwood floors? Well, a week ago today, less than 24 hours before we were scheduled to move back in, our contractor discovered that the finish was peeling off … Continue reading

April 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

Easter and a 70th birthday

Our hardwood floors got their last two coats of finish on Saturday. While the finish dried, we took a quick trip to Idaho to celebrate Ted’s mom’s 70th. In lieu … Continue reading

April 8, 2012 · 7 Comments

A pie crust (and a grandma) for the ages

One of Hal’s favorite sayings is “I like pie.” One of mine could be “I like pie crust.” I never mind a good filling, but I think of it mostly … Continue reading

April 7, 2012 · 12 Comments

End-of-project flurry and spring break

Lots of activity at the remodel site as last things are being wrapped up. And busy at home, too, since it’s spring break. Here’s a quick look at our last … Continue reading

April 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

It Takes a Village to Remodel, Part 1—Tim, Design Consultant

This is Part 1 in a series introducing you to the many people who have lent their expertise and artistry to our remodel. Even though we’ve trusted our remodel to … Continue reading

March 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

A peek inside…

Most of the pictures of the early stages of the remodel, as well as the official “before” pics, are still squirreled away on one of Ted’s many hard drives. He’s … Continue reading

March 31, 2012 · 1 Comment