|This picture is from last summer, when I was still "unofficial."|
Kevin was particularly concerned about getting the pool and the pool area ready. This ended up being a huge task. It appeared as though the previous owners did pretty much nothing to maintain the pool or pool area. The pool was essentially a pond, complete with tadpoles and croaking frogs, surrounded by overgrown bushes and grasses. Kevin worked valiantly for what seemed like weeks trying to clean that pool out using the skimmer and a variety of chemicals (his favorite part), but finally relented and emptied the pool. Then, he just jumped in with a power washer and scrubbed up the sides. We actually have a pretty cool time lapse video of this, which I'll have to post after a little processing.
We then cut back the overgrown foliage around the pool. I've been really bad about remembering to take "before" photos, but here's some of the work in progress:
Bryan and Sarah, pictured above, were invaluable
|They don't always look this nice.|
This was originally only supposed to be a few weeks, but their original contract fell through, so it ended up being a little longer. The good news is that staying with us just a few weeks lured them up to our area, and they found a charming place for much less than where they were originally looking. So, now we have more friends up north with us! They were also super, super-helpful with our home projects, and while Sarah insists they are "forever indebted" to us for letting them stay with us, we can assure her that the feeling is mutual! The house will be empty when we get back from the beach, and we will miss the weeknight dinners and weekend bacon!
We also spent a few days in San Francisco and Monterey, CA, while Kevin was out there for a conference. I have a lengthy post about it that I started on the airplane ride back that I'll post soon. Here's a preview:
So, sorry for what has essentially ended up be the equivalent of a mid-summer Christmas letter. Consider it your Christmas in July gift!