Sunday, October 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Liebe Tocco!

Let's enjoy some sweet pics of you as a child to celebrate. :)
Skiing in Austria
Dressing up for a birthday party
In Bremen, Germany
Dancing with his sister in Chile
Am Mühlendeich
Home in Lilienthal Germany
Chile (Tocco looks closely at this pic, "Ahh, my enemies... :)
You are the best. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

The State of the Union

We haven't done much renovating lately, as you may have been able to tell from the lack of posts. But then last week we jumped in again with three projects in one week. So much for living stress-free. The upstairs bathroom has been gutted and will be completely redone, and the kitchen is losing the laminate flooring for a simple upgrade. We also had the kitchen's plumbing and electric fiddled with to make it possible for us to have a dishwasher! Heaven. Tocco built a cabinet to house it and shaped a counter for the top. It's so awesome having the dishwasher and extra counter space. We are also starting to update the electric on the house. Ours provides something like 40 amps, and code has now moved up to around 200 amps. It's been totally fine so far, but we have to be careful not to wash clothes and our dishes and run the hair dryer at the same time. No biggie so far, but good to get done. Here are photos of the gross bathroom before work one day, and the even grosser bathroom, and kitchen floor when we returned home from work! It should all be done in about 5 more days... cannot wait!

And after work, checking out phase one of renovation. Psyched to find no leaks or water damage anywhere.

Wooden floors in the kitchen! As we hoped. But it doesn't match the rest of the hardwood and isn't quite as nice, so covered up again it gets... 

Monday, September 29, 2014


No trip down Pacific Coast Highway is complete without a stop at Swanton Berry Farm. Everything is self-service here, which I love. You get your cup, taste the strawberry apple cider, fill your coffee, pay on your honor, sample different strawberry jams, poke around taking photos, play some backgammon, stroll the grounds, pick sunflowers, all on your own... under the least "watchful" eyes of a few hippy girls who live in an Airstream and who really aren't paying you any attention at all. It's like a shop that was opened and then abandoned. It's fun