Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Update

I have no idea how it is December already!

We finally found the solution to our light hanging headache. I ended up buying each of the available picture rail hooks from House of Antique Hardware and this was the winner. It's wide enough on top that it stays on the rail when you're jiggling around the string of lights and the top hook part perfectly fits our picture rail. It's pretty unusual for us to spend money right after Thanksgiving, but we did this year. We bought 60 of these things during their Cyber Monday sale.

Portland had an absolute TON of rain in November and our basement is still dry! (Happy dance.) I'm so glad the guys installed the French Drain last spring. It's working!

We have not finished the bathroom shelf. Oh well. Whenever it's sunny out, the fur children remind us it's time to go to the dog park, not go work in the garage. We'll eventually be tired of having nowhere to hang towels and get it done. I did dig out a board from our pile of fir, but we need to unbury the table saw to rip it to size.

We also spent many hours this month writing our first book. We're almost done with the rough draft and it's over 200 pages. I expect we'll be done with it in the next week or two then we're actually going to set it aside for six weeks or so before we edit it again.

Oh, and since we're disappointed about everything we've been reading in the news lately, we decided to escape to another land. We started playing Elder Scrolls Online (cringe). Only, after three years of behaving like teenagers, this time we're acting like adults (so far). We're doing our task list BEFORE we allow ourselves to sign on and escape to Tamriel.


  1. Would love to see pics of your place dressed for the holidays!

    1. Sadly, we got rid of most of our Christmas decorations when we moved to California in 2006 so the house won't be very "Christmasy" this year. I may set up a tree since I made a bunch of handmade ornaments a few years ago. LOL

  2. That doggie is so cute. That is a clever feeding device. My cats would sit on it...LOL

    We are getting our first snowfall as I type. It probably won't last but it is a reminder of what we have in store for the next 4 months.

  3. I am watching and reading Outlander. I had to pry myself away from the book today so that I could get something done. My plan is to read the first three books and watch the first two series before the 3rd series start back up in the spring. But with this cold and snow I would rather read about Jamie get my drift.

  4. I definitely shouldn't have started Elder Scrolls Online. The first week, I was nice a responsible; got stuff done. The second week, less so. I could definitely imagine falling into the same bad habits we had before.