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Settling Into Retirement

It has been over a year since Debbie retired and just over three months for me! We moved to our home and have settled into the luxury of not having to wonder what day it is or time. With COVID still hanging in the shadows our travel options are limited right now. We are perfectly situated to hop over into Victoria, BC but can’t because the borders are closed and the ferry is mothballed right now. We have made a few trips back to the old stomping grounds of Snoqualmie and Bellevue, but with the current lawlessness going on in Seattle, that destination will not be on our radar anytime soon. Luckily, restaurants have opened up in a limited way, we have hit some golf balls with friends, taken drives to surrounding areas to explore, taken many walks and bike rides, worked in the massive yard that needs attending, and as you can see below, done a bit of upgrading to the house. What was once an upstairs deck was enclosed and turned into a sunroom. We decided to repaint the ceiling and walls, add some furniture and blinds and turned it into a TV room. We think it turned out pretty good!



Debbie’s CrossFit attendance had also become a COVID casualty when the state went on lock down and gyms had to close. She was able to borrow and began purchasing some equipment and started working out in the garage and in the parking lot of the gym with others, maintaining a safe distance of course. Once we moved, she began buying even more equipment until finally one hell of a gym was built in our garage. Now she can do a WOD right at home. My gym has finally opened up and I go back and forth depending on what I want to do that day. Debbie, being the social little person that she is, still wants to join a gym to workout with others at least three days a week. Soon she will be flexing her muscles at Storm King Athletic Club on a tryout basis. We do have a two week vacation coming, so she will fully join once we return from that!


Vacation 2013 Part II

Part two of our main vacation was not as fun, full of hard work, but very rewarding! After our big camping trip to Oregon and California, we cleaned up the trailer and then shot up to the Island cabin on San Juan Island to get the rest of the flooring done! We had to clear out all of the rooms of furniture before the installers showed up, that was the extent of our work. They installed and then we put the place back together! It turned out fantastic!! We couldn’t have picked a better color and type for the cabin. It also smells much better in there now that the old dank musty carpet is now out. Now we will turn to the bathroom flooring and the “Man Cave” out by the garage! Slowly we are turning our ugly duckling into a swan!

Island House Remodel Continues

Slowly but surely the Island house is transforming from a neglected residential shell to a comfy cared for home. A portion of the nasty, smelly, possibly original carpeting has been changed to a beautiful wood laminate flooring. Debbie and I did part of the labor by pulling up the old carpet and prepping the subfloor for the new flooring. It was a laborious and nasty job, but we saved money and felt it was worth despite the very hard work involved! While we did that, we decided to pull up the old linoleum in the kitchen. If it was easy, we would lay vinyl tile down, if not, hire someone! It turned out to come right up! Now came the task of measuring, cutting, and laying down self adhesive tile squares that neither of us had ever done. It turned out awesome for us first timers!!! Next up, comes carpeting the rest of the house in July. We are hiring that project out, but are going to be up there moving furniture and staging rooms while it is being done! One of these days, we can go up to relax and enjoying ourselves, but Debbie is currently cracking the whip! Also, we’d like to give big thanks and a shout out to Bob Nelson and his company San Juan Construction and Handyman for doing a great job on the flooring!!

Kitchen Floor Before

Kitchen Floor Before

Kitchen Floor After

Kitchen Floor After

The Old Nasty Carpet

The Old Nasty Carpet

Entry Area Before

Entry Area Before

Living Room/Hallway Before

Living Room/Hallway Before

Ripping Up Begins

Ripping Up Begins

Hallway Subfloor

Hallway Subfloor

The Last Bit Under Couch

The Last Bit Under Couch

Destroying Tile Entry

Destroying Tile Entry

Carpeting Gone!

Carpeting Gone!

Hallway After

Hallway After

Kitchen/Hallway Transition

Kitchen/Hallway Transition

Entry Area After

Entry Area After

Living Room/Hallway After

Living Room/Hallway After

Coming Together Nicely

Coming Together Nicely

Living Room After

Living Room After

San Juan Cabin Work In Progress

We have been working and a working on our little get away in the woods. Below are some before and after pictures of our handiwork so far!

Living Room Before

Living Room Before

Living Room Later

Living Room Latest

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

Bathroom Before

Bath After

Bath Before

Bath After

Laundry Room Before

Laundry Room After

Laundry Room Before

Laundry Room After

Guest Bedroom Before

Guest Bedroom After

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom Later

Master Bedroom Latest

Main Bath Before

Main Bath After

Loft Before

Loft After

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