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Saturday, June 10, 2017
Replacing the carpet in the living room was a really big project. The adhesive was stubborn! Our contractor had to rent a machine and do a lot of manual scraping besides to get rid of it, but the porcelain tile floor is beautiful! It's American Olean Stoneview Sky Gray/Matte; the tiles are 12 by 24 (actually 23,81 by 11.81). It's a wavy gray pattern, and we love it. Oh, the last two boxes of tile had broken and cracked tiles so he had to run down to Lowe's to get more. Fortunately they were in stock!
Then he finished our brick accent wall in the foyer; we had to order more bricks because we ran out. It is impressive; the bricks (1/2" thin brick) are tumbled so it looks old, though you do notice some of the white wall behind it because they are tumbled.... It's on the wall with the door so you don't see it until you turn around. We mixed the colors: Dixie Clay and Boston Mill (separate boxes). Btw, our contractor was James Stewart, who was patient and thorough, and we appreciate his help in making our house a home.
Next up was the screened back porch; that took several days because it kept storming; the guys were often wet, but they persevered and finished up late one night (before dark though). Today we bought two troughs for the downspouts and a door mat for the back screened door. I want to get an outdoor rug or two to dress it up--and a table for eating out there that's weather proof.
I've been writing stories since I was a kid. My stories and articles have been published in print magazines, webzines, and anthologies; and my SF has been published in two audiobooks, including Sugar Time. My books include Strike Three, Detour Trail; Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching the Pocketbook; a children's book, Why Won't Anyone Play with Me?; two story collections:The Doorway and Other Stories (SF) and Aliens, Animals, and Adventure; and four e-books: Hidebound, Pretty Pink Planet, Hot Yellow Planet, and Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure. I live in Florida with Blizzard the Snow Princess and Bryn the Flying Corgi.