January 8, 2013

{2013 - Week One} A good start. Frosty Fling & Home Improvements.

Unlike 2012 (when we got off on a bad foot, in a few ways, as well as literally..) we're off to a great start to the New Year!  It feels great. 

We already accomplished the top 2013 home improvement priority off my To-do List.
Mitch had an extra day home Friday, so we headed to Duluth.  We had a nice lunch in Canal Park and spent a few hours picking out project materials.  After a weekend of working & plumbing in the basement, we have a water softener system in full action!  Much sooner than I anticipated.

I mastered a new skill this week: How to tie a tie. 
Mason & Eric attended their first semi-formal Saturday, the "Frosty Fling."
This was the first time either of them has sported a tie, and my first time tying one (or two, or three), a skill that may come in handy over coming years.
I managed to get a photo of the two of them before driving them off to separate date locations one at a time. 

Eric was cleared on the 31st of Dec. by the orthopedic specialist to return to full activity on the basketball court. X-rays and manual pushing & prodding show that, though not in the most desired position, the two pieces of his collar bone are once again moving as a solid unit. Great news that brought smiles.  It's been a long time healing.  We're very much looking forward to seeing these two playing together once again.  Eric suits up for his first game tonight!

We are also working on remodeling the basement shower. We had gutted the floor-to-ceiling tile shower stall over Thanksgiving, and finally moved on to the re-build process this week.  We decided to go with exposed plumbing.

I have a fun makeover in mind for the whole room.
Sticking to my one-thing-at-a-time goal, though: I'm working on necessary bookwork & tax prep first, then it's on to the paint cans!!


  1. Both my sons played hoops and I coached it for a number of years so I know how hard it is for a player not to be able to go out on the court due to injury.... We're heading up to Duluth this weekend for some winter birding....:)

    1. So I can now think of you as COACH Troutbirder!
      Yes, very frustrating for him, and odd for us seeing only one in action - they're twins, so we've been used to watching them play together all their lives. He's back in action & doing well!
      Enjoy Duluth!

  2. I like the exposed plumbing, it's looks nice!

    1. Thanks, Katie. Part of the reason we did it that way is because plumbing is the one handyman task he truly (and strongly!) dislikes, and the reason we gutted that shower was because we've had some kind of leak issue for about 2 years. It ended up it wasn't the plumbing that was leaking, but he did try to re-do it a few times to correct the problem. So anyway - he said if the plumbing is exposed and happens to have a problem, it will leak into the shower & not inside the wall.
      But I do like the look of it, too. :)

  3. Good for you for getting off to such a good start! The exposed plumbing does make a very nice photo. Your sons are quite handsome--tying a tie isn't something I've ever learned to do...

    1. You-tube came in so handy for having to tie those ties! :)
      The one I found worked best for us was the "Double Windsor Knot."
      I never knew before that there were names & options for tying ties.
      All new to me!

  4. Thanks for the comment on my "Other Blog" - as you may gather I do put a bit of work into the words (and pictures!).

    Learning to tie a tie made me laugh - I struggled with how to teach my own kids to tie shoe laces, it surprising how hard it can be communicate these things - and it was made even more fun by the fact that my son is left-handed and I'm not!!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne.

    PS: sorry for slow reply - I been out of internet range in Tasmania!

  5. Handsome boys -- I guess ties aren't worn that much anymore? Good that it's required for some events just to see how they look.

    Interesting shower choice -- looks very industrial. :)

  6. Thank you for another post! They are always a pleasure to read and I can't wait to see the finished bathroom. Hope that book work flies by for you!

  7. I’m quite sure these young men cut a fine figure when they arrived at the party. The caps are cool! Thumbs up! :D On another matter, the exposed plumbing type works out best when supported with matching fixtures. The yellow and blue handles absolutely made a statement for me. Can you give me the link of the whole renovated basement shower? :] -->Jarod

    1. Jarod - I haven't had the time to post it yet, but I will do so very soon & let you know when I do!