Old Home Week

Old Dad…this is for you!

Perusing photos from a trip to California, I found these photos:

First is the home in East Palo Alto where we lived while I was in third grade through half of sixth grade.

2243 Menalto
Our East Palo Alto House

It didn’t have the fence when we lived there and the grass was green. The front room with the slider was a garage. I remember my brother, Dan, and I getting our heads washed with Desenex shampoo (horrible stuff) because we had ringworm. Brother Tim was born when we lived here.

The we moved to Mountain View.

1221 Springer
Our Mountain View Home

I lived here until I went away to Willamette University in Salem, OR. Then I lived here off and on for my junior and senior years at San Jose State until I married Charlene. Notice there is no lawn. Dan and I each mowed half of it every Saturday with a reel style push mower. Those were the days.

Site Problems

The site has been down since April 5. After much diddling around with various facets of the database and code, I finally deleted all the plugins. Apparently, WordPress updated itself and one or more of the plugins was incompatible with the current version of WordPress. Thus, a completely blank screen when visiting the site. I’m happy to say that the site is now back up. Now to the rigor of checking each plugin for compatibility.

Old Dad…the weather is back!

New Floors

What a process. We had the carpet replaced with laminate in all of our house except the bathrooms. It was about 1150 square feet of floors.

First we had to move all the stuff that might break or fall out of the cabinets. We moved it all to the garage:

Garage
Packed Garage


Then the workers got busy.

Replacing Tile
Entry Way All Torn Up


And after two days, they finished. Wow, what a difference!

LR
The Finished Living Room


Then our work began. We had to unpack all the boxes we’d moved to the garage and rewire all the electronics. Our son, Dave, painted the living room and both smaller bedrooms in the mean time.

TV
Just Behind The TV
Garage
Clean Garage


And finally the garage is back to normal after having laid some of the rescued carpet down on the garage floor. We still have a few boxes to unpack, then we’ll be done. It turned into a two-week process even though the flooring guys only took two days to lay the flooring. Fortunately, they moved all the furniture, so we didn’t have to.

My Favorite Hot Sauce

Just got a shipment of four bottles of my favorite hot sauce, Scorned Woman. I like a few drips in casseroles and soups. It’s very hot, so I don’t use much.  The four peppers, aged tabasco, red, black, and Habañero, give it a unique flavor. I ran out a few days ago and found it online at SoupsOnline.com. I ordered four to amortize the very reasonable shipping charges.

Scorned Woman
The Best Hot Sauce Ever

Great News!

Kelijah
Kelijah In The Shredder Confetti

Just before Christmas, son, David, got engaged to be married. His future bride, Mindi, comes with a three year-old son, Kelijah. They’re planning the nuptials for early August (the 2nd or 3rd at this point). Mrs. Major and I are very excited and Mrs. Major is already chomping at the bit to plan and offer suggestions and advice. Sweet Dau #1 is also very excited and can hardly wait to meet Mindi.

David and Kelijah have strongly bonded already. Kelijah is a very smart, strong-willed child who is adorable. He’s curious about everything and remembers what he learns…careful what you teach him. He and I are already building a bond…the photo at left, for example. As we don’t have snow in our area of Florida, we created one out of shredder confetti. I think Mindi was a little taken aback when she saw the mess, but we’ve done crazier things around the Erickson house.

Bathroom Complete

shower
Finished shower with glass

vanity
Finished vanity top

The master bath is finally done. The glass is on the shower (pictured left), the vanity top is in place (pictured below), and the tile is laid (not pictured). In the guest bath, the vanity is in place and the only thing left is to tile the floor and install the new toilet. Those tasks will probably be done early next week.
It will be good to have the workmen out of the house and have it to ourselves again.