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.
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.
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.
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:
Then the workers got busy.
And after two days, they finished. Wow, what a difference!
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.
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.
I’ve been busy scanning our collection of slides (you old timers will remember these) and came across one that we took in Yosemite National Park in 1976 while on a camping trip there. In our haste to get out of town, I failed to pack the tent poles. We had to improvise.
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.