We are trying to tie up lose ends on our projects both in the house and in the Cottage but new items keep cropping up.
I started working on the stair runner two weeks ago. I finished about half of it before the sewing machine started giving me problems.
Also we’re heading to New York City soon so I’m trying to make plans for the trip. Thus far I have reduced our hotel bill $155 by going back to the website and calling for a better deal. Unfortunately $155 won’t pay our parking for the weekend but it will certainly help.
I have made a short list of Broadway, off-Broadway, and cabaret shows as well as must-see restaurants for the first-time visitor. We’ll be staying near the Waldorf. Any suggestions?
Our Cottage tenant has decided to have all the windows replaced with more efficient ones as well as a new front door and storm door. Those items along with some interior trim should keep the Cottage “under construction” for a few weeks.
By definition a triptych is a set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together.
To finish up the space over the toilet in the master bathroom where I hung a print of Paris and a clock with a map of France I felt there needed to be one more item. I had a piece of shelf glass that would fit well.
I wanted to hang it with the least conspicuous hardware which I found at Home Depot. (Naturally the first HD I stopped at did not have it but the one heading in the other direction had a variety of styles on hand.)
Using a level and long dry wall anchors that came with the shelf brackets I managed to secure the shelf to the wall allowing enough space for the top of the toilet tank to be removed without taking the shelf down.
The brackets I chose are rated for no deeper than a 6″ glass shelf; my shelf is closer to 8 inches so I might have to make an adjustment.
I’m looking for my colorful paper fish to display on the shelf but for now I have a small Limoges box, an enamel lidded box, and a small pitcher.
February is my favorite month probably because it’s my birth month and it’s short and it bridges the gap between winter and spring.
This February we already have plans for a long weekend in NYC with the express intention of seeing maximum Broadway and off-Broadway shows and possible a cabaret. (This is item #53 from my 101 in 1001.)
I also want to align our outdoor flood light so it comes on when someone pulls into the driveway. It became misaligned while we were painting the house in 2015. Unfortunately we have to pull out the big extension ladder to reach it. Time to be seen again without having to walk in the mud and wave my hands like an idiot.
I’m still waiting for a proposal from our tile guy. He said he was a month out when we spoke in January so I hope his crew will start and finish in February.
Charlie is trying to install the baseboard trim that has been filling our upstairs hallway for months now. He complains that he can’t access the other upstairs rooms yet has been dragging his feet on this project. Hoping this will get top priority while I’m at my day job.
I have 2 personal projects set to start this weekend that only I can do. More details later.
After the Sequoias we headed west to the Pacific Ocean.
And finally Los Angeles.
We stayed in AirBnB properties all but one night. We tried to keep the nightly rate around $100. Sometimes it was a little more and sometimes a little less.
Each property was totally unique. Our first night just north of Phoenix was in a house built mostly underground.
I told you about the lovely place in Boulder City just east of Las Vegas where we stayed 2 nights. But the night we saw Celine we stayed in a gated $2.5 million mansion in northwest Las Vegas. The room was tiny and almost nothing worked. There was no air conditioning and the shower was just a trickle. The main benefit was that we felt very safe behind the electronic gates including our auto and belongings.
Next we went to a fruit grove in King’s Canyon California that served us an awesome breakfast, the best we’d had anywhere.
On the coast we stayed in a beach house in Cayugas with a view of the Pacific Ocean from both our room and outside balcony.
For the last two nights of our journey we stayed in a basic house very near LAX. Our main concern at the end was that we would be able to get to the airport for a 6:30 a.m. flight. Our host picked us up from dropping off the rental car the night before and took us to meet our plane at 4 a.m. with no further charge than the room fee.
Now we’re back home in our own home, our own room, and our own bed. There’s no place like home.
Our last site to see in the Vegas area was Hoover Dam. It seemed we climbed and climbed (in a car) up the mountain until we got to the over look where you could see the dam. It was interesting but I wouldn’t make it a primary destination.
After Las Vegas, Charlie and I headed west toward Death Valley National Park in California.
The plan was to see Death Valley in the morning and Sequoia National Park in the afternoon.
I don’t know if anyone could do all that driving but we couldn’t.
Death Valley is a diverse area known for its mountains and borax deposits.
It took us 5 boring long but interesting hours to drive through Death Valley. I don’t recommend it.
After staying the night at a very pleasant AirBnb in a peach and plum fruit grove we headed to Sequoia National Park not to be confused with Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia National Monument. They are all approximately in the same area but the target destination is Sequoia National Park where the very large trees are located.
The drive to the park is a dizzying. As we climbed to almost 8000 feet I was rewarded with a bad headache and extreme nausea that only subsided an hour and a half later when the car stopped. Going back down the mountain was even worse.
The trees, however, were quite spectacular. Glad I saw it, can’t recommend it.
Have you done something spectacular that you wouldn’t recommend?
Our main purpose for going anywhere near Las Vegas was to see Celine Dion in concert.
Of the hundreds of shows in Vegas she is the only entertainer I would want to spend $198.50 times 2 for rear orchestra seats.
We parked in Caesar’s Palace’s Colosseum using their valet parking service which is free other than tipping the valet. Considering the number of people in the music venue in particular and Caesar’s Palace in general, the valet service was very fast.
Even though our belongings were searched upon entry to the theatre, we could keep our cell phones and point-and-shoot cameras. The only requests were no flashes and no video recordings.
The seats were excellent in that no one’s head was ever in my way and I could see every minute of the entire show. Even the woman in front of me rocking to the beat in her seat was not a distraction. I am glad, however, that I didn’t purchase the top level ticket because most of those people stood up the entire time and obstructed the view of the front orchestra.
Celine sang her hits, tribute songs to The BeeGees and Prince, and even some Great American Songbook standards. The music was a great mix of eras and genres all in the Celine Dion style.
Charlie and I had a great evening and then even a more interesting time at our AirBnB with a host who had never had guests before we arrived. One day I’ll write the whole strange story.