It has been some time since my last post. But in there was a cold that put me down for a week, plus a trip to Medellin, Colombia. And our very poor Internet service hasn’t helped; I attempted to write all last week, but although we are paying $110 a month for 3 megs, the best we could get was 0.33 megs or so. Uggh. But now we have a new provider, 5 megs/$38 per month, and we are getting a good, solid, better-than-four megs, depending. I’ll call it a success!
A while back we tiled the floor in the half-bath between the living room and the master bedroom. Since then, I have tiled the counter, painted the walls, installed the sink and faucet and the toilet, hung the door, and painted the walls a light, warm gray.
I started off with a problem. A few years ago when I poured the concrete counter, I failed to make provisions for the counter to be thinner at the faucet and drain so that I could install the fasteners from below. I just didn’t know. So using a concrete drill and a hammer and chisel, I cut out two holes:
Then using slices of PVC pipe as forms, I made two, 1-inch-thick concrete doughnuts:
When the doughnuts cured, I stuck them in place with some bondo:
Later, when I tiled the counter, I filled in the gaps with mortar. Here I am starting the tile job:
We chose an iridescent blue-gray glass tile. I got lucky-as-could-be in that I didn’t have to cut a single tile! Here is the counter, the pedestal that I made out of a concrete culvert, and the rest of the bathroom all done:
One mirror above the sink and another above the toilet makes an interesting effect. A hole in the back of the pedestal allowed me to plumb the sink drain.
Here are some more bathroom photos:
We had one extra photo, a banana flower, left over from the living room; it fit well here.
It wasn’t easy to photograph a 4’x8′ bathroom without catching myself in the mirrors!
We bought the sink a long time ago on Overstock.com.
We’re good and happy to have this last really raw area of the house done!
In other news, now that the driveway is free of piles of sand and gravel, we spread an additional eight-yards of crushed gravel. Here’s Armando chipping away at one of the piles:
While Armando spread the gravel, I tackled a long-nagging project; I hung light fixtures on the columns at the front gate. Nothing fancy, but they do look good with the gate:
Another day, I welded together some rebar to make an arbor at the front of the carport/bohio. It will look great when the vines with red flowers grow up the column and across the roof:
This plant seems to have tough vines. We haven’t seen the flowers, but the guy at the nursery said that they would be red and that the hummingbirds would love them.
After a year away from her glass bead studio, Cynthia is turning out some lovely beads. Here she is working on one at her torch:
The plants are looking good. Here are a couple garden shots:
One day I caught Bob in a big yawn:
Our Medellin trip was only for five days, but here are a couple highlights — Every morning we had breakfast at a small natural food store/restaurant called Salud Pan (healthy bread). The two pictures in the next photo are hanging on their wall:We met up with my girl cousin from Massachusetts for the trip. Even after all these years, I still can’t help but pull her pigtail. Here we are at Jardin Botanico (Edit — actually, the next two photos are out of order — we are really at Parque Arvi, higher up in the mountains, hence Cynthia wearing a jacket in the cool air) :
And Cynthia and me:
Some flowers and plants at the botanical garden:
The garden isn’t just about the plants. There are lots of birds and other critters, including this gargantuan iguana (taken with a telephoto as you don’t want to get too close — these critters aren’t afraid to run at you full tilt)!
Luckily they weren’t just sunning but were kind of active. Here’s a short video:
We went to Plaza Botero again on this trip, always fun to see Botero’s work. Here is Cynthia with the cat:
Another view is like something out of a 1930’s earth invaders sci-fi movie:
It was quite warm in the plaza, so we took refuge in the air conditioned museum. I have to stop eating all those arepas!
I guess that you could call this the Botero-effect mirror.
So that’s all for now. Now Cynthia and I are pulling the last of the wiring for the master bedroom and bathroom and a few other spots. Thanks for stopping by.