Month: August 2018

It’s Project Time!

Back from a little break from blogging. Life is good … just enjoying the warm humid summer!  It is finally cooling off today and should be in the 60s.  

It has been awhile since we’ve had projects going on (other than miniature ones in the train room). It’s been a busy few weeks:



Finally decided to to put a hot tub in, since we are now year rounders. Involved extending and replacing the side deck.  Electrical and reinstallation of railings hopefully completed in the next week or so.  Looking forward to soaking in the hot tub!!!

The other project involves replacing the back deck … the boards were warping.  Will also be setup so water doesn’t drip down to the basement patio.  

Next up is repainting the outside of the house.  Lou is definitely on track with his maintenance checklist!

Guest Blog by Amy!

OK everyone,

I thought it was about time I gave my feedback about what an incredible trip this was to the Galapagos…Best part were my traveling companions…my Sister Claudia, Sharon and Lou who I have known since college for over 40 years and Catherine and Olivia…who were a real treat, fun and both with great senses of humor…I have known Catherine for a very long time as well. I would go anywhere with you guys again…just tell me when.


I have submitted Catherine’s “armpit photos” to the National Geographic new species competition and they tell me you have a real chance. Sharon took a great photo of me with my sister and commented that I looked like I was from law enforcement, while Claudia looked like a movie star waiting for someone to ask for her photograph.

(Edit by SMD … actually, we said Amy looked like a Cub Scout … still cracks me up!)



I loved the tortoises the best because I finally found something that moves slower than me…and I won’t “go there” with the blue boobies. Spectacular trip, people and adventures. More to come. AMY



Thanks, Amy!  It was great sharing the adventure with you and Claudia.

And this completes our report on our Galapagos Adventure. We are hoping Claudia gets time to do a guest blog, because I know it will be spectacular.

I want to thank Lou for arranging this trip, starting over a year in advance. It was great to see Claudia and Amy again, and traveling with the Holmes family is always a treat. We missed Mark and Tory, but hope to see them on future trips. Catherine did an admirable job filling in for Tory, and Olivia seemed to enjoy all aspects of the trip.

Congratulations to Olivia for successfully completing high school, and for getting accepted to USC. We wish you the best as you navigate your college career.

Click HERE to read our wrap up of the trip.