Monday, May 31, 2010

“Oh Shenandoah” I long to see you! (Even if your highest point is 4,000 ft)!

Enjoy this pictorial review of our trip to the Shenandoah’s and Skyline Drive, Virginia  Day one:      


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Day 2:

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Just a little 4th Grade Virginia History:  Virginia is divided into 5 regions, The Coastal Plain near Hampton Roads, etc, the Piedmont, which we live in, the Appalachian Plateau, which we visited, the BlueRidge and the Valley and Ridge.


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P.S. I loved the times I shared with Lynn, Jed Rock, your father!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

“He’s making a list—checking it Twice!”Sunday May 16, 2010


So, This is the list Lynn/alias Jed Rock compiled of the projects completed thus far to our kitchen renovations made possible by L&M Construction Company. (Yup, that’s Lynn and Melody Construction Company for anyone wanting some home remodeling, but I have to warn you---we are not cheap!  It is definitely

going to cost you!

1. repaired Perris' bedroom door
> 2. replaced all interior door knobs (7 in all)
> 3. replaced the mechanism in the upstairs bathroom toilet
> 4. replaced screen on French doors
> 5. repaired ceiling in downstairs bathroom
> 6. fixed two sticking doors
> 7. stripped and painted all kitchen cabinets
> 9. replaced kitchen sink
> 10. replaced refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave, and garbage
> disposer
> 11. painted kitchen
> 12. painted downstairs bathroom
> 13. fixed closet door in living room
> 14. repaired hole in living room wall
> 15. replaced kitchen countertops
> 16. installed under cabinet lights in kitchen
> 17. repaired kitchen cabinets
> 18. installed two electrical outlets
> 19. hooked up ice maker


Such a pretty sink, don’t ya’ think?  And Lynn had to cut two more holes in that sink (it only came custom ordered with three) in order to fit the sprayer/ faucet and dishwasher drain.    Yup he pretty much is the most amazing guy around!  (I don’t know any except him that are good looking, handy and smart)!


In this picture, I have finished priming all the cabinets except 4 drawers.DSCN1356

An even prouder moment---the completion of two coats of paint to 4 cabinet doors!  I was very careful not to drip paint (except on me)!


The drywall project before, during and after!  Yup, He’s amazing!



The ceiling good as new!  We just have to paint—that’s it!DSCN1360

While I was busy being sick, Lynn completed the painting of the cabinets!  Wow!DSCN1361

And he hung the cabinet doors!  Don’t they look pretty?DSCN1364

Next Blog:  The Beginning of the End and how much and how long this week long project took!  Enjoy your tour of Homes by L&M Construction!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Doughnuts! O’ Boy, O Boy!!!

DSCN1323 This is a post devoted to Brody Michael Balluff, grandson and fellow doughnut lover in the family!DSCN1315

So, Friday night for our date night, Dad and I decided to take a “break” from the actual work of fixing the kitchen, and check out Lowe’s  for flooring options which is in Alexandria close to this place.  After a nice dinner at the Outback Steak House (in the same location as Lowe’s), our intentions were  to go to a movie, but then we perused the area and found another Home Depot which had the same time of flooring as Lowes for 1/3rd the price!  So, now we were on our way to the Home Depot on Pickett Street to set up a measure of our kitchen(it is closer to our home---and once you start working with one store, you have to stick with them).  Anyway, on our way back to Pickett Street we saw this and knew we had to stop first, if nothing else than to be one with Brody!DSCN1325

So yes, their hallmark sign of “hot now” lured Dad and I in, and this is our story:DSCN1317





Needless to say, they were yummy and gone in an instant!  I didn’t even remember to take a picture of us consuming them (I don’t think I had the time to)!  All I can say is Doughnuts!  O’ Boy! O’ Boy!