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July 3, 2018 - On the hillside above the house where the bees live, we installed a bird feeder in the limbs of a tree. Originally, we loaded it with the
standard bird seed. Then we heard that if we wanted to attract Baltimore orioles we should put grape jelly in the feeder. When we did that we
started having a problem with the feeder always being empty and sometimes ending up on the ground, so we placed a motion activated camera pointed toward
the feeder and low and behold . . . |
We have a young male and older female deer visiting in the morning.
|During the day we have the squirrels, chipmunks, and birds as expected. It turns out that we also have birds of prey checking out the squirrels and chipmunks.|
|And, at night, other creatures appear such as racoons, gray foxes, and coyotes. We didn't know that it was quite that busy up on the old hillside. Stay tuned, there's bound to be more. These are pictures from only two days and nights.|
|The next night Mr. Racoon decides to bring along the missus. We see them approaching from below. Then Mister goes up to the feeder with the grape jelly in it and brings down a taste for his better half. She then decides that she had better check out the jelly for herself. It's a wonder that those little limbs hold the both of them.|
|June 20 - On the day before the official start of summer, Joshua installed some nice redwood lattice panels in the patio of the Chauffeur's Quarters.|
|May 24 - It seems that Joshua and Steven are becoming the dynamic duo. Here they are planting and watering a new wysteria plant at the base of the retaining wall of the north garden.|
|May 17 - There's an upside and a downside to having a family of deer visiting the property. The upside, of course, is their beauty. The downside is that they like to dine on certain flora. In this case, that includes many of the flowers in our gardens. In order to discourage this proclivity, Joshua and Steven, erected an even higher fence today. Hopefully, our dear friends will get the hint and we can continue to appreciate their beauty without having to deal with their appetite.|
|April 27 - It was finally time to pave the walkway into the north most garden. Here we see David and Joshua digging the holes and setting the paver stones. Nice . . .|
February 6, 2018 |
Okay, I realize that this is nothing like adding a room to my home or stabilizing the foundation, but sometimes we gals simply need a little cosmetic ‘lift’! Also, in our compilation of info for This Is Your Life The Surgeon’s House, Glenda Farley came across some fun info suggesting that the Carlsons actually furnished my home from a really high end furniture place in Southern California in a traditional southwestern theme. God bless the Carlsons, but this chick has been given the vision that we are going an entirely different route . . .
We are shifting some pieces to different rooms/purposes/suites and the entire palate of the first floor is changing. My original wood floors and the 25+ year old black and white tile floors are sacrosanct. The magnificent and magical and incomparable painting on the walls by Dolores Ashkar will remain as will all my family pieces of course, and, actually, those aspects have figured in the vision of our new adventure. Joshua will be repainting some of the wicker and all of the wrought iron. The rest of the wicker will be revitalized, sealed and spruced up. Sinda of Desert Flower Interiors in Peoria will again work her brilliance with all new cushions, new fabrics, and creative accents. An absolutely HUGE change is that my beloved harpsichord will also change its color scheme with Joshua painting it under the tutelage of Henry Miller who maintains the beautiful instrument. . . Are you curious yet? I am so excited I can hardly stand myself, and this will all be accomplished before the third week in February so everyone can enjoy our facelift.
Keep checking in here for our progress.
February 7 |
Here is the first piece of furniture to return from Sinda - our old wingback chair. Joshua and Brittany haul it inside and unwrap it for the big reveal.
February 23 |
Before more furniture comes, Joshua dismantled and repainted the old harpsichord. You see the before and after with a little help from Andrea.
February 27 |
. . . And then the furniture starts arriving . . .
|And like his lady, the man of the house picks his favorite sofa . . .|
March 09 |
. . . And then more furniture and redone cushions start arriving . . .
|. . . And then piece by piece, everything is put back together. . .|
|And let's not forget the atrium.|
|March 21. Even the upstairs suites are getting refreshed with new upholstery and cushions.|
|April 5 But it doesn't stop with just the interior. We're also sprucing up some outside areas. Here's Joshua taking down some old fencing in the Chauffeur's Quarters patio and replacing it with some new steel fencing.|
|April 9 I was told that Joshua was busy working his tail off in the patio. Here's what I found.|
|But later, lo and behold, we see the fountain installed, the fence finished, and the roses planted.|
March 23, 2018 |
Long time Jerome couple, Katie Lee and Joey Van Leeuwen passed recently and Andrea graciously offered to provide the food for 100 people at the memorial celebration at Spook Hall. The last time this much food was cooked in the kitchen of the Surgeon's House at one time was when the Tamale Ladies cooked 300 of their legendary tamales. Below, we see; first, the makings of a huge salad; second, one of the trays of pork: third, Andrea and Joshua tranferring one of many salmon filets into a bin for transfer.
March 24, 2018 |
Here is the menu:
Drunken apricots with triple crème brie, smoked gouda, and maytag blue, rodney’s sugared spicey pecans and walnuts colossal grapes. poached salmon with homemade mustard, cornbread, butter. Fresh asparagus with lime aioli. Fake steak – mini portabellos marinated and cooked like red meat. Slow roasted pork and garlic, with chipotle copper sauce, fresh pullapart rolls and butter. Roasted dilled potatoes. ‘that salad’ - napa cabbage, green onions, edamame, fresh peas, black olives, water chestnuts.
And some pics of the event which turned out to be a very beautiful and moving tribute to Katy and Joey.
"This Is Your Life - The Surgeon's House" |
In conjunction with our celebration we have created a multi-volume document chronicling the house and its history. The longer I lived here, the more I wanted to know about my home. Finding the answers to all my questions tuned out to be a daunting and sometimes frustrating task. I also thought of the folks that might come after me and how they also might want to know more about this grand old gal, so I decided to document as much as I could for future generations of history buffs. Fortunately, I found and incredible helper by the name of Vicki Day. Her enthusiasm, drive, research and organizational abilities are beyond compare. Without her this project would not have been possible. Below you see us finalizing the project. There are eight volumes documenting everything from the house's history, to the renovations I have done, to the artists who have helped create this beautiful environment, to even the decorating of the house through the various winter holidays. These volumes will be available to our guests to peruse and eventually be passed down through the years to future owners.