We're all back at Gilligan's Island now, after spending the weekend in Mayberry. We did some work at the Taj, but since yesterday was Tank's birthday, this trip was mostly about seeing family and celebrating the Big Boy turning THEE!
We had lots of fun with family on Saturday, when we had a small gathering for cake, ice cream and presents. Shawn and I decorated Uncle Todd's Cabin with Spanish moss I brought from the yard of our church (with permission, I swear!!) and gators, frogs and turtles. No snakes, though. I know they live in the swamp, too, but Mama does not decorate with snakes. I share Samuel L. Jackson's attitude about them.
Anyway, it was a great party and Farm Maven and I managed to create a passable gator out of yellow cake and chocolate frosting. Farm Maven baked an oval cake, a large loaf pan cake and two small loaves and we hacked them to bits and pinned them together with frosting and toothpicks until we had a decent alligator.
Tank got lots of great toys that he is still enthralled by...made the drive home very pleasant, except for the UNRELENTING NOISE of the Leapfrog Leapster that his daddy got him. "K says kuh. Kangaroo!" "I says Imma throw that thing out the window in a minute!"
As for the Taj, we were thrilled to find that the Very Nice Electrician has done probably 90% of the work there. Almost all the receptacles are redone, and nearly all the switches. The new lights are installed downstairs, but we still need the new upstairs overhead lights run and a light in the living room, which currently has no overhead. Very Nice Electrician has been swamped with work, so we had told him it was fine to fit us in as he could. Looks like he has been doing that, and has done a great job.
We need to get the plumber to return our calls and then we'll be making some real progress!
While we were there this weekend, we did work some in the yard and I stripped the wallpaper of the hallway bath walls and began patching the plaster cracks in there. Bit by bit, it's becoming more the house it has the potential to be.
Or maybe I'm just delirious from all the Gator Cake.
Til next time...