Category Archives: La Casa

When It Rains, It Pours

One day, we’re going to look back and laugh at these days.

The fact that our two short years in the mountains have already been punctuated by (in this order) the final chapter of an epic drought, a catastrophic wildfire, an unprecedented tree mortality epidemic, and now…

A flood of biblical proportions?

Remember when we went camping at this spot?

Remember when we went camping at this spot?

Seriously, I want to laugh about this. I look damn forward to the day.  Continue reading

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Christmas Miracle

Hallelujah, we cannot believe how lucky we are.

After just a couple weeks, the forestry crews are here on our road in Arnold, hauling all our downed trees away.

Just a few days ago, we were told “months” before they got to us – maybe spring, if we were lucky. And instead, just like that – it will all be gone.

This guy is across the road, picking up wood on our neighbor's land as I type.

This guy is across the road, picking up wood on our neighbor’s land as I type.

It cost us not a single penny – for any of it.

It’s a good reminder, as we head into our 2.5-week Christmas vacation and 2017, how unbelievably lucky we are in so many ways in life. Lucky to have this second home and so, so much more to be thankful for (not the least of which is the money and time and energy to care so passionately about and for it, and for these beautiful mountains).

Lucky to have each other. Lucky to have just pine needles and not bombs raining down on our heads. Lucky to have a new year to look forward to.

We have to work a lot harder at practicing gratitude in 2017.

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Bark Beetle: The Final Chapter

At least we HOPE it’s the final chapter, seeing as we technically have no more pine trees… It better be.

Some time in mid-November, we were notified by our neighbor up in Arnold, Nick, that Mario’s Tree Service had come and cut all the trees on our property struck by bark beetle this summer.

“It doesn’t look bad at all,” said Nick.

OHHH Nick. Thanks for that, you sweet guy.

But when we arrived late this past Thursday after six weeks away – HA.

Let’s just say, there was some furious late-night raking over dirt and asphalt, and a little amateur masonry by flashlight, too.

The next morning, Nick himself had to come out and chuckle sheepishly at the remaining tree mayhem and admit…

“Yeah, it’s very un-Lisa.”

View of three giant Ponderosas, left exactly where they fell on the back of our property. Oy vey.

View of three giant Ponderosas, left exactly where they fell on the back of our property. Oy vey.

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Guest Room: DONE!

It’s kinda pathetic that almost one year to the day that I documented we were FINALLY starting to decorate our remodeled guest room

…I have FINALLY finished decorating the remodeled guest room.

Okay. So, since is the second project I’ve finished this month that feels as though it kinda dragged on a loooooong time, I feel like I just have to be clear… Continue reading

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Bathroom: DONE

Continuing the trend of “things I made progress on and therefore not everything in this world is a shitshow”, I give you…

The upstairs bathroom:

Once known as the "bathroom from hell", and "bitch bathroom", after four plus years it is now perfect.

Once known as the “bathroom from hell”, and “bitch bathroom”, after 4+ years it is now PERFECT.

I even got old Pepsi crates from Fresno for shelves. Totally CRUSHING the Museum of Us mission.

I even got old Pepsi crates from Fresno for shelves. Totally CRUSHING the Museum of Us mission.

It’s REALLY DONE now.

Yes, construction was finished like over six months ago, and then I even fixed the construction that was broken. BUT it took me a while to get everything I wanted for it. Everything has to be just. so. in Lisaland. In my museum.

And now it is.

(Just so in time for our first non-dog bather, too, when Munga comes to visit in three weeks!)

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