Admittedly, it's no secret to those who know me - I'm a serial renovator (and proud of it). Until our previous home in Piedmont, Cliff and I hadn't lived in a house for more than four years. We'd typically buy a "fixer" and once "fixed," would turn around and sell it in order to purchase the next and pay off the liens. (They haven't yet invented the 12-step program for remodelers, but when they do, no doubt my husband will be signing me up!)
I'll admit I was wrong. After the death of our beloved Labrador, Buck, a few months back (he was 14), I swore I'd never get another BIG dog. I just couldn't see replacing him.
It's feeling a little "biblical" around here, what with storm after storm pounding the East Bay. Have you begun building your ark yet?
Understanding Disclosure Packages is lot like giving birth. Labor takes forever the first time around, but it gets quicker with each succeeding pregnancy. (I didn't say easier, I said quicker.) Trust me, you'll get much more adept at digesting the mounds of materials each time you give it another go. AND just like labor, it's a hell of a shock to the system, so remember to BREATHE!
We all either love "Nextdoor," the Google bulletin-board site that's very neighborhood specific, or hate it.
Before well-meaning botanists write in, I know this common garden weed is technically, "oxalis," but for the sake of poetry, perhaps you'll give me some literary latitude ("over" doesn't rhyme with "oxalis").
Between you and me, it wasn't a terrific break. I started off the holidays with the flu and then our college-age son, Tristan, arrived home for winter vacation and promptly got sick as well. Goodbye 2016; I'm looking forward to a clean slate in 2017.
I spent Wednesday wedding dress shopping with my niece, Marnie, her mother, Diana, and my sister, Jill, at the new Anthropologie store in Walnut Creek. (Run, don't walk; it's fantastic!)
"Mom, I need you to resend that 'thing'," Tristan's text instructed.
Earlier in the day I had uploaded a rental agreement along with Tristan's email address, and three of his friends' (and their parents' ), into Docusign for each of their respective signatures.
"Hugo, you're going to kill me," I said, "but that fence is too high. Can we bring it down a foot?"
"I built it based on the drawings you gave me," he sweetly replied, pointing to the plans. "Si?"
Julie Gardner, referred to as, "the pulse of Piedmont," has been writing The Piedmont Perspective for 9 years.