Captain Fun in action

Captain Fun in action

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Demolition Time!

This looks like fun doesn't it?  It doesn't?  Well I'm here to tell you it is!..... for just about 30 minutes.  But nothing puts money in your pocket like doing the unskilled HARD work yourself.  If you haven't done physically hard work sometime in your life days at a time, hire this done. For inquiring minds the demolition debris went to a pile outside for accumulation into one BIG truckload for the dump. You can also rent a big bin. We saved a bundle and then invested in Ibuprophen. By the way we cancelled many of our holiday obligations in advance for "the project".  Wonder what we will remodel this Christmas.

Out comes the pantry in the corner.  Repeat for all the other cupboards and cabinets.


Repeat for all the other cupboards and cabinets, except the one supporting your working sink.
Next attack the doors, framing and door molding to help get flooring up.
First of three layers of linoleum circa 2012, 197X, 1952.
Now to get the rest up down to the subflooring...  Just set your skill saw to 1/4", cut through it at about 2 feet from wall and get out the digging bar from the tool shed to pry up the old layers.
Two old linoleum layers, 1/4 " plywood and 500 flooring nails later....
I'm tired just looking at the pictures again.  Yes, my t-shirt is soaked.  TMI?  Sorry about that.
Remove the cabinets supporting your working sink LAST!  Yep, you gonna do dishes in the family room bathroom with a dish drainer to one side. Note plastic sheeting to keep the rest of the house relatively dust free.

The Dining Room Becomes the Kitchen

Contrary to what you see in the home make over shows, you don't have the luxury of moving out for the renovation.  This is especially true if you are doing it yourself with contracted help for selected professional skills.  So here is how we set up a temporary kitchen to survive about 4 months "in exile".  First you move the refrigerator.  No bid deal except removing the doors, and freezer drawer to get it out of the 30" door. Then most of the food comes out.  Then you slide it into the living room on those plastic slider discs you buy at Home Depot.  OK, it WAS a big deal.

Then move the electric mini oven, microwave and bins or the cupboard food to dining room.  A little like camping, but mostly very disorienting when you try to prepare a meal.

For now, leave the stove in place and continue to use through the demolition (sneak preview). You just have to cover it for dust etc.

Eventually the stove also migrates out of the "war zone" and is inoperative of course. For relief we did take out a little more often, especially after a hard day on the "project".  Be careful to plan some fun time away or the "project" can kill a marriage you are intending to enhance.

Jeanne is a real trooper and we "made do" for the many weeks by "keeping our eyes on the prize set before us" (to borrow a phrase).  Happy camping!!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Before Kitchen.

Last year I promised my sweet wife a new kitchen for Christmas. It was way overdue, and I wanted it for my Christmas as well to be honest.  Our home was built in 1952 and the evidence shown in these "before" pictures may bring a smile to your face.

Jeanne has a bite while I look toward the living room and the closed door to a bedroom.  We seldom actually used that entrance once the kids were grown.

The only upgrade from the original was some linoleum tile out of desperation.  Family room door is beyond cabinets and was originally the back door to the house before addition in about 1974.

Does this take you back?  I must have replaced "O" rings and seats just about every year we lived here, and the whole fixture twice.

Well at least the cupboards and cabinets where in "great shape".

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Long Time Coming

As you can see from the date of the last blog it has been a LONG time since I used this space to communicate.  Much has happened to displace the time I used for blogging, most of it good I'm pleased to report.  About that later time allowing.  Hope you will enjoy my new posts however sparse.  Thank you all!

The little girl in the previous post has grown and is one of our most precious and anticipated guests from time to time.  Daylin recently spent some time to see SD Zoo.  Elementary grandparenting.

Guess where we are going!
On the way to see elephants and giraffes.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Day in Winchester

Jeanne and I traveled to Winchester California (just north east of Temecula) to celebrate Christmas with her son Daniel, daughter-in-law Danielle, grandson Dylan and newborn granddaughter Daylin and the rest of the family. Winchester is the site of the horse ranch Danielle's mom Renee runs. The California  back country is beautiful this time of year. The star if the celebration was Daylin, who cooed and slept except when feeding time came.

Grandma Jeanne holds Daylin for a close-up.

The only eyes open picture so far.  Daylin, NOT Jeanne!!

I almost cried. Don't tell anyone.

Proud father Daniel gets ANOTHER smile from Daylin.

I love the way little ones make the family closer. Jeanne and Daniel have always been close. Jeanne and Danielle have really become a team getting ready, then during delivery.

Jeanne gets one of the whole family at the traditional British popper fortune and prize opening.  We are all children of our King as you can see. Clockwise from me on right is great grandma Denise, great grandpa Wayne, Tamara, Daniel, Danielle, Dylan, and Renee. Lisa and her fiance Ray had to work, so we celebrated with them on the 23rd.  What fun!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Another birth at Christmas

As I mentioned in our Christmas letter post Jeanne and I have been involved in planting a new church (satellite) in Rancho San Diego. We are a multi-site church with one staff for all locations. For those of you who don't know where that is: east of  La Mesa, south of El Cajon at the very east end of Hwy 94.  So about 15 minutes due east of our house. We started by renting space at the large Edwards Theatre complex in the heart of the Rancho SD mall. That was a good beginning, and yes, we set up church and break it down and put all the gear for kids and a sound system for the "worship center"  back in two large trailers each Sunday.

 The only disadvantage to the Edwards space was that we couldn't just enjoy visiting after church because we had to breakdown quickly to make way for the incoming movie patrons. God provided another place for us (a story in itself) at the nearby Cuyamaca Community College across the street from the mall. Above our church "dualie" pulls into the loading area of the brand new multimillion dollar Theatre Arts building where we now have our services with no pressure to leave quickly!

Our first service was Christmas Eve. Gotta have a Christmas Tree!!  What a blessing to have this opportunity.
Jeanne helps decorate the foyer.

 Here we set up another theatre in the complex as an infant to 2 yr old care room.

Fran and our greeters welcome families as they arrive.  My favorite is the princess in tennis shoes!

Here you see the whole complex (and our goofy youth pastor) as you near the main theatre we use as "worship center" or "Adult Auditorium".

Here is JC Navarro our pastor in the center with the really ugly Christmas sweater and members of the worship team.

Yet another greeting as you pick up your program with sermon notes, flyers, the ususal...

Now we have seating for nearly 300 in a beautiful new auditorium that would otherwise not be used on a weekend.  Thank you Lord!!

 In come our new growing congregation. We had about 200 Christmas Eve.

Worship team music is always live. This is where I help out on a rotation basis. I LOVE IT!!

After service is Coffee...

...and sweet fellowship. Time to get to know each other better as we encourage each other to find and follow Jesus.  Amen!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Letter 2011

 Merry Christmas from San Diego!  I write on a beautiful Sunday morning of 70 degrees and a cloudless sky.  I know it is winter because I’m wearing my long wet suit when I paddle out for winter waves of 57 degrees.

Jeanne and I are on our way to Temecula to spend time with her son Daniel’s family who are now real in-laws as he married his lovely girlfriend Danielle this year.  We got an instant grandson named Dylan (7) from her previous marriage.  He is the greatest little guy who has captured our hearts with his gentle spirit and intelligence.  This summer he got to meet and play with his new cousin Danny when Renee (daughter) and Ale visited this summer.  Danny had a 2 yr old birthday party and he and Dylan enjoyed the little wading pool together. Danny loved his new cousin instantly as an inventive playmate who was patient and kind and fun all afternoon. Kids are such an example of acceptance of others if you pay attention! Dylan has started to spend a weekend with Grandpa Warren and Grandma Jeanne when he is out of school.  He loves the beach, and scooter and bikes and LEGO!!  He also has a new baby sister Daylin who came into the world just the day before yesterday (12/23) !  Grandma Jeanne got to be there, and this morning I anticipate holding this precious gift from God. Pictures on my blog at:

Early last January my manager called me into his office to give me a new assignment. He promised a challenge for me. I now serve as the sole customer facing consultant to the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District.  This is the local arm of the EPA in our county with about 300 staff, mostly chemists. They are pretty set in their ways and are having difficulty adapting to the software we have installed and customized for them.  The APCD IT manager is a sharp guy who works hard and demands a great deal from his consultant – me.  Together we are automating their operation and soon will be making it web automated for permit review and renewal via internet including paying annual fees etc.  To complicate things, on May 1 this year my contract to do this work was bought by Hewlett-Packard.  SD County extended the contract to 2017 (which is great) but I had to squeeze in the on-boarding activities, including a large dose of company Kool-Aid and a new management culture.  So far HP is leaning on guys like me to keep the customer happy until they can take control of customer issues.

Jeanne is working for a female dentist 1 to 3 days a week these days. In fact their whole staff is female. She works hard there as they see a lot of patients per day.  On days off she hits the gym and has done a lot of decorating, and organizing along with the usual chores so we can enjoy our time when we are home together.  I simply cannot tell you how she has “decorated” my entire life in so many delightful ways.  We also enjoy prayer and scripture and inspirational books together.  We watch movies and read to each other.  Our favorite this year was Ken Follett’s “Fall of Giants”.  Book one of a trilogy starting with WWI Europe to continue through WWII and into modern industrial age.

This spring Jeanne and I acted like little kids and went to Disneyland for a couple of days. She has not been for a long time, and I had not seen many of the new attractions. It was good for both of us, as we relaxed and enjoyed the entertainment at a leisurely pace. Jeanne has a penchant for making me laugh as we explored our childhood views of Disney, movies, siblings, family culture and misbehaving.  July 10 we celebrated 2 whole years of marital bliss with a special evening at Donovan’s on Fifth in the Gas Lamp District downtown.  We have been pleasantly surprised at how quickly trust and emotional compatibility have grown between us. We also started dance lessons at Balboa Park Dancers nearby. We got into East Coast swing, foxtrot, and were introduced to others.  We really enjoy this engaging activity and the exercise.  No surprise I’m still surfing on Saturday mornings with my buddies at Tourmaline Surfing Park.

As mentioned above Renee (my oldest daughter) and Alejandro and grandson Danny made a trip to San Diego. It was great to see them, play with Danny and catch up. Alejandro has his handyman business going full time and is pretty busy. Renee continues to enjoy working from home as a Mary Kay consultant and full time mom.  Her blog is amazing:  Family and recipes to boot.
Lisa is still engaged (since last Christmas) to Ray Villegas.  They will get married Feb 29 and we are looking forward to Renee and Ale getting out for that.  This year her prayers and hard work resulted in promotion to manager and AMC theatres in La Jolla.  We like to meet for dinner then free movies from her family tickets benefit!  Lisa still is passionate about film and has competed with a team in preparing short subject entries.  She also joined our church: Eastlake Community Church.

Speaking of church, last August Jeanne and I volunteered with about 100 others to plant a satellite church in Rancho San Diego.  EastLake Chula Vista is designed to accommodate 10,000 and we are about 7000 now. So in anticipation we have planted an internet church, and 3 satellite location churches. We have separate live worship team bands, and local pastor, but share the preaching from Chula Vista or one of the satellites or one of our out-of-state plants.  Isn’t the internet handy?  Christmas Eve was our first service in the new location: the new Theatre Arts complex at Cuyamaca Community College.  We had about 200 attend.  I’m back to playing guitar in rotation at the Rancho satellite. Quarterly I contribute to our Email Devotional that goes out M – F to those who subscribe online. When did Jesus get this techie?

Alas Christmas is a little different this year because Ken flew in and scooped Kate (Mom) up on Dec 16 and flew here back to Oahu for celebration with himself and Violet and son Chris (and dog Kona).  That dog is gonna be spoiled!  Jeanne and I will fly out on Martin Luther King holiday and bring Mom back with us after two weeks of much needed get away.  She continues to live where I grew up with help from our dear Charlene Cole-Young.  This has been a tough year for Charlene as she lost her husband Orson, and recently here dad.  Still she and her daughter have provided steady sustaining help to Kate in spite of family difficulty and a knee replacement which was very successful!  This holiday season she is on vacation well deserved.

Jeanne’s brother Pierre moved up on the property her family owns in Cohasset California which is the site where her mom, Lorae has her home.  He checks up and is a help with various needs that arise.  Jeanne has more peace of mind with him keeping an eye on things up there.

That rounds out the family news from us.  We genuinely care that you have a connection to us as we move into 2012 together.  Merry Christmas and God bless you!