My manuscript is in the hands of a potential publisher. Waiting on pins and needles…


Writers Need Readers

I have been writing since I was 15. I’ll be 50 later this year. If I don’t publish a book soon, it’s going to be too late. I have been working on this manuscript through multiple incarnations since 2009.

In the fall of 2016, I finally hit on a structure for my book. The chapters are set out as if you are in the Fairhope Public Library.

It’s now May 20, 2017 and my manuscript is in the hands of several readers. I’m waiting for them to finish reading or to get their feedback. With library school kicking my butt in May and June, I hope to get to some edits in July.


Sell and Sod

Main 2

We have a pending contract to sell our house! We will be closing on our current home August 5. We will be moving in with Sue’s mom and dad for a few weeks while our new home is being complete. In the meantime, enjoy the progress.


Looking southwest. The steps off the side of the front porch will be bricked this week.

The sod was rolled out Thursday. The front of the house is set to be painted this week too.    Icy Lemonade (Sherwin Williams), perfect for late July in Alabama.

We love this old gnarled cedar.

Soon-to-be screened in back porch.

Lots of people comment on our low roof pitch. (Determined by the number of inches it rises vertically for every 12 inches it extends horizontally. Also referred to as roof slope or roof slant, according to roofgenius.com) Typically, you see 8 on 12, like the neighbor’s on the left. We’ve always liked the lower 6 on 12 pitch of older homes. It reminds us of our first ranch house in Falmouth, which was built in 1955.


Kitchen looking from the back door.

From the living room.

The giallo fiesta granite and subway tile back splash provide a nice contrast to the coffee stained cabinets.

Living room with coffered ceiling looking north. When the bricklayers come back to do the steps they will build the raised hearth and brick around the wood-burning firebox.

View from the front entry.

From the kitchen looking southeast. Donnie the trim guy will be back this week to finish the trim work, hang the custom doors, and install door levers.

Front bedroom

The luxury vinyl tile is sawtooth gray. The walls are Misty (also Sherwin Williams).

Bedroom three.

Master bedroom.

Master Bath

Master Shower with cultured marble. Plumbers arrive this week to install fixtures.

Laundry room

 Sue’s office.

Front entry, looking east. Yes, there will be a railing.


Cabinets and Driveway

There has been lots of activity this past week at the house. We met with Bobby Radcliff, our builder, Mike from Creative Cabinets, the door hardware person Jana from Southern Brass, Mike and Kathy the painters, cultured marble guy, electrician, Pedro the concrete man, RC the landscaper. Oh yeah, the guy from Coastal Stone was measuring for our granite.


Shaker style Coffee stained cabinets with feet

Our Window seat in the front bedroom

Guest bath vanity

Master bath vanity

Laundry room cabinets

From the garage before the cement mixers arrive

Bottom of driveway before pouring begins

Truck one

From the kitchen window

Pedro, guiding the shoot, and his dad on the right, from our front porch

Sue’s Dad with Pedro’s Dad getting ready for the third mixer

From the garage

Looking southwest


Street view


Happy Fourth of July!

With all the buzz around the construction of our new house, we’re excited to share that our current home is now For Sale! Please help us share our listing however you wish.

Alas, time marches on and the new house continues to shine.

The front of the house this morning.


From the driveway, which might be poured later this week.

Finally committed to brick steps with white railings for the front porch.

Back porch. We’re having a 10 by 10 patio poured linking the garage door with the covered porch.

Kitchen, with crown moulding and painted ceiling.

Boxed out and ready for the coffered ceilings.

The trimmed out front bedroom window. Window seat will be added later.

Fourth of July greetings to you from our front porch.



The Sheetrock is up! We have rooms! Yesterday, June 18, the crew started taping and coating.

Living Room

Living room from front entryway

Bedroom Two

Guest Bath

Hallway to Bedroom Three and Master

Bedroom Three

Master Bedroom

Master Bath from Master Closet Entry

Master Shower

Laundry and Sue’s Office

Kitchen and Keeping Room from Entry to Living Room


Brick Delivery

So here we are Memorial Day Weekend and the brick has been delivered. Belle Grae is the color of the brick, and although it is supposed to be reddish, it definitely looks more brownish. We’ll have to wait until it’s a wall, and hope it captures the look we envisioned. It also has some white, so that should offset the browns. If it is too dark we may change the finish on the exterior lighting.



Although this is not a great sample, Giallo Fiesta is the granite we selected. Our slabs have browns, whites, blacks, grays, and flecks of burgundy. The piece for our island has some subtle veining.

Plumbing Fixtures


The Moen Arris line will be in the master and the Align will be in the guest bath. We love the rain shower with a diverter for a handheld. The bar also doubles as an ADA compliant grab bar for me.


We went with Spray Foam in the attic. We also insulated some of the interior walls, especially between the bathrooms.

From our master bedroom looking into the master bath with pocket door.



These fan lights will be for our uutdoor light fixtures, including the garage, front and back porch


Sue and I are still deciding two or three of these Kichler 9 inch diameter fixtures over the island. I’m in favor of the Rule of Three, given that our island is 39 by 79 and will also be our only eating area.

Until next time. Thanks for following.


Progress in Pictures

They have made a tremendous amount of progress since my last post. They started framing on April 25. Here’s some photos of what has been happening over the last three weeks.





5/14 and 5/15

The front with the tree on the left corner of the house removed  and after the live oak underwent a class III pruning by Rose’s Tree Service. The pruning was done to remove the deadwood and thin the middle of the canopy.


The living room, from the front door with the kitchen off Sue’s right shoulder with the door way to the garage.

The living room, with wood burning fireplace, from the hallway.

Kitchen and keeping room from the living room looking west onto the back porch.First opening on Left is the pantry and the second is the laundry room.

Back yard from the porch

View from the dining/keeping room of the kitchen and living room beyond. Kitchen sink under the window, and pantry opening to the right.

I’m standing in the laundry room and looking into Sue’s office. The wing wall separates the laundry from the office while still allowing some natural light into the laundry. Pocket door opening on the right into the keeping room, and the doorway to the screened in back porch.

Master bath from the master closet. On the right are the shower, pass through doorway to the laundry, dual sink vanity, and commode.

Master Bedroom from hallway.

Bedroom Three.

Guest bathroom

Bedroom Two