Killion House 2.0

Well, we’re trying to settle in at the Killion house, but we’re having a few setbacks.  Mostly we’re realizing that we may have sold a bit too much in our auction last year.  We went on a few big shopping trips right after we arrived… but since my license hasn’t come through yet we’re a little hesitant to go on any more shopping sprees.

Of course when we arrived we had to buy plates, silverware, cups, bowls, and other kitchen things; sheets, pillows, comforters, and other bedroom things; towels, washcloths and a few other bathroom things.  Now we’re at the point where we want more of the “creature comforts…”

Want to make your favorite black beans & rice?  We have to go buy cumin and spices.

W wants biscuits?  We need to buy a rubber spatula and a baking sheet.

Want to paint over the white spackle marks on the walls?  We’ll need to go buy a paintbrush.

It goes on and on…  I started making a batch of lemonade the other day and realized we don’t have a pitcher large enough to hold 2 quarts.  I had to pour it into a pyrex bowl and store it in the fridge that way.  I’m not even sure my measurements were correct since I don’t have any liquid measuring cups : )

ONE quart pitcher and measuring cups

ONE quart pitcher and measuring cups

Pyrex storage containers... not measuring cups

Pyrex storage containers… not measuring cups

When we were living in the Hideaway cabin I felt like the only thing I missed… the only item that I wished we hadn’t sold was our ice tea maker.


That’s all I wanted to buy.  Of course now I can run down to the Target that’s 5 minutes away and pick it up for $20… but I don’t want to fill up all of our cabinets, drawers, and closets just yet.

Part of me LOVES that we have no extra “stuff.”  I don’t feel wasteful… I feel grateful that everything we do have is something that I love and specifically wanted to keep.  And the house sure feels bigger than I ever remember it being.


It’s Raining Cats!

You know we have Snowflake and Blackjack…. but did you know we picked up another cat or two?

Let me explain.  (No, there is too much; let me sum up.)

Wesley bought me a little notebook for my birthday when he was only six years old.  I didn’t really have any idea why he bought it for me… other than it was a reddish-pink color and he must have thought it was for “girls.”

The Notebook

The Notebook

Don’t you love how awesome I am with that sword?!

I still couldn’t think of any reason why he picked it out for me, but I decided I would try to use it with him.  I started writing him notes in The Notebook and leaving it for him to find.  He would answer me back and tell me things I couldn’t get him to talk about face-to-face.  (Sometimes he wouldn’t answer with anything “revealing” at all… but at least he answered me.)

When we got to LA I asked him what he liked most about living in California again…  I asked him what he liked most about his room… and I asked him what he was looking forward to at school.  He told me nothing.  He was looking forward to NOTHING at school.    When I asked him what feelings he had about school, he told me only one; sad.  : (

So I wrote that I wanted him to be happy about going back to school and what could I do to make it better?  He never responded.  I left The Notebook out several nights in a row on his bed so he would answer… but he never wrote down anything.

Fast forward a week and these are our new foster kittens; Pouncer, Kit Kat Jam and Skid.

New additions to the family

New additions to the family

Foster Kitten

Kit Kat Jam

Foster Kitten


Foster Kitten


Wesley named all of the kittens… and no, Skid is not named after what you’re thinking : )  He gets his name from running so fast and then skidding across the hardwood floor in Wesley’s room.

Wesley started asking about foster kittens almost as soon as we got unpacked.  He loved fostering when we lived in Austin.  Actually we all kind of enjoyed it… that’s how we found Blackjack : )

We picked up the kittens on Saturday and they’ve been living in Wesley’s room ever since. We were sitting in his room petting the kittens and chuckling at them as they chased each other and played with string… and I asked him, “What would make school better?  You never answered me in the notebook.”

He said, “This.  This is what makes it better.”

I guess when you’re ten years old kittens make everything better.


Well, we’ve been in the house for exactly a month now, and I’m really seeing progress!  Here are a few pics from when we first arrived…


The garage on July 12th

The "master" bedroom

The “master” bedroom

Wesley's room

Wesley’s bedroom…

You’ll notice we don’t have ANY covers on the beds… because we sold them all in the auction!  Actually, we sold almost EVERYTHING in the auction.  When you plan to travel for a year, that’s what you do : )

We’ve had to spend half our time unpacking and half our time shopping for necessary items.  Of course we kept some of our furniture, mementos, pictures, and expensive items that we didn’t want to have to replace (the Pasquini cappuccino machine, the pricey vacuum cleaner), but we sold the rest.  We arrived at Killion on August 9th with no dishes, no bed linens, and no appliances.

So far we’ve had to purchase:

  • Dishes
  • Silverware
  • Pots & Pans
  • Comforters
  • Sheets
  • Towels
  • and a dozen other little “miscellaneous” pieces

But progress has been made.  Just look at Wesley’s bedroom now…

Curtains, comforter, and even artwork!

Curtains, comforter, and even artwork on the walls!


I don’t know yet if I’ll be seeing massage clients at our house, but I’m prepared just in case.

Massage Room

Massage Room

Our bedroom has improved as well.  We now have a real comforter…

... now with covers!

Look, a real blanket…



... and working closet doors.

… and working closet doors.














But the real spot that needs the most work is the yard.  Both the front and back yard are overgrown and in need of some major help.  We don’t want to hire any gardeners yet… because we don’t know what direction we want to go with the house/garden.  So we’ve been working on it on our own a little bit each week.  We bought a rake and some edging clippers and are trying to cut our way through our own little jungle.


Wesley even helps when the job is “hacking away” at the plants.IMG_1111 IMG_1114


Hopefully by the next time I post, the pictures of the garden will be a lot more fabulous… and the house will have a few more rooms that are “done.”  I only have two more boxes left to unpack!