Thursday, February 11, 2010

GR&DF thank you for stopping by and for the sweet comments!! Like warm hugs in the morning from distant friends - love them!!!

Not too much going on in my little life.....

Except - and you knew there would be one - we are getting new windows and a new sliding glass door. Our Apartment building was sold - again - and now we actually have a management company that is fixing up some of the problems that have been going on for years. Our pool - which the previous two companies kept locked up and unattended - is getting an overhaul - and they are even fixing the heating unit. In SF it stays pretty much in the 50's or 60's and foggy or overcast so there is no chance for the pool to ever really heat up from the Sun and the heater has been broken for the past decade. Needless to say it was an ice cold dip in the cement pond for those brave enough to get in - brrrrrrrrr! If the cold wasn't bad enough the pool was more like swamp water than a pond water - it had gone the most interesting shade of moldy greens and blacks. They have also replaced the rickety stairs and fencing all around the pool and parking area. Since we are built on a hill the pool is on the lowest level and required hanging on and gingerly maneuvering some not very stable stairs to get there. In addition to all that work they are replacing all the windows in every apartment and all the 2 story townhouses. Today is Townhouse day which makes it our day for window upgrading and replacing. When we get home there should be new windows in both bedrooms and in the living room, dinning room and a new sliding glass door. The one that is there now was actually put in backwards and it never ever closed properly. Anticipating this work we had been warned to move everything from in front of the work areas an leave a 3 foot space for the work to take place. We finished moving everything this morning and what a pain that was - we have way too much stuff and now all that stuff is all in piles - but in the end it will be worth it - hope springs eternal!

On the stitching front - I have been working on an exchange piece so there are no snaps of that.

On the flicker front Mel mentioned a really super film - "Leave Her to Heaven" - 1945 - starring Gene Tierney, Cornell Wilde and Jeanne Craine. A Good film worth a look. My film watching included two made for TV who dunit's - "Dead Man's Folly" - 1986 - starring Peter Ustinov and Jean Stapleton. Ustinov is super as Hercule Poirot - as he always was. The second film was "Murder with Mirrors" - 1985 - starring Helen Hayes (In her swan song), a very frail Bette Davis and John Mills. A very easy mystery to solve it is a nice piece to look at - with a very weak screenplay. Both films are weak, but if you are a fan of Agatha Christie and the starring players they are worth a look.

There you go sports fans - a short one today. Thank you for once again sharing a bit of your day here.

Take care,
edgar

10 comments:

Berit said...

I lol'ed 2 or 3 times at your building description; probably because our place has similar landlord woes! Well, we have no pool, but the not-quite-neglect bit.

Our Main room is "loftish" with windows all along the long wall (solid windows) which are half of the height of the room. And they are single pane. In NJ. Our Bedroom window is about 6' x 5'. And also single pane. With a slide-open action that leaks like a sieve. The kitchen cabinets are dark '70s chipboard...The tub faucet has a jagged edge... I could go on. But, it's cozy in its way, has a garage, and the rent is dirt cheap. :)

I'm a big whodunnit fan, but have not seen those films. :) maybe I should give it a look--after making sure I've read the originals, of course.

DonnaTN said...

Do you know Evil Under the Sun? It has Diana Rigg and Maggie Smith. I think it is a good one with Peter Ustinov as Hercule.

My Life In Stitches said...

Congrats on the new windows and fix ups around your place. We replaced our front door last year and I am glad we did. My big regret was waiting and not doing the back door at the same time. This year we got hit with major snow in the DC area and well, wish the back door had been replaced last year. Oh well...when the spring comes.
Just wondering, when they come to do work around your place, where your sweet little dogs are during it?
As always, enjoy reading your blog, Annette

Beth said...

Sounds like the rental house we just moved out of, we were so happy to move to our very own home and not have to deal with landlords anymore. The people we rented from didn't believe in silly things like working windows or sliding doors! How nice it's going to be when they fix up your windows and your pool too!

Myriam said...

It's the same everywhere....We are living in an apartment and it is the same....slowly for all to repare.... COURAGE!

Margaret said...

Oh nice that you're getting new windows and all! I can see how the pool would be cold without heating. Glad this new management is doing things right!

ariadne said...

I am so glad you will have new windows and doors amazing!And the pool!Too good to be true!As an administrator of our block of flats I know how difficult it is to look after a whole block and how much it costs!Good luck!
No title on your blog today and I was worried there was something bad you wanted to announce,silly of me!Ariadne from Greece!

Catherine said...

Wishing you luck on all the "renovations"!!!

Littlebit said...

Of course we want to see pics of your fabulous new windows..maybe more light for stitching?

Mel said...

New windows - how wonderful! That's on my list of things to get done around the house too - I think I'm going to stick with new carpet first! I'm so glad you like Leave Her to Heaven! Another I just finished watching is Mogamba w/Clark Gable, Grace Kelly & Ava Gardner. Love the scenery in the movie and the characters (especially Ava Gardner) but the ending just didn't do it for me. If you're looking for another movie, you should give that one a try.