I don’t know what triggered it, but the last couple of nights I had long and elaborate dreams about Xangans. Last night it was about the courtship of WildWomanOfTheWest and MeteorologyMan, and for some reason Atzenicarlo figured heavily. The night before I dreamed about Xangans every time I fell asleep. I don’t remember much except that SaintVi was riding her bike, like a cheerful parody of the woman with the bike in Wizard of Oz who becomes the Wicked Witch of the West.
I suspect that last night’s dream was triggered by a Facebook comment by Bob about not traveling for work while Tamy is sick. SaintVi might have mentioned bicycling in a recent post. I don’t know how Atzenicarlo came into it except I read that one of his comments just before I fell asleep.
No tangible progress was made on the house over the weekend. Alicia and I were too busy celebrating being back together after almost four weeks apart. Last night we visited flooring stores again and ordered laminate for upstairs and part of the downstairs. It has a 50-year warranty so should be great quality. You can see it here. (Yay, I did a hyperlink in WP!)
The kitchen, breakfast room, laundry room, and possibly dining room will have tile. We’re leaning toward a very inexpensive light beige tile from Home Depot. If they have more than one size, we may do a pattern. Alicia would like a big travertine star medallion just inside the front door. Home Depot has some for $99 that look pretty nice and should coordinate with the beige tile.
Having the house torn up is extremely stressful for my wife, so I will try to finish the kitchen soon, and at least one of the living areas. That way she can have a couple of pleasant areas with little dust or clutter. She’s got a regular gig starting this weekend, singing every other Saturday night at the Colombian restaurant, plus two major concerts in Medellín in November and December, so she’s concerned about keeping her lungs dust-free and having a relaxing place in which to practice.
The trickiest part of the flooring will be the staircase. I can get laminate tread covers, but at $50 per tread, that’s a ridiculous amount just for the stairs! So I may end up with stained outside corner molding on the front edges of each step, with tile behind and below it.
I love flooring, especially tile. It’s something I know enough about to be able to improvise and expect that it will turn out well. By and large, Alicia and I have similar tastes, although she likes the floor tile that looks like wood, and glass wall tiles, whereas I suspect that both will look dated in a few years. I prefer natural stone (travertine, marble, granite, tumblestone) or tiles that look like stone, because I think they will still look classy in 15-20 years.
The realtor who helped us buy the house insists that if we want to sell it, the outside needs to be painted an earth tone, and the inside walls should be taupe. She also says we should have wood flooring downstairs and carpeting upstairs.
I personally hate the drabness of dirt-colored Tampa houses. We plan to paint the outside a rich yellow with white trim. And taupe for inside walls depresses me. We’re painting ours white. I can’t imagine anyone saying, “Oh, I love that house except for all the white walls!” White makes rooms bright and always looks good, whereas most other colors make things dark and go out of style or get on your nerves, and you end up repainting in a few years.
This area is nearly tropical. I’m sure there are many potential buyers who would be delighted to have wood floors in the bedrooms.
This is still our dream house, but we’re willing to sell it if that’s the only way to get out of debt. However, we’re decorating based on our own tastes and not current fashion.