Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Change Of Seasons

For those of you looking for a post about fishing, now is the time to bail.

First I'm going to talk about a phenomenon I first learned about in Minnesota back 30 years or so. Most people like to think that there are four seasons, but in truth there are really only two. Winter and road repair.

This phenomenon is true in most states, but more so in those states that experience that dreaded white stuff called snow. See, if you are in an area that doesn't experience snow then your road repair department (here in California it's called Cal-Trans [California Department of Transportation]) can screw up your commute any time of the year.

But what this post is about is the two seasons I experience here at La Casa Kautz and those are Winter and remodeling. Once again we have moved into the remodeling season because it's going to be hotter than hell for the next week or so. Kind of stupid, but it is what it is. We will not suffer quite as badly as they will down in the Sacramento Valley. Here is what they are expecting: Thursday upper 90's, Friday 104, Saturday 108, Sunday hot, Monday hot, Tuesday hot. OK you get the picture.

So I pick (with the help of my son) this weekend to kick off the next remodeling project. When we moved into La Casa Kautz in the Summer of 2004 it was listed at a 2 bedroom, 2 bath house. When you remove my wife's sewing room and the nerve center of Northern California Trout, it now becomes a 0 bedroom, 2 bath house so....... the downstairs area, that is now our bedroom (and I might note that it is about 15 degrees cooler than upstairs), will not be classified a bedroom until there is a closet. As in most places, if the room doesn't have a closet it can not be classified a bedroom even though we have a closet in the area (kind of a walkway) next to the bedroom. 

Besides when I get this done, I can have it changed to a 3 bedroom, 2 bath and it will be worth more because when the real estate crash occurred the value of the house took a dump just like everybody's.  
So I'm taking off the Shoreman hat (only for the weekend) and putting on the Remodeling Mark hat and away I go. 

Not sure if I'm going to build the closet (I can do that, I have the tools and I'm not afraid to use them) or go the IKEA route, but I'll keep you informed.

Step 1, moved around all the furniture so the area for the closet is clear. That's the plan for this weekend.

Stay tuned for more updates.



  1. Applaud your efforts and thoughts, Mark. Nice to tackle a project like that when it to darn hot to fish most places anyway. Good luck and will follow along as the project goes.

    1. When is it too hot to fish? When it gets hot down I just move up. Works well when you live in the mountains.

  2. Good luck on the project. Sounds like it could be fun. And before you know it you'll have La Grande Casa Kautz.

  3. I know that some remodeling work is necessary. But it sucks.
    Good luck on your attempt.

  4. Mark
    I will thinking of you this weekend when I landing those spots on Smith---glad I am not into the remodeling mode--I think I will chose fishing--as for the crazy weather---global warming ---refer to Al Gore

  5. I know the feeling. I've got a list as long as my leg for what I should be doing...