Happy Holidays 2017

Belated Holiday Greetings & Happy New Year!

We apologize for being absent in 2016 (and almost doing the same in 2017) – but wanted to get a note out before we enter 2018 to let you know what we’ve been up to.

Steve continues to enjoy working with Motorola Solutions, where he has recently been promoted to a senior systems technologist (much less travel this year, too). I am still freelancing, and my current novel-in-progress was named a finalist for the Tucson Festival of Books Writing Competition and a semi-finalist in the Dana Award for the Novel.

We have enjoyed many treks into the desert on our Polaris this year, snapping photos, and watching the desert critters that visit us with great frequency (roadrunners, rattlesnakes, jackrabbits, hummingbirds, coyotes, bobcats, javelina, etc.)

The biggest news: We did, in fact, move in to the “new” house on May 2, 2016 (Hard to believe we began early prep in 2008 and foundation back in 2009). Naturally, it wasn’t completely finished when we moved in — and still isn’t. But since move-in, and over the past year, we’ve puttered with a few things that needed completion: the Jack ‘N Jill bathroom, flooring, quarter round trim, bullnose tile in the entryway, another tongue-and-groove ceiling, backsplashes behind the bars, screened-in porches, and some new furniture (the first we have ever owned!). Steve did an incredible job building this house! Oh – and the kitchen drawer pulls – those came from rocks I collected on our property.

There is still much to do (including the entire master bedroom/bath suite), outside deck, landscaping, etc. But first on our agenda in 2018 is to remove the old garage, which will improve our views of the mountains!

We hope you had a wonderful 2017 and wish you the best in the coming year. We hope to hear from you soon.

Enjoy some of our finished shots. And if you want to look back at progress from 2015, visit our previous newsletter / photos.

I snapped a few pics along the way, too, if you’d like to take a peek:

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