Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Life Update

Life owning a house is always an adventure.

The thaw and rain in early April taught us that the basement has a seepage problem - not a ton of water, but enough to ruin the carpet. We thought we had fixed the problem with the addition of window well covers, but we were dismayed at the start of May to discover the leak had returned with the heavy rains. Although we have not decided yet on a final course of action, I anticipate adding French drains to the northwestern corner of the house to avoid this problem in the future.

This, of course, as we are set to have Tony's boyfriend, Jason, move in.

On a brighter note, with Steve's ardent lead we have created a raised garden on the east side of the garage, about 4x20' in size. For our first season, I (somewhat haphazardly) planted: beets, spinach, marigolds, garlic, peas, carrots and onions. Fortunately, all of these crops are somewhat cold-resistant, because this past Saturday (Mother's day, of course), Colorado's weather decided to turn cold and snowy.  I think, and hope, that this will be the last freeze however.

No changes to report on the work front; things generally continue to go well, and the development team is growing.

BrightonMusic had a good 2014-2015 season, with two CU students submitting compositions for our Homespun concert. I have also had a number of my own compositions or arrangements performed throughout the season, including "Brighton Fanfare", "Rise of the Machines", and "Hoedown for Strings." Lee Grothe also organized a surprise celebration for Kat, in recognition of her work in Brighton and elsewhere. (Astonishingly, she had no idea it was coming!)

Overall, I would tentatively say life is going well. We have some challenges to overcome regarding the house and the finances required to repair it, but I think we can overcome those.