If you’re still keeping track, no we have not settled into Casa Nana.
We are renovating and re-thinking some things, though. I’m not at all ashamed to say that our house could stand for some revisions.
Problem: The entry hall was meant to be serene. Muted colors, subdued lighting. But when a happy toddler came to visit us at Christmas, and burst into tears when she saw the entryway, we understood immediately. Toddlers do not lie, and we went too far with the serenity bit. Solution: So we’re brightening the colors.
Problem: The ponds — all three of them — never quite “took.” They were designed to have no pumps, no filters, and no feeding schedule. Between the guppies and the plants, there were supposed to be no problems with algae or sludge. Sadly, the guppies and plants never really teamed up. Solution: I wanted the first courtyard pond — henceforth called the koi pond — to be a source of trickling water. And now it is, because we installed a pump and filter. The second pond, which is the Buddha pond, will no longer contain fish, just guppies, because the fish were attracting cats. One of them, we suspect, knocked the poor bruised Buddha into the pond.
Problem: We added container plants around the property to soften the edges. But aside from the succulents, potted plants need to be watered every other day. At least a gallon each time! Solution: Pray for rain, and we did, and it worked. And the house seems to be pretty water-tight these days, after some initial challenges with the skylights and some slider doors. The house will be absolutely grand when we return this fall.