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Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 in Blog, Inspiration & Thoughts, Thoughts | 6 comments

The Joy of Building Something New.

The Joy of Building Something New.


What you see in this picture is the old fence on the left side of our house. This fence was built without much love before we bought our house in 2003. The wood was bad quality and the construction terrible. As a result, it only lasted for 10 years, which is not much for a fence. According to my research, a good fence should last about 40 years.

fence before

We had to think a lot before deciding to replace our old fence, mainly because of the cost involved. But the strong winds that hit California once in a while didn’t give us too much time to think. One day, while Bill was traveling and I was home alone with the kids, the fence started break-dancing with the wind, to the point of making Natalie and Diego jump up and down with great excitement. It is a miracle that it didn’t fall apart. I had to attach a chain from one of the posts on the fence to our deck to make sure that it didn’t collapse.

house without fence

After the wind stopped, our old fence had to wait for the next step. We could have hired someone local to build a new one, but I really wanted my brother Alex to do it. He is the  person that I trust when it comes to building anything  for our house professionally and with love. The only problem was that Alex  lives in Florida and is very busy. He is a general contractor with a lot of work going on all the time.

But after 6 months, on August 3rd to be exact, Alex arrived with his family to build us a new fence. Yay!!!! It has been wonderful. We’re all having fun eating the delicious cuban meals that my sister-in-law cooks (she’s the best cook ever!).

Watching my brother build a new fence from scratch is not only fascinating but inspiring. I cannot wait to share the lessons that I have learned from this experience with you.

Alex is the person with the long t-shirt hair on the photo above. Can you spot him? You don’t see our old fence in that picture because it is gone. Our house wanted you to know that she feels very exposed showing her underwear. Can you see her little rectangular eyes looking up with a shy expression? The pick up truck on the left is the one we rented to transport the materials. The tree on the right is one of 3 illegal specimens that we own. They were  illegally planted by the person who owned our house before. But the truth is that those trees haven’t committed any crime. We demand that the city absolve them 🙂 When the city sends their tree trimmers to our neighborhood, they ignore our illegal specimens as if they were delinquents. So we’re in charge of doing their haircut once in a while. My studio is on the right extreme of the photo, covered by the tree.

I wanted to give you a sneak peek of what’s going on in my life now. We will be taking a break during the weekend, specially my brother who hasn’t stopped working since he arrived. The plan is to drive up to our cabin in the mountains, so we can continue eating cuban food in a natural environment. But I will be back here on Monday.

Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!




  1. That’s so nice of him to take away and rebuild a new fence! Can’t wait to see it, but house looks real cute without the fence.
    I wonder what style of fence you will have?

    All I have here in the country is metal livestock fence.
    Every day I go out for an hour to pull or cut weeds by it but the weeds
    win. I do eliminate the giant ragweed plants as they are mock trees in short order
    and I am allergic to them. In the town near here, they are not allowed
    to have trees near the street either unless they are old growth.
    So your tree now is ‘okay’ as it has been there a while.
    Nice tree!

    • Hi Karen! I have the best brother ever. Building the new fence has been a great adventure.
      Also, I can picture where you live. It must be a relaxing and quiet place. Over here there are tons of trees everywhere, beautiful ones. But if you want to plant one, the city needs to be notified.
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  2. Oh, I’m so glad you’re repairing the old fence. How fun to have your brother doing it and your brother’s family with you for a while! I look forward to hearing more about your time together and to see the progress on the fence. Your mention of Cuban food has my mouth watering!

  3. It is very interesting to see the before and after pictures, and to get an idea of what your house looks like. I imagined that your backyard would be filled with flowers and shrubs after the pictures you posted in the spring, but I see your flowers are in the back corner by your studio, and along the fence?

    • Hi Nancy!
      Our big garden is in front of our house and on the left side. I also have a smaller one on the base of my studio mainly with succulents. This photo doesn’t show any of it. It all looks so naked. The shrubs and flowers and all the plants that you had in mind were actually all the way from one side of our fence to the other (the inner side), but we had to get rid of them in order to build the new fence. It broke my heart, but everything will come back gradually. Nature here grows easily.
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