Bob’s Projects

bobmargbrasilito2I often say that my Bob is always in motion. He is like a locomotive, full speed ahead. The reason I say that is because in the fourteen years since we have been married, Bob has completely gutted and remodeled a 45’ sailboat (the one we lived on and sailed to Costa Rica); built two houses in Costa Rica; remodeled two houses in South Carolina; remodeled the house that we currently live in (which included tearing out a wall, enlarging the kitchen, extending the 24′ deck to a 42’ deck, remodeling both bathrooms and putting in hardwood floors); tore apart a Harley Davidson Road Glide that the insurance company had totaled and rebuilt it into a Fireman’s Tribute Bike; remodeled a 34’ motorhome (which included tearing out the old carpet and installing hardwood floors throughout, repairing the outside bashed-in panels; and gutted the entire inside of a one-ton pickup truck, replacing the stained and torn carpet, refurbishing the leather seats, and removed the dents and dings on the outside.  There are a few other projects he has taken on, but those are the main ones. He did a lot of other things before I met him (bred Arabian horses; bee keeper; floor cleaning business; Xmas-tree flocking business [made a lot of money doing that!], but that was BM, before Margie), so I won’t go into all that.

Firefighter Tribute Bike

Firefighter Tribute Bike

The thing about Bob is his work is always good. He is a perfectionist. The sailboat was a show piece when he got done. The first house we built in Costa Rica (notice I say “we!”) was featured a few years ago at the top of the New York Times Real Estate section. The houses in South Carolina sold even when the selling wasn’t good, with one realtor lamenting that she wanted to buy it as it reminded her of a story-book house but she couldn’t afford it; the motorcycle has taken awards in any motorcycle shows he has put it in (he won’t put it in anymore because he can’t ride it while it is in show!), and I could go on and on.

I thought it would be fun to share some of the projects in blogs. Let me know what you think.


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Beach Art

IMG_4890Bob is a guy who has to have a project. If he doesn’t have something to do, it is miserable for him and for me. So when the weather report showed a couple of cold and rainy weeks coming, I panicked. What is Bob going to do for two weeks? He is not an indoor-type of guy and he does not often sit down and read a book (where he and I differ, I devour books!)  The thought of two weeks holed up in the fifth wheel with Bob and his TV shows blaring was not making me happy. I worried about it as we went for our early morning walk. We were discussing ideas of things for him to do when we tripped over a piece of driftwood. Bob picked it up and looked at it. We both at the same time said: “Wow, that looks like a Dorado fish!” We laughed and he put it under his arm as we walked along, continuing to talk about what project Bob could do in cold weather. Bob looked at me and said that he thought one thing he could do is paint the driftwood. “Paint the driftwood?” I asked. “Yeah,” he said, “I think it would be neat.” So the next trip to Panama City we bought some acrylic paints and paint brushes. He came home and found some pictures of Dorado fish and went to work. It came out fabulous! So that’s how it started. Now whenever we walk we are looking for driftwood that looks like something other than a piece of wood. It has also led to “field trips” to search for wood. On cold and rainy days Bob gets out all his paints and he is happy for hours. And I’m happy! Here’s some of his driftwood art:

 “Nessie” the Loch Ness Monster:


Wiley Rabbit:


Dog (or something, we’re not exactly sure!):




Mr. Fish:


Mr. Frog on a log (this is really tiny and his first “commissioned piece. Our friend found it on the beach and asked him to paint it for her!):


Silly Fish:


And my favorite: Alligator With An Attitude. We found this piece of driftwood on St. Vincent’s Island:

Alligator driftwood



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