Monday, April 25, 2016

Nature notes...

We are sincerely hoping to have seen the last of the snow.  Walking daily through the fields and woods with my trusty companion, little signs of Spring are beginning to appear, like lots of birdsong, spring peepers, mayapples, and...

Trout Lily or Dog's-tooth violet...These just started to bloom in the narrow strip of woods at the west edge of our property.  The ground in the woods is carpeted with the beautiful mottled leaves.  Naturalist, James Burroughs, named it Trout Lily as it is a member of the Lily Family and comes into bloom at the start of trout season. Their appearance is an encouraging sign that Spring has arrived here.



The dandelion is another one of the first flowers to make an appearance here.  According to An introduction to nature: Birds, wild flowers, trees "It is found in all inhabited regions of the earth.  ...but, because it is so widespread and so abundant, its beauty is overlooked."  




Leaves on the underbrush are starting to open.



One of several rock piles that are bound to be found along the edges of farmers' fields.

This strip of woods was once the edge of a cow pasture, and many of the trees were used to support the barbed wire fencing.  This interesting, rotted trunk was the corner of the pasture, and I can still tell where the fencing was once attached...

Along the ground, some of the barbed wire still remains...

I can hardly wait until the trees have their leaves!

Deb

Thursday, February 25, 2016

slowly making progress...


It's been a whirlwind two months since the last post.  January 31st was our last day at the parsonage, and we were moving things over to the new house right to the bitter end.  We still have belongings in two different storage units ~ lots of purging yet to be done.
There is so much finish work yet to be done in our new little house.  We have been working on the pantry so that we would have somewhere other than the bathroom sink to do dishes...


This pantry is one of my favorite parts of the house.  We are downsizing and have an eat-in kitchen, no dining room.  The pantry will hold much of our food storage and supplies, and it will help me to keep the kitchen/dining area uncluttered.  I am happy we chose to go with the large drawers--I am loving them so much already.
We still have to decide on what we are doing on the wall behind the sink, which will probably include some shelving.  All the trim work is yet to be done, and the free door I refinished will go on the laundry room closet.
As you can see, no big farmhouse sink.  After receiving, in pieces, the one we ordered, it was decided to go with a Zuhne stainless steel drop-in sink instead.  It's roomy and deep--perfect for hiding a stack of dirty dishes if necessary...



I did get curtains made for the bedroom and hung them on bamboo poles from the garden center.  We still need a door, closet doors, and trim.  


The kitchen won't be finished until after we get the living room done.  Mike will be installing a hearth and the Jotul gas stove, laying the oak flooring, and finishing the trim work in there and will then move to the kitchen to install the soapstone countertops and sink.
Below is a view from the kitchen to a small entry hall and the pantry.  Eventually the hallway will get a tile floor...


My next goal is to get the kitchen cabinets all painted...

Thanks for stopping,

Deb

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

a long overdue update on the new house adventure...



It's been just over 4 months since breaking ground.  The exterior of the house is about complete except for porch steps and the yard has been graded and grass seed planted in the front.  At that point, winter weather finally arrived and the landscaper was unable to seed the back.
At the parsonage I have been packing up whatever we don't absolutely need and we have been gradually moving things over.  There is still a lot of finish work to be done inside, which we will be doing ourselves.  It will be much easier once we get moved in, as the daily driving back and forth from the rental is wearing thin.  One thing we wanted done first, was to have the Belle Foret apron front sink installed in the pantry so that it could be used while we finish the kitchen.  I was really excited about this sink and eagerly awaiting its arrival yesterday; I was severely disappointed when I opened the box to this...



 
All the rooms have at least one coat of paint and some are finished, except for the living room which is storing the white oak flooring...


This is how the flooring looks in our bedroom.  Our 25 year old son installed it himself, having never put down wood flooring before.  After a few pointers from Mike, he got started and did a fabulous job.  He went on to do the spare room and the kitchen as well for which we are so grateful!...



This is looking through the pantry to the laundry room, before the appliances and pantry cupboard were moved in.  Mike rented a buffer to apply the finish--we used Rubio Monocoat Oil, which is a natural and non VOC product.  I love the natural look it gives...


Below are some of the kitchen and pantry cabinets that I started priming.  The flooring in this room was just sealed with Rubio yesterday, so I can't wait to get down there and see how it came out...


It's been a crazy whirlwind few months, and I can't wait to get moved in and get everything completed.  Christmas just didn't seem quite the same this year, as I didn't decorate--other than this little live tree, which will later be added to our landscape.  Right now it sits in a corner of our new bedroom, surrounded by moving boxes just out of view.  


I hope your holidays were good and wish all of you the best in the New Year.  Thank you, as always, for visiting and for your comments.  One of my New Year's resolutions is to get back to this space much more often!

Deb

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