Sprucing Up – The Living Room Garden

This area had the last two rotting window boxes so they had to go.  It also has some very overgrown currants (we don’t really like black currants or the smell of the black currant plants), a few out -of-control blackberries and some huge, but beautiful, hydrangea plants. 7/29 Remove the window boxes. ✔ Start the…

Sprucing Up – The Garage Front Garden

6/25 Trim back the maples. ✔ Weed ✔ Remove window boxes ✔ Rake out old leaves. ✔ 6/26 Finish trimming back the maples. ✔ Start the paint from the window box removal. ✔ Trim the hydrangea. ✔ 6/28 Clean the gutters ✔ 6/29 Touch up the paint from the window box removal ✔ Clean the…

Sprucing up – the Front Porch

6/24 Touched up the paint on the front door step. ✔ Touched up the varnish on the front door. ✔ Deadheaded the flower pot. ✔ Changed out the rosemary in the other flower pot. ✔ Changed the hanger from a reindeer to a cow. ✔ Pressure washed the stoop. ✔   6/25 Touched up the…

Fresh Air in – Bugs Out

Today we installed a new screen door in the living room.  The old screen door was installed in 1999 and was a very inexpensive, very cheap wooden door from a big box store.  We took hours and hours planing, trimming and sanding to get it to finally fit into the opening.  We primed and painted…

Master Bath Redecorating

The house needs a bit of a face lift as we start thinking about what the post-retirement future looks like for our family.  The toilet plumbing leak of a few weeks ago led to the removal of the bathroom flooring so we could ensure that everything dried completely.  This week we put in the new…

The Guest room Revamp

We have an embarrassing problem.  A few years ago we adopted this beautiful little snowshoe Siamese cat, Suzuki.  She wasn’t very cuddley and hid more then we liked, but she was lovely and needed a home.  They couldn’t keep her in foster care because the other cats would all attack her.  A few years in,…

Lovin’ Craigslist

We also drove up to Orchards/Vancouver this afternoon to look at eight chairs that I found on Craigslist. I’ve been looking for a set of Windsor chairs for several years and they usually have too tall of an arm to slide under our table.  These not only fit perfectly, but have a beautiful beeswax finish. The…

Farmhouse Decor – Bathroom Cupboard

We found this old cupboard years ago at a barn sale in Oregon City, OR.  At the same sale, we found some towels from WWII (still in the brown paper wrapping) and a sealed case (24) of never used (I’m absolutely sure) urine specimen jars.  I used to teach science so all of these vintage…

Finally Back to “Normal”

We’ve finally finish most of the repairs to the house.  We just need to fix the apron on the master bath and pant the hall upstairs.   The pantry has bright new paneling and hooks for coats and hats.  This was pretty easy to install and the hooks are much more sturdy than they were…

Update – a long, dry, spell…….

I haven’t posted anything for a really long time.  Things around here have been in such an upheaval that everything else is just not happening.  I thought I’d post some photos now that the light is finally showing through then tunnel…. Next Week – the adventure continues – – floor sanding and finishing, paneling in…