Posted: 05/21/2014 in just an update

So over on my bathroom remodeling blog, I’ve posted close to my last post. All I have left to do is take photos of the newly renovated spaces and post them. But you’ll like what you can see.

What a difference! So jog on over there!

Man. What a difference. There were 18 people here for Thanksgiving. And we were able to seat them ALL. The kids (6 of them) sat at the breakfast bar. They loved that. The adults enjoyed a buffet meal and then a lengthy meal of laughter and joy around the table.

I am SO happy we have this new space. 🙂

I love it. It’s a bit cold out there today (windy and highs in the 40s, with the surprise ice from Saturday’s storm still on the patio tabletop…) But here’s a lovely fall shot before “all that weather” hit us!

The patio was designed and built by Anthony Wilder Design/Build. The pergola itself was built after our remodeling was completed by the folks at Fine Earth Landscape. They are about to do some work on our front walkway and flowerbeds. (can’t wait!)

Yesterday I had a massive cooking session, the first one I’ve done solo since the kitchen was finished. Oh, I have done little projects here and there with batch cooking when there were loss-leaders on chicken or other cuts of lean meat. But this was my first once-a-month-cooking day in a whole year. Part of that I’ll chalk up to being too busy to plan it. And the other was that I needed motivation to get past the casual, more laid-back pace of summer.

Well, that motivation came when I realized that as of next week I’ll be back on a chaplain’s schedule, with limited free time (and pretty tired when I do have it.) So I cranked out a BUNCH of things and have them in the freezer. You can read more about them on my cooking blog. Most of the recipes are up there too. 🙂

I have to say, though, having the SPACE and EQUIPMENT available to do this massive cooking job was pure joy. As you’ll see from the slideshow, I think I used every inch of space. And I loved being able to spread out and really utilize it. The dining room was my staging area for ingredients, just steps away. (I used to stack things on the floor!) The apples you’ll see are becoming a pie as soon as I stop playing on the computer (which happens to be handily located on the kitchen desk! 🙂 )

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So many times I have seen remodeling jobs which are just showcase kitchens (i.e. they look purty but you can’t work in them). Our kitchen is not only beautiful, but highly functional. We love it. And at the moment, it sure smells great!


P.S. a special “get well” to George, our lead carpenter.

Posted: 10/01/2011 in loving our new space, real life

I did a quick vacuum and mop this afternoon… and the floors still look great! They take minimal effort to stay looking nice, too.

Did I mention that we LOVE our design/build firm?

And now…. a pergola!

Posted: 06/15/2011 in just an update

We always called it an “arbor” — only to discover that it is properly called a “pergola.” Not to be confused with a “cupola”. Anyway, it’s been redesigned and rebuilt. And we think it looks pretty nice! 🙂 It’s the next-to-the-last stop in our remodeled kitchen being completed. One of the last bits yet to be done is a small amount of yard reconstruction. (The grass has never really forgiven us for the traffic and construction crews!) And for our part, we have to find the screws that hold on the outdoor fan blades! (Now where did we put them???!!!!!)

The pergola has re-purposed three of the six lattice panels from the old structure. The lattice helps with shade from the later afternoon sun, and also gives a little privacy. But it doesn’t spoil the view of the yard and our assorted critters, as Henry shows us. The human members of the household have found the new patio and pergola a pleasant place to chill. We had a wonderful supper outside the other night in one of those rare, low humidity, pleasant June nights.

Enjoy the views of the kitchen through the big window, too. 🙂

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P.S. Forgot to mention! (Sorry, Joel!) The pergola was designed and built by Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.  We really appreciate their work!

The Pergola

Posted: 05/25/2011 in Uncategorized

We are getting the pergola structure put in this week. The holes for the footers have been dug and duly inspected. Our backyard wildlife are watching and carefully snoopervising. Can’t wait to use this outdoor space! 🙂

I put all of the pictures in a slideshow so that you can see the lovely (HA!) holes for the support posts as well as the onlookers.

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Posted: 03/29/2011 in Uncategorized

Sunshine through my doorway makes me happy…


well, YUM!!!!!

Posted: 02/08/2011 in AWDB TLC :)

Today we received a box of citrus from our design/build firm. It was a box of “Honeybells” — a hybrid of grapefruit and tangerine. Oh. My. Goodness. They were sooooooo juicy! (and I do mean JUICY!!) We slurped down the first ones before dinner.

I know you’re thinking, “but wasn’t that job done in December?” Well, yes. It was. And usually contractors disappear when the final check is written. That is one of the outstanding differences with our AWDB folks. They have been around to help with the little things that need “help” after a move-in. They’ve patiently answered questions. They’ve taken care of the issues that we got little-to-no response from with a sub-contractor.

And then. This box of citrus arrives.

That slurping sound you hear is our enjoying a second one for dessert.

Settling in

Posted: 12/28/2010 in loving our new space, real life

Thanks to a LOT of help from the girls and Ken, we have begun the process of settling back in to the first floor of the house. It sounds crazy, but when you’ve spent over 3 months basically out of one floor of your house, it’s like moving in all over again.

For two trash/recycling days in a row, we have had a MONSTROUS amount of boxes and packing paper to put out. Last night it was especially challenging because the winds were so high. Packing tape to the rescue! Ken taped large sections of boxes together and wedged them in place until morning.

Then there’s the whole challenge of “where is the…?” game. I still haven’t found some of the things that I would put up or want to use (pictures, candlesticks, cooling racks for cookies) because they are still MIA. I did find the Christmas decorations that were “MUSTs” – stockings, tree ornaments and lights.  But all in all, things are going well. And as an added bonus, I moved eight boxes of clutter to GoodWill to benefit someone else. We also are giving furniture to friends who have a contract on their first house — and that in itself is a blessing. Sharing what we have is one of our key values.

Here’s a few shots around the first floor. Still a little messy, but we’re loving it and you can tell it’s a “lived in” home! Oh yeah, and the Crème brûlée from Chef CJ?  YUM!!! (You would have loved it too!)

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