Monday, October 27, 2014

Master Bath Update

But I'm still here... and still working on house!

Things are going well.  We decided to work on the master bath area first since we were doing the floor in the master bedroom.  I wanted to have some sort of a "ooooh" factor in each room as you round the corner - so in the master bath I decided to plank the walls; ship lap look-alike.

We used luan as the ship lap material since it was the cheapest.  And I have to tell ya... neither one of us was feeling the love for look of this particular project at about this point.  Sorry for the bad picture - was with my phone, at night, with a terrible light fixture to work with.  We decided to do this over the raw drywall because IF we didn't like it and had to tear it out, there would be little nail holes to contend with.  But I knew I would love it when it was all said and done.

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Luckily I recall seeing this same stage in many of the inspiration projects for others too.  And I remember thinking... yuck!  I don't like that, but I lOvEd the after photos of their projects - so that kept me going (not so much with Daniel, he wasn't feeling it).  We finished that wall and he did the special cuts over the doors one night, but I did the rest of the planking, priming, and some painting the next day.

If you recall when we walked through the house upon closing - this area looked like this...

Today, it looks like this...

Corner and ceiling mouldings haven't been done yet, but we'll be doing those very soon (relatively speaking).  And see the wall the towel is hanging on?  That's the back wall of our new master bedroom closet - yep it's in and full of clothes!  Update on that coming soon also :o)  So many things to share and so little time!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wind = Kite

A good gust of wind is a definite cause for breaking out the kite.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dress-Up and Photo Shoot

It all started with her rescuing her feather boa from the impending Goodwill pile.

Her sister then added the scarf on her head that has traveled over 6000 miles, from Israel, to make it's debut on Sydney's head.

Then a friend said she needed a belt - so I (a product of the 80's) grabbed the other scarf that had traveled from Israel and pulled a trick with it around her hips.

Sydney ran to her nature stock, grabbed a feather, and applied it to the get-up.

And there you have it...  


...teenage style or should I say Sydney style?

I grabbed the camera and started the photo shoot - for posterity's sake. 

I love that she still wants to be a kid (sometimes).

Friday, October 17, 2014

Vintage Cow Pitcher

I found this vintage pitcher at Goodwill one lucky day - it was destined to come home with me.  I know it was meant to have fresh milk in it, on the breakfast table.  Since we don't have fresh milk to put in it I substitute some fresh flowers.

I'm very excited to see all the perennials that surround our front porch, next year.  I haven't lived in one place long enough in the past [almost] ten years and all the little things I've planted were simply seedlings that I planted to enjoy for that season.  I can see, already, that things will need to be moved.  However, since Fall is here, I thought I would gather clippings from this year's "seedlings" and enjoy them now, while I still can.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Poultry Massacre Fall 2014

We had a very traumatic event happen this week.  We came home from lunch, after church, on Sunday.  And the sight we saw was more than any one of us could handle.  Feathers and dead chickens strewn across the yard.  We could see three immediately, but we didn't see any live chickens.  As we drove up we also saw two puppies sitting innocently, wagging their tails, affectionately for us - with feathers hanging from their jowls.  And anger immediately flamed.  Sydney's favorite rooster Mayverick was among the dead.

Mayverick was calling his girls in this picture...  However the irony of the situation is; we were going to keep him and slaughter the other this coming weekend.  Mayverick and the youngest rooster died protecting their flock, while the other (the one we were going to slaughter) remains.  Guess plans have changed.

We found one golden girl down in the fields several yards from our house, still alive, but severely injured.  If we had known how... we should have killed her and put her out of her misery right then, but Daniel is learning how... this weekend.  Sydney brought her in the house and put her in our baby chicks box giving her food, water, and lots of love.  Last night she got up and started to walk around the box, eat, and drink.  It was her last surge of energy before she died.  Sydney found her this morning :o(

It's very cool and rainy here today, but Syd put on her muckers, grabbed a shovel, and took "Sophia" to her final resting place.  She dug the hole and cried.  Mayverick is laid to rest down there too.  We lost a total of five chickens.  Five needless deaths because of our naivety - to not leave your cute, sweet, docile puppies outside with your chickens.  One of the two collars for the underground fence failed and that's all that needed to happen.  And the one who's collar still worked has a very high tolerance for pain, so it was a free-for-all.  After all the anger and thoughts of getting rid of both pups, we realized... instinct is not their fault.  They were just having fun with their sqwakedy, feathered friends and we enabled the situation.  Part of living on a farm, I suppose, the learning process I mean.

Daniel and I were talking this morning.  Syd has had a lot of disappointment in her life just recently.  We had to get rid of another of the original four chicks that we had.  She was quite fond of Peepers, but he was a rooster also and we had to thin the numbers.  Then her hamster died.  And then the chickens; Mayverick.  And we were pondering - what is this portion of her life shaping her for?  We know and believe that all things work together for our good and the glory of God, but how does this fit in to His plan and purpose for her life?  Only time may tell.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Window Toward Jerusalem

I read this quote today on another blog and it just spoke to me... so raw, so true, so beautiful.

"The sheer activity of reading scripture, in the conscious desire to be shaped and formed within the purposes of God, is itself an act of faith, hope, and love, an act of humility and patience. It is a way of saying that we need to hear a fresh word . . . To open the Bible is to open a window towards Jerusalem . . . no matter where our exile may have taken us."

(N.T. Wright, After You Believe)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Master Bedroom Progress

This is how our room has looked for some time.  Granted... we've had much more piled in it up to this point, but it's still a mess. 

The other side of the room shows a little more of the mess, but that's not why I'm showing this post.  Notice the sub-floor? Yep, we've been living on these sub-floors since we pulled the carpet.  Granted - these ugly sub-floors are much better than the carpet that was in here, but I've longed for wood flooring.

From the hallway...

We've moved everything over to one side of the room with a goal for day 1:  finish enough flooring to put the bed back in place in order to sleep on it that night - which was about half.

Ready to start...

...but first we had to remove the baseboard and Daniel had to undercut the door frame to accommodate the flooring.

...tar paper and more wood!!!

The first night we did get half the floor done and were able to move the bed over to the wall we wanted it on.  You can see a difference in the flooring in this picture.  The wood up by the door is brand new red oak we bought from Lowe's back in August.  The rest of the floor is also red oak, but it is reclaimed red oak that we bought (off Craigslist) from an old house that had been torn down for about $1 per sq. ft.  You can also see closet doors over in the left of the picture....  Yes we have a closet, it's just not trimmed and painted yet so I'm waiting to post about it once everything is finished.

And then life happened and we didn't get back to it for a few days.  And when we did...

The compressor failed!  We're hunting for a new one right now... hopefully we'll get this done soon.  Don't worry... I'll post pictures of it all once we're finished!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Monday, October 06, 2014

A Weekend Walk

Over the weekend Sydney, Daniel, and I went for a walk on our property.  We had a destination...

the "friendship tree".

On our way we had certain things that had to be followed like walking along these sticks so we didn't touch the hot lava.

And why did we head to the friendship tree?  Because the town of KidsBurrow (inspired by Adventures In Odyssey) is underway and she wanted to share it's progress with us.  First she showed us the town monument....

Our next stop was the town courthouse...

Quite elaborate with several little "rooms".

Here she leans upon the desk where all the planning happens.  They can lay their log books upon it and record the occurrences with...

berry paint.

Of course there's a cemetery.  The only two 'residents' are two chickens we've lost (minus one that has been dug up).  The thought is still there :o)

And of course, what would any town be without a story... from the ancient ancestors written in mysterious hieroglyphics (aka - a piece of wormy wood).

And why is this tree called the friendship tree?  Because it's the largest of its kind out there and every friend that goes to the tree gets their name or initials carved in it.

Along the walk, we did come across some signs that fall is definitely here...

 Sometimes I forget to stop and take in the small things.  If I hadn't gone on this walk... I would have missed this part of her childhood imagination.  I'm so glad she still pretends and uses her imagination rather than sitting in front of the TV or some other electronic device.  I think many children today are completely missing a very important, formative part of their life.


I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
                                                                                                      Dr. Seuss

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies

First thing on a Saturday morning, you ask?

Definitely... what better treat to have around for the weekend?

Just the plain 'ol Tollhouse recipe because I had all the ingredients on hand.

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