And The Wall~

came tumbling down!

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So as it happens in projects such as these, we started talking about how much more open the kitchen would feel if it were…ummm… you know, open. So one thing led to another and before we knew it, the was was down. Just like that.


Crow bars and sledge hammers seem to be these guys best friends.


Kind of exciting to see things just wished for one moment…


and coming true the next.

This place is awesome. This disappearing wall is awesome.


These guys are awesome!

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Pretty Little Pastime


This may just turn into something that comes together at the turn of the next century. Who knows? What I do know is that if there’s ever a teensy molecule of stress or tension in me–anywhere, pulling out a beloved project like this one is guaranteed to soothe it allll away…in a matter of minutes. Just something about the rhythm of repetition that works on my soul. Sounds silly, I guess, but still true.

I hope you have something lovely that works like this in your life.

Tell me–do you?

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HOLD Everything!!



We interrupt this regularly scheduled move in…


to bring you–ahem–me, a new rewiring of the whole house announcement.


The guys are working like crazy to update the electrical–which has stalled the actual move in.

But it will be WELL worth the wait.



I mean, seriously, who wants to blow a fuse every time we flip on a computer or run the blender or watch Sea Biscuit for the 6,000th time?

No, no. This is a good thing.

Just happy to be here.

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White Washing the Family Room


Ahhh…bless you Pinterest, for sparking my imagination, when sincerely–I was happy with the brown paneling.


Ok, well, happy isn’t completely, one hundred percent honest.

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I don’t mind admitting that I am just so thrilled to be in the place where I have some kind of house–at all–that it doesn’t really matter to me if it isn’t entirely perfect. I’m grateful and happy to make do.

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But after spending a bit of time seeing the “Dark Paneling Makeovers” that are on the internet everywhere these days, I will admit–a few coats of white paint wins. Hands down.


It has taken a bit of doing though. Primer, more primer, and then several coats of paint. It will indeed be perfect when we’re finished.


And going from this…

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to this–as unfinished as it is…

is a huge improvement. Wouldn’t you say?


I’m deeply grateful to my kind and generous worker bees who seem to have so much happy energy.

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Thank you. Thank you.

It’s going to be awesome!

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Can Anybody Guess?


One of the interesting things about buying a house that has been around, nearly forever, is that I’m not quite sure exactly what is growing on the property–because I didn’t plant any of it. In fact, it’s a fun surprise to wander around out back and find something different blooming every few days. My daughter tells me that these flowers are echinacea, and so I will happily believe her. Happily, because this is a good, helpful plant and it makes me smile to think that maybe there are more useful things out here waiting to be discovered. Trouble is, I don’t really know what I’m looking at, most of the time.

Can you help me? Please let me know in the comments if you recognize any of these plants–would you?


1) Tiny pink, bottle-brush type flower.


2) Giant, soft-ball sized white flowery bush.


3) Dull, red berries, on a privet-type bush.


4) Large, white flowers with a maroon center.


5) Pointy leaves with small, shiny, red, pea-sized berries on it.

I’d love a little help with identifying any of these so I know if they have a use that I should be aware of or it they are just sitting there being something pretty to look at.

That’s certainly ok too.

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