September 16, 2017
It's been a very rainy, cold, foggy week. So the soup and croissants were big on the menu. Warm and comforting, filling and satisfying. I love Fall food. Soon we'll get out our crock pot and start putting meals together that will be simmering when we arrive home. Mmmm.
Today, it's finally sunny. It's still chilly, so I'll be wearing another warm sweater and my wool socks. Way too early for all this cold but it's temporary and warm weather is back on its way. I'm teaching a class today so after a hot shower, I'll head in to the City to meet with the group that are my students for the afternoon. Then home to help dh empty the hot tub (needs a clean and fresh water) and maybe start to dig our hole for our sweet baby tree (my previous post). Quiet night to relax.
Tomorrow is a day I wait for all year .... the annual Dollhouse Show in the City. I save my pennies so this doesn't come out of our regular budget and love strolling around the venue, talking with the vendors and finding small treasures for our dollhouses. Can't wait for the morning and the show. And I hope, another sunny day before the rain returns on Monday.
More posts later today. Have a great weekend.
Even though we are surrounded
by 2 acres of forest, we need trees.
We left the forest intact when we
began our build but had to carve
out where our house would go.
And now we have to fill that in.
So tree buying has begun. We bought
2 sweet MacIntosh Apple Trees in
the Spring. We are so happy with our
trees and even just harvested our first
two little apples. Not quite enough for
a full apple pie but maybe a little
tart or 2. For our 3rd tree, we chose
this sweet baby tree, a Caragana. It
is a bit of a reflective piece for us as
at our previous home, we planted this
same bush when our 4th child was born.
And every year on her birthday, the
Caragana would bloom it's yellow
flowers. We've decided we'll name
her "Cara" and hope she blooms each
year like our other one. Now we have
to choose where we'll plant her. I
truly love this part of landscaping.
A quick shopping trip in town
netted a few Fall decorations.
I then decided each of these would
look best on our little potting shed.
The shed before. Empty little
window boxes. Blank front door.
Done except for a ribbon
on the wreath. I'll take a
peek in my stash to see
what I have. Fall is here.
September 14, 2017
I drove home last night from a meeting in
town in very thick fog. The kind where you
truly can't see what's ahead. It was a tad
bit scary. Thankfully, very little traffic was
on the highway. Monday was very sunny
and warm. Tuesday was cold and gloomy,
dark with deep clouds. Yesterday, it started
to "spit" here and there. The clouds didn't
move. And today, we just woke up to the
sound of rain pouring from the sky. I
always love a warm and cosy house on a
rainy day. As much as I know the rain is
not welcome south of us, in our region in
Canada, forest fires have been a big issue
this Summer and this rain will be a bit of
a relief. Today will be a lamps on, quilts
out, hot chocolate steaming and wooly
socks on the feet kind of day. My favorite.
September 8, 2017
We've spent the last few weekends trying
to finish up our landscaping before the
big "S" falls from the sky. Our Fall season
tends to be quite long so we do have time.
But ooohhhh, my body hurts. From head
to toe, everything aches. I go to bed with
Advil and wake up taking more. Ugh.
But so worth it as our little acreage is
beginning to take shape. We've had
from our friends and our girls and even
our little grandson. And from our new
friend, the bobcat guy. He's done quite
a bit for us this year and I'm so happy to
pay him to be here. I even love his sense
of humor, like in the picture above as
he moved the tamper from one area to
the other, without hesitation, he used his
machine to pick it up and drop it down.
Great guy, amazing, fast work and decent
fee for all he's done for us. We have at
least a couple more weekends and we
should be all done. Then we can kick back
until for awhile. I can imagine that our
Winter will be spent planning next Spring.
September 3, 2017
Yes I'm just a bit early but we have very quickly gone from Summer to Fall in our region, even though the calendar is still in Summer mode. The leaves are turning from green to orange, red and yellow. The air is cooler, the flowers are fading. I'm sad to see Summer go but my favorite season is Fall and the changes that are creeping upon us are my favorite. This is the time of year we begin to "nest" and make our home cosy for Winter. Gardening ends as we rake away the last bits of plants as they bury in to the ground for their long nap until Spring. We bring out our Fall decor and put away the Summer items. FallWe stock our pantry, fill out freezer, make sure we have enough quilts and warm blankets for cold, snowy nights. The smells of cinammon and spices fill the air. Candles are lit and books selected for long afternoons of reading and tea sipping. And the lists start .... what to make for Thanksgiving Dinner, what to buy or make for everyone for Christmas gifts, what to make for Christmas Dinner, New Year's Eve plans and then, what to plant for Spring. It is my favorite time of the year.
August 31, 2017
We found this blanket at the Antique Mall
one day and couldn't believe how soft it is.
The hours of work that went in to it
and yet it was for sale, cast off and alone.
We were quite happy to make this vintage
and comfy blanket part of our living room.
Two decades of dreaming of having
our own Art Studio are coming to an
end. The dream is now real, minus
the flooring, window coverings and
two lights over the island. We are so
excited to have this precious space.
We almost bought this chair a few
weeks ago for our Great Room.
But the color wasn't quite right and the
family that was selling it was super
"shady" and we couldn't wait to leave
the house. You can't always tell from
an email conversation if something is
legit but this just felt off. The guy was
a bit aggressive when we decided not
to take it so I'm glad we said no. Didn't
need any bad karma that might have
been attached to the chair in our home.
Can't wait to see our fireplace in
use this Winter. I love the glow
of the embers and the light that
fills and warms our bedroom. For
now, a shot of morning light from
the window, lighting up the box.
On the 21st, we celebrated our tiny
daughter's birthday. She would have
turned 19 years old that day but on
her birthday, she arrived in our arms,
without opening her eyes or taking a
breath. We loved her before she was
born, we loved her the day she was
born and we continue to love her each
and every day, for now and forever.
Our little cake to honor sweet and tiny
Ciara~Rose Kennedi, our princess
that we will cherish all our lives.
I dread Winter but coming home to
this sweet house is heavenly for us.
A cosy home in the white landscape.
Just waiting for us to come through the door.
We still 2 years later marvel at our new
home. Our biggest home was that we'd
create a cosy home and I truly feel we've
succeeded in providing that in our setting.
August 28, 2017
I'm an artist by trade but not a painter.
Now that I have an Art Studio, I'm learning.
I can't paint this good but hope one day to
have a steady enough hand to try a challenge.
August 27, 2017
We have been dreaming of a wooden
gazebo to add to our landscaping but
the price was a bit too high this year
with all the other things that are in
our budget. So we took the gazebo
off the spreadsheet for now. Then we
found a bunch of great deals and our
budget bottom line went down. A
sale at our local greenhouses gave
us a new plan ~ a metal gazebo. We
went back and forth between this
one and another one big black one
at the other establishment. In the
end, we chose this more Victorian
styled version. And the price we
paid was at least 1/6th of the fee of
the wooden gazebo. For now, this is
our lovely compromise that we are
both excited about. And down the
road, once we have a few extra $'s,
we can sell this one, likely for more
than we paid for it and buy the
wooden one. Love this plan and
the style of this more vintage look.
I'm still learning on a daily basis how
to take great photgraphy shots.
I've discovered that I like to take pictures
from different angles and not always show
all the pieces of a shot. This one was a
tiny bouquet I received from my work.
Last week, one of my summer students was
finished up all her hours. She is still going
to help us with our two big events this Fall
and help me continue to upgrade our tiny
website. I'm so grateful for her help and her
energy. And all her great ideas! She has truly
been such a great asset to us this year. On her
last day, she surprised me with my favorite
chocolates, along with two amazing gifts.
She was our true gift so I was humbled to be
thanked for her time with us. And she knew
that white chocolate from Purdy's is my favorite.
August 25, 2017
My "shelfie" in my office at hospice.
A collection of kids books and many
for teens and adults as well. Teddies,
candles, thank you cards and my
lunch dishes. On top, "writing hat"
that I sometimes wear if I work out
in the garden while writing and the
wind is breezy. I love having a spot
in my office to store and display things.
August 21, 2017
A tiny little sneak peek at our almost
finished Art Studio. This is where I'll
set up my sewing machine so I can
continue to learn how to quilt. My
new happy place to create and dream.
Spacious, airy and nice and big.
Our Wedding Anniversary was on
Friday and my dh surprised met at
my office with this precious gift
on Thursday. We've been enjoying
this bouquet ever since. I do truly
wish it could last forever and ever.
The prompt for "My House in August
#7" was table, so I chose to showcase
the tiny night table that sits beside the
bed in our guest bedroom. It holds a
sweet little lamp and a vintage metal
wall hanging that I've rested on the
edge with a small bouquet of fabric
hydrangeas in light green and soft
pinks. This room is done in a variety
of light shades of pinks and greens.
Beautiful flowers that were so pretty in
the garden when they were in full bloom.
Slowly fading now but I hope to see them
again in the Spring, after a short winter.
I had a hard time choosing a picture
for tonights' photo challenge. We have
so many outside shots. Living in the
country has given us an amazing back
drop for capturing nature right outside
our front door. But this picture I took
a few weeks ago shows a lovely and
quiet evening on the veranda. with
warm sun and a quiet landscape. I
hope you like it as much as I do too.
August 16, 2017
I love our dining room. It's not quite
a finished room yet but still a favorite.
I love the peaceful calm and quiet it
alludes too. Before dinners of course.
A place of great food and infectious
laughter, teasing and good fun.
We decided that as much as we love our
hardwood floors, we wanted a bit of a
cushy feeling under our feet at times.
Especially in the winter when it's cold.
We stumbled across as sale one day and
fell in love with this very soft and very
plush area rug. It's hard to tell from this
angle but it's very thick, even too thick
to run the vacuum over it. So we rake
it and give it a good shake. Love it.
August 14, 2017
One of the items that we had to choose
when we were building was tiles for
the kitchen. I found it excruciating as I
knew I wanted a vintage aged look.
Our builders' wife took me on a few
trips to their regular supplier and then
to another one they sometimes used.
It wasn't very successful at the time.
Then I went on my own one day and
ended up in the back of the warehouse
where they had a clearance section.
And that is where the perfect tile was.
Tile that had that tumbled look, with a
wide variance in color and tone but in
the same family. And tons and tons of
it so we could use it in many areas.
This is what we ended up with. Because
it was on clearance, we had a credit from
our builder that we used for upgrades with
other items. So happy with this choice and
how well it all came together in our new
home. No regrets at all with our tile choice.
August 11, 2017
Our garden is a mix of natural foilage and some
planted perennials and annuals. It is truly an ever
changing and evolving landscape. We know it
will take us years before it's exactly what we
truly want it to look like. For now, it is what it
is and what it is is an eclectic mix of colors and
fragrance. We have greens, whites, purples and a
bit of blue. Pretty, fresh and so very, very alive.