August 31, 2014

Announcing our newest ....

 .... the safe and healthy arrival of a new grandbaby!

It's a boy, tiny and sweet.

Cuddly and precious.

Living on the coast, we only have pictures.
But I think you'll agree he is worth a brag!

Introducing Anakin!

Weighing in at a hefty 1 kg,
Anakin is the younger brother of Chewbacca.

As much as we love our fur grandbabies,
the fact they outnumber our human grandbabies
needs further discussion with our kids soon!

Fur grandbabies: Tessie, Floyd, Lola, BoSox, 
Chewbacca and now Anakin.

Human grandbabies: Beckett and Lua.

That's 6 to 2. 

I'm just saying!

But hey, we're still proud and will take 
our grandbabies in what ever form they arrive in.

Do you have grandbabies?
Are they fur or human?

Our Forest.

Hi everyone!

When we were looking for our land 14 years ago, it was really important to us that was a least a few trees here and there. We were very lucky to find this property with a lovely forested perimeter and strands of mini forests dotted all over. Coming in along the curved drive, our front will face the one part that has the fewest trees. We'll probably plant some nice firs to fill in the gaps but for now, this will be a lovely landscape to gaze at as we sit on our veranda.

Garage side, with the front veranda facing northwest.

A bit of a jut where we hope to put 
a nice little bench or a fountain.

The curved driveway out to the lane.

Facing southeast, the backside of the drive.

Peeking through the brush, I love the density.

And the colors are slowly turning amber.

Do you enjoy walking through forests?
Do you live near one in your community?

The Backside!

Hi everyone!

I wasn't sure that the back of our new house would be very interesting, after spending so much time working on the front profile. But now that we can see the house up close and personal, I'm beginning to really love the backside. It's not the boring facade I thought it originally would be. Now I truly love it!

The turret side ....

.... and the backside.


And now, the Roof!

Hi everyone!

When we drove out to the country tonight, we discovered that the roofing has begun. This is another great step as it will help the house become weather proofed. Our dry, warm summer has been very helpful for the progress on the house and it's weird that we've had very little rain. Yet, there is no drought. It's as if the good weather is because of our house build! Everyone keeps shaking their head that we've not had any bad weather at all this summer. Usually, we're hiding out in the basement with tornado warnings or watching the streets and creeks fill with water after a scary torrential summer storm. 

This year? 


But we're not complaining because the weather is to our benefit. Shhhh, don't tell anyone!!

The windows are cut out in the studio now.

The beginning of the shingling process.

Roofing materials on the 
upper deck and on the ground.

We chose a dark grey, 
with bits of light grey in the mix.

Next Sunday, when we return, 
the roof should be all done.

And that's the progress today!

Locked Up!

Hi everyone!

A house update tonight. We're not at the "lock up" stage, which means now no one can get into the house at any time, other than the crew with the key. This makes me sleep better at night, even though our house is out in the country and hidden in the trees. I like that no one can just walk through the house anytime they like just because it's open to the world. It's still our house, our property, our domain, even if we don't live there yet. I'm sure our neighbors have walked around inside more than we have. But I put that thought out of my head and now that it's all locked up, I don't even need to think about that one! 

Ordering our front door this week.
For now, a boarded up entrance!

The french door that will go out to the covered deck.

The garage door going out to the back yard.

The door going in to the house.

So happy to be at the "lock up" stage.

If you've built a house, 
what stage did you like the best?

Last August Flowers.

Hi everyone!

Another beautiful and warm summer day was enjoyed by our family. This long weekend has been busy and I'm truly looking forward to having some "down" time tomorrow. Since Friday, we have worked in the garden, painted walls, packed boxes, moved excess furniture to our new storage unit, purged items no longer used and then donated to our local charity shop, organized then cleaned the preschool for Tuesday, shopped for the preschool, shopped for our home and shopped for my closet. More about that later!

We went out to "visit" the new house tonight but before we left for our country drive, I snapped a few pics of the last of our August flowers. Some are starting to fade, others have floated away in the cool breeze but these ones are hanging on and blooming steadily. Love the colors that they exhibit.

My favorite blue blossoms.

Vibrant pink.

Light pink, the shade I love!

More news to share in a bit. 

How you spend your last Sunday in August?

August 29, 2014

Warm and Cozy!

Hi everyone!

I'm sure you're now experiencing what we've had the last little bit. Beautiful sunny days, followed by early evenings, with dark descending before 9 p.m. Cool air, almost a crisp feel to it and lots of neighbors are now starting to burn leaves and dead foliage. I love fall, truly, my favorite season but this year, it seems to be coming so fast. which makes we worried that we'll have an early winter. Or maybe it just feels earlier because I want it to wait a while. Moving in the ice, sleet and swirling snow does not appeal to us at all!

Fall colors.

Can you feel the chill in the air?
The warmth in candles, softly lit?

What is your fall looking like?

August 28, 2014

Look who arrived!!

Hi everyone!

No new house talk today. No long winded updates. No collages of pictures. I promise! Instead, I'll show you who arrived in our mailbox today. All the way across the sea from the U.K., here's Chester the Racoon!

Chester is a favorite in our preschool classroom. The star of the popular book "The Kissing Hand", he's been a great comfort for little ones who are not quite ready to be separated from mom or dad. Chester's mom kisses his hand, so he can feel the love when she's not with him. Hence the sweet red heart on his left hand. We use Chester a lot a the beginning of the school year but from day one, we've had a bit of a rag tag of stuffed racoons that had a red foamy heart shape glued on. I was so excited to find the real Chester one day while searching for something else on the net. It took most of the summer to arrive from across the sea but the wait was worth the time. There is a whole series of Chester stories but this one has always been, hands down, our favorite.

Can't wait for the 1st day on Tuesday!

Have you ever read "The Kissing Hand?"