Monday, September 29, 2014

A pot of hot Spiced Tea ... Kitchen walls and new backsplash being tiled!

Unfortunately, a cold has gotten the better of me and won the battle - and I ended up with pneumonia!  Most fortunately, the doctor caught it very very early and nipped it.  The x-rays showed just the beginnings of that vile illness.  So, after two and and a half days in bed, I am out for a quick foray in the sunshine - down to the house to check progress.  And .... blog the latest progress.  Look at this new kitchen back splash!!!!

 This is so pretty - and will look spectacular with the new oven/range in place later.
 A quick shot to try to show a bigger view of the kitchen itself.  Note the darker color on the walls.  Don't you agree it is an improvement over the yellow that was put there originally?  We think the 'brown' makes the cabinets pop out and also highlights the distressed darker grooves.  What do you think?
 A view from another angle. The tiles still have to be grouted and finished ..... then the switch plates will go back on.


When I was valiantly trying to stave off that nasty cold that turned on me, Knitting Daughter made a huge two-quart pot of Spiced tea.  I covered with a quilt on her comfy couch, watched "Saving Mr. Banks" and curled up with Olive, the black 'grand dog' of the house.  After drinking ALL TWO QUARTS and alternately weeping and smiling through the movie, I had hoped to win the 'sick' battle.  

 Her magical teapot filled with hot spiced tea, Susan Branch teacup, a pot holder from the days when she was a wee-one weaving with those loops on her little metal loom ..... hand made pottery cup holder ..... good movie and a blankie .... all set.
Knitting Daughter cut the recipe in a third and wrote the portions to the left.  This tea was DELISH.   



Friday, September 26, 2014

Quilts - white chili - and hand embroidery!

Monday night is quilting/sewing/crafting night with dear friends.  Miss Exactly Perfect hosted last week and served us yummy white chili, fresh berries, and warm-out-of-the-oven corn bread.  YUM!
 Constantly Joyous is working on this stunning fall table runner.

Miss Exactly Perfect finished this hours-in-the-making hand embroidered Christmas stocking.  Lucky Grandson Nolan!

More on the house in the next blog!!!!!  It is coming down to the finish line fairly quickly!



Monday, September 22, 2014

Cabinetry and exotic animals too!!!!!

The dear old computer is sick - and is now with the Geek Squad in the 'Computer Hospital' for the next five days or so.  Thus, there has been no blogging for quite some time.  At first I thought the camera was 'sick' and wouldn't download any photos.  So - did some changing of data cards and using new cords, etc., - but still no photos would download.  Then, the whole computer just froze - not a thing would move, clicking of the mouse, no movement, nothing would open.  Would not even close unless it was turned off at the button on the hard drive case.  Carted her off to the Geek Squad headquarters for diagnosis - needed to be hospitalized.
Today the blog is coming to you from Bee Keeper Daughter's computer.
Anyway, lots of things are happening at the house.  Below is a photo of the first cabinets put up - and they are beautiful.  However, they are 'golder' 'yellower' than I thought.  We kind of surmise that the incorrect finish was ordered.  This looks kind of weak next to the yellow kitchen wall color.  So......
we decided to change the wall color.  Loved the cabinets too much - but they did not look 'right' with the yellow wall.  I will show you the lovely new color of the wall on a future blog.  The most excellent painter Scott Morgan smiled a knowing grin and said he would make lemonade out of the lemon - he wisely suggested the new color - and just wait until you see the wall against the cabinets!

Below the 'blue' of the guest bedroom and guest bath ....... what do you think?

 Cabinet in the guest bath - before the granite was installed.

 Shot of the utility room cabinet and surface - my new sewing table area which is opposite the wall where the washer and dryer and big utility sink are located.

 My dear niece invited me to a delicious home-made lunch when her Dad was going to be in town.  Her dad and I have known each other for almost sixty years.  We met as teenagers when my family moved next door to his family - and I ended up marrying his brother!  So here is my niece's little boy in bare feet standing next to his beloved Grandpa.  Don't you love those fat little feet with dimples on his toes????
 Amidst the fun, the garbage truck arrived.  Wow!  All action stopped so the little fellow could dash outside and watch the garbage truck drudge down the street emptying all the heavy containers.  Much waving and smiling and saying "Bye-bye" as the truck exited the neighborhood.
 Is that the CUTEST little fellow?  Much laughter and jumping and smiles.  Such a good time we had together.
He was feeling pretty hot - quite the super boy!

Saturday we attended the local Farmer's Market - and it was Exotic Animal day - and a KANGAROO WAS THERE!!!
 And a tiny monkey sitting atop the booth lady's head!!!!
AWWWWW .... look at the tiny baby hedgehog.  What a dear little critter.
 And the usual dogs too .... here is a lovely, very shy, very soft and sweet dog.
 And an ENORMOUS puppers!
 As we were leaving I couldn't help show you the vibrant colors of fall pumpkins.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Interior paint in the house

Bright colors coating the walls.

This first photos is showing details on the fireplace mantel in the great room.
 This is a longer view of the great room.  The area above the fireplace still needs to be painted.
A view looking into the dining room from the hallway.  The walls color is the same as the great room .... but the sun is shining in so it looks much brighter.  What do you think?

Below - the study with the bookcases.  Big easy chairs, an antique glass-front bookcase and the TV will be in here.
 Master bedroom looking into the master bath.

 Another view in the master bedroom looking out the window - view is big pine trees by the fence where the horse is kept.  Nice country scene.

A  couple of views of the kitchen.  As you probably have guessed, the colors are all from the same family - same color palette .... just going from lighter to darker.

In my haste to vacate the house along with the builder so he could secure it behind us, I neglected to take a photo of the guest bedroom and bathroom.  They are in a light blue/grey.  I will show them next time.

This week the cabinets should be installed, the granite template completed, and possibly the tile laid in the kitchen, bathrooms, utility room and pantry.  Exciting times.

Enjoy the end of summer days!  Blessings,