The Steps and Knitting

Remember all the painting that’s been going on?  I finally got to the steps.  Here is the before, with the lovely green shade:

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And here is the AFTER:

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It may be tough to tell, as it is hard to get the light just right in the stairwell, but they are now black.  The walls just got a fresh coat of White Dove (Benjamin Moore) paint to freshen them up.

Knitting update – I almost finished a scarf for one of my children (shhhh!), as well as a little eyeglass case because my glasses tend to get broken in my purse.  I can’t use a case from the store as those tend to be too big for my bag.

Here is the scarf(fringe to be added):

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Here is the eyeglass case:

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I did not use a pattern for either one.  The scarf is straight knitting and nothing else – easy peasy.  The eyeglass case is a rectangle in stockinette that I just folded over and sewed up two of the edges, leaving the top open.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  We traveled to be with one of our children who lives far away.  It was absolutely wonderful.

Enjoy this wonderful season!

Wendy

 

 

 

Friday with Finn

Happy Friday to you all!  Since it is still brutally cold out, I will share with you a bit more of the indoors at Country Mouse House:

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You see, there is this rather deep green-blue color that runs throughout the house on much of the woodwork.  My vision,(since I can’t strip it down to the bare wood and stain it) is to paint the majority of it White Dove(Benjamin Moore).  The reason I say I can’t strip the paint is that I’m unsure if there is lead paint involved, and I don’t have any way of finding out.  Plus it would be a rather large mess, and I’m trying to remove and prevent as many messes as possible.

The thing is, one coat of primer looks like this:

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It takes several coats before the green-blue color is gone.  Therefore the update is pending….hopefully it will be done before spring, as I have MUCH to do in the garden!  We have some trees to plant, for starters.

May I send you off to your weekend with a smile from our beloved Finn:

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Happy Friday!

Wendy

Renovations

Yes, I have been off the radar a couple of months.  I have been working as a Gardener for a Nature Preserve and Educational Center.  This has been wonderful as I am learning so much about Native plants.  I am spending a lot of time there because there is no end to what needs to be done.  My job puts me in charge of the decorative and educational gardens.  They have a summer day camp there as well, and it is delightful listening to the sounds of children enjoying the great outdoors! (Along with the birds and other wildlife, too…)

Farmer Joel and I are attending a monthly Permaculture class, which has been an amazing experience.  Our final project is to come up with a plan to re-design a local, organic farm.  This is keeping us quite busy.  We have met some very nice people who have so many types of knowledge and expertise.  It is  inspiring – makes me want to take more classes!

We have also been renovating our beloved Country Mouse House.  Here are some things that have changed thus far:

The back of the house with the siding taken off:

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The new extension on  the left side with French-look doors:

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The new extension from the side view with siding and roof – They did such a good job matching everything up:

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There is still much to do, but we are getting there – “Slow and steady wins the race!”

And have a look at the garden:

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Somehow we are managing to grow things in the midst of all the chaos.  The extension is nearing the finish line, but then the kitchen adventure will begin.  I’m very glad we are able to do this.  We are fortunate to have a very good contractor and team of builders.  They are not just skilled, they are polite and tidy, too.

It is another brilliant, sunny day!  Off to the Nature Center I must go to do what I love best- be the caretaker of a small portion of Mother Earth.  I am honored to have this awesome responsibility.

Have a lovely, happy day!

Wendy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday with Finn

Hello again!  We have been swallowing plaster dust due to a repair that has been ongoing at Town Mouse House.  A leaky roof caused a bubbly ceiling and wall, which led to ripping out wallboard, etc.  The roof needs to be repaired, but no one can get up there while there are ice dams forming everyday.  What a winter!

Since this is a rental apartment, we have no say in the order of how things are done.  They just sealed up the ceiling without having repaired the roof.  The good news is, since we don’t own it, it isn’t our financial headache.  We just have to eat the dust for awhile.

Since it’s Friday, though, I thought I would post a smiling dog photo or two:

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And here is one where you can see his eyes a little better:

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Finn lights up our lives every day!  I didn’t want to post the ceiling photos because they just are not very much fun.  Besides, wouldn’t you rather look at photos of a very sweet, cute pup?  I know I would!

Have a great weekend!

Wendy

Friday with Finn

Happy Friday!  It’s almost Valentine’s Day!  Woo hoo!  In addition to Joel, I love to give Valentines to my kids and my doggie.  Speaking of said doggie, I was trying to get artistic as the sunlight was pouring in today:

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And now for a final, “artistic” photo of my beloved Finn(note his messy toys in the background):

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I may just have to come up with a heart-shaped dog treat for him!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!  Enjoy your weekend, and do something loving for yourself as well as for others.

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Wendy

Wenz Day

Good day to all!  Here at Town Mouse House, we seem to have sprung a leak.  The good news is, it’s a rental, so we don’t have the added headache of fixing it ourselves.  The bad news is, it takes time to fix, because it has to dry out plus a roof expert has to come repair it. Considering how snowy and icy the roof is at the moment, we definitely have to be patient with the repair process.  Here is what our 18-year-old’s room looks like right now:

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Check out the upper right corner in this one:

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Let’s get closer to that hole in the ceiling:

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And now how about a little closer than that:

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I don’t envy the people who will, eventually, have to climb up on the roof.  I do look forward to getting it fixed, though, as there is now quite a draft.

Stay warm!

Wendy

Tuezday

Happy Tuezday!

Since we moved to a different Town Mouse House, our views have changed.  We literally went North, “up the river,” for those of you who get the joke! (ahem)

It has been a TRUE WINTER this year;  more so than in quite a long time.  The view of the river is still breathtaking and spectacular.  Here is the view out of my living room window:

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Do you see all of those trees?  They will be covered with leaves sooner than we think.  The trade-off is, we will no longer see as much of the river!  Hmmm….food for thought.  I wonder if we will be complaining about the heat and the mosquitoes, too?

Stay warm.  If you have to go outside in our neck of the woods, at least the sun is shining today!  Remember to breathe deeply.  The cold air can be very invigorating.

Wendy

The Bed

A new bed for our Master Bedroom arrived yesterday.  We have it at Town Mouse House, but eventually it will reside at Country Mouse House, when we are there full time.  Our old bed frame will go into the room that will become our guest room up there(Country).  That room is currently the Country Mouse House Master Bedroom.  We will, in all likelihood, create a Master Bedroom on the main floor when we move up full time.  The thought of fewer stairs to climb as we age has a certain appeal.

Here is the “old” bed.  We have had this bed for about 27 of our nearly 28 years of marriage:

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Here’s the reminder that I’m originally from Maryland:

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Now, this bed is not a bad bed.  As I stated earlier, it has been with us a long time.  That is why we are not getting rid of it.  It will definitely go to good use.  The new bed is a much better use of space, and it has the real country farmhouse look I am going for:

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If you like the look of this bed, it is currently on sale here:

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And here, one more time, is the Before:

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After:

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Sweet dreams!

Wendy

Armoire finished!

Here it is:

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And the side that we had to cover with barn wood:

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Here is the Before:

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And After:

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It provides much-needed storage in a 165-year-old house with one makeshift closet!

I must apologize, dear readers, (if any of you are still out there) for the severe lapse.  In the midst of all the crazy stress of life(particularly acute in the past year), we MOVED!  That’s right.  We are in a different “Town Mouse House.”  It’s an apartment, actually.  It cuts our travel time to “Country Mouse House” literally in half!  We did not plan this – this is the kind of thing we only heard could happen to other people – not us!  A friend of a friend asked if we’d consider selling our house because it was in the right location/school district.  We said we would.  They came and looked, liked what they saw, made an offer, and we accepted.  It happened so fast, I have to admit, I believe I’m still in shock.  Things have a way of working out.  If asked this time last year if we’d have moved, I would have said “definitely NOT!”  But the stars aligned, and we are that much closer to our dream of living in the country full-time.  What lies ahead?  Several projects, including, but not limited to, a kitchen renovation.  Oh boy!  Here we go!

Blessings to all!  We are currently trying to stay warm and dry amidst this Winter Weather.

Wendy

 

 

Happy August Monday

Good day to you all!  I wanted to share a little bit of the interior of Country Mouse House since I FINISHED CROCHETING THE CURTAIN TIEBACKS!!!

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So….I had to shorten just one pair of the curtains since the one window was just a tad smaller than the rest.  I got out my Mom’s old sewing machine.  It is the machine I learned on, and it is just as trusty, rugged, and consistent as ever:

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It’s a plain straight-stitch machine.  It has a button-hole attachment, which also still works.

And now, here is a peek at my cute little living room in Country Mouse House, complete with curtains and tiebacks:

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The flag throw blanket came from my Mom’s house, as did the little table(covered in lace), which my Grandfather built.

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Everyone in the world loves to sit in the chair-it reclines.  I can’t tell you how many family members and friends get comfy in that chair and doze off!

The garden is full to bursting.  We can’t seem to harvest the bounty fast enough.  I am very thankful for the gifts of the garden!  To be continued…

Wendy