Red, Yellow, Blue, or Green?

I’m getting the itch to paint again (why, I’m not sure…). Thus far, I’ve only painted the living room and the dining room. I started on one of the walls for the upstairs stairwell but haven’t finished it yet. I painted one wall the same blue that’s in the living room and dining room but now I’m thinking I want to paint it white. I’ve also been trying to pick colors for the rest of the house. I walked out of Home Depot with a large stack of paint chips the other day. It would appear that I lean towards blues and greens…
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So many colors to choose from

The paint chips often look very different at home than they do in the store so I can usually quickly eliminate a few. I’ve had a bunch of paint chips sitting on the coffee table for a couple weeks and occasionally I take a look at them. I look at them all sorts of lighting – direct and indirect sunlight, daytime, nighttime, on cloudy days, in a dark shadowy corner of the room, next to the window. That helps me narrow down the colors a bit more. Sometimes I really like a particular color at first but don’t like it nearly as much a bit later.

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Narrowing down the options

After I narrow down some options, I ask for hubby’s input. I pick the general color I want in a room (navy blue, light green, cream, etc.) then ask his opinion. He gives his input and I adjust the options accordingly.

Thus far, I’ve come up with the general colors I want to use for our bedroom, my office, and the upstairs hallway. I still can’t decide what color I want to paint the kitchen and whether or not I’m going to paint the bathroom. I’m sort of liking the green that’s in there and it goes well with the blue in the living room (you can see the bathroom walls from the living room). Perhaps I’ll paint the trim white and leave the green… We shall see.

Before we go, here’s a snapshot of the view out my office the other morning:
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This and That in June

There’s not much to report in the way of DIY work. We’ve mostly been working and trying to keep up with mowing the lawn between rainy days. We had a very rare week of our schedules matching up – hubby and I were both on day shifts, for an entire week. I can’t remember the last time that’s happened. It was great! I’ve been doing some gardening and we’ve gone out hiking a few times. We’ve hiked on local hiking trails and visit a local state park. I started painting the stairwell going upstairs but haven’t finished it yet. Here are some photos from the last few weeks. There are some photos of our property and some from our hiking trips (and a couple pictures from the local zoo). Enjoy!

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The front garden – Poppies and Hostas in the front, Bleeding Hearts in the back

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A surprise: This plant has white AND orange flowers

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One of the (overgrown) Japanese Spirea bushes by the front steps

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Yellow Lady’s Slipper plant

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One of the trails we’ve been hiking on

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Our dog taking a break from hiking

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The view from partway up the trail

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A Cotton-Top Tamarin at our local zoo. My favorite kind of monkey.

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Straw Bats at the local zoo. I’m so glad these bats are not native to this area.

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Almost night time

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Some of my woods

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The creek on my property

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Sunset in the country

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Same sunset

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Waterfalls at a nearby state park

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View of part of a nearby state park

Welcome to Our House

Welcome to our home!  We’ve been in our new house nearly a month now.  All the “big stuff” is unpacked but there are still many boxes stacked in the garage.   We are now living in my hometown but moved back here from out of state.  Coordinating work schedules to get here to look at houses was a challenge and on our only available day there was a snowstorm.  We braved the weather and made it safely to our new hometown, met up with the realtor, and started looked at houses.  We looked at four houses in total.  Before we ever looked at the “little red house”, I knew it was the house for us.  I actually liked it less after I saw it in person, but I did still like it.  Negotiating with the sellers was a long, frustrating process, but we prevailed!

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Our first look at what was to become our new home

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The land. I wonder what we’ll find when the snow melts?

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A sky blue kitchen? I see some painting in our future.

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And a small, very bright green bathroom? More painting to be done.

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A nice bright basement, complete with a somewhat new washer and dryer.

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The sage green living room. More painting to do…

The area received many snowstorms between the time we looked at it and the time we moved in.  We were moving at the end of April and I had high hopes the snow would be gone when we moved in.  No such luck…record snowfall occurred in April and hubby had to spend the days leading up to our arrival chipping ice and moving snow (he moved to our new town a few weeks before I did so he could start his new job; I stayed behind to pack up the house).  The house had been vacant most or all of the winter so there was plenty of snow to move off the sidewalk so we could actually haul our boxes into the house.

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Here we are on the day we moved in. Check out all that snow…at the end of April.

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The house and garage from out on our property. The snow out behind the house was knee-deep.

Since our move-in date we’ve done assorted little projects and I’ve taken plenty of pictures. Before we go, here’s a picture of our house…after the snow finally melted.

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The snow is finally gone!