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


Living Room Before and After Photos

As I previously mentioned, I have the living room painted (save for a bit of touch-up work.  Here are the before and after pictures.

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Another before photo

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And after!

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Partway done.

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Another “in progress” picture

I’m quite happy with the new paint job. It brightens up the room quite a lot and is so much more “us”. I’ll have to get a daylight photo sometime. I painted the archway between the living room and dining room blue as well. Hubby thought it looked better white. I think it looks better blue. I’m still finishing up the painting in the “hallway” – I just have one more coat around a few edges and then we can put the trim back up. I still have some touch-up work to do in the living room and dining room and the window frames need a new coat of paint. The stairwell heading upstairs is still sage green and I’m going to paint it blue. The stairs are currently painted a brownish-maroon. I think I will paint the horizontal parts blue and the backs of the stairs white. At some point we plan to put a carpet runner on the stairs for some cushion.

A New Coat of Paint (or Two)

Last week’s project was painting the living room and dining room. As you may have seen in other posts, the living room and dining room were all a dreary sage green and the living room had brown curtains. Drab and dull and not my speed. I wanted to brighten up the place and ultimately ended up decided to paint three walls in each room white (Glidden White on White) and the fourth wall Caribbean Blue (another Glidden color). I wanted a bright color but the area just seemed too small to paint all the walls the bright blue and I didn’t want the entire room white. The area is much brighter now and I love the color choices! I still have a bit of touch-up work to do, the “hallway” downstairs needs another coat and some trim work, and the upstairs stairwell needs to be painted. The window trim in both rooms needs re-painting as well.

Other plans for the living room and dining room include getting new curtains (that aren’t brown), a new (at least to us) couch, and possibly other new furniture pieces if I find something that catches my eye.

I have yet to have a sunny day where I’ve had a chance to take a good pictures of the new look so for now you’ll have to use your imagination. We’ve had an exceptionally rainy/wet spring here and we seem to average about one sunny and warm day followed by five rainy, cloudy, cold days. Once I have a sunny day and five minutes, I’ll take a few pictures and get them posted for you to see.

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.

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

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.

The snow is finally gone!