New Site

With the change in location- our lives have completely changed from the narrative that I have built up here. I started a new page with a new name to reflect where we are in life…now. Come over and check on what we have been up to.

Prairie and Lake

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The Lake Cabin

It’s official.  It took a very long time but it’s ours.

Intro

A tiny bit of backstory:  We always knew that we would end up in Kramer, North Dakota.  Both Dave and I thought it would be closer to retirement, but we always kept an eye on the job openings…..and here we are 🙂  A large factor in our decision, is the proximity to the lake.  Dave and I are lake people.  He has had a dream of having a cabin on water since he was a kid.  I added that to my bucket list the first year he took me to Lake Metigoshe when I was 23.

We finally made the dream come true and this original little 1930’s lake cabin is ours.

I get a little misty when I think of how we can host our friends and family at the lake during the summer months. Even more so when I think of the memories that we have begun to accumulate with the girls there.

One of the best thing about the cabin, is the location- directly across from the island that puts off Fourth of July fireworks.

During high summer it gets busy at the lake but come fall, it’s very serene.

Our hearts are full and oh, so happy to call this place ours.

Main Bathroom

Well – I decided to start planning the first floor bathroom since we are waiting for windows and roof supplies.

We took the bathroom down to the studs in order to put in the appropriate drywall for a bathroom.  the happy crazy house main floor bathroom demo

I will keep the same layout with the toilet and bathtub/shower on the left wall and the vanity on the right.

Here are a few inspiration images.

The vanity in this one….

 

Or maybe this one??

 

This room is gorgeous!!

 

Here are some links to bathrooms that spoke to me.

Since Polyvore is no more.  click here for the announcement.  I just dumped my pics below in a less than attractive format.  Another item on my list of things to learn…..

 

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  1. Delta Shower and Tub Faucet
  2. Matte White Tile
  3. Bella 60 inch single sink vanity
  4. Delta Sink Faucet

*Keep those wood floors and have them redone to withstand a bathroom.

The question now is lights.  Any ideas or suggestions?

 

New fixer upper for us

So a thing happened- We bought a fixer.  Surprise!!  After we completely overhauled our last house, the last thing that I wanted when we moved to ND was another house that I would have to redo – only this one needs even more work than the MT one did.  What are we thinking??  Oh yeah – great price and great potential.

When you walk into the house, the first thing you will see is a small alcove.  I have plans for this space.

After the entry alcove – turn to the left and a nice view of some super sweet paneling.  Should it stay?

Here is a pic from the corner looking back to the front entry.

Just outside the living room – look to your right and there is a hallway to the main level bathroom, 2 bedrooms and laundry.

The master is surprisingly large and boasts 2! (that’s two!!!) closets.  Which means that I will no longer have to share with Dave and look at the terrible mess he makes of his clothes.

The spare room is pretty spacious as well for this age of a house.  Although it DOES have the electrical panel in it.  Weird!  you can see it from the hallway photo.  Don’t get me wrong – I am incredibly thankful that the electrical has been updated…but couldn’t the panel be located somewhere less noticeable?

Back in the hallway, you can see to the laundry, bathroom, stairs to the attic and kitchen/dining room.

The dining room windows will be replaced with a set of french doors out to a new deck…super pumped for that.

The kitchen cabinets are in very good shape and the missing one above the fridge is actually in the attic – so with a little work, we can have the full set up.

The attic is unfinished but a new bathroom has been plumbed in and all new electrical has been installed.

There are some things that have to be addressed immediately before moving on to some of the ‘nice to do’ items.

  1.  Roof.  This house has a few layers of very old shingles.  These need to go before anything inside gets worked on.
  2. Windows.  All original windows (rotted)-  We will be replacing them.

After that we move on to the ‘nice to do’

  1.  Refinish flooring – the wood floors are in pretty good shape….way better than I would have assumed.
  2.  Stain kitchen cabinets.
  3.  First floor bathroom.  Take down the peeling wallpaper, tile the bathtub, new vanity, etc.
  4.  Walls – paint and patch all first floor walls.
  5.  Attic – finish the bathroom and turn the attic into a kids area.

I think those are my new entries into the Never Ending List….hahahahahaha

I am looking forward to the end result.  Stop by again and see what we are up to!

 

Details in Jules’ Room

I began accumulating items for Jules’ room in December and I feel like I have come far enough to post about where we are today.

Here was where I started with the inspiration.

I am not sure why I had the pink in there nor why I was so on the fence about changing it to a teal.  I was set enough to start purchasing the teal as I was making that inspiration board!  Jeez girl.

**All of the pink went to Jane.  Jules only ended up with the pink as she found this blanket, that I had stored for Jane, and claimed it for herself……cuz it is crazy soft.  but not to worry – that teal blanket below is just as soft. 

We kept all the art from her Montana room.

She is super jazzed that everything is up on the walls and that her fairy lights are up.  The room is very small but it is the only one with a closet and that’s what was most important to her.

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Christmas in the Prairie Victorian

I would like to start out with a recap on what I have done with Christmas decor in the past.  At our old house I went between going all out and then toned down ….which was a nice change.

Start with the all out:

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And just in case you couldn’t tell – that’s 7 trees in one room!

And here’s the toned down version:

Gives your eyes a little break but ensures that you know its Christmas.

Now that we are in the Prairie Victorian and most of my Christmas decor is still in Montana – I have had to improvise and really go low key by necessity this year.  Since I packed up all my work stuff and had it delivered to my office here – I have my office Christmas decor which I have taken home to use there, as this office has 6 (!) totes of Christmas decor already.  I find it hilarious that my office Christmas stuff made it here but not my home decor.  Seriously girl!?????

Janey setting up our ceramic tree

Outdoor lights (all that I had!!!!)

Lights flashing through the house with a glimpse at our tall and narrow tree.

Since I already have a tree in Montana, I purchased this one with the idea that it could be used in the stairwell going to the second floor or in our ‘library’. But for now…..it’s the main event.

How is your decorating going?  Are you going all in or toned down?

Fall at the Lake

Fall is a beautiful time of year in North Dakota…especially in the Turtle Mountains.  Sigh.  so pretty.

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There has been a mass exodus of boats and pontoons from the water and it is so quiet up here now.  During the summer months the lake is a hive of activity.  Boats buzzing across the lake all the time.  And then Fall comes and it winds down slowly until that week before the first frost…..the rustle of the leaves is the only sound.

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Perfect skies.

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Cool mornings and warm days.  Love it!

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Even on an overcast evening like this – I have this view.  ↓

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I hope you are all enjoying the Fall Season.  Get your Pumpkin Spice while you can!  hahahahaha