Cabins and Lakes

We always knew that we would end up here.  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.

I have posted about the lake before:

Our stay on the Canadian side

4th of July

So pretty and fun. The girls are looking forward to waking up next to the water during the summer months.

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Pics of us getting settled into the cabin for the season.

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Jules made sure we had flowers for the table.

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Evening on the lake

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And now I am off to prep for an extended Fourth of July Holiday.  Follow along on Instagram....

 

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Happy 6th Birthday Janey

Oh Janey, we waited 3 years for you and just when we thought we would be a family of 3….you surprised us.  I am so happy that we are a family of 4.

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As opposed to Jules (click here), Janey was not an easy baby.  She was a challenge from the start (I’ll spare you the details and just give you the basics).  No naps, cried all the time and from 3 to 7 every day she scream/cried.  Rough.  She grew out of the fussy but she acquired a nickname that has stuck ever since.  THE. JANE.

look at that face  Janey is our sensitive kid – it doesn’t take much to discipline….a firm no will send her into tears.

Jane has grown up to be such a joy.  She loves to give mom and dad hugs and kisses.

Janey loves her animals and any other fluffy animal that crosses her path.  Harriet is only OK with that some of the time.  hahahahaha

Jane is shy and likes to play by herself but when she branches out, she can play with anyone.  Once you are her friend, she will be a loyal playmate.

Cat ears go with everything.

 

Happy Birthday Jane!  Mom and Dad love you bunches.

New Front Deck

The front of our house has gone through a few variations, with the below picture representing the most recent update.  With the railings gone, it became obvious that the warping and sagging were not fixable while keeping the deck as is.  Dave and I discussed many options for the front porch and settled on a simple replacement deck.

But first…demo.  Once we cut through the wood, the reason for the sagging became apparent.  The supports were sitting in the dirt.  No footings, no cement blocks, just dirt.  The wood had rotted away.

With the front deck, came the roof of the front porch.  I have never been comfortable with the placement…..um, can anyone say off-center from the door????   Plus, it was pulling away from the house.

 

We poured 6 cement footings for our 4×4’s –the last one was placed after the below pic.  And then it rained for days and we had to keep it covered and wait.

See that dirt?  Yeah, it really wanted to be in my driveway.

1 4×4, 11 2×8’s, countless patio construction nails, 17 deck boards, lag bolts, etc.  all in the name of building a sturdy deck.

My sis-in-law was here and helped Dave with the deck boards.  Thanks!

Almost done.  We have some fascia work, a new deck roof and some stain to do…..but so close!

We did not put stairs in.  There is a reason for that.  The retaining wall is going to be replaced this summer and the yard will more than likely look much different than it does now.  Dave and I have been talking about creating a more drought resistant, xeriscaped front yard.  With the change, a new walk up entrance will be made that takes our guests from the driveway to the front of the new porch.

Ahhh.  Love it.  Nice and smooth and stable.

Friday Wrap Up – Antiquing

This past weekend, I went Antiquing with my girls, a friend and my friends daughter.  What a good time.  I was also exhausted from the constant worry that one of the girls would spaz out 🙂 and break something.  Lucky me – no breakage.  I found some amazing things- see below for what made the cut and what didn’t

Metal baskets, too cute.  The colors would be prefect in my kitchen….but that wasn’t enough to make me pull the trigger.

What do you mean I am in the middle of a long process of decluttering?  Does that mean that these are out?  

This bucket is awesome!  but…problem.  I have absolutely no idea what I would do with it.  So I will have to pass, until I think of a purpose 🙂

Swoon.  I am seriously pondering these windows.  I am walking away from them for now….but still going to think about it.

Winner!!  I have been on the look out for a nice, substantial piece for the front of the house.  It’s taken years, but this one caught my eye and I decided to purchase it.

Do you want to see it on the house??

What do you think?  I dig it.

 

Chalkboards all over this house

I always like reading the graffiti in public toilet stalls…secretly of course…cause writing on stalls is not kosher.   There is usually something that makes me laugh.  I was thinking that I should create something for my bathroom that would give me the same ha-ha laugh.  Without the graffiti guilt.

I took a piece of flat wood that was apart of the old vanity that we demo’d from our master bathroom and covered it in chalkboard contact paper.

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There were some bubbles that needed to be smoothed out.

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Dave helped out by making my 2 sided frame.

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I sanded and poly’d to protect the wood.

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Oh My Gosh….have I enjoyed having this.  The girls leave me notes, visiting friends have taken advantage and I laugh every-time I see something new.  (the most popular items are Doctor Who quotes)

The bathroom chalkboard inspired the girls so much that they were spending time in the bathroom just to draw, so I purchased each of them a chalkboard for their rooms.

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Such a good idea.

 

 

Retro Living Room – temporary

Well – my beloved Orange couch is in need of some repair.  I am not sure what the damage is quite yet, but there seems to be a popped spring or a broken brace.  *sniff*  Luckily there is a very good furniture repair business in town that I like and trust, so Orange couch will be going to the clinic to get well again.

DSCN1717Unfortunately because the repair needs to be made under the seat it is almost a foregone conclusion that it will be reupholstered when it returns home.  What that upholstery will be I have no idea.  Dave threw out the black vinyl that we used on our other 2 chairs…but I think that may be too much.  White, Cream, Light Grey, Pale Orange….those have all been entertained….but none chosen yet.  What do you think???

In the meantime – I have moved a couch from storage (slated for the future game room downstairs) into the living room.

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One item on my list is to fashion some kind of attachment to keep the cushions in place.  They slide like crazy.  Velcro??

IMG_0268Looking at this pic – I will be moving Giant Lamp to the corner table between the sections.  Beyond that this couch will do nicely as a fill in, especially with the holidays coming up fast.

DIY Bedroom Spray Paint Project

So last weekend I went a little nuts with the spray paint…..and it kind of bled over to this weekend.  Seriously, take the spray can out of my hand.

But First!!!  A completed project that I started:

Here is where I left off……

IMG_2868This used to be a mirror and I decided to change it.  of course I decided to change it……

I spray painted the backing wood a nice chrome and then went about my business with the gold leaf.  Say What?  Yup – gold leaf.

IMG_2876That milky white stuff in the picture above is the adhesive……let it set and then start applying your gold leaf.

IMG_2877I got myself all gilded up….on accident.  apparently there are people out there who rock at this and don’t make a serious mess……but I am NOT one of them.

IMG_2879I layered in white, grey, various shades of blue and kept working it until I was happy with the result.

IMG_2883I like how it turned out……and I put it up in the bedroom.  Turns out I must have unconsciously used that mirror…..as I have been glancing at it non-stop and being surprised that it wasn’t my reflection.

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IMG_2907Remember when I said I couldn’t stop spray painting stuff?

Here’s a clue…….

IMG_2884OMG make it stop (Dave says silently)