Category Archives: A New House

A bit of landscaping

We were busy last week.

The front of the house used to look like this:

a bit boring, yes?

a bit boring, yes?








Now it looks like this:

much prettier, yes?

much prettier, yes?








Exciting, huh? It’s going to look amazing in a year or so when the phlox and candy tuft has filled out a bit, and the lavender (back row) has really rooted itself in.

But the back yard is truly amazing — we got rid of our fence!

How it used to look:

Hi, I'm a big fence, and a steep drop off

Hi, I’m a big fence, and a steep drop off



and now:

Ta da!

Ta da!








Such a difference!

The dirt has been seeded with ‘shade=friendly’ grass. We’re looking forward to seeing how it all turns out!


Because you needed a laugh . . .

And if you don’t, I did.

funny dog pictures-Basement Cat, mistaking a black Lab for a Hell Hound, discovers it is difficult to subvert a mind  that is full of: "I'm a good dog."

In other news, the old house *still* hasn’t been closed on. We were supposed to close on 11/24, then 11/30 . . . we signed an extension through today. ┬áThe buyer’s lender is apparently taking its own time to get the documents to the title company. Maybe Monday?

We also still haven’t heard about the cost of repairing our car. Is it totaled or not? Don’t know.

A piece of furniture we thought would arrive Tuesday (11/30) is still floating around somewhere. A picture I put in to be framed on October 8th is still unfinished.

Lots of frustration at the delays. So the above picture is particularly delightful.

Unpacked . . .

. . . and nearly tidy to boot.

I promised pictures, and here they are.

First, the guest room:

Clean, calm. Just where you want to lay your head down for a nap, right?

Then, my office:

Makes you just want to come in and read in the sun for awhile, doesn’t it?

Then, John’s office:

He’s still unpacking (work hasn’t given him a lot of ‘down’ time).

Sasha likes where we’ve put her beds.

Speaking of beds, our bedroom:

Isn’t that blue restful? Between the color and the blackout shade, I swear I am sleeping better than I have in years.

This is the view into our bathroom:

sorry for the darkness, it was a bright day outside.

And this is the view from our bathroom:

Our sideboard goes beautifully outside the library, and holds ALL of our games.

Speaking of the Library . . .

We’re really happy with how well this room turned out. I mean, look at what you see from the bed . . .

and . . .

and we even have room to add more . . .

Finally, all of the China (aka ‘loot’) has a home:

Things look the same, otherwise.