the lil one’s space

If I’m being honest, it’s been a chore to get started on this space. I have sat in the middle of the room countless times getting more and more frustrated. I tend to focus on all of the things I hate about it’s current state and yes, that helps because those items are the ones we change first, but it doesn’t make it any easier to picture it complete. The other afternoon I came home – Mick was outside with various tools I had not seen before and making quite a bit of noise. I stepped onto our deck and he was in a zone – major work/creative zone. He told me he was trying something – he had taken the leftover fence pieces from our gable wall, planed them down to their original red cedar and stained them this beautiful blue. After completing five or so pieces he nailed them to the outer wall, surrounding her picture window. I loved the look the planks took once stained, but was having a hard time picturing them as a statement in the space because – well – they were being attached to a pink wall and all the lighting has a soft orange hue. Since I had not come up with a single brilliant idea after all my time in that place – I went with it. Mick has since completed the entire wall and of course, it looks awesome.
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The next steps are painting the surrounding walls a crisp white. All our 1st floor walls are this horrible cream – I call it poor man’s vanilla. You know when you buy the three gallon tub of vanilla ice cream and it’s that weird shade of yellow that someone once decided was the color of vanilla [which is actually brown]?! That’s the shade of our walls and ceilings. gag. After we paint, Mick will replace all of the trim [which is a project for the entire house at some point] and remove the ghetto bifold closet doors…to be replaced with curtains…I think. I am starting to believe it can actually look different in there – to the point where I will forget how much I hated the space before! I look forward to that day.
**note – the orange hue in the pic is from our god awful light fixtures, also to be updated ASAP! bleck.

slowly coming around

I finally feel like I am coming out of the dark. The last two months have been…welp, rough. I have had one full good week [with the exception of some insomnia] and it’s nice to feel apart of the real world again. I’m ready for some energy so I can get back to exercising, eating, and being outside! Thankfully, my cousin Ben will be in town this weekend! He drove from Tennessee and we are so looking forward to showing him around and getting some quality time in. It is quite kind of him to make the trek, and hopefully we can convince him to visit more often!

In other news – house things have been on hold and will hopefully pick back up in August with some furniture and painting. We did some unplanned construction on our bathroom – discovered the framing was covered in black mold thanks to a slow leak from the upstairs toilet, at least a few years old. I was banned from the bathroom for about a month until Mick was convinced that massive amounts of bleach killed it. Now we have a big hole in the wall – but no mold! Other updates include, but are no not limited to, Bud is still afraid of the floors. We have had a few 100 degree days with no Air Conditioning, and survived! I am becoming very stupid and clumsy – examples being putting the toaster away in the fridge, not wearing a bra to my first midwife appointment, and losing my mind over the intercom at work and instead of hanging up – laughing uncontrollably for everyone to hear. Thankfully I enjoy laughing at myself, so does Micky, it keeps life interesting

Looking forward to some other exceptional visitors in August and some cooler weather!

P.S. listen to this song – the lyrics blow my mind…

house updates

Our house has become a monster. We are creating new projects left and right – we see something new to change every other day. SO, we are taking a break. We need to prioritize and be realistic about it. The new approach looks a little something like this – new trim for the kitchen/sitting space, area rugs, living room and sitting space furniture, and more painting. We have one wall left to paint white by the stairwell then onto the living room walls [color yet to be decided]. We plan to take a road trip to Missoula in July/August to check out some thrift stores – we are on the hunt for unique furniture. I have a built-in project in the works for the living room. Right now we have these random extra deep “closets” with horrid dark brown bi-fold doors. I am hoping for some glass cabinets and a bar to make sense of the space. Lastly, we finally picked up our piano from storage – it fits perfectly in it’s new home – brings a little completion.  Although – after placing it we realized our floor slants to such a degree the right front wheel is about an inch off the ground. ha!

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Other than that – we need to do random things like put stuff on the walls, buy curtains and make the laundry room more user friendly, by user friendly I mean, making it so I can reach the detergent. The yard and exterior will have to wait until next year, or the year after that.

In other news, the weather is amazing and getting outdoors is taking precedence over everything.

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Roughing it

Adventure has been our theme the last year or more, so, we decided to take it to another level. This weekend we went camping about 90 miles North. I thought we would be on a lake but we were actually on the Priest River – which is only 10 miles from Priest Lake in Coolin, ID. The adventure began for me when Mick came home and announced he had agreed that we’d go camping with a guy from his work, which to me translated as – strangers. (I had an opportunity to meet two of the seven prior to Friday, but still, does he know me at all?!) Although both Mick and I enjoy camping/the outdoors/roughing it – it’s not something we have actually done together. When we began our original moving adventure, we sold a lot of our belongings and/or gave them away – this included Mick’s 15-20 year old camping gear. We had about three weeks to figure out what we would need, where to buy it and how to fit it in the Subaru. Thankfully we were loaned a tent and a cooler and the rest we scraped up via Amazon and our local outfitter store.

ASIDE: The BEST purchase was our MSR Pocket Rocket stove – it is the coolest thing and literally pocket sized. It was bought all in the name of coffee – boils water in 3 minutes or less – sweet! Having that little guy enabled us to bring our kettle and chemex and enjoy some hot organic coffee. Our upmost amenity. It somehow tasted better out there – it could have been the lack of civilization/bathrooms/running water – whatever, it was heaven each morning firing that thing up.

Anyways – We camped in the national forest – off a 2-3 mile dirt road that went up and then down a mountain to a river bank. There were no bathrooms, running water, organized sites – you make it your own and leave it better than you found it. Digging a hole to use the bathroom was a new experience for me, but I managed just fine. It’s a site only known to locals and boy did we get a taste of local flavor. I think the neighboring site – which was about 200 yards away – probably shot about $1,000 in ammo into the water – just cuz. It was not only obnoxious but a ridiculous waste of money. We were privy to a stellar domestic dispute at 3 Am – you mother effer, you just effing told me you are going over to the next campsite to eff some skank whore *kicking his car* if that’s your plan you better get me off this GD Effing mountain right now – I can’t respect that! I’m going to DO someone in our group, what do you think about that you piece of S – and I bought that effing booze you piece of  S?!

It made for great breakfast conversation. This was all to the back drop of gangster rap on one end and terrible country on the other. Good times.

All in all – it was really awesome and breath taking. Some photos –

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our camp site view

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The [almost] finished gable wall!

I couldn’t wait any longer to take pictures. We have two more pieces to go and then the wall is finally done. I’ve spent most of the morning slow cooking homemade spaghetti sauce, paleo banana muffins and two carafe’s of coffee to keep myself occupied. At least the house smells amazing!!

I love it, mick loves it and buddy is ready to come out from under the table. One of the best parts of this entire project is we only spent money on a box of nails. whoop!

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Wood

We are back in the swing of things. It can be difficult to decide which project to tackle. There are so many things we want to do but baby steps are important. Our reclaimed wood has been sitting outside for weeks, so this weekend we tackled paneling our gallery wall.This is truly Mick’s project. He didn’t tell me anything about what he was thinking and just went to work. Today he completed half the wall, we need a fairly tall ladder for the rest. So far, it looks awesome and we are very pleased with the results. It adds so much texture and character to the space. We now have to decide on a trim style to replace the old stuff  – these details can make such a difference when implementing a style. I can’t wait to see it complete! Here’s a sneak peak…

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Five pounds later

Mick’s mom leaves Tuesday. whomp whomp. It’s been awesome having her here and she’s spoiled us rotten. Lil Buddy is going to need xanax when she’s gone. He has to be by her side at all times and they talk to each other throughout the day. He sleeps with her every night and actually smells like her now. I hope she doesn’t smell like him. This weekend we are making the best of every hour with delicious meals, movies, and martinis. I will need a detox come Wednesday.

We are back in the game! House projects are set to resume and we have quite a few ahead of us. Remember how Mick wanted weathered wood for our main kitchen wall? Welp, he used his charm and acquired 90 feet of an old white picket fence, fo free, and all he has to do is pick it up.

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He has been working on a new condo – the fence was between what used to be an empty lot and the neighboring house. The neighbor isn’t too pleased to be rid of a fence, so, they are taking it down as they put up a new one [the homeowner also asked if he could toss his wife in the new sewage ditch they’re digging – happy guy]. Once we get it to the house we will go through, pick the best pieces and set the layout. I really didn’t think it would happen this soon and I dreaded it costing an arm, a leg and a lil buddy! Although, I did dream about bugs climbing from the walls and vacuuming them up as I freak a freak…I’m sure this won’t happen. [tell me this won’t happen!] Mick is super pumped and I don’t know how this thing works so it should be an experience. We are also still mulling over a couch. We picked the fabric and are pretty certain on the style, it’s just pressing “continue to checkout” and waiting four weeks for it to be made. ugh. Once we make said decision, we will be doing minor construction on the living room to widen it and create a more usable space. More to come on that.

I shall leave you with this: