We seem to be nervous about hanging pictures. They are still sitting leaning up against several walls, all in their individual crates. We have one large box with several pictures and a dozen or so unpacked placed here and there. Exactly two have been hung. Actually, I don't think we have enough walls for all the pictures and mirrors we brought.
The house is organized but still needs tweaking here and there. I'm pretty happy with everything except the kitchen table and the sofa. I'm bogging down though and resting on my laurels enjoying the house instead of finishing up and hanging the art.
I have noticed that the house has a curious hollow sound sometimes and I believe it's because the walls are empty. The beautiful walls that have been triple treated. Walls that have been primed, knock down patterned and painted a soft latte color called Cream in my Coffee.
We hung the new vintage look clock three times before it looked right. Now we are thinking about moving it. We hung the long shelf with pegs in the laundry room twice before it was correct. The extra holes are hidden but I freeze whenever I see the hammer! The long shelf had four hooks.
We have told ourselves we have all the time in the world. Verizon came in and set up the cable, Internet and my phone awhile back. Life returned to normal except HGTV now features prominently in my viewing schedule. And Nate Berkus.
I'm happy I brought my bamboo screen over objections. It has really come in handy. First I hid the blank TV and now I use it to hide the large unpacked paintings. At least until we get over being nervous!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I love the atmosphere and the comfy seating and my mom, Joanne scored us a great spot on the roomy leather sofa while I ordered. A coffee table in front and room for three was perfect. My Peppermint Mocha Frappe was in honor of our missing Woolie and we got out our projects.
My sister, Karan, breezed in a short time later and joined us. She decided not to learn to knit this week but brought her sketch pad and art pencils and practice sketching faces. We were willing subjects and I do wish I had asked to photograph them. They were great!
We moved to the other wall where Karan could sit opposite and work, a very cozy corner that I would choose for next week. There was plenty of light and the long sofa bench was very comfortable.
Joanne found a great corner to sit relaxed with a propped foot and a few scones for the session, enjoying the company of two daughters.
South Dayton Knitters! They are the best! Two and a half years they have seen me through my first project to this last one, where I finished the back half of this vest at the Farewell party at Pam and Mary's!
Now I'm looking forward to finding new knitting friends here and being visited by my Ohio knitters here in Vacationland! Today we had fun and good conversation, relaxing until 1:30 PM before reluctantly departing for home.
If you are in the area, please join us on Wednesdays AM at the address above! No stress, no dues, no roll call. Just drop in with your knitting or other handwork and introduce yourselves. We are all new!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
But we settled in for the long ride to Florida! We met up with Chris, Dianne and the kids and traveled southward. We took our time and stopped every couple of hours to let the blood circulate and the usual trip of 17-18 hours took 24. We were exhausted but our respective circulations, however, were in excellent condition.
It actually didn't seem all that long. We were kept entertained! Not only did Lauren take a multitude of photos of everyone, she took photos of herself, new ones constantly, that we would find installed on our phones!
We adjourned back to my mom's house around the corner and we all had a lovely dinner and a proper visit! Unloading the van had to wait. We were all pooped.
It may be a new home, but it was like we were coming home!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Our new house has almost been named.
Currently we are calling it The Cottage because it's so small. We also have still been calling it, Uncle Bob's Cabin (just because we bought it from my Uncle Bob) like we did before we moved in.
When we first arrived Bill kept referring to it as The Lodge because of the large stone fireplace but thankfully that name has almost disappeared.
The area is named after a beach, which I love, but the planned beach didn't materialize due to some regulations years ago. The closest beach is three miles away. Besides the lot next to ours and behind is all wooded! A beachy name for our house would be deceiving even though there is nothing between us and the Gulf except the house next door.
But as I said, it was my friend Kathleen who mentioned naming rooms that really caught my attention because we are stumbling over ourselves referring to them these past three weeks we've resided here.
We have a bedroom named The Bedroom and a bathroom named The Bathroom. That's easy, although I am toying with naming the bathroom The Floatarium. (any one reading the 44 Scotland Street series by Alexander McCall-Smith will understand).
The problem now is we have a computer room/spare bedroom which is not named yet and the main area which is a puzzle. It is really a "great room". There are no walls. It feels a bit confusing because most rooms are not defined like other homes have lived in.
Then we have the screened in room through French doors in the Kitchen/Dining area out behind the house. Is it a Florida Room? My California roots call it a Patio. Bill keeps calling it The Garden Shop. Forty years with K-Mart says methinks he doesn't want to let go. I suspect it's going to stay The Garden Shop. I'm discovering a stubborn streak in him now that we are together 24/7.
The Laundry room also has a door to the back yard and sidewalk that winds around The Garden Shop to the driveway. It could be a very nice Mud room as well, our grass is very sparse. But we never go in or out that way. It's only convenient to let our Labrador, Gracie, out at night. Naming the door in the Laundry Room "Gracie's Door" would take care of the doors anyway. The Front Door, The French Doors, Gracie's Door and (sigh) The Garden Shop Door. For such a small house we certainly have acquired a lot of doors to the outside.
We didn't have any trouble naming our tortoise. Rambo makes an appearance nearly every day.....whenever Gracie is inside. That first and only meeting was a doosie.
Does anyone have a fun name for a room that is all their own? Does anyone have a tortoise in their yard or other wildlife that has turned into a pet?
Thursday, August 18, 2011
I was able to safely move my beloved fish watercolor to Florida where it fits nicely on the wall behind the door. I also brought the antiqued flower hook I bought years ago and never hung. It exactly matches one of the shades of aquas in the shower curtain even though it looks very blue in the photo.
We haven't installed the fixtures. A Pottery Barn brushed nickle towel bar, towel ring and a hook. I also have a matching brushed nickle towel bar with a glass bar. All these items came from my "warehouse" of a garage where we stuffed the remnants of my online business. Ten percent of which I sold, twenty percent of which I gave away and the rest I regretfully left.
The sandy walls and aqua accessories are perfect for my home. A home that would overlook the Gulf of Mexico if it was on a hill. A big hill.
Meg & Mums