Friday, November 9, 2012

Goodbye Sweet Friend

Goodbye my Friend, Yesterday was a terrible day. Saying goodbye to Lanie after 13 years of a wonderful life with her was just awful. She was so sick and deserved better, but it doesn't make us miss her any less. My heart hurts without you Lanie, and the house is not the same with your wagging tail and warm presence. You will always hold a special place in my heart. I miss you girl.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bloomin' great!

After the big Indiana Hoosier loss to Kentucky last night, the skies opened up and it rained all washed away our sadness....and we greeted the day with some filtered sunlight. We shook off the depression and went outside to check the day. Ryan's plantings are looking great! Our first blooms on our lily were pretty exciting!

The entire bed is not very organized, with daffodils popping up all over the place, and little teeny tiny shoots from peonies and hydrangea, and we even broke off the dead old bits of Russian Sage and it is even burrowing its way out from the earth and we see vibrant green little branches making their way into this world!

Lanie thinks the nice cool mulch is just delightful for nest making. At least she is not making a nest in our little herb garden!

Even the stalks of Rosa Rugosa from Nany and Papa are springing to life --- the dead looking stalks stuck in the ground have teeny tiny little green buds, and if you look at the earth surrounding them, you will see little patches of leaves, brand new growth! It is so wet out right now, I don't think I can get a picture, but will put one in the next couple of days --- I'm sure we'll have even more growth then.

It is so fun to watch Ryan choose the plants, work to put them in the ground, water them daily or so, and then to see his look of delight with a new bloom --- the lilies had that effect this morning, and I can't wait for him to get to harvest his vegetable garden.... well, if we ever get around to planting it!

Saw this quote the other day, and thought it was very appropriate for these beautiful spring days.....
"When I bought my farm, I did not know what a bargain I had in the bluebirds, daffodils and thrushes; as little did I know what sublime mornings and sunsets I was buying."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enjoy your day, we sure will!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring is here!

We have had such beautiful weather in the last couple of weeks, and suddenly everything is beautiful and blooming! Our moving crisis has been averted (for a while at least), so we are getting busy planting in the yard.....

The Yoshino cherry trees look so pretty with their soft pink flowers flanking the driveway.

The roses are starting to grow like crazy (Ryan trimmed them first), and we have planted some other types of roses --- mainly climbers (Eden Rose and New Dawn -these will be behind the fence posts --- hopefully we can train them over the fence).

Forest redbud pansy:
Ryan's plantings.... daffodils, hydrangea, peonies, gardenias, and even some tomatoes.... yum....


New Dawn Rose --- just starting to grow....

Hydrangea: Starting to come back to life....

We have also planted some blueberries, raspberries, grapes, and peonies....Of course the kids planted seeds for a vegetable gardens, but they were just too early and I think we'll have to plants that stuff again!

So nice to see some green and color... finally!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Can we seriously be leaving..... already?

It has taken months and months to get settled since our move in July / August. We have loved every minute of this place! We've hosted Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, several football parties, a Super Bowl Party, 11 year old sleepover birthdays, and book clubs. We have really enjoyed having all of our special spaces --- the beer fridges, the basement bar area, the playroom for the kids, the breakfast area, and all of the fun little details we designed. They have all been awesome! This house has officially been put to the test and we are so happy with the result! But.... (why does there ALWAYS have to be a "but?")

Just as we were really "done" with projects and organizing and finding homes for everything, it looks like it will be time to pack it up again and move. As we have always suspected might happen, Atlanta has officially called (in the form of a promotion), and this time, it is time to answer. On a day like today, it seems hard to leave. We played outside, rode bikes around the horse farms, worked in the yard (an endless project) and just hung around the house. It was awesome!

Ryan walked along with me the entire time I was seeding the yard (and he was too) and we "talked." After again asking me if we could just put this house on wheels and take it to Atlanta, he put his arm around me and said, "I'm just going to really cry when we have to leave this place, after all the work we've put into it." Of course, that about made me cry, and he is right, he did put lots of work into it! He was the kid out planting the blueberry bushes and the roses, and all of the daffodil bulbs. He trims the roses, and we've started planting some seeds inside to make our vegetable garden soon. He checks on the camellias and is interested in the pear tree. He shows every person that comes over the geode we had the stone mason put in the stone work. He shows off the stones that have fossils in them. He was quiet for a minute and then he told me, "You know what Mom, when I grow up, I'll just save all my money to buy this house, and then we can have it again!" What a kid! Nany was right, he will miss it here! Not even so much his buddies, but just hanging around here, checking on all of his projects, he is really proud of all of them!

The Realtors have visited and looks like the dreaded "For Sale" sign will be in the yard next week or so. I am really really not looking forward to keeping the house spotless for showings. I was so ready to just enjoy the spring, and watch the flowers and plants bloom. The Atlanta area will be nice too I'm sure.... Maybe we'll have lots more projects to post about.....

Looking forward to watching the leaves emerge --- it all still looks pretty dreary!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween... or perhaps.... Haunted Halloween...

The kids were carving pumpkins last night, and it appears we were not alone.... At least the small ghost in the Japanese Maple seemed to approve......

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Rain Rain GO AWAY!

We have waited and waited to seed our yard, and plant some things because it has just been too hot. We picked out some beautiful trees, plants, bushes, flowers and after September 15th, went nuts planting. Everything looked great. The yard was freshly graded, we had many loads of dirt and we had a perfect empty canvas. Ryan and I built a pretty stone wall, and planted herbs. He was very proud of his hard work. I was having a dinner party on Wednesday night (last week) and the last loads of mulch went in by about 5 pm. It looked great! We could just imagine how nice it would all look once the seed filled in the yard. Sigh, it WAS great. Then, just as I was setting up my cocktail tables on the front porch...

drip, drip, drip. No worries, a little rain would be great for all of the plantings. But drip......drip........drip turned to drip..drip...drip..boom. Then the skies parted and we got a flash flood. The water started coming down the hill, gathering speed, and volume. It washed the new plantings down the hills, and the mulch, and the many truck loads of nice dirt, and giant sections of sod. The street was filled with the mudslide and the lot across the street was the beneficiary of much new dirt, mud, mulch and seed. Nick spent the evening before my party with his snow shovel digging the mud out of the street. I moved the party inside. It was a great time. I got to use my dining room for the first time, and my nice new linens from our Provence trip...yes Mom, I ironed them :-).

The day after the party it was back to work trying to get everything back in place.... but the rains just kept coming. I spent the afternoon after the morning rain scraping and sweeping the street. Ugh. What a mess. By Friday, we'd had about enough of the rain. Baseball practices were cancelled, games, cancelled and we wanted to see some sun! On Saturday, it appeared to be drying out. We got the wheelbarrow out, scraped muck and I re-seeded portions of the yard. We had an erosion control company come out and build a silt fence to stop everything from running into the street. We replanted the plants and bushes which has washed out in the heavy rains. It was looking better, and we were starting to feel like it was getting under control. We sat down to enjoy a beer, when the skies started to get a bit dark for the hour. Ugh.... not again.... a 15 minute burst of torrential rain! The rivers of mud picked up speed, gathering the 8 bags of grass seed, and mud, and anything in its path..... all running down the hill. The erosion control silt fencing is holding back a swamp of muck. Maybe we should get some pigs? On Monday, I went to Lowe's and got more seed. Finally, the sun was peeking out of the clouds. Hooray! Baseball was back on... 2 games Tuesday night how exciting! At the end of the games, as the boys were lining up to give "fives" we noticed some fireworks in the distance. Noooooo, it couldn't be thunder and lightning could it? We made it home, got snuggled up in our beds just in time to hear the storm. Back to replanting and seeding today.

The lot across the street is going to have the most lush lawn around!

Here are a few shots of some of our erosion and swamp area.... lovely, don't you think?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Tour, part deux (I mean party deux)

I promised to finish pictures of the first floor, and while I am willing to partially keep my promise, the camping room, aka the Master Bedroom, isn't looking too good yet. Bed is made, though the sheets are not ironed (sorry Mom), and it is just a bunch of random pillows that somehow ended up in there and our down comforter with no cover. However, I did find the prettiest bedding at French Laundry at the Atlanta Market several weeks ago and it should be here soon. I think I will show my bedroom once that arrives, because it is so pretty! Also, it will give me time to iron my sheets (if my mom visits) :-).

It is Thursday though, and Nick does have major presentations going on at work this week, and it is the first weekend in a while where we don't have major commitments like moving or something, so it seems like a good time for a party! Whoo hoo, just the 5 of us (well 6, including Lanie), but that will be so nice. Having the house to ourselves, and getting this party started. Friday night will be the first time to test out the bultler's pantry where the party fixins' live.

Here is how we set it up....

This is it --- a wide hallway connecting the kitchen and dining room. It is next to the piano room and porch doors, so it should be convenient to all areas, while keeping people out of the kitchen. I am hoping during parties or big holiday gatherings to use the big counter for a buffet set-up. The glass in the cabinets is this cool antique wavy, bubbly, seedy glass. It is subtle and doesn't show up well in pics, but I like it.

On the left hand side, there is a wine fridge and then beverage drawers for beer, champagne, mixers, whatever suits your fancy. The top one is a fridge, bottom is a freezer and ice-maker. Then in the center bottom are pull-out drawers for the liquor bottles. My cabinet guy definitely thought I was crazy when I brought in my measurements of Grey Goose, but that was the tallest of the bottles and I wanted to be sure it would fit! I was so pleased on moving day when I went to unpack these boxes and the bottles all fit, perfectly, even Grey Goose! The small victories are the best! The shorter bottles fit in the next two drawers over. The kids like the copper sink best for making water balloons. Grrr. They might not be invited to the party now that I think about it. I think they need to be introduced to the hose....outside.

Isn't that divider design cool... it moves in any direction to keep your beer bottles from clanking around.

On the opposite side of the room are the stairs to the second floor. The light up there makes very cool shadows.

Guess I'd better hit the store for some mixers and limes. We don't want the goose to be lonesome in his big tall drawer.....