A Spotted Morning Visitor

I was more than pleasantly surprised to open the bay window blinds this morning to find this lovely (not so) little guy on the feeder just outside the window:

He was only there for a moment and then vanished, never to return, so I was lucky to have seen him when I did and also that my camera was nearby and fully charged with the memory card in it. Usually it’s lacking one of these necessary elements and I miss the best shots because I can’t find the thing or the battery is dead or the memory stick is in the computer or both.

The universe all came together for me and it sure was a nice way to start the day! I’ll be adding him to my new photography blog I started.

Happy snapping!

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Let The Remodeling (Re)Begin!

Thanks to my dysfunctional immune system we pretty much had put our empty nest DIY remodeling on hold for the last couple of years while trying to keep me alive and functional. Our extra money was going to doctors and tests and supplements and compounded medicines and…

Oy.

Now that I’m doing much (MUCH!) better, we’ve picked the sandpaper and paintbrushes back up again.

Yay!

This week we decided to move the living room downstairs, set up the big dining room, move the new pantry cabinets over on the little dining room wall to make a window seat with them and to expand our kitchen out to about double the width it originally was.

Whew!

I know, even Lola is confused still:

Here’s the dining room so far:

Here is the inspiration for the window seat we’re doing in the kitchen:

We ordered the middle cabinets and they should be here in a week or so. We’ll be adding beadboard and re-doing the window frames and all the trim from floor to ceiling so that’s going to be exciting. It’s a lot of work and I do still get sick if I overdo it, but I am able to keep up pretty well which means my mast cell disease treatments are working.

Hooray!!

This spring we’ll be painting the kitchen cabinets finally, along with the front and back doors. I haven’t decided what color to paint the front door since the hubby gave me a choice, but I’m leaning towards white because of our hard well water. It leaves white chalky lines on everything so..

Yeah.

Until then, happy remodeling!!

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Another Productive Day In The Empty Nest

I was feeling rather good today so I spent it cleaning the house, including the carpets (yay!) and even washed the new couch covers which were covered in dog hair despite our strict ‘no dogs on the couch’ rule:

It goes along with our strict ‘no dogs in the kitchen’ rule (see last post).

I wasn’t the only productive one. Our happy little layers are up to 10 eggs a day now!

In the dead of winter! Our handy, dandy lighting system is definitely working. I am quickly running out of room to put them all and have been giving them away to family and friends who come by, which I’m sure they appreciate.

Who doesn’t love free eggs?!

Who doesn’t love free chicken, either? We picked up three free-ranged cornish crosses recently and immediately saw why this breed is the best to raise for meat. The hubby butchered one of our Rhode Island Reds with it for comparison:

They were so delicious. We will definitely be ordering a few dozen of these babies in the spring purely for filling the freezer. We’re also adding some quail and pheasant, too, which will be fun (and delicious).

This week we are ordering our dog sled, so we are super excited about that. The dogs will be too, when they realize it’s for them. I’ve been showing them videos of sled dogs and they get excited watching, and even howl at the screen, so I imagine they will be thrilled when it comes and they finally get to do it, too.

We have plenty of winter left for dog sledding fun. Once spring comes we’ll have plenty of time for other things, like painting the front door and planting more lovely flowers! I can’t wait for my flowers to return.

One more sunset down and only 48 more to go until then…

 

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