Bathroom Update

Happy Friday!  It’s been a WEEK and we Larsens are super looking forward to this weekend!   Our bathroom is slowly but surely coming along.  We got walls!  Pretty fancy, right?


Meet Kurt!

Everyone should have a friend like Kurt.  He is one of the kindest, most generous people we know.  In fact, he’s using a week of his vacation to help Chris with roof and wood projects around the house.  He arrived Sunday night and the boys got to work assessing the situation on Monday morning.  Check out what they found already ….


Hey, thanks, Kurt!


So …. any suggestions on how we should paint this newly uncovered decorative piece?

DDIY # 2 — the front steps

After weighing the pros and cons of demolishing concrete steps by ourselves, we decided it was a job for our fantastic contractor, Ed.  He’s in the middle of the job now– had to get a bigger jackhammer bwa-ha-ha-ha — but hopefully we will have nice wooden steps by the end of the week!  I’m also thinking “caution tape chic” might be the look for the fall.  I can just wrap the whole house and we’ll be covered for anything that comes up!Image

DDIY (Don’t Do It Yourself)

One thing we are learning is to recognize the projects that are beyond our capabilities.  A major gap in our knowledge is gardening know-how.  I have the opposite of a green thumb and haven’t had to care for a lawn or garden …. ever.  Well, since we had a vegetable garden when I was a kid.

When we moved into the house, there was a small patch of dead-looking plants in front.  Our friend Giles helped us clean it out one weekend in March.


(that’s Giles on the left.  Cynthia and I were busy testing out beverages and Chris was raking the lawn…)

We let it be, roses bloomed, hydrangeas appeared and weeds took over.  It kind of got away from me.  Hey, we were busy stripping paint!


But thanks to the wonderful Brian and wonderful Chris at Hilltop Farms ( we are getting a makeover!  The front garden will be a pretty, orderly little spot that I will actually be able to take care of!  It currently looks like this:


(the one rose bush was actually two; they will be replanted someplace else, tbd, along with the hydrangeas and the azalea)

“Finished” pictures soon!  Though the real victory will be if I can put photos up NEXT summer that show a well-cared for, neat and orderly garden ….

We are also putting some trees in the back for more privacy along our fence.


We are doing lots of work ourselves, but it feels great to have an expert come in and take over a project.  Having a neat front yard is going to go miles for me — I already feel better about the ba-zillion other projects we have going on!  Stay tuned for more garden photos.