Time flies when you’re living life…

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve been here!! I wish I could say I haven’t posted because all of our projects are complete and our house is immaculate, but as I type on my phone amid a pile of  unfolded laundry, I am realizing how badly I need a new laptop and a winning lottery ticket…

Since I last logged in, another summer has passed, full of barbecues and fairs, a beach visit and a camping weekend. The air is turning crisp and clear and it’s almost time to start raking leaves.  We have a cat. A dear friend moved nearby and two others moved out of state. Six of my friends had babies. Six! A friend passed away. I had a big surgery and I started a new job. Our vegetable garden was an epic failure, but my big planter of flowers is still blooming. My beautiful sister married her longtime boyfriend,  making him *officially* my brother-in-law, and it was a damn fun party.

The world goes round. We almost got most of the peeling paint on the front porch scraped off. We’re planning a better garden for next year.  Some days we’ve just slept in and done nothing at all.

So I’m welcoming myself back and taking things one step at a time.  Like the rest of life, working on this house is a joy and a challenge and I always wish there were more hours in the day.

But today was a great day.  With the help of my brother-in-law, I tackled the garden area on the side of the house, digging out tons and tons of bulbs that have been multiplying like crazy and getting rid of giant weeds.  I might buy a couple of shrubs to put in. I’m going to replant the bulbs so come spring we will have healthier daffodils, tulips and lilly-of-the-valley.

It’s now a pretty clean slate where I can attempt to grow whatever I choose.  I haven’t done much of this before,  so I’m learning as I go.

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I’m back!

me with our very glamorous rented insulation-blowing machine

me with our very glamorous rented insulation-blowing machine

Did you miss me?!?!  I have so many updates to share, so many projects planned and can’t believe it’s been two months since I last posted.  Time flies … though this never-ending winter would lead you to believe otherwise … I maybe have never been so excited for spring in my life …  but I digress …

I have a renewed commitment to posting, updating and getting things DONE around here!  I also have some old projects that are completed that I’m excited to share.  Organizing my photos (and my life) are high on my list of 2014 Things to Do (with a capital T and capital D, no less!)

Already this year we’ve blown insulation in the attic (see above photo …) so when it was minus 5 outside, our house stayed warm and cozy.  We’re planning the bedroom re-do and budgeting for our little downstairs bathroom makeover.  There is talk of a raised-bed vegetable garden, I’m dying to get my attic craft room going, I have a little sofa to re-upholster (oh, and also need to learn how to re-upholster something …), Chris’ woodworking skills are getting really good (future posts will brag on some of his latest projects) and we are going to get the entry way organized and come up with some systems for our day-to-day clutter.

Though January has already come and gone, I’m looking forward to a year full of fun, friends, family, more wood stripping, more painting, daylight lasting longer than 5 p.m., a summer garden, an April wedding… so many things.  2014 is going to rock!