Deconstruction

I haven't felt very chatty lately, but there's been a lot going on behind the scenes and I thought it time for an update. When I last posted, I was working on the front and back hallway, determined to finish each before moving on.  Of course, that didn't work. It never does when I'm involved. … Continue reading Deconstruction

De Colores

It's been a while since I've taken on a real house-related project.  To make up for lost time, I decided to tackle several at one time, each taking up precious space in the house, and each on a different completion guideline. It's been chaos and I'm still not done, but I'm close enough to share pictures with … Continue reading De Colores

Spring Cleaning

It's been a while since I attacked a large garden project.  The last few growing seasons were marred by downed trees and fallen spirit.  I just closed my eyes and pretended the overgrown flower beds and ever-growing wood piles didn't exist. But after this past long, cold winter, I desperately needed to get outside.  And I've been outside every … Continue reading Spring Cleaning

Paint Therapy

The last couple of days were rough, and I'm physically and emotionally drained.  Still, the last thing I wanted to do was sit around and mope. It's a spring-like 60 degrees today with another major winter snowstorm heading our way tomorrow.  Just enough time for a mini renovation project. I really need to replace the … Continue reading Paint Therapy

Close Only Counts in Horseshoes

I really tried to finish this landscape project today.  Really!  I ran out of mulch at the same time I ran out of energy, and thunderstorms are moving our way. Time to concede this defeat.  But I came really close! I think I'm ready to take a breather from yard work for a couple of … Continue reading Close Only Counts in Horseshoes

Winter Storm Warning

Have you heard the latest winter weather prediction?  Apparently, our (western Virginia) wet summer weather pattern will extend into winter.  I don't know what "above normal snowfall" means, but hopefully it won't be the 6 feet we got a couple of years ago.  Then again, we had a severe snow drought last year and now … Continue reading Winter Storm Warning

Renovation Reminiscences – Front Hallway

OK, so this is going to be a quick review, as there is not a lot to tell.  The before picture is pretty self explanatory. When I removed the 70's faux wood paneling, it revealed the first of many layers of old wallpaper.  One little tug at this first layer,  and the horsehair/mud/noxious microbe "plaster" disintegrated and crumbled to … Continue reading Renovation Reminiscences – Front Hallway