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Losses and Gaines.

Let me tell you something, dear Internet. This summer? Been kind of rough. So by the time Pasha got sick and ruined the rugs, only to be followed by our basement flooding, I was well worn out. Lately, life feels too short and too fragile to be so fully occupied by such disasters. So, in a manner unfamiliar to me…

I bought a ticket to California.

(and new rugs).

I leave for a week next month. (J. will stay home to man the homefront, water the garden, care for the pup, and miss me terribly, I presume). Any recommendations for sight seeing in San Diego and LA?


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Small changes.

My home improvement motivation slows significantly in the wintertime, where I’d rather hibernate and make to-do lists for April. Still, two recent changes:

When we bought The Cottage, the front window had this curious arrangement of interior fog that would not go away. The previous owners refused (and refused, and refused) to fix it, so I assumed it would be cost and labor intensive. My mom was the one who actually (politely) hounded me to get a quote, which turned out to be quite inexpensive, and thus, clarity:



That window also boasts a new honeycomb shade. O la la!

I also decided that yes, we are the type of people to frame a picture of our dog and put it on the wall. So here we go:


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New additions

My brother and sister in law bought me my much-coveted Charlie Harper print that has been gracing my “Things I’d Like To Justify Buying” pinterest board for months! So thoughtful, those two.


And yes, another Matte Stephens. Can’t get enough! (courtesy of Momma J).

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Thrift Find To Keep You Warm

I’ve had a 100% wool blanket on my “It’d Be Nice to Own” mental list for a while. Then one day, there it was, waiting for me in a resale store shelf in Kansas City.

It was so inexpensive it was nearly a crime, and all it needed was a quick trip to the dry cleaners (you know, after I shlepped it home on an airplane, wrapped up in it like a two year old interrupted from her nap). I love its stripes and the way its color connects it to The New Sofa, but most of all, I love that it covers up that mostly-hideous-chair-that-J-won’t-let-me-replace. Dare I say, it may be growing on me!

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Cursory Summary Of Everything I Didn’t Write About Last Month.

I momentarily swore off blogging last month, thinking that I could devote my blogging-brain-space-and-time to defeating my to-do list which at one point was made up of 15 different post it notes on my desk. 15 post it notes! And goodness sakes, those really aren’t meant to be long-term message carriers, so you can imagine the stress ball that was the Cottage these past few weeks. I’ll admit to buying the cheap-post-its whose glue dries up in 3 days, meaning half my month was spent tracking down tasks that had fallen behind my desk and became covered in dog hair, and oh my goodness was my goodness tested, but I digress – it’s December! I’m back! I missed you.

The most exciting bits of November:

  • When we were house-a-huntin’, one of the Cottage’s best selling points was its fenced in yard, 75% of which was 6ft wooden privacy fence. And would you know it that earlier this month, that beautiful selling point plum fell over in a great burst of prairie wind?! But it missed our neighbors garage, so yay? Home insurance has already sent us a check for repairs, and so we’re in the midst of a contractor search. And a decision-of-how-to-repair debate. And walking Pasha 5x a day. Lots of grumbling! Fences hate Christmas, you know.
  • We almost got a kitten! But adult logic prevailed and I remembered that I don’t like cats, and anyway, J’s little sister really wanted it.
  • Speaking of everyone’s favorite pup, we’ve (gasp!) returned to crate training. Apart from looking at me with the saddest eyes in the world that tell my soul she feels oh so rejected, she’s taken to sleeping in her crate at night without much objection. RELATED NEWS: I get so much more sleep now.
  • I discovered this. You’re welcome.
  • We bought a new couch! And then we hired a $20 Home Depot truck and moved it ourselves! I may be scrawny, but I held my own, yes indeedy. (Also, a new ottoman! and side table!)

  • In between all those moments of productivity and fence-related-nonsense, I killed at least two hours watching pregnancy reveal videos on YouTube. As long as you avoid the ones with 16 year olds, it is pure joy. I love the Internet. (No. But if I were, this would be on my Christmas list)

  • Tis the season! Merry Christmas Internet.

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House Tour, Front Room

I guess this room is technically our dining room, since it hosts our table and china set. The addition of a love seat makes it a tiny sitting room. The fact that our front door is also right there? Our entryway. I love little houses.


(bold color choice, right?)


What We Accomplished: 

– Painted the walls + trim

– Painted the front door

– Painted the ceiling fan

– Removed the window treatments + hardware (I have yet to find any that I like to replace them with, so we’re probably just going to leave them open. The windows do have shades, naturally – just no curtains).

What We’d Like To Accomplish

– Replace the couch + lamp

– Refinish the sewing table (the wood is in sad, sad shape …)

– Make the window shades uniform

– Replace front window that is foggy (Oh goodness, if I told you how much this would cost, you may never buy a home. Who knew windows were so pricey?!)

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House Tour, exterior

A dear friend brought a small fact to my attention: the Internet (you) doesn’t know what the entire Cottage looks like. So, welcome to the house tour, faithful readers! I’m going to do it in stages, as we all know how I tend to ramble and I’d rather not bore you all to tears.

And this first installment? Probably a bit of a cheat, since you’ve all seen it here before, minus a few new plants.

SO here is The House. We live on a quiet street full of single family homes with detached garages. Our avenue is a favorite of bicycle commuters and dog walkers. I would venture to say that no children live on our street, as I never see any playing in the yards … although one of our neighbors is in a band, and they have regular jam sessions on the weekends. (Thankfully, they are talented).



What we accomplished: 

– Stained and painted the front porch

– Re-routed and painted a drainage pipe

– Added a bench

– New soffit and fascia

– Landscaping (Before we moved in, the only plants were the three trees and the then-sickly-looking yew bushes. We added another bush, hostas, lirope grass, primroses, and ditch lillies + garden edging and mulch.)

– Window boxes (one has sweet potato vines and geraniums, the other has sweet potato vines and impatiens)

What we want to accomplish: 

– Landscape the side of the house (near the privacy fence)

– Paint the front door + new storm door

– Paint or replace our sad little mailbox

– Shutters? (The house is divided on the necessity of such things).

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