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My Tiny House

August 18th, 2012 by zoe 3 Comments

Have you seen all the tiny house inspiration going on out there?

All Spring I found myself ogling at projects like this and this.

You see, our very own tiny  guest house was in need of a major redo. There was much work to do, which requires inspiration, HELLO  pinterest.

Visual eye candy can literally spring me from the couch into action – tearing down paneling and insulation with lots-a mouse poop in the heat of July kind of action!

Of course having my Dad schedule a three-week visit provided a certain amount of um….. motivation too.

Our house at 1,500 square feet works for the four of us but with guests it can get tight. Plus, guests like to sleep late and take naps. The children are usually so excited to have guests they wake in the wee hours of the morning to jump on sleeping visitors faces with pure love (far too much love for 5 am, love)!

The solution for us, turn garden shed into Tiny Guest House.

I am so tickled with how the project turned out!

I love reading to the boys out there in the afternoons. Something about being in a little Summer Garden House makes me feel so relaxed and peaceful.

And it’s cool to have my painted upholstered chair out there too.

 

 

Ah…. SUMMER

July 24th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

Summer came on like a blaze and all we seem to manage is swimming everyday – ocean, lake or pool. We dont give a darn as long as it’s cool.

I keep telling myself I WILL get back to work, but, there’s plenty time for work come September. Big fun these Summer days – a  splish splashing cannon ball of fun

Nature Magic

May 31st, 2012 by zoe 3 Comments

It was a special day with the very best of friends at our favorite river spot.

THEN… we found out the river banks were teeming with dragonfly shedding their nymph skins to metamorphosis as winged beauties. AMAZING!

I learned a lot about the whole process here . Finding out that it can take up to four years for a nymph to develop and metamorphosis into a full grown dragonfly made witnessing the transformation even more spectacular.

Nature really is MAGIC!

I heart DEMO

May 25th, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

We live in a giant project, respectively called a “fixer upper”.

It’s been years of labor – starting first with installing hardwood flooring, renovating two bathrooms and a kitchen, rebuilding a deck and front porch and painting the entire exterior and interior. All this we did in the first 2 years. Are you tired yet, I am!

Next came building a barn. Giant project – still working on that one!

Here and there came a few new doors, windows, oh and all the siding.

Luckily I/we kinda love big projects but navigating them with two small children has been at times – um… sucky.

But it gets easier every year, this year they can help paint a little or play happily in the yard and watch us work. Or even better provide me an excuse to avoid working on extension ladders.

Some day it sure would be lovely to hire someone to fix our house but until then I won’t lie – I actually love demo.

This very morning as I was dangling off the side of the house prying off a big rotted board I was singing a little “I love construction” song when a giant shower of mouse shit came down on my head. Oh joy!

I wont lie I still love demo, I just hate mouse poop.

 

Woods Stories

May 16th, 2012 by zoe 1 Comment

We went for a walk in the woods – most days from here to October could be defined by this sentence!

We brought along with us little notebooks.

Oliver decided to write stories about the things he saw.

This was story about a little tree who wanted to have more than 4 leaves!

Emmett decided to record numbers in his book. He counted 29 newts and 26 lady slippers!

We all jumped up and down to see so many Spring friends in the woods, and yes we said hello to each and every one of those 29 newts. Taking in as much as we can of that early Spring green. Simply marvelous!

Spring Woods

April 15th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

We are out in the woods a lot these days. We have a new trail out back that passes by a porcupine villiage. Tiny caves on the hillside where porcupines are living happily. Did you know porcupines poop (a lot!) right outside their homes and that’s where you can find lots of quills. They are also great climbers and spend lots of time up high in trees!

Sometimes at night we hear the screams of a fisher cat echo through the ravine and wonder if all the cute little fellas made it home safely.

Spring signs are everywhere with green moss, peeper frog eggs, and caddisfly larva in the streams. If you aren’t familiar with the caddisfly it’s a pretty fantastic bug to hunt for with kids in streams and rivers — they make a pretty impressive home from twigs and sticks. Or even gold, pearls and gem stones!

We happened on a baby vole nested under Dahlia Doodles grain bowl. It’s Spring and baby animals are everywhere!

On the way home from a woods walk we always have to teeter across the tippy stonewall rocks especially close to barbed wire – it wouldn’t be a good hike without it!