Friday, June 15, 2018

Attic Update

Before I show you the attic improvement.. I had to show you the wild cherries on our big tree.  Does anyone recognize what variety these are?  Or are they just plain wild cherries?


OK.. now the attic tour.  Remember the raw wood across the door?  Voila!  I mentioned to Richard the builder that I'd love to see some bead board across it and look!  So much nicer!  I wonder if it would be too much to ask him to repaint the back of that door and the door jamb?  I'm not above doing so.  :-)


See the wood doors?  He built them from boards!  And see the enclosure he made for the stove pipe?  Don't worry, it's a super safe insulated pipe.


And all the places where the walls come together are trimmed out and painted!


The window is trimmed out and painted, too.


Standing near the window looking back.


The window looks so nice now.  I'm so pleased with how it's coming along.


Today they are installing the faux oak laminate flooring.  I can't wait to see how that looks!


I'm thinking of all the things we can use the storage areas for!


I need to ask him if he's going to trim out the stove pipe surround.  


Now I'm thinking of what to hang ON the surround.. like some pictures.  LOL!


A last snapshot of the room from the door.  I can't wait to see it after the floor work today.


Kristi is cleaning the chicken coop today, what a good girl.  I'm off to the pool in a few hours.  Then a nice weekend and celebrating Father's Day on Sunday.  I have a surprise for Dayle.  :-)  Do you have any fun weekend plans?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Mosaic Table, Attic Progress and Sister Adventure

Hello!  Thanks for visiting my little corner of the internet.  I found the last piece to my deck "nest", a mosaic table from Pier 1 Imports.  The colors in this just spoke to me.  I'm already happy to have it by my chair while I'm out on the deck enjoying the sunshine and the sound of the waterfall splashing away.  The family spends a lot of time out on the deck.  If I want to be in the midst of the action, it's usually out there in fair weather.


This photo was taken yesterday which was lovely, but the days before were downpours of rain and today the rain has returned.  Wah.


I'm enjoying the way the colors in the chair cushions and the table play off of each other.


OK, attic remodel update.  I just went up and looked around before the builder arrived and was pleased to see the progress.  See the short wall and the openings for storage?  He built little doors and brought them today so the next photo will show those installed.  Some of you have asked what we plan to use the extra space for.  First of all it was pretty awful in there with nails sticking down all over the place and no insulation and unfinished floor.  So, when Kristi cleaned it out I wanted to get it improved.. I saw a notice on Facebook in the "Corbett Area" of a man who was looking for remodeling work, so I put a comment on his post that I'd like him to stop by and give us a bid, which he did and it was reasonable and we gave him the go ahead to begin.  Now we can have storage behind doors and either the boys can use the central space for hanging out and playing.  If they don't use it, it will be a much nicer place for storage bins.  :-)



Today they are working on adding the doors and more trim work and his friend came along to help with caulking.  


It's really amazing to me to see how much better it looks with just the bead-board panels up on the old dark wood rafters and walls.


There is sawdust on the walls which will be cleaned off.  The trim will hide all of those gaps!



Looking back towards the door.


It's a good thing I've gone up to check on the progress as I asked the builder to put a piece of bead-board over the raw wood that crosses the top of the door.  As you can see it's a bit of a difficult entrance to the attic but it is what it is.


I snapped some photos of my collection of limited edition embossed artworks to show you.  Richard Kohnstamm who ran Timberline Lodge for a long time had these commissioned.  The first one was Timberline Lodge, on the far right.  The second was Multnomah Falls in the center.  The one on the left is of a covered wagon on the Oregon Trail.  Not shown is one of the Heceta Head Lighthouse.  Ahem.. the wall needs washed.  LOL!



This one is really a treasure.



The whole print is embossed and Timberline Lodge is a coppery gold.  I think it's rather brilliant as all the embossed area is snow.


My sister Denise just returned from a trip to China.  She snapped a few really neat photos and shared them with me.


This was in Shanghai and they also visited Tibet.


When she returned she was thrilled to see that her son had done a good job of watering her garden beds and she had some beautiful lettuces ready to harvest!


It's a swim day, again, it's hard to go when it's raining but I will go, my heart thanks me.  What are your plans today?  Do you have fine weather or foul?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Mock Orange and Attic Redux

Greetings! Did you have a good weekend?  We had a rainy one!  I mean downpours, thunder and all.  We found out that having a large metal roof on the gazebo on the deck has brought a new sound to heavy rain and hail.. you can hear it from inside the house and if you open the back door it is quite thunderous.  But, it's okay, just something new.  I went out just now to take some photos of the Mock Orange bush on the right of the garden shed.  It was thankfully not ruined by the heavy rains, although the pink rosebud azalea blossoms were done in.  


I tried to sniff the orange blossom aroma but I do believe the rains washed it all away as I couldn't smell anything.  Maybe after they dry out it will come back?


After days of grey skies and heavy downpours I am happy to report that the blue in the sky is returning.  Thank goodness!



Most of the roses are beat up from the rain but this one bud still is pretty.  My Double Delight rose.


I could not be more pleased with the bouquet of Peonies on the dining room table.  The grower picked them at just the right time, tight buds, and each flower has opened up into a full blowsy blooms, just gorgeous!


The man who's finishing off the attic had to get a friend to help him hold up the bead board panels while he nailed them up on the attic sloped ceiling.  



It's going to be so much nicer up there after this project is finished! A short wall with doors will be along both sides for storage.  


I'm having him put plywood flooring over the insulation to extend the flooring, I have no idea why they didn't do it when they built the attic.


And this is the new window!  And the view of the barn.  I'm so happy to have a window up there!  You can see the circular driveway better from this vantage point.



It's rather fun to have a new window and a new view from a 100+ year old house.


I did go swimming on Friday and will be going today.  I am meeting Gracie for lunch, I missed seeing her since she is not swimming due to having to dedicate her time to getting her house ready to sell, but I thought... she has to eat, right?  What are you up to today?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Flora, Fauna and Swearing In

Hello!  I'm glad to have you drop in for a visit.  Isn't this new Lupine amazing?  We discussed where to plant it and will do that soon.


I found just the right footstool for my new deck chair.  It's from Ikea and is called an Alseda and it's made of woven banana fiber over a steel frame.  Although I found this online the shipping was not good so I drove to Ikea after our Portland Women's Forum meeting yesterday and walked in and found it. It's just the right height for putting your feet up a bit.  The last part of the puzzle will be a small table where I can set my drink, camera and iPhone.  :-)


The hanging basket will be showing up in this blog for a while.  :-)


I will also show this Begonia as the flowers open and the plant fills out.  I love wintered over plants!


Richard, our attic remodeler, installing a new window.  This will be so much nicer up there with more light and ventilation.  Today he's taking white bead board up and nailing it to the walls.  Last will be the laminate flooring.  Yay!


The 4th of July rose is showing off right now!


We had our last Portland Women's Forum meeting of the year yesterday.  Our wonderful out-going president, Bev, gave her officers a gift for our hard work during her 4 years service as the leader of our group.  How nice!


We each got this cute tea towel!  Sweet!


We have such a nice group of people that belong to our organization!


Our officers for the next 2 years and outgoing president.  From left, me, Kerry, Mo, Bonnie and Bev.


I took my big camera out to capture photos of some Cedar Waxwings but they did not cooperate so you'll have to settle for a Goldfinch.  LOL!


Kristi decided to put the baby rabbits back out where she found them, inside the play house.  They are gone now so hopefully their mother took them back, although I hear that if their eyes are open they should be self-sufficient, thanks Kathy B!


Good old Facebook.. there is a Corbett Group and someone put up a notice that they are growing Peonies and would deliver, so we just got this gorgeous bouquet, cut the stems and put them in the cut glass pitcher I found not long ago.. on Facebook Marketplace.  :-)


I asked for mixed colors so she brought red, pink and white ones.  *love*


They smell wonderful, too!


 It's a swim day.. I will have to force myself to go.. I'm not in the mood.. :-)  Have a fabulous weekend.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)