October 2013

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WALLS ALL AROUND!!!

Posted by on 22 Oct 2013 | Tagged as: Gardens and Life, good things, house building, Uncategorized

I stopped by this afternoon, curious what might be done in just two days.

Walls. One window (my window) in place. More windows, and doors, ready to go in. A couple more walls (between the living room and the garage, and the utility room walls and the house’s interior walls… And soon a roof.

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Me.  Inside!  Behind me is the garage, and over my shoulder the opening for the sliding door to the (eventual) deck.

Me. Inside! Behind me is the garage, and over my shoulder the opening for the sliding door to the (eventual) deck.

The living room window bump-out...  the chair I am sitting in for the other picture.  The bump-out is about 14 feet wide and 2 feet deep.  I can see my entry garden from here...

The living room window bump-out… the chair I am sitting in for the other picture. The bump-out is about 14 feet wide and 2 feet deep. I can see my entry garden from here…

I sat there for about 15 minutes, enjoying the sun, the peace, the solitude. I am coping with the city living, but I am ready – SO ready – to get home.

Step One, Foundation. Step Two…

Posted by on 19 Oct 2013 | Tagged as: Gardens and Life, hope, house building, Uncategorized

I have a wall. Just one wall, about 30 feet long, but it’s a wall. Two openings for windows: Tom’s office and Grant’s bedroom.

It’s not much (yet).

It’s a start.

Tom's office on the left, Grant's room on the right.

Tom’s office on the left, Grant’s room on the right.

The above picture was contributed by my mother, the rest are from today, when I was finally able to make it out there in person during daylight hours.

A panorama.  The front door is just to the right of the wall in this picture.

A panorama. The front door is just to the right of the wall in this picture.

Sitting by the "window" that will be in my office.  The crutches almost are as long as the window will be, and pretty much in the right location.  I don't have the same quality of view, but there are so many possibilities for future improvements on that side of the house!

Sitting by the “window” that will be in my office. The crutches almost are as long as the window will be, and pretty much in the right location. I don’t have the same quality of view, but there are so many possibilities for future improvements on that side of the house!

Tom in front of his windows.  One of the best views in the house, he will see the lovely ornamental maple, the lilacs, the peach and the flowers in the entry garden.  I think he'll like it a lot.

Tom in front of his windows. One of the best views in the house, he will see the lovely ornamental maple, the lilacs, the peach and the flowers in the entry garden. I think he’ll like it a lot.

Building, creating, dreaming… I so want a home again. An anchor, a refuge, a haven, a retreat, a place of quiet reflection and joyful gathering. It is happening!

Today in the garden

Posted by on 14 Oct 2013 | Tagged as: children, Family Matters, Gardens and Life, good things, house building, seasons, Uncategorized

The garden holds so many lovely things in the autumn.

A view of the blueberry plant that is under the bigger chestnut tree:

Yes, the bright red leaves are the blueberry!  It was LOADED this year, but the birds got them.  Next year...

Yes, the bright red leaves are the blueberry! It was LOADED this year, but the birds got them. Next year…

This is a detail of the fennel — the darker sections are completely done, the greener sections have a lovely, brighter flavor. I’ll harvest some soon to make sausage with them.

Dark brown, and bright green umbrels of the fennel plant.  They look like little fireworks, celebrating the harvest season.

Dark brown, and bright green umbrels of the fennel plant. They look like little fireworks, celebrating the harvest season.

And the big news… looking “through” two walls (I was technically standing in Grant’s room when I took this) and the French door out my bed window!

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And Grant, standing next to the wall of HIS bedroom, just to the right of the window that looks out over the quince tree (temporarily on its side…).

Grant, for scale.  He is about 6 feet tall.  His room will be 12 feet deep and 17 feet long...  not HUGE, but actually slightly bigger than the current room in the apartment.

Grant, for scale. He is about 6 feet tall. His room will be 12 feet deep and 17 feet long… not HUGE, but actually slightly bigger than the current room in the apartment.

Okay, walls need a little more “filling in.” But, progress! And a stack of lumber to add on top of the sill.

And a week of dry, sunny days to help the construction team.

Floors. Pretty, pretty floors.

Posted by on 06 Oct 2013 | Tagged as: Gardens and Life, house building, Uncategorized

A picture of the floors after staining and before sealing:

Golden-yellow with deeper brown tones at random intervals.

Color applied, and then rained on… The “matte” parts are the color as it was applied, the shiny bits where the rain had fallen were (I hoped) indicative of the final product.

And some pictures from earlier today (Sunday, October 6):

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I am in love with the colors, the textures… even the depth of color. The areas that look “matte” in a couple of the pictures I took were covered in a very heavy dew. Which I discovered when I walked around in stocking feet!

The dog prints are mostly from the neighbors’ dogs. I don’t mind them. Most of them will wash right off (theory tested with the afore-mentioned soggy socks). And the rest, well — I never mind reminders of the life all around us!

Now I need walls. Strong, straight, insulated, weather-blocking walls. Fingers crossed!