Monday, January 28, 2013

Work week

Over a week ago Mr. D and I hit the road and headed East.  And South.  We had work waiting for us in The Nati.  Cincinnati.

We also had work to finish at The Cottage before we could spend 12 hours relaxing on the road.  Before loading the car, we unloaded the great room.  As in totally cleared it out.

All the furniture

and all the accessories.
While we were away we were having our ceiling redone.
It was pretty awful and in dire need of a makeover.

Day 1
We drive 640 miles and arrive in the great city of Cincinnati on a Friday evening.
The best part of the day:  seeing our kiddos C & T and hitting the guest bedroom bed early!

The newtothem home of our kids is huge.  It is 3 stories, and that doesn't include the basement/garage level!
This home is ....a home and rental property all in one.
  • The door on the right goes to a one bedroom apartment on the 1st level.
  • The door on the left takes you up a L shape stairway to a 3 bedroom, 2 (full) bath "apartment" on the 2nd & 3rd levels.  That's where C & T live.
  • It is full of charm and awesomeness.
  • It has a secret back stairway that I love!
  • It has TONS of potential and owners that know how to bring it out.
  • Location. Location. Location.  The neighborhood is amazing!  A post in itself.

Day #2
A beautiful sunny day in Cincy.  (very cold in MN)
Cara and I started the day with a trip to IKEA (someone had to do it)
The manly men hung blinds in the windows.  Lots of windows in this place!
After lunch we headed outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and clean up the front yard.

We raked leaves
pruned a few plants


Then we assembled an awesome IKEA workstation for the kitchen.
Yes, it did take all 4 of us.

 NEXT ... clean up. eat up. sleep up.
for the dirty, hungry and tired work team!
Tradition on Sunday:  Skyline Chili for dinner!

A three-way for me please.


  1. Anonymous10:35 AM CST

    The "new" home looks amazing and like you said, full of potential! I can't wait to see more pictures. Cara and Tim must be very excited.

  2. Thanks for the new post mama!!! Good job explaining the place I'll hopefully have the before pictures to you tonight or tomorrow morning...I hope! I also need your after pictures!

    1. You are very welcome. I'll send the after pics tonight.

  3. I hope you have more posts coming cuz that really seemed like just a tease! Such a neat looking place! I also noticed the stone wall next to the garage, I love the look of that! What a fun way to spend time with C & T, they are lucky to have such involved and "happy to help" parents like you and Kirk. P.S. That was very strategic of you to have your ceilings done while you were gone :)

    1. hehe ... it was kind of a tease -- but not intentional. Some before and afters coming ... didn't want to give everything away in one post after all. We are very glad we had the ceilings done while we were gone!

  4. Thanks for the pictures Cheri! It's fun to see their place!


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