Showing posts with label The Cottage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Cottage. Show all posts

Monday, February 24, 2014

Soooo over. it.

One by one, six coworkers entered the time clock room this morning.
We all echoed the same sentiment.
"I am so over this"
The snow.
The cold.

Looking out our front and back windows it's hard to tell if we are in Narnia or Rochester.
It is pretty.
But it sticks around too long.... 
and causes all kinds of trouble.

My drive home from work is usually about seven minutes.
Last Thursday it took me 45 minutes to get home.
That was just the beginning of the snow storm.

The trouble began trying to get up our driveway.
I got stuck.
Took Baby Girl, Kirk and I an hour to get the car to the garage.


  No school on Thursday or Friday for students ... or the teachers.
Baby Girl stopped by for a visit and to do laundry.
Then she spent two nights!

Friday morning.
Kirk cleared the driveway
but the city hadn't cleared our street.

Not sure if or when the plow would show up
Kirk plowed a path with the four wheeler 
down our street to the adjoining street so I could get to work.

Sunrise Friday morning:

afternoon sun:

The abundance of the white stuff creates all kinds of challenges at TheCottage

Power outages --  twice on Thursday night
Getting to the chicken coop to collect eggs and feed the hens

the white lines in center photo is snow falling!
or provide places for the pups to run
and do their thing.

  Four days post storm
the roads are still cruddy
and the snow is still sticking to the trees

and I'm thankful for a warm home

and the promise of Spring!

Monday, February 17, 2014


Many moons (and months) have passed since we completed our new kitchen/great room space.  The major parts of the remodel:  flooring, kitchen cabinets, painted walls were finished early last summer.  However, like any major (and sometimes minor) projects here at The Cottage there is usually some leftover details to finish.

Sometimes the delay is due to us finding our roundtuit.

Other times the hold up is me.  Me and my pal, indecision.
And so it is the case with the stairway.
When we ripped out the linoleum for the remodel, we (as in Kirk) ripped out the railing -- balusters, newel post and all.

We carefully removed the original knotty pine railing planning to re-install it.
Maybe paint it.  Maybe not.
Throughout the remodel project I combed the internet for other railing options holding out hope for some inspiration and a railing that had the cottage-y look we love.

Recently Layla and Kevin Palmer at The Lettered Cottage featured their new railing which is exactly what I was picturing for our railing.
Slightly concerned that it might be too "busy" for our stairs/room and that it would add more vertical lines to a room already filled with vertical lines, I kept thinking.  And thinking.  Then one night as I was dozing off to sleep (typical idea time), I remembered built-in bookcases doing double duty at a stairway in the former home of our friends (Dave & JoLynn)

We can only see the backside of the built-ins in the photo, so you'll have to imagine shelving on the reverse side.

Would that same idea work for us?

To get an idea of how they might look, I pulled these shelves out of Baby Girls former bedroom.  I bought these at a garage sale over 25 years ago -- have painted them many times and altered them over the years, but they are still serving me well :)

I gave the shelves a quick coat of Sherwin Williams Creamy mixed in Home Depot/Behr paint to match our walls.

Then I set the old shelves where the potential shelf/built-in/railing will be built.

I think we cut the back out for a stereo component or something like that years ago.... not the prettiest sight, but it does give me an idea ...

Leaving some areas open to both sides would let in more light on the stairs -- and give some visual interest on the stair side.

These temporary shelves are just an idea. Giving us a "feel" for the look without committing to it yet. The shelves Kirk will build would have a different configuration.  Probably not so many sections.  Maybe a sliding door to leave some shelves open, some covered.  All the shelves would most likely have the same depth, and maybe the shelves will be adjustable?

I think the lines of shelving mirror the built in bench in the background nicely.
All we need now is to find our "round tuit" -- design the shelves, get the materials and build 'em!
Finding time for Kirk to build them would be helpful too!


Sunday, January 26, 2014


It was time to clear some photos off my phone.  Deleted many.  Saved a bunch.  If you follow me on Instagram these will all be repeats for you.  I'm really sorry.  I'm also really sorry for all the canine photos.  In the absence of babies at The Cottage (for now) the fur babies get photographed!

Gabby.  Sleeps.all.the.time.

 Nike follows Kirk. Everywhere.

 Nike loves.the.snow.

When at TJMaxx, we share a dressing room :)

Dollar dance at a wedding.  Line was too long for the groom.
I danced with the best man.  He's a friend of our family.

Parking Lot. NW Rochester.  Chipotle.

 Kirk's helper.

I love it when Nike sleeps like this!


Impromptu dinner at Baby Girls apartment.

Christmas Eve.  The start.

 This is the best chocolate cake ever.
It's flourless.  It has a chocolate ganache.
I know the chef that makes it to perfection.  
I'm attempting it in February.

Date night at one of my favorite restaurants.
Peach Bellini.  Yum.

 End of quarter. End of semester.
Helping grade math tests.

My dear friend in Colorado sent this phone shot to me.
Love that we think of each other all.the.time.
Even in the grocery store.

Cara.  our firstborn.

 Dining in with friends last night.
At The Cottage.
White Chicken Chili hit the spot.

it was a beautiful evening

 Garden Gate.
Ideas are brewing for this beauty.

Our summer place back in the early 90s.
Northville, NY

Baby Girl with her BFFs.
New Years Eve

Homework assignment

Gabby is a good cuddle buddy.
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Monday, January 13, 2014

Here's the deal

A girl can only do so much.
Something had to give.
The blog took the hit.

Since my last post (November 18)
This has happened....

a surprise package arrived.
my niece, Mackenzie made me beautiful note cards.

 and this happened....

Then this ~
decorating church for the Christmas season
in "warehouse/pallet" style

 quiet evenings spent with friends

Traditions continued with Nate making a batch
of his Grandma D's fudge recipe  

Gift making happened

Thanks to Mr. D and his newly acquired sewing skills,
we knocked out most of the sewing-required gifts in one evening.
We made
A Chicago Bears fleece blanket for our nephew
14 homemade burp cloths
 two new Christmas stockings ...
One for Mike the son we get in July,

and a stocking for our "little one" expected to arrive late April

The Cottage was decorated
with vintage bulbs 

and vintage gates

inside and out!

(gates are courtesy of Cara and Tim -- from their yard in Cincinnati)
 Understated and simple decorations outside this year ...
using lots of natural materials

and pallets!

Pine cones, pine boughs and white lights
filled the chimenea

Mike asked Baby Girl to be his wife!
and she said yes!
Danae recently posted this on Facebook:
"I feel pretty spoiled. Not only do I get to become @mikedebolt024's wife this summer, I also get to wear this beautiful ring that was designed specially for me with his great grandmother's and his gramma's diamonds!"
Wedding date set:   July 19, 2014
Planning has commenced.
Dress bought.
Wedding extravaganza attended.

Cara and Tim arrived Christmas Eve afternoon

after the Christmas Eve service, we enjoyed time with our friends and kids 
at our annual Christmas Eve open house

after everyone left, Santa came.

Waking up to fresh snow on Christmas morning, 
gave Tim and Cara a chance to enjoy some shoveling!

Traps were set in the attic to (hopefully) snag critters (red squirrels?)

Our first baby sent us pics of her first baby...
ultrasound pics from early December, baby bump pic from 1/12/14

Kerry, Karyn, Jackie, Brie, Cindy, thanks for the encouragement to get back on the blog wagon!  

my blogging buddy tonight...

From our family to yours ....