Monday, February 20, 2017

Look What I Bought Today!!!

Or, changes are coming!

I have just  embarked upon a new adventure!

I have lived in my present home for 11 years, 
and pretty much loved every moment of it.
I shared this house with my sister Nancy
until she moved out a year ago.
(She has moved six hours away 
to become a care giver for
our mother who has dementia.)

During this year of living alone 
I have contemplated what I want to do
with myself for the next phase of my life.

What has become clear to me is
that I do not want to continue to live
in this house alone.
It's really too large for me to 
maintain by myself and after
sharing it so happily with Nancy,
it just seems too empty without her. 

So I began looking in a neighboring town,
which was actually "home" before coming 
to my present location.
It seemed to be where I wanted to settle.
I have many good and long time friends there,
and I am familiar with the town.
So, at the beginning of the year
I started my new home search.

I got very lucky and found the cute 
Cape Cod above quite quickly.
So January and February have been busy
putting its purchase into motion.
I closed on it today.

This does not mean I will be moving quickly.
It needs LOTS of work.
I am lucky that the 
contractor I hoped to work with can 
start on the renovations this week.
 I am contemplating being moved by Fall.

I am hoping this renovation "adventure"
will be a bit of a kickstart for my blog, 
which sadly has been neglected for a while.
 I am sharing some of the house's 
interior pictures below.
Hopefully you will follow along
as I make the house into a "silk purse!"
(I am using some of the realtor's listing pictures
since I haven't taken many yet.)

Good bones, but in dire need of TLC, right?
Changes to be made are 
*a new kitchen
*total redo of the upstairs bathroom
*cosmetic redo of downstairs bathroom
*textured ceilings GONE
*crown molding added to several rooms
*all carpet gone
*all wallpaper gone
*completely repainted
*floors refinished

I expect the next few months will be busy
since I am going to be the 
wallpaper stripper and painter,
to help defray some of the 
renovation expense.
I will also be getting my 
present house on the market fairly soon
and will start the packing up process 
as time allows.

 I hope to use my blog
to journal about the renovation.
I hope you'll come back often
and watch my progress!

Oh, and icing on the cake,
my daughter Kate came home for a weekend visit
and went to the closing with me.
Afterward I was able to show her my
"new house!"

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Viewing the Turkey Trot Run from My Front Porch!

It starts slow,
with the really serious runners,
but wait for it...

...more and more runners...

...keep coming.

One of the bonus features,
and there are many,
of where I live,
is that my house is on the route of my city's annual
Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Run.
It has been a tradition since I have lived here
to cheer them on!

This is a fun run with 4,000 plus runners and walkers.
There goes the Mayflower!

Not sure what relevance this guy has in a
Thanksgiving Day run...

...but he sure adds to the fun!

Everyone is invited to participate.

A lovely American tradition.

Even though I am an armchair participant of the run,
I am thankful for getting to share in it.

New friendships formed during the run.

The perfect "destresser" after a not so fun month.

The run is over and
Daisy is settling in for a long afternoon nap
before it's turkey time.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Sweater Weather!

To all my knitting friends,
wouldn't this be fun to knit?
I snapped a picture of this billboard
at the Paris airport 
when I was there last summer.

Do you recognize the model?
Hint:  Les Mis

It's a bit cooler and rainy 
this morning in Tennessee.
Perfect day to knit!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

First Day of Fall Tomorrow! and Yard Sale Update

As far as I'm concerned summer is officially over.
I ate my last "real" peach last week.
It tasted as good as it looked.
I know it's my last for the season 
because they are no longer available 
at my grocery store.
Yes, I can still get California peaches
but I chose South Carolina peaches.
And they are gone.

It's been a little over a week since the neighborhood yard sale.

Once again, it was a lot of work,
but a tremendous success.

I am a merchandiser at heart...

...and am always organized.

Hopefully, it makes shopping a little more fun.

I KNOW it makes me enjoy looking at all this stuff
a bit more!

I wasn't able to do the "Bistro on the Porch" this year
since I didn't have my sister Nancy here to help.
But, I did have homemade zucchini bread, with samples,
which sold well.

Finally, late Saturday afternoon,
this is what was left from the sale.
It has all been picked up by a local charity.

As a treat to myself for all my hard work,
I treated myself to TWO ice cream sandwiches
from the ice cream truck,
 which made the rounds
all during the sale.

Summer IS really over.
Happy Fall everyone!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Ready...Set...(almost) Go!

This is what my well loved,
and well used, front porch 
looked like on Monday.

Calm and relaxed, right.

Since then I have cleaned out the garden shed,
as well as the basement.
I'm getting ready for the great neighborhood
yard sale!

My first customer?
This little guy greeted me 
first thing Tuesday morning.
He's wondering,
"Where in the h... is the wicker furniture
with the soft cushions???"

This is what the porch looked like
Wednesday morning.
All the heavy lifting is done.
All that's left is a bit of tweaking,
a little bit of tagging, and
hanging some signs.
The sale "officially" is Saturday,
but serious shoppers are already
cruising the neighborhood.
In fact, I've already had three sales!

Just a little hint for anyone planning to
attend a yard sale this weekend.
I know lots of people go to the bank
to get their "mad money" for the weekend.
Instead of getting a $100.00 bill (just an example),
get some smaller bills.
Yard sale sellers, 
also go to the bank to get change, 
but few can break a $100 first thing 
in the morning the first day of the sale.
I've had it asked of me numerous times.

Happy yard sale shopping this weekend!
I'm off to the bank now...
to get change.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Au Revoir France

We finished our tour of France with three days in Nice.

Nice is a seaside resort.
This is a shot of a private beach,
identified because of the matching chairs and beach umbrellas.

This is a public beach, just next to the private one.

Kate and me enjoying a night time stroll along the beach.

Nancy in front of Villa de Rothschild.

Views from the Rothschild Villa.

Note the pink facade of the villa.
It was Madame Rothschild's favorite color.

The flower market in Nice.

Scenic drive from Nice to Monaco.

This is the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly
were married and are now buried.

The palace at Monaco.

The changing of the guard at Monaco's Palace.

The casino at Monaco.

Marina at Monaco with no shortage of yachts!

Monaco is very dense...

...and our tour guide told us they were always building more there.

So we bid the fondest of farewells to France.
It is a beautiful country,
with wonderful people,
and for us, so many memories now.

When can we go again?

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