Saturday, July 22, 2017

My Cottage Kitchen Reveal!

I have been silent for a bit,
busy settling into my new cottage.
I had in my mind to wait until
things were a bit more finished,
( bit more perfect?)
before posting pictures.
I have now decided,
there is no perfect time,
the house will be an ongoing 
project for a long time to come.
I am still waiting for the painter to finish,
the electrician to
 work me into his schedule,
and a call back from the handyman.
So, I am just going to start sharing.
The room most finished at the moment
(and one my favorites)
is the kitchen.

Do you remember the original kitchen?

It was entirely gutted.

After some extensive wall work,
the floor was the first new addition.

This room has come together exactly as
I saw it in my mind's eye.
That doesn't always happen.

White cabinets,
black granite counter tops,
white subway tiles and
a black and white floor
are the elements that created this kitchen.

It's a small, galley style kitchen
that totally fits my lifestyle.

This is the view from the dining room.

My old black cabinet,
purchased from a moving neighbor
in my previous neighborhood,
found a perfect home here.

It now stands in front of what was
previously the doorway to the pantry.
The pantry is now gone,
so the opening in the hallway,
around the corner could be created... house the stackable washer and dryer.

The existing kitchen windows
were perfect for glass panels
I had designed and made
for my previous house.

I love them in this space.

When planning this kitchen,
I knew I wanted a white cast iron sink.
I needed a fairly small one because
of this kitchen's size.
I found just the right sized one from Kohler.

The original kitchen was without a dishwasher,
but a space was created for one.

My benevolent sheep's head
keeps an eye on all the
doings in the kitchen.

I have never had a gas stove before.
So, since that's what was here before,
I decided to give it a try.
SO glad I did!
One of the features I am particularly enjoying
is the griddle in the center.
It makes remarkably good bacon!

Window treatments thus far 
are a matter of using what I had from 
my previous house.
This was a window topper at that house,
which was folded over a rod for a
triangular effect.

This canister set has been with me
for at least 25 years or more,
during which all but one lid
has gotten broken.
They are now nicely housing
some of my violets.

Are you seeing a color trend,
besides the black and white?
I have used and loved
red, blue and yellow together
for a long time.
For this house,
I have used the same gray
on the walls throughout.
But, I am certainly
still using my favorite

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Moved and Settling In!

My move was two weeks ago yesterday.
All went smoothly and the
"settling-in" is progressing.
The above calla lily "bush" is 
a sight to behold in my backyard.
It is one of several calla lilies
I am enjoying!

The actual move took all day on Tuesday
with the movers returning 
on Wednesday
for another four hours
to finish the job.
I had four movers and they 
made the whole process a good one.

The move in progress.

I returned to the "old" house
one last time,
a few days after the move, give it a final cleaning,

...and get it ready for its new owners.

The closing was a week later.

And now this wonderful house
belongs to a young couple
who I am sure will enjoy it
as much as I did.

My violets and other plants made the final
trip from the old to the new with me.
We are all adapting quite well!

Moving into the "new" house!

And here's a little peek at what it is becoming.
I promise more pictures will follow
as I continue to settle in!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Birthday Posts and Other Such News

View from my window this Spring.

What a year 2017 has been for me!

I sold a house.  I bought a house.
I renovated a house.

If you have been visiting regularly the past few months,
you’ve watched the renovations I have been making on
my new/old Cape Cod.

We are almost there.
In fact the newest improvement 
to report to you is that the wood floors 
are finished!
I visited the house on Wednesday,
and although I could not walk through
and see everything,
I did snap a couple
of pictures to share.

I think they look great!

This is the last report I will post 
from my bungalow home.
Next time, you’ll hear from me
from the Cape Cod.

I am going away tomorrow for an 
overnight birthday respite.
When I return Sunday afternoon,
I will begin to ferry things
which I don’t trust to leave to the movers
to the new house.
They will be here on Tuesday.

With my brother Rick in Paris last year.
That brings me to "other such news."
Tomorrow I am meeting
 a dear friend, M 
in a nearby city to celebrate our "days."
M’s birthday is Saturday.  Mine is Sunday.

I have known M since 7th grade,
so yes, long time friends,
but with a long gap during that time.
We lost touch after HS graduation 
and reconnected just after  
I purchased the Cape Cod.
That’s almost 50 years!
M is the kind of friend with whom
our conversations immediately resumed
as though we had never been apart.
(I hope you have a friend like that too.)
M has also been watching my progress,
boosting me up, when I was down,
listening to my endless house details,
and always interested in the process.

Which brings me to the point of this
birthday post.
Much as I cringe to admit it
I am not young anymore.

Celebrating my Dad's 91st this year.

Yet, this year has taught me that
it does not matter the number of your years.
The trick is to stay open to new adventures,
new challenges, and to embrace them.
This year I have learned
some new lessons about
stepping outside my comfort zone.

My daughter and sister in France last year.
And as a result,
 I have had a magical year thus far.
The year is only half over
and I have just begun my new adventures.

Hope you’ll continue to follow along
as I settle in, 
and continue to transform and create my new
Buttermilk Cottage!

The former Buttermilk Cottage

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Daily Walks

The beginning of my walk...
I have walked my neighborhood daily

since I moved here eleven years ago.

Now that I am a week away
from my move date of June 6,

the number of walks remaining
for me to take,
is an easy estimate.

Neighborhood walks are one of the things
I will miss most when I move.

Whether it's a short power walk,

or a long, leisure saunter,

my morning walk is 
like my first cup of coffee
in the morning.

It's my kick start to the day.

It's my time for clearing my head
and organizing my day.

My walks and I are en sync.

It's my time for daydreaming
and gathering inspiration,

and keeping an eye on favorite houses.

On my walks,

I watch what's growing anew,

since the day before.

There are many gifted gardeners in this neighborhood.

Their effort are truly appreciated by this walker.

I have had the pleasure
of meeting many of my neighbors
on my walks.

And their dogs,

and occasionally cats.

My hope is the new owners
of my well loved home,
will discover the
joys of walking the
Tree Street neighborhood
as much as I have.

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