Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Under the Weather

It's times like these that a big hammer 
would make me happy.

I am computerless until it gets repaired.
Either it got a virus or when it did an automatic 
Windows update (per what I've been reading in chats),
 it messed it up BAD.

My lack of techy skills limits what I can do
so I gotta find someone to fix it for me
or I will get a hammer.

On a happier note: Fall will be revisiting again (yippee!).
It was right on the heals of a nasty storm
that just passed through last night.
I even have long sleeves on! 

Time for some spiced chai with a shot of whiskey!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Laughing at Myself

Waiting is not one of  my strong suits!

It's been three weeks so I'm hoping sometime
 this week I can get started.

As soon as I get my paper license in hand, I will be opening
my etsy and I can be all legal, and stuff. 
I kinda need that so I can open the bank account
and have my cc machine switched over to 
The French Pressed Home so I can start 
swiping like a mad woman!

Instead of getting frustrated, I just have to laugh.
At myself.

Since Christmas is knocking on the door, I thought 
it would be fun to open a Pop Up store in town and 
contacted an owner of his partially unoccupied shop.
If children were not in the mix, I would definitely open
a store but I thought a temporary, seasonal boutique
would be fun and a great way to showcase 
what The French Pressed Home is and
what Black Rooster Cottage was.

He finally replied back and he is more interested in selling 
the whole building and not renting the last 1/4 of it {to me}. 
The other 3/4 of it is a restaurant, that is occupied, and the little unoccupied 1/4
of it has its own storefront with double glass doors
and is a fairly small room, which would have been perfect.
Drat. Or not drat.

I take these stop signs as "a sign" nowadays
and I don't get discouraged anymore.
There was a time that I would have been devastated over it
but have learned that I have a Guide redirecting me
to something that suits me even more.

Oh, you have NO idea of the kinds of things that swim through
this noggin of mine! The worst part is I have a man that is
just as nuts as me. Oy.

So, we'll stick to the designed plan and see what road that takes us down.

The next couple of months will be busy with shows to attend.

I'm super eager to head to Tennessee to
Maybe next year, we'll load the trailer and be a part of it!

I hope things are very well with you all!
Have a wonderful weekend. xo

Monday, September 29, 2014

Where We Are...

I haven't been well the past couple of days so
today, I welcomed the quiet peace that Monday's bring.

We've been expecting some wicked rain for the 
past couple of days but nothing has come. 
I like the rain but love the cloud cover!
We've had great Fall-ish weather the past week
 and LOVE the fact that we have not
 had the ac on in that time.
I would like to say that whole house fans
 are a genius invention.
We don't get too much of a breeze here like
 we did in CA so sucking in
some fresh country air has been wonderful.

I did my usual laundry (still in progress) and housekeeping
duties because I did none over the weekend.
The kitchen is full of tools and junk (not the good kind) since
my Mr. installed tile in the kitchen entry,
 pantry and laundry room. 
It's a very strange feeling to walk on real flooring!

For our tile, we went with sturdy and traditional,
porcelain slate.

I love the colors of blue, gray, taupe and a touch of black.
I was surprised I even got base in the pantry!
That is the first room in our home we have "completed".
I just need to sew some curtains for below 
the cabinets and do some 
rearranging and it'll be done, done

I put up my old Boutique sign for some nostalgia.
Bruce asked if I was going to change it out for
The French Pressed Home and I said no.
Black Rooster Cottage is a part of our history and 
I like it. Our home is supposed tell our story
and that, it shall.

I don't think I ever shared the iron railing into the great room from the guest room.

It still needs to be painted black and the trim painted 
with a faux treatment like I will do to the stairs once the bottom handrail is done. I might even wait to paint that until we get the tile and carpet done upstairs. 

Someday, I'll snap a photo of what I see 
while I'm lying in bed.
I can see all the way to the kitchen and 
I love the depth to that view. 
Here's one of the shutters I had 
Bruce hang in the dining room.
I LOVE the chippy paint and it 
lends a sense of Old World to the room.
And yes, I purposely left the construction mess 
in the pictures. 

I am in love with the great room right now. 
Probably because of its cozy feel.
I am looking forward to using the fireplace again.

And that's about it!
We are getting closer to the interior end. 
The new kitchen cabinets came in today so as I type,
they are being constructed for install.
Yeah, I'm still in disbelief myself. I've managed to survive on a table turned island
and no garbage disposal for over a year! 

Life is good and keeps getting better.

Wishing you all the best!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Picking a Birthday

If you are a mom (or dad), and you were 
planning your child(ren), did you
look at the calendar and count ahead 9 months or
 have an idea of when you would like your
child to arrive via The Stork?

I have a confession. 
I pulled my calendar out a couple of days ago
 and started counting months.
Babies are just, just, just SO cute!
It's been a while since we had babies in the house and my
maternal urge is at it again.

This time though, I'm having my babies 
delivered via the Post Office.
The Stork brought twins last time so 
I'm "playing it safe" this time around.

And if you don't already think I'm crazy... 
I'm going for Octuplets!

I even picked their sex and DNA!
Oh, the pluses of modern science and
the convenience of mail order.

I'm expecting around my birthday (early, early December).

Here are the features I chose for my girls...

2 Black Australorps

2 Barred Rocks

2 Buff Orpingtons

1 Ruby the Redhead (Rhode Island Red)

1 Silver Laced Wyandotte

I was hoping for some 
Blue Cochins

 or Blue Copper Marans

or a lovely Lavender Orpington,

but they aren't on the availability list to order right now.
There's always next Spring, though!

*Images of chickens via Meyer Hatchery

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Southern Belle

I stumbled upon this amazingly sweet Victorian
and had to share. 

The home was built in 1878 and has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.
I'd love to see the inside. I bet it is just as sweet.

I am mesmerized by the gingerbread around it. 
She wears it like a crown.  Just beautiful!
Hmm... I know a house that has a roof pitch like that. ;)
{I've already found a vendor that carries such things}

Here's the "barn"...

A wonderful crunchy driveway...

A cute little guest house...

And, the orchard... Oh! Could you imagine horseback riding through that? I can! 

All this and there's a green house and a root cellar, to boot.

This beautiful Southern Belle has given me some inspiration for 
home and garden.  

With Fall coming quickly, I'll be busy penciling my ideas because
we are gonna have a lot of holes to dig!

Stay cool everyone. It won't be long!