When I first promised you a final picture of our kitchen table and chairs, the government was still in the midst of a shutdown. Feels like
two weeks a million years ago, right? Memory is a fickle thing. After much procrastination anticipation about the new kitchen table and chairs, we present…our new kitchen table and chairs:
This table (Craigslist) and chairs (ikea) is where we’ve been enjoying lazy weekend breakfasts. It isn’t at all what I pictured for the eat in kitchen space but it works well. Or rather, it will work well once we get around to hanging art. The chairs are really comfortable and the table is the perfect size.
I want to state for the record that when I whipped out my trusty iPhone to take this picture, Ella was not on the deck. By the time I opened the camera app, she had moved into position. I kid you not, the table and chair got photo bombed by the dog.
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This week we had our first frost of the season. Here is what the garden looked like two weekends ago after those heavy rains:
And now it’s covered in frost. Um, no. It’s sunny and perfectly autumn here but now we have some cold nights. The last of the last of the tomatoes are eaten and now I’ve ripped out my summer plants. In the front bed, I planted squash seeds and now I have squash leaves. Not sure if it will amount to anything fruitful..
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Four years ago today, we bought our house! Four years ago tomorrow, we started this blog! Brian dug this picture out of the archives from four years ago. Have you ever seen two people look so happy to have stood in line all day at the DMV to be able to put their new address on their licenses?
Here is a look back at our first, second, and third housiversary celebrations.
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Today is a very big day! It’s the day our landscape completely changed.
Our neighbor’s front tree was touching our house. Picture the sounds of squirrels running on our roof! Yikes!
Since we had tree companies coming over to give us quotes on that front tree, I also asked them to take a look at the back yard tree. Brian loves that tree but I’ve been petrified it’s going to crash through my bedroom. We compromised and decided to have it banded (so that a band would go around it to stabilize the split trunk). That tree is shown here in panorama to give you a sense of how large and in charge it is.
One of the tree guys showed Brian where that back tree was dying and explained that it’s only a matter of time (dun dun duuuun!). So it came down too. And then we had more light! And also higher electric bills because our house won’t be shaded in summer. Oh well. Happy anti-Arbor Day!
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Day 14 of the government shutdown. I’m ready for the government to get back to work. Anyway, Happy Columbus Day! Brian’s parents were in town this weekend and Brian bottled his latest beer with his dad. We managed to stay mostly dry during the rainy, rainy weekend but today there was sun and it feels gloriously like autumn.
Now for your picture of the week..which is from last weekend – the hammock is still in its box. I’m behind! Well, I was antsy for kitchen chairs, which is silly because we have no shortage of places to eat: the dining room table, the kitchen island, the couch, and the bistro table in the porch. Well, the tulip table was begging for some friends and I gave in to its peer pressure. We went back and forth on choosing chairs – I wanted white chairs with an Eiffel bottom (like these) but the ones in my price range have comments that the chairs can’t hold more than 180 lbs. Yikes! Brian (who, by the way, was never sold on the Eiffel chairs) found ghost-esque chairs for the kitchen and put them together and I’m truly surprised by how much I love them!
I’ll post a picture of the final product just as soon as I take a picture of it. Pinky swear. Cross my heart and swear on our trusty drill.
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Since this entire week has been cold and rainy, it seems like the perfect time to tell you that Brian installed a hammock last weekend! And then I took a two hour nap in it (back when it was still 90 degrees).
Two years ago, my brother gave me a hammock for my birthday. Awesome gift, right? Absolutely! Except that my birthday is in a cold weather month. By the time warm weather rolled around the following April, we had broken ground on the addition and my hammock was one of many boxes in the basement. The construction was complete in September, but it took another month for us to dig out of those boxes. And then it was cold again. A few weeks ago, I discovered the hammock in the basement. It was like finding an early birthday present! Yay!
Last weekend, Brian and I trekked to Home Depot and bought: two hooks, two caribiners, and two pieces of chain. Our conversation about what length of chain to buy lasted longer than the actual hammock installation. Somehow, we hadn’t remembered to measure the distance between the two trees or the length of the hammock. Whoops.
Brian predrilled holes in the trees. Then screwed in the hooks. Then looped the chain through the hook and the hammock and secured it with a caribiner. All of the equipment we purchased is galvanized stainless steel so it shouldn’t rust on us. It supports a weight of about 800 pounds and is the perfect place for an afternoon nap.
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Today starts the second week of October and it looks like autumn has finally arrived, weather wise. I will gladly trade a low of 70s for a high of 70s. Even if it means that I have to switch out my summer/winter clothes.
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