Wednesday, 31 December 2008

And.......uncovering the fireplace......

And.......uncovering the fireplace......
A lovely surprise. :)

All clean!

Fitting that their first snack in the farm house is apples. They were contentedly munching for a good 20 minutes, which is how I managed to get everything swept and the downstairs windows washed. The boiler guy was up and down and in and out draining radiators, but the kids were amused. I put together their toy bins Nana got them (me) for Christmas and then we explored.

What I found in the "not really a room" secret space I will post later this week. I just about teared up with glee. It was like old house karma cashed in. I hope we can find a way to put it back......I know, I don't blog for a week and then I leave with a cliffhanger, unfair!

Dearest is staying at the farm all alone this week and we just bring him food and more blankets (thus the effort to get the fireplace working and I wouldn't be surprised if he moves his bed to the main room.....). He's making progress on the heat situation, the bathroom issues, and such. We miss him terribly, but are faring well packing and baking and cleaning.

I was contacted this week through facebook by a very long lost friend. That plus packing reminded be to be incredibly grateful for Dearest being in my life. We'll be celebrating our ten year wedding anniversary on Sunday. Yes, TEN. Time sure does fly. Of all the times I moved as a kid, they were all sudden, sad, and abruptly cutting off with established relationships. As an adult, we've moved around Des Moines, but always because we wanted to and because it meant adventure and promise. I found the Dutch hex Dearest's grandma gave us on our first anniversary, it happens to feature the colors I picked out for the farm house. We never hung it here at the haunted mansion because we were pretty sure the neighbor delinquents (the 8 year olds behind us) would use it to perfect their egg aim. Anyway, sorry for the ramble, its been a long day.

And yes, I'm on facebook now. And yes, if you're my "friend" you can see the photo she tagged me in and check out my 1990 3-4 inch tall bangs. Geesh. I think there's as much product (specifically Aquanet) in my hair in that photo as I'ved used in the last 15 years! *(Edited to add said photo....I am in the front row, right side.....):


  1. [gasp!]
    and then

    It's so beautiful!!

  2. Thank you! I sometimes gasp in surprise when I walk in there too. It just feels like home. All this chaos will so be worth it!

  3. I thought she was talking about your hair . . .

  4. WOW! That fireplace is beautiful... as is the entry way. WOW!!

    As for the pic, yeah, I too have lots of those. Glad no one on Facebook has posted them yet. Hehe

  5. You house is beautiful. I can't wait to see more pictures of it when you are all moved in.

  6. Wow! I love the tiles on the fireplace! Simply gorgeous, Mama P.

    I could never get my bangs to do the wave thing (it always reminded me of an wave breaking on the shore) like that; I didn't have the skillz. Now I don't mind so much :)


  7. Wow, how absolutely gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing these pictures... and making me a little jealous. *sigh*


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