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November, 2005
 
 
 

11:42 a.m. — Monday, November 28, 2005
Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

This nice long holiday weekend allowed us to get some extra work done on the house.

Friday, Ryan installed the light in the foyer and the light over the some-day sink in the Master Bath. Since completing the under-cabinet lighting and master bedroom fan a few weeks ago, and then finishing up these two projects this weekend, it seems we are now ready for our final electrical inspection, as well as our final fire inspection. It's been so long since we've had inspectors in our house that we're a little nervous — at least I am!

Ryan Hanging the Light

The new pendant in the foyer is tall and slim, fitting our narrow foyer well and providing a nice homey glow to the space. It wasn't what we had been looking for, but when we saw it, we both knew it was the one.

LightLight

The light in the Master Bath is very much a departure from what we normally choose — it is bulbous and ornate and almost Victorian in style. But in our bathroom, it looks classy, and somehow, it just fits.

We are still trying to choose Master Bath shower tile and kitchen floor tile. We hope to have something chosen SOON, as these decisions are holding up our progress towards getting our C.O. and using the upstairs. We're itching to use our new bedroom as we near completion, and get our bed out of the dining room. Right now, our future bedroom is the workroom — it's bright and big and full of tools, trim, and sawdust.

This photo does not do it justice...

It's also full of drying trim. Last night, my mom and I painted all of the sills and vertical window trim to go on the front windows of the house. While Ryan and I are no longer setting grand timeline goals, we are setting little ones, and one of mine is to have all the front window sills on before Christmastime (which would be NOW, I suppose) so I can put candles in the windows. I enjoy imagining the simplicity of our "old" Colonial being lit up at every window.

Ryan Installing Trim
(sorry this picture's so dark...)

We spent a huge chunk of time in the basement this weekend...reorganizing, consolidating, sweeping, and discovering boxes that had been hidden for well over a year now. It's so great to find a box labeled "Leah's Work Clothes" and shout, "I KNEW something was missing!" ;)

Though our winter jackets have yet to be found. This will be our 2nd winter without them, as they were packed up last October (don't ask me why). If anyone out there has spotted our snuggly warm Columbia jackets: please, LET US KNOW. Because we can no longer say they're lost in the basement somewhere...

Ryan hooked up all of our cable jacks so we were able to eliminate the super-long cable running up the basement stairs to the back of the living room. It's the little things like that — getting the wire out of the way — that make really nice quality-of-life differences.

Things are really coming together at the "ranch"! Pictures to come...
  

1:08 p.m. — Tuesday, November 29, 2005
The End of Gardening, 2005

We've been fortunate to have many friends and relative donate plants to the cause of brightening our bare landscape.

A few months ago, Anthony and Emily let me come dig up and take home hostas and black-eyed Susans to my heart's content from the yard at their new house, since they were just going to tear them out. (Thanks, guys — and thanks for helping, mom!)

When Ryan's parents moved, they brought over all sorts of goodies for the yard, including our front bench, lots of garden tools (including my wonderful little bulb digger), a lilac bush (which I have yet to put in the ground!), and various other plants.

Then a few weeks ago, while cleaning out their huge and beautiful gardens, Oma and Opa brought over a feast of goodies for the yard.

Pots
(The sedum at left was my own purchase, and the hanging begonia plant was from my neighbor.)

Up Close

They brought over hens and chicks, daffodil bulbs, iris bulbs, a low blue groundcover (we don't know the name of it), and mountain pinks. I have them all marked on a yard plant-placement chart somewhere. I also put into the ground my sedum (looks like big broccoli!), and about 100 various spring bulbs.

In the back yard, my perennial garden did well.

Oma with Wheelbarrow

Here is Oma, putting some of the mountain pinks she brought into the front of the bed. I had already planted (from left to right) a dark purple butterfly bush, lilac asters, light purple and white foxglove, white yarrow, maroon coreopsis, and another dark purple butterfly bush. Both bushes will need transplanting once they cover the windows — they took off much faster than expected. I interspersed various bulbs throughout, which are also marked on my handy but not-currently-available yard chart.

Oma and Opa also helped me rip out my vegetable garden at the side of the house.

Oma with Tomatoes

Good thing, too...I wouldn't have had the heart to do it myself 'till every last tomato-ling had fallen.

Tomatoes

The underachievers fell to the wayside...

Tomatoes

...And we saved what we considered worth saving.

Harvest

All of my veggies suffered from the summer drought, and of course I did not water as often as I should have. It was too hot to go outside! As a result, every single thing I grew produced fruit in miniature. So all summer and fall, we were eating miniature tomatoes and miniature peppers. The only thing that was the right size were my grape tomatoes! The sugar snap peas never survived to produce fruit — they fell victim to a combination of the heat and the deer.

Notice my one lone eggplant on the right? That never quite grew to full size, either, and turned hard and brown on the plant while I waited. I think I will try these in earnest next summer... watching the vivid purple plant grow bigger seemingly every day was quite exciting. The green tomatoes above turned nice and red after being wrapped in newspaper in a dark corner of the kitchen for a few days — thanks for the tip, Oma!
 

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