Who doesn't love a project that's quick to complete and offers major impact?
With our new house we've been spending the last year on what seem like massive, slow moving projects. Besides refinishing the wood floors and sprucing up the shed, nothing else in the house really felt like we were actually finishing anything. Completed projects being few and far between made us feel like we wanted a quick and easy win this winter that wouldn't break the bank.
When it comes to quick, easy, and generally inexpensive, there are few more impactful projects than low voltage outdoor landscape lighting. Everything you need is easily purchased, straight forward to install, and you don't need to worry about electrocuting yourself since all of the wiring is low voltage. All you need is a vision, a plan, and a handful of hours.
If you're not familiar with our new house, it's a white clapboard house that's about 108 years old. Its style is a mishmash of four square and late Victorian farm house with a giant wraparound porch. But most notably, its "front" is situated to the back to give it a great view of the water...
...while its "back" is actually the front and faces the road. This means that the road facing side of the house is full of interesting angles and details that surround a nice sized brick patio where we plan to spend many nights around the fire pit.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Snowzilla (aka Winter Storm Jonas) rolled into town, dropped a lot of snow, and went on its way, and boy was it a great storm!
I've posted the full timelapse that takes us from the start through everyone shoveling out their cars in particularly futile efforts.
I have to believe that snow etiquette dictates those who dig out their car have the right to reserve their hard earned spot with an orange code or garbage can, right? I would assume so. Otherwise I'm sure we'll see fisticuffs and a Mad Max Fury Road fight to the death over parking when someone decides to snake someone else's spot.
The other day just before sunset I took Lulu around town for a little stroll. She loves playing in the snow when it isn't an active blizzard, but it was taller than she is in most places, so it made it a little tough. At certain points she looked like she was walking around in the Hoth Rebel Base. (High five if you get this reference.)
1/24/2016 - 12:45 PM Update
The live feed is still going down below, so be sure to scroll down to catch the latest look out our front window. However, it's been up and down this morning as the power and Internet has been on and off. Fingers crossed our flickers are behind us.
Here's the full timelapse of the storm through 1/24 at 3:29 am.
This storm was truly no joke. This morning people are trying to dig their cars out under the bright and sun filled blue sky. I'll tell you one thing, things are already getting a little bit testy between some of the diggers and those either looking for parking spots or trying to make some cash by digging people out.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
To say that the first 15 months of owning our new home haven't been what we imagined would be an understatement.
Between last year's whole house freeze and subsequent replumb of the entire house, installation of a new HVAC system, and generally the feeling of one step forward, nineteen steps backwards, the endeavor has been expensive, time consuming, stressful, and exactly the opposite of what we envisioned. For this reason, when something fun, interesting, or positive happens, we're making every attempt to make the most of it.
We jump for joy each time we discover a "new" antique bottle in the yard or washed up on the sand.
Through our "treasure hunts" we've amassed a small collection of eclectic bottles, and I'm having a great time working them into several rooms of the house.