Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Eve FUN!

We got out the little tykes track and everyone took a turn playing with it.

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Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas Day

Some highlights from Christmas Day

New bikes!


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Tim with his cuppa. He got a tea set from Andy and Karol


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Michael with his new baby


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Me and Michael


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Holly with her new baby blanket


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These kids do love hats


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Playing on the floor with Papa on Christmas Eve

Somehow, when you sit on the floor you are instantly overwhelmed by little climbers!

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Willow Creek Cafe

Who knew you could get good German food in Sanford! We ordered a feast for 4 that had Kase Spaetzel, potatoes, 5 kinds of sausage, pork, sauerkraut, red cabbage, YUM!



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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Children's Room



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It's a little hard to imagine in the panoramic shot, but the children's room is ready to go. This Thursday they will be sleeping over while their parents go on a little trip.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Office in the Barn

The new office is working out quite nicely. So nicely that I don't plan on moving back into the house.

My desk


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I was struggling to come up with a shelf or table for the printer and assorted other things. I came across an oldie but a goodie that we had in storage in the basement. I mounted it on a set of steel legs that came with a work table that was going to the dump, and viola. A vintage credenza!



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Fun and functional! This is a camping kitchen my Dad built when I was a kid. It stored Colman stove, pots, pans, utensils, paper plates, etc. it was made to fit in a space in the Skamper during travel, and then set on the end of a picnic table once at camp. It also had a set of legs, long gone, but back in the day could be set up independent of the picnic table. Now I get to use it every day!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Guest Room - Ready for Company!!



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My favorite little lamp

I got this little lamp in a little vintage shop on one of our recent trips. It has an LED bulb in it, and makes a perfect little night light.



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Playtime at Nana's House

The grands are here almost daily to play,



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More Thanksgiving Pics

We travelled over to Tim's on Wednesday evening. After we got there Tim and I went shopping. Then back to the house to plan the cooking strategy.

Thanksgiving morning Tim prepped one turkey for smoking and the other one for the deep fryer.



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Got the potatoes and other sides started, got the table set.



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Kept track of the progress of the turkeys, wait did I just call my boys turkeys?



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Around 3:00 we sat down to turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, candied yams, two kinds of stuffing, green bean casserole, asparagus, cranberry sauce, and crescent rolls! What a feast!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Meal preparations are underway at Tim's. Smoker is running.

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Here is the turkey going into the fryer.



Friday, November 15, 2013

Butternut Squash Soup

Home made butternut squash soup for lunch!


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Cat #4 of 10

I counted the other day, in preparation for going out to get frontline. I now have 10 cats on the property. Four inside cats, (I love my litter robot) and six outside.

Phoebe, Bootsie, Cali, and now Biscuit makes four inside,



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and outside, are PeeWee, Pumpkin Pie, Sprinkle, Mama Kitty, Moriah, and Lucy.

I found where you can get the spray Frontline in a pump dispenser. Holy CATS!!!!

We Ate All The Grapes

Had to go down and make my regular check of the the grape arbor. Pinning and twining the vines is a regular thing as I try to get the arbor to cover the satellite dish. Holly and Michael came with me. As soon as we turn the corner and head that way Michael shouts, "gapes, gapes, gapes". At least that's what it sounds like to me!



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He was disappointed to find that they are all gone.

Deck Building

We are in the final stages of getting the cottage ready. Last weekend the boys built the deck. Over the week Andy has put the finishing touches on the rails, and I will need to take a final photo of the finished product.


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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Cool Videos from the Cottage Delivery

The Cottage is Delivered!



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