The back porch takes shape – Whoo Hoo!

26Sep16 – The back porch is really taking shape.  It’s been used as the workshop (among other places….) as we were building and we’ve been waiting for over 2 years to be at a point where we can add this last “room” to our Maple Forest Cottage.  We’ve already read the Sunday paper there, had two meals and watched the reflection of a gorgeous sunset on the valley.  I’m in love with this space and we’ve even got a good few weeks to enjoy it before the jackets & blankets come out along with fires in the fireplace!

Constructing again! The back porch….

21Sep16 – Happy Last Day of Summer!  It sure has flown by….We are finally getting below 80 degrees and Fall’s soft dry breeze is here.  Aaaaahhhh.

We’ve begun work on the back porch!  We’re both so excited to see it starting to take shape.  The last work was done exactly a year ago when Micah helped Steve put up the ceiling and shake the inside of the North gable.

My goal is to make this space our “Rustic Cabin in the Woods” and hoping Steve will go along with the vision.  Weather permitting, I think this may become my favorite room in the Maple Forest Cottage; besides the Kitchen, Living room, Library, Master bd/ba, Yoga room, mud room….

you get the idea. 😊

Finishing the ceiling under the deck – well, almost….

02Sep16 – Happy Labor Day Weekend!  Labor Day is observed on the first Monday in September and pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Did you know that it was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894?  Work has been around a long time…..

We’ve been enjoying Summer on the mountain and our Maple Forest Cottage. It’s really home now.  Work has slowed down as we are so near the end of construction and other responsibilities have taken priority.


More finishing details and the Dining Room chairs are delivered!!

31Jul16 –  Bit by bit, our Maple Forest Cottage is coming into it’s own. The kitchen shoe mold and all knobs and pulls are in.  Steve’s working on the laundry room railing as I write.

And the dining room chairs were delivered last week, just hours before we were going to entertain our best buddies from the Florida Keys!  Our first dinner in the dining room was wonderful.  We even had two other mountain friends over to join the four of us the next night. I’m thinking there will be a lot of good memories made around this dining room table!

Steve & I went on our 6th Rim Hike of the year and so far it is our favorite:  Patton’s Table near Mount Mitchell off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We spent a good amount of time hiking through what I call The Enchanted Forest – it was like being in a fairy tale hobbit land.  I’ve included some pics of that, too.


Finishing touches in the Kitchen!

17Jul16 – Steve installed the crown moulding over the kitchen cabinets this weekend.  Just when you think the MFC couldn’t get any more spectacular, a finishing touch makes such a difference.  It’s all in the details – the look is fab.

Finishing more cabinets!

03Jul14 – Happy Fourth of July Weekend to all!  (Be safe out there!) fireworksWe’re lying low for the weekend- working on “house-things”, of course, and taking it slow for the day.  But, tomorrow I’m off to Maine to see my Grand kids for 4 days!  I’m so ready for a trip off-of-the-rock and to see my son & his family.  So looking forward to it.

Back at our Maple Forest Cottage….  Steve is finishing up the remaining cabinet fronts and lacquering more trim boards, still!  Here’s where we’re at today:

06Jun16 Dream kitchen

Cabinet drawer & cupboard fronts!! Oh, yeah………….

25Jun16 – It’s been an exciting week.  We are installing our cabinet drawer & cupboard fronts after, get this, 2 (that’s t-w-o) years since we met with our first cabinet maker to build our kitchen cabinets.  Now, if that isn’t a lesson in patience, I don’t know what is…………….Ahhh, it’s so exciting to see how beautifully it’s coming out.  I just sit at the sitz bank for moments at a time just lost in reverie admiring our kitchen.

We’ve also been saving “rescue Mountain Laurels” and a red maple as well.

Our Fifth Rim Hike of the year was last Saturday.  It was a strenuous climb to the top of Potato Knob, but so worth it.  The views were spectacular!

So, we continue to be busy, busy, busy.  What else is new?!


Bits and pieces….odds and ends….

06JUn16 – Steve’s helping Larry, our cabinet maker, along by going to his shop and bringing back unlacquered cabinet fronts, etc as they’re ready and doing the rest of the work here.  It’s helping to speed up this ungodly – long process.  Little by little……

There’s a new home site being excavated on the mountain and the word is out that there are mountain laurels for the taking before they get trashed.  Why did I think I had the time to transplant 4 of them?  Trying to “Save the Laurels” I guess.

Two of 4 holes are dug.   Two more to go; moving 2 lilac bushes from where they’re not happy to the two dug holes, and putting in two of the laurels in the lilacs spots, then planting the 2 other laurels in the two ready- to-be-dug holes.  If that seems like a mouthful, image getting it done!


Wallpapering the powder room and a d.a.r.k dining room table….

31May16 – In preparation for “The Four Sisters Reunion” Steve finished the coffee station shelving and began work on the powder room.  We were wallpapering just hours before they arrived on Friday and we got as far as two walls. By the time they left yesterday  the pedestal sink was in and functional!  The Reunion (with spouses) was a complete blast.  I haven’t laughed that often in years – everyone is a comedian….  Eight people in our Maple Forest Cottage is a lot for us – but not for the house.  We all managed fine.

Our long awaited (19March) dining table was delivered this afternoon.  It is beautiful.  But not the color ordered.  It-is-d.a.r.k.  We had decided to accept the discontinued very light cherry stain and the chairs would be a darker (but still light) stain as a two-tone contrast. Hmmm…..  I have an email into the sales person to see what can be done as this is supposedly the last (new) Glasgow table in all of Stickley-dom.  The chairs are waiting for their back ordered fabric and will be here in a few weeks.  The drama continues.  I wonder what creative solution we’ll come up with?!

A visit to our new cabinet maker’s shop

22May16 – We took a visit last week to see Larry, our new cabinet maker, at his shop, “Morgan’s Cabinet Shop.”  He’s got a lot going on there!  We were excited to see our door & drawer fronts in person – not a biggy for anyone else, but after 2 1/2 years we are darn ready to have our cabinets  f-i-n-i-s-h-e-d !!  Just another couple of weeks as he paints them and then  does the install.  It will be a happy day at our Maple Forest Cottage!

I planted my peas and beans today.  Made a tee pee of tomato poles for the beans, and am working on a re-bar & string trellis for the peas.  I bought a concord grape plant and am researching where & how to plant it and care for it before putting it in the ground.  I’ve always wanted to grow grapes, now if I can just get it right and not have to share too many with the bears and other wildlife up here….