Paving the driveway!

19Oct16 – They paved the driveway last week!  WOW – it really adds to the curb appeal of our Maple Forest Cottage.  It is lousy timing financially, but the paving Company (Burnett’s Paving) is doing work on Creston roads (his equipment is already here) and we were able to rally 4 other owners to pave their driveways (yeah!) so he gave us a nice discount.  Most pavers in this area won’t even come up to do just a driveway (too small a job).  So, we bit the bullet.  We are so pleased.  So much smoother to drive on and the dust has become almost non-existent, never mind those little pebbles that were making their way into the house!

The driveway gets graded for paving!

11Oct16 – There is roadwork being done in Creston and we were able to get a good deal on paving our driveway, especially since we rallied 3 other owners to do the same.  The timing isn’t the greatest for us, but it’s hard to get a paving company up here on the mountain for just a driveway job.  It’s one of those not-so-exciting expenditures, but we’re finding it a necessary one….


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!