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….


Digging out sod for an edible garden, and Steve paints the media room!

15May16 – I spent about 10 days with a railroad pick axe digging out sod on a steep slope so I could make myself an edible garden.  That grass was darn tenacious!  What a project.  I’ve got it all mulched now and have planted 4 pumpkin plants, 8 kale, 6 radish, with green beans and peas coming.  Already there were 3 raspberry bushes, 4 blue berry bushes, and a mother strawberry plant with about 8 of here offspring.  I’m new at this and am having a ball!

Meanwhile, Steve’s been getting ready to paint our media room.  We picked the color out really fast – not normal for the two of us.  We decided on Benjamin Moore’s Twilight we love how it came out.  Later, we’ll be covering the insulated wall with a sound proofing fabric.   It’s darn dark in there now!

More cabinet tops, more trim work….

26April16 – Steve’s been working on applying still more trim to our Maple Forest Cottage.  Each piece adds more charm to this wonderful home design!

I’ve been mulching the landscaping the past couple of weeks – up to 12 cubic yards!  I do 2 yards at a time and come in the house pretty darn exhausted.  Last two yards should be finished on Thursday.  Phew!

Our Stickley table is going to be delivered in about 3 weeks.  The fabric for the chairs is back ordered so we’ll have to wait until June sometime before we see those – what’s 6-8 weeks in the life of constructing this house?!

Working on desk tops, unpacking, an early Spring on the Mountain, and did I say unpacking?

04Apr16 – We’ve been spending the last couple of weeks continuing to unpack from boxes packed 4 years ago!  What a surprise when we open the wrapping and discover a lost treasure or a “What-the-heck-were-we-thinking-of-packing-this-for-a-1000-mile-trip-to-the- mountains?”
We’ll be downsizing some more…but some things will be hard to part with.  I mean, a solid wood statue of a pelican (named PlumBob) doesn’t really work in WNC, nor does my mermaid collection, although for those who know her, Muriel will find a place in my Zen room!

Steve’s been tackling the various cabinet cherry tops, most excitedly the cherry desk that is part of the kitchen island!  More and more our Maple Forest Cottage is coming to be!!