04Aug17 – Wow. After simultaneously getting the house “finished” for the wedding and planning the wedding itself we needed an extended break from all the craziness – as delightful as it all turned out….. There was just no adrenaline left (or $$$…) for either of us and decided to slow down. A lot. Time to replenish our resources – all of them!
Here are a few of the things we’ve seen and done so far this Summer. Our white water rafting trip with Blue Heron and 13 of our neighbors was a hoot!
13May17 – The stone masons arrived this morning to no electricity for almost the whole county due to a “personal” accident as Duke power explained. We were without power for almost 12 hours and the generator on our want/need list has been put on the back burner for awhile. So, Steve quickly went down mountain to town to rent a generator for our masons, only to learn by the time the power came back on that they hadn’t used it. Oh well – we tried to be accommodating!
Here’s what they accomplished today – they’ll be back tomorrow:
08May17 – Slow and steady, everyday more is being completed on our Maple Forest Cottage. The foyer bench with it’s radius curves and plethora of parts is taking shape. This weekend we carpet tiles the Gym. Wow! It’s no longer a dumping ground but a (clean) dedicated space for working out. We used Mohawk’s High Score tile in Enviro. It’s just what we needed in there – neutral, yet subtly interesting.
18 more days – Can Steve do it? Whatever is done is that much more than I had expected. Kudos to my future husband, he’s getting so much accomplished on this detail – driven house.
03May17 – Steve is busy, busy, busy, moving fro one project to another. With 24 days til the wedding he just may get our Maple Forest Cottage finished!
21Apr17 – Steve’s been working hard getting all the brackets up on our Maple Forest Cottage. Talk about icing on the cake! Michaela Muhady really had it together when she designed this house over 20 years ago.
10Mar17 – Steve is under the wire to get all Our Maple Forest Cottage odds and ends finished up. We’ve set our wedding date for May 27th and the deal is the house will be “done” by then. So after a couple of months off from working on the house, Steve is back in the saddle tackling those not-so-exciting finishing touches.
I, meanwhile, am still working on my gingerbread house! Ha! Just need to add the porch/deck railing, add the snow, and put a bow around it and it’s done!
My long awaited Rojo Cabinet from Crate and Barrel finally arrived – on my Birthday no less! How very exciting – I’ve been imagining that in my mud room for about 3 year now, working on Steve to go with a red cabinet. His ‘yes’ was a wonderful way to turn ah, 64. Ugh…..
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!
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….
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.
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.