Things are still a work in progress here: books are in boxes, much of our furniture is not yet in the house, art needs to be hung, Christmas decor is still in totes. Regardless of all that, I catch glimpses like this one, and realize it is slowly starting to feel like us.
Everyday we re-blaze our trail after it snows. For Scout, this is some of our most important work. ☃️ (Still haven't had a day without snow. Doesn't even necessarily show up in the forecast or weather app...yet, fresh snow daily.)
Creating a mudroom when you have no mudroom. It's possible! ☃️ Finding your way in any new home has its challenges (and pleasant surprises, too). We are so happy with less house and more land. What a dream it is to heat this place. The only thing we'd like a touch more living space for is a small den/office for Adam. Not sure he cares enough to make it happen, but he works from home a bit so a separate (somewhat professional feeling) space would be nice. Beyond that, the only type of space we'd like to add is utility space. Big mudroom (with closets! Something we currently have zero of on the first floor), walk-in pantry, laundry room (at this time laundry is in the kitchen)... and while we're adding on a bit of utility space, why not build up and create a simple in-law suite. You never know when that could come in handy. In the meantime, the laundry and the makeshift mudroom live in the kitchen. I'd rather not look at two walls full of coats and wool pants in the middle of the kitchen (you'd be surprised how many are needed... something is always drying), so we're keeping it all to one wall, and the bureau houses extra snow gear. Although those top two small drawers are his + hers empty your pockets type drawers. It's nice to have a holding place for all that stuff. Adam especially uses his - phone/wallet/receipts/cash/etc. I mostly just use my drawer to keep the big camera at the ready without having it out in the open. 💁🏻📸 We definitely do not have enough space here for all the boots in rotation, but we're trying to keep it under control. The chair is a good spot for lacing and unlacing boots (and visiting the cook!). The pack basket is currently out of commission for its intended purpose, as it's being used to toss knits into. We're still figuring it out, and it is a tight space for sure, but it's something! And, although linoleum would not be my first choice, its nice not having to stress about melting snow getting everywhere, which it does multiple times a day. I love figuring out ways to create functional space, using what you have. 🌟
Capping off the weekend. ✨
We met some of our neighbors today and did a little holiday shopping in the store attached to their home. It was filled with Melanie's baskets and chairs, eggs from her chickens, locally made candles, soap and chocolate. All the essentials. Erik, it turns out, is an incredibly talented builder. Their property is filled with his gorgeous barns and I do believe we'll have a project or ten for him. They were such nice people that we seem to have much in common with. So glad we stopped in.
It was a crazy ride getting here, but today we finally signed all the papers and made this place officially ours. Only took 25 years to realize the dream. 🙏🏻 And, a new moon closing date, in Sagittarius no less? Well that's just ✨🙌🏻🌚💥🔮. We are finally home.
For the moment I am ignoring the fly that decided to take their death in my final coat of drying finish , and focus on a job that is finally DONE. Except for prying said fly out, of course. And probably having to gently sand and touch up that area. Okay, so maybe I'm just pretending to be done. Are we ever really done?
Grandma June's favorite sledding hill. Also known as our road. Back when she was the only house here, she would ask the town to hold off on sanding so she could get plenty of good runs in. It goes much further than the photo shows; long and gentle slope... just right for her flexible flyer.