I walked backwards and lugged this hulk of a machine all over the house for hours this morning. I gave it 22 clean buckets of water--and in return it gave me rinse water that looked like a bad chocolate milk shake.
We've been in the new house exactly one week and as of today it's officially clean. This part of the job is crossed off the list, but there are plenty more tasks ahead. Next on the list is packing for a trip south to the balmier Dakota to do some packing and maintenance. I keep telling myself one of these days this transition will be over....
PS--I'm loving the feedback I'm getting from stories! Since Derek is gone it's been really therapeutic to share my adventures with you. If you know someone who would enjoy this chaos...I mean journey--I'd love it is you shared with them!
September 21, 2019 ✨
Halfway through packing up our house. This is the dining room which is positioned off the foyer and gets the most light in the house since it’s south facing. I’m going to miss the charm of this old historic home so much. Owning this house as first time home buyers was definitely a challenge. It was built in 1933, situated in a historic neighborhood of San Diego called Marston Hills, and built into a canyon. We learned a lot, renovated a ton, and are putting this old house on the market with new updates feeling proud of what we’ve accomplished here. Time to move onto the next season in life where we will finally be parents after years of unsuccessful pregnancies. We are moving closer to my own parents as we await the arrival of our rainbow baby twins and become new parents ourselves.🏡
Our town is so cool. They do an annual chalk walk and people donate their time and talent to decorate the sidewalks downtown. Such a neat community event!!! 👩🏼🎨👨🏽🎨🎨 #freemasontomansion
We still need to get baseboards in (and remove the pink carpet, but that’s protecting the hardwood during renovation) but not bad for a days work. Patched, sanded, painted and Halloween-ed it up today. 🎃👻💀 Swipe for befores. ➡️
We fell off the #52weeksofhome pattern for a bit, but I thought I’d jump back in this week on the theme of storage. Two of our upstairs bedrooms have HUGE closets (over 100 sq ft each), which we really can’t explain because the house hasn’t lost any bedrooms and the way they’re configured wouldn’t lend to that explanation either. (The third upstairs bedroom lacks a closet altogether, but isn’t adjacent to either huge closet, alas.) I have dreams of subdividing the one in the master into a bathroom and closet, but that’s a loooong way off, if it ever happens.
I didn’t photograph the big closets this week because one is staging a project we’re not talking about yet, and the other is kinda our catchall right now, so you don’t need to see that. Instead I’m leading with our salvage storage. In our back hallway we have been hoarding our extra parts. The small windows are the ones we just removed from the stairway, and they’re going to Restore (our local salvage didn’t want them). The French doors will get refinished and replace our exterior French doors which need to be swapped out. The white door will be our new back door. And the half-stripped raised panel in back will be my office door, and is next in my door queue once I finish Jim’s office door. The box has a light fixture we’ll install here once we don’t use it for storage anymore. And those paintings are going to be hung up soon, finally!
Second pic is the closet under the stairs, in Jim’s office. He used to store his wood in here but moved it to his temporary shop - so now it’s just an under-stairs closet that would make Harry Potter jealous because it has a nice window - positively civilized!
Circa 1894. The former home of Captain James Wright who served in the Navy during the Civil War and went on to become a successful Coastwise Captain on many ships, including the Excelsior that sailed out of Cold Spring Harbor. The house is now part of The Whaling Museum. I’m glad that we are no longer involved in this barbaric practice.
• it's national museum day! Museums around the country were admitting people for free, and since we've never been to the Octagon House, despite having lived in Watertown for years, my family decided to go. It's beautiful and extremely interesting, and if you're in the area and haven't been before, I'd recommend it. We make a big deal about innovations in modern design, but honestly people have been doing amazing things for a long time. Seriously, just go there and take the tour and see how cool this house is •