Friday, May 24, 2013

Welcome To The Puppet Show..and a bit more.

This is what covers the closet of my now office in our new place. It was formerly a little girl's room. I love yellow (or "Yeyyo" as Emerson used to say.) but thought I'd change these out pretty quickly. Here's what happened:

We lived in the new house for about a week. Brad was back to work. I took a shower very late one night after unpacking. I was as dirty as "a frenchman" as Homer Simpson once said to Marge. I digress.

As I am showering..suddenly the smoke alarm goes off! NIGHTMARE! Both dogs freak out. They're barking and scared. I'm a bit stunned. I jump out of the shower. Angry. Soaking wet. I realize the offensive alarm is right in the hallway outside of the biffy. I wave my arms. It stops for a second. I think "What a dumb place to put this alarm if the heat and steam of the shower make it go off!" I head back into the shower. What a dummy. The same scene happens again. The second time I'm angrily swearing. I get on a chair, rip it out of the ceiling and remove the battery. Or try to. It's one of those old ones that's hard to disassemble.

Rat bastards! As I'm trying to get it to quiet down, I have visions of hitting it over and over with a bat. I finally get the battery out but it's still squeaking a bit. I can't tell if it's leftover hearing damage or if it's really happening. I finish my shower. I think of Brad telling me "It's just bad luck." which is what he says whenever anything bad, uncomfy, scary or irritating happens when he's at work (such as..sick dogs pooping on carpet, alarms, weird noises, etc..)..I can't find Daisy our older dog. When I do find her..she's in this closet. Upset. Scared. Lying in the bottom there on the blankets my Granny Stolarski made back in the 70's. She stayed there til morning and slept.

She looked SO DARLING. I now refer to it as the Puppet Show. Curtis the puppy sleeps in there during the day when I work. It is so cute. I got down there and looked around as if I were that small. I realized..this is cool. I'd totally live here!

Cozy! Will I end up turning it into a reading nook? Only time will tell! Options are endless!

What I've enjoyed about this house so far: I'm trying to live in it and figure it out rather than painting walls and accessorizing. It seems better this way. Some rooms are unfinished. I have a few where I don't know what color I want for them to be, so I'm just waiting. It's much more comfortable. Normally I rush a bit to finish everything so it feels complete. That is not happening this time. It's slow going. But the parts that are completed feel right.

A cute part of our backyard. Yes, it needs a bit of weeding between the stones. It rained all week. I do have some solar lights from Ikea wrapped around the tree now as well as solar lights in the ground around the tree. I think we'll get a firepit and place it in this area (but away from the tree!)- that's our neighbor's house. He's a very nice guy. Daisy barks at him every time she sees him. Every. time. It is exhausting and sometimes embarrassing. Like having a misbehaving kid that just will not listen. Sigh. Butterballs!

This kid is just tuckered out by 2pm daily! Nap time! This is our living room. Love the wood burning stove, windows and mouldings. Not sure of what color we're going with in here, but it may be a nice moody blue or gray. Or green. Not sure. Like this blue below.

But then again..maybe not. I feel like it will come to me.

I've also been logging some time on Design Seeds lately and I LOVE IT!!

Been there? If not, please go. You just may love it as I do:

Miss Daisy is much happier here. She even seems curious about the outdoors and exploring 91! Our other house always had a very weird vibe. I couldn't talk about it much while living there as it weirded me out quite a bit. In the last few weeks we lived there we had a tealight candle relight itself 24++ hours after it was originally lit (and had burned out the previous night, as they do, after an hour or so.)..the puppy's outdoor leash broke three times in three day his collar broke and he was two blocks away. We began wondering "Was this built on a burial site or something?" but we didn't talk about it much while living there because what can you do? I did some feng shui cures while living there, saged the house and told anything "Go to the light!"- however- in the last weeks, it was just creepy living there. Glad to be out.

Happy Puppy! Sorry for the somewhat X Rated shot! He was so happy had to be photographed! He does need to be neutered, folks. Yes. That will happen soon and his little head will be in a cone for a few days.

I'm very happy about the lilacs! Love them! And about the vine that grows on this lattice. The whole yard has amazing landscaping. The former owner had chickens so the soil is amazing and we've got hostas, peonies, tulips, sedum and all kinds of plants sprouting. Our neighbor (not house pictured above, other side) is a master gardener and does it for a living- her yard is amazing. It's reminiscent of the house and yard in the movie Practical Magic. Very full of character and imperfections, with interesting orbs and items, but stunning. Makes you feel good when you look over. Curtis has begun watching her as she gardens in the mornings. he lies down and stares. It's quite adorable.

I'm off to have a glass of wine and have some relaxing to do. I have been busy and have unpacked, cleaned or had something to do nearly everyday since we moved in. Today I took the day off.

Hope your night is beautiful and your extended weekend is lovely and fun-filled!!




Tina C said...

I hate smoke alarms with a passion and have taken a broom or a bat to a few in my time. They just won't die!
Wow, I'm even more glad that you are out of your old house now. Creepy.
The puppies seem so happy now- maybe they were creeped out in your other house, too?
I love the thought of all your flowers and of looking over at the Practical Magic yard.
It sounds like the pups have claimed a little apartment for themselves!

Nicole said...

Without the smoke detector, my family would never know when supper was "ready" whenever I'm cooking :). Cheeky kids! Love the new house pics, can't wait to see what you do with your creative ideas.

Btw, did not realize I would be perusing puppy soft porn when I started reading this He is not going to be pleased when he makes that visit to the vet!