Hey guys! I haven’t shared too much of our house here after crashing down from the ORC, so I thought it was time for some updates. I actually had not planned on writing a post today, but when the spirit moves me, I write. Often times I save to publish later, but today, instead of scheduling, I am just laying it out there. In a couple of weeks I’ll be participating in some summer tours, and an outdoor summer tour, but today I want to show you what’s been going on around the house lately. This post will be a little potpourri of spaces in my home as well as some more personal tidbits about life with animals.
Speaking of summer, with my kids finishing the school year on June 9th, I’ve been working the last two weeks on their space in the house. Our basement features a finished area that serves as their playroom. I haven’t updated that room in a while, and as they’ve grown needs have changed. Sawyer is turning 12 this summer, and Emmy is now 10. The days of playing with loads and loads of toys are coming to an end, and they’re more interested in having a space to hang out and converse with their friends, watch movies, and play video games. We cleared out all of the extra toys, books, and games that they no longer play with last Fall, and now we’re turning the front half of the space into a “tween lounge.” Sawyer and his buddies tend to hang out where the sectional and video gaming area is, but Emmy tends to take her friends to her room… so I’m crafting this new lounge area with her happy hippie style in mind. It’s a work in progress and may be for a while to come, but here’s a little peek at one corner, featuring an awesome new banner from Declaration Home and my DIY dried peony dreamcatchers. (PS- time to dry those peonies and create these!)
As we cleared out the playroom, I also worked to clean out the unfinished area which had become the place where all things go to gather dust bunnies and eventually be forgotten. I am happy to say that everything is boxed up, and has been hauled to the garage because we will be having a YARD SALE this weekend! You can check out my ad here and if you are local I’d love to see you! Can you believe I am actually going to be selling these guys? #timetoletgo
Another project I’ve completed but need to photograph on a sunnier day is our pink bathroom update. This space ran into some speed bumps during the process which I’ll tell you about at that point, but I’m happy with how it turned out. Here’s a little peek, including a gorgeous fox print from Copper Corners as well as an amazing industrial mercury glass light fixture from Lamps Plus.
Aside from working on the playroom lounge and prepping for a massive clean out yard sale, updating the bathroom, we’ve been enjoying our home and time together. It’s one of my favorite times of year right now…. Hammock time! (You can see the chairs sat here prior to moving to their lounge location). I’ve already spent a few afternoons in the hammock, reading and smelling the peonies. This hammock was a gift from the kids and Chris a couple years ago and might go down in history as my favorite gift from them, and it’s currently on sale for $90!
I was so excited to finally have my peonies bloom and brought some into the house. I love the color and scent they add to our living room!
In the dining room, I’ve brought back out my green glass floats for the season. I love the color they add. I’ve also restyled my shelves with a summer vibe in blues with paint by numbers and glassware. The mudcloth on the dining table is intended to be used to make pillow covers for the naked pillows on the daybed, but I am loving it as a table cloth at the moment. I picked it up from one of my favorite etsy shops, The Turquoise Moon.
OK, now we’re going to talk about the animals at our house and updates on them. I wanted to forewarn you, because the tone is about to shift here, and I can’t pretend I am OK with things.
As I was taking that photo above, Catcher was peering out the front door as you can see. Jake decided to get up and walk a little bit as well. That may not sound like a big deal, but these days he doesn’t do much walking around and tends to lay on his orthopedic bed. Lately, I know where the signs are pointing. Last Friday I ran with a friend in the morning who had recently gone through a similarly hard time with her aging Great Dane, and in talking with her, I think I knew what had to happen. Then today, a friend shared this video of a sweet dog, Ruff, which shows the story of Ruff’s last day. I was sobbing halfway through the video; everything Ruff’s owner said resonated with me, and deep down, I know that Jake is no longer living for enjoyment, but he’s sticking around for me.
I went away on a girl scout camping trip this past weekend, and when I arrived home, he didn’t get off of his bed to greet me, but instead laid there wagging his tail and looking at me with large loving eyes. You guys, I love that dog so much. He’s been my best friend and companion for 13.5 years, but I know that there is little enjoyment left in his life. He can’t go for walks anymore, he’s in pain with arthritis in his spine, hips, and neck, and pain medication only slightly alleviates it; and as the warm weather has crept in, I’ve noticed him just standing there panting, unable to get comfortable. I don’t know when, but I know we will be making a decision soon. Just say a little prayer for us as we prepare for this time in our lives. Whenever it happens, Jake will be taking a big piece of my heart with him.
Life with animals is hard, because we almost always outlive them. While our chickens are not pets to us, it doesn’t make it easy to lose them. While I was away this weekend with Emmy, the boys went to a baseball game and returned home to two of our ladies gone. You’ve seen Squeakers before on the blog as she had personality plus… She used to wander all over the porch and if the door was open with just the screen door closed, she would stand there and squawk at us. She was a Rhode Island Red and will be greatly missed for her crazy antics.
Shakespeare was a beautiful Barred Rock, and was one of our largest birds. She and Squeakers actually buddied up a lot, so it’s only fitting that they went together. She was named by me, after the world’s most well known bard, a play on her breed name.
In a week and a half we’ll be heading back to the poultry swap to vamp up our crew… We started with 10 last Summer and are down to 6 after losing one to a hawk in the fall, and one “ran away” a few weeks ago, came back, left again, came back, and left again and we never saw her, so I imagine something snatched her.
I can’t end on all sad notes, so we did welcome one new addition to our home. Emmy is not very good at taking care of plants, unfortunately, but I saw a fantastic idea at a shop in Seattle for a macrame hanger…. place a fish bowl in it! Emmy has an insanely good track record when it comes to fish, so we decided that would be a better fit for her macrame hanger…. Ocean, the blue beta, joined us a few weeks ago! Oh, and in case you want a gumball scented poop emoji pillow, you can find yours here… Emmy ordered it on her own.
As promised, that was a lot of miscellaneous information. Even though often times I am not ready to write a blog post dedicated to one project, there is still an awful lot going on in the background and I felt like I should let you know what’s up. I truly enjoy connecting with you guys, and I feel like the connections are made in the day to day and real life, not in the pinworthy projects. What projects are you working on behind the scenes these days? And any tips on big decisions when it comes to Jake? I am all ears.
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