Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around us...to touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".

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Friday, March 25, 2011

The Dust Has Settled

 

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View from back porch

It appears the dust has settled and the endless parade of people through the house is over! YAY!! The house didn’t have an enormous amount of things to be done but did need some updating in places. All together we have renovated the kitchen (except the floor) with new appliances, granite countertop, new sink and faucet and paint.

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The guest bathroom did not have a shower so we installed one in that bathroom. In order to do that we had to tear out most of the tile in that tub and then retile.  DSC03674 We put in an exhaust fan and new light fixture and of course…..paint. The master bathroom received a new pedestal sink because the contractor dropped the old one….YAY!! In this bathroom we installed a new light fixture and mirror along with the new pedestal sink, faucet and of course…..paint. Both bathrooms have retained the black and white charm of the 50’s period. They are small but hey….we’re rver and used to small quarters. It works just fine for us. At the last minute we decided to tile the sunroom….so much easier to keep clean especially with little doggies!  DSC03672

The many azaleas are beginning to bloom and the birds are abundant. The backyard is very peaceful and we enjoy just getting lost in it. We spend a lot of time on the back porch just sitting and listening to the birds serenade us.

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Study

 

We are continuing to work on Mike’s health and getting him healthy once again. We are still visiting the doctors on a regular basis but that, hopefully, will get better in the near future. It makes it hard to take a road trip but we hope that when the dust settles we can take some trips from here. Our plans are to downsize from the Dutch Star into something smaller for our part-time lifestyle. We will take our time looking for just what we want but right now we will focus on getting settled in the house and Mike’s health. Not the original plan but not a bad one either.

I’ve included some pictures of the house including the areas we renovated. Enjoy!

20 comments:

Donna K said...

The house looks absolutely charming...love the kitchen. Praying for all the best for you...God Bless.

Sue and Doug said...

nice work on all the renovations!..glad to hear that Mike is on the way to being healthy again..
life is full of 'curve balls' and you have caught your's and ran with it!..you need to do what is best for everyone and it seems like you have!!..enjoy the house and the lovely backyard!!..we do hope that one day you will be able to take some road trips and maybe our paths will cross but if not..we will just come to you!!!..have a great weekend!!..take care of each other!!

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

What a beautiful home you have.We hope Mike's health inproves.

Merikay said...

What a beautiful home you have mead. We all work hard to get our houses ready to sell. It's good to see someone doing all that for themselves.

Part time is good too when you have a nice place to come back to.

Jim and Sandie said...

It is so charming. It just looks like a place where you can curl up and relax. Sure hope Mike gets better really quick.

nwlambear said...

Hope Mike feels better every day...enjoy your home. It is really charming and so comfy looking. The azaleas are beautiful!!!

Judy and Emma said...

What a beautiful retreat you have found. I hope you and Mike will be able to experience some more road trips in the future. :)

Rick and Paulette said...

Great job on the remodeling, it looks fantastic - and very, very comfortable!

The Gypsy G-Mas said...

Gorgeous house. I can see why you fell in love with it. You're both in our prayers and we hope that Mike's health continues to improve. Hopefully you can get back on the road soon, but even if it is delayed, your backup plan aint to bad!

Carol K said...

Your new home looks fabulous--elegant and cosy at the same time. I love all the color in your yard, and I also like the blue color of the outside of your home. I'm partial to blue!

John and Ellen said...

Your home is absolutely beautiful, inside and out! Ellie and I loved all of the pictures, thanks so much for sharing with your readers.

John
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Jessica said...

Your house looks beautiful! :) Hope every day finds Mike feeling better!!

Dennis and Donna said...

I LOVE YOUR HOME!! SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO CHANGE THINGS TO KEEP UP WITH LIFE...FIRST PRIORITY IS MIKE'S HEALTH...ONCE THAT GETS BACK ONLINE, GET YOUR NEW LITTLER RV AND HIT THE ROAD!!

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

Your place is beautiful, and yes get Mike in top fighting shape again, didn't know he was ailing. hope it is not serious and he can be back on track in no time. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

Gin and Syl said...

Your house wears Spring very well! Those short trips are very refreshing to our inner selves also. Thanks for sharing.
Syl

pidge said...

You certainly have a beautiful home and grounds. Hope Mike is feeling better soon.

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

Looks like a great job on the house to me. We have started thinking about an exit strategy to full timing and what kind of house to get sometime down the road. Thinking about modifications and upgrades makes me nervous. Nice to see that it can work out well.

Hope Mike feels much better real soon!

Phyllis said...

What a beautiful, restful haven you have made for yourselves. One road of getting healthy is peace. Surely you find peace in your surroundings. God bless.

heyduke50 said...

looking good...

Wayne and Maureen said...

You and Mike have something in common with your home.....you both have a lot of character! So, renew and refresh so you guys can spread the love on the road.