March 8, 2013 by from the block
Read: County Woman’s feature on Asheville’s own (and a favorite blogger of mine) Ashley English. I make no secret of my great admiration for her, I joke that I want to be her when I grow up (though she’s only a few years older). The article offers some background into her start as a homesteading expert, as well as tips on how to get started yourself. You better believe once this baby arrives, or possibly even just warm weather, I’m getting my hands in some dirt! I already have plans for chickens and bees to arrive next spring. Can’t wait!
The Bungalow: a productive week! The bedrooms have been scraped of the lead paint and flaking plaster. The crew starts today to do the plaster repair, hang the trim, etc. Jon had a burst of energy this weekend (I’m calling it nesting) and tiled the backsplash in our kitchen. After spending far too long (18 months?) trying to decide on what sort of tile, I made the final verdict to go with a smaller white subway tile with darker grout. I love the way it finishes the kitchen. I know I owe pictures of the attic, but I’m holding off on those until the skylights are in and it’s not currently holding two bedrooms worth of furniture and storage. Nice weather this weekend also means Jon is starting the massive driveway project and retaining wall. It’s a much needed step to keeping water out of our basement, holding back our neighbor’s yard for eroding into our driveway, and starting the construction of the detached garage. After nearly a year off, I’m so excited to see progress on the house again!
DIY: Part of the final interior renovations include moving our bedroom from the basement to the master bedroom on the main floor. It’s smaller in general and doesn’t have a single wall that isn’t interrupted with either a window or door(s). We also stole most of the closet space to fix the layout in the bathroom so it’s seriously lacking in storage. I’m taking the challenge as an opportunity to revamp things a bit. We’re planning on building something similar to this to solve storage woes and I hope to find the energy to make a new headboard (or order this one) and simple nightstands. Perhaps this is my solution to planning a bedroom when there isn’t much to plan for the nursery? :)
Watch: I saw a lovely movie this week on Netflix streaming based on an equally lovely book that I read a few years ago. The movie is The Hedgehog (based on The Elegance of the Hedgehog) and it was so sweet and heartwarming and funny. It’s in French with subtitles, but that actually made it more charming in my book since I love all things French.
Pregnancy Update: I ordered my first bit of “baby supplies” the other day- some muslin swaddling blankets on sale. It got me thinking about what we need so I read through all the comments on my post back in January and then through several guides. I looked through the bin we have in our attic and determined that we are most definitely set for clothes and I just have to buy the boring stuff (breast pump, bottles, tiny nail clippers). I figured with Amazon prime giving me 10% off anything not purchased from our registry, I’ll just be ordering stuff as I need it post-baby’s arrival. I feel pretty good about things. Just need a car seat and a carrier and I think we’re all set. I ordered my first maternity shirt (a black long sleeve v-neck from GAP) and I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve worn it daily since Sunday. What? It’s very comfortable and flattering. :)
This weekend I’m interviewing doulas while Jon works on the house projects. It’s supposed to be warm and sunny so I think I’ll take advantage and spend lots of time outside getting some vitamin D.