Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Somber Day Tomorrow

A nice graphic for an awful day.

Weekend in a Pleasant Valley

I hope you are able to enjoy some beauty this weekend as a welcome relief from two weeks of hard work. I cleaned out my garage yesterday and Webster's new occupation is sitting at the window watching people pick through our stuff out by the road and haul it away. The town's annual pickup is two weeks from Monday and hopefully there won't be much left by then. xo

Friday, September 9, 2011

Perfect Farmhouse Porch

Sonoma California contemporary farmhouse porch designed by Walker Warner Architects. You'll love the rest of the house too. Have a great weekend.

Save Your Hollyhock Seeds


Don't forget to save those dried hollyhock pods in your seed saving envelopes. Click on the link (and keep scrolling down) to choose and print the free patterns I've created for you over the years.

Dutch Door Kitchen

I have a thing for dutch doors and I really like this one with the small window in the top part. This kitchen with the sloped plank ceiling and the window walls is simply wonderful and I could spend many happy hours in there cooking away. 

I though it was time to change the subject. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Happy Friday.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fabulous Library -- Somewhere

I would dearly love to know more about this amazing library. I've tried researching the photo but can't find out a thing. I'll update the post if I ever find more information. Be safe until we are out of this dreadful pattern of tropical storms in the east. 

Bone Dry This Morning

I am thrilled to report that my utility room on the lower level is  bone dry this morning after a night of rain. I found some little 'sand bags' in the attic yesterday that I got at a tag sale. They are actually draft dodgers for under the door. I positioned them outside where I thought the water was entering. My trench across the street is a small stream so it is working too. All in all I'm very happy and now I can concentrate on other things. Thanks for all of your comments offering encouragement. 

I love this southern house in Washington Virginia designed to catch the breeze found here.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I Do Love A Good Trench


Some might view this as a bike path but to me it's a beautiful trench. I was out again today perfecting my trench on the other side of the road with my pickaxe and my bathtub is completely full of wet muddy clothes. I have to say I am feeling very good physically after all my hard work dealing with the water in the basement and on the road. Instead of going to the gym people should do some manual labor. Thanks for all of your concern. Last night's ordeal was nothing like Irene Sunday and I think the worst is over. xo
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Natural Disasters

A farmer and his two sons during a dust storm in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936. Photo: Arthur Rothstein.

Natural disasters are nothing new. Picture this with water and it pretty much sums up my plight here at the cottage. I was outside in the dark across the street swinging the broad side of a pickaxe trying to create a trench to reroute the water coming over the road from the steep slope and paved driveway across from me. Then it was down to the basement to keep the water contained in the utility room with portable pumps and my trusty shop vac. I am happy to say I was successful.

A county engineer with the road department will be coming by soon to view my situation and hopefully come up with a solution. This is the first time I have had water in the cottage since I bought it in 2001. Fingers crossed.

Regards, Superwoman.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Water Over The Dam on Irene Sunday


This is the waterfall around the corner from me near Piggy's house. I found the photo on the Chatham Patch. Now do you understand why I am upset by even a little rain? The grass you see on the left is normally an open field. A quiet country road is under the red truck. Click here to view the lake behind the waterfall.

This is a photo of a local dog swimming through the parking lot of the Minisink Swim Club in Chatham. I hope he was just going for a recreational dog paddle without a membership badge and got ashore safely.

Fresh Acorns

We are in a dreadful weather pattern in the east, aren't we? Three solid days of rain are predicted. So far, so good after it started last night. Rain doesn't make for a restful night for me if you know what I mean.

I'm looking forward to getting some acorns from the way back but I'll have to get down there early in the day before the wild turkeys eat them. via

Monday, September 5, 2011

Time to Say Goodnight to The Moon

Goodnight everyone. Hope you had a good Labor Day. via

Cottage for Two

Don't you love this little duplex cottage? The huge brick yard with firepit would be a great place to end the day and relax. I wish I could see the other side. via

Fall Sampler

This just about covers the best things about fall. via Etsy

Thatched Cottage Bishopston England


My friends are sending their daughter to England today for a year of studies in London. I'm going too (mentally). This wonderful house is near Salisbury in southern England. via enchantedengland

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sweet Decorated Birdhouse

I'm sure the birds all fight to live in this lovely dwelling. via

A Lovely Formal Bathroom

I like this formal bathroom, don't you? What a nice place for a long hot soak in the tub. 

Canine Humiliation | Getting a Doggie Do

Family Day at the hair salon in 1960 by John Drysdale. Have a fun holiday weekend and be sure to take your dog along.