Friday, July 24, 2015

Around the House

So here's the front of our new (old) house.
I'm sure I can get some better ones, but this will do for now.
Isn't she cute? A little doll farmhouse built in 1918.
Of course, the house has been redone and added onto a few times over the years.
We plan to do more of the same. People need more than one bathroom nowadays!
I had to make some tradeoffs on my "must-haves" list when buying a house.
There just weren't that many options.

The back of the house.
When you go in the backdoor there, you're in a mudroom with concrete floors.
You have to go up a flight of steps immediately to the right to get into the house.
Those two windows on the end are in another long, thin mudroom where the washer, dryer, and extra fridge are kept. These people are big on mudrooms around here! I guess I'll find out why when winter comes. We plan to have decking constructed outside the back door and wrapping around the house to this side. Right now it's mostly dirt there. That'll be a big mess with the dogs when it rains. It's one of our top priorities.

This is one of my kitchen windows that looks out to the side yard and garage area...
Here it is from the inside.
I'm kind of in love with this little window.
Maybe it's my new "magic window."

A dark picture of my office.
You can't see it here, but this room is painted bright yellow and purple!
It's being painted a much more conservative tan and white.

And here's a blurry picture of part of the dining room.
It's painted one of my least favorite room colors, baby blue.
UGH! More painting necessary.
As you can see, I hung a bunch of my lace curtains over the last couple of days.
They may not be permanent, but they're up there for now.

This is our nextdoor neighbors, Julie and Joe's house. She has quite a nice garden, as you can see, with lots of veggies and some flowers. She lives there with her husband Joe, who is gone a lot working in Alaska. They are about our age. We haven't met Joe yet. He's supposed to be back home for the first two weeks in August. We'll meet him then.

Something in her garden. Don't ask me what.

I know these are phlox. I know that because I mistakenly called them hydrangeas when I complimented her on how pretty they were. Duh. I'm a garden idiot. I hope to get better though.

And our yard is still stacked with fencing materials. The guy I was working with TWO MONTHS prior to coming here who was supposed to have the fence up and done when we got here is a bit of a flake. Still no fence. He promises, once again, that he's going to be here today to finish it. I can't get all pissed off and tell him to go piss up a rope because he kind of has us over a barrel. There aren't many fencing companies that will come this far up in the state to install a fence. So we must put up with his delays and excuses. The dogs will be so freakin' happy to have some freedom again when it's done. Right now we have to tie them all to a stake when they go out. It all becomes a tangled mess in a matter of minutes and is so frustrating for them and us. It will all be over least that's what we keep telling ourselves.

He turned off the sprinkler system while he was here the first time setting posts. The grass quickly became dry and brown. We're looking forward to remedying that when the fence is done too. The soil here is very sandy and dries out really fast. Very different than our black clay in Texas.

I poked my head into the garage to see what Ken was up to this morning. Sorry for the blur. I think I was still half asleep when I took these pictures this morning. Yes, they started to paint the interior of the garage that bright-ass yellow too! Thank goodness they stopped with just a partial wall done. Another area to cover with a more "normal" color of paint. Those back doors you see lead into the shop part of the garage. Ken is so happy that he has that little shop back there. He waffles between saying it's going to be a shop or a poker room. Right now it's holding my bins and bins of yarn quite nicely.  ;)

And now, especially for my friend Sergio...

Food porn!

I made these sesame noodles a couple of days ago.
They are so good with fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts added in.

For those of you who missed out on the recipe given to me by my dear friend, Kate, aka The Garden Bell, here it is with a few tweaks of my own on the amounts. There are so many versions of this dish out there, but none of them I have tried are as good as this one. Highly recommended! It's a great make-ahead dish.

Cold Sesame Noodle Salad

1/3 cup corn or canola oil
1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp honey
4 Tbsp soy sauce
4 tsp cayenne or red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt

Place oils and honey in a small saucepan.  Heat to just before boiling and add soy sauce, salt, and red pepper.  Simmer for 2-3 minutes.  Turn off heat and set aside.

Cook a 1-lb box of spaghetti noodles (I use angel hair or thin spaghetti) as directed on package; drain and rinse with cool water.

Add the sauce to the noodles and mix well. Refrigerate all day or overnight. Give it a good stir or shake if you think about it to distribute the sauce evenly. Add the following just prior to serving:

1 cup chopped cilantro
1 cup chopped green onions
1 cup chopped salted peanuts

I've added cooked chicken chunks to this dish before too, although I still prefer it plain.

See ya!


  1. Wonderful!!!! I could cry with joy for you.

  2. Thanks for the tour of your new home which is lovely and will be all the lovelier as you decorate it to suit yourselves. [One house we bought back in NY had a different wall paper in each room and blue and orange shag carpeting here and there. Mercy! ] Thanks for the recipe that looks soooo yummy! I'm hoping to camp for a week at the beach, then the next week head to southern CA to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of my older sister and her husband. While I'm gone I will be thinking of you settling in and will be cheering you on and looking forward to catching up on your next progress report. :) xx

  3. I LOVE it. Just my kinda house. shady, country, out of the way, and lots of things to look at. Enjoy :)

  4. You are going to have so much fun! Working in your yard and decorating to your hearts content. Your garage looks huge! Enough room for yarn and a shop both. Your "magic window" in the kitchen will soon be filled with succulents, I can see it now. It takes a while to make a house feel like home, but I know you'll enjoy the process. Your neighbor's phlox is beautiful and the flowers do look like hydrangeas to me too. Congrats again, Heather

  5. What a lovely spot , you are going to love it even more when you get all your painting and decorating done. The Columbia is such a great river. Looks like you get mud and snow which is a good sign! As to the fence, we lived in a really small community on an island years ago and everything was done on Island time! It can drive one nuts!

  6. Your new home looks wonderful! Love the outside colors. We just painted our hose those colors! :-)

    I've always wanted to travel the west coast, so I'm looking forward to your pictures and posts about your area.

    Welcome home! :-)

  7. Welcome to the Pacific NW! Beautiful area of Washington state. I think you'll really love it there, although it will be quite a change from Texas (my son lived in TX for awhile). Excited to see your new home as you redecorate it to your tastes:) Congrats on your move!
    Blessings, Aimee

  8. Your new house is super cute and love the pictures, but the garage looks super big it must be detached? Like the food porn very funny :)

  9. Anonymous4:40 PM

    hi pammy sue... lovely shade at the front of your new the large windows at the back and especially the kitchen window...what compass direction does that window face?...might be perfect for herbal plants or small number of starter seeds?...hopefully the fence is installed soon, for the puppies safety and your peace of mind...thank you for bringing your readers along on this new journey with you and your family...take care...sally

  10. Great photos, thanks Pammy Sue. Your decking you are planning will make your home look wonderful as will your painting and other decorating to be done. Enjoy the good weather and many ventures yet to come for you in that wonderful looking place. Shirley N.Z.

  11. Oh what fun to decorate and make it your home. I hope the fence guy shows up soon

  12. You have a lovely new home, Pammy Sue! It looks very warm and welcoming and full of potential. Good luck with your fence; I'm sure the dogs are ready for their freedom.

  13. I'm living vicariously through your house move. I love the look of the farmhouse style of your new home. Good luck with the unpacking (painting!!!!) and the fence. I bet it's cold, but I'd love to stick my toes in that river. It's going to be over 100 degrees for 4 days in a row coming up here. Poo.

  14. Love all of the pictures Pammy Sue. I showed them to Dennis and told him I want a house where you live. I can't wait to visit and I love to paint!!!! Too bad my arm can't move much right now, we could have a paint party!!! :-)
    Blessings and welcome home!!!!

  15. Such a charming home Pammy Sue. I love the lace curtains on the windows!!! I know you are dying to get that darn fence in!!!!! Poor doggins'!
    That recipe looks mighty tasty! I am so excited to be seeing more pics and your posts!
    XO Kris

  16. LOVE it!! =) House porn for me. ;) blessings and hugs ~ tanna

  17. What a wonderful place! I am sure you will have it your heaven over the next weeks!

    Take care
    Crochet Between Worlds

  18. Oh my God.. I am SO-ooo behind on EVERYTHING! From Texas to Washington State? Wow! Big changes for all of you, for sure! Wishing you all the best in your beautiful new home! ~teener

  19. Pammy Sue, it is charming and quaint and IM excited for you. Fireman and I are contemplating a move to the country too, so I need to know what to expect. Im following you lady!!

  20. This is sweet! Right up my alley. I know you will add your wonderful touches and make it your own. :)

  21. Loved seeing the pictures of your house Pammy Sue. It looks like a beautiful place to live. Dinner looks yummy.


  22. The house is wonderful Pammy Sue, and once you are unpacked and have the correct colored walls you will just be thrilled. I love this great adventure you are on.

  23. It is a very pretty house!! I hope you will be happy there. Hope that you get the fence sorted out soon and can get more settled as each day passes! xx

  24. Super that you have arrived! What a sweet little home ♥. My favorite: The kitchen window ;-) Enjoy!! Greetings & have a good week, Nata


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