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!
WHAT WERE YOU THINKING, PEOPLE?
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 soon...at 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...
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.