Sunday Morning Wanderings

January 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

A drive back home after much a much needed coffee run included a short stop to check out the snowmobile tracks on the river. As a recent transplant to the frozen north, it still amazes me that people venture out on the ice like this.

Arriving home, I took the dogs out to check out our own ice.

I’m trying to warm up in the office this afternoon.

Water Water Everywhere

January 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

The most current flood forecast was issued a few days ago, and it looks like we’ll be in for another historic flood this Spring.  It’s a bit nerve-wracking, but with two “Top Ten” flood under our belt now, I feel like I’ll be better prepared emotionally this round.  Right now, the worst of it will most likely occur during the first week of April.  Any prayers for low precipitation and gradual snow melt off are much appreciated.

And, as frustrating as it is to watch your furnace, water heater, water pump, washer and dryer, water softner all meet a soggy end, there is something extraordinary in watching acres and acres of fields transform into temporary lakes.

I learned a valuable lesson last time.  At a certain point, after doing everything you can to prevent damage to the house, you have to try to stop worrying, open a bottle of wine, and try to enjoy the waterfront property:

A Space to Create

January 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

I seem to only be able to work in environments that I enjoy being in, so I’ve attempted to make an upstairs bedroom into an office/studio space.  I would absolutely love to purchase a particular pair of curtains from Anthropolgie, if they over go on sale.  With my hope for blowing 90% of my entire office-reno budget on this pair of curtains, the rest of the space has been put together with items we already own.

Here’s my new little computer corner.

I’ve got a couple of brackets I bought at Anthropologie three or four year ago.  The first attempt at installation resulted in quite a large hole in the plaster.  Attempt #2 will hopefully be more successful.

I’ve also been trying to decide whether or not to buy frames for these vintage molas.  They’re not exactly the type of thing I would normally purchase, but I love them for sentimental reasons — my mom bought them back in the 1970’s when she lived in Panama.  I think my non-existent budget will dictate the framing decision.  I’m hoping they’ll look ice merely thumb tacked to foam board.  I’m a little afraid they’ll look a bit out of place, but the best designed spaces are the ones that have something that’s slightly askew.  At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

I’ve become a bit afraid of hanging items, as the holes in the plaster are such a pain in the neck.  As a result, I’m trying to come up with a way of hanging things while taking advantage of the few screws already in the walls.  Unfortunately, I also have four framed prints from work, all of which were rejected color proofs:

There are four, each requiring two holes.  Eight holes in plaster.  That’s about as enjoyable as a trip to the dentist. Is there any way to hang items on plaster walls without having to drill holes?

things are getting brighter

January 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

After weeks of cloudy skies, the sun made an appearance today — a nice reminder that at some point, the temperature will get above 25 again.  As I retreated home for lunch, I looked down the driveway to see the bright blue iceberg. How crazy is that picture of our waterfall?  That little trickle has turned into a glacier over the last few months.

The Life

January 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dozing in the sun all day.  Seems like heaven.

Not only does this display the amazing light that enters our living room, it also serves as a reminder to cut Kirb’s nails…yikes…


The Southern Tundra of Minnesota

January 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

The windows may be drafty, but they do allow for some truly ethereal views at dusk.

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